Economic data due from Asia today (Aussie Q4 capex & a BOJ speaker)
Goldman On Yesterday's Key Aussie Data Releases For Q4 $AUD
The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at a record high for the 9th consecutive day, longest streak since 1987.
US stocks end the day mixed. S&P/Nasdaq down. Dow up.
US crude oil futures settle at $53.59/bbl
Exxon removes 3.3 bn barrels of untapped crude from proved reserves
OIL - Private inventory data shows surprise draw in headline crude stock
Crude -884K Gasolline -893K Distillate -4.229MM Cushing -1.730MM
Oil slides on word non-OPEC members aren't cutting production as much as promised http://buff.ly/2l8pMBw
2017 US oil inventories remain far above historical average #OOTT
Here is the key passage in the FOMC Minutes
The Fed will have plenty of opportunities to tweak policy expectations before March 15
Small business owners are excited about the US economy - and they're giving Trump the credit http://buff.ly/2lM6xBb
Now we understand why Chris Christie met with POTUS last week - Secretary of Dept Of Labor Alleged to have been offered.
Federal judge denies conservative group's request for State Dept records on Clinton’s private server: http://hill.cm/8uonhDk
White House: To Release New Immigration Order At Some Point Next Week - RTRS
At least nine arrests as authorities move into Dakota Access Pipeline protest camp after some refused to leave. http://abcn.ws/2lr50Q8
Hostile homecomings: 1,000s of angry constituents confronting GOP lawmakers in town halls across the US. @PeterAlexander reports now.
Here's the WSJ interview with US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin
UNITED STATES: Kellyanne Conway has been sidelined from television appearances by the Trump Administration, according to CNN report
Kellyanne Conway sidelined from TV? No way, White House says
Chief digital officer steps down from White House job over background check
Mexico wont accept return of "other-than-Mexican (OTM)" migrants caught by US Border Patrol as detailed in DHS memo says MX Foreign Minister
MISSOURI: JUST IN: Vice President Pence makes unannounced visit to pay respect at Jewish Cemetery in STL where headstones were vandalized.
VP Pence: "The people of Missouri are inspiring the nation by your love and care for this place and the Jewish community."
GOP groups ramp up pressure on lawmakers to replace ObamaCare http://hill.cm/X0W6i2A
Trump says a new healthcare plan is coming in March http://hill.cm/bJHHMi6
JUST IN: Group releases emails from new EPA chief http://hill.cm/leGlUP5
Trudeau says Canada won’t halt illegal border crossing despite opposition
Greece- Creditors Talks Updates....
Same game , different year.
Stournaras tells gov’t to introduce reforms http://dlvr.it/NRzDMy
Before Merkel talks, Lagarde calls for debt relief, reforms http://dlvr.it/NRzDNw
Lagarde: Greece doesn't need debt haircut; we need to look at interest rates charged, and maturities --Rtrs
IMF CHIEF LAGARDE SAYS THE PRINCIPLE OF DEBT RESTRUCTURING HAS ALREADY BEEN DEBATED BY GREECE AND ITS CREDITORS
#BREAKING Marine Le Pen aide charged in 'fake jobs' scandal: judicial source
Macron accepts Bayrou's offer for an alliance, joining forces with part of the system he pledges to change. Will it pay off?
Oats catch a bid
Euro jumps after Marcron's French Presidential hopes get a lift
Latest Elabe poll with and without Bayrou: Le Pen at 27% or 28%, respectively
Europe Odds & Ends....
Italy really getting hosed with its derivative trading operations..
Will be interesting to see how Germany reacts to this proposal.
Hearing Unconfirmed Chatter On VW, CEO May Leave -Supervisory Board Meeting Scheduled For Friday
Protesters burning flares http://liveuamap.com/en/2017/22-february-protesters-burning-flares … via @akomarofff
Rally of Ukrainian nationalists organizations near Rada http://liveuamap.com/en/2017/22-february-rally-of-ukrainian-nationalists-organizations … via @akomarofff
Odds & Ends.....
#IS Executing Own Fighters for Abandoning Battlefield: #Coalition - #BasNews http://www.basnews.com/index.php/en/news/middle-east/332157 …
#BREAKING UN Syria envoy De Mistura says 'not expecting' breakthrough at talks
#BREAKING Russia has asked Syria to halt bombings during talks: UN envoy
SDF advances are good news as supply routes for ISIS between Raqqa and Deir Ezzor likely to be cutoff.
#BREAKING Kim Jong-Nam autopsy "illegal and immoral," says North Korean state media
North Korea blames Malaysia for Kim Jong-nam death as tensions between two countries rise http://www.itv.com/news/2017-02-23/north-korea-blames-malaysia-for-kim-jong-nam-death-as-tensions-between-countries-rise/ …
North Korea acting increasingly desperate..
Police: Suspects in North Korean death coated hands with poison
Malaysia: North Korean diplomat wanted for questioning in Kim assassination
"Kim Jong-Nam's cause of death is still unknown, and further tests are under way"..
New Arab League envoy encourages Serraj to look at LPA changes - https://www.libyaherald.com/2017/02/22/new-arab-league-envoy-encourages-serraj-to-look-at-lpa-changes/ …
Serraj and Sewehli discuss security in Tripoli - https://www.libyaherald.com/2017/02/22/serraj-and-sewehli-discuss-security-in-tripoli/ …
Benghazi security chief in assassination attempt - https://www.libyaherald.com/2017/02/22/benghazi-security-chief-in-assassination-attempt/ …
"They attempted to (take) my life twice ... they want me shut up." Source reveals all on Libya's trafficking kingpin http://www.trtworld.com/magazine/the-kingpin-of-libyas-human-trafficking-mafia-301505 …
#Libya Challenge to legality of MOU with Italy on migration adjourned to 1 March.
Spokesman fired after public threat made to have Abdulhakim Fanoush arrested by the French authorities for questioning legitimacy of PC.