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Mon, 09 Feb 2015 11:29 AM EST

***Economic Data***
- (PT) Portugal Dec Trade Balance: -0.9B v -0.8B prior
- (CL) Chile Jan Trade Balance: $1.4B v $1.2B prior; Total Exports: $6.3B v $7.2B prior; Total Imports: $4.9B v $6.0B prior; Copper Exports: $2.9B v $3.8B
- (CL) Chile Jan International Reserves: $4.0B v $4.1B prior
- (RU) Russia Jan Light Vehicle Car Sales: -24.4% v -10% prior
- (IN) India Q1 Advance GDP Estimate: 7.4% v 6.6%e
- (CA) Canada Jan Annualized Housing Starts: 187.3K v 178.5Ke
- (MX) Mexico Jan CPI M/M: -0.1% v -0.1%e; Y/Y: 3.1% v 3.1%e; CPI Core M/M: 0.0% v 0.0%e
- (US) Labor Market Conditions: 4.9 v 6.1 prior

US indices are under pressure this morning as tension emanating from the Eurozone keeps things subdued. The DAX is down 1.7% and the CAC is off nearly 1%, while crude is higher with WTI trading above $53. As of writing, the DJIA is down 0.24%, the S&P500 is off 0.18% and the Nasdaq is down 0.10%.

The euro tested 10-day lows earlier this morning as the Greek government hardened its positions over the weekend. Greek Prime Minister Tsiparas again rejected an extension of the bailout and reiterated his intension to seek an unspecified "bridge program" from Europe even as he continues rolling back austerity. There is more and more talk about the real possibility that Greece will be forced out of the Eurozone as German officials pledge that Athens will not get any more EU funds. Greece's finance minister said the Euro zone could collapse "like a house of cards" if Athens were forced out. EUR/USD hit 1.1270 earlier this morning before bouncing up to 1.1336.

Fed hawk Plosser spoke on television for the second time in three days, warning that it will be a challenge for the FOMC to get rid of the 'patient' language that is currently tying the Fed's hands. Plosser also discussed the possible unintended consequences of the size of the balance sheet, which he warned would take five or ten years to unwind.

Shares of McDonalds are down 1.3% this morning after the firm's January sales report missed expectations. Declines in the firm's Asia operations dragged down comps, as AMEA SSS declined 12.6%, almost twice the expected amount. The poor Asia numbers reflected "consumer perception issues" in Japan and the lingering impact of the supplier issue and a shift in timing of Chinese New Year in China.

In earnings, Hasbro is up 7% after disclosing mostly in-line results for the firm's fourth quarter, plus a dividend hike and a new stock buyback. Masco Corp has given up gains after rising up to 5% on an earnings beat. Crude industry services firm Diamond offshore fell nearly 10% after missing on the top line and warning it would not be paying any more special dividends due to the industry slowdown. Note that shares of DO have retraced nearly all their losses.

***Looking Ahead***
- 19:01 (UK) Jan BRC Sales Like-For-Like Y/Y: +0.5%e v -0.4% prior
- 20:30 (CN) China Jan CPI Y/Y: 1.0%e v 1.5% prior
- 20:30 (CN) China Jan PPI Y/Y: -3.8%e v -3.3% prior


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