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good morning. the markets pointing to lows on wall street as the failed health care bill rattles confidence. what's next as the president suffers his first major defeat on capitol hill. will he be able to make it and we'll talk tax reform. and the final four coming up monday, march 27th, 2017, "worldwide exchange" begins right now. ♪ good morning.
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welcome back to "worldwide exchange." on cnbc i'm sara eisen. >> and i'm wilfred frost. very good morning from me as well. >> let's check in on the global markets this morning because we are seeing the selling continue after a rough week on wall street at least for the bulls. the s&p did close lower by 1.3%. dow futures down 1200 points. nasdaq futures down 31. you've got the whole risk-off trade. the dollar is selling off. treasuries are in demand. so is gold right now. as for the ten-year treasury note yield, lower yields across the board. this feeling that the health care bill failed. and what does it mean for the rest of the stimulus and growth-friendly trump agenda like tax reform and infrastructure? we'll talk more about it. but it's some concern across global wall street. that 240 level. >> absolutely. some expect to see a move today.
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given that friday afternoon kind of a muted reaction to that failure of the health care bill. didn't really do well, the markets, week as a whole, as you said, were down particularly on the start of the week. on that note, financials like the markets down significantly. goldman sachs down 6.4% in financials. and the moving yields that you just pointed to very much having a lot to do with it. that ended at 2.5 and now well below 2.4%. another reason why futures are down so sharply today is that international equities are reacting to the downside today as opposed to later friday. asia is sharper. particular particularly, the nikkei. you can see is down 1.5%. the yen is markedly showing about 1% which we'll come to in a moment. as you look around europe as well, red, it's just improved a little bit in the last half hour. we asked for them, the 1%.
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lots of news has brought the euro over the weekend and the export markets across europe. by the way, as we just said, both asia and europe weighing on futures this morning. >> german business sentiments came in a little bit higher, a bit of a surprise. >> that came in at 112.3, up from the 111, the index. but friday you got decent data out of europe, over the weekend, a german election result that went in favor of angela merkel's party. that was a better performance for her. she is set to lose from the other party. we've got less focus on the french election than perhaps a couple weeks ago. all of that playing into a much stronger euro. >> it's about the dollar weakness story. let's just show you commodities which are under pressure along
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with the dollar. wti crude down 0.5%. and another worry spot for the markets. showing increases outflows over the last few weeks. brent hangs above $50 a barrel. but it is down about 0.30%. and nat gas up 1.4%. the dollar index a good measure of the dollar, the euro, down, but now has officially erased all of that first election trump rally/inflation rally gain that we saw for the u.s. dollar. there's the strong you're owe, 108.56. seeing pronounced weakness this morning. weaker against the british pound as well. 125.63. >> we said a couple weeks ago, on economics alone, if people can take their focus off the political picture in europe.
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the euro, talking about whether we hit parity or not. the euro could be 107, or 108, we've done that. and the real differentials which have narrowed significantly. that's why we've seen the euro rise so significantly. now, the same can't be said for the pound which has been marked over the last weeks. it went from a five-week low rallying back up to that 125, 126 level. the same economics there, it has improved a little bit but a lot of currency structure saying that once we get past some of this momentum on the political side, and the vote, we can put focus more on the yield. and the pound, whereas the euro is struggling. >> there's uncertainty not just financial, political as well. the talks begin wednesday. >> absolutely right. >> let's show you gold. you are seeing some flight to safety kind of action this morning. weakness of the dollar is yielding some strength in gold.
