TOP MARKETS NEWS: Week 02/18 – 02/24

Weekend 02/23 & 02/24

Berkshire Letter Highlights: Shocking $25BN Loss; Buffet Bashes “Deficit Doomsayers”, Emerges As Closet “Austrian” – Zerohedge



Friday 02/22

Pound falls as Brexit deal hopes fade – business live – guardian

S&P Warns Global Sovereign Debt Will Top $50 Trillion This Year – Zerohedge
One Giant Short Squeeze: S&P500 Short Interest Tumbles To 12 Year Low – Zerohedge
Intel shares jump after Morgan Stanley upgrades the stock and predicts a big rally – cnbc
Stocks Slide After Trump, Xi Fail To Deliver Trade Deal Progress – Zerohedge
Buyout firms abandon debt-laden ways for pricey deals – Reuters
How Are Markets Higher: Buyers’ Strike Continues For 12th Straight Week – Zerohedge
Over 30 million U.S. workers will lose their jobs because of AI – Marketwatch
Europe Enters Earnings Recession – Zerohedge
China’s top trade negotiator Liu He to meet Donald Trump on Friday – scmp
Daimler and BMW announce $1.1 billion partnership in a bid to take on Uber – cnbc
EU Targets Caterpillar, Samsonite & Xerox For Auto-Tariff Retaliation – Zerohedge
Euro zone core inflation edges higher in Jan – Reuters
Fresh Slowdown in China Home Prices Turns Spotlight on Beijing – CAIXIN
China’s stimulus appears to be ‘finally kicking in’ as new loans hit record high, experts say – cnbc

Asian markets pull back, following Wall Street’s lead – Marketwatch



Thursday 02/21

Business Live – business live – guardian

Pimco: Now Is The Time To Start Selling – Zerohedge
Fitch Warns Of “Coming Storm” For CLOs – Zerohedge
US Housing Market In Freefall As New Buyers Can’t Afford A Home – Zerohedge
US Manfucaturing PMI Tumbles To 17 Month Low: Weather, Trade Cited – Zerohedge
Unfilled orders in German industry: Near their peak – db

Shocking Philly Fed Collapse: Biggest Drop Since 2011 US Rating Downgrade – Zerohedge
Business Spending Suffers Longest Contraction Since 2015 – Zerohedge
World’s Largest Shipping Company Warns 2019 Global Economic Outlook Is Worse Than 2018 – Zerohedge
Account of the monetary policy meeting – europa
China Reportedly Proposed Buying Another $30 Billion In US Agricultural Products – Zerohedge
Japan auto lobby hopes Trump makes ‘appropriate decision’ on trade – Reuters

Asian stocks rise after report of outline to end U.S.-China trade war – Marketwatch
Exclusive: U.S., China sketch outlines of deal to end trade war – sources – Reuters



Wednesday 02/20

Business l ive – guardian

This stock-market gauge just hit an all-time high — and that’s bad news for bears – Marketwatch
Fed Minutes: “Almost All” Fed Officials Want Plan To Stop Reducing Balance Sheet By Year End – Zerohedge

Swiss banking giant UBS fined more than $5 billion in fraud case – cnn
Traders are betting this mining stock is ready for a rally – cnbc
China’s central bank conducts first CBS – xinhuanet
Palladium breaks $1,500 level on supply woes; weak dollar lifts gold – Reuters
Here’s why the price of this metal is setting records and is likely to go even higher – cnbc
Australia’s economic slowdown could be about to get even worse – businessinsider

Asian markets tick higher; Nikkei up despite disappointing data on exports – Marketwatch

Japan posts largest trade deficit in 5 years – Marketwatch



Tuesday 02/19

Business Live – guardian

As McKinsey Sells Advice, Its Hedge Fund May Have a Stake in the Outcome – nyt
Germany sees ‘most difficult part’ in EU-U.S. trade talks ahead – Reuters
DRAM Prices Expected to Decline as Much as 30 Percent This Quarter – tomshardware
HSBC profit up 16%, misses forecasts – Marketwatch
BOJ Unexpectedly Reaffirms Readiness To Ease Further, Buy More Stuff – Zerohedge
Dollar edges up against yen after BOJ Kuroda’s policy comments – Reuters

New round of U.S.-China trade talks to begin in Washington on Tuesday – Reuters



Monday 02/18

Oil hits three-month high as trade deal optimism boosts markets – business live – guardian

S. Korea’s exports prices fell to 27-month low in Jan. – yonhapnews
Hard border in Ireland would trigger return to violence, says report – guardian
EU’s Juncker expects Trump to refrain from imposing higher tariffs on cars – Reuters

Rabobank: China’s Borrowing Was Insane: In January It Borrowed 5% Of GDP In One Month – Zerohedge

The risky ‘leveraged loan’ market just sunk to a whole new low – businessinsider

Euro Seen Biased toward Downside amid Uncertainty over White House Car Tariffs – poundsterlinglive

German growth to remain subdued at least in first half of 2019 – Bundesbank – Reuters
“Very Dangerous Cars”: Trump To Launch Car Tariffs? – Zerohedge
Global debt levels are not yet at financial crisis levels — but could be set for an explosion with China leading the way – BUSINESSINSIDER
German Regulator Bans Short-Selling In Wirecard Shares, Citing “Contagion” Risks – Zerohedge
China applauds ‘positive’ Donald Trump tweet, hopes for US trade war deal ahead of Washington talks – scmp
Asia shares bounce on trade talk, stimulus wagers – Reuters
Chongqing battles rising unemployment as China’s traditional industrial base follows nationwide slump – scmp