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Post-Brexit Wreckage Spawns M&A Bargain Hunters, Pound Evacuees – Bloomberg

Tourists aren’t the only ones flocking to Britain for bargains.

In the wake of the country’s June 23 vote to leave the European Union, the U.K.’s stocks and currency dropped, presenting an attractive prospect to global buyers looking for cheap assets and giving local businesses an incentive to reduce their exposure at home.

Obama urges NATO to stand firm vs. Russia despite Brexit fallout – Reuters

U.S. President Barack Obama urged NATO leaders on Friday to stand firm against a resurgent Russia over its seizure of Crimea from Ukraine, saying Britain’s vote to leave the European Union should not weaken the western defense alliance.

‘A heartbreaking morning’: Snipers shoot 11 police officers in Dallas during protest rally, killing five – Washington Post

Police said there are at least four suspects after snipers shot at least 11 police officers, killing 5, in a downtown area of Dallas where protests had been taking place Thursday night. One civilian was also injured. Police also suspect bombs may be planted in downtown Dallas. The FBI and ATF are on the scene, canvassing for explosives.

Australian PM almost certain victor in election but no celebration – Reuters

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull looked almost certain to retain power after a bruising national election as key independent lawmakers pledged support and marathon vote counting in close-run electorates leaned in his favor on Friday.

Japan upper house elections will be a test for Abe’s constitutional reforms- CNBC

Japan’s coalition government faces a key test at parliamentary elections on Sunday as Prime Minister (PM) Shinzo Abe seeks support for constitutional reforms.

Regulatory News

Four ex-Barclays traders jailed for Libor fraud – The Daily Telegraph

Four former bankers at Barclays have been jailed for their role in attempting to manipulate the interest rate benchmark Libor.

U.S. Drops Libor Charges Against ICAP Trio After U.K. Acquittals – Bloomberg

U.S. prosecutors dropped a criminal complaint over Libor against three former ICAP Plc brokers after the men were acquitted by a U.K. court earlier this year.

Company News

Icap Launches CNH Benchmark – Profit & Loss (subscription)

EBS BrokerTec and Icap Information Services (IIS) have launched EBS CNH Benchmark, the first fully electronic, trade-backed reference rate for the offshore Chinese renminbi (CNH) market, according to Icap.

OFR Calls for Greater Cooperation on Microdata – Profit & Loss (subscription)

In a speech given at the European Central Bank’s Eighth Conference on Statistics, US Office of Financial Research (OFR) deputy director and chief data officer Cornelius Crowley called for improved cooperation between the finance industry and regulators to develop more consistent microdata.

Dare to Dream: The Bank Mergers That Could Help Fix the Industry- Bloomberg

Eight years after the financial crisis, bank bailouts are being discussed once again in Europe. Low and even negative interest rates, the weight of soured assets, high legal bills and new digital competitors are all depressing shares and executives. Britain’s decision to leave the European Union has further undermined confidence in the banking sector.

Reuters FX Volume Shows YoY Growth – Profit & Loss (subscription)

The total average daily volume (ADV) of foreign exchange trading across Thomson Reuters platforms in June totalled $394bn, rising by by 5% year-on-year and by 13.5% month-on-month.

Market Savvy

Investors dump stocks as risk aversion grows; yen up – Reuters

Asian stocks deepened losses and the Japanese yen strengthened against the greenback on Friday as investors dumped riskier assets and fled to safe havens after four police officers were killed and others wounded in the United States.

U.S. payrolls seen rebounding in June in boost to economy – Reuters

U.S. job growth likely rebounded in June as striking Verizon (VZ.N) employees returned to work and wages probably rose steadily, more evidence the economy has regained speed after a first-quarter lull.

The Persian Gulf’s Huge New Export: Debt – WSJ (subscription)

The energy-producing states of the Persian Gulf are issuing bonds at the fastest clip ever, showing how the oil bust is reshaping the region’s finances despite a near doubling of crude prices this year.