Saturday, May 13, 2017

Economic News , Data & Views.....May 13 , 2017.....Quick Hits for Saturday -1) US Political News : Comey Firing Related News ; Russia Issues Investigations ; "Trumpstorms For Today" ; Other Political News Touching On US. 2) Mass Attack Hack Updates. 3) Belt & Road Forum Updates. 4) UK Politics In Focus. 5) France - Macron Plotting France's New Course. 6) Europe Polling Data for Selected Countries ( Germany , UK , Italy , Poland , Austria.) 7) Global Markets Overview For Saturday.


US Politics.....





Comey Firing / Russia Probe & Congressional Investigations / "Trumpstorms"






Trump kept Spicer in the dark on Comey firing to avoid leaks: report







Trump Russia investigators follow the money as Manafort bank records sought






Pretty much sums it up....






Trump: "I don't think it's inappropriate" to ask FBI chief to pledge loyalty







Comey had "broad support within the FBI and still does to this day," McCabe told lawmakers





Comey says he's only willing to testify if it is public: report







Trump: It's "possible" FBI director spot could be filled by Friday








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Fearful that his own team would leak the decision, Trump kept key staff in the dark as he pondered the dramatic move.







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Trump's war with Comey intensifies








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Sessions interviews 4 candidates for permanent FBI director job on Saturday







Other Political News From US...






open to dialogue under 'right conditions'







Two EPA science board members resign in protest after colleagues' dismissal






GOP senator threatens to block Trump's CIA nominee







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Hewitt grills Tom Price: We don't arrest journalists in the US






U.S.-China trade deal serves up potential corporate winners






Cyber Attack Updates.





China part of the Public Security Bureau in the blackmail software virus to stop the business
 








Bank of China Automatic teller machine in the blackmail software virus







China also has been impacted , although you won't read about this in official media....








126,534 ransomware infections observed in 99 countries. Code for ransomware allegedly to have originated from NSA spy code " Eternal Blue."









Six NHS trusts still fighting to get their systems back online tonight , 48 Trusts hit across the country , Amber Rudd has confirmed.









As of Saturday-NHS still struggling with : getting computer systems up & running again ; rescheduling operations & outpatient appointments.








People are starting to pay the ransom demanded by the cyber attackers....





Known cyber attacks victims so far : Deutsche Bahn AG ( digital display panels​ at stations across Germany ) ; FedEx ; NHS ; 1






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Russian Banks targeted ( allegedly unsuccessfully ) including Sberbank ; Russia’s main rail operator targeted but services not impacted. 2





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No culprit ID (as per Amber Rudd-U.K. Home Secretary.) National Cyber Security Centre/Europol/Enisa/BSI Office for Information Security. 3




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Friday’s attack appears to have exploited a vulnerability in Windows. Microsoft said new protections added Friday to shield users. 4





Nissan factory in UK , as well as Renault factory in France , impacted by Friday's cyber attack.





Cyber attacks have halted production in Slovenia & sites in France ( including Sandouville in Normandy ) and impacted Company's IT systems.







Belt And Road Forum...






PM Nawaz Sharif Meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the Sidelines of Belt and Road Forum in Beijing on May 13, 2017.








Extradition of criminals, international highway transportation and reciprocial establishment of cultural centers in the two countries.









Expectations, impressions of Belt and Road Forum The Belt and Road Forum for






US to Attend China’s Belt and Road Forum






India likely to skip China's Belt and Road forum - Assam Tribune







Seoul, Pyongyang envoys may talk at Belt and Road Forum - Nikkei Asian Review






Subjects of discussion-Greek-Turkish relations , Cyprus , European course of Turkey , immigration and visa free travel for Turkish citizens.








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. expresses dissatisfaction with Greece's PM Alexis Tsipras for not extradiating eight Turkish soldiers involved in coup plot.






Europe.....





UK....





Regarding the Talks....







Poll gives UK Conservatives big lead ahead of June election







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As per Boris - "Britain's share of EU assets is so valuable that Brussels may end up having to hand over money."







