As per royal decree published by SPA , King Salman called for a public pledging of allegiance in Mecca today to the new crown prince.
Good morning from Berlin! Asia stocks drop as #Oil slump spooks investors. China up after MSCI added China’s domestic stocks to its EM index
Economic data due from Asia today
PBOC survey - Bankers' confidence in the economy improved in Q2
Australia - Westpac Leading Index (May): -0.02% m/m (prior -0.12% m/m)
BOJ meeting minutes (April 26/27 meeting) out now
BoJ Minutes: Members Agreed Inflation Expectations Remain Weak - Members Agreed That Gains In Industrial Production Will Continue
BoJ Minutes: One Member Sees JGB Purchases Cannot Be Maintained Next Year Unless BoJ Starts Reducing Purchases Now
BoJ Minutes: Many Members See Risks Top Economy Skewed To The Downside - Few Members See CPI Not Reaching 2% During Projection Period
BoJ Minutes: Most Members See No Conflict Between JGB Buys And Market Ops Guides - One Member Sees Bank Cutting Asset Prices Incrementally
BoJ Minutes: Most Members See Price Goal Momentum Not Firm Enough - One Member Sees Stable LTerm Rates Show Yield Curve Control Is Working
North Korea prepping for its sixth nuclear test , perhaps on Wednesday ?
I'd be careful hopping on the A-Share train. Pretty sure that panda is on a North Korean missile @HaidiLun
MSCI will include China A shares in its EM index
US Market wrap
Another day around the way..
US stocks end the day near lows for the day
Forexlive Americas FX news wrap: GBP the weakest. Fed's Evans/Kaplan nervous about inflation http://news.forexlive.com/!/forexlive-nth-american-fx-news-20-jun-00-20170620 …
API not a market mover...
Crude -2.72 Distillate +1.837 Gasoline +346 Cushing -1.269
European stocks give back some of the gains from yesterday
France stats bureau sees best growth since 2011
US Political Beat....
This is a complete stunner ! State Department calls out KSA and UAE today !
State Dept. condemns Persian Gulf countries for Qatar embargo, seemingly putting Trump and Tillerson further at odds http://nyti.ms/2rOXSlp
The puppetmaster strikes again
WH senior official, in a text just now: "They haven't figured out how to beat Trump"
HANDEL 127,021 OSSOFF 114,390 99% reporting
LIVE RESULTS: Handel widens lead in Georgia special election http://hill.cm/JSPTz7A
NRCC chair Stivers: I congratulate Ralph Norman and his family on his resounding victory tonight in SC (although closer than expected)
McCain threatens to block Trump's deputy Defense secretary nominee http://hill.cm/hBH1ClI
JUST IN: Sessions hires his own lawyer http://hill.cm/3iKlWNN
"New border adjustment tax would amount to a $5 trillion tax hike on consumers" http://hill.cm/t6CdwOQ
Health CEOs blast Medicaid cuts in Senate GOP ObamaCare repeal bill http://hill.cm/cQuTw1C
15 state AGs join lawsuit against Trump repealing Obama methane regulation rule http://hill.cm/2v4w620
Dems, GOP brace for nail-biter in must-win Georgia special election: http://hill.cm/Mxyg3hE
Trump admin won't say if they'll make future critical ObamaCare payments to insurers http://hill.cm/MVmul4L
Senate Transportation Committee to reject Trump plan to privatize air traffic control http://hill.cm/hCBbuA8
Ford to move factory to China after Trump pressures company not to move to Mexico: http://hill.cm/H92LSfh
Trumpcare aka Replace&Repeal , Senate vote now set for next week...
CONFIRMED: Trump Can Get The Unmasking Records Out of Obama Library - Big League Politics
THIS WEEK is when President Trump will disclose what if any tapes exist of his conversations with James Comey, per @PressSec
Asked if North Korea killed Otto Warmbier, detained for 17 months & sent home in a coma, Spicer says need to wait for more info on his death
Spicer says State Dept pondering restrictions on Americans' travel to North Korea in wake of Otto Warmbier death.
Asked about coming changes in communications shop at White House, including possible new press secretary, Spicer: "I'm right here."
Ukraine's Poroshenko and entourage meet in Oval Office with Trump, Pence, H.R. McMaster, Michael Anton. Photo by @jeneps.
New: U.S. reinforces existing sanctions on Russia by broadening the list of people and entities whose assets are blocked.
Interesting - this move of various documents , just might impede the probe many are eager to pursue...
