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All eyes on the ECB

Emily Nicol
  • Aussie government bonds rose to record highs overnight following dovish comments from RBA Governor Lowe. Of course, all eyes today will be on the ECB’s policy decision and President Draghi’s post-meeting press conference.

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Flash PMIs to signal underwhelming economic momentum

Emily Nicol
  • Asian equity markets maintained an upwards trend as reports suggested the high-level trade talks between the US and China would resume next week.

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Japanese wages weaker again

Emily Nicol
  • Japanese equities reversed yesterday's losses despite some downwardly revised Japanese wage figures. Meanwhile, politics will dominate the news flow in the UK today as Boris Johnson looks set to be confirmed as Theresa May's successor. 

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Abe's wins Upper House election again

Emily Nicol
Chris Scicluna
  • Japan’s Upper House election provided no major surprises, with Abe’s ruling coalition maintaining a comfortable majority. But it fell short of the two-thirds ‘super-majority’ required to deliver on his ambition to revise the constitution. Politics will be the focus in the UK this week with Boris Johnson likely to become the new Prime Minister, while all eyes will be on Thursday’s ECB announcement.

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Japanese inflation underwhelms again

Emily Nicol
Chris Scicluna
  • There were no surprises from the latest Japanese CPI report, which was typically underwhelming and suggested again that inflation has passed its peak. But after yesterday evening’s Fed-speak, Asian equity markets ended the week on the rise.

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