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***Economic Data***
- (EU) European Parliament plenary session
- (PT) Portugal Apr Producer Prices M/M: % v 0.1% prior; Y/Y: % v 1.5% prior
- (BR) Brazil May Final IGP-M Inflation: 0.0% v 0.0%e
- (PL) Poland Apr Avg Gross Wages M/M: -0.1% v -0.9%e; Y/Y: 3.0% v 2.2%e
- (PL) Poland Apr Employment M/M: -0.2% v -0.1%e; Y/Y: -1.0% v -0.9%e
- (US) Apr Chicago Fed Nat Activity Index: -0.53 v -0.23 prior
- (CL) Chile Q1 GDP Q/Q: 0.5% v 1.0%e; Y/Y: 4.1% v 4.5%e
- (CL) Chile Q1 Current Account: -$1.7B v -$1.8Be

- The DJIA and the S&P500 are pretty limp this morning with trading volumes way below average, while the Nasdaq is pushing higher on news out of selected tech stocks. The Nasdaq is up 0.06%, while the DJIA and S&P500 are flat.

- The FX markets saw a bit of retracement in last week's trends as the greenback moved off its highs and the yen drifted away from trend lows. USD/JPY fell by more than 50 pips ahead of the NY morning. Dealers were wondering whether an implied ceasefire was underway in the stealth currency wars. Japan Econ MIn Amari suggested that excessive gains had already been corrected by a large amount and any further weakness in the yen could actually become a detriment.

- Shares of JA Solar are up 30% after the firm lost less than expected in its Q1 and revenue was way above par. The firm's margins tripled on a y/y basis. The Chinese solar panel manufacturer saw robust growth in shipments to Japan. Other Chinese solar names are rocketing higher as well this morning.

- Manufacturers Caterpillar and Emerson both released monthly statistics that echo the poor manufacturing sector numbers seen in recent data reports, including very poor regional Fed April manufacturing reports and the March factory orders and durables data. Both firms saw mid single digit declines, in orders for Emerson and dealer sales for Caterpillar.

- Actavis will acquire Warner Chilcott in all-stock deal valued at approx $8.5B. Warner Chilcott shareholders will receive 0.160 shares of new Actavis for each Warner Chilcott share they own, which equates to a value of $20.08 based on Actavis' closing share price of $125.50 on May 17th. The acquisition also makes Actavis the premiere women's health company.

- Confirming widespread rumors from last week, Yahoo said it would acquire trendy blogging site Tumblr for $1.1B in cash. Tumblr will maintain a degree of independence in managing its 108 million blogs with CEO and founder David Karp at the helm, per Yahoo's promise "not to screw it up." There has been plenty of skepticism about the deal, and Yahoo warned Tumblr would not contribute to its bottom line until 2014 at the earliest.

- Websense agreed to be acquired by Vista Equity Partners for $24.75/shr in cash, in a deal valued at $1B. The company is trying to transition from its roots blocking inappropriate websites in the workplace into a provider of broader online-security services, and Vista will help it accomplish this goal.

***Looking Ahead***
- 11:30 (US) Treasury to sell $55B in 3-Month and 6-Month Bills
- 12:00 (US) IMF's Cottarelli
- 13:00 (US) Fed's Evans speaks on Economy in Chicago
- 15:00 (AR) Argentina Q1 Total Unemployment Rate: No est v % prior
- 17:00 (CO) Colombia Mar Trade Balance: -$100Me v +$386.4M prior; Imports CIF: No est v $4.5B prior
- 21:30 (AU) RBA May policy minutes




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