London MPs defy Labour Party on Brexit, demand single market membership







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"In just three weeks, Labour have taken us back 40 years ... or maybe 400 years if you're Diane Abbott," May says in a speech








British voters more confident May will get a good deal - ORB poll







France....





"Happy days are coming" says far-left candidate







Macron to visit Germany to discuss EZ future...








The new faces of France? Macron's candidates gather in Paris









France's new president Emmanuel Macron has run into some obstacles in his first big challenge






Dupont-Aignan ends alliance with National Front... "no dry cleaner can remove the stain"








How Emmanuel Macron will spend his first days as France's new president.








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The handover between and will take place tomorrow - one of several steps in the process







President and the Negotiation


Europe Elects Polling Data....





Italy, Demos poll: PD-S&D: 29% ↑ M5S-EFDD: 28% ↓ FI-EPP: 13% ↑ LN-ENF: 13% ↑ FDI-NI: 4% ↓ DP-*: 4% SEL-LEFT: 3% ↓ CP-*: 2% AP-EPP: 2%







Italy, Ixé poll: M5S-EFDD: 28% PD-S&D: 28% LN-ENF: 13% FI-EPP: 13% ↑ FdI-*: 4% ↓ AP-EPP: 3% DP-S&D: 3% ↓ SI-LEFT: 2% ↓







UK, ORB poll: CON-ECR: 46% LAB-S&D: 32% ↑ LDEM-ALDE: 8% ↓ UKIP-EFDD: 7% ↓






Austria, Research Affairs poll: ÖVP-EPP: 35% ↑ FPÖ-ENF: 25%↓ SPÖ-S&D: 21% ↓ GRÜNE-G/EFA: 9%↑ NEOS-ALDE: 6% ↑





Poland, IBRiS poll: PiS-ECR: 38% ↑ PO-EPP: 34% ↑ K'15-*: 11% ↑ SLD-S&D: 6% N-ALDE: 5% ↓ PSL-EPP: 4% ↓ R-*: 2% ↓







Germany, Civey poll: CDU/CSU-EPP: 39% ↑ SPD-S&D: 28% ↑ LINKE-LEFT: 9% GRÜNE-G/EFA: 7% AfD-ENF: 7% ↓ FDP-ALDE: 7%





Germany, YouGov poll: Age: 18-24 yrs CDU/CSU-EPP: 46% SPD-S&D: 21% GRÜNE-G/EFA: 11% LINKE-LEFT: 6% FDP-ALDE: 5% AfD-ENF: 3%








Germany, YouGov poll: CDU/CSU-EPP: 37% ↑ SPD-S&D: 25% ↓ FDP-ALDE: 9% ↑ AfD-ENF: 9% LINKE-LEFT: 8% ↓ GRÜNE-G/EFA: 7%






Markets......






Credit Bubble Bulletin : Weekly Commentary: The VIX and the Scheme Doug's Report






Second DDoS attack targeting Poloniex in the last 7 days. Poloniex is yet to confirm whether it lost any of its assets from1st DDoS attack.







Global stocks have gained $388bn in mkt cap this week after bevy of positive news in form of Macron victory, strong US jobs data, oil bounce








We've never had it so good: Global equities now worth $73.3trn, highest value in history.










Composite rebounded for the 2nd day, closed 0.7% higher at 3083, supported primarily by banks and other financial stocks










Chinese 10-yr treasury futures closed 0.3% lower despite the came to the rescue with 459bn MLF operations.








: banks extended 1.1 trillion yuan new loans in April, vs prev 1.02tn








China's total social financing, broader measure of credit, increased 1.39 trillion yuan in April, vs expected 1.15tn








Banking regulator CBRC said it has run stress tests to evaluate banks' loans to real estate sector; the risks are controllable.








China's total social financing, broader measure of credit, increased 1.39 trillion yuan in April, vs expected 1.15tn







Banking regulator CBRC said it has run stress tests to evaluate banks' loans to real estate sector; the risks are controllable.







HKMA finally follows mainland, tightening bank lending to property developers on June 1.







SHFE to launch Crude Oil futures RMB in next quarter, API gravity 32. Close to Dubai crude. 4% daily limit.







SHFE Rebar closed at day low and down almost -3%