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Saudis Said To Take "Big Hit" On Output As OPEC "Close" To Condition Deal Involving Russia

OPEC was said to be "close" to reaching a deal to cut supply by 1.4 mmbpd, assisted by a 600kbpd cut coming from non-OPEC nations. However, as Reuters adds, if such a deal is agreed it would be conditional on non-OPEC involvement as OPEC would need non-OPEC members, such as Russia to agree to the 600kbpd and may require another meeting as early as December.

OPEC Negotiations: Here Is The Latest

With the last day of OPEC pre-negotiations almost over, the latest from Vienna is that Iran and Iraq appear to have softened their positions ahead of a crucial OPEC meeting on Wednesday, however as the WSJ reports, "it may not be enough to satisfy Saudi Arabia’s demands for a broad-based oil-production cut." Here are the latest hurdles to reach a deal.

"Highly Skeptical" JPMorgan Slams Reuters' ECB "Sources" Story On Italy

"We find it impossible to imagine the current QE programme being use to intervene in Italy without prior approval from the Governing Council. Finally, even if the ECB were minded to intervene in Italy, bond yields would likely have to rise dramatically from current levels before it acted." - JPM

Literally Too Many Veterans Have Signed Up To Join DAPL Protests

Last week, the newly formed group “Veterans Stand for Standing Rock” called on veterans to nonviolently stand up to militarized law enforcement at the site of the Dakota Access Pipeline protests. Since its initial call to action, the veterans’ movement has grown exponentially, from a couple hundred veterans to their maximum capacity of 2,000.

Defiant Iran Turns Tables, "Proposes" Saudis Cut Production By Over 1MM Barrels, Invokes Donald Trump

In what appears to be a material shift in the perceived OPEC balance of power, while Iran (and Iraq) have so far refused to concede to Saudi demands for production cuts, moments ago Reuters reported that in what can only be described as a demonstration of power, Iran proposed that it be Saudi Arabia that foots the entire proposed production cut, by reducing its own production to 9.5 million barrels.

Philippine President Duterte's Advance Motorcade Attacked By Muslim Militants

At least seven members of Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte's security team and two soldiers were injured in a roadside bombing ambush by suspected Muslim militants. The attack took place ahead of the president's planned visit to the south of the country, AFP reported citing the president and the Armed Forces.

Brexit Redux: ECB Ready To Buy More Italian Bonds If Referendum "Rocks Markets"

In a report confirming that the ECB is preparing for a rerun of a post-Brexit scenario, Reuters writes that the ECB is ready to temporarily step up purchases of Italian government bonds if the result of next Sunday's crucial referendum "rocks markets" and sharply drives up borrowing costs for the euro zone's largest debtor. BTP futures briefly spike higher, gaining ~30 ticks in 2 minutes, to session high of 135.46 following the news.

Frontrunning: November 29

  • Monte dei Paschi’s Future Hangs on Sunday Vote (WSJ)
  • Trump Son-in-Law Jared Kushner Could Face Conflict-of-Interest Questions (WSJ)
  • In OPEC’s High-Stakes Poker Game, Iran and Iraq Call Saudi Bluff (BBG)
  • Iran, Iraq at loggerheads with Saudis ahead of OPEC meeting (Reuters)
  • High-Profile Private Investors Take Hit on Theranos (WSJ)

Trump Picks Vocal Obamacare Critic Tom Price As HHS Secretary

In a choice that confirms Trump's intentions to dismantle Obamacare, Reuters reports that President-elect Donald Trump will shortly announce he has chosen vociferous Obamacare critic Tom Price (R. Ga), an orthopedic surgeon from Georgia, as his Health and Human Services secretary to help him overhaul the U.S. healthcare system.