Economic data due from Asia today
HSBC on the Australian jobs report - what it means for the RBA (spoiler - rate hike!)
BOJ says goodbye to two persistent dissenters
More China comments on steel - US/China had in-depth discussions on cutting capacity
Forexlive America FX news wrap. Draghi can't keep the EUR down
Nasdaq up for the 10th day in a row, and new record but just barely
WTI Futures Settle At $46.79/Bbl, Down $0.33 #OOTT
IMF approves (in principle) $1.8bn standby loan facility for Greece
Euro major stock indices mixed on the day
No surprises so far...
Euro jumps to $1.1567 on Draghi comments. Says ECB is "finally" experiencing a robust recovery. Has to wait for wages & inflation to follow.
ECB’s Draghi: To Stay In Market For A ‘Really Long Time’
JUST IN: Trump to name Scaramucci as White House communications director: report http://hill.cm/Di7caUl
JUST IN: Trump's lawyers looking to discredit Mueller as special counsel investigation heats up: report http://hill.cm/F8Vpdvb
Fwiw - Trump has asked his advisers about his power to pardon aides, family members and even himself in connection with the probe....
(1) US Pres. Trump: Merck, Pfizer And Corning Announce That Glass Packaging Will Be Made In US - RTRS
(2) US Pres. Trump: Companies Expect Total Investment To Reach $4 Bln - RTRS
US and Russia are working on joint cyber security group that Trump said "can't happen" http://hill.cm/ZTuD4kM
Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approves Trump's FBI pick http://hill.cm/8rXdYgd
Justice Department has now taken down two of the three largest black markets. Go get the third one...
Paul: Dems are running a "partisan witch hunt" against Trump because they lost the election http://hill.cm/VYVWoqs
Sessions staying in place for now...
So w/Mueller making it clear he intends to explore Trump business transactions with Russians , what does Trump do ?
Intel Dem suggests Trump Jr. had even more undisclosed meetings, phone calls: http://hill.cm/HZRi4l4
Turkish earthquake has triggered a tsunami -
IMF head LaGarde: Greek deal only effective if makes debt sustainable
IMFs Velculescu expects discussions on debt relief with Europeans to be completed soon/new DSA necessary when debt agreement reached
IMFs Velculescu says that the Executive Board agreed not to set deadline for debt solution "in order to avoid creating expectations"
Delays to PPC, DESFA privatizations http://dlvr.it/PX9VHJ
More firms licensed to manage bad loans http://dlvr.it/PX9VSZ
Double-digit increase in air arrivals from abroad http://dlvr.it/PX98Mh
Social security contribution hike buoys budget http://dlvr.it/PX98FB
Greece debt at €310.6bn, 176.2% of GDP in Q1, says Eurostat
Hotel workers strike against labor reforms http://dlvr.it/PX3zfl
UK TradeMin Fox: Failing To Replicate Current Open Trading Relationship With EU Would Have Ripples In ‘Global Economy’- RTRS
UK TradeMin Fox: Aiming For A Much Better Scenario - RTRS
UK TradeMin Fox: Brexit On WTO Terms Wouldn’t Be "The End Of The World" - - RTRS
Barnier: 1st round of Brexit talks was about organisation, this week has been about presentation next round should be about clarification
Barnier: I know one has to compromise in negotiations but we're not there yet #Brexit
Barnier: In the next session the UK should clarify how it intends to maintain the common travel area after leaving the EU #Brexit
Barnier: any reference to European citizens rights imply the oversight of ECJ #Brexit
Brexit Secretary David Davis says he has been "encouraged by progress" on key issues during talks with EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier
Cutting through the diplo-talk , parts of Tehran's representation in Kuwait has been apparently shut by Kuwait.
Qatar to release hack report. Turkey asks KSA to drop demands directed to Qatar. China and Qatar FMs set to meet.
Saudis not backing down regarding Qatar.
Series of tweet detailing alleged hack of Qatar..
Qatar Details Of Hack...
Odds & Ends ...
After masses came out to protest against Jabhat a-Nusra/HTS today in Saraqeb, Idlib their fighters retreated from the town.
Tal Afar assault appears imminent...
What's NK up to now ?