Thursday, April 6, 2017

Economic News , Data & Views.....April 6 , 2017......Quick Hits For Thursday -1) Markets : Asia - Economic Calendar For Friday , Market Moving News & Data ; US - Modest Gains For The Major Indexes Ahead Of Big US Employment Report Friday , Oil Up A Bit , Gold Down A Bit , US Bond Yields Largely Unchanged. 2) US Politics : Trumps Considers Military Action Against Syria After Alleged Chemical Weapon Attack Which Killed Numerous Civilians ; Gorsuch Confirmed After GOP Senators Use Nuclear Option ; Trump - XI Summit Starts With Dinner At Mar -a-Lago ; Repeal & Replace Updates ; Additional News Of Note. 3) Europe In Focus : Greece Updates , Privatization Progress , Economy & Creditor Talks Updates ; France Election Updates - Interesting Articles To Consider ; UK - Transitional Deal With EU Being Floated. 4) Libya Updates For Thursday / Friday. 5) US Imminently Poised To Stike Syria Tonight , Israel Set To Intervene On Humanitarian Grounds Shortly As Well ?



Markets.........



Asia....




Economic data due from Asia today


South Korea ForMin: US VP Pence To Visit South Korea April 16 -18






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China To Unveil Plan To Boost Shanghai Insurance Industry – News






US...




US major indices end the day with modest gains





Forexlive Americas forex news wrap: One day closer to US employment






Goldman Sachs preview of the Nonfarm payroll report




US Politics .....







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It looks like Russia's decision in the next few hours to veto (or not) a UN resolution on Syria will be extremely consequential.








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Defense Secretary Mattis to brief President Trump on military options in Syria






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Trump gets briefing on military options for Syria , after alleged airstrike by SAA..





"Something should happen," Trump told . Phrase made news around world.








“Those steps are underway”: Tillerson says U.S will organize international coalition to oust Assad






NEW: Trump has told some members of Congress he is considering military action in Syria in retaliation for chemical attack ()





US Senate has voted to trigger the "nuclear option"(on party lines 52-48)..Neil Gorsuch can now be confirmed by simple majority of 51 not 60






SENATE REPUBLICANS UNLEASH NUCLEAR OPTION FOR GORSUCH: BBG







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It's happening: Senate Democrats just put up 41 votes to filibuster Gorsuch. Next up: Republicans go nuclear.







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What happens when North Korea tests a missile that could reach the U.S.?



The Chinese delegation has left Mar-a-Lago, per






A picture worth studying...








“We’ve had a long discussion already and so far, I’ve got nothing, absolutely nothing,” Trump jokes, of Xi. But "developed a friendship."












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Chinese press now getting a tour of Mar-a-Lago dining room. Nameplates show US official seated closest to Trump and Xi will be Kushner








Trump stops by press cabin on Air Force One. Asked two main goals for Xi summit, he said trade and North Korea. per








Trade to top the agenda of Trump-Xi meeting as US trade deficit w/China more than deficit w/all other trading partners combined (via Fathom)








On Bannon removal from NSC role, Spicer says Trump gave McMaster full control. McMaster "runs all these major decisions of restructuring."







On Obamacare repeal, Sean Spicer points to Mark Meadows' comments as encouraging. Amendment "shows tremendous progress by the team."








Mick Mulvaney: Restarting health-care effort is key to GOP’s agenda




Meadows: Freedom Caucus would vote for Pence’s proposals on AHCA





Newly popular, Obamacare is still losing insurers - The election of Donald Trump seems to have done wonders for...






House Rules Cmte making last-minute plans to hold meeting today on an amendment; vote would signal progress.






White House prods House Republican leaders to make last-minute tweaks to Obamacare replacement bill before lawmakers for 2-week spring break






Europe.....







New retirees suffer big cuts







Tsipras confident of deal at Eurogroup, lenders less so







Mortgage demand grows, but banks avoid loan issues







Greece seeks adviser for OTE stake sale







Unemployment rate unchanged in January






Tsipras hails tunnel opening as proof of Greek recovery






France......







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Embattled French candidate Fillon pelted with flour at campaign rally







‘They are LIARS!’ French voters SAVAGE presidential candidates Fillon and Macron








The race to be French president narrows as Emmanuel Macron ties with Marine Le Pen









Macron Slips Post Debate Making Him Tied With Le Pen, Poll Shows - Bloomberg






VIDEO - French presidential election: Where do the candidates stand on immigration?






Macron's lead narrows in French presidential election: polls









This is the fast-talking, far-left showman shaking up the French presidential election:






UK.....






UK could allow EU freedom of movement after Brexit, Boris Johnson says












As Varoufakis says,UK should go for the Norway option as a transitional plan. Give us time to see if there is a better deal, if any











European Parliament lays out 'red lines' for EU in negotiations inc 3-year limit for any transitional deal:






Libya.....





The UN Envoy to Libya Kobler, met Al-Sweihli & a number of members of the House of Representatives on Thursday in Tripoli.







UN-proposed government's air force air-attacks Haftar's warplanes in south






UN envoy Martin Kobler meets with Abdulrahman Swehli and members of the House of Representatives in .







UN's GNA PM Sarraj in yesterday with and US Ambasasdor. VOA refers to it as 'Obama's '






















The Mediterranean Storm Operation, aimed to eradicate fuel smuggling, launched in










Renewed clashes north of Tamanhint base in Southern







Unity Government allocates more than $10 billion for imported goods in 2017







UN envoy Martin Kobler visits the 45th International Fair.







Syria.....





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More market reaction to US strikes on Syria: Brent Crude shoots up to close in on $56 US 10Y yield drops to 2.31%






Secretary of State calls out Russia tonight regarding chemical weapons and Syria....do people still see Tillerson as a Putin puppet ?







Secretary Tillerson says that US has high confidence that this latest attack as well as the past 3 in were sarin gas attacks.







"We weighed action versus inaction" - NSA HR McMaster in decision to carry out strikes in







Trump: "Assad choked out the lives of helpless men, women and children." Full transcript:







Pres Trump declined to take any questions at the conclusion of his statement announcing the US strike on Syria.








NEWS: DOD tracked the Syrian aircraft that conducted the chemical weapons strike:







. saying DoD briefing were multiple conversations w Russians thruout day to inform them of strikes, so not to hit them







Pentagon official tells CNN the strikes targeted runway, aircraft and fuel points; missiles launched from warships in E Mediterranean.





Is POTUS seeking a Coalition to remove Assad ?







BREAKING: Trump says strikes on Assad regime airbase is in the 'vital national security interest'






TRUMP SAYS ASSAD USED DEADLY NERVE AGENT TO KILL MANY






One question answered - Russia was informed ahead of US airstrikes on Syria.







TRUMP EXPECTED TO SPEAK THIS EVENING ON SYRIA STRIKE: CNN







On President Donald Trump's orders, US warships launched 50 Tomahawk cruise missiles.






Strike against Syria has begun: US military official confirms more than 50 Tomahawks fired at an airfield near Homs (via )






Target is reportedly Shaayrat Airbase south-east of Homs, Opp sources initially claimed Syr aircraft that hit Khan Sheikhoun came from here








Russian Forces have used the airbase before for refuelling etc, not sure if they have anything there though







59 Tomahawk missiles hit Shaayrat Airbase and targeted runway, bunkers, ammo/fuel storage sites + air defence systems also reportedly hit













U.S. appears to be on the verge of a Syria missile strike, reports







BREAKING: Russian official at UN warns the US against the use of military action against the Assad regime






BREAKING: Israeli PM Netanyahu wants buffer zones on Syria's borders with Israel and Jordan (Via Haaretz)






BREAKING: US Secretary of Defense General Mattis is the 'key voice' advising President Trump on attacking Assad regime







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BREAKING: Reports that journalists are being told to remain at Pentagon and 'chatter' of military strike on Syria as soon as tonight





BREAKING: UN Security Council vote on Syria chemical weapons attack has been cancelled





BREAKING: Hezbollah is in a state of alert, amid fears they may be targeted in strike on Assad regime





BREAKING: Iranian diplomats' families being transferred from Damascus to South Beirut, amid reports of possible US strike on Assad regime






BREAKING: Claims Assad regime is evacuating assets from bases amid reports Trump Administration is considering military action against Syria








Israel's Channel 10 reports that the Israeli cabinet will convene on Sunday to discuss possible humanitarian intervention in Syria.






The global chemical weapons watchdog OPCW says it has "initiated contact" with Syrian authorities over Tuesday's nerve agent attack.