Russia sends Thug Prince Charles a Message

AMSTERDAM (AP) — The Dutch defense department says several NATO member countries scrambled jets Wednesday afternoon after a pair of Russian bomber planes approached their airspace over the North Sea.

The Dutch ministry identified the planes as two Russian TU-95 Bears, and said it had launched two F-16s from Volkel air force base to intercept them. The Russian jets were escorted by aircraft from the Netherlands, Britain and Denmark until they departed.

Maj. Wilko Ter Horst said “that’s why we scrambled, that’s why the Danish scrambled and the English scrambled, to ensure to insure they fly out of our air space.”

The ministry statement said such incidents have occurred before, citing one from March 21 and another on Sept. 10 last year.
http://www.myfoxdc.com/story/25320772/dutch-scramble-jets-after-russian-bombers-approach#ixzz2zlU4s1qC

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Hillary and her Lesbo Pal Can’t name her Accomplishments as Secretary of State

She’s got a lot, they are just crimes against God and humanity. That she can’t list one good thing is very telling.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2611338/State-Department-spokeswoman-Hillary-Clintons-diplomatic-achievements-neither-Hillary-Clinton.html

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The End of America began in Massachusetts

 

The 'married' lesbian threesome on their wedding day in August 2013

 

The ‘married’ lesbian threesome on their wedding day in August 2013. Test tube babies, and paid for by the taxpayers.


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2611020/Meet-worlds-married-lesbian-threesome-baby-make-four-July.html#ixzz2zlRokwIR

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Zionist Doctor Refuses to pay Strippers

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2611713/Cardiologist-bilked-strip-club-135-000-spent-money-tipping-strippers-including-five-took-private-room-time.html

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Obamas Air Dirty Laundry for Japanese Public to See

Trouble in paradise? The National Enquirer first claimed that the first couple's marriage was on the rocks, a report that Kazuyuki Hamada seems to have absorbed and taken seriously

 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2611563/The-Obamas-failed-marriage-looming-divorce-open-secret-claims-member-Japans-parliament-president-using-Secret-Service-hide-affairs.html

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Prince Charles Brother In-law Dies in Drunken Stupor outside of NYC Strip Club

That or someone whacked him. It’s a great day for sure!

Tragedy: Camilla, 66, was extremely close to her only brother, who was known for his swashbuckling travel books and passionate commitment to conservation

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2611776/Pictured-hours-fatal-slip-outside-New-York-bar-Camillas-brother-Mark-Shand-62-smiling-cameras-secret-fiance-Ruth-Powys.html

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USA

The Dow Jones Industrial Average shed 12.72 points, or 0.1%, to 16501.65. The S&P 500 index slipped 4.16 points, or 0.2%, to 1875.39 and the Nasdaq NDAQ -0.03%Composite Index dropped 34.49 points, or 0.8%, to 4126.97. I bumped my shorts in the DIA/SPY in the early going as the counter rally looks to be running out of steam. 

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The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite broke a six-session streak of gains, after a recent rebound in tech stocks had helped pull other major indexes within 1% of their record closing highs as of Tuesday’s close. The S&P 500 also had notched gains in the previous six sessions, to close Tuesday 0.6% below its April 2 record, and the Dow rose in five of those sessions, to close Tuesday 0.4% shy of its all-time high from Dec. 31.

Momentum stocks in sectors such as biotechnology and social media fell Wednesday, after weeks of volatile trading. The Nasdaq Biotechnology Index dropped 1.5% Wednesday. It had gained 5.6% in the first two sessions of the week, after falling 11% in March, and an additional 8.8% in the first two weeks of April.

New home sales tumbled to eight-month low in March, dropping 14.5% y/y. However the January and February totals were revised up 3% and 2%, respectively. Affordability is  becoming a big factor for the market: the median new home price rose to a record high of $290K, up 13% y/y. Homebuilders were down 1-3 %

WTI crude finished at two-week lows this morning around $101.50, after yesterday’s big slide from the mid $103 . Last night, the API weekly inventory data showed the smallest build in crude inventories in three weeks, way short of expectations. This morning, the DOE data showed a bigger than expected build in crude inventories. The  total US inventories are only a few million barrels away from all-time highs seen last May.

