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***Economic Data***
- (EU) ECB announces 3-Year LTRO Repayment
- (BR) Brazil Sept IBGE Inflation IPCA-15 M/M: 0.3% v 0.3%e; Y/Y: 5.9% v 5.9%e
- (CA) Canada Aug CPI M/M: 0.0% v 0.1%e; Y/Y: 1.1% v 1.1%e; Consumer Price Index: 123.1 v 123.1 prior
- (CA) Canada Aug CPI Core M/M: 0.2% v 0.2%e v 0.0% prior; Y/Y: 1.3% v 1.3%e
- (MX) Mexico Aug Unemployment Rate: 5.2% v 5.1% prior
- (EU) Euro Zone Sept Advance Consumer Confidence: -14.9 v -14.5e

- Trading volumes are well above normal this morning as US markets face quad witching and index rebalancing after the close. The media is slavishly focused on Apple after iOS7 went live and lines form around stores ahead of the launch of the iPhone 5S/5C. As of writing, the DJIA is -0.49%, the S&P500 is flat and the Nasdaq is +0.06%.

- Markets fixated on comments by Fed dove Bullard this morning. Bullard said that a 'live' FOMC meeting was a real possibility in October, and that the committee may be comfortable with starting up the taper at that time. He also echoed comments from Wednesday by Bernanke to the effect that a press conference could be held in October if needed. Bullard said the economy is not that fragile, but there has been some weaker data. We will hear more Fed talk from Kocherlakota and George later today.

- Shares of Caterpillar are down 1.4% this morning after the firm disclosed disappointing August dealer statistics. The Latin America business, which was about the last area of substantial growth for Cat, slipped to -3% from +11% in July, although the US did eek out a one percent sales gain.

- AK Steel warned that its Q3 steel shipments were down 5-6% sequentially, mainly due to the unplanned outage at one plant plus the seasonal slowdown in the auto market. As a result, the firm's Q3 loss will be two to three times larger than expected. Shares of AKS are down more than 8%. Steel Dynamics' Q3 guidance was more or less in line with expectations and shares of STLD are only down slightly.

- Sarepta Therapeutics competitor Prosensa disclosed that its phase III study of Drisapersen in treating Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy did not meet primary endpoints. RNA is down 70% on the news, while SRPT is up 2% after highly volatile trading as investors tried to figure out what the data means for Sarepta's eteplirsen.

- Darden Restaurants is down more than 6% after missing top- and bottom-line expectations in its Q1 report. The firm's comps were not good and it reduced its FY14 comp guidance. The CEO said that August was a challenging month on an absolute basis and we have to be prepared for consumers to continue to be cautious in their spending.

- Volatile Chinese solar name JinkoSolar shot up 14% after a good outcome to its US offering of ADRs.

***Looking Ahead***
- 12:30 (US) Fed's George speaks on the Economy in New York
- 13:45 (US) Fed's Kocherlakota speaks in New York
- 15:00 (AR) Argentina Q2 GDP Y/Y: 7.0%e v 3.0% prior; Current Account Balance: $681Me v -$2.4B prior
- 17:00 (CO) Colombia July Retail Sales Y/Y: 5.5%e v 4.1% prior
- 17:00 (CO) Colombia July Industrial Production Y/Y: -4.0%e v -5.5% prior




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