Hang Seng Index follow opened near 1% lower following a plunge in US stock markets overnight
#Shanghai Composite opened 0.7% lower, losses seen across the board.
NZ data - ANZ Consumer Confidence for May: +1.8% m/m (prior -2.8%)
Australian employment report due today - 2 quick previews
Japan's Ishihara:: Consumer Sentiment Is Picking Up
Japan's Ishihara: Moderate Recovery Expected To Continue
Japan Exports Post 3rd Straight Quarter Growth, Led By Machine Tools and Inbound Tourists
JN GDP Business Spending (QoQ) Q1 P: 0.2%Est. (-0.40%), Prior (2.00%)
JN GDP Nominal SA (QoQ) Q1 P: 0% Est. (0.10%), Prior (0.40%) JN GDP Deflator (YoY) Q1 P: -0.8% Est. (-0.70%), Prior (-0.10%)
JN GDP SA (QoQ) Q1 P: 0.5%Est. (0.40%), Prior (0.30%) JN GDP Annualized SA (QoQ) Q1 P: 2.2% Est. (1.80%), Prior (1.20%)
Japan Q1 GDP (preliminary) +0.5 % q/q (expected 0.5%)
Tokyo morning update, USD/JPY already with a near 50 point bounce
Iron ore is rallying again, and Credit Suisse thinks there's further gains to come (via @BIAUS) https://www.businessinsider.com.au/iron-ore-is-rallying-again-and-credit-suisse-thinks-theres-further-gains-to-come-2017-5 … #ausbiz
Australian jobs report coming up: What to expect
Japan GDP today - some analysts flagging a potential upside surprise, here's why
US stocks have the worst day of 2017
ForexLive Americas FX news wrap: USD/JPY falls most in 8 months
US Crude oil futures settle at $49.07/bbl
Gold surges as traders struggle with the Washington drama
US 10-year yields fall 10 basis points; nears April low
Flight to safety day ! Bitcoin at 1812.57 (up $94.37 /5.49% on the day) , Gold up $20.60 or 1.67% , bonds on fire !
Special Counsel named ( Former FBI Direct Robert Mueller ) to lead probe on Russian Election Interference for 2016 ...
Former FBI Director Mueller appointed as special counsel to oversee Russia investigation
BREAKING: Top members of Senate Judiciary Committee invite former FBI Director James Comey to testify
State: Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will accompany President Donald J. Trump on travel to Riyadh, Jerusalem, Rome, and Brussels.
JUST IN: Speaker Ryan says he welcomes Robert Mueller as special counsel; adds that House investigation will continue, as well.
JUST IN: "I accept this responsibility and will discharge it to the best of my ability," Robert Mueller says of special counsel appointment.
TRUMP: Thorough investigation will confirm no Russia collusion. "I look forward to this matter concluding quickly."
DC police chief slams "brutal" attacks on protestors at Turkish embassy http://hill.cm/Z6iU0p3
NBC News: Officials say multiple grand jury subpoenas & records requests have been issued in connection with the 2 men in the past 6 months
TRUMP DOESNT PLAN TO USE ISRAEL TRIP TO ANNOUNCE MOVE OF EMBASSY TO JERUSALEM BUT THAT IS STILL HIS ULTIMATE GOAL - SNR ADMIN OFFICIAL: RTRS
TRUMP WILL LISTEN TO WHAT EUROPEAN ALLIES SAY ABOUT PARIS CLIMATE AGREEMENT, BUT BELIEVES ITS A BAD DEAL FOR U.S. -SR ADMIN OFFICIAL: RTRS
TRUMP WILL USE TRIP TO SAUDI ARABIA TO ENCOURAGE GULF STATES TO FORM A NATO-LIKE FORCE FOR THE MIDDLE EAST -SENIOR ADMIN OFFICIAL: RTRS
Here's the official order from DOJ's Rod Rosenstein appointing Bob Mueller as special counsel in the Russia probe.
JUST IN: Trump will continue Obama-era sanctions relief for Iran http://hill.cm/4eS6AYH
Stocks sink as investors say they've lost confidence in GOP agenda http://hill.cm/6RXaJxm
Sanders misses deadline to file financial disclosures http://hill.cm/nDL0f0V
US 'concerned' by clash between Turkish president's bodyguards and protestors in DC http://hill.cm/33s5iIA
NEW: House Democrats step up calls for Trump's impeachment http://hill.cm/6K5p99v
If you keep the Individual Mandate , how can refer to ACHA as "Repeal and Replace", regarding "Obamacare" ?
