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Friday, March 3

3rd Mar - Quiet Friday

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François Fillon’s spokesman quits election campaign – Politico
Fillon to quit presidential race if Sunday rally flops: aide – Politico
Greece Should Be Added to ECB's Bond-Buying List – BB
EU Parliament Calls to End Visa-Free Travel for U.S. Citizens – WSJ

Mohamed El-Erian: Yellen's Shrinking Room for Maneuver –
In Ominous Sign For Fed, Bond Traders Are Betting On Flatter Curve After Rate Hike – ZH

Ben Carlson: What to Make of These Twice-in-History S&P 500 Valuations – BB
Stocks Reach Rarely Seen Valuations – Peridot
How Bull Markets Affect Your Intelligence – Ben Carlson

Facebook releases Prophet, a free time series analysis tool – FB

Morning Report APAC TF
Asian markets opened lower following Wall St falls overnight. Meanwhile, EURUSD is holding at 1.05 for now, while the US Dollar Index is above 102.

Snap’s IPO, Sessions recuses himself, Europe’s most dangerous building

LSE Lifts Dividend, Snap’s Wall Street Winner, ‘Challenger’ Banks Eye Brexit Boost

Danske DailyDanske Bank

Yields rise, equities dip, waiting for Yellen * Fed Chair Yellen to join the hawkish choir? * French bonds enjoy performance following large supply * USD losing steam before Yellen

Morning MarketsTF
Equity markets were a sea of red across Asia today with sharp falls in Tokyo Hong Kong Seoul and Sydney driven largely by the slide on Wall Street on Thursday. Meanwhile China is taking steps to manage financial risks as it hopes to avoid a repeat of past crises that mark their anniversary this year: the 1997 Asian financial crisis and the 2007 subprime mortgage crisis in the US.

From the FloorTF
Funds are cutting their record commodities exposure ahead of an expected March interest-rate increase in the US, and especially silver prices were whacked on Thursday. Equities were in broad retreat in the US, while the US dollar's strength broadened, with commodity and emerging-market currencies faltering on the latest surge of Fed rate-hike expectations.

Daily Market CommentMarc Chandler
Yellen and Jobs Report Last Two Hurdles to US Hike

Brussels PlaybookPolitico
Leaked summit conclusions — Schengen surprise! — Women under attack

10 things you need to know before the opening bellBI

All Eyes On Yellen After US Futures, Euro Stocks Rebound On Latest French Polls

Frontrunning ZH

FX Update TF
Both Fed Vice Chair Stanley Fischer and Chair Janet Yellen are out speaking today and the market will be looking for nods from these two on the likelihood of a Fed rate hike after more hawkish comments from parade of Fed governors recently.

Yellen markkinoiden ohjaimissa * Euroalueen inflaatio oli odotusten mukaisesti 2,0 prosenttia * USA:n työttömyyskorvaushakemusten määrä alimmillaan 44 vuoteen * Isossa-Britanniassa julkaistaan ostopäällikköindeksejä helmikuulta