FX Dealers were hoping that the preliminary eurozone April PMI releases would help break the euro out of its recent trading range. The mostly in-line performance sent EUR/USD up to 1.3855 but left the pair locked in its 200 pip range. Analysts said the PMIs released today only strengthened the feeling that new initiatives by the ECB seemed unlikely in May.

Amazon and HBO have announced a licensing agreement that will let Amazon Prime members watch HBO content.The first wave of HBO content, shows like The Wire and The Sopranos, will arrive on Prime Instant Video by May 21st, with other recent shows like Girls and Newsroom rolling out later, approximately three years after they’ve aired on HBO. In addition, HBO GO will also be available on Amazon’s Fire TV by the end of the year. Shares of NFLX were down 5+% on the news.

Defense names General Dynamics, Boeing and Northrop Grumman were up about 2% a piece after reporting decent first quarter results. All three firms beat both top- and bottom-line expectations, and Boeing and Northrop raised FY14 earnings guidance. Boeing’s revenue rose 8% y/y thanks to strong demand for commercial aviation models, however revenue at GD and NOC declined on a y/y basis as Pentagon cuts continue erode lofty earnings.

Delta had gained as much as 6% in early cash trading this morning after beating top- and bottom line estimates and offering pretty strong performance despite the winter weather turmoil seen in its first quarter. Revenue gained 5% y/y and income was up around 70% y/y.

Dow Chemical’s net income was up approximately 48% y/y, beating expectations. The company has gone through an extended restructuring process over the last year, and still has some time to go. The company’s cost cutting helped raise margins.

Procter & Gamble  cut its FY14 earnings guidance. Earnings in its third quarter gained 5% or so and beat expectations, although revenue was basically flat. The company is spinning off most of its pet care business to Mars, and it said a final decision on the sale of its remaining EU pet care assets will be made in May. This was a very poor report if you factor in Proctor and Gamble has raised prices more than 5 % y/y.
(US) MBA Mortgage Applications w/e Apr 18th: -3.3% v +4.3% prior (9th decline in last 11 weeks)

(EU) Weekly ECB Forex Reserves: €209.4B v €209.2B
(US) Apr Preliminary Markit Manufacturing PMI: 55.4 v 56.0e
(US) Mar New Home Sales: 384K v 450Ke
(US) DOE Crude: +3.52M v +2.5Me; Gasoline: -275K v -1.5Me; Distillate: +600K v -500Ke

(CA) Canada Feb Retail Sales M/M: 0.5% v 0.5%e; Retail Sales Ex Auto M/M: 0.6% v 0.5%e
(MX) Mexico Feb Retail Sales Y/Y: -1.7% v +0.4%e

(RU) Russia failed to sell planned RUB10B indicated in May 2019 OFZ bonds (2nd failed auction in session)
(UK) Apr CBI Industrial Trends Total Orders: -1 v +7e; Selling Prices: 9 v 10e; Business Optimism: 33 v 25e

 

LAST CHANGE % CHG
 
DJIA 16501.65 -12.72 -0.08%
Nasdaq 4126.97 -34.49 -0.83%
S&P 500 1875.39 -4.16 -0.22%
Russell 2000 1147.08 -8.53 -0.74%

 

LAST CHANGE % CHG
 
UK: FTSE 100 6674.74 -7.02 -0.11%
Germany: DAX 9544.19 -55.90 -0.58%
France: CAC 40 4451.08 -33.13 -0.74%
Stoxx Europe 600 335.05 -1.98 -0.59%

 

PRICE CHG YIELD
German 10 Year 3/32 1.528
France 10 Year 4/32 2.007
Italy 10 Year 3/32 3.085
Spain 10 Year 7/32 3.047
U.K. 10 Year 9/32 2.680
U.S. 10 Year 2/32 2.706
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Europe

Looking ahead

Upcoming US corporate earnings Boeing, PG, EMC, Dow Chemical, General Dynamics, Northrop Grumman.

