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Germany Slams Trump Criticism: Urges US To "Build Better Cars", Accuses Washington Of Causing Refugee Crisis

Responding to Trump's Sunday criticism, Germany's economy minister Sigmar Gabriel said "there is a link between America’s flawed interventionist policy, especially the Iraq war, and the refugee crisis, that’s why my advice would be that we shouldn’t tell each other what we have done right or wrong" and also urged the US to "build better cars" if it wants Germans to buy them.

Volkswagen Tells Its Managers Not To Travel To The US

Volkswagen has warned its senior managers not to travel to the United States after six current and former managers were indicted for their role in the German carmaker's diesel test-cheating scheme. The company is worried the US may arrest its employees, after US AG Loretta Lynch said the DoJ would continue to pursue "the individuals responsible for orchestrating this damaging conspiracy."

Renault Shares Tumble After Anti-Fraud Authority Accusations Of "Cheating" On Emissions Tests

Yesterday we sarcastically noted "they are all at it" when Fiat Chrysler was slammed by the EPA for emissions cheating, and now get further confirmation of the farce as The FT reports, French authorities have started a preliminary investigation into Renault amid suspicion the company may have “cheated” to conceal abnormal emissions of pollutants from some of its diesel engines.

Futures Rise On Friday 13th Ahead Of Deluge Of Bank Earnings; Dollar Continues To Decline

European shares rose as Fiat rebounded on hopes concerns about parallel to Volkswagen are overblown, Asian stocks were little as Chinese shares fell to the lowest level of 2017 after poor export data, and U.S. equity-index futures rose ahead of a deluge of bank earnings. The dollar is headed for a weekly loss and gold trades at the highest price in almost two months.

Frontrunning: January 11

  • Russia likely main topic in Trump's first news conference since election (Reuters)
  • Russia Denies Report It Has Compromising Material on Trump (BBG)
  • For Russia, U.S. election meddling claims strip Trump win of luster (Reuters)
  • Obama Urges Unity in Farewell Speech (WSJ)
  • 1930s-like Demographic Pressures Holding Back U.S. Economy (BBG)

Volkswagen To Pay $4.3 Billion To Settle Diesel Scandal, Will Plead Guilty To Criminal Charges

Confirming recent leaks, Volkswagen - whose former head of US regulatory compliance was arrested on Saturday - said it was in "advanced discussions"  with US authorities to resolve charges related to its diesel emissions scandal, and has negotiated a “concrete draft of a settlement” that would see it pay $4.3bn in criminal and civil penalties, and would require the German carmaker to enter a guilty plea to various criminal charges.

FBI Arrests Volkswagen Exec Charged With Conspiracy To Defraud The US

While various other carmakers, such as GM, Ford, Fiat and Toyota, have had their share of headaches in recent weeks worried if and when Trump will tweet about them next, the epicenter of all car scandals over the past two years remains Volkswagen, and sadly for the German carmaker things continue to get worse: according to the NYT, the FBI haed arrested a Volkswagen executive on charges of conspiracy to defraud the United States. 

Frontrunning: January 9

  • European shares dip, sterling falls on Brexit comments (Reuters)
  • Pound Falls to 10-Week Low as May Hints at Single-Market Exit (BBG)
  • Offshore Yuan Falls for Second Day as Bears Reload After Squeeze (BBG)
  • Trump's choices for top Cabinet posts face big tests this week (Reuters)
  • Nine Trump Nominees Who’ll Face Extreme Vetting by Democrats (BBG)
  • Meet the Mercers: New Power Brokers in Trump’s Washington (WSJ)

Party Like The Dow Is 19,999: US Futures Dip As Global Currencies Stumble; Oil Down, Gold Up

European, Asian stocks fall and U.S. equity-index futures traded mixed on Monday with fresh memories of the Dow Jones rising to under 1 point of 20,000 on Friday. The dollar has rebounded on fresh geopolitical concerns, while the pound extends its decline from Friday and has slide to 10 week lows on a Sunday interview from Theresa May which suggested a "Hard Brexit" may be in the cards.

Fiat Chrysler To Invest $1 Billion In The US, Add 2,000 Jobs

Suddenly the coolest thing in corporate America is announcing major capital investments in the US while adding thousands of American jobs, in other words the opposite of the globalization trend of the past 30 years, in yet other words, doing precisely what Donald Trump demands.

Frontrunning: January 4

  • Trump Tariff on GM Would Violate NAFTA. That May Not Stop Him (BBG)
  • Obama Tries to Save Parts of Health Law Amid GOP Attack (WSJ)
  • Trump Puts Auto Makers, Trade Policy in Spotlight (WSJ)
  • British consumers borrow at fastest rate in 11 years as inflation threat rises (Reuters)
  • Investment banking fees fall 7 percent in 2016 dragged down by equity raisings (Reuters)