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Morning comment: Japanese inflation & final wages, EA consumer confidence

Chris Scicluna
Emily Nicol
Mantas Vanagas
  • Asian equity markets had a mixed performance today, while Japan's TOPIX largely ignored a disappointing outcome from revised labour earnings figures out of Japan. Today will bring the Commission's flash consumer confidence indicator for the euro area and US new home sales figures. 

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Morning comment: US & UK retail sales, euro area PMIs

Mantas Vanagas
Emily Nicol
  • Asian equity markets declined, but the Australian ASX 200 posted a small increase following the announcement of Aussia labour market figures. 

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Morning comment: China GDP, Japan trade & CPI from EA, UK & NZ

Emily Nicol & Mantas Vanagas
  • Asian equity markets had a mixed performance, despite some stronger-than-expected Chinese activity data. Japan's export performance disappointed at the end of Q1, while Kiwi inflation also fell short of expectations. Euro area and UK inflation, as well as euro area and US trade reports are also due today. 

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Morning comment: UK labour market & RBA minutes

Mantas Vanagas
Emily Nicol
  • Following a quiet start of the week yesterday, Asian equity markets carried a more positive tone in today's session. Australian bond yields fell following the release of the dovish minutes of this month’s RBA Board meeting.

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Week ahead, w/c 15 April

Emily Nicol and Mantas Vanagas
  • Asian equity markets generally started the week on the front foot, taking direction from last week's positive Chinese lending figures and strong US earnings reports. Focus this week will be on China's Q1 GDP estimate, euro area flash PMIs, European CPI and UK & US retail sales releases. 

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