Monday, December 19, 2011

ECB's Draghi Set to Speak to European Parliament Committee

With the European Debt Crisis being the center of the market's focus, the Draghi's speech scheduled for 15:30 has a chance to be a real market mover.  The Fed's Lacker, Bank of America's Moynihan, is also scheduled to Speak in Charlotte at 17:30.  Add in a ECB financial stability review at 17:00 and we have the potential for a volatile day in the markets.

Summary of Today's Festivities
15:30  ECB's Draghi Speaks to European Parliament Committee     
17:00  ECB Releases Financial Stability Review     
17:30  Fed's Lacker, Bank of America's Moynihan to Speak in Charlotte

With the U.S. bankers being on their Holiday break, trading volume is sure to be light throughout the rest of the year.  If something (anything) comes out positive from the European Debt Crisis, it has the potential to vault silver and gold higher for a year-end Santa Claus Rally of great proportion.

A recap of the last statement by Draghi, European Central Bank President:

European Central Bank President Mario Draghi damped expectations that the bank will step up bond purchases to tame the sovereign debt crisis, saying it can’t overstep its mandate.
“People have to accept that we have to, and always will, act in accordance with our mandate and within our legal foundations,” Draghi told the Financial Times in an interview, confirmed by the Frankfurt-based ECB. “The important thing is to restore the trust of the people -- citizens as well as investors -- in our continent. We won’t achieve that by destroying the credibility of the ECB.”
The ECB is resisting pressure to increase its bond buying, saying governments need to find a lasting solution to the debt crisis. The central bank has instead focused on helping the banking industry and will this week offer financial institutions in the 17-nation euro area unlimited three-year loans. Draghi said it’s up to banks to decide what to do with the money. 

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