 08:30 (CA) Canada Feb Retail Sales M/M: 0.5%e v 1.3% prior; Retail Sales Ex Auto M/M: 0.5%e v 1.0% prior

9:00 (MX) Mexico Feb Retail Sales Y/Y: +0.4%e v -0.3% prior

 09:45 (US) Apr Preliminary Markit Manufacturing PMI: 56.0e v 55.5 prior

10:00 (US) Mar New Home Sales: 450Ke v 440K prior
10:30 (US) Weekly DOE Crude Oil Inventories
10:30 ((PL) EU President Van Rompuy with Poland PM Tusk in Brussels
11:00 (US) Fed to purchase $2.00-2.50B in Notes
11:30 (BR) Brazil Weekly Currency Flow
12:00 (CA) Canada Fin Min Oliver speaks to Montreal Board of Trade
12:00 (CA) Canada to sell 10-Year Bonds
13:00 (US) Treasury to sell 5-Year Notes

 

Europe

EU Equity markets open mixed following Tuesday’s out-sized  gain to bleed off after the opening. Kicks-off  of earnings season for Spanish Banks. Ericsson lower on weaker than expected results , French defense names decline after results (Safran, Zodiac). Euro Zone advance and opaque  PMIs above estimates. Germany PMI’s beat, France misses. Strong enough to throw water on hopes of immediate rate cuts/qe at next ECB meeting. Peripheral bond yields decline/pushed down as Greece is preparing five year bond offering in London.

Russian FM Lavrov drew the line in the sand for the EU /Kiev politcos and said any attack on Russian citizens in Eastern Ukraine would be regarded as an attack on Russia and Russia would respond accordingly. 

Russian President Vladimir Putin has shelved a plan to boost government spending to revive the stalling economy, according to three people familiar with the discussions reported the WSJ. The decision came at a closed-door session Tuesday night at which the economy ministry, supported by Mr. Putin’s economic adviser, argued for a rise in spending.

Far-right parties are set to do well in next month’s elections to the European Parliament, a fact that has thrown a spotlight on their links with the Kremlin. A recent study by the Budapest-based Political Capital Institute documents the support that far-right parties in the EU have given to Russian President Vladimir Putin, particularly throughout the Ukraine crisis.These parties affirmed  the Kremlin’s viewpoint,  that it is the EU and the West, rather than Russia, which are provoking tension and fueling violence in the Eastern European country.Several far-right politicians went to observe the Crimea referendum on re-joining Russia, a vote they said was free and fair although it was denounced as illegitimate by most Western leaders.”There is reason to believe that Russian diplomacy seeks to build party families in Europe,” the study says.It cites numerous examples of far-right parties participating in events attended by or organised by Russian policymakers.A congress held by Italy’s Northern League in December last year, for example, was attended by Austrian, Flemish, Dutch and Swedish far-right leaders as well as Vikto Zubarev, an MP for United Russia, Putin’s party.Hungary’s Jobbik and Greece’s Golden Dawn are both invited to the Russian National Forum organised by a group with close ties to Putin to be held later this year.Admiration for Putin also extends to Europe’s softer right-wing. Nigel Farage, leader of the eurosceptic UK Independence Party, has openly backed Putin as a skillful “operator”.He recently said the Russian President was the current leader he most admired and said the EU had “blood on its hands” for making Ukraine choose between the European Union and Russia.The support by the European parties – some of which are set to top the polls in the May EU vote – adds to an already muddled backdrop of the EU trying to form a unified response to Moscow’s actions in Ukraine. Thus London and Berlin are putting pressure on the USA to do their dirty business in the Ukraine.

Finland has agreed to receive assistance from NATO forces and to maintain military assets such as ships and aircraft by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) deal similar to that signed by Sweden. Finnish Defense Minister Carl Haglund insisted that the deal is not a step towards NATO membership, likey a dissimulation. 

Angela Merkel has been urged to end Germany’s moratorium on fracking as part of a drive to reduce dependency on Russian gas. The call to allow “demonstration projects” in hydraulic fracturing came from European Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger.

Writing in the Guardian, former French and German ambassadors to the UK, Gerard Errera and Wolfgang Ischinger, argue that “France needs to get closer to Germany on corporate taxation, the level of social security contributions, reform of the labor market, and reduction of public spending.In return, Germany must rethink its position regarding the policy of austerity, the role of the ECB and the sharing of debt.” A trade Germany will happily make but one France will not with Hollande in office.

French PM Manuel Valls on Wednesday will present in detail how to cut public spending by €50bn between 2015 and the end of President Francois Hollande’s term in 2017. Brussels last year gave France a two-year extension to bring its budget deficit down from 4.3% to below 3% in 2015.

Handelsblatt reports that Germany could lose influence within the ECB Governing Council if Lithuania becomes the 19th state to adopt the euro, triggering a change in voting procedure that would see voting rights rotate among 18 national bank governors.