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and in treasuries. and gold prices up almost 0.30%. now to politics, the white house reacts. mick mulvaney saying yesterday on nbc's "meet the press" that the bill failed because washington is more rotten that the administration had thought. >> when it fails. folks will come back to us -- >> no longer a 100-day priority? >> no because we've moved on to other things. the president has things he wants to accomplish. he's not going to sit around and wait for congress do the right thing. >> vice president pence giving more specifics on what the administration will turn to when it comes to the focus on the agenda next. listen. >> next up, as the president said yesterday, we're going to roll our sleeves up and we're going to cut taxes across the board for working families, small businesses and family
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farms. working with this congress, president trump is going to pass the largest tax cut since the days of ronald reagan. and we're going to get this american economy moving again. >> so, clearly, this is a line from the administration. we're going to focus on tax cuts. many people actually have said in retrospect, they should have just started with tax reform as the first agenda item, instead of obamacare. and there are two schools of thought on this, as they relate to the markets and where the trump rally goes next. number bun, tax reform is what the country wanted anyway, doesn't care about obamacare. that's good for the markets. we can learn some specifics. and number two, on the flip side is the more negative investigation, and perhaps what you're seeing in the markets, it's a lot harder to do tax reform when you've used political capital for obamacare and you've actually used some of the budget economic. we'll get to my op-ed later in
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the "must reads" about saving money. as we saw in the republican party, an adjustment tax incentive. >> absolutely right. the complications in obamacare, they can't get it through, there will be complications in tax reform. by the way, the reaction on friday i was in a plane during that, when i landed i was surprised, "a," to hear that the vote had been pulled. and "b," on friday, clearly an reaction around the world for whatever reason this morning, one key difference i want to point to, we had selloffs earlier in the week as we're seeing this morning. and the moving yields i think is interesting to point to. there wasn't really reaction in the bond markets on friday, we stuck around to 2.4% to friday's close on bond yields and the markets doesn't really. today, we're seeing the market react. with the dollar slipping. clearly all of these things are linked. you can't sbrat them out.
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that was true earlier last week. tuesday's big selloff, we saw a big slip in the euro, big slip in the dollar. friday, there wasn't that really that reaction with the bond and the market. today there is. it's important that what's happening in the bond market has had such a big impact to what's happening in other markets. >> i think that's true. equities taking the lead with a 100-point decline right now money comes out of stocks and safety with the gold. and also you could consider the ramifications for global growth, if the trump agenda doesn't get us optimistic. >> right. let's stick on political news. other news out of washington. president trump has announced a new white house office in fixing the government with business ideas. the white house office of american innovation will be run by trump's son-in-law and senior adviser jared kushner. he will work with businessmen including tim cook, bill gates,
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elon musk. it's expected to operate as a s.w.a.t. team of strategic consultants expected to float above the daily political grind. in terms of political capital being used up, i'm sure this is something that won't particularly please most washington insiders. >> hmm. that they're going to turn to ten executives. >> ten executives. we need to solve the problems in washington. to do that, we're bringing in washington outsiders. i'm sure that will ruffle some feathers on capitol hill. speaking of capitol hill on the agenda today, the senate judiciary committee is expected to vote on the nomination of neil gorsuch as supreme court justice. the committee chair said the vote could be held over a week. republicans hope to have gorsuch confirmed before april 7th. this week's wall street agenda is full of economic data. look for consumer confidence in the speech by fed chair janet
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yellen. wednesday, pending home sales. friday, personal income, chicagchicago pmi. and look for results from lululemon, dell technologies and blackberry. and united airlines is coming under criticism for two teenage girls were wearing leggings. they were flying under a pass which requires a specific dress code. united defended the decision in a series of tweets. and the company released a statement last night saying, quote, the passengers this morning were united pass rhode islander it's and not in compliance with our dress code for the company benefit travel. to our regular customers, your leggings are welcome. there's a lot of outrage out there. including i flew united yesterday in leggings. i'm not a teenagers. girls fly, women fly in
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leggings. they've much more comfortable than jeans. i know they're on a company benefit pass, but nobody else knew that. >> that's right. >> why did they defend it on social media. >> defend what? >> that they have the right to bar people because of a dress code? >> i'm just trying to find the full dress code which says no ripped jeans. it's not like it's targeted two girls that wear leggings. there's a set of rules -- who should -- the children should? >> no the airlines said that leggings are part of -- >> a rule is a rule. they've got to enforce that. i think the slightly unforgi unforgivable thing is that these two were 10 and 11. if this were two women -- the fact that they're 10 and 11, clearly, these children didn't know about that rule. therefore, it is a bit harsh of united. if there's a rule and they're traveling for free --
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>> how are leggings inappropriate? >> similarly, ripped jeans and a long list of things not to wear on this thing. the point being, it's not targeted at women who wear leggings. >> as a woman who wears leggings -- >> well, fine, you can wear leggings when not traveling on this -- >> if i were on a buddy pass -- >> despite the rules saying otherwise? >> especially doesn't say leggings -- >> no, it's a long list. i've got to find it. this was tweeted out by the company. it said on this -- i'm going to find this for the next time we discuss this. it said no ripped jeans, various other things, no shorts. it wasn't targeted at women. it wasn't targeted at leggings. the fact that they're 10 or 11, they should have waived that. if this were a 25-year-old only the same ticket wearing the same outfit, i think they could. the react is how quickly people
