US stocks end with modest losses on the day
Pretty bizarre move here into the close. 20 pips in the past half-hour.
ForexLive Americas FX news wrap: Oil below $50, Trump tax plan coming http://bit.ly/2oycfnJ
US crude oil futures settle at $49.62/BBL
The US rig count is up 44% since OPEC announced quotas on November 30. http://bit.ly/2oS3bh3
April 2017 PMI data for both Services & Manufacturing fell sharply. Q-1 2017 GDP growth likely 1.1% rather than 1.7%
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BREAKING: Trump tells @AP that Paris attack will “probably help” far-right candidate Marine Le Pen in France’s upcoming election.
Macron And Le Pen Seen Level On 23% Of Votes In First Round Of French Presidential Election, Melenchon On 19.5, Fillon On 19 - BVA Poll
Macron fades in final BVA French election poll
Odoxa Poll: R1 Fillon and Melenchon Both At 19%
Odoxa Poll: R1 Macron slips to 24.5%, Le Pen Gains to 23%
Ipsos poll data.....
Champs-Elysées: An ode to the world's most famous avenue http://dlvr.it/Nxmm2q
Marine Le Pen accused of 'exploiting' Champs-Elysées attack http://dlvr.it/Nxmm16
State of play in France election campaign ...
Greece blows EU-IMF bailout targets away with strong budget performance http://dlvr.it/NxtyPB
Greeks ignore health insurance, opting to pay their own way http://dlvr.it/Nxwpvn
Primary surplus chokes market http://dlvr.it/NxwBlV
Dip in Greek tourism arrivals and revenues at start of year http://dlvr.it/NxwqC9
IMF admits to misjudging economic performance http://dlvr.it/Nxwq49
US Political Round Up ...
Trump now says it "doesn't matter" if healthcare vote is next week http://hill.cm/wqUv9Hl
Freedom Caucus May Be Ready To Flip As New ObamaCare Bill Sports "Significant Changes" http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-04-21/freedom-caucus-may-be-ready-flip-new-obamacare-bill-sports-significant-changes …
New healthcare bill could be released as soon as today - report
better than OPEC and "Greece is fixed" headlines
TAX BILL CAN'T BE AS `POWERFUL' WITHOUT HEALTH FIRST: MULVANEY
So much for new tax next plan week: MULVANEY SAYS TRUMP HASN'T DECIDED YET ON BORDER ADJUSTMENT TAX
POTUS looking to accomplish things where he can and to avoid Congressional statemates -via Executive Actions.
State readout of Tillerson Lavrov call. discussed OPCW investigation into Syria CW. Lavrov wants changes, Tillerson wants as is
JUST IN: Russian officials tried to infiltrate Trump's campaign through his advisers: report http://hill.cm/J5cc8Lq
House Intel Committee calls Sally Yates to testify in public on Trump-Russia ties http://hill.cm/b4wzsNR
Yates, Brennan, Clapper hearing to be scheduled after May 2nd.
Spicer previewed 100-day accomplishments: --"so far passed 24 laws" --"instituted tough immigration policies" --removed job-killing regs.
White House preps for possible govt shutdown even as Trump says in Oval Office "we’re in good shape” to avoid that.
The White House is preparing for a government shutdown, though Spicer says they "remain confident that we are not going to have a shutdown."
Power Outages Hit US Cities Today.....
LA , San Fran & New York hit today with power outages Friday. Causation still unknown....
Major power outages hit LA, New York, and San Francisco around the same time today : http://buff.ly/2pN3f2J
Power out in San Fran..
Major power outage reported in downtown San Francisco (via @PierMarket )
Power still down in SF
Odds & Ends.....
Eight Venezuelans Electrocuted To Death While Looting Bakery Amid Massive Protests http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-04-21/eight-venezuelans-electrocuted-death-while-looting-bakery-amid-massive-protests …
Satellite images of Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site (April-19) indicate North Korea may have resumed preparations for a possible nuke test.
Italy downgraded to BBB..
China Denies Media Report Saying It Put Bombers on High Alert: BBG