Die Welt reports that the ECB will use a “trick” to help Portugal to return to the markets, by once again adjusting its collateral rules. The change to the rules, released last month, will mean the ECB will continue to accept bonds with a lower rating from the agency DBRS as collateral for its lending operations. Previously, once Portugal had exited its bailout program, its bonds would no longer have been eligible as collateral as they have low ratings from all four rating agencies. This would have reduced demand and made a return to the markets more difficult.

An INSA poll for Bild has found that 81% of Germans do not consider the eurozone crisis to be over compared with 7% who do. The poll also found that 34% of Germans believe that Greece is on the road to recovery compared with 39% who believe the country has not done enough to reform its economy.

Eurostat has today released the not to be trusted data showing debt and deficit levels in Europe at the end of 2013. Government debt reached 92.6% of GDP in the eurozone (up from 90.7% in 2012), while the deficit level fell from 3.7% of GDP in 2012 to 3% in 2013.

When the Eurogroup meets on 5 May, Greece is set to ask its eurozone partners for permission to gradually reduce corporation tax rates, Ekathimerini reports. The proposal is part of a bigger long-term growth plan agreed on Tuesday by the two coalition parties New Democracy and PASOK.

UKIP’s recent bad headlines, featuring adultery allegations and dubious expense claims, have not affected its poll ratings. A weekend poll put Labour top on 30 percent, UKIP – a eurosceptic party – second on 27 percent, and the Conservatives third on 22 percent. The Liberal Democrats polled just eight percent.

Gold and market rigging thug Mervyn King, former governor of the Bank of England and now Lord King of Lothbury, has received another honor to add to his lengthening list of gongs since swapping central banking for academia. He has been named a Knight Companion of the Noble Order of the Garter. Members get to wear blue velvet robes and black velvet hats with white plumes at a lunch with the Queen every year, and also have a coat of arms displayed in St. George’s Chapel at the Queen’s Windsor Castle residence. He got his Garter for listening to her cousin Jacob Rothschilds and doing what he was told to do, no more, and no less.

Econometrics

(EU) Euro Zone Apr Preliminary Markit Eurozone Manufacturing PMI: 53.3 v 53.0e; Services PMI: 53.1 v 52.5e; Composite PMI: 54.0 v 53.0e

(FR) France Apr Preliminary Markit Manufacturing PMI: 50.9 v 51.9e; Services PMI: 50.3 v 51.3e; Composite PMI: 50.5 v 51.8 prior

(DE) Germany Apr Preliminary Markit Manufacturing PMI: 54.2 v 53.8e; Services PMI: 55.0 v 53.3e; Composite PMI: 56.3 v 54.0e

Equity Markets

Ericsson Reports Q1 Net SEK2.12B v SEK2.23Be, Op SEK2.6B v SEK3.5Be, Rev SEK47.5B v SEK50.8Be; both gross and op margins increased. Sales supported by mobile broadband.  ARM Holdings Reports Q1 Pretax £97.1M v £96Me, Op Profit £76.3M v £64.9M y/y, Rev £186.7M v £170.3M y/y; Expects semiconductor industry to improve in H2.

Consumer Staples [Associated British Foods ABF.UK +8% (H1 profits above ests, raised dividend)]

Basic Material Resources [Antofagasta ANTO.UK -6% (ex-dividend)]
Industrial [Safran SAF.FR -2% (Q1 sales below ests)]
Utilities [Drax Group DRX.UK -9% (contract update), Centrica CNA.UK -1% (ex dividend)]
Telecom [Ericsson ERICB.SE -4% (Q1 results below ests)]
Energy [Vopak VPK.NL -7% (cautious outlook)]
Technology [Melexis MELE.BE +10% (raised outlook); Arm Holdings ARM.UK -2% (weakness in Q1 royalty sales)]
Stoxx50 sectors [Technology -0.8%, Industrials -0.7%, Telecom -0.4%, Utilities -0.2%, Consumer Cyclical -0.2%; Financials +0.4%, Basic Materials +0.1%, Consumer Non-Cyclical +0.1%, Energy flat]

Major Stock Indexes

7:24 AM EDT 4/23/2014

LAST CHANGE % CHG
 
UK: FTSE 100 6669.24 -12.52 -0.19%
Germany: DAX 9568.64 -31.45 -0.33%
France: CAC 40 4465.63 -18.58 -0.41%
Stoxx Europe 600 335.69 -1.34 -0.40%

