Trump Son-In-Law Kushner To Testify On Russia Ties

A week after giving his daughter Ivanka an office in The White House, President Trump is reportedly creating a new position for his son-in-law and senior adviser even as Jared Kushner faces a Senate panel investigation into his Russia connections.

Goldman Warns OPEC Production Cut Extension Will Backfire, Result In Lower Prices

"Oil prices above $60/bbl would prove self defeating in our view given the flattening of the oil cost curve and the unprecedented velocity of the shale supply response." A decision to extend cuts, "would only exacerbate the backwardation that we project... and created downside risk to our 2018 $58/bbl forecast."

'Soft' Data Slump Continues - Dallas Fed Misses, Tumbles Most In 14 Months

Following disappointing Manufacturing and Services PMIs last week, this week has not started well for the hope embedded in 'soft' survey data. After six straight months higher, The Dallas Fed Manufacturing Outlook slumped in March (down 7.6pts to 16.9). This is the biggest drop since Jan 2016 and was lower than all estimates.

Iraq Denies US Air Raid Killed Over 200 Civilians In Mosul

Two days after the US military confirmed that a coalition airstrike may have killed as many as 240 civilians in a March 17 Mosul air raid, the Pentagon found an unexpected defender when the Iraqi military said on Sunday a blast that killed scores of civilians in western Mosul was triggered by an Islamic State booby trap, contradicting local officials and residents who claimed a U.S.-led coalition airstrike caused the deaths.

Two Trends That Will Force The Fed To Start Buying Stocks

While the Japanese and Swiss central banks have turned themselves into hedge funds by loading up on equities, the US Fed has stuck to supporting the stock market indirectly, by buying bonds. It’s worked, obviously, with all major US indexes at record highs. But it won’t work going forward, thanks to two gathering trends.

Key Events In The Coming Week

The key economic releases this week are the consumer confidence report on Tuesday, the third estimate of Q4 GDP on Thursday, and the PCE report as well as Personal Income & Spending data on Friday. In addition, there are several scheduled speaking engagements by Fed officials this week.

Dollar Collapse Continues - Over 80% Of Post-Trump Gains Gone

When the dollar was soaring, it was 'unequivocally' a reflection of the strength (or potential strength) of the US economy and its safe-haven, cleanest-dirty-short status. Since The Fed hiked rates for the 3rd time in 11 years, however, the dollar has done nothing but decline...

It's "Judgment Time": Goldman Sees Three Options For Traders

Judgment Time … Options Include: 1) get bearish S&P for a trade; 2) don’t fight the primary trend -- this is a melt-up, and there are good (macro) reasons behind it; 3) simplify the portfolio; wait for better location to re-load length.

As Market Tumbles, Investors Rush Into Safe Haven SNAP After Mass Wall Street Upgrade

While US equity markets are shuddering under the uncertainty of President Trump's agenda, it appears investors have found a safe haven for their hard-gambled retirement funds. Following a series of upgrades, overweights, and "buy" recommendations from Wall Street's biggest and brightest commission-takers, SNAP shares are soaring - back to their post-IPO open at $24.

Kremlin Rejects US, EU Call To Free Detained Protesters As Court Fines Opposition Leader Navalny

One day after snap protests against corruption and Russia PM Medvedev broke out across numerous Russian cities, leading to the detention of hundreds of protesters as well as opposition leader Aleksey Navalny, the Russian opposition activist was found guilty of staging an unsanctioned rally, and will be fined 20,000 rubles (US$350) for his role in organizing what the authorities said was an illegal protest in Moscow on Sunday.

Frontrunning: March 27

  • Markets Slide on Doubts that Trump Can Deliver (BBG)
  • Dollar hits four-month low as Trump trade deflates (Reuters)
  • These Charts Show Alarm Bells Ringing on Trump Trade (BBG)
  • White House may court Democrats on tax reform (Reuters)
  • Republicans Could Have Another Fight Over Tax Overhaul (WSJ)
  • 'Religious left' emerging as U.S. political force in Trump era (Reuters)

South Africa's Zuma Unexpectedly Recalls Gordhan From International Roadshow; Rand Tumbles

The rand tumbled as much as 1.7% and banking shares on the Johannesburg bourse fell more than 2% after South African President Jacob Zuma unexpectedly ordered Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan to return from an investor roadshow to Britain and the United States on Monday because he "did not give permission for the trip" a government source said.

Republican Lawmaker Quits Freedom Caucus Over Healthcare Bill Disagreement

Republican Representative Ted Poe resigned from the House Freedom Caucus on Sunday in disagreement over the conservative group's role in sinking President Trump healthcare plan. He suggested his resignation was because he wanted to vote for the Republican healthcare proposal which was adamantly opposed by the right-wing caucus.