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Europe Falls, U.S. Futures Rise As Oil Halts Two-Day Plunge





While the biggest news of the night had nothing to do with either oil or China, all that mattered to US equity futures trading also was oil and China, and since WTI managed to rebound modestly from their biggest 2-day drop in years, rising back over $30, and with China falling only 0.4% overnight after the National Team made a rare, for 2016, appearance and pushed stocks to close at the day's high, US E-minis were able to rebound from overnight lows in the mid-1880s, and levitate above 1900. Whether they sustain this level remains to be seen.

 
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Brazil Grants Forced Entry Into Private Properties To Hunt Zika Virus





As the head-shrinking Zika outbreak worsens in Brazil with nearly 4,000 cases of microcephaly since the beginning of last year, it's Dilma versus the mosquitoes, and she's going to win even if it means breaking into Brazilians' homes.

 
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Key Events In The Coming "Payrolls" Week





After last week's relatively quiet, on macro data if not central bank news, week the newsflow picks up with the usual global PMI survey to start, and end the week with the US January payrolls report.

 
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The Last (Policy-Induced) Gasp Of Speculative Excess





Markets these days have every reason to question the efficacy of global monetary management. Last week saw dovish crisis management vociferation from the ECB’s Draghi. Now the BOJ adopts a crisis management stance. The week also had talk of some deal to reduce global crude supply. Meanwhile, the PBOC injected a weekly record $105 billion of new liquidity. Nonetheless, the Shanghai Composite sank 6.1% to a 13-month low. There was desperation in the air – along with a heck of a short squeeze and general market mayhem.

 
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2016's "Biggest Risk": Markets Will "Need To Panic" To Wake Up "Impotent" Policymakers





"In addition to the risk of a deeper profit recession, there is no doubt the recent sell-off has been exacerbated by policy impotence; the sense that policy-makers have little solution for global demand deficiency."

 
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F(r)actions Of Gold





If the eurodollar and wholesale banking system had been sliced to such a thin margin again by 2011 so as to so heavily depend on the modern duality of gold, it not only would not survive it literally could not survive. The paper dilution we see now may just be that judgement finally seeking open admission.

 
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9 Billion Barrels Of Crude At Risk In Massive Nigerian Oil Shakeup





Supermajors Shell and Italian Eni could be facing the loss of one of the biggest offshore oil exploration blocks in Nigeria, putting an estimated 9 billion barrels of crude oil at risk.

 
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Germany Has Repatriated Over 366 Tonnes Of Gold From New York And Paris





During the calendar year to December 2015, the Bundesbank claims to have transported 210 tonnes of gold back to Frankfurt, moving circa 110 tonnes from Paris to Frankfurt, and just under 100 tonnes from New York to Frankfurt.

 
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US, Britain, France Ready Military Action In Libya As ISIS Closes In On Country's Oil





Washington's individual efforts to meddle in Mid-East affairs have now seemingly all melded into one giant, bloody melee and incredibly, America's solution is to go right back in and meddle some more. What could possibly go wrong?

 
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Futures Slide On Apple Disappointment, Oil Slumps Ahead Of Fed Decision





"Nobody is really sure where we go from here, and nobody is brave enough to make the call,” Peter Dixon, Commerzbank AG’s global equities economist in London told Bloomberg. “Corporate earnings season won’t provide much of a support - markets may find a floor if the Fed is extremely dovish tonight. At least investors will have time to think and reassess valuations."

 
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ISIS Releases New Video Featuring Paris Attackers, Group Planning "Large Scale" Assault On Europe





If Russian and Western airstrikes are “degrading and defeating” Islamic State, someone forgot to tell al-Hayat Media Center, the brain trust for a sprawling network of discrete propaganda production units that are spread across nearly a dozen countries.

 
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Key Events In The Coming Week: Fed, BOJ And More





Following a rerun of September 2015, when Draghi sent market expectations about ECB action sky-high only to massively disappoint in December (we will have to wait until March to see if it is deja vu all over again) last week, this week is just as big for central bank jawboning with the FOMC (Wednesday) and the BoJ meeting on Friday, with hopes that they will at least hint of more easing if not actually do much.

 
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The Islamization Of France In 2015





The Muslim population of France reached 6.5 million in 2015, or around 10% of the overall population of 66 million. In real terms, France has the largest Muslim population in the European Union, just above Germany... "Those who denounce the illegal behavior of fundamentalists are more likely to be sued than the fundamentalists who behave illegally."

 
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