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The market reaction to the situation in Ukraine continues to be very muted. European indices are looking to close only a few points off their highs and US indices are seeing robust initial gains. US Market Update: Traders Shrug Off Ukraine Situation, Buy Equities
Mon, 17 Mar 2014 10:40 AM EST

***Economic Data***
- (EU) Euro Zone Feb CPI M/M: 0.3% v 0.4%e; Y/Y: 0.7% v 0.8%e; CPI Core Y/Y: 1.0% v 1.0%e
- (BR) Brazil Mar FGV Inflation IGP-10 M/M: 1.3% v 1.3%e
- (US) Mar Empire Manufacturing: 5.61 v 6.50e
- (CA) Canada Jan Int'l Securities Transactions (CA): +1.1B v -4.3B prior
- (CA) Canada Feb Existing Home Sales M/M: +0.3% v -3.3% prior
- (PL) Poland Feb CPI Core M/M: % v 0.1%e; Y/Y: % v 1.0%e
- (PL) Poland Jan Current Account Balance: -1.1B v -0.8Be; Trade Balance: 0.4B v 0.3Bee;
- (US) Feb Industrial Production M/M: 0.6% v 0.2%e; Capacity Utilization: 78.8% v 78.6%e
- (US) Mar NAHB Housing Market Index: 47 v 50e

- The market reaction to the situation in Ukraine continues to be very muted. European indices are looking to close only a few points off their highs and US indices are seeing robust initial gains. As of writing, the DJIA is up 1.1%, the S&P500 is up 1.0% and the Nasdaq is up 0.9%.

- Gold and USTs are more or less unchanged from Friday's closing levels. FX markets are subdued, although EUR/USD stabbed higher toward 1.3950 after 09:30ET. EU foreign ministers are meeting to decide on travel bans/asset freezes on up to two dozen Ukraine/Russian officials. Obama Administration officials confirmed that assets of selected Russian officials are being frozen and additional sanctions are not being ruled out.

- UK telecom name Vodafone reached a deal to acquire the Spanish cable company Ono for about $10 billion. The deal values Ono at around 7.2 billion, including debt. Vodafone signed a similar agreement last year to buy the German cable operator Kabel Deutschland for 7.7 billion. Analysts expect to see more consolidation in European telecoms.

- Advertising and branding firm Schawk has agreed to be acquired by Matthews International for $20/shr in cash and stock, a 36% premium to the firm's prior closing price, in a deal valued at $577M. Note that Hertz is up nearly 7% this morning on reports that it is considering spinning off its equipment rental unit.

***Looking Ahead***
- 09:15 (US) Feb Industrial Production M/M: +0.2%e v -0.3% prior; Capacity Utilization: 78.6%e v 78.5% prior; Manufacturing Production: +0.3%e v -0.8% prior
- 09:50 (FR) France Debt Agency (AFT) to sell combined 6.5B total in 3-month, 6-month and 12-month Bills
- 10:00 (US) Mar NAHB Housing Market Index: 50e v 46 prior
- 10:00 (PL) Poland Feb YTD Budget Balance Level (PLN) No est v -2.6B prior; Budget Balance Performance: No est v 5.6% prior
- 10:30 (EU) ECB calls for bids in 7-Day Main Refinancing Tender at fixed 0.25%
- 10:30 (EU) ECB announces prior settlements in SMP program to offset bond purchases
- 10:30 (FI) Finland Fin Min Urpilainen speaks in Kokkola
- 10:45 (UK) BOE to buy 1.35B in APT operation with residual maturity between 3-7 years
- 11:00 (US) Fed to purchase $2.25-2.75 Bln Notes
- 11:00 (EU) ECB's Weidmann speaks in Kiel, Germany
- 11:30 (US) Treasury to sell combined $48B in 3-Month and 6-Month Bills
- 13:15 (DE) German Chancellor Merkel and Italy PM Renzi hold German-Italian Cabinet talks in Berlin
- 15:00 (AR) Argentina Feb National Urban CPI M/M: 3.8%e v 3.7% prior
- 15:00 (AR) Argentina Feb Wholesale Price Index M/M: No est v 4.9% prior; Y/Y: No est v 19.2% prior
- 17:00 (CO) Colombia Jan Retail Sales Y/ Y: 1.6%e v 4.1% prior
- 17:00 (CO) Colombia Jan Industrial Production Y/Y: 1.0%e v 1.5% prior
- 20:30 (AU) RBA March Minutes




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