Macro Briefing: 4 January 2018

Critical flaws in world’s computers raise new security risks: c|net
Severe winter storm strikes US East Coast: Fox
Oil prices rise to highest level since 2015: Reuters
Countries look to launch virtual currencies to avoid sanctions: NY Times
Fed minutes show continued support for gradual rate hikes: Bloomberg
ISM: US factory activity increased in Dec to 2nd highest level in 6 years: Reuters
PMI: China’s services sector growth at fastest pace in over 3 years: Reuters
US auto sales fell 2% in 2017–first annual drop since ’09, but pace still healthy: AP
Broad US stock indices rise to record territory: RTT
CBOE VIX Volatility Index drops again, close to record lows: