U.S. Marine Corps General and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Joseph Dunford will meet with the head of the Russian army's General Staff Valery Gerasimov on Thursday in Azerbaijan, Dunford's office said in a statement on Wednesday.
Stagflationary disaster looms. As prognosticators ohh and aah over the soaring consumer price index (up 2.5% YoY - the most since March 2012), driven by a 14.2% YoY spike in gasoline prices, it appears they missed the fact that real average weekly earnings plunged by 0.6% YoY - the biggest wage collapse since November 2011.
There are two key events on Washington's docket today both of which could be market moving: first Yellen continues her testimony on monetary policy in Congress, this time before the House, while President Trump is set to meet Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu.
The global "risk on" melt-up continues. After a modestly hawkish Yellen warned that every meeting is live, and refused to take March off the table, sending the dollar and yield higher and the S&P to fresh record highs, world stocks rose hitting a 21-month high on Wednesday with the dollar rising for the 11th straight day, the longest positive streak since July 2015.
Even after the Soviet Union fell, most governments still chose to keep their gold in New York. It was safe. America was a rich, trusted ally. Why bother moving it? Fast forward a few decades and the world has clearly changed. Germany was among the first out the door...
Nine months after FOSL stock plunged by 25%, after reporting abysmal Q1 results and even worse guidance, moments ago the watchmaker behind brands such as Skagen and Burberry reported another ugly quarter, which confirmed that the prevailing retail weakness continues.
French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron accused Russia of waging a "fake news" campaign against him, as he faces thousands of daily cyber attacks. "We are in the presence of an orchestrated attempt by a foreign power to destabilize a presidential election candidate" said Richard Ferrand, Macron's secretary-general.
Following explosive inflation in Germany and China, US producer prices printed hotter than expected at 1.6% YoY (final demand) with a notably 0.6% MoM jump (versus 0.3% exp) - the biggest monthly jump since September 2012.
European, Asian stocks declined, halting a global rally that sent U.S. stocks surging to new all time highs faltered, weighing on the S&P although the index rebounded modestly after a kneejerk announcement lower overnight after Trump's National Security Advisor announced his unexpected resignation.
Just about every adult on earth has seen this show before. Greece faces a debt repayment that it cannot meet... and needs fresh bailout funds. Past budget stringency has failed to relieve Greece’s predicament. If Athens were to unwind this crony-capitalist regulatory regime, it would generate an economic dynamism that Greece desperately needs.
This is a complicated mess. Berlusconi wants election in 2018 so he would be able to run. Renzi wants an election this year as does Beppe Grillo. But Renzi also wants to squash opponents of Renzi-ism first. This may push back elections to August.