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Yen Weaker After Abe Decides To Hold Snap Elections

Despite Japan being closed for holiday, the Yen has started off on the back foot, with the USDJPY rising 20 pips following a weekend Nikkei report that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has decided to dissolve the lower house with a general election to follow next month, hoping to capitalize on an uptick in public support before the opposition has a chance to regroup and mount a formidable challenge.

Abe's Days Numbered? DB Warns Japan PM "May Be Forced Out" Leading To Spike In Yields

The Abe cabinet's approval ratings have kept falling and are now in the sub-40% "danger zone". It is now starting to look as though Prime Minister Shinzo Abe might be forced out of office until the Liberal Democratic Party leadership race scheduled for September 2018, in which case JGB yields might be at risk of climbing quite significantly.

S&P Futures, Euro Shares Start 2nd Half Solidly In The Green; Oil Rises For 8th Day

S&P500 futures have started the second half solidly in the green, up 0.3% to 2,429, tracking European markets broadly in the green, while Asian stocks fell slightly and crude oil is little changed. With US markets set to close at 1pm today trading volumes in many markets remain light before Tuesday’s July 4th holiday

Abe "Plunges Into Crisis" After LDP Suffers "Historic Defeat" In Tokyo Elections, USDJPY Slides

On Sunday Japanese PM Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party suffered what Reuters called a "historic defeat" in the Tokyo assembly election, and "plunged into a crisis" after losing to an upstart outfit in an vote that is seen as a harbinger for Japan's national elections, and signaling trouble ahead for the premier who has suffered from slumping support after a series of political scandals.

Abe School Scandal Set For Major Escalation After Donation Receipt Emerges

The Mainichi Shimbun has obtained a copy of a receipt for a deposit of 1 million yen that scandal-hit Moritomo Gakuen claims to have been donated by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's wife Akie Abe, jeopardizing Abe's official denial of involvement,  further eroding Abe's credibility and support, and potentially culminating with Abe's resignation.

Putin Ally Warns Americans To Vote For Trump Or Face Nuclear War

"Americans voting for a president on Nov. 8 must realize that they are voting for peace on Planet Earth if they vote for Trump. But if they vote for Hillary it's war. It will be a short movie. There will be Hiroshimas and Nagasakis everywhere."