Friday, September 22, 2017

Economic News , Data & Views.....September 22 , 2017......Quick Hits For Friday - 1) Markets : US Stock Indexes End Green For The Week , Mixed On Friday Though , US Crude Ends Friday Over 50 Bucks A Barrel , Key Nuggets From Fed Speaker Kaplan ; Europe Financial News - Stock Indexes End Friday Green , UK Downgraded To Aa2 By Moody's , Germany's Election Is Sunday - Related Items On That , France's Macron Signs Labour Reforms , Additional Items From From Europe To Consider. 2) UK- Prime Minister May's Speech In Florence - Key Nuggets From Speech & EU Response. 3) Catalonia Independence Referendum - Key Events / Actions Relating To The October 1st Vote. 4) Mexico - Updates & Items To Consider In Aftermath Of Powerful Earthquake. 5) Hurricane Maria - Updates For Friday - Emphasis On Puerto Rico Situations. 6) Kurdistan Referendum - Officially Underway , Despite All Of The Arm Twisting And Open Threats. 7) US Political Round Up For Friday.



Markets.....



US.......



FOR THE WEEK, THE S&P ROSE 0.08 PCT, THE DOW ADDED 0.36 PCT, THE NASDAQ SHED 0.33 PCT




DOW JONES UNOFFICIALLY CLOSES DOWN 14.97 POINTS, OR 0.07 PERCENT, AT 22,344.26



NASDAQ UNOFFICIALLY CLOSES UP 2.35 POINTS, OR 0.04 PERCENT, AT 6,425.04



S&P 500 UNOFFICIALLY CLOSES UP 1.14 POINTS, OR 0.05 PERCENT, AT 2,501.74



WTI Futures Settle At $50.66/Bbl, Up $0.11



Fed's Kaplan; China Is A Danger Spot For Global Economy Given Rising Debt Levels - RTRS



[RTRS] Fed's Kaplan: Not Particularly In Favour Of Tax Cut Funded By More Debt -Would See Tax Reform As Helpful



Fed's Kaplan: Concerned That Structural Headwinds, Including Technology, May Be Holding Inflation Down



Fed's Kaplan: Concerned That Structural Headwinds, Including Technology, May Be Holding Inflation Down



Fed's Kaplan: Economic Growth Bounceback From Harvey Seen Equal To Or Greater Than Any Near Term Slowdown - RTRS



Europe...




1 hour ago
*MOODY'S DOWNGRADES UK'S RATING TO Aa2,CHANGES OUTLOOK TO STABLE





1 hour ago
Moody's expects UK growth of just 1% in 2017 "does not expect growth to recover to its historic trend rate over the coming years"




*RUSSIA'S OUTLOOK REVISED TO POSITIVE FROM STABLE BY FITCH




Merkel poised to win 4th term, but voter uncertainty remains high heading into Sunday's elections




French President Emmanuel Macron To Lay Out EU Reforms Proposals On Tuesday – RTRS Citing Presidency Source



French Govt Said To Look On Possible Alstom-Siemens Deal Very Positively – RTRS Citing French Source



Germany: Trend of the past 10 days for AfD (poll of polls).



ECB’s Constancio: Bitcoin Is Form Of Speculation, Not A Currency




TO EXIT EXCESSIVE DEFICIT PROCEDURE ON MONDAY - MNI



Amazingly , Europe stock indexes and US futures ignoring "Game Of Chicken" , but Asia Bourne not as complacent.





: Transport for London says Uber will lose its private hire licence after it expires at the end of the month. More to follow





UK....





Show me the money says the EU..




*BARNIER SAYS MAY'S SPEECH SHOWS A WILLINGNESS TO MOVE FORWARD




Strong speech from PM. Committed to delivering Brexit, reaching out to our European friends, realistic & practical




"2 year implementation period would create valuable certainty" says in .




May just said that UK will agree to live under existing EU rules, ECJ and EC supervision as long as is necessary to agree future framework?



