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RT @SebastianEPayne: No10 insiders saying it doesn’t feel like a deal will be struck tonight. Apparently VAT and DUP are still proving toug… (52mins) like | retweet
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RT @tnewtondunn: Govt source says no Brexit deal tonight, because of unresolved issues with both the DUP and EU: "Everyone will be working… (1hrs ) like | retweet
RT @zerohedge: *KAPLAN: I BACKED THE TWO RATE CUTS, MORE AGNOSTIC ON NEXT MOVE (1hrs ) like | retweet
RT @AlbertoNardelli: NEW: EU27 ambassadors have been told that all issues have been agreed except for VAT (1hrs ) like | retweet
RT @Peston: So as I just said on @itvnews, now no chance of Brexit deal tonight. Not at all sure about what that means for what can be agre… (1hrs ) like | retweet
RT @bbclaurak: Simply not clear if that means there's no way forward yet or just a case of extending talks into tomorrow cos they need a bi… (1hrs ) like | retweet
RT @bbclaurak: Just as Barnier arrives to see ambassadors, government source has just told me there will not be a deal tonight (1hrs ) like | retweet
RT @SamuelStolton: Hearing from UK sources that a big #Brexit announcement is imminent... (1hrs ) like | retweet
RT @LACaldwellDC: NEWS: State Dept. official Bill Taylor has been asked to appear at a deposition next TUESDAY, according to the letter obt… (1hrs ) like | retweet
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The Biggest Opponents Of German Fiscal Stimulus Are Coming Round
The German political class is preparing itself to deliver bold fiscal stimulus if the economy needs it. Lawmakers from Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrat-led group have been among the most crucial opponents of finance ministry plans to respond to an economic hit and their stance...
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The German political class is preparing itself to deliver bold fiscal stimulus if the economy needs it.

 

Lawmakers from Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrat-led group have been among the most crucial opponents of finance ministry plans to respond to an economic hit and their stance is beginning to soften, according to two people familiar with party discussions.

 

Critically, the CDU caucus in the Bundestag would be ready to break its long-held commitment to a balanced budget -- the much heralded “black zero” -- if a downturn required a more powerful reaction, according to one of the people, a member of the parliamentary group. (Bloomberg – Continue Reading)

The Democratic Unionist Party is split on whether to back Boris Johnson’s proposed Brexit deal with the European Union, according to two sources familiar with the party’s internal discussions over the last 24 hours. DUP representatives were holding another meeting in Downing Street on...
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The Democratic Unionist Party is split on whether to back Boris Johnson’s proposed Brexit deal with the European Union, according to two sources familiar with the party’s internal discussions over the last 24 hours.

DUP representatives were holding another meeting in Downing Street on Wednesday morning as Johnson kept up attempts to convince them to endorse a deal. Michel Barnier, the EU's chief Brexit negotiator, told EU commissioners on Wednesday morning that a deal was still possible today, but several issues, including consent, were yet to be solved.

BuzzFeed News can reveal that there is a significant difference of opinion within the DUP over whether the party should oppose or support a deal. DUP leader Arlene Foster and her deputy Nigel Dodds met with the UK prime minister for several hours on Monday and Tuesday night, where Dodds made clear the party could not yet support Johnson’s proposals. (BuzzFeed - Continue Reading)

As S&P 500 Retries 3,000, Option Sellers May Gird Battle
 The S&P 500 could struggle to climb above 3,000 amid a defense by those who have sold options with strikes at or above that level. Schaeffer’s Investment Research is watching the setup of bullish call options on the SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust, with a focus particularly on that...
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 The S&P 500 could struggle to climb above 3,000 amid a defense by those who have sold options with strikes at or above that level.

 

Schaeffer’s Investment Research is watching the setup of bullish call options on the SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust, with a focus particularly on that nearby round number. The stock benchmark briefly retook 3,000 on Tuesday before paring gains, and was up 1.1% to 2,998.07 as of 11:15 a.m. in New York. The ETF, ticker SPY, also advanced 1.1% to $299.15.

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Ripe For A Fall: Private Equity Debt Rush Stokes Bond Markets Fear
 A growing number of private equity firms are taking advantage of Europe’s buoyant bond market to extract money from companies they hold by loading them with debt, prompting some investors to warn the fixed income rally is nearing its peak.   Several private equity-backed...
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 A growing number of private equity firms are taking advantage of Europe’s buoyant bond market to extract money from companies they hold by loading them with debt, prompting some investors to warn the fixed income rally is nearing its peak.

 

Several private equity-backed companies have issued bonds backing “dividend recapitalizations” in recent weeks — a term that refers to the contentious practice of a companies issuing debt to pay dividends to the owner.

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UK PM Johnson Fledgling Brexit Deal Causes Major Split Among Tory Hardlines
A MAJOR split tonight opened up among Tory Eurosceptics over whether to back Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal. While some senior members of the hardline European Research Group declared they were ready to back the PM’s new customs partnership plan for Northern Ireland,...
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A MAJOR split tonight opened up among Tory Eurosceptics over whether to back Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal.

 

While some senior members of the hardline European Research Group declared they were ready to back the PM’s new customs partnership plan for Northern Ireland, others began speaking out to blast it.

 

Former Cabinet minister Owen Paterson became the first senior MP to denounce the fledgling deal in public.

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