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get on twitter and it starts hitting the stock. having said that, i don't think this should affect ticket sales in the slightest. moving on to uber which is temporary halting its crash tests after a crash on friday. there were no backseat passengers. uber has been testing self-driving volvos as part of the partnership with the automatic mow maker. some stocks to watch now getting a buy rating from goldman sachs, with a $27 price tavern. jpmorgan giving snap a neutral rating and a $24 price target. other wall street firms, rbc capital, and stifle nicolaus calling it a hold. and 'ing saying chinese
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don't infringe on patentses for smartphone design. bt has been fined about $15 million by a british regulator for failing to install high-speed business lines fast enough. >> the company spokesman mr. garrin said not allowed to wear like california, spandex, half shirts, jeans or flip-flops. >> notal allowed to wear spandex? >> i'm just saying -- >> it's not fair. it's not up to date. and it's totally inappropriate. >> not totally inappropriate. >> you'll be standing from your next united flight in defiance? >> no, i don't think i will. anyway, a few stocks to watch today. barron's thinks shares could rise 40%. the paper points to the company's new ceo and other networks of viacom to turn
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things around. and anadarko may be leading to a ten-decline in properties to speed up company drilling and development. and china southern in talks with american airlines which could result in the carrier taking a stake boosting the routes between the world's two largest travel markets. still to come, this morning's headlines from overseas, including the bank of england, outlining its scenarios for this year's bank stress tests. but first, check out the futures. dow futures down 93 points. s&p futures down 14. remember, this comes after the worst week for stocks, up 2017. you're watching "worldwide exchange" on cnbc. nbc.
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welcome back to "worldwide exchange." only about 20 meters from sara still arguing. i'm going to return to the market action. the futures low, coming on the back of sharp declines in both europe and asia as well. of course, the citing of the pulling of vote on health care as one of athe reasons. it does come this morning rather than friday afternoon. either way, you see it's down
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option 1% on the futures markets. what could be another for that decline would be yield information the dollar which are slipping today. in a way, didn't slip on friday afternoon. the ten-year note, 2.6%. end of friday, 2.2%. and that continued slipping of yields and flattening the yield curve. certainly a reason why we're seeing markets decline. and banks were the worst performing sector off the back of that. also means the dollar is slipping. let's have a look at that particularly against the yen. the yen is over 1% higher. nikkei sharply up in asia. the pound and euro as well. the colors are confusing. pound, the yen and the euro, all higher against the dollar. the dollar is weaker across the board. so there's a more clear picture of what we're looking at, dollar index this morning. making headlines around the world. the bank of england published
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hypothetical cal scenarios, focusing on that coming up. wilfred in other global news this morning, german chancellor angela merkel got a victory as her conservative party won big in the state election. the christian democrats got nearly 1% of the vote and the western state of farline which hugged the states of lux som bourge. and that led america to winning a fourth term in september's national election. a small one, but it was seen as somewhat of a sentiment test for merkel and her party. >> exactly, for merkel and her party as opposed the mr. schulz-led party.
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the party either way pro-europe party. either way a victory. and general sentiment towards european politics, sentiment has improved. the european union is calling on russia to arrest demonstrators in protest it's yesterday. opposition parties staged rallies with people chanting russia without putin. the protests took place a year before the country's presidential election in which vladimir putin was expected to run what would be a fourth term. and worth pointing out that the high-profile leader of the opposition was one of the people arrested. still to come, billion dollar backlash. just how much money north carolina will lose because of its controversial bathroom bill. stay tuned. we'll be right back. upstate new york is a good place to pursue your dreams. at vicarious visions, i get to be creative, work with awesome people,
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by the associated press puts a dollar amount on how much the bath room bill will cost north carolina. to use the restroom which corresponds with the sex on the birth certificate. the ap estimates it will cost them 3.7 billion in lost business over the next two years. now, to sports and the ncaa tournament. the last spot for final four up for grans last night in a thrilling finish between kentucky and north carolina. down by three with less than ten seconds to go, the wildcats tied up with 73 with a crush three-pointer. the tar heels were able to get the ball in and down the court. finding the open player for a basket to put them up by two. north carolina won, 75-73. reaching the final four for the 20th time in that school's history. unc will go on to play oregon on
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saturday. the ducks haven't been to the final four since 1939. the other game feature d versus gonzaga. this is the first time the school has made the final four. i guess investigate gas hvegas has gonzaga winning. >> we've got two joining us in the next show. i wonder what they'll be focusing on stories like washington news or just a big smile on their face. >> i think they'll be celebrating in light blue. >> there you go. still to come, the global market, trousers are trending. we'll tell you why united airlines is caught in a social media slash. there's no issue -- >> that's why you're totally on the wrong side of all of this. >> well, we'll continue this debate. their experience is coveted.
