Monday, March 20, 2017

Economic News , Data & Views.....March 20 , 2017.....Quick Hits For Monday -1) Markets : Asia - Economic Calendar , Aso Speaks On Free Trade , Australia Weekly ANZ Consumer Confidence , North Korea Steps Up Capacity For Enriching Uranium ; US - Another Flattish Day For Nasdaq / S&P /Dow & Gold /Oil Also Quiet today. 2) US Politics Today - Comey Hearing Before House Intel Committee , Trump Rally In Kentucky , Additional Items Of Note. 3) Europe In Focus - French Presidential Election Debate , Germany News For Monday , Greece Updates , UK - Article 50 To Be Triggered March 29th & PM May Rules Out Early Elections. 4) Libya Updates For Monday



Markets......






Asia.....






Good morning from Berlin. Asia stocks mostly higher w/ EM outperforming on scenario. Dollar maintains losses, Bond yields lower.






CHINA SAID TO ONLY ALLOW AAA CORP BONDS FOR SHORT-TERM LOANS: BBG






China’s seven-day repo rate gains 15bps to 3.07%, highest since April 2015






(1) | Injects Net CNY30 Billion at OMOs Tuesday (2nd straight injection) - MNI







(2) | to Take Further Deleveraging Measures, ’s Zhou Says - Statement -






*PBOC SAID TO INJECT LIQUIDITY AFTER INTERBANK PAYMENTS MISSED






Economic data due from Asia today (AUD traders - RBA minutes day)




PBoC Fixes USDCNY Reference Rate At 6.9071 (Prev 6.8998)








Minutes of the Monetary Policy Meeting of the Reserve Bank Board






Japan finance minister Aso speaking on free trade





Australia - Weekly ANZ consumer confidence index: 112.0 (prior 113.1)



UN inspector: North Korea has doubled the size of its facility for enriching uranium



US.....






S&P down about -0.20% on the day







ForexLive Americas FX news wrap: Evans-the-dove is dead



US Politics.....






New U.S. ban on carry-on laptops, tablets, and other devices on flights from 10 Middle Eastern airports.







That is a curious decision.....







Conservative chair: Negotiations over ObamaCare repeal bill are "over," but bill won't pass






VA Inspector General: Suicide hotline left some veterans on hold up to 30 minutes






Protip from FBI chief: We can’t correct bad reporting on classified info, you know




TRUMP SAYS HE WANTS TO ADD TO REPUBLICAN HEALTHCARE BILL A PROVISION TO LOWER DRUG COSTS THROUGH COMPETITIVE BIDDING - Reuters News








JPN Fin MIn Aso: US-Japan will work on economic talks to encourage fair trade










1 hour ago
So far tonight, Trump has mentioned Henry Clay roughly a dozen times and hasn't mentioned Comey once.








"We won't be played for the fool and we won't be played for the suckers any longer," Trump said, ending 3rd political rally as president.






Trump, shelling out compliments to KY GOP politicians, now adds that he likes Sen Rand Paul "a lot." "I look forward to working with him."







Trump leads the crowd in a "we will make America great again," heads off stage to "You Can't Always Get What you Want."






1 hour ago
Trump reiterating several times that tax cut can't happen until Obamacare repeal/replace






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Trump references "long awaited" Obamacare replacement vote on Thursday in US House. "We’re going to do it."





Iraq's leader joked to Trump: We had nothing to do with the wire tapping. Trump laughed, per .






Russian view of last August of the "shitte show" Trump was putting forth - no different from Obama White House , HRC , Pundits , GOP.






Manfort releases statement says suggestion he worked to undermine US interests "false" & never "spoken with any Russian govt officials..."







Comey says he regrets not trying harder to warn Dems about Russian hacking threat






Comey's testimony was not good for the White House, at a really bad time. By




Featuring a broken nose and a black eye: US diplomat ejected from New Zealand after mysterious incident







Europe.....





France.....






(3) | Macron Most Convincing in Debate, Opinionway Poll Shows - Opinion Way








(4) | RTL poll: 1st Melenchon: 44%, 2nd Macron: 19% | Vote count ~52000








(5) | Le Figaro: 1st Fillon leds with 38%, 2nd Macron: 23% | Vote count ~107000





Le Pen faces fire from all sides in first French presidential debate












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A poll of TV spectators suggests Macron was the winner. That has surprised BFMTV's analysts who thought he was disappointing.





Will it change anything? Le Pen was angry. Macron was vague. Hamon was easygoing. Fillon was quiet. Melenchon was himself




Fillon says he is the only candidate who could ensure a majority in French parliament. He's probably right on that point.





Marine Le Pen now on home ground talking about the 'war' against Islamist fundamentalism. She wants more resources dedicated to it...





Fillon blasts Macron for taking a 'little bit from the left a little from the right...' Macron says: 'It's being effective'






Finally it's a free for all on the subject of the economy, 35-hour week, trade unions apart from Le Pen who bides her time





Fillon comes out swinging for 1st time, attacking Macron for not wanting to end 35-hour week. Macron says firms need freedom






Germany....





DEUTSCHE BANK'S U.S.-LISTED SHARES DOWN 7.8 PCT AT $16.95;





1 hour ago
*DEUTSCHE BANK SAID TO FACE FINES OVER CURRENCY TRADING





Neck & Neck....







Germans detained in Turkey over Berlin Christmas market attack






What does actually do for ? DW breaks it down by















Merkel warns Turkey to knock off Nazi comparisons....










Merkel warns Germany could ban Turkish campaign events after Nazi jibes






Greece...






Pressure on Greek government increases after Eurogroup






Suspicious parcels destined for EU countries found








Talks seem to be floundering between Greece and its Creditors. .











NATO accepted the Turkish demand and moreover without previously briefing Athens. It informed Greece only late on Sunday night.









UK.....







BBC risks undermining Brexit and damaging UK with 'pessimistic and skewed' coverage, 70 MPs warn







The Government has ruled out an early election, saying: "There is not going to be one"








EU told that Theresa May will enact Art 50 29th March




Odds & Ends.....







At least 8 LNA battalion are engaged in *Quicksand Op* to liberate the south - near Sabha, Temanhint, Waddan - from the pro-Misrata militias








LNA 12th Brigade announces the area from Jufra to Sebha as a closed military operations area.







LNA General Command: Unit commanders must immediately hand over those who committed abuses to the military police



















LNA's operation commander to seize Tamhinit air base Masoud Ben Jadu hopes that to take over the base without bloodshed # Sebha South Libya







Local reports from Sebha city about seiging the Tamihint air base my forces related to the LNA # South of Libya







UN envoy Martin Kobler says looking forward to visiting next week.








Abdulrahman Swehli arrives in Rome for an official visit at the invitation of the President of the Italian Senate










Fayez Serraj visits Rome meets with PM Gentiloni, participates in Central Mediterranean Contact Group meeting


















Smuggled migrants are taken exclusively from to , skipping over and nearby Zarzis . Quite a racket.







Under maritime law, migrants should be taken to the closest safe port. Sicily 250 nautical miles from 180 Zarzis 90








Latest refugee scam apparently...







Who's making millions of this smuggling scam ? Answer that question and the Italian Minister brain teaser also will be answered !