Credit Markets

(EU) Euro Zone 2013 Govt Debt/GDP Ratio: 92.6% v 90.7% prior (record amount)

(PT) Portugal PM Coelho: Portugal growth prospects are more robust at this time; country is now able to finance itself in the market – comments from Lisbon

(PT) Portugal Year-to-Date Budget Report
(FR) France to update its growth forecasts

(PT) Portugal Debt Agency (IGCP) to sell €750M in 10-year bonds

(UK) BOE minutes  saw downward pressure on the inflation front

 (UK) BOE voted 9-0 (unanimous) to leave Interest Rates unchanged at 0.50%
 ; voted 9-0 (unanimous) to maintain Asset Purchase Target at £375B

(UK) Mar Public Finances (PSNCR): £15.7B v £17.0Be; PSNB ex Interventions: £6.7B v £11.0Be; Public Sector Net Borrowing: £4.9B v £8.5Be

Rates and Auctions

(EU) ECB €138M borrowed in overnight loan facility vs. €301.0M prior; €26.6B parked in deposit facility vs. €30.1B prior – Daily Eurosystem Liquidity Conditions

(GR) National Bank of Greece preparing for 5-yr bond offering (longest dated since 2009); Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, HSBC and Morgan Stanley meeting with possible buyers in London .Press

(RU) Russia to sell combined RUB20B in 2019 and 2023 OFZ bonds

(RU) Russia Central Bank (CBR) again adjusted the floating Ruble corridor by 5 kopecks to 36.35-43.35 in dollar/euro basket

(HU) Hungary switch-auction for bonds

(CZ) Czech Republic to sell 2019, 2025 and 2036 bonds
(PL) Poland to sell combined PLN6-10B in 2016 and 2018 Bonds

 

Government Bonds

7:27 AM EDT 4/23/2014

PRICE CHG YIELD
German 10 Year 3/32 1.528
France 10 Year 2/32 2.011
Italy 10 Year 1/32 3.091
Spain 10 Year 7/32 3.048
U.K. 10 Year 4/32 2.697
U.S. 10 Year 2/32 2.70

 

Currencies

7:35 AM EDT 4/23/2014

LAST(MID) CHANGE
Euro (EUR/USD) 1.3841 0.0035
Pound (GBP/USD) 1.6803 -0.0021
Swiss Franc (USD/CHF) 0.8815 -0.0035
Yen (USD/JPY) 102.25 -0.37
Australia $ (AUD/USD) 0.9288 -0.0078
WSJ Dollar Index 73.00
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Asia Close

Bank of Japan semi-annual Financial System Report: Japan financial system stable on the whole, but banks could have a ¥5.6T loss if interest rates rise by 100bps (note: the est given in Oct was ¥6.0T) .China Apr Preliminary HSBC China Manufacturing PMI remained in contraction for the 4th straight month: (48.3 v 48.3e) and was a big disappointment. Thailand Central Bank (BoT) left its Benchmark Interest Rate unchanged at 2.00%, as expected. Strong gold buying reported out of China as Obama visits everyone in Asia, but China.

(TW) Taiwan Mar Industrial Production Y/Y: 3.1% v 3.0%e; Commercial Sales Y/Y: 1.5% v 2.4%e

Japan: Nikkei 225 14546.27 157.50 1.09%
Hang Seng 22509.64 -221.04 -0.97%
Shanghai Composite 2067.38 -5.45 -0.26%
S&P BSE Sensex 22876.54 118.17 0.52%
Australia: S&P/ASX 5517.80 38.50 0.70%
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Eurotrash finally begin to realize what it means to poke the Russian bear in the Eye

Not a lot of difference in the propaganda from London, Berlin or Washington DC. BND must have outsourced to the BBC. No one dares mention the ‘prize’ the $1 tln present value of LNG reserves Germany wants flowing its way from a Ukraine safely in the EU and under Rothschild’s management. And NATO missiles and tanks on Russia’s doorstep. Surely Germans are not this stupid ? Her dad learned the hard way as well!!

http www dailymail co uk news article 2569203 angela merkel speech ...

http://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/in-moscow-propaganda-war-even-opposition-is-singing-kremlin-tune-a-965487.html

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How to get a job at Goog. Change your last name to Windsor or Rothschilds, pick up a CS Degree

Tom Friedman the billionaire by marriage, whose never worked a day in his life at a real job, tells your kids some fanciful tales about how to get a job. Clearly Economics and English lit degrees are out at GOOG.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/20/opinion/sunday/friedman-how-to-get-a-job-at-google-part-2.html

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Ukraine Separatists pick up American Spy , ‘journalist’

Looks like someone finally got wise to the ZGR’s pal Simon and his British pal.