U.S. TREASURY SANCTIONS 38 ADDITIONAL INDIVIDUALS AND ORGANIZATIONS OVER RUSSIA INVOLVEMENT IN UKRAINE - STATEMENT
"In retrospect Whitewater seems overblown...At least so far, the Whitewater scandal was far more substantive than the Russia-collusion."
First on CNN: US F-15 shot down a 2nd Iranian made drone near At Tanf, Syria Monday. Armed drone was assessed to pose a threat to US forces
BREAKING - @AFP - Brussels station blast 'considered as a terror attack' says prosecutor
#UPDATE Suspect in Brussels train station blast shouted "Allahu Akbar," according to a witness
Possible explosive belt...
Reports of explosion in Brussels train station, area evacuated, heavily armed police on the scene.
UK - 30 Tory MPs tell the PM that a 'No Deal' on Brexit is unacceptable
Comments from UK PM May (ICYMI): Will see Brexit through
Final election donations reveal Tories raked in millions more than Labour and still lost majority - http://bit.ly/2sSFIPD
Sadiq Khan urges Theresa May to dispel public 'mistrust' over Grenfell inquiry http://bit.ly/2sRMNA1
Philip Hammond tells Tories to 'make anew' the case for cutting the deficit - http://bit.ly/2sRNSHX
Deal between UK Conservatives and DUP likely to be announced Thurs - BBC
BREAKING UK Government sources: No DUP deal til Thursday at the earliest. Theresa May will unveil Queen's Speech without a Commons majority.
DUP: Negotiations With Conservatives Have Not Proceeded The Way The DUP Would Have Expected - Sky News
DUP: Party Cannot Be Taken For Granted By British PM May's Conservatives - Sky News
Northern Irish DUP: Urges UK Govt To Give Greater Focus To Negotiations - Sky News
SocGen: Five Brexit scenarios and probabilities
Update: Sidra suicide bomber's other explosives did not detonate - https://www.libyaherald.com/2017/06/20/update-sidra-suicide-bombers-other-explosives-did-not-detonate/ …
PC's western and central military commanders sworn in - https://www.libyaherald.com/2017/06/20/107735/ …
A gov. source told me their return is unlikely to happen before compensation is paid & other arrangements like security in place #Libya
Home stretch - just one very tough District left in West Mosul...
#Iraqi forces will transfer him (Alaa Sami Al-Khatib) to #Baghdad. He has a close relationship with #ISIS commanders.
#ISIS CHIEF CLERIC KILLED BY COALITION FORCES - CENTCOM: BBG.
Al Tanf remains an area of high sensitivity for US led Coalition...
Situation south-west of Raqqa Larger: http://cpie.lima-city.de/map3_sw.jpg
SAA further progress in East Homs..
SAA progress in East Homs..
Australia suspends air strikes in Syria after Russian threatens coalition aircraft http://ow.ly/4KvQ30cJQMR
Great news: Syrian families want to return to Syrian Government after spending a few weeks in Al-Qaeda occupied Idlib. Welcome back
State Dept is getting frustrated with Saudi and its friends over the Qatar stand off. Report from today's briefing
Qatar says news agency hacking linked to states boycotting Doha
Qatar Hackers had IP addresses from countries “blockading” Qatar: Qatar AG. But... CNN said it was Russia
#Trump + White House: 'Qatar should stop supporting terrorism!' State Department: 'Hold on, there's no proof of that!'
Gas and the Gulf crisis: How Qatar could gain the upper hand http://ow.ly/F8Es30cKaR5
Contradictory remarks from Qatar's Foreign Minister leads to confusion as to what messaging from Qatar really means.
6/20 items ( at time of tweet ) : 1) Qatar Foreign Minister to fly to US to discuss Gulf Rift ; 2) HRW meets Qataris impacted by blockade.
Turkey continues to stand by Qatar....11 tons of food being delivered...
Odds & Ends...
BRAZIL JUDGE REJECTS TEMER CRIMINAL COMPLAINT VS JBS’S BATISTA
BRAZIL NOW FACING MAJOR CRISIS: HOUSE SPEAKER MAIA
Bremer LB cancels (as of next interest payment date of June 29th) , all interest payments on two Euro AT1 notes.
South Korea's Moon trial balloon "could discuss possible preemptive strike on N.K... when threat more urgent"
EZ Finance Minister and Budget agreeable to Merkel...
Just a glitch in the Matrix..