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***Economic Data***
- (PT) Portugal July Trade Balance: -944M v -842M prior
- (PT) Portugal Q2 Final GDP Q/Q: 0.3% v 0.6% prelim; Y/Y: 0.9% v 0.8% prelim
- (EU) OECD July Leading Indicator: 100.5 v 100.5 prior
- (RU) Russia Aug Light Vehicle Car Sales Y/Y: -26% v -26%e
- (CL) Chile Aug CPI M/M 0.3% v 0.1%e; Y/Y: 4.5% v 4.3%e; CPI Core M/M: 0.4% v 0.1%e
- (CL) Chile Aug Trade Balance: $356.0M v $150.0Me; Total Exports: $6.1B v $6.5B prior; Total Imports: $5.7B v $6.1B prior; Copper Exports: $3.1B v $3.3B prior
- (CA) Canada July Building Permits M/M: +11.8% v -5.0%e

- European markets have spent most of the morning in the red, providing plenty of negative momentum for US equity futures. Meanwhile, sovereign yields have taken a step lower. As of writing, the DJIA is down 0.29%, the S&P500 is down 0.25% and the Nasdaq is up 0.08%.

- UK financial markets are unsettled at the prospect of Scotland voting for independence on September 18th. One poll out this weekend put the "Yes" (to independence) camp ahead of the "No" option for the first time, driving a sharp selloff in the pound, as well as the shares of big banks and other financial firms based in Scotland or with significant Scottish operations. Many questions remain unanswered about what currency an independent Scotland would use, how existing debts would be divvied up between Scotland and the UK, and much else besides.

- In Ukraine, the ceasefire holds despite several exchanges of fire by both sides. Ukraine President Poroshenko visited the besieged town of Mariupol and pledged not to give up any Ukrainian land, and urged the reinforcement of the defenses of the city in case the ceasefire breaks down. Reports suggest there have been no furthers movements of Russian forces over the border. In addition, the EU officially put Rosneft, Transneft and Gazpromneft on the list of firms banned from raising capital in the EU.

- At an investor conference this morning, Citigroup's CFO said that the firm's third-quarter fixed-income and equity trading revenue will be "roughly in line" with the same period a year ago. "July was better than August and we would assume that September would also be better than August," said the CFO.

- Twitter has reportedly begun rolling out its shopping service test to a wider audience this morning, after reports all year have discussed the possibility of a "buy" button showing up in tweets. Initial partners include the musical groups Soundgarden and Panic! At The Disco, retailers Home Depot and Burberry, and nonprofits The Nature Conservancy and GLAAD.

- In M&A news, Multimedia Games agreed to be acquired by Global Cash Access for $36.50/shr in cash, a 31% premium to Friday's close, in total deal valued around $1.2B. BB&T Corp reached a deal to acquire Bank of Kentucky Financial for $47/shr in cash and stock, in a total deal valued around $363M. Meanwhile GSI Technology rejected an unsolicited acquisition proposal from GigOptix valued at $6.50/shr.

***Looking Ahead***
- 11:30 (US) Treasury to sell 3-Month and 6-Month Bills
- 15:00 (US) July Consumer Credit: $17.0Be v $17.3B prior
- 16:00 (US) Crop Condition Report
- 19:50 (JP) BOJ Minutes from Aug 8th decision


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