TOP MARKETS NEWS: Week 05/14 – 05/20

Friday 05/18

Trade war fears push oil back below $80 – business live – guardian

Crypto Wealth Sinks $45 Billion in One Week – Bloomberg
Cracks Appear as Manic Week Sees Traders Confront New Market Era – Bloomberg
RANKED: The 10 biggest hedge funds in the US – businessinsider
Fed’s Kaplan: U.S. economy at or beyond full employment – Reuters

Japanese inflation is moving further away from the BOJ’s target – businessinsider


Thursday 05/17

Brent crude oil heads towards $80 per barrel as Total threatens to quit Iran – business live – guardian

Record Buybacks Put Shareholder Payouts on Pace for $1 Trillion – Βloomberg
The dollar rally is punishing emerging-market bonds, after year of record issuance – Marketwatch
Long End of Canada Yield Curve Inverts for First Time Since 2007 – Βloomberg
China’s Tianqi Lithium to buy a quarter of Chile’s SQM for $4.1 billion – Reuters
Argentina’s new financial crisis has some haunting similarities to its last one, but also some key differences – businessinsider

Hedge Fund Managers Shift Billions Over Carried Interest Concern – Bloomberg
Emerging Markets Under Pressure to Boost Borrowing Costs – Bloomberg
When Market Pessimism Becomes a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy – Bloomberg
Number of babies born in the U.S. drops to 30-year low – Marketwatch

Hong Kong Spends $1.2 Billion Defending Currency Overnight – Bloomberg
Australian lithium developer Kidman Resources signs supply contract with Tesla – businessinsider
Australian April jobless rate higher than expected – Marketwatch



Wednesday 05/16

Italy Bonds Fall as Populist Pact Throws Up Uncertainty – Bloomberg
Vítor Constâncio, Vice-President of the ECB – Interview with the Financial Times – europa

Berkshire doubles Teva stake, adds to Apple, ends a newspaper bet – Reuters
Rupee’s Slide to 15-Month Low Said to Have Spurred Intervention – Bloomberg
Italy: Things not looking good – Rabobank = fxstreet
Merkel backs Iran deal, cautious on euro zone reform – Reutes
Meet Tesla’s new bondholder: Billionaire George Soros – Reutes
Draft League/Five Star compact sought path to leave euro – ft
Asian shares fall as North Korea suspends talks, U.S. yields climb – Reuters
Japan’s economy snaps years-long growth spurt – Marketwatch


Tuesday 05/15

Business Live – guardian

Are Apple, Amazon and Facebook the future of banking? – cnn
Retail Sales Growth Slows As Fuel Costs Rise – Zerohedge
It now joins two of the Fed’s own in-house inflation metrics as revealing that the inflation genie is out of the bottle – Zerohedge

Germany’s first-quarter economic growth slows – Marketwatch
China industrial output up but retail sales slow – Marketwatch
China Data Shows a Hint of Slowdown While Factories Still Hum – Bloomberg
MSCI to add more than 200 China A-shares to its indexes – Marketwatch


Monday 05/14

Markets shrug off prospect of new Italian government – business live – guardian

All About ZTE, the Chinese Sanctions Breaker That Trump Wants to Help – nyt
Turkey’s Treasury Rules Out Changes in Foreign Exchange Regime – Bloomberg
‘The clock is ticking’, EU tells Brexit Britain – Reuters
Record U.K. Profits Are Nothing to Sing About – Bloomberg
HSBC says it’s made the world’s first trade finance transaction using blockchain – cnbc
Hedge funds cut gloomy dollar bets vs emerging FX, Swiss franc – Reuters
Fed could have to raise interest rates above 3%, Mester says – Marketwatch
US should watch its debt pile before ‘things get out of hand,’ Fed’s Mester says – cnbc
Outflows From Top Europe Stocks ETF Show Low Conviction – Bloomberg
Traders aren’t as bearish on the US dollar as they were a few months ago – businessinsider
Here’s how rising oil prices could affect global economic growth – businessinsider
China’s economic growth story will be cut short under Xi Jinping, research firm predicts – businessinsider
Pound Looks More Attractive to Some Banks After BOE Selloff – Bloomberg