China unexpectedly posted its first trade deficit in three years in February as imports surged far more than expected to feed a construction boom. Most analysts, however, chalked up the rare deficit to distortions caused by the long Lunar New Year celebrations. Source: Reuters
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Italy’s plans to bail out two regional banks pose a tough dilemma to European regulators, who are still considering whether Monte dei Paschi qualifies for state aid, three months after giving a preliminary green light. Source Reuters
Five companies default in Jan-Feb brings total bankrupt E&Ps to 119. Five oil and gas companies have gone bankrupt in the first two months of this year, according to the most recent edition of Haynes and Boone’s Oil Patch Bankruptcy Monitor. Currently 119 E&P companies have entered bankruptcy since the beginning of 2015. Source Oil & Gas 360
“In a society where ageing is growing, savings — including capital invested abroad –- will fall as pensioners use that to finance their consumption in Germany,” it said. “This will probably reduce the current account surplus and could even turn it into a deficit.” Source: Reuters