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Morning comment: BoJ & Brexit

Chris Scicluna
Emily Nicol
Mantas Vanagas
  • Asian equity markets put in a strong performance today, while the BoJ left policy unchanged and maintained a broadly upbeat economic assessment. After UK MPs voted in favour of requesting an extension of the Article 50 deadline, today will bring final euro area inflation figures and US manufacturing data.  

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Morning comment: Chinese slowdown & Brexit extension

Chris Scicluna
Emily Nicol
Mantas Vanagas
  • Sentiment in Asian markets softened today as data pointed to the worst start to the year for China’s industrial sector since 2009. Sterling firmed again this morning as UK MPs will vote today to ask Theresa May to request an Article 50 extension.  

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Morning comment: Soft Japanese orders & weak Aussie confidence after May's latest defeat

Chris Scicluna
Emily Nicol
Mantas Vanagas
  • The latest Japanese machine orders data and Aussie consumer confidence survey disappointed, while UK MPs will vote today to rule out a no-deal Brexit at the end of the month.

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Brexit: Another crushing defeat for May

Chris Scicluna
  • Theresa May suffered another crushing defeat in this evening's second ‘meaningful vote’ on her Brexit deal. It's a massive setback for the Prime Minister, who had just last night claimed to have secured a major breakthrough in her negotiations with the EU. So, what comes next?

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Morning comment: A Brexit breakthrough, but Japanese and Aussie business sentiment softens

Chris Scicluna
Emily Nicol
Mantas Vanagas

After last night's deal in Strasbourg, sterling has firmed ahead of this evening's key Brexit votes, but success for May is far from assured. Meanwhile, the latest Japanese and Aussie business sentiment surveys disappointed.   

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