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good morning. the asia and europe, u.s. equity futures pointing lower, too. washington watch. the gop health care bill failed. so what's next for president trump's agenda. a live report from capitol hill straight ahead. plus, today's trending stories, why two girls in leggings were not allowed on a united airlines flight. but our sara eisen on united
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was. what could possibly explain that. we'll have all the details and memories of my own british airlines flight back in a tuxedo. it's march 27th, 2017. you're watching "worldwide exchange" on cnbc. ♪ good morning. call it waist coat, pocket watch, tie, the works. >> all rules are followed. >> obviously changing when the bbc -- welcome back to "worldwide exchange." on cnbc. i'm sara eisen. we're in the middle of a big fight here. >> continued from a break and the focus on this united airlines story. >> we've got a pretty big selloff to talk about. >> got us back to serious, thanks very much, sara. let's have a look at the markets. pointing significantly almost 100 points for the dow, just a moment ago down. s&p down 13.
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nasdaq down 26 points. somewhat of a surprise given the fact that friday afternoon we didn't really react to the downside on the back of the trump health care vote being pulled from congress. markets ending slightly lower. down from the week, down 1.5%. nasdaq down 1.2%. financials lagging in the market significantly. they had their worst week in 14 months down 4s. goldman sachs 1.6%. one reason we're seeing negative reaction is around the world. with the yen almost up. and in that case, 1.4. and european trade, significant weakness, down the best part. we've improved a little bit in europe over the last hour, but still lower. also, this comes in light of a stronger euro. various factors, barring that currency. why you see asia down in face of
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the dollar weakness. >> dollar weakness but commodity weak answer as well. let's show you the bottom market picture. oil prices lower. 47.64. down .33%. brent down 50.58. buying of treasuries, you're seeing the safe havens like the yen and gold. 2.37%, significantly lower. the dollar is weak, virtually against every major currency this morning. weaker against the euro. shooting higher to 108.59. weaker against the yen. weaker against the pound. thank goodness i got in all of my shopping over the weekend in the uk. i think i got 1.24 rate for my credit card.
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that's nice. >> particularly since it was 1.25. >> it was in the high 1.24s. a lot cheaper than last year. >> actually, if you're approaching in, you could have got an eight-week low. i'm a little disappointed you didn't try even better. >> i did buy -- i did actually book my hotel reservations during the pound slash. >> you bought the hotel. you could buy the poundage. >> yeah. very nice. >> i don't get to -- >> gold, let's see what's happening there. you're seeing flight to safety. off the dollar weakness, cold up. >> the hotel is one of the best. politics taking center stage. investors focusing in on the gop's health care bill. leaving some questions about
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whether or not president trump will be able to tackle promises on his agenda which caught investors so excited to begin with. kayla tausche joins us. >> the president for his part is trying to pivot to establish a new working group for american businesses. we'll get to that in a second. meanwhile, his administration seems to be in damage control mode. defensive mode, over the weekend, following that friday failure of the american health care act to get a vote. the vice president was in west virginia on saturday and blames congress and says the white house is still committed. >> congress just wasn't ready. you saw it. with 100% of house democrats, every single one and a handful of republicans actually standing in the way. of president trump's plan to repeal and replace obamacare. we're back to the drawing board. >> he did say that the white house is still committed, though
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and they will repeal and replace the affordable care act. but mick mulvaney was involved in the process from start to finish. he said it was no longer a 100-day priority and again placed the blame on republicans in congress. >> this is exactly what republicans said he couldn't do. this was the president being the president. what you saw this week is simply things are a lot more rotten in washington than we thought. >> well, if that is the case, the president is trying to infuse pressure flood into that problem. washington post reporting that the president's son-in-law gerajared kushner is leading a group with ceos with particular focus on improving the technology and data at the federal agency level. kouchner telling the post, quote, we should have access in the government. the government should be run like a great american company. our hope is to achieve
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efficiencies for our customers who are citizens. the question is whether the administration is moving on, desperate to change the message here, but leaving no time for introspection for fence-mending with the republicans. which they need desperately to enact legislation whether they're running into road blocks. >> what's the time line on that? are they still sticking to they by august recess that we heard from the treasury secretary? >> well, they're certainly hoping for that. we heard the treasury secretary reiterating that time frame. they're working on tax reform. they have a lot of business minds inside the administration who have been informing the president about maybe what portions of his campaign promises for tax reform will potentially survive congress. of course, speaker ryan has his own plan. and we've seen that when the speaker and the president try to meld their plans together, they end up with a mishmash as we've
