A light day for the economic data calendar in Asia
Iron ore futures in China now up close to 6%
PBOC injected net 170bn yuan via OMOs this week vs 70bn injection last week
PBOC sets USD/CNY mid-point today at 6.8823 (vs. yesterday at 6.8792)
Japan - Nikkei (preliminary) Manufacturing PMI (April): 52.8 (prior 52.4)
Japan Nikkei Manufacturing PMI (Apr): 52.8 (prev 52.4) https://www.markiteconomics.com/Survey/PressRelease.mvc/2c4453662d0b49ecb4dd2d46407ff139 …
US stocks close the day with solid gains
ForexLive Americas FX news wrap: Markets get high on tax talk http://bit.ly/2oPiIOx
Shots on Champs Elysée, avenue blocked & evacuated, shooter and one policeman killed - French TV
On a day when Paris Policemen are killed by terrorists , strange for Macron to call for Coalition airstrikes to destabilize Syria more ?
French President Hollande says he is convinced Paris attack was terrorist-related
French election: Le Pen and Fillon have cancelled Friday campaign events
This rarely happens. ISIS claims responsibility for EU attack shortly after it happens, also names the attacker. Suggests coordination.
Shots allegedly fired at a different location from prior location.
North Korea .....
South Korea , United States and Japan will meet 4/25 to discuss their coordinated approach toward North Korea's nuclear & missile threats.
North Korea relies almost entirely on China for oil. If China cuts off oil to NK , wonder how military reacts - regarding Dear Leader ?
Something to keep an eye on...
Chinese AF land attack / cruise missile capable bombers put on " high alert."
While Russia moving troops,and equipment to NK border , China also preparing for NK contingency.
How, and why, China and North Korea have drifted apart http://buff.ly/2oQW4DV
Possible sixth nuclear test by N.K could occur April 25th.That is the date of 85th Anniversary of N.K People's Army.
Japan, Australia to deepen ties amid North Korea tension：The Asahi Shimbun：The Asahi Shimbun
DPRK bank blacklisted by OFAC is now providing customers with trust fund accounts and up to 8.5% rates of returns http://buff.ly/2pEu1aO
Trump mulls military options for North Korea. They’re all grim. http://jtim.es/mG2T30b0tuO
What does China want for North Korea? South Korea and the U.S. must not misread Beijing's objectives http://buff.ly/2pEzqBv
US Politics .....
Jason Chaffetz is already exploring private sector jobs http://hill.cm/jrJOrFV
The Georgia special election results are consistent with what's being seen nationally | http://ow.ly/JCxI30aZrqJ
Hawaii senators fire back at AG Sessions for "island in the Pacific" comment http://nbcnews.to/2ow9Cmh
US prepares charges to seek arrest of Julian Assange of WikiLeaks....
OMB Dir Mulvaney: Budget will include $200bn for infrastructure spending
Big unanswered q after POTUS presser: what did he mean by China's "Very unusual moves over the last two or three hours" re NK?
Chaffetz says he might not finish current term http://hill.cm/HjdCsrA
MORE: Will be EOs + Presidential memo, 1 directing Treasury to "review and report" efficacy of Dodd-Frank's OLA (via me, @EamonJavers)
White House and congressional Rs at odds over whether there'll be a vote as early next week on replacing Obamacare.
But House GOP says revised language for Obamacare bill hasn’t been agreed upon, no text yet, and there's no target date for a vote.
Focus now appears to be on an insider ( employee or contractor ) , not on a hack attack.
Odds & Ends....
Egyptian opposition news channel airs allegedly leaked video which appears to show Egyptian soldiers executing detainees.
We shall see how that plays out..
Syria simply will not use CW against Israel. Any such incident would be a classic false flag operation.
IMF interference in the French Election on display...
Protests aka " people power " on display in Venezuela....
*LE PEN SAYS SHE WON'T FORCE EURO EXIT ON FRENCH PEOPLE
GM plant and assets in Valencia , Venezuela seized by Venezuela. GM to immediately halt operations in Venezuela.
Turkey's electoral authority on Wednesday rejected appeals to annul Ref , CHP said it would maintain its legal challenge to the result.
Greek government seeking viable solution for country's debt
GREEK GOVT SPOKESMAN SAYS UNDER DISCUSSION WITH LENDERS IS IMF PARTICIPATION IN GREECE'S BAILOUT PROGRAMME, WITH SMALL AMOUNT, FOR ONE YEAR
Austria calls for closure of Mediterranean migrant route after 9,000 migrants were rescued over Easter weekend http://politi.co/2pFNwm0
Algeria's Messahel in talks with Saleh and Hafter - https://www.libyaherald.com/2017/04/19/algerias-messahel-key-algeria-foreign-official-arrives-in-beida-for-hafter-and-saleh-talks/ …
Waste of time..
#BREAKING Venezuela opposition calls new protest Thursday after deadly clashes