Economic data due from Asia today
And the winner of the crazy chart of the day.. Australia just reported its largest trade surplus ON RECORD. Here's how ridiculous that looks
Japan press: "Superlong JGB yields seen climbing further"
South Korea CPI (YoY) Jan: 2.0% (est. 1.50%, prev. 1.30%), (MoM) Jan: 0.9% (est. 0.35%, prev. 0.10%) -CPI Core(YoY)Jan:1.5%(prev.1.20%)
NZ data - ANZ job ads (January): -0.2% m/m (prior +1.6%)
US / Europe ......
US WRAP: Fed stands pat; UK MPs back Govt's A50 bill; Huge ADP beat augurs well for NFPs
ForexLive Americas FX news wrap: Fed holds and doesn't tip next move
Tough to see the Fed hiking in March: US dollar slides after FOMC decision
Federal Reserve holds rates at 0.50%-0.75%, as expected
Oil shakes off inventory build and rallies to session high
Weekly US oil inventories +6466K vs +3000K expected
US TREASURY YIELDS RISE TO SESSION HIGHS AFTER MANUFACTURING DATA, 10-YEAR NOTE YIELDS INCREASE TO 2.50 PCT
Dollar Tanks, Fed Fails to Deliver. BoE Next. Take a Look at How the UK Economy changed since last meeting http://www.bkassetmanagement.com/featured/dollar-tanks-fed-fails-to-deliver-boe-next_10446/ …
UniCredit approves €13bn rights issue at 38% discount
ITALY GOVT TO BUY NEW MONTE DEI PASCHI SHARES AT 25 PCT DISCOUNT TO TERP - DRAFT DOCUMENT
Milan stocks end lower as banking shares remain under stress http://dlvr.it/NG7Ldy
Everybody is arguing whether or not it is a BAN. Call it what you want, it is about keeping bad people (with bad intentions) out of country!
JUST IN: Mexico denies Trump threatened to send US troops to Mexico to deal with "bad hombres" http://hill.cm/9wtkMNI
Looks like Mexico call might not have been that friendly , after all.
UNITED STATES: Trump told Australia's PM that their phone call was 'the worst by far', amid disagreement over refugee deal
Report: Trump berates Australia's PM, brags about his win, and hangs up abruptly http://thebea.st/2kj4v8O
JUST IN: Trump plans to reshape counter-extremism program to focus solely on Islam: report http://hill.cm/ltOI3Gk
The cloture vote for Betsy DeVos should be Friday http://www.decisiondeskhq.com/2017/02/01/senate-vote-on-advancing-devos-nomination-live/ …
SENIOR U.S. ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL SAYS CONDUCTING A REVIEW OF HOW TO RESPOND TO #IRAN. RTRS.
Just confirmed: Fed'l judge in Los Angeles (CD Cal) issued TRO barring removal, detention, or blocking entry under visa part of Trump's ban.
President Trump , accompanied by his daughter , went to honor a fallen soldier.
Sen. Chris Coons is traveling with Trump for the visit to Dover as well as Gen. Flynn
BREAKING: Senate confirms Rex Tillerson as secretary of state in 56-43 vote
Proud to be your new Secretary of State. I am humbled by this wonderful opportunity. #SecretaryOfState
Statement by the National Security Advisor LTG Flynn (Ret.), as issued by the Office of the White House Press Secretary regarding Iran
White House may give Anthony Scaramucci ambassadorship or other job instead of head Office of Public Liaison, sources tell me & @kevcirilli.
Apple misses deadline to pay 13 bn to Ireland...
Apple considering legal action to reverse Trump travel ban http://hill.cm/prMAVRa
Sessions approved by Senate Finance Committee- on to Full Senate vote ....
SENATE FINANCE APPROVES MNUCHIN, PRICE THROUGH EMERGENCY ACTION
Democrats used delay tactics on Tuesday on 3 Trump Cabinet picks: AG Jeff Sessions, Health sec Tom Price, Treasury Sec Steve Mnuchin.
But Senate committees backed Rick Perry to be Energy sec, Ryan Zinke for Interior, Linda McMahon for Small Business
Solicitor general Neal Katyal, who served under Obama, says he "strongly" supports Gorsuch for the court.
Europe In Focus.....
Brexit white paper to be published tomorrow, Theresa May announces - http://bit.ly/2kroTGB
#BREAKING: MPs back Theresa May and give her the power to trigger the formal Brexit process - margin of 498 to 114 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/02/01/theresa-may-eu-bill-brexit-pmqs-live2/ …
Farmers ready to take protest to downtown Thessaloniki http://dlvr.it/NGCqb9
Direct threat made by Turkey to Greece...
France, Elabe poll: Le Pen (FN-ENF): 26% ↑ Macron (NI-NI): 22% ↓ Fillon (LR-EPP): 19% ↓ Hamon (PS-S&D): 16% ↑... http://fb.me/1SIe3KiH3
Still seemingly different stances from EG and IMF on demands to be made to Greece for further austerity measures.
Greece has implemented only a third of required prior actions needed for the bailout program.
*RUSSIAN ECONOMY SHRANK 0.2% IN 2016; EST. CONTRACTION 0.5%
EU And Mexico To ‘Accelerate’ Talks On Trade Pact – FT
Schulz causing a stir as SPD gains 5 points to 26% , highest support level since 2013....
The poll by Elabe in Les Echos newspaper suggests that Fillon would be beaten in the first round of voting by both Le Pen and Macron.
PESKOV: WE ABSOLUTELY DENY ANY ALLEGATIONS OF #RUSSIA'S POSSIBLE INVOLVEMENT IN ANY HACKING ATTACKS IN U.S. IFX.
#RUSSIA | FORMER FSB OFFICIALS, FORMER KASPERSKY LAB MANAGER CHARGED WITH HIGH TREASON IN U.S. FAVOR - LAWYER. IFX.
Can #Fillon and 'Miss Moneypenny' really survive this? His party are starting to doubt it, it seems. http://www.thelocal.fr/20170201/frances-fillon-fake-jobs-claims-penelope-les-republicains …
Bosch to pay out $300 million to US buyers over 'dieselgate' scandal http://dlvr.it/NG2XKR
Problems 'resolved' for German dual citizens under Trump's travel ban http://dlvr.it/NG1Cmr
Odds & Ends.....
More pics of US-led Coalition bombing of Carlon Hotel used by JFS/Nusra and Zinki http://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=35.920874&lon=36.634684&z=16&m …
US's aggressive, unilateral and broad campaign against Syria's former al Qaeda faction continues, according to reports
#Kurds, supported by #USA, push toward #ISIS land in northern #Syria will lift the pressure off #DeirEzZour where #Russia bombs #ISIS daily.
CBL to allow each Libyan citizen to buy $400 from banks by official rates https://goo.gl/OjFHM0
Libyan Economy Ministry slams embargo on exporting vegetables for two months https://goo.gl/kqs6YL
HoR's Agila sent a message to #UNSC, calls for the opinion of HoR to be taken into consideration when appointing a new Head of @UNSMILibya.
Libya leader offers NATO sea access if it upgrades navy - The Spokesman-Review
Libya bans vegetable exports in bid to reduce prices - https://www.libyaherald.com/2017/02/01/libya-bans-vegetable-exports-in-bid-to-reduce-prices/ …
Libyan PM meeting Donald Tusk ahead of Malta Summit - MaltaToday http://dlvr.it/NFxFdS
UNSMIL needs to be more focussed, Serraj tells new UN Secretary-General - https://www.libyaherald.com/2017/01/31/unsmil-needs-to-be-more-focussed-serraj-tells-new-un-secretary-general/ …
Ban Ki-moon rules out presidential run in South Korea http://trib.al/wjXESDy
Who is really benefiting from policies of appeasement, acceptance of Sharia-stricken theocracies & their jihadist, hate-filled education?