Friday, March 31, 2017

Friday Afternoon Links

[Bloomberg] U.S. Stocks Meander on Last Day of Stellar Quarter: Markets Wrap

[Reuters] Oil retreats, set to become worst-performing asset in first quarter

[Reuters] Fed signals it could promptly start shedding bonds from portfolio this year

[Bloomberg] Venezuela Crisis Deepens, Bonds Sink as Maduro Ally Pushes Back

[Reuters] Top Venezuela official breaks with government, protests escalate

[CNBC] The looming budget disaster, in four charts

[Forbes] Proof That Mr. Market Is Losing His Mind

[CNBC] From a $200,000 Aston Martin sports car to $1,000 an hour escorts, Wall Street spending is up

[NYT] Caution Signals Are Blinking for the Trump Bull Market

[FT] ‘It ain’t a normal cycle’, BAML reminds investors

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Friday's News Links

[Bloomberg] Global Stocks Drop on Final Day of Stellar Quarter: Markets Wrap

[Reuters] Dollar edges up but heads for worst quarter in a year

[Bloomberg]  U.S. Personal Spending Cools as Inflation Reaches Fed's Goal

[CNBC] Commerce's Wilbur Ross warns the US is already in a trade war

[Reuters] Trump to order trade abuses study, improve import duty collection

[Bloomberg] How the Yellen Fed Got Religion Over the Stock Market and Policy

[Bloomberg] Calmest Market in More Than Decade on VIX Quarterly Drop: Chart

[Bloomberg] Euro-Area Inflation Slows More Than Predicted on Oil, Food

[Bloomberg] ECB's Coeure Says Forward Guidance Could Change, Just Not Yet

[Bloomberg] German Unemployment Slides to Record Low as Economy Booms

[Bloomberg] China Manufacturing Gauge Climbs to Highest in Almost Five Years

[Reuters] China March service sector growth fastest in nearly 3 years-official PMI

[Bloomberg] Japan Inflation Registers First Back-to-Back Rise Since 2015

[Bloomberg] Zuma Faces Widening Backlash After South African Cabinet Purge

[Bloomberg] Trump Predicts 'Very Difficult' Meeting With China's Leader

[Reuters] Republican disarray deepens as Trump attacks rebel conservatives

[WSJ] Consumer Inflation Tops Fed’s Target

[WSJ] China Digs In on Trade as Trump Warns of ‘Very Difficult’ Summit

[FT] Political risk stalks booming Silicon Valley