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said for health care it'kacare e clear for republicans to get behind. where is the compromise between the speaker's office who drafted this plan and the chairman of ways and means have been she s shepherding tax reform. >> kayla, this latest plan, is this going to anger members of capitol hill, suggesting washington is bad, business is good? is that going to use up political capital and make things like tax reform harder to achieve? >> it seems like, wilfred, that this office is going to exist outside of congress. and it's going to spearheading things like workforce innovation, something that the president's daughter has been specifically involved with herself. they are working with people like bill gates, elon musk, marc
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benioff. and it seems like they're trying to get good ideas on how to reform specifically the agencies and where they feel there is federal bureaucracy. >> access called a s.w.a.t. team. kayla thank you. we continue our sector series this morning. this time looking at the newly defined sector. landen dowdy joins us. >> the sector is mostly made of real estate trusts. one of the worst performers to date, reits focused on shopping centers dragging down the sector, kimco down 10%. maicerich down almost 10%. and federal reality down 5% to
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date. and bankruptcies in addition to the continued growth of online retail have increased investors with risk around these companies but is now the time to buy? they're noting that the downside with sentiments with these names, they see visible earnings growth, and corporations strong balance sheets with kimco. and value as a whole. but a lot of value in shifts. indicating that the buy on it could stop including easier comps. peaking interest rates by midyear. and they expect it to continue but expect weeks to be better insulated given the quality of the portfolios. back to you. >> landon dowdy. >> it makes sense that real estate was separate out of financials because it reacts to various economic factors. i liked when it was.
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>> though, it is interesting to see yields moving. >> right. >> i mean, you should probably split insurance away from banks again, slightly different factors that can move them. anyway, we would know about it anyway, banks are doing that. that round number is gone. time for top trending stories. the other big story besides the blame game over the weekend. united airlines coming under fire after two teenage girls were barred from boarding a flight because they were wearing leggings. the initial response from the airlines said the conversation came in the form of a tweet saying united should have the right to refuse passengers who are not properly clothed via our contract. according to united, the two girls were not allowed on the plane flying on an employee travel pass that requires a specific dress code. quite a firestorm of criticism over social media.
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united defended the decision saying, quote, the passengers this morning were united pass rider it riders and not in compliance with our dress coat for company benefit travel. your leggings are welcome. of course, this creates a whole controversy. they have to be careful about, i think, social media summorespon. ath leisure is a trend. it's been here for years. >> well, good, we discussed it from the earlier point, i think the bottom line is compared to what reaction is. there's rules. they've got this rule. these people are traveling on a free pass because it's related to -- you can't criticize the employee for enforcing the rule. there are rules like don't let someone on with a gun. that's not his decision to update the rules on the day. i think the fact that these are
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10 or 11 year olds means that the company should have a separate rule at least. i think if you've got a 25-year-old airline 350ipilot t happens to be traveling on their own, they've got a rule, no flip-flops, not just leggings, no ripped jeans. >> there's people in the report that the man they were flying with was wearing shorts and was not told. >> well, i've read the same thing i'm not sure it was traveling with those two girls. it was a separate person. either way, it doesn't matter. enforcing the rules. the company handled the reaction pretty poorly. but they singled out two girls. >> wilfred, i'd trade all the rules for tuxedos on other airlines. >> i think i'm always going to do that. it used to be a ploy that some
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people thought they upgraded me. that doesn't work anymore. >> shocking. our "must read" stories are next. but first before break, here's a look at where european stocks are trading. red arrows across the screen. the german dax down. u.s. futures falling, too.
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welcome back to "worldwide exchange." time for some "must read" stories catching attention in the papers today. from the "wall street journal" from the ed board is the tax reform damaged? it's interesting they called this. he were kind of extrapolating from the health care bill, and the article notes the ryan bill would have reduced the budget baseline for taxes of $1 trillion over ten years this means that republicans will have to find $1 trillion in loopholes if they want their budget to be tax rates to be budget neutral. this is an advantage from the tax reform to not doing health care reform first. everybody is trying to see whether the politics make it
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harder to do tax reform. now economic indicated tax reform is. maybe it will be easier. this is one procedural tactic. they're going to have to find $1 trillion. but, the reaction, of course, on friday, surprisingly muted, the week as a whole negative. that negativity sparking back up guide friday's reaction to the pulling of that vote. when we come back, we'll get you set up for the trading week. steve wieting joins us next. you're watching "worldwide exchange" on cnbc.
