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22Jan2018 Market Update: Wall Street Slides Higher To New Historic Highs, Senate's Top Dem Says He Will Vote To End Shutdown, WTI Bumps Up Against The 64 Handle

Written by Gary

US equities markets move higher as investors see hope for ending government shutdown (SPY +0.5%). DOW and the Nasdaq hit new highs.

Here is the current market situation from CNN Money

North and South American markets are higher today with shares in Mexico leading the region. The IPC is up 0.58% while U.S.'s S&P 500 is up 0.51% and Brazil's Bovespa is up 0.19%.

Traders Corner - Health of the Market

What Is Moving the Markets

Here are the headlines moving the markets.

S&P, Nasdaq drift higher ahead of Senate vote on funding

(Reuters) - The S&P and the Nasdaq hit fresh records on Monday as investors bet U.S. lawmakers would strike a deal to end a federal government shutdown and as a flurry of deals buoyed sentiment.

Higher oil prices give Halliburton better-than-expected fourth quarter

(Reuters) - U.S. oilfield services company Halliburton Co reported a bigger-than-expected fourth-quarter profit after charges and gave an upbeat outlook for 2018, as higher oil prices continue to push U.S. production near record levels.

Biotech M&A takes off as Sanofi and Celgene spend $20 billion

(Reuters) - Biotech deal activity exploded on Monday with French drugmaker Sanofi and U.S.-based Celgene spending a combined total of more than $20 billion to add new products for hemophilia and cancer to their medicine cabinets.

NAFTA's fate uncertain ahead of talks in Montreal

OTTAWA (Reuters) - The NAFTA trade agreement's future hangs in the balance this week as negotiators from the United States, Canada and Mexico try to settle major differences over revamping a pact that President Donald Trump has threatened to abandon.

U.S. says KPMG employees misappropriated secrets from oversight board

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. prosecutors have charged six people, including former employees of accounting firm KPMG LLP and of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, with misusing confidential information from the board to help KPMG.

Ford tests Focus prototype in U.S. ahead of China production launch

DETROIT (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co is testing prototypes of the redesigned 2020 Focus compact car on U.S. roads 18 months ahead of the car's production launch in China.

Icahn, Deason demand Xerox explore strategic options

(Reuters) - Hedge fund managers Carl Icahn and Darwin Deason demanded on Monday that Xerox Corp explore strategic options and said they would join forces to elect four new members to the board, sending the company's shares higher.

Aston Martin hit by Daimler steering-column recall

PARIS (Reuters) - Aston Martin has become the latest carmaker to be caught up in a major recall of faulty Daimler steering-column components that can cause unintended airbag deployments.

Euro schism reopens in central Europe as EU pushes reform

ESZTERGOM, Hungary/STUROVO, Slovakia (Reuters) - On the euro zone's eastern flank, some Slovaks in the border town of Sturovo wish their country had never opted for the common currency and now head over the Danube to Hungary for the cheaper shopping.

Senate Reaches Deal To End Government Shutdown

Update: and there it is, the government shutdown is officially over after 2 and a half days.





And while markets rose on the news of the government shutdown, they have spiked on the news that the shutdown is over.




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Risk assets have caught a bid following a report from Talking Point Memo, according to which some 10 minutes before the ...

Watch Live: Senate Votes On 3-Week Spending Stopgap As Democrats Strike A Deal

Update (11:40 am ET): In a blockbuster scoop, Talking Points Memo is reporting that Senate Democrats are on the brink of accepting a deal to end the government shutdown in exchange for the promise of a vote on the DREAM Act in the coming weeks, three sources told TPM.

West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin told reporters that he believes the shutdown could end today. Sen. Jeff Flake also thinks there are enough votes to move forward...

The details of the deal aren't yet clear. But multiple Democratic sources familiar with an ongoing meeting of Senate Democrats on the Hill made it clear that an agreement to reopen the government for a few weeks was all but certain late Monday morning.

"There's a deal and the vote will likely have room to spare above 60," one source familiar with the Senate Democrats' meeting told TPM.

Another Democrat familiar with the meeting confirmed the deal, while a third said that while there wasn't a "done deal yet" there was an "outline" of a deal that would likely pass when the Senate takes it up on Monday.

