Monday, May 22, 2017

Today's Headlines

  • EU Approves Tough Brexit Talks Stance, Demanding U.K. Pays. (video) The European Union finalized its tough Brexit negotiating position, reiterating its hard line on the U.K.’s departure bill and refusing to discuss a future trading arrangement until there is agreement on other key topics. “We want to move to a situation where all the commitments taken by the U.K. will be honored, as will ours with the U.K.,” Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, told reporters in Brussels on Monday after a meeting of the remaining 27 national governments. “We need to settle the accounts, and that’s a question of trust between us to build our future relationship.”
  • Iron Stockpiles Hit Record in China as Quality Gets Scrutiny. The record heap of iron ore on China’s doorstep just got even bigger, with the increase in holdings so far this year eclipsing the build up seen over all of 2016 as mills produce unprecedented amounts of steel. Stockpiles at ports rose 1.3 percent to 136 million metric tons, expanding for a fourth week, according to Shanghai Steelhome E-Commerce Co. So far in 2017, they’ve risen 22.05 million tons, surpassing the 20.85 million added last year.
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