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7 Up for the RMB as risk appetite evaporates

Chris Scicluna
Emily Nicol
  • A torrid start to the week for markets in Asia saw the RMB move above 7/$, equity markets tumble and major government bonds rally, with yields on USTs and JGBs alike moving to multi-year lows.    

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US payrolls report to distract from trade war

Emily Nicol
  • As markets awaited the US payrolls report, Asian equities unsurprