TOP NEWS: Week 02/20 – 02/26

Friday 02/24

Business Live – guardian

Standard Chartered `War-Gaming’ Trade Battles Due to Trump Risk – Bloomberg
JPY: Supported As Investors Starting To Use JPY To Hedge EUR Downside – Credit Agricole – efxnews

Treasury yields on track to decline for 3rd day – Marketwatch

Wall Street Dissenters Emerge Calling for May Fed Rate Increase – Bloomberg
Sell Goldman Sachs as ‘all the good news is priced in,’ analyst says – cnbc

Trump Is on the Verge of His Own Bull Market – Bloomberg
Robert Shiller: With stock valuations high, it’s time to reduce your holdings – cnbc

A Japanese Fix for American Savings: 1.25 Percent Interest – Bloomberg
Economists May Be Underestimating How Fast the Robots Are Coming – Bloomberg
The Trump Team’s Evolving Currency-Market Rhetoric: A Timeline – Bloomberg
China Has Overtaken the U.S. as Germany’s Biggest Trading Partner – fortune
Italian businesses upbeat as consumers lose heart – Marketwatch

FTSE Hits Two-Week Low on Poor Earnings, Heads for Weekly Loss – nyt
European stocks under pressure as BASF, RBS drop – Marketwatch
Investors are placing historic bets on oil prices – Reuters
Merkel Rival Schulz Risks Winning Europe and Losing Germany – Bloomberg

RBS made its 9th consecutive year of losses and says it won’t make a profit until 2018 – businessinsider

Caution Prevails for Asia Stocks, Iron Ore Drops: Markets Wrap – Bloomberg
REPORT: China may announce ‘landmark financial reforms’ this year – businessinsider


Thursday 02/23

Germany becomes fastest-growing G7 economy in 2016 – business live – guardian

UniCredit’s 13-billion-euro share issue almost fully subscribed – Reuters
Are Rate Hikes Bad For Gold? – Zerohedge

Dealing with Sovereign Debt—The IMF Perspective – imf
Crytpocurrency bitcoin reaches all-time high – usatoday
Is An Inflation Comeback In The Works? – Zerohedge
Dow Hits 10th Straight Daily High as Dollar Slips: Markets Wrap – Bloomberg
Infrastructure Stocks Tumble On Report Trump May Delay Infrastructure Bill Until 2018 – Zerohedge
U.S. Crude Exports Surge to a Record – Bloomberg
Gold Spikes As Dollar Dumps After Mnuchin Comments – Zerohedge
Trump’s Treasury secretary still insists tax plan is about the middle class, not the wealthy – cnbc

Steven Mnuchin Speaks To CNBC, Fails To Give Trump Tax Plan Details: Key Highlights – Zerohedge
Bitcoin Up 10 Days In A Row – Surges To Record High – Ζerohedge

Money Talks Louder Than Trump for Iran in Natural Gas Push – Bloomberg

German Domestic Demand Bolstered Growth in Final Quarter – Bloomberg

Emerging-Markets Hedge-Fund Assets Reach Record in ’16, HFR Says – Bloomberg
Japanese Retail Investors Trade Trillions Amid Trump Tumult – wsj
India Poised to Unlock $9 Billion for Roads, Power Investing – Bloomberg
Macron Seals Alliance, Le Pen Rebuffs Charges in Tight Race – Bloomberg
Le Pen increases first round lead in French election: Poll – Reuters
Japan Stocks Could Surpass Key Technical Level, Nomura Says – Bloomberg
Fed Officials Not Losing Patience Fast Enough to Hike in March – Bloomberg



Wednesday 02/22

Business Live – guardian

UBS Calls It: “The Global Credit Impulse Suddenly Collapsed To Negative” – ZeroHedge
UniCredit’s 13 billion euro cash call set to close successfully: sources – Reuters
Exxon Caves to Oil Crash With Historic Global Reserves Cut – Bloomberg
The Next U.S. Elections Are Happening Sooner Than You Might Think – Bloomberg
FOMC Minute Hint At Hike “Fairly Soon”, But Warn Trump Policies May “Not Materialize”, VIX Too Low – ZeroHedge
Fed minutes: Trump policies could lead to rate hike ‘fairly soon’ – cnbc
Existing Home Sales Hit Decade High As Prices Jump More Than 7% – Zerohedge

IPO’s 543% Surge Halted by Hong Kong Regulators on Its Debut – Bloomberg

Euro Hedging Costs Surge as Traders Respond to Political Risk – Bloomberg

German Two-Year Yields Fall to Record as Haven Demand Persists – Bloomberg
Aussie Debt Binge Meets Anemic Wages in Conundrum for RBA’s Lowe – Bloomberg

