Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Economic News , Data & Views .....June 28 , 2017.....Quick Hits For Wednesday -1) Markets : Asia - Economic Calendar For Thursday , Market Moving News & Data ; US - US Stocks Have Solid Day , Oil Bounces , Yields Rise For Treasuries , Spot Gold Rises A Bit As Well , Fed Approves Capital Plans For All 34 Big Banks Under Its Stress Tests. 2) US Politics - Today's Hot Stove Items Include Healthcare , Comey Complaint Postponed , Cybersecurity , ICE Gives 100 Day Report , Attkisson Discusses CNN Situation & Related Items , DHS Chief discusses Enhanced Security Measures For US Bound Flights , North Korea & Additional News To Consider. 3) UK- News Of Note & Political Round Up. 4) Local News - France , Germany & Italy. 5) Greece Domestic News , Creditor Talks Related Items / Debt Relief. 6) Odds & Ends - Items Of Note From Gulf Rift , North Korea , Libya , Syria , Peyta / Non Peyta Cyber-Attack , Brazil , Venezuela.



Markets......



Asia.....




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Economic data due from Asia today



Australia job vacancies data for May, up 11.4% y/y


PBOC sets USD/CNY central rate at 6.7940 (vs. yesterday at 6.8292)




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People's Bank of China skip open market operations again today. USD/CNY still to come.







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NZ data: (June) ANZ Business confidence: 24.8 (prior 14.9) & Activity outlook 42.8 (38.3)




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Australia - HIA new home sales for May +1.1% m/m (prior +0.8%)



Japan - Retail sales for May -1.6% m/m (expected -1%)







US....





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US stock indices end with solid gains




Forexlive Americas FX news wrap: ECB's Draghi retracts hawkish comment. Carney turns more hawkish. Dollar down.





Following the stress test results, the banks like the banks (buyback bonanza)





Fed approves capital plans of all 34 'stress test' big banks



US Politics....




Spotted at White House today: Sam Feist, CNN's Washington bureau chief and senior vice president.





Gary Cohn met with energy industry officials today and said tax reform is a must in 2017 "This has to be done for tax season next year"





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NEW: Trump administration will put its travel ban on refugees and migrants from 6 countries into effect at 8 p.m. ET tomorrow.





McMaster calls North Korea most immediate threat - assessing threats from hostile powers.







U.S. HOMELAND SECURITY SECRETARY JOHN KELLY CONFIRMS U.S. IMPOSING ENHANCED SECURITY MEASURES ON ALL U.S.-BOUND FOREIGN FLIGHTS: RTRS





*LAPTOPS TO BE BANNED ON FIGHTS WITHOUT THE NEW SECURITY. FLIGHTS TO U.S. MAY BE SUSPENDED WITHOUT SECURITY STEPS - KELLY: BBG





Attkisson on CNN: Reporters Not Following Normal Rules Of Journalism Because They See Trump As A Threat



That's pretty much in sync with ICE's 100 days report





BREAKING: Senate draft of NDAA bans use of Kaspersky products by DoD due to reports company "might be vulnerable to Russian govt influence"





Sen. Shaheen, who amended the bill to include Kaspersky language, said the "ties between Kaspersky Lab and the Kremlin are very alarming."






SHAHEEN: "Kaspersky Labs cannot be trusted to protect critical infrastructure, particularly computer systems vital to our nation’s security"





As midterms near, both the RNC and DNC are taking a fresh look at their cybersecurity






Ah , now we see why CNN folded like a 3 dollar seersucker suit..








Th health care bill is essentially a repeal and replace, Trump said at this roundtable at White House.









Woah. FBI agents paid visits to at least a dozen employees of Kaspersky Lab on the east and west coasts last night








"This will be something very special IF we can get it done," Trump says.









Trump has accepted French President Emmanuel Macron’s invitation to visit France on Bastille Day, White House says.






MOSCOW PREPARING RETALIATION TO ARREST OF ITS DIPLOMATIC PROPERTY IN U.S.- RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTRY: IFX





Daggers out...






The failing writes false story after false story about me. They don't even call to verify the facts of a story. A Fake News Joke!








Europe....





UK...




Vince Cable set to become Lib Dem leader as last remaining rival quits:







Tomorrow's Daily Telegraph front page: 'The beginning of the end'







ICYMI Theresa May demands 'national investigation' after number of fire threat tower blocks rises to 95:






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Senior police officers warn Theresa May of 7.2% cut in counter-terror funding





Pound surges as Bank of England's Carney hints rate rise at ECB's CenBank forum in Sintra, citing slack in labor mkt continues to diminish.






