Here's all the Economic data due from Asia today! (it's a short post)
Australia Issues AUD 600 Mln Worth Of 1.75% 2020 Bonds At An Average Yield Of 2.1157% (prev 1.93%) BTC 5.86 (prev 5.47)
Singapore GDP (QoQ) Q4, F: 12.3% (est 12.6% prelim 9.1%) -GDP (YoY) Q4, F: 2.9% (est 2.5% prelim 1.8%)
Singapore GDP Annual Growth (2016): 2.0% (prev 1.8%)
NZ Q4 Retail Sales (excl. inflation): +0.8% q/q (vs. expected +1.0%)
BusinessNZ manufacturing PMI for January: 51.6 (prior 54.5)
The $17bn trade-gone-wrong fund says nope, not us... "Greatly exaggerated"
US stocks end little changed but lower. Record closes, stop.
ForexLive Americas FX news wrap: Trump made things interesting
FAKE NEWS media, which makes up stories and "sources," is far more effective than the discredited Democrats - but they are fading fast!
The spotlight has finally been put on the low-life leakers! They will be caught!
Leaking, and even illegal classified leaking, has been a big problem in Washington for years. Failing @nytimes (and others) must apologize!
Stock market hits new high with longest winning streak in decades. Great level of confidence and optimism - even before tax plan rollout!
ODNI flat out denies either withholding information or not providing best possible intel to POTUS & his N.S. Team...
Trump lovefest with the media continues in an interesting press conference...
Longest pres news conference I can remember: 1 hr 17 mins. Took, questions from 17 reporters.
"We had an exciting news conference before and some people loved it...nobody hated it," Trump says as he signs H.J. Res. 38.
Vice Admiral Robert Harwood turns down NSA position after he & White House had dispute over staffing security council.
Trump signed H.J. Res. 38, repealing the "Stream Protection Rule," an Interior Dept rule regulating coal mining waste.
"Unlike Andy Puzder, Alexander Acosta’s nomination deserves serious consideration," AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka says in statement.
We got some travel ban news in the latest DOJ filing in the 9th circuit:
Looks like the reboot on the Travel Ban Executive Action will be rolled out next week...
JUSTICE DEPT SAYS TRUMP INTENDS "IN THE NEAR FUTURE" TO RESCIND TRAVEL ORDER AND REPLACE WITH NEW "SUBSTANTIALLY REVISED" ORDER-FILING. RTRS
As far as I know, "no person" has been in touch, Trump says, when asked if any aides during the election had contact with Russia.
Trump says the American people want him to blow up the Russian sub off the East Coast, but that it's a bad idea.
Trump says Putin is probably thinking he can't make a deal with US right now because of the impact fake news is having on popular opinion.
Trump news conference grows more raucus as president says he's not ranting and raving, that he's having a good time taking on the press.
President Donald Trump abruptly announces he will hold a news conference today at noon ET. CBC to provide livestream (link to come).
Judge McCready rules (for the 2nd time)-citizen's misconduct complaint against Gov Christie has PC & can go forward.
"We're going to find the leakers," Trump told pool reporters at Congressional listening session. "And they're going to pay a big price."
The Senate has voted to confirm Rep. Mick Mulvaney as the next OMB Director, 51-49. Sen. John McCain was the only R to oppose him.
US Amb @nikkihaley: We do support #TwoStateSolution but in the same time we're thinking out of the box to reach a mutually agreed solution
A day without immigrants: businesses close as staff stay home to protest Trump. http://reut.rs/2kNUH69
US Secretary of State has 1st face-to-face talks with Russian counterpart. Tillerson says he told Russia to keep commitments on Ukraine. 1/2
Lavrov says he expects Putin and Trump to meet shortly, but no date set. Also says sanctions did not come up in talks with Tillerson. 2/2
Leaks of potentially classified information , not Flynn ties to Russia , could be the subject of DoJ investigation.
Creditors ask Athens to sell 40 pct of PPC plants http://dlvr.it/NPCDQt
Regling says Greece may return to markets in summer 2018 http://dlvr.it/NP9KdT
Excellent report on tortured and doomed to fail bailouts of Greece....
EU official signals hopes for deal at EG on February 20th unlikely , focus will shift to March (then April , May.)
Greece takes hardline against further austerity.
Such fascinating timing....almost as if almost someone wanted to extend a lifeline somewhere...
By coincidence-w/ French Election gearing up & Trump battling IC community in the US , Wikileaks stirs waters today.
Macron draws flak from Le Pen and Fillon after controversial comments on Algeria.
France, Opinion Way poll: Le Pen (FN-ENF): 26% ↓ Macron (EM-NI) 21% Fillon (LR-EPP): 20% Hamon (PS-S&D) 16% ↑... http://fb.me/80jWMjSoD
Labour Whips Move to Save Bercow https://order-order.com/2017/02/16/labour-whips-move-save-bercow/ …
Britain seeking offset of brexit bill from EU , by seeking its share of EU assets-obviously will be contentious.
The Known Unknowns of #Brexit. One thing is clear: EU will lose it's 2nd biggest paymaster. https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-02-16/the-known-unknowns-of-brexit-what-theresa-may-still-won-t-say …
ECB/EZ/EU/ Additional Items....
Germany's 2y yields jump following #ECB minutes: ECB may tweak QE cap key rules & buy more peripheral bonds rather than Bunds < deposit rate
EXCLUSIVE: The Kremlin is telling state media to cut back on the fawning Trump coverage https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-02-16/kremlin-said-to-tell-media-to-cut-back-on-fawning-trump-coverage … @world_reporter
Odds & Ends.....
DJ SOUTH KOREAN COURT APPROVES ARREST WARRANT FOR SAMSUNG CONGLOMERATE'S DE FACTO LEADER LEE JAE-YONG
“Third arrest over death of Kim Jong-un's half brother”
Odd , not clear who is in negotiations with Egypt , but why is this 2bn deposit not able to be returned to Libya ?
He's hoping that all who celebrate February 17th - enjoy it safely and reflect on the way forward for Libya.
Torch Relay has taken place in many Libyan cities ahead of Friday celebrations of the 6th anniversary of 17 February revolution
All three of China's big three bitcoin Exchanges have now hated withdrawals temporarily....
Baghdad car bomb kills 51 as Islamic State escalates insurgency
Over 100 Muslims killed by ISIS in Pakistan & Iraq. 1) V little media coverage in the West. Shameful. 2) Muslims still blamed for ISIS (!)
#SYRIA: Alloush says #Moscow pledged to: -stop shelling rebel areas -push for detainees release -send schedule for end of E. Ghouta siege
#SYRIA: Alloush tells gathered press that reason there was no final statement was that mtg "didn't achieve anything practical" - via @AFP
#Astanatalks is over 4 today. One step in 1000 miles toward a general cease-fire in #Syria. Another meeting expected in March, after #Geneva