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Hurricane Ida is closing crude output 1.74mln bpd

Hurricane Ida  is closing  crude output 1.74mln bpd

Oil producers have shut-in 95.65% of US Gulf of Mexico crude output totalling 1.74mln bpd and 93.75% of natgas production, while the Colonial Pipeline announced it will temporarily shut fuel lines from Houston, Texas to Greensboro, North Carolina and Marathon Petroleum's Garyville, Louisiana refinery (556k bpd) was also shut down over the weekend. US President Biden said Hurricane Ida is life threatening with the devastation likely to be immense and beyond the coasts, while he added they are planning for the worst from the hurricane and that it would take weeks for some places to restore power following the hurricane. Furthermore, President Biden later declared a major disaster for Louisiana and Entergy announced that all of New Orleans had lost power due to catastrophic transmission damage from Hurricane Ida.

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FED Voters comments regarding Tapering

Fed Vice Chair Clarida (voter) stated there has been clear progress on the labour market which is in agreement with Fed Chair Powell and he would support a taper if the labour market gains continue as expected, while he added that we will get a better read on the labour market this fall. (Newswires)

Fed's Waller (voter) said we have definitely made progress on inflation and that one more good jobs report will be sufficient to be able to start tapering. Waller added that he would like to start to taper early this fall and does not see a reason to wait, while he definitely would like to see MBS taped faster and would like to finish taper by mid-2022 to have the space to raise rates if required. (Newswires)

Fed's Mester (2022, 2024 voter) reiterated the Fed has basically met the criteria for tapering asset purchases and believes the Fed should use the September meeting to lay out thinking about the pace and timing of tapering and looks to end taper by mid-2022. Mester also noted that whether they start tapering in November or December, it is not going to make a material difference for the economy and reiterated that even if there is some pullback, she thinks the economy will remain strong. (Newswires)

Fed's Bullard (2022 voter) said he favours tapering treasuries by USD 20bln a month and MBS by USD 10bln a month. (Newswires)

White House forecasts budget deficit to reduce by USD 684bln in the next decade, while there were separate comments from White House Economic Adviser Bernstein that they need to keep pushing a robust recovery in the US. (Newswires)

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Phone call between Blinken & Chinese Foreign Minister Wang

US Secretary of State Blinken held a phone call with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang in which they discussed Afghanistan and US-China relations, while Wang stated that China will engage with the US based on its attitude towards China. In relevant news, it was also reported that a senior Pentagon official held a discussion last week with the Chinese military for the first time under the Biden administration.

China began a two-month campaign to crack down on commercial platforms and social media accounts that post finance-related information deemed harmful to its economy. Furthermore, WeChat, Douyin, Kuaishou and Sina Weibo will begin rectifying irregular practices involving publishing financial information on their platforms in response to the latest crackdown by Beijing.

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Biden said Chinese officials have worked to prevent investigators from assessing origin COVID-19 & PM New Zeeland Aukland will remain in Level 4 LockDown

US President Biden said Chinese officials have worked to prevent investigators from assessing origins of COVID-19 and that the US will work with partners to press China to share information. The US probe of COVID origins was reportedly inconclusive without help from China and found some evidence the origin could be from animals or a lab, while the intelligence community in US remained divided on the most likely origin.

US President Biden said they are considering starting booster shots earlier and he discussed a booster shot timeline with NIH's Fauci in which an additional shot after five months was reportedly being discussed, while the NIH launched a study of an extra COVID vaccine dose in people with autoimmune disease. However, the White House later stated that official guidance for a COVID booster shot remains eight months and that nothing has changed regarding the eight-month timeline.

New Zealand PM Arden confirmed that Auckland will remain on level 4 for another two weeks and all areas outside of Auckland will move to level 3 from a level 4 lockdown with the level 3 to be in effect for a week.

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