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Japanese trade toils

Emily Nicol
Chris Scicluna

 

  • Equities reversed across Asia as some disappointing earnings news combined with another soft Japanese trade report and a couple of downbeat surveys. Australia’s jobs data were subdued too.

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Japan's overseas visitors rebound, but euro car registrations slump

Emily Nicol
Chris Scicluna
  • Asian equities made very modest losses despite further threats from US President Trump to increase tariffs on a wider range of imports from Japan. Overseas visitors to Japan jumped in June and tourist spending was stronger in Q2. But euro area car registrations slumped in June.

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RBA minutes leave further easing on the table

Chris Scicluna
Emily Nicol
  • Aussie government bonds made gains today as the RBA minutes reaffirmed our expectation of a further policy easing before year-end. Looking ahead, the most noteworthy data will be the UK labour market and US retail sales and IP reports. 

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China's Q2 GDP growth slowest in 27 years

Chris Scicluna
Emily Nicol
  • While China's GDP growth in Q2 was the slowest in 27 years, monthly activity figures suggested a modest recovoery at the end of the quarter, which provided very much support to Asian equities. 

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A nasty Singapore surprise

Chris Scicluna
  • Ahead of the Chinese trade report, Asian equity markets were somewhat mixed after a downwards revision to Japan’s May IP report and Singapore’s GDP data surprised significantly on the downside.

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