Economic data due from Asia today - (China PMI data!)
China official January Manufacturing PMI: 51.3 (expected 51.2, prior 51.4)
China data: January Non-manufacturing PMI: 54.6 (prior 54.5)
Japan - Nikkei Manufacturing PMI (January, final): 52.7 (flash 52.8, prior 52.4)
South Korea Nikkei Manufacturing PMI Jan: 49 (prev. 49.4)
Japan forecasters expect GDP likely to grow around 1% through fiscal 2017
New Zealand - Q4 employment data. Unemployment rate for Q4: 5.2% (expected 4.8%)
Australia - manufacturing PMI (January): 51.2 (prior 55.4)
FOR THE MONTH, THE DOW UP 0.5 PCT, S&P 500 RISES 1.8 PCT, NASDAQ UP 4.3 PCT
S&P 500 UNOFFICIALLY CLOSES DOWN 2.18 POINTS, OR 0.10 PERCENT, AT 2,278.72
NASDAQ UNOFFICIALLY CLOSES UP 0.06 POINTS, OR 0.00 PERCENT, AT 5,613.78
Crude oil futures settle at $52.81 /barrel
OIL - OPEC's 82% compliance with output cut agreement: "a good number"
OIL - Private inventory data shows bigger than expected build
CRUDE +5.83mb GASOLINE +2.86mb DISTILLATES +2.27mb CUSHING -0.906mb
Le Pen spurns deadline, refuses to repay €300,000 to EU Parliament in misused funds scandal http://f24.my/2jSaWku
Will be interesting to see what Plan B is , if there really is one. Primary loser Alain Juppe seems logical route.
Penelope-gate undermines Fillon's lead over Macron, falling to 1 percentage point (22 v 21%). Le Pen in poll position on 25% for 1st round
Fillon probe heating up quickly - first he and his wife were interrogated yesterday. Today his office at the National Assembly was raided...
British MPs set Feb 20 for debate on Trump state visit http://f24.my/2kQGnJx
Spanish MEP: Scotland must join the EU membership queue behind Albania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia & Turkey.
PM May moving forward , Brexit White Paper to be released Thursday.
Looks like Article 50 will be triggered on March 9th....
Theresa May wants to avoid triggering Art50 too close to 60th anniversary of Treaty of Rome. Symbolism matters, as I wrote last October.
Global pessimism and uncertainty over trump policies will hurt growth period...
Germany will say talk to the "nein" hand...
Peter Navarro says Berlin exploits neighbours and US and is an obstacle to deal with EU.
Frankfurt and Brussels poring over PPC deal http://dlvr.it/NFp0Zj
Regling: Creation of EU bad bank would be ‘valuable’ move http://dlvr.it/NFkgTW
Greece's Alpha Bank to sell Serbian subsidiary http://dlvr.it/NFkgS4
Opposition parties react to leftist MP’s Grexit comments http://dlvr.it/NFbw2d
#Greece: Metron Analysis / Ant1 Poll ND 25.8% SYRIZA 15.6 GD 5.6 KKE 5 DimSym 4.9 Centrists U 2.3 ANEL 2.1 Potami 1.7 LAE 1.5 Plefsi 1.5
Schauble spokesman - “Further payments depend on the successful completion of the program’s review and the participation of the IMF.”
Will the 27 heed Tusk's call ?
BREAKING: European Council President lists Trump Administration's foreign policy among one of the external threats to the European Union
#Eurozone centrifugal forces keep rising. Italy 10y risk premium over Germany jumps to highest in 3yrs.
Interesting tweet , in hindsight. .
When will the Democrats give us our Attorney General and rest of Cabinet! They should be ashamed of themselves! No wonder D.C. doesn't work!
Trump choses US appeals court judge Neil Gorsuch for Supreme Court
Solicitor general Neal Katyal, who served under Obama, says he "strongly" supports Gorsuch for the court.
Trump nominates three for top jobs at Justice Department
Report: DHS preparing to “soften” Trump’s travel ban?
74% of physicians demand changes to Obamacare
Roughly 900 U.S. State Department officials have signed an internal dissent memo against Trump's immigration order, source says - Reuters
This is the 2nd cancelation of an announcement signing of an Executive Action. The first was for re : voting fraud.
WH scrubs @POTUS signing of Executive Order on cyber security. He said it would set strategy to defend & protect federal networks & data.
Spotted on the briefing room podium. Was passed to @PressSec Sean Spicer during the briefing.
JUST IN: US Senate confirms Elaine Chao as secretary of Transportation - @frankthorp
White House says it is "outrageous" and "embarrassing" for Senate Democrats to be missing confirmation hearings.
DJ MCCONNELL FURIOUS AFTER DEMOCRATS INVOKE RULE THAT STOPS TUESDAY'S COMMITTEE VOTES ON CABINET NOMINEES
Democrats say they are boycotting Senate Finance Cmte. meeting on Pres. Trump's Health and Treasury nominees, delaying confirmation process
It's getting ugly...
Morning Joe discusses Trump reaction to dissent...Joe and Trump have been on good terms , of late....
No explanation provided so far , for why the Acting ICE Director was replaced and demoted..
Also add Acting ICE Director was replaced last night as well.
Odds & Ends.....
HoR member for Kufrah kidnapped in #Tobruk. Security forces have located his place & negotiating his release http://www.alwasat.ly/ar/news/libya/131709/ … #Libya
Gunmen kidnap House of Representatives member Jibreel Zawi in front of his house in Tobruk today
Good breakdown of groups lining up with either Ahrar or AQ..
US Defence Department confirms that it provided armoured vehicles to Syrian Arab Coalition, a component of YPG-led SDF
Breaking News: Sarraj's budget director (UN-appointed #Libya GNA) kidnapped tonight in Tripoli. Maybe It's safe for Kobler. Not for others.