ECB Can Renew Free Loans to Banks If Needed, Council Member Says – Bloomberg
Euro zone January inflation confirmed at 1.8 percent year-on-year – Reuters
Citi sees Brent oil at $70 a barrel by end of 2017 – Marketwatch

Australia’s central bank sees danger in high household debt – bt
UK economy grows faster than thought – bbc
German Ifo Sentiment Rises as Bundesbank Sees Growth Pickup – Bloomberg
Lloyds reports highest profit in decade – bbc
Why the PBOC has changed the way it computes the yuan’s daily midpoint – scmp
China Inflation Looms – financialtribune
It’s a ‘Wonderful, Wonderful’ World in China Stocks, $6.7B Hedge Fund Says – Bloomberg
China’s Worst Bond Rout in a Decade Seen Getting Worse on Rules – Bloomberg
Oil sticks to 19-month highs after upbeat OPEC comments – Marketwatch
Fed Minutes May Show Confidence in Inflation Was Growing – Bloomberg



Tuesday 02/21

Business Live – guardian

Hedge Fund Liquidity Plunges To “Danger Zone” For US Stocks – ZeroHedge
Two-Thirds of Americans Aren’t Putting Money in Their 401(k) – Βloomberg

Yellen may have the clearest explanation for the stock market’s record run – Marketwatch
Bitcoin Soars Above $1100, Near Record Highs As Chinese Bypass Crackdown – ZeroHedge
It’s worse than you thought: Americans are drastically under-saved for retirement – Marketwatch
ETF Investors Miss Out on the Best Commodity Trade of the Year – Bloomberg
Nasdaq Now More Overbought Than At 2000 Bubble Peak – ZeroHedge
Saudi Aramco picks underwriters for its huge IPO – Marketwatch
US PMIs Tumble, Catch Down To ‘Hard Data’ Disappointment As “Post-Election Upturn Loses Momentum”- Zerohedge
Fannie, Freddie Plunge After Court Rules Hedge Funds Can’t Sue – ZeroHedge
Euro-Area Economic Recovery Broadens as France Outpaces Germany – Bloomberg

Eurozone upturn steps up a gear as growth approaches 6-year high – markit

German Economic Growth Near 3-Year High as Manufacturing Gains – Bloomberg

Manufacturing drives German growth to near-three year high – markit

French Economy Grows Fastest Since 2011 as Services Strengthen – Bloomberg

HSBC Misses Profit Estimates on Revenue Drop, Deepens Cost Cuts – Bloomberg
RBA Predicts Rising Resource Exports Will Spur Growth, Sees China Uncertainty – Bloomberg
Japanese manufacturing output growth accelerates – markit



Monday 02/20 – US Equity Markets Closed

Business Live – guardian

Eurozone Agrees to Greece Talks in Exchange for Bailout Payments – nyt
China’s economy is dangerously close to unraveling – Marketwatch
Sweden needs to RAISE TAXES to fund migrants, MP reveals as ‘integration DOESN’T work’ – express
Panic Over China Is So Last Year, With Market Swings Subsiding – Bloomberg

Euro zone investors take money abroad despite recovery – ECB data – Reutes

Brent Crude Oil Benchmark Undergoes Biggest Change in Decade – Bloomberg

Here’s the most important exported good from every state – businessinsider
Venezuela’s crisis cause its people to cut meals and lose weight – cnbc
Global arms trade hits highest level since end of Cold War – cnn

London House Prices Post Biggest Annual Decline in Six Years – Bloomberg

France is frightening the market, but Italy could be the real threat for investors – cnbc

Europe Wants Greece to Work Harder for Aid Payout – Bloomberg
French Bonds Slump as Political Campaign Still Seen Wide Open – Bloomberg

European Hedge Funds Fall Behind US Peers – city.wsj

ESM receives €2 billion loan repayment from Greece – esm

RBS Rises to One-Year High After Bank Scraps Plans to Sell Unit – Bloomberg

GLOBAL MARKETS-Telcos, banks lift European shares, dollar dips – Reuters
Bond Traders Are Placing Euro-Breakup Bets Again – Bloomberg
British Banks Have a Low Bar to Leap Over This Earnings Season – Bloomberg

Unilever shares slide after Kraft Heinz withdraws $143B bid – ap
Germany thinks it can work out a deal on Greek debts that will keep the IMF happy – afp
Eurozone: Current peak in inflation is temporary – Natixis – fxstreet

The Unthinkable Just Happened In Spain – Zerohedge
Japan’s January trade deficit wider than expected – Marketwatch
French Election Wide Open After the Weekend Everyone Stumbled – Bloomberg
Greeks Turn to the Black Market as Another Bailout Showdown Looms – nyt
This Currency Reigns Supreme in Asian Emerging-Market Plays – Bloomberg
Germans Losing Interest in U.S. Vacations Because of Trump, Poll Finds – Bloomberg

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