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talkitalk talking about? >> leggings. >> leggings. and the dollar that she had on her twitter account as well. >> i tried to set the agenda early? >> excuse me? >> i try to saet the agenda early. >> on twitter you set the agenda every day. and a personal order of what took place on friday, the repeal or lack of repeal, in this case of obamacare, what it means for tax reform. we're going to talk about a lot about it. tommy thompson, the former hhs second. representative bill haskell is joining us. representative david swietsard is going to be joining. you a lot is on tap. i should just look at your tweets. >> right. >> or watching "worldwide exchange." >> that's another way to set the
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agenda. >> i saved for twitter to show you in person. i made a chart for you, andrew, this morning. >> okay. >> if we can pull it up. see if you know what we're looking at here. >> i do. i do. >> don't tell me what happens. >> there's a whole episode about a currency evaluation. that chart there, andrew, i was going to ask you that bobby axelrod on central bank? >> i don't know -- >> please tell me what happens, andrew, i'm such a fan of the show, i have to wait until the series ends. >> i can't dissuade you from being you. >> it went to a new level. >> by the way, did you see that story in "the new york times" over weekend by jeff sumner about the peso? >> no. >> the peso has risen given what's going on.
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who knew. >> and given it in series, too. you've given sara what she wants. in series three, i think there needs to be a big political vote in europe. >> i think they've done that in homeland -- >> they've done similar things in homeland, exactly. andrew, we're looking forward to "squawk box." checking in on futures. dow futures down about 95 points. the slowing continues pretty much across the board. it's gone global, you've got safe havens like the yen and gold. jou joining us, steven wieting. by phone. >> are you surprised by last week? >> i think you can see that the futures have come off the
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bottom. a good deal of expectations that this would be a significant setback. are already in play last week. even the delay from thursday, created a good deal of the damage. and, you know, the question now is how fast do they regroup. what compromises are made. and is this total play? on tax reform going to be smaller in scope. >> steven, of course, the yield moves which are linked to politics. the yield moves that seemed to be a vehicle from last week. ke didn't see actually much. move today. both factors are playing out. how closely are you watching that? >> well, you know, taking back expectations of a real massive stimulus in the united states is going to put us closer to a trajectory than we were. i think those expectations were
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naturally going to wax and wane. there's still four months for congress to get its agenda down. i think there would be a view that there would be no setbacks along the way. we were just surprised at the continued low volatility and confidence that this would go smoothly. this is legislative drama. i think it's a surprise to see what looks like gridlock under one party's control. but in the end, i give it some chance that we're still going to see some significant tax reform. i think, for example, the tax repatriation is the lowest hanging fruit of all the taxes that might actually pass. i mean, it was almost included under democrats' plans previously. so, they can come back to this. i would say, though, i think it's very important when you look at market moves. you can see dollar weakness. yield weakness, all of this has been policy dependent. and i argue now that this policy move, it's uncertain to actually
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get it, but whether or not we do, this is the international strengthening you're going to see very late in the cycle for u.s. dollar strength. and we're likely to see substantial strength in other currency start to emerge over time. like the six-year bull market in the u.s. dollar. >> so we are looking at the dollar. the fact, steven, that this morning it's sitting at a four-month low and has nearly wiped out all of the gains post eve election, does that mean that stocks are going to follow suit? >> look, i don't think we'll see that kind of comparable equity market in this. we are not at the end of an economic expansion. if you look at u.s. equities in the fourth quarter we were at record high profit levels already. i didn't find it that difficult to get to 2017 in the absence of tax cuts. i think that means a good deal for equities. i think that international component of equities and the currency don't is now the more interesting player. >> steven.
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>> good luck with the traffic. >> steven wieting of citi. that's it for "worldwide exchange." "squawk box" is next.
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good morning, global markets are in the red. given the health care failure. and the party if the white house moving on to tax reform. getting down to business, president trump's sonld jared kushner to run the american office of innovation. finally, the final four. north carolina got to win everything. pulling out a last-second victory over kentucky. it was dicey there. monday, march 27th, 20 ste17,
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