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  • Mon, Dec. 5, 5:18 AM
    • Taking cues from the U.S. election and post-Brexit trading, a "Renzi resignation rally" is underway across the globe after denting equities earlier in the session.
    • With virtually all the ballots counted, 59.6% of Italians voted to block the Prime Minister's constitutional reform plans in a closely-watched referendum.
    • The euro has come off 20-month lows, trading down 0.2% at $1.0639, while the yield on 10-year Italian government bonds rose 11 basis points to 2.02%.
    • Asia: Nikkei -0.8%; Shanghai -0.8%; Hang Seng -0.3%;
    • Europe: Rome +0.8%. London +0.8%. Paris +1.4%. Frankfurt +1.7%.
    • U.S. Futures: Dow +0.5%. S&P +0.5%. Nasdaq +0.6%.
    • Related: What about Italy's financial sector? (Dec. 05 2016)
    • Related: Italy's referendum overshadows EU finance talks (Dec. 05 2016)
    • Related: Political instability following Renzi's defeat? (Dec. 05 2016)
    | Mon, Dec. 5, 5:18 AM | 32 Comments
  • Mon, Dec. 5, 4:38 AM
    • Britain's Supreme Court will hear arguments over the next four days to decide whether Theresa May has the right to trigger Article 50 of the Brexit process without a parliamentary vote.
    • All 11 Supreme Court justices will hear the case, so that there can be no accusations the court would have delivered a different decision if the panel had been constituted differently. A verdict is expected in January.
    • ETFs: EWU, EWUS, FKU, DXPS, DBUK, QGBR, HEWU
    | Mon, Dec. 5, 4:38 AM | 2 Comments
  • Sun, Dec. 4, 6:34 PM
    • "I have lost. In Italian politics no one ever loses. I lost, and I say that loudly. My government ends here."
    • So says Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi after the constitutional referendum he backed suffered a resounding defeat today.
    • The loss and Renzi's subsequent resignation were mostly expected, but nevertheless stock index futures and the euro are selling off.
    • S&P 500 (NYSEARCA:SPY) futures are lower by 0.4% and Nasdaq 100 (NASDAQ:QQQby 0.6%.
    • German futures (NYSEARCA:EWG) are faring worse, down 1.1%, and FTSE 100 futures (NYSEARCA:EWU) are off 0.55%.
    • The euro (NYSEARCA:FXE) is now lower by 1.3% vs. the greenback at $1.0526.
    • Gold's (NYSEARCA:GLD) catching a bid, up 0.7% to $1,187 per ounce.
    • Previously: Italy's Renzi set to speak; exit polls show sizable loss (Dec. 4)
    | Sun, Dec. 4, 6:34 PM | 84 Comments
  • Fri, Dec. 2, 3:21 AM
    • Theresa May is "extremely confident" she can trigger the Article 50 process to leave the EU by the end of March even if she loses a Supreme Court appeal next week.
    • Former members of the Remain campaign have told FT that a feared full-blown parliamentary revolt will not materialize and pro-EU MPs will instead wage a war over the "Great Repeal Bill" to bring EU law into domestic legislation.
    • ETFs: EWU, FKU, DXPS, DBUK, QGBR, HEWU, EWUS
    | Fri, Dec. 2, 3:21 AM | 1 Comment
  • Thu, Dec. 1, 5:12 AM
    | Thu, Dec. 1, 5:12 AM | 1 Comment
  • Wed, Nov. 30, 6:31 AM
    • Bank of England Governor Mark Carney has a Brexit warning for the European Union.
    • "The U.K. is effectively the investment banker for Europe... it's absolutely in the interest of the EU that there is an orderly transition and that there's continual access to those services."
    • The remarks follow a recent warning from ECB President Mario Draghi that the U.K. is likely to suffer most from a hard Brexit.
    • ETFs: EWU, FKU, DXPS, DBUK, QGBR, HEWU
    | Wed, Nov. 30, 6:31 AM
  • Tue, Nov. 29, 5:15 AM
    • Speaking at the European Parliament in Brussels on Monday, Mario Draghi warned that Britain, rather than the eurozone, will "first and foremost" feel the pain of Brexit.
    • He also called for clarity over the negotiation process that will govern the U.K.'s departure from the EU, but said that it was impossible to estimate the full economic impact at this stage.
    • ETFs: EWU, FKU, DXPS, DBUK, QGBR, HEWU
    | Tue, Nov. 29, 5:15 AM | 2 Comments
  • Fri, Nov. 25, 6:14 AM
    • Consumers and businesses increased their spending in Q3 as the U.K. economy registered a resilient performance following the Brexit vote.
    • Household spending rose 0.7% from the second quarter and business investment increased 0.9%, according to the Office for National Statistics.
