Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Economic News , Data & Views...... March 22 , 2017.....Quick Hits for Wednesday -1) Markets : Asia - Economic Calendar Light For Wednesday , RBNZ Keeps Interest Rates Unchanged At 1.75% ( Full Statement In Blogpost ) , North Korea Behind New York Fed Heist , Additional Market Moving News Of Note ; US Markets - S&P Index +0.19% / Nasdaq +0.48% / Dow Down -0.03% , 2 Year Yield Down 1.4 bp / 5 Year Yield Down 1.6 bp / 10 Year Yield Down 1.9 bp , Spot Gold Was Up $3 To $1247.72 , WTI Crude Recovered From A Low Of $47 To Trade Near Unchanged Today ($48.14.) 2) US Politics : Repeal & Replace Updates ; House Of Representatives Intel Committee Russia Investigation Drama Of The Day ; Additional News Of Note. 3) Europe In Focus : London Hit By Apparent Terror Attack - What We Know now ; Greek Updates -Economy And Bailout Talks ; France Election Updates ; EU Politics ( Two Speed Europe , EG Chief's Egregious Comments About Southern Europe. ) 4) Odds & Ends - Libya & Iraq In Focus.



Markets......



Asia....






Good morning from Berlin. Asia stocks bouncing after Wall St stabilized but gains capped by concerns about prospects for Trump growth agenda








Economic data due from Asia today - none




Down under. Australia's ASX 200 below its 50-day moving average for the first time this year.












Prior RBNZ statement said inflation to return to target 'gradually' now says it will happen 'in medium term'.





RBNZ Interest Rate Remains Unchanged At 1.75%, As Expected







Remember the $81m stolen from the Fed? Looks like the culprit has been found







North Korea linked to Heist of 81million from New York Fed ?









US.....






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Forexlive America forex news wrap. Terror attack stuns London. Markets take it in stride



US broad market indices end the day with gains





U.S. crude futures settle at $48.04/bbl.⬇$0.20. -0.41%. _K7 volume: ~644k
















US Politics......





NEW: The House Freedom Caucus is coming back to the White House tomorrow for further haggling on Obamacare repeal bill, I'm told.






The White House is considering changing the "essential benefits" requirement in the House's Obamacare replacement bill, aide confirms.







The key Thursday US House vote on new health care bill - preview






GOP lawmaker says he's changing his ObamaCare repeal vote from "no" to "hell no"








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recent update









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GOP governors quietly pressure lawmakers to oppose GOP healthcare bill







SCHUMER SAYS A REPEAL OF HEALTH BENEFITS UNDER OBAMACARE , "ALMOST CERTAINLY'’ CANNOT PASS THE SENATE UNDER THE BUDGET RECONCILIATION RULES







Republicans don't have enough votes to pass GOP healthcare bill








LIVE: White House says no Plan B for healthcare, believes bill will pass in the House on Thursday.






Major caveat - officials cautioned that the information was not conclusive and that the investigation is ongoing.








Nunes: "The FBI Is Not Cooperating With Our Investigation Into Trump Wiretapping"















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Rep. Schiff: Rep. Nunes' actions today throw into doubt his and House Intel Cmte.'s ability to properly conduct Russia investigation.






BREAKING: White House: House intel chair Nunes to brief Trump Wednesday on possible monitoring of Trump associates.






WATCH LIVE: White House calls Nunes' surveillance information 'startling', says it raises questions.




Nunes states members of Trump Transition Team and possibly Trump were surveilled during Transition period.1







Surveillance of Trump Team was subsequent to the Election. Does not appear related to Russian investigation.






Europe.......





Will be interesting to see how this concept is received...






Portugal and Italy call for Dijsselbloem to step down. Has Tsipras spoke as to this yet ? What is Merkel's view ?








EUROGROUP HEAD DIJSSELBLOEM SAYS HAS NO INTENTION TO STEP DOWN AFTER CRITICISM OF HIS INTERVIEW IN GERMAN PAPER





Turkey accession should be brought to and end , as per Belgian PM Michel.








UK .......


( Much more on London Attack At Tweed Timeline )







UPDATE: attack death toll raised to 5 people, 40 injured. Police officer killed named as Keith Palmer








Overview of today's horrible attack in London.






Channel 4 seems to have named the wrong man for the London attack today. Oh my...







Statement from Channel 4 News







2nd press briefing 4 dead 20 injured






Full statement from Commander Harrington following the incident in





BRITISH PM MAY TO CHAIR MEETING OF EMERGENCY SECURITY COMMITTEE COBR ON WEDNESDAY AFTER LONDON ATTACK-SKY NEWS






LATEST — A woman has been killed, some 'catastrophic' injuries have been reported after London terror attack








Greece....






Consumption slumps further in the year's first months






Fuel stations report big drop in volume sold so far in 2017







Greeks left out of pocket by housing costs








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Government says no need for opposition to back measures







France.....





French school pupils hurt in London terror attack







Kremlin dismisses report French presidential candidate Fillon was paid to fix a meeting with Putin as "fake news"







SPIEGEL Interview with Emmanuel Macron: 'I Am Offering the French Renewal'








Huge report on economic consequences of the French election, including a tentative Frexit scenario (still optimistic imo).






Fillon was text-coached live by his PR guru during Monday's presidential debate on TV:




French Socialist Party asks to drop out following new revelations in scandal.










UBS Wealth says 40% chance Marine Le Pen will win the French election, says her chances “should not be underestimated.”






Odds & Ends....




Fake News....




Crowdstrike's work debunked as erroneous regarding Ukraine..






Libya.....






Court decision against Italy - Libya Deal....






Interim Govt PM Thinni meets w/ Arab League envoy, says ready to hand power to govt that has HoR's confidence






Kobler denies discussing the situation in and International Criminal Court during his meeting w/ Swehli














State Council: Kobler confirmed to Swehli that an urgent investigation will be opened into "crimes against humanity"












Iraq...........





: Reports emerge indicating shake-up of top military commanders, including head of CTU by Iraq's Prime Minister .







Interactive map from The Study Of War....








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