Well he’s lying all the time saying he’s from Moscow and playing the locals for idiots as he puts out five minutes 3x a week, and goodness knows what else he is sending to the Mossad/CIA or MI6, or whatever clown banker or State Department pays him in between his brief reports.

Interesting how many of these journalists are Jews or English getting into trouble in the Ukraine. The same old pattern and same old names.

Send him back to Kiev. Make sure you keep all his cameras, phone,  computers and turn them over to the FSB. Or better yet, he says he is from Moscow, put him on the bus with an armed guard until you can deliver him to the FSB for questioning in Moscow. Teach him some manners on the trip Moscow.

http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/04/22/american-reporter-held-by-ukraine-separatists/

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Germany and USA, Same Cruel Overlord

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/23/upshot/how-underpaid-german-workers-helped-cause-europes-debt-crisis.html

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Asia

We were treated to very disappointing spate of earnings afterhours in the USA and have hyper-evil and over-valued momentum stock FB up after hours. Even though growth flattened out last quarter and the stock should have been hammered, the analysts have been pumping the stock this week,  hoping to help stuff the shorts tomorrow. Obviously there are shorts out there that want to take the opposite side of that trade. FB is not ‘cool’ it’s an MI6/CIA/Mossad branch office. The management team of ‘bergs’ is pure illuminati trash.

Asian indices are mixed with China leading the decliners after the release of April flash manufacturing PMI. Despite posting a slight improvement with the first sequential rise in 4 months, PMI was also in contraction for the 4th consecutive month. Moreover, the closely monitored New Exports and Employment subindices were decidedly negative – the former “changed direction” and is now decreasing while the latter is decreasing at a faster rate. HSBC China economist said the govt’s new measures announced recently will likely produce limited impact, and more measures may be unveiled in the coming months.

China, State Information Central of China official Zhu noted some Tier-2 and Tier-3 cities will be allowed to ease property sector curbs. Announcement comes after last week’s release of March property prices where average new home prices rose just 7.7% y/y, an 8-month low. Chinese press reports, MOFCOM report estimated 2014 retail sales growth at 13% – in line with 2013 but well below 14.5% target. China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) released additional 19 pre-IPO disclosures, with the 3-day tally amounting to 65 companies. IPO-related dilution was also cited as posing considerable weakness to China equity markets.

Disappointing earnings from blue-chip Chinese companies weighed on stocks in Hong Kong and Shanghai, shares of China Mobile Ltd.  the world’s largest telecom carrier by subscribers, fell 2.57 % in Hong Kong after the company said intensifying competition and handset subsidies for Apple Inc.’s iPhones hurt its first-quarter earnings.

Japan’s Nikkei 225 index rose 0.71% to 14490.52 . Gains came as the U.S. dollar was little changed against the yen, trading at ¥102.58 versus ¥102.61 late Tuesday in New York. The beginning of U.S. President Barack Obama’s three-day state visit to Japan was on the radar in Tokyo as traders watched for any progress on trade talks.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is pushing to remove six-decade-old constraints on his country’s military, a goal the Obama administration said Monday it supports—but one that could also unsettle the region.When President Barack Obama arrives in Japan on Wednesday, he will find a country fearful of China’s rise and worried about America’s commitment to protecting its allies. China’s recent move to go for the 135 years supply of NG in disputed waters is bound to be tops on the list. Japan, post Fukushima is a big customer of USA/Australia  LNG, but at Asian prices. Restarting Japan’s nuclear program in part until their energy situation can be figured out appeared to be driven by England which wants access to USA LNG for Europe as its North Sea declines rapidly.

Japanese railroad and hotel chain operator Seibu Holdings Inc. traded higher in its return as a public company, gaining 5.3% over its initial public offering price. The company’s core entity, Seibu Railway Co., was delisted from the Tokyo Stock Exchange in December 2004 for doctoring its financial statements.