That deal is expected to get strong support from Democrats — including fierce immigration advocates like Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), the leading Senate advocate for so-called "DREAMers" whose vote would provide cover for other Democrats to support an agreement.

A cloture vote on the three-week spending stopgap is expected at noon...

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As the 2018 government shutdown entered its third day Monday, Mitch McConnell called a noon vote on a procedural measure to begin advancing his bill for a three-week stopgap measure.

The bill would fund the government at the current levels through Feb. 8 - a sho ...

One Trader Is "Taking The Over" On Inflation & Growth

Authored by Kevin Muir via The Macro Tourist blog,

Well it's happening. It might be subtle. You might not be able to point to X causing Y, but make no mistake - the Federal Reserve is still run by humans, and those humans want to appease the boss.

And that boss no longer wants to chastise banks for their transgressions from a decade ago. The man who ultimately chooses the FOMC board members wants the economy to go as fast as possible regardless of the risks.

We really shouldn't be surprised with the headline from last week that the Federal Reserve is working on a proposal to ease up on bank leverage limits. From the article in Bloomberg:

The Federal Reserve is working to relax a key part of post-crisis demands for drastically increased capital levels at the biggest banks, according to people familiar with the work, a move that could free up billions of dollars for some Wall Street's giants.

Central bank staffers are rewriting the leverage-ratio rule - a requirement that U.S. banks maintain a minimum level of capital against all their assets - to better align with a recent agreement among global regulators, said two people who requested anonymity because the process isn't public. The people said the Fed effort is drawing opposition from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., an agency with authority over banking rules that's still led by a Barack Obama appointee.

The fact th ...

Cryptocurrencies Leg Lower After South Korean Tax Headlines

Update 1100ET: Headlines from South Korea's Yonhap news regarding new tax rules for cryptocurrency exchanges appear to have sparked the latest leg down in cryptocurrencies... As CoinTelegraph reports,

Local news agency Yonhap reports that South Korean government has announced Monday, Jan. 22 that it will be collecting a 22 percent corporate tax and a 2.2 percent local income tax from the country's cryptocurrency exchanges.

The tax announcement comes right after the conclusion of an unprecedented anti-money laundering probe into six major South Korean banks that showed a 36 times increase in commissions from virtual accounts linked to crypto exchanges, from 61 mln won ($57,340) in 2016 to 2.2 bln won ($2 mln) in 2017.

Yonhap reports that South Korean exchange Bithumb made 317.6 bln won ($295,368,000) last year in total, so is expected to pay about 60 mln won in taxes, according to the tax percentages announced Monday.

The announced tax percentages are in line with the South Korean tax code for all corporations that make a yearly income of over 20 bln won ($18.7 mln).

Cryptos legged lower...

What Facebook's Feed Changes Mean for the News

Publishers would be wise to reduce their dependency on Facebook as it gets ready to tweak its algorithm.

Cartier-Owner Richemont Bets Big on Online Bling

Would you buy a $100,000 watch online? Richemont wants to buy out its fellow shareholders in Yoox Net-a-Porter, because for more people, the answer is yes.

UBS Catching Up to American Rivals With Buyback

UBS had more of a near-death experience than some. As a result, it has returned to health much more rapidly. Shareholders are benefiting with a big new buyback program.

December 2017 CFNAI Super Index Moving Average Little Changed

Written by Steven Hansen

The economy's rate of growth was little changed based on the Chicago Fed National Activity Index (CFNAI) 3 month moving (3MA) average - but economic growth remains significantly above the historical trend rate of growth.

Called to Account: Tax bill lowered corporate tax rate, so why are some companies announcing charges?

The tax bill that President Donald Trump signed into law in December slashes corporate tax rates, so why are some companies announcing charges instead of benefits from the change?

In One Chart: Where the super rich store their money, and where everybody else does

Last month, President Donald Trump reportedly floated a potential new campaign slogan: "How's your 401(k) doing?"

The Wall Street Journal: Former KPMG executives arrested on conspiracy charges

Six accountants, including former partners at KPMG LLP, were arrested Monday morning and charged with conspiring to defraud securities regulators and misuse of confidential auditing information.

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