Economic data due from Asia today - RBA Statement Day
Support crumbling ?
It's kicking off again in China.... commodities on Chinese exchanges Friday:
Iron Ore -8% Rubber -4.9% Copper -1.1%
Hong Kong Nikkei PMI Apr: 51.1 (prev 49.9)
RBA's quarterly Statement on Monetary Policy (SoMP) is due today - preview
Not all Asian markets are open today - Japan on holiday
Dalian iron ore starting the day off with another 5.7% drop
Forexlive Americas FX news wrap: EURUSD breaks out. Approaches 1.1000
US major stock indices end the day little changed
US crude oil futures settle at $45.52/BBL
Cold breeze from China putting pressure on commodities. Apart from the commodities crush ongoing-bond yields 》
Black gold bloodbath underway...
Non-farm payrolls preview by the numbers for the April 2017 employment report
OPEC supply cut likely to be extended into second half of 2017 - delegates
OPEC, NON-OPEC OIL PRODUCERS UNLIKELY TO INCREASE SIZE OF CUT FROM 1.8 MLN BPD - THREE OPEC DELEGATES: RTRS
A handy list of all Executive Actions to date...
House Leaders joint statement concerning House investigation into Russian hacking/ interference re: 2016 election.
ACHA passes by narrow 217 to 213 vote. Next stop is the US Senate.
Senate writing its own HC Bill...
“There is no timeline" for voting on GOP ObamaCare repeal in the Senate http://hill.cm/gVtj0RF
Largest doctors' group condemns passage of GOP healthcare bill http://hill.cm/hfnCYg8
At present and without material revisions , passage in the Senate appears problematic -at best.
Senate passes funding bill for Gov't , will cover balance of fiscal year. Next stop -desk of POTUS.
BREAKING: House overwhelmingly backs new sanctions on North Korea, targeting its shipping industry and use of slave labor.
Trump travel in May: Israel, Vatican, Saudi Arabia, NATO summit in Brussels (May 25) and G7 summit in Sicily (May 26).
Not surprisingly-Germany shoots down notion debt relief is in the works for Greece.Just "talks" & "understandings."
1/4 Eu official: The EWG met today to take stock of state of play of the 2nd review of the ESM stability programme for Greece.
2/4 The EWG welcomed the preliminary agreement reached btw institutions&Greek authorities on a policy package basis 4 concluding2nd review
3/4 of the ESM stability programme. Following the implementation of the prior actions by Greece
4/4 EG cld endorse policy package&terms of disbursement&address sustainability of Greek debt in near future,on basis of May 2016 agreement
Turkish foreign ministry warns of rift in relations wt #Greece aft court rejects extradition of TR officers http://www.mfa.gov.tr/no_140_-4-may-2017_-press-release-regarding-the-rejection-by-greece-of--the-extradition-request-concerning-eight-putschists.en.mfa …
Court rules against extradition of remaining Turkish soldiers http://dlvr.it/P3ZF9j
The inner circles of French presidential election candidates Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron
VIDEO - Emmanuel Macron confronted by union activists in Albi while Le Pen dodges eggs in Brittany http://f24.my/1BIc.t
#FRANCE | MACRON WOULD BEAT LE PEN 61% (+1 PT) VS 39%: IFOP DAILY POLL
What happens now: French presidential election race enters crunch time http://dlvr.it/P3g7cs
French voters will elect a new president on May 7, but what will Emmanuel Macron or Marine Le Pen be able to do if they win the election?
French presidential frontrunner Macron filed a 'defamation' complaint against Le Pen http://read.bi/2pC2BnV
French prosecutors open probe after Le Pen's 'Bahamas bank account' slur against Macron http://dlvr.it/P3cJsX
PREDICTION: Chances of becoming next President of France Macron: 80% Le Pen: 20%
Debate doesn't appear to have broken the narrow range since Latter part of April. Macron still with 59-61% , Le Pen at 41-39%.
#France 10y risk spread over Germany drops to lowest since Nov2016 as Macron has survived TV debate.
