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***Economic Data***
- (PT) Portugal July CPI M/M:-0.2% v -0.1%e v +0.1% prior; Y/Y: 0.8% v 0.8%e
- (PT) Portugal July CPI EU Harmonized M/M:-0.2% v -0.1%e v +0.1% prior; Y/Y: 0.8% v 0.8%e
- (PL) Poland Jun Current Account Balance: 574M v 220Me; Trade Balance: 561M v 234Me; Exports: 12.7B v 12.8Be; Imports: 12.2B v 12.5Be
- (IN) India July CPI Y/Y: 9.6% v 9.7%e
- (IN) India Industrial Production Y/Y: -2.2% v -1.1%e

- Softness in European markets dragged down US futures before the open on caution ahead of key economic reports later this week. US equities have bounced back in cash trading although trading volumes are quite low, with the DJIA and S&P500 flat as of writing and the Nasdaq up 0.35%.

- The miss in the preliminary Q2 Japan has dampened sentiment worldwide on Monday. Gold moved higher overnight: spot gold has gained a bit more than 2%, to trade around $1,340. Note that in a report out on Friday, the SPDR Gold Trust ETF disclosed that its daily holdings rose by 1.8 tons to 911.1 tons, marking its first increase in holdings since June. In addition, CFTC data showed that gold shorts covered 23.5K futures contracts last week. A broad selection of gold mining names are up 5-6% a piece on the rare bit of good news.

- It has been more than a year since BlackBerry hired bankers to help it explore options for finding a strategic partner or licensing the BB10 operating system. This morning, BlackBerry announced another exploration of strategic alternatives, but this time it's likely that the board would like to try and sell the entire company before it is too late. Shares of BBRY are up 5% in the early going. Also note that in other smartphone news, there are reports that Apple will unveil its latest iPhones at an event on September 10th, including the 5S and possibly a range of more affordable models.

- Steinway said that it has received a better takeover offer from an unnamed party, worth $38/shr versus Kohlberg & Company's $35/shr deal. Kohlberg has until August 14th to match or beat the deal. Shares of LVB are up nearly 9% on the better terms. In other deal news, Dole Foods has agreed to be taken private by its chairman and CEO for $13.50/shr in cash, which is up $1.50 from the offer he made back in June.

- Shares of Sysco are down more than 5%. The firm missed expectations for EPS on an adjusted basis, and profits fell nearly 9% y/y. The firm blamed competitive pressures for the profit troubles and also withdrew its FY15 guidance, although it also said FY14 earnings would grow gradually.

***Looking Ahead***
- 11:30 (US) Treasury to sell combined $55B in 3-Month and 6-Month Bills
- 12:00 (US) World Agricultural Supply & Demand Estimates (WASDE)
- 14:00 (US) July Monthly Budget Statement: -$94.5B v -$69.6B prior
- 19:50 (JP) Bank of Japan (BOJ) July 10-11 meeting minutes




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