Australia Q1 CPI was well below estimates, remaining in the 2-3% RBA target range on headline basis and posting a 1-year low on Q/Q Trimmed Mean (core) basis. AUD/USD plummeted some 90pips below 0.9280, as lower CPI gives RBA more room to preserve its neutral stance for longer and negates expectations of an inevitable rate hike to forestall accelerating property prices. Ahead of tomorrow’s RBNZ policy decision, New Zealand Institute of Economic Research (NZIER) Shadow Board saw a near-unanimous support for the central bank to raise rates by another 25bps. NZIER said recovery in the economy is broadening, and households are starting to spend more after years of putting many decisions on hold following the global financial crisis.

Armed men wearing military fatigues gather by Armoured Personnel Carriers (APC) as they stand guard outside the regional state building in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk on April 16, 2014 (AFP Photo / Genya Savilov)

 

The US is to blame for the events in Ukraine as it invested $5 billion in regime change in the country, taking a more radical stance that its EU allies, Vitaly Churkin, Russia’s envoy to the UN, said.“It seems it was the Americans, who tried to push through the most radical scenario,” Churkin said in an interview with Rossiya 24 channel. “They didn’t want any sort of compromise between [ousted President Viktor] Yanukovich and the opposition. And, I think, they came to the conclusion that it was time to cash in those $5 billion and handle the matter towards abrupt regime change, which, eventually, happened.This explains why the US, but not the European Union, took center stage when the coup resulted in legal vacuum in Kiev, he added.US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland told CNN on Monday that Washington has invested around $5 billion into supporting democracy in Ukraine since the fall of Soviet Union.But Churkin has doubts about Nuland’s claims, saying that “any sane person would, at least, say that those investments didn’t pay off.”If those $5 billion were spent on support of democracy, but not overthrow of the existing government and regime change, then no democracy has triumphed there [in Ukraine],” he explained.

Russia will retaliate if it is attacked and the interests of the Russian people are threatened, Sergey Lavrov told RT. He alleged the US has a hand in the current stand-off in Ukraine between the coup-appointed government and anti-Maidan activists.In an interview with RT’s Sophie Shevardnadze, Sergey Lavrov said that if Russian territory comes under attack, then Moscow will respond in line with international law.“If we are attacked, we would certainly respond. If our interests, our legitimate interests, the interests of Russians have been attacked directly, like they were in South Ossetia for example, I do not see any other way but to respond in accordance with international law,” he said.Speaking about the buildup of troops on the Russian-Ukrainian border, Lavrov added that Russian troops have not crossed into Ukraine and remain on Russian territory.Russian citizens being attacked is an attack against the Russian Federation,” he told RT.

 

(CN) CHINA APR HSBC/MARKIT FLASH MANUFACTURING PMI: 48.3 V 48.3E (first sequential rise in 4 months; 4th consecutive contraction) 

(AU) AUSTRALIA Q1 CONSUMER PRICES (CPI) Q/Q: 0.6% (3-quarter low) V 0.8%E; Y/Y: 2.9% (below 2-3% RBA range) V 3.2%E; CPI Trimmed Mean Q/Q: 0.5% (1-year low) v 0.7%e ; Y/Y: 2.6% v 2.9%e
(AU) AUSTRALIA MAR SKILLED VACANCIES M/M: -0.2% V +0.3% PRIOR
(NZ) NEW ZEALAND MAR CREDIT CARD SPENDING M/M: 1.3% V 0.3% PRIOR; Y/Y: 8.1% V 5.9% PRIOR
(NZ) NEW ZEALAND MAR NET MIGRATION: 3.8K V 3.5K PRIOR (multi-year high)

1:40 AM EDT 4/23/2014

LAST CHANGE % CHG
 
Japan: Nikkei 225 14490.52 101.75 0.71%
Hang Seng 22526.70 -203.98 -0.90%
Shanghai Composite 2063.46 -9.37 -0.45%
S&P BSE Sensex 22858.39 100.02 0.44%
Australia: S&P/ASX 5514.00 34.70 0.63%
UK: FTSE 100 6681.76 56.51 0.85%
DJIA 16514.37 65.12 0.40%
Asia Dow 3102.26 -5.43 -0.17%
Global Dow 2520.93 1.13 0.04%

 