(Venom & Venomous going To Be Words Of The Week - But Who Actually Are The Vipers , One Might Ask ? )
Guardian front page, Friday 5 May 2017: Show respect in Brexit talks, Tusk tells May
Tomorrow's front page: May told to show some respect when dealing with Europe and to think about the millions of lives affected by Brexit
British-EU relations hit new low after venomous attack by Theresa May http://ind.pn/2qILj6n
Tell that to Juncker, Merkel and Verhofstadt - the leaks and subsequent disparaging tweets and comments by them were highly unprofessional.
Not a surprise. .
Europe PMI Data....
Eurozone Markit Services PMI Apr F: 56.4 (est 56.2; prev 56.2) -Markit Composite PMI Apr F: 56.8 (est 56.7; prev 56.7)
Germany Markit/BME Services PMI Apr F: 55.4 (est 54.7; prev 54.7) -Markit/BME Composite PMI Apr F: 56.7 (est 56.3; prev 56.3)
France Markit Services PMI Apr F: 56.7 (est 57.7; prev 57.7) -Markit Composite PMI Apr F: 56.6 (est 57.4; prev 57.4)
Italy Markit/ADACI Services PMI Apr: 56.2 (est 53.6; prev 52.9) -Markit/ADACI Composite PMI Apr: 56.8 (est 54.6; prev 54.2)
Spain Markit Services PMI Apr: 57.8 (est 57.7; prev 57.4) -Markit Composite PMI Apr: 57.3 (est 57.0; prev 56.8)
Spain Unemployment (MoM) Apr: -129.3K (est -78.8K; prev -48.6K)
Irish Investec Services PMI Apr: 61.1 (prev 59.1) -Investec Composite PMI Apr: 58.7 (prev 56.9)
Odds & Ends.....
Venezuela descends further into deadly unrest as students rally, attorney general quits
Do not miss what's happening in #Venezuela. 35 dead now in protests. President trying to rewrite constitution. A country near collapse.
Unrest continues to take a deadly toll , Maduro dancing somewhere..
#BREAKING Student leader killed in latest Venezuela protests: prosecutors
Scenes like this make you wonder how much longer Maduro can hang onto power ?
Update on Home Capital Group and concerns for other Alternative Lenders and the Canadian Housing Market.
Celery freeze comes as quite the surprise...
Bitcoin has been soaring ( above 1600 ) , even as gold has been pushed down about 50 bucks since Friday.
Keep your eyes on Bitfinex....
Interesting thread from Jenan , underlines how Al Qaeda rules the roost in Idlib w/ an iron hand.Thread of 8 tweets.
2-Checkpoints to ensurefree movement of unarmed civilians. SAA and armed Opp will carry out their tasks at checkpoints and monitoring posts
3-Take all necessary measures to continue fight against ISIS, Jabhat al-Nusra and other terrorist groups and organizations in tensions areas
4-Groups affiliated to Nusra & ISIS & terrorist groups listed by UN including armed opp so far not participated in this settlement Included
5-Russia, Iran & Turkey are guarantors to ensure cessation of hostilities regime is respected. They will be referred to as the "guarantors”.
6-Preparation of the necessary maps of the “areas of tension and de-escalation areas” will be complete by May 22.
"Allegedly" filmed by Al Jazeera. New CW attack has not occurred. All that is needed is the after filming incident.
The Syrian dynamic is far from being over. Many details still unsolved & some players r not yet convinced 2end d war
Even if "de-escalation zones" may not work in the same days,weeks,months, it is settling a starting base agreed by #Turkey(important player)
Turkey appears set to really ramp up its ongoing purge. Almost 215,000 people could fall victim in next rounds !
Angry CBL staff protest colleague's abduction - https://www.libyaherald.com/2017/05/04/angry-cbl-staff-protest-colleagues-abduction/ …
British Foreign Secretary sees Serraj in Tripoli - https://www.libyaherald.com/2017/05/04/british-foreign-secretary-sees-serraj-in-tripoli/ …
Militants force Misrata mayor to resign; decision later retracted - https://www.libyaherald.com/2017/05/04/militants-force-misrata-mayor-to-resign-decision-later-retracted/ …
French bank capitulates in the LIA's $1.5 billion fraud case - https://www.libyaherald.com/2017/05/04/french-bank-capitulates-in-the-lias-1-5-billion-fraud-case/ …
President Sisi coming to Abu Dhabi to seal the deal between Haftar and Serraj ?