Friday, May 5, 2017

Economic News , Data & Views....May 5 , 2017.....Quick Hits For Friday : Markets - US Stocks Wrap Up The Week Showing Green , Both S&P And Nasdaq With New Record Closes ; US Crude Settles At $46.22 , After Asian Trading Low Of $43.76 ; Various Fed Speakers Today - Highlights From Evans / Bullard / Rosengren & Williams ; Europe Ends The Week With Solid Gains , Assured Macron Will Win Sunday. 2) US Politics : Obamacare & Replace Repeal News Items ; "Swampland News " ; Rand Paul Requests Info On Whether He Was Surveilled By Obama ; Trump Signs Spending Bill Keeping Gov't Open Through September ; Additional News Of Note. 3) France - Friday Polling Data , Items Of Note On The Election & Local News. 4) Greece Related News For Friday. 5) Germany - Historical News & News For Friday. 6) UK - Local Election Final Results & Commentary. 7) Odds & Ends - Venezuela , Syria , Iraq , Libya & More !



Markets......





US.......






S&P and Nasdaq close at record levels.





ForexLive Americas FX news wrap: Wages weight on US dollar



US Crude oil futures settle at $46.22/bbl



Highlights from Evans, Bullard and Rosengren




Fed's Williams: Recent data consistent with steadily improving economy



Friday employment report overview..







European stocks showing some solid gains (and new highs too)



US Politics....







Swing Left raises $1 million in 48 hours to defeat Republicans who voted for ObamaCare repeal:









JUST IN: EPA chief Scott Pruitt recuses himself from climate and water rule cases








Opinion | Barack Obama’s legacy takes another blow







1 hour ago
Mark Green withdraws his nomination for Army secretary





“24 million people lose health care, and that means 24 million people lose access to mental health benefits,”







Rand Paul requests info on whether Obama surveilled him






Wonderful...






Do we get another press conference for this one?







Many opposed the AHCA for its lack of accessible mental health and addiction services



Good state of play on Healthcare political drama...







Europe....




France.....






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France: Presidential election (run-off), Ipsos poll: Macron (EM-*): 63% (+1.5) Le Pen (FN-ENF): 37% (-1.5)





France: Presidential election (run-off), Harris poll: Macron (EM-*): 62% (+1) Le Pen (FN-ENF): 38% (-1)






France: Presidential election (run-off), Opinion Way poll: Macron (EM-*): 62% (+1) Le Pen (FN-ENF): 38% (-1)







French election commission asks media "not to report on the content of these data" — "dissemination of false info" subject to criminal law.






Macron team blasts 'massive hacking attack' after document release







May 5th surprise.....








The Macron email dump came minutes before France's campaign blackout started at midnight. Candidates can't respond before polls open Sunday







About face !






14 memorable moments of the historic 2017 French presidential election campaign








France will elect a new president on Sunday, but what powers will Emmanuel Macron or Marine Le Pen have if they win?









Are Parisians panicking about the prospect of Le Pen in power?





Greece.....





Golden Dawn trial to be moved to a third venue







Tensions simmer on Chios after second night of migrant clashes






PM defends deal to wary MPs





Germany.....






Ad: 5/7/1945: Nazi Germany surrendered to Western Allies - Get e-book "World War II"








The comeback of . prices have risen this week in Germany by almost 5%, butter now 8% more expensive.








Isil bomb maker at large in Germany after he's caught saying 'the explosives are ready', according to report








Germany, Civey poll: CDU/CSU-EPP: 37% ↑ SPD-S&D: 29% LINKE-LEFT: 9% AfD-ENF: 8% ↓ GRÜNE-G/EFA: 7% ↓ FDP-ALDE: 6% ↓






Merkel's party rebound faces the first test in Germany's state election






UK Political News....


















Quite showing by the Conservatives...







On the hidden Libdem story....








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A perfect article for the Tories - Corbyn attacked for electoral defeat...at the start of an election campaign....by his own side.






WATCH Carswell: "I'm UKIP's First and Last MP... It's Over" [VIDEO]






Odds & Ends.....






Not sure how much dire things could get , regarding paucity of food.








Venezuela is a story that isn't getting anywhere near the coverage that it warrants....









Map showing four de-escalation zones ( in blue on map.)









Note cessation bombing in safe zones does not apply to ISIS or Al Qaeda...











Russia "Safe Zones " Agreement commences midnight tonight.
















Misrata council staff call for legal action against protestors -





Deadly clashes in Sebha over car robbery -






BREAKING: Chief Justice Roberts Select SDNY Judge Laura Taylor Swain to Preside Over Title III Proceeding for Puerto Rico








China has its eyes on the civilian jet market...









ISIS in Germany - ISIS Emir posing as a refugee arrested by German police.








N.K threatened anti-terrorist attack against intel agencies of S.K and US & alleged plot to kill North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.







: High-level Turkish delegation, including Chief of armed forces and intel travel to D.C. in preparation for Erdogan-Trump Summit.







Early votes sees record numbers in South Korea....






THREATENS 'COUNTER-TERRORISM' STRIKE VS : KCNA







| covering streets of Raqqa with sheets to thwart airstrikes









Sputnik claimed Syrian gas attack was “false flag” operation by Al Jazeera. Al Jazeera are now getting ready to sue