The @banquedefrance business survey unexpectedly rose in December, consistent with +0.2% GDP growth in Q4 and stronger activity in the auto and services sectors going into 2019. Bending but not breaking.
DEVELOPING: At least 1 person is dead and at least a dozen are injured after Venezuelan soldiers opened fire on civilians at the southern border with Brazil over humanitarian aid delivery, The Washington Post reports
.@MariaCorinaYA on #Venezuela: “If [#Maduro] blocks the aid as you have mentioned, or he dares to attack innocent people wanting to bring aid to Venezuela, we will certainly advance to a higher level of the struggle.” #TrishRegan
JUST IN: New York state prosecutors have put together a criminal case against Paul Manafort that they could file quickly if the former chairman of Trump’s 2016 campaign receives a presidential pardon, sources say