Economic data due from Asia today - jobs report from Australia
PBoC Fixes USDCNY Reference Rate At 6.8629 (prev fix 6.8632 prev close 6.8710)
PBoC To Inject CNY 80 Bln Via 7 Day Reverse Repos -To Inject CNY 80 Bln Via 14 Day Reverse Repos
PBoC To Inject CNY 90 Bln Via 28 Day Reverse Repos
Finally the actual Aussie jobs number was within 10 standard deviations of the estimate...
What most seem to be missing on this Aussie jobs report is that it was actually one of the worst in terms of full-time job loss on record
Ellis: Housing Situation More Complex Than Suggested By Single-Minded Focus On Median Prices https://www.rba.gov.au/speeches/2017/sp-ag-2017-02-16.html …
Here's My Australian Labour Market Preview From The @Livesquawk Desk, Data Due At 00:30 GMT $AUD http://www.livesquawk.com/members/australian_labour_market_preview_jan_2017 …
Australian dollar hits three-month high in breakout
Japan press: Japan's finance minister says yen not weak, blurting out rate
US Markets .....
Once again...Record closes for US major indices
Talk of a fund losing a lot of cash on a short S&P position this week, apparently loss of over $600m (via @ViewFromtheHedg)
Forexlive America forex news wrap. Stronger data but wages still lag
*CHINA'S TREASURY HOLDINGS FELL TO $1.06T VS. $1.25T YEAR AGO
Fed's Yellen: US economy needs to add between 75k and 100k jobs per month to keep the jobless rate stable
Fed's Bullard: Fed can hike later in the year
Rosengren: Market expectations will not stop Fed from raising rates --Rtrs
Fed's Harker repeats view for three 2017 hikes
UK'S FTSE UP 0.6 PCT; GERMANY'S DAX UP 0.3 PCT
FRANCE'S CAC UP 0.7 PCT; SPAIN'S IBEX UP 0.6 PCT
"Italy could be the real canary in the EU coal mine"
ECB's Weidmann says it would be a mistake to roll back financial market regulation
This Russian connection non-sense is merely an attempt to cover-up the many mistakes made in Hillary Clinton's losing campaign.
The fake news media is going crazy with their conspiracy theories and blind hatred. @MSNBC & @CNN are unwatchable. @foxandfriends is great!
Information is being illegally given to the failing @nytimes & @washingtonpost by the intelligence community (NSA and FBI?).Just like Russia
Thank you to Eli Lake of The Bloomberg View - "The NSA & FBI...should not interfere in our politics...and is" Very serious situation for USA
Crimea was TAKEN by Russia during the Obama Administration. Was Obama too soft on Russia?
Senate Judiciary Committee demands Justice Dept hand over all docs on Flynn http://hill.cm/qzH0Mhd
Breaking: FBI NOT expected to pursue charges against #MichaelFlynn regarding phone calls w/Russian Ambassador, reports @evanperez
More: FBI says Flynn was cooperative and provided truthful answers
Pentagon may recommend combat troops for Islamic State fight in Syria: CNN
McCain announces he won't support Trump's pick for budget chief http://hill.cm/iLMdkZG
JUST IN: FBI releases hundreds of docs on Trump apartment race discrimination investigation http://hill.cm/OPgrR7f
Andrew Puzder has withdrawn as President Donald Trump's choice for labor secretary, a source close to Puzder said. http://cnn.it/2l9je6E
Apart from IRS move , also consider collapse of two heathcare insurers mega - mergers (Anthem-Cigna /Aetna-Humana.)
Trump open to one-state or two-state solution in Middle East: "I’m happy with the one they like the best" http://hill.cm/3fH1k9z
#BREAKING NATO allies must pay more or US will 'moderate its commitment': Mattis
Another Mattis quote for NATO allies: "Americans cannot care more for your children’s security than you do". http://thehill.com/policy/defense/319630-defense-chief-to-nato-allies-pay-more-or-the-us-will-moderate-commitment …
Harward has been offered NSA position. Imo - thinking things through before leaping in , never a bad approach.
The @nytimes reports that no evidence of Russia-Trump campaign collusion has emerged "so far." https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/14/us/politics/russia-intelligence-communications-trump.html?ref=politics …
#ELSTAT says #IMF requested and participated as observer in Eurostat technical visit along with observers from DG ECFIN and #ECB. #Greece
European Commissioner Moscovici: Greece Needs to Take a Few More Steps http://dlvr.it/NNYV7m #Greece
Tsakalotos: IMF should stop making unreasonable demands from Greece http://dlvr.it/NNY6Wk
FILLON CALLS FOR NEW PARTNERSHIP WITH RUSSIA: BBG
FAR RIGHT'S LE PEN SEEN WINNING FIRST ROUND OF FRENCH PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION WITH 26 PCT OF THE VOTES (+0.5), MACRON TO GET 19.5 PCT
Macron alleges Russia targeting him smears and numerous hack attempts. ..
Le Pen lures French farmers angered by worst crisis in decades, amid falling prices and international competition https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-02-13/le-pen-lures-french-farmers-angered-by-worst-crisis-in-decades …
Dutch I&O poll: PM Rutte's VVD overtakes populist Wilders as nr. 1 party. Wilders suffering losses in 3 recent polls
DJ ITALY'S RENZI: PARTY LEADERSHIP CONTEST MEAN JUNE VOTE UNLIKELY -- SOURCE
Renzi pushing for Snap Election in September..
Russia tells White House it will not return Crimea to Ukraine http://reut.rs/2ljeTzO
Odds & Ends....
Additional detail and backstory...
Reuters Top News @Reuters
UPDATE: North Korean officials in Malaysia objected to autopsy on body of Kim Jong Un's half-brother - Malaysian government sources
Serraj claims that Ageela Saleh wrecked Cairo meeting with Hafter - https://www.libyaherald.com/2017/02/15/serraj-claims-that-ageela-saleh-wrecked-cairo-meeting-with-hafter/ …
PC member says Serraj was not cleared to meet Hafter in Cairo - https://www.libyaherald.com/2017/02/15/pc-member-says-serraj-was-not-cleared-to-meet-hafter-in-cairo/ …
Libyan factions agree roadmap to peace despite lingering differences http://dlvr.it/NNb6jL
In Brief #Libya
Dignity Operation conducts fresh airstrikes on Al-Jufra airbase, central #Libya https://www.libyaobserver.ly/news/dignity-operation-conducts-fresh-airstrikes-al-jufra-airbase-central-libya …
Time will tell if anything constructive will happen ..........