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Japanese inflation picked up, but activity remained weak

Chris Scicluna
Emily Nicol
  • Asian equities edged higher today as Chinese stocks took some support from comments from President Trump. Japanese inflation data picked up in line with expectations, but the latest monthly activity figures were weaker than expected. 

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Theresa May's days appear numbered & Japan's flash PMI disappointed

Chris Scicluna
Emily Nicol
  • Asian equities made losses today as negative noises surrounded the China-US trade war discussions and Japan's flash manufacturing PMI disappointed. Flash euro area PMIs are also likely to be weak, while UK politics will remain in focus as European Parliament elections get underway in several member states.  

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Japan's trade report underwhelms, while May's effort to save Brexit deal falls flat

Chris Scicluna
Emily Nicol
  • Asian equity markets had a mixed day, while Japan's latest trade report underwhelmed and orders data fell short of expectations in Q1. Today will bring UK inflation figures, while Theresa May will likely face further criticism as she presents her 'new' proposals to the House of Commons. 

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RBA signals June rate cut after Powell leaves powder dry

Chris Scicluna
Emily Nicol
  • While most Asian equity markets posted gains today, RBA Governor Lowe gave a boost to ACGBs as he signalled the likelihood of a rate cut in a fortnight's time.

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Upside surprise to Japan's Q1 GDP

Chris Scicluna
Emily Nicol
  • Despite an upside surprise to Japan's Q1 GDP, Asia markets started the week on the soft side. Fed Chair Powell is due to speak later today, while minutes from the latest Fed and ECB meetings will be published later this week. Elections to the European Parliament will be held from Thursday. 

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