    • Growth overall was unrevised at 0.5%, with trade providing the strongest contribution.
    • ETFs: EWU, FKU, DXPS, DBUK, QGBR, HEWU
    | Fri, Nov. 25, 6:14 AM | 8 Comments
  • Wed, Nov. 23, 5:35 AM
    • U.K. Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond will be in the spotlight at 7:30 a.m. ET, presenting the government's first "Autumn Statement" on the state of the economy after the Brexit vote.
    • Analysts will be poring over the speech for clarity on the government's plans after the decision to leave the EU, keeping an eye on fiscal measures and growth and budget-deficit forecasts.
    • ETFs: EWU, FKU, DXPS, DBUK, QGBR, HEWU
    | Wed, Nov. 23, 5:35 AM
  • Mon, Nov. 21, 3:35 AM
    • British Prime Minister Theresa May will tell business leaders today that she wants to cut corporation tax to the lowest among the world's 20 largest economies, potentially going deeper than the 15% rate promised by Donald Trump, the Daily Telegraph reports.
    • Cutting the current 20% headline rate could attract companies away from other parts of the EU and challenge Ireland's preeminence as Europe's low tax home for international companies.
    • ETFs: EWU, FKU, DXPS, DBUK, QGBR, HEWU
    | Mon, Nov. 21, 3:35 AM | 3 Comments
  • Tue, Nov. 15, 6:18 AM
    • U.K. inflation for October unexpectedly slowed to 0.9% on-year, driven down by the price of clothing and university tuition fees.
    • The figures come as BoE Governor Mark Carney prepares to testify to lawmakers about the outlook for inflation.
    • Officials earlier this month dropped plans to cut interest rates again and shifted to a neutral policy stance, saying their tolerance for faster price gains was limited.
    • ETFs: EWU, FKU, DXPS, DBUK, QGBR, HEWU
    | Tue, Nov. 15, 6:18 AM
  • Tue, Nov. 15, 3:32 AM
    • Britain has no overall plan for Brexit and the strategy for leaving the EU might not be agreed for six months due to divisions in Theresa May's government, according to a leaked memo seen by BBC and The Times.
    • The document, prepared for the Cabinet Office by a consultant, said government departments were discussing more than 500 Brexit-related projects and might require an additional 30K civil servants to cope with the immense workload.
    • ETFs: EWU, FKU, DXPS, DBUK, QGBR, HEWU
    | Tue, Nov. 15, 3:32 AM | 9 Comments
  • Wed, Nov. 9, 1:17 AM
    • Scotland's government plans to join a challenge to Prime Minister Theresa May's push to begin the U.K.'s withdrawal from the EU without parliamentary consent.
    • Nicola Sturgeon, first minister in Scotland's semiautonomous government in Edinburgh, has instructed the country'' top law officer to apply to take part in a Supreme Court hearing scheduled to begin on Dec. 5.
    • ETFs: EWU, FKU, DXPS, DBUK, QGBR, HEWU
    | Wed, Nov. 9, 1:17 AM
  • Tue, Nov. 8, 11:12 AM
    • The Supreme Court has given permission for Prime Minister Theresa May to appeal last week's High Court ruling that Parliament must approve the triggering of Article 50.
    • The appeal is expected to begin on Dec. 5 and last four days.
    • The pound (NYSEARCA:FXB) has been up and it's been down, but is currently unchanged and buying $1.24. The FTSE (NYSEARCA:EWU) is higher by 0.3%.
    | Tue, Nov. 8, 11:12 AM
  • Mon, Nov. 7, 1:06 PM
    • Stocks in the Europe had their best day since late September as the Stoxx Europe 600 rose 1.53% ahead of the U.S. election.
    • The major indexes in Germany, France and the U.K. were all up over 1.7%.
    • The equity rallies in Asia, Europe and the U.S. have pulled some money out gold. Spot gold is down 1.80% to $1,281.59
    • ETFs: EWG, EWU, DAX, GF, EWQ, DXGE, DBGR, HEWG, FGM, FKU, DXPS, QDEU, DBUK, QGBR, HEWU.
    | Mon, Nov. 7, 1:06 PM
  • Mon, Nov. 7, 5:16 AM
    • Prime Minister Theresa May believes the U.K. government has a "strong" case for overturning the High Court ruling allowing Parliament to vote on the triggering of Article 50. Brexit Secretary David Davis will lay out details later today.
    • Meanwhile, Brussels is reconsidering how it grants EU market access to overseas financial firms, casting doubt over the use of the bloc's "equivalence" arrangements as a fallback option for London post-Brexit.
    • ETFs: EWU, FKU, DXPS, DBUK, QGBR, HEWU
    | Mon, Nov. 7, 5:16 AM | 1 Comment
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