"... there is one market in the country which is quite weak, but where the weakest market is where there is almost no loans at all. So we are looking at places like Manhattan. The condo market at the high-end, you know, is a catastrophe or will get worse."
"China has no intention of seeking foreign trade advantages via an intentional devaluation of the renminbi. There is no basis for the continued devaluation of the renminbi" but "If you must attach the label 'grand champion' to China, then I think China is a grand champion. But we are the grand champions of economic development."
With the German Schatz plunging to a record -0.85%, Citi analysts write that the German 2Y yield will likely make new historic lows, no matter what happens in French politics, because the ECB needs to buy around EU80b 1-6y Germany by year-end, and as a result traders will keep frontrunning ECB purchases, pushing the Schatz well below -1.00%
The near-record string of 10 consecutive Dow Industrials record highs, a streak not seen since early 1987, may be about to end if futures, which are currently trading -0.3% lower, fail to stage a rebound.
"U.S. equities make records weekly but the next stage is surely going to be de-risking and deleveraging, meaning a correction is likely. When it comes to financial markets trading the promises of the then-incoming U.S. administration, the end of 2016 was dominated by unrealistic hopes. The next phase may be dominated by genuine disappointment upon realizing the future is at the pessimistic extreme of the potential spectrum."
Malaysian police reported that the "mystery poison" used in the murder of the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s brother was the deadly nerve agent VX, which is listed as a weapon of mass destruction and is banned under the Chemical Weapons Convention.
Despite enduring more than half a decade of conflict leaving an estimated 400,000 dead and 11.4 million displaced, Syria retains an active stock market. In fact, last year was the Damascus Securities Exchange's busiest on record.