UK PM MAY SAYS WE CAN ACHIEVE A COMPREHENSIVE FREE TRADE DEAL WITH EU AS PART OF BREXIT





EU demand is excessive...





BRITISH PM'S SPOKESMAN SAYS LISTENING TO VOTERS' MESSAGE ON PUBLIC-SECTOR PAY SQUEEZE, WILL MAKE DECISION IN AUTUMN BUDGET







The EU May Need to Introduce a Bloc-Wide Tax After Brexit







France ....





Trump accepts Macron's invitation to attend July 14th celebrations in Paris






Elite French anti-terror police to follow Tour de France riders





Germany...





Berlin clubs 'put police on guest lists' after wild G20 party causes scandal





Candidate wins mayoral election by one vote, after voter falls for prank





Italy..




Italy getting swamped with huge influx of refugees , threatens to close ports to ships bringing refugees to Italy.






Unbelievable: Italy threatening to refuse docking to all EU ships carrying migrants rescued in the Mediterranean






Italy threatens EU with closure of ports to rescue boats





Scandal in the Alps: up to 20 politicians caught up in casino fraud






Greece...




IMF’s Velculescu Says Debt Relief Measures Must be Specified; Gov’t Must Implement Reforms




Greek Police Ban All Demonstrations on Thursday to Prevent Police Union Rally at Exarchia



93 Greek Public Schools Providing Education to 2,500 Refugee Children




German Parliament Approves €8.5 Billion Loan to Greece



Municipal Authorities Across Greeks Spray Trash Mounts to Prevent Contamination




Greek Deputy FinMin: We Knew Debt Measures Would be Clarified at the Program’s End






Odds & Ends.......





Syria......





Thread of interview with Brett McGurk ( Special Presidential Envoy - Global Coalition To Counter ISIS )








: informed that a attack against the Syrian Army is unlikely.







CW attack warning got SAA's attention. Probably doing everything possible to make it clear no such attack planned.







If US "source" of looming CW attack by SAA is so called "White Helmets" aka Al Qaeda-this already reeks like merde.







Iran & Russia publicly panning alleged CW attack in planning by SAA , as alleged by White House.







Explains 2 things.1) Why Assad has absolutely no reason to use chemical weapons. 2) Why there are multiple reasons behind false accusations.






Two questions. 1) Will the US bomb SAA forces that are fighting ISIS once again ? 2) Will either SAA or Russia punch back if (1) occurs ?







Gulf Rift....






Whomever Arabia paid to produce this error-riddled fact sheet on is getting seriously overpaid 1/:









Qatar to hire Swiss law firm to seek compensation for those affected by Gulf blockade









Saudi-led bloc could take further action against Qatar by 'imposing conditions on trade partners', UAE envoy says







Apart from Qatar being expelled from GCC-Quartet considering pressuring trading partners to choose Qatar or Quartet.







accuses of funding terrorists in at the UN Security Council








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English scroll with video..









Gulf crisis: Qatar slams Saudi Arabia's refusal to negotiate









Peyta / Non Peyta...






Email of the attacker is down. And the code itself look more like a wiper than an encoder. cf below:







The 'Petya' cyberattack has hit 64 countries so far and there's no killswitch this time






Shadow Brokers emerge from "shadows" to hawk their stolen NSA cyber tools after Peyta / Not Peyta attack...







Maersk update from cyber attack...









Libya....




7 workers of UNSMIL and 12 security guards kidnapped..





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delegates are reported to be released & safe and are on their way to






Thread by Rana on today's shocking incident.






UN experts: Division in Pres. Council and Parliament hindering political agreement.









Unity Gov't FM Siyala says Libyan citizen arrested in Saudi Arabia, no reason given so far















North Korea...













US and Japanese fighters are reportedly getting missiles ideal for striking North Korea







Congress readies legislation banning travel to North Korea after US student dies: report






China National Petroleum Company cuts off N.K. Fuel sales "allegedly" suspended just due to risk of no pay by N.K.






BREAKING: North Korea has threatened to kill South Korea's former President Park Geun-hye





Venezuela...





Venezuela going haywire....








Venezuela hunts rogue cop in chopper attack skeptics regard as staged to justify more repression







Brazil...





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Reuters report a group trying to invade Brazil's presidential residence




I wonder whether Brazil Gov't collapses before Venezuela Gov't ?