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RBA leaves policy unchanged, while leaving door open to further easing

Chris Scicluna
Emily Nicol
  • ‘Risk on’ tone continues as Trump leaves hospital, fiscal optimism rises, data impresses.
  • German factory orders exceed expectations.
  • RBA leaves all policy settings unchanged; leaves door open to further easing.

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Japan and Australia see upward revisions to service sector PMIs

Chris Scicluna
Emily Nicol
  • Markets rebound in Asia as worries about Trump’s health recede for now.
  • Japan’s services PMI revised to 8-month high in September.
  • Australian business confidence and services PMI pickup in September.

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US fiscal doubts re-emerge as Trump tests positive for Covid-19

Chris Scicluna
Emily Nicol
  • US equity futures weaken as confidence in fiscal deal ebbs and President Trump tests positive for Covid-19.
  • Japan’s unemployment nudges up to 3% as labour force growth exceeds job recovery.
  • Australian retail sales confirmed to have declined sharply in August.

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Key BoJ Tankan measures improve slightly in Q3

Chris Scicluna
Emily Nicol
  • Key BoJ Tankan measures improve, but by less than the market had expected.
  • Japanese vehicle sales remain well below year-earlier levels.
  • French car registrations still in reverse.

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Chinese PMIs exceed market expectations

Emily Nicol
Chris Scicluna
  • Japan’s IP rises modestly in August; firms expect further recovery in the near term.
  • Japan’s retail sales rebound solidly in August; housing starts.
  • German retail sales accelerate well above pre-pandemic level.

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