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Italy Bank Bailouts Send European, Global Stocks Higher; Gold Flash Crashes

S&P futures point to a higher open following gains in Asia but mostly Europe, where stocks are sharply higher following the €17 billion bailout of the two Veneto banks in Italy, the biggest taxpayer funded bank rescue in modern Italian history, as well as Dan Loeb's activist campaign of the world's biggest food company, Nestle

Obama Lashes Out At GOP Healthcare Plan: "This Bill Will Do You Harm"

"Simply put, if there’s a chance you might get sick, get old, or start a family – this bill will do you harm...To put the American people through that pain – while giving billionaires and corporations a massive tax cut in return – that’s tough to fathom."

What Trump Told Yellen In The Oval Office (Next To Gary Cohn)

Weeks after his inauguration, President Trump held court with Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen in the Oval Office. Seated behind the office’s Resolute desk, he told her she was doing a good job, the WSJ reports, and adds that  "the president told Ms. Yellen he considered her, like himself, a “low-interest-rate” person."

Frontrunning: May 25

  • World stocks hit record after Fed minutes (Reuters)
  • OPEC extends oil output cut by nine months to fight glut (Reuters)
  • Father and Brother of Manchester Bomber Arrested in Libya (BBG)
  • In testing Montana vote for Trump, Republican caught up in brawl (Reuters)
  • NATO to Take New Counterterrorism Measures (WSJ)

China Downgrade Forgotten As Asia Closes Higher, Futures Flat Ahead Of Fed Minutes

Not even last night's Moody's credit downgrade of China - the first since 1989 - could dent the global stock rally which has pushed global stock prices to all time highs. After initially sliding, regional stocks and emerging Asian currencies pared early losses following the unexpected downgrade of China, taking their cue from the "sudden reversal" of the Shanghai Composite Index, which some speculated saw the latest intervention of the "national team."