Asia Jumps, Europe Stutters As Political Rumblings Return; Oil Nears $51

Global stocks were mixed to start the week, with Asian stocks higher, European stocks initially advancing then fading gains, while S&P futures are little changed after the biggest weekly drop since April (which for those keeping record was -0.4%). European shares, the euro and the pound all stumbled on Monday as rumblings in Spain, Britain and Brussels reminded investors that the region still has plenty of political uncertainty left in the tank.

Euro Surges After Merkel Says Euro Is "Too Weak", Blames ECB

“The euro is too weak - and that’s because of ECB policy  - and so German products are cheap in relative terms,” Merkel told school students in Berlin in discussion of trade surplus. “So they’re sold more.” Merkel added that additional investment in Germany could help to reduce trade surplus.

"Baizuo" Is The New Derogatory Term Millions Of Chinese Are Using To Describe America's "White Left" Regressive Liberals

After the last election, the far-left in our society became a laughing stock. The social justice warriors, the progressives, the regressive left; whatever you want to call them, they became a joke after Trump was elected. However, it may surprise you to learn that these people aren’t just a joke in America. They are the laughing stock of the world.

Sergey Lavrov Says US Media Reminds Him of Soviet Union's "Pravda"

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov had a few choice words for the U.S. media during a press conference in Cyprus a few days after the NYT and WaPo unleashed a pair of dubiously sourced accusations about what was said between President Trump and the minister during a meeting in the Oval Office.