Currencies

1:40 AM EDT 4/23/2014

LAST(MID) CHANGE
Australia $ (AUD/USD) 0.9275 -0.0091
Yen (USD/JPY) 102.56 -0.06
S. Korean Won (USD/KRW) 1038.70 -0.30
Chinese Yuan (USD/CNY) 6.2444 0.0070
Euro (EUR/USD) 1.3817 0.0011
WSJ Dollar Index 73.10 0.04

Government Bonds

1:40 AM EDT 4/23/2014

PRICE CHG YIELD
Australia 10 Year 14/32 3.964
China 10 Year 0/32 4.390
India 10 Year -4/32 8.868
Japan 10 Year -3/32 0.615
German 10 Year 0/32 1.538
U.S. 10 Year 1/32 2.708

Futures

1:31 AM EDT 4/23/2014

LAST CHANGE % CHG
Crude Oil 101.69 -2.68 -2.57%
Brent Crude 109.15 -0.12 -0.11%
Gold 1285.4 4.3 0.34%

 

After Hours

(US) API PETROLEUM INVENTORIES: CRUDE: +520K (smallest build in 3 weeks) v +2.5Me, GASOLINE: -3.4M v -1.5Me, DISTILLATE: +570K v -0.5Me
 PLUG: Files to offer 15M shares of stock; -9.0% afterhours

SMCI: Reports Q3 $0.37 v $0.28e, R$373.8M v $335Me; +17.2% afterhours
ILMN: Reports Q1 $0.53 v $0.44e, R$420.8M v $391Me; +10.4% afterhours
SWKS: Reports Q2 $0.62 v $0.59e, R$481M v $470Me; Initiates $0.11 dividend; +8.8% afterhours
 YUM: Reports Q1 $0.87 v $0.84e, R$2.72B v $2.83Be; +3.6% afterhours
GILD: Reports Q1 $1.48 (adj) v $0.90e, R$4.87B v $3.68Be; +2.9% afterhours
JNPR: Reports Q1 $0.29 v $0.29e, R$1.17B v $1.15Be; -1.1% afterhours
DFS: Reports Q1 $1.31 v $1.25e, R$2.08B v $1.76Be; -1.7% afterhours
T: Reports Q1 $0.70 v $0.70e, R$32.5B v $32.4Be; -2.0% afterhours
AMGN: Reports Q1 $1.87 v $1.89e, R$4.52B v $4.73Be; -2.4% afterhours
IRBT: Reports Q1 $0.18 v $0.16e, R$114.2M v $113Me; -2.8% afterhours
 VMW: Reports Q1 $0.80 v $0.79e, R$1.36B v $1.35Be; Maintains FY14 R$5.94-6.10B v $6.04Be; Affirms license rev $2.55-2.63B – conf call; -4.9% afterhours
ISRG: Reports Q1 $1.13 v $3.26e, R$464.7M v $512Me; Cuts FY14 procedure growth +2-8% (prior +9-12%); Will not provide FY14 revenue guidance today [2nd quarter in a row with no rev guidance] – conf call; -5.8% afterhours

CREE: Reports Q3 $0.39 v $0.39e, R$405.3M v $409Me; -7.8% afterhours

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Eurovision Entry- This is not a Joke or photoshop-Just about all Satanic Eurotrash

Kike from Austria gets the lead!!! 

Know I know why my Grandfather left that place. He said the Kikes would destroy Austria or Hitler would. He was right on both accounts. You know in a country as conservative as Austria is the vote was rigged by the kikes to promote their own and satanic agenda for Austria. Seems like about every other year, ‘Austrians’  puts up a kike for Eurovision. It seems like every Austrian Kike wants to let their inner tranny out. At least ‘it’ shave its armpits, eh. Israel is in the EU, let it sing for them. Rothschilds revenge for outing the Jew Fritzl and for putting Haider up for Chancellor. All this does is create resentment against the Kike overlords in Vienna. It’s a mockery of the Austrian people. Kike is just a term for an anti-Christ Jew. Austria has some good Christian Jews, so I don’t want to use the word Jew to describe this trash.

 

Conchita Wurst for Austria

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/features/eurovision-2014-contestants-meet-all-the-acts-from-molly-smittendownes-to-conchita-wurst-9273423.html

Here are your typical Austrian entertainers and people. Does this freak look like any of them?

 

You sick bastard Rothschilds. Austrians are never going to accept your filthy kin.

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