Economic data due from Asia today - NZ GDP, Australia jobs, Japan BOJ
PBOC sets USD/CNY mid-point today at 6.8862 (vs. yesterday at 6.9115)
PBOC injects 80bn yuan through OMOs today
AUS Employment Change (Feb): -6.4k (est 16.0K, prev 13.7K) AUS Unemployment Rate (Feb): 5.90% (est 5.70%, prev 5.70%)
AUS Full-Time Employment Change (Feb): +27.1k (prev -44.5K) AUS Part-Time Employment Change (Feb): -33.5k (prev 58.2K)
NZ GDP (QoQ) (Q4) 0.40% (est 0.60%, prev 0.80%) NZ GDP (YoY) (Q4) 2.70% (est 3.10%, prev 3.30%)
Rate Hike Hammers Dollar; Stocks, Bonds, & Bullion Soar http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-03-15/rate-hike-hammers-dollar-stocks-bonds-bullion-soar …
US stocks end with solid gains (no record closes though)
ForexLive Americas FX news wrap: Dollar dumped despite rate hike
#FOMC Quick reactions >>
Netherlands, Ipsos exit poll: VVD-ALDE: 21% CDA-EPP 13% PVV-ENF 13% D66-ALDE 13% GL-G/EFA 11% SP-LEFT 9% PvdA-S&D 6% #DutchElection #TK17
One possible coalition acc to exit polls: The 4 mainstream parties, Liberals, Christian Dem, D66, Labor. Would 've 78 seats out of 150 (BBG)
Dutch FinMin Dijsselbloem from Labor is biggest loser of dutch elections. Labor might want to go into opposition after the defeat.
As I wrote earlier this week, Geert Wilders was never going to "win." The real test starts tomorrow, not today. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/13/world/europe/brexit-dutch-scotland-ireland-geert.html?rref=collection%2Fcolumn%2Fthe-interpreter&action=click&contentCollection=world®ion=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=1&pgtype=collection …
The Dutch may be first of the big 3 planned Eurozone elections this year, but that doesn't mean they'll be first to have a government. (BBG)
It takes an average of about 3mths to form a coalition. All you need to know about the all important Dutch election. https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-03-13/one-dutch-election-the-world-will-be-watching-quicktake-q-a …
Turkey VS EU
BREAKING: In the continues diplomatic row between Turkey & EU countries Turkish FM Çavuşoğlu says it might cancel the Turkey-EU refugee deal
German FinMin Schaeuble says #Turkey economic support plan on hold.
#Twitter accounts appear to be hacked with Swastikas and Pro-Erdogan content. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-03-15/twitter-accounts-appear-to-be-hacked-with-swastikas-and-pro-erdogan-content …
Ministers brief SYRIZA MPs on progress of bailout talks http://dlvr.it/NdcQ8W
Cosco reports February fall in containers handled in Piraeus http://dlvr.it/Ndbrv2
Reports: Parcel bomb was sent to Schaeuble from Greece http://dlvr.it/Ndbrly
Hospital workers clash with police during Athens protest http://dlvr.it/NdbrWc
Debt cut must come with reform http://dlvr.it/NdbC1y
#Fraport to take control of 14 Greek regional airports over Easter
Salaries have been sliding 3.1 pct a year in #Greece
Greek credit contracts 1.4 pct y/y in January http://dlvr.it/NdQzhB
Bookstore owned by ND vice president damaged in bomb attack http://dlvr.it/NdNyjM
US Politics .....
Meanwhile, US President Trump speaking (remarks on latest travel ban block)
Federal Judge in Hawaii blocks Revised Travel Ban....
Second Travel Ban blocked nationwide before it goes into effect....
DOJ To Indict Hackers, Russian Spies For 2014 Yahoo Hack $YHOO https://hedgeaccordingly.com/2017/03/doj-to-indict-hackers-russian-spies-for-2014-yahoo-hack-yhoo.html ….
JUST IN: Ryan accuses Rand Paul of "insulting" Trump's intelligence http://hill.cm/xpPHVtT
Ryan: Trump is "all in" on ObamaCare replacement plan http://hill.cm/VvUmjOF
Obamacare sign-ups fall below expectations, last year’s levels
Trump in Graham’s cross hairs as Russia probe kicks off
Scarborough accuses Trump of leaking his own tax returns as a distraction http://hill.cm/F4T6m9p
Trump shuts down speculation he leaked his own 2005 tax returns http://hill.cm/gfX06w1
TRUMP TO PROPOSE BUDGET PLAN WITH 31 PCT CUT FOR EPA, 28 PCT CUT FOR STATE DEPARTMENT mick the knife mulvaney getting to work...
Meanwhile, @AGOWA files emergency motion for TRO ahead of order taking effect at midnight. We are still waiting for Judge Robart to weigh in
White House to bring on NSA hacker for national cybersecurity role http://hill.cm/CRCspwY
Grassley: Law enforcement is withholding info on Russia from our investigation http://hill.cm/vghHhzJ
Sen Intel Cmte Vice-chair Burr says he hopes to announce details of a public hearing for their Russia Investigation by the end of the day.
Source: Mike Flynn was being investigated by the FBI as recently as December
Database with personal information on 33 million individuals apparently breached http://hill.cm/46Askky
Conservative groups lobby against border tax | WATCH http://hill.cm/OkyblzH
Odds & Ends....
Khalifa Ghwell's National Salvation Government loses it Rixos HQ https://www.libyaherald.com/2017/03/15/khalifa-ghwells-national-salvation-government-loses-it-rixos-hq/ … via @libyaherald
#Raqqa | People are leaving Raqqa on the eve of the battle for the city
Francois Fillon has been placed under formal fraud investigation http://bit.ly/2n9A0G6
#BREAKING Renault's entire management implicated in pollution test fraud: investigators
Ukrainian oligarch's offices and Russian bank attacked in Kyiv. Photos: http://ow.ly/Vkka309VChe
Important ruling regarding detention of ayslum seekers.
Lots going on - North Korea on full alert , South Korea politically wobbly , Seal Team 6/Delta Forces practice taking out "Dear Leader" ...