Comey to testify 930am on Wednesday-before House Committee on Oversight & Reform , not House Intel Committee.
SEAN SPICER SAYS PRESIDENT VERY CLEAR ACCOUNT OF COMEY MEETING PUBLISHED NOT ACCURATE PORTRAYAL OF EVENTS: FOX NEWS
FBI director update: 4 interviewing TODAY: Joe Lieberman, Frank Keating, Richard McFeely, Andrew McCabe, Sean Spicer said.
Trump asked for his first foreign trip to be shortened: report http://hill.cm/iFlmz3q
Breaking: Senate Intelligence Committee asks FBI for Comey memos and invites Comey to testify
TRUMP ADMINISTRATION TO RENEW SANCTIONS WAIVERS ON IRAN ON WEDNESDAY, U.S. OFFICIALS TELL REUTERS: RTRS
If Putin is offering records and recordings , it's because he knows nothing material will be revealed.
Jonathan Turley casts doubt on obstruction of justice against POTUS & casts major doubt regarding conduct of Comey
Russia to provide a recording of Trump -Lavrov exchange....
"He has to stop this testing...We are willing to talk, but not until we see a total stop," Nikki Haley on N Korea.
"Don't think any of us should race to that conclusion." Impeachment would be "obviously jarring" to nation, Adam Schiff, House Intel, on GMA
Embroiled in controversies, Trump seeks boost on foreign trip http://reut.rs/2pT5j65
New war plan calls for more than 50 K soldiers. Trump has signaled he is in no mood to escalate America's longest war.
Merkel Says U.K. Will Have Price to Pay After Leaving the EU
So despite "Brexit Bill " numbers allegedly of as much as 100 BN - EU's Barnier says no actual figures have been set for EU " Demands " ?
EU’s Barnier: Wants Brexit Negotiations To Begin The Day After UK Vote
EU’s Barnier: Sequencing In Brexit Talks To Be Crucial For Success
EU’s Barnier: Real Brexit Transition Period Is Now, Says ‘All Economic Players Should Prepare’
UK PM May: Relationship With US Is Most Important For Defense And Security - RTRS
EU's Tusk says Brexit talks must be based on "phased approach"
UK March average 3-month weekly earnings yy 2.4% vs +2.4% exp
50/50 to have a deal on Monday's #Eurogroup says EU official
EU official:1st agreement on policy package,2nd GR authorities implement prior actions,3rd implementation report if prior action fulfilled
*EU OFFICIAL: IMF JOINING BAILOUT IS CONDITION FOR GREEK PAYOUT
Merkel spokesman: Germany would welcome resolution on Greece. → via @ForexBTC
*MERKEL DIDN'T EXPRESS EXPECTATION ON MAY 22 EUROGROUP: SEIBERT
To date < 18,500 asylum seekers relocated to other EU countries , the original 2-year plan was implemented in hopes of relocating 160,000.
Train, bus, ferry and airline services disrupted , private & public sector employees are on strike. New omnibus bill tabled in Parliament.
France Gov't breakdown..
Macron's offer wide tent type of Government. Smart move to be inclusive with his first Gov't.
Additional News From Europe....
Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny Confirms Plan to Resign
Italian Transport Minister: Asked EC To Postpone Launch Of Legal Action VS Rome Over Fiat Chrysler Emissions - RTRS
Odds & Ends....
Cisco warns on #WannaCry vulnerabilities...
Syria Peace Talks....
HNC side considering next steps..
Gov't side quiet..
Syria Talks morning update..
Cable fault cuts power in Tobruk - https://www.libyaherald.com/2017/05/17/cable-fault-cuts-power-in-tobruk/ …
Important meeting in Umm Al-Rizm reason for Ageela Salah no-show at Operation Dignity ... - https://www.libyaherald.com/2017/05/17/important-meeting-in-umm-al-rizm-reason-for-ageela-salah-no-show-at-operation-dignity-celebrations-report/ …