UK PM May: Doesn’t Want EU To Fear They Will Need To Pay More Under Current Budget Plan



May calls for "dispute resolution mechanism" in EU-UK relation. This is significant: Switzerland refuses this in its relationship with EU



| PM May: ‘No Need To Impose Tariffs Where There Are None’ -To Do Everything Possible To Avoid Friction At Borders




BREAKING: Britain's prime minister says UK won't seek either EU single-market membership or Canada-style free trade deal.




| UK PM May: EU’s Success Is In UK’s National Interest -It’s In Everyone’s Interest That Brexit Negotiations Succeed



UK PM May: Mass Migration, Terrorism Are Examples Of Problems That Can ‘Only Be Solved In Partnership With EU’



Replying to 
May: we want to be your strongest friend and partner as we thrive side by side, we see shared challenegs and opportunities



Theresa May: British people have decided to leave the EU & be a global free nation able to chart our own way in the world



Spain....

( Much More At Twitter TL..)



Oct 1st 9 days away...





Catalan update...9






Hot darn...they went there.






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Catalan News @catalannews



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Mexico....


Frida, is 's Best Friend. Frida has found 52 people in Collapsed Buildings in Mexico City due to the Earthquake.




Children need to play. We’re providing fun and games on the streets of Mexico City for kids made homeless by the






Mexico Earthquake: Death Toll Reaches 286 as Rescue Efforts Enter Fourth Day





In some of the Mexico City neighborhoods worst hit by the earthquake, residents' hope is giving way to fear





Maria.....



Hurricane Maria battling wind shear -- not as symmetric -- ragged eye. Still near Category 4 -- not sure what it looks like -- a comma?





Video of the failed Guajataca Dam ....






1 hour ago
Flash Flood Emergency for imminent dam break continues. . If you live along ? evacuate.



Hurricane Advisory 27: Maria Passing to the East of the Southeastern Bahamas.



Hurricane Advisory 26A: Maria Now Moving North-Northwestward, Away From the Turks And Caicos Islands.



Headquarters of Puerto Rico’s aqueduct & sewer authority severely affected; work being done remotely




Guajataca Dam, which reportedly burst today, was built in 1929. The USGS reservoir level graph blew out Weds.




Replying to  




215PM FLASH FLOOD EMERGENCY for A Dam Failure in Isabela Municipality y Quebradillas Municipality in Puerto Rico...




Replying to 



Kurdistan Referendum

( Much More At Twitter TL..)


Despite concerted opposition, Kurdistan Independence Referendum has gone ahead. First vote already cast in China.






: First e-vote cast in China in Kurdistan's independence referendum: GM of electoral commission Karwan Jalal




Full Barzani speech in english regarding Kurdistan Independence Referendum !







US Politics.....


( Much More At Twitter TL..)



Breaking: will debate on healthcare Monday at 9pET during Special Town Hall 1/2



Travel Ban update...




Trump bounce continues....




So here's this redline laid down on the table regarding any North Korea H Bomb test.




Replying to 
Graham-Cassidy status update PAUL: No McCAIN: No COLLINS: Lean no MURKOWSKI: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ *3 NOs kills the bill




Major blow to Senate GOP Healthcare Bill , as John McCain announces opposition.





state media unleashed after Kim Jong Un statement, numerous stories Friday refer to as "dotard" and "lunatic."






Pres Trump, South Korea's Moon: Agreed To Enhanced Deployment Of US Strategic Assets In South Korea On A Rotational Basis' -White House




U.S. MAY PUSH FOR NATO MUTUAL DEFENSE IF N. KOREA ATTACKS: WSJ





Or maybe US is forced to destroy all ICBMs on the launch pad ?





Death toll up to 10 in Puerto Rico after Maria: report





China denies what POTUS declared to be a fact...





Wonderful.....:-(





JUST IN: Paul fires back at Trump: “I won’t be bribed or bullied” on ObamaCare repeal





Tillerson pushing Trump to certify Iran's compliance with nuclear deal: report




Best report I've read documenting devastation of communications across Puerto Rico -h/t Cate Long !





Interesting...




All 50 Medicaid directors come out against GOP bill to repeal ObamaCare





Tillerson addresses Haley for Secretary rumors on : "I think we have a Secretary of State... he plans on sticking around."




Uncharted territory. ...





US-NK escalation loop continues this morning.