UK Index of Services (M/M) Jun: 0.40% (est 0.20%; prev R 0.30%) -Index of Services 3M/3M Jun: 0.50% (est 0.50%; prev R 0.30%)
UK Exports (Q/Q) Q2 P: 0.70% (est 1.00%; prev -0.70%) -Imports (Q/Q) Q2 P: 0.70% (est 0.50%; prev 1.70%)
UK GDP (Q/Q) Q2 P: 0.30% (est 0.30%; prev 0.30%) -GDP (Y/Y) Q2 P: 1.70% (est 1.70%; prev 1.70%)
Joint OPEC, Non-OPEC Monitoring Committee Says Oil Commercial Stocks Fell In July, Floating Storage Also On A Declining Trend Since June
OPEC To Hold Next Monitoring Committee Meeting On Sept 22
Spain GDP (Q/Q) Q2 F: 0.90% (est 0.90%; prev 0.90%) -GDP (Y/Y) Q2 F: 3.10% (est 3.10%; prev 3.10%)
France Production Outlook Indicator Aug: 20 (prev 21) -Own-Company Production Outlook Aug: 15 (prev R 11)
France Business Confidence Aug: 109 (est 108; prev 108) -Manufacturing Confidence Aug: 111 (est 108; prev R 108)
Norway Q2 GDP 1.1pct q/q (prev 0.2pct) Norway Q2 Mainland GDP 0.7pct q/q (prev 0.6pct)
British Pound remains on course to parity w/ Euro. Just hit a fresh 8y low following strong Eurozone data.
#Euro trades >$1.18 as ECB's Hansson shrugs off currency gains for now. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-08-23/ecb-s-hansson-shrugs-off-euro-gains-for-now-as-qe-talks-near …
#Italy risk spread keeps widening as Berlusconi's proposal for parallel currency highlights lingering anti-establishment sentiment.
Asia mkts edging higher as sentiment slightly improves after Trump bump & expectations of anything substantial out of Jackson Hole very low.
Toshiba Chooses Western Digital As Its Preferred Bidder For Chip Unit Reports Kyodo
Japan June Final Leading Index 105.9 (prev 106.3) Japan June Final Coincident Index 117.1 (prev 117.2)
South Korea Q2 Short-Term External Debt USD117.3B (prev USD115.4B)
China Commerce Ministry: China Will Use All Necessary Means To Defend Interests Of China And Chinese Firms Against U.S. Probe
Obama aide: Talk of removing Trump from office could lead down a "very dangerous road" http://hill.cm/mdaiyq4
Phoenix mayor: Trump's Arizona speech "did nothing to unite this country" http://hill.cm/vOkvMmP
Generals win key fight over Afghanistan they lost with Obama http://politi.co/2w5xuTn
President Trump tells advisers he won't accept a deal on other issues without "real money" for a border wall http://politi.co/2w5Xyh0
WSJ editor forced reporters to cut out "selective criticism" from coverage of Trump rally http://hill.cm/jZWm6as
NEW: Dearborn helped plan Mayflower event that KISLYAK attended. Investigators want to know if he also arranged Sessions-Kislyak meetings.
Trump called Sen. Tillis to complain about Tillis's bill protecting Mueller from being fired by Trump, per Politico http://politi.co/2xdHTfQ
Asked whether Trump will pardon Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Sarah Huckabee Sanders said they'll let us know when they have decision/announcement.
Asked if he's serious about govt shutdown, @PressSec told reporters on AF1 Trump's "committed to making sure" border wall happens.
Trump and McConnell to hold "previously scheduled meetings" after the August recess to discuss taxes, military, border wall, WH says.
MEADOWS raises doubts about whether Ryan and McConnell will keep their jobs if they don’t deliver on Trump’s agenda. http://bit.ly/2vgHgkq
Trump: "When one part of America hurts, we all hurt" http://ow.ly/zIp830eDikA
President Trump has a 38.1% job approval rating http://ow.ly/rR1E30eDblK
OPINION | U.S. policymakers need to ignore talks about the need for a weaker dollar http://ow.ly/JIRv30eDbdE
First Lady Melania Trump thanked Chelsea Clinton for defending her son http://ow.ly/bGkD30eCQNL
#BREAKING: KRG independence referendum may be a 'cause of war' for Turkey: MHP head http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/krg-independence-referendum-may-bea-cause-of-war-for-turkey-mhp-head.aspx?pageID=238&nID=117131&NewsCatID=338 …
Erdoğan conveys ‘unease’ to Mattis over US backing for PYD, @cherryontop__ reports http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/erdogan-conveys-unease-to-mattis-over-us-backing-for-pyd.aspx?pageID=238&nID=117124&NewsCatID=352 …
Today's front page http://bit.ly/1e9wL4M
President Barzani tells #Turkey's Cavusoglu that partnership has failed between Erbil & Baghdad, but the two can now become good neighbours.
Odds & Ends....
Qatar restores diplomatic ties to Iran amid regional crisis http://jtim.es/9R8P30eDMIf
Have seen a few tweets over the past day referencing Syria Opposition seemingly working with ISIS to try to break Hama pocket.
Last Military Situation in West #Qalamoun , 5th day Qarna Shubat Hisa, Qub Ismail liberated HD:http://iswnews.com/media/2017/08/West-Qalamoun-23aug17-1shahr96.jpg … #SAA #LAF #Hezbollah
UK Foreign secretary Boris Johnson in second Tripoli visit - https://www.libyaherald.com/2017/08/23/uk-foreign-secretary-boris-johnson-in-second-tripoli-visit/ …
We'll be covering this in #Xiamen, stay tuned
I was recently detained for abt 5 hours by police somewhere in northeastern #China for conducting interviews
My piece for @Diplomat_APAC on why Trump should first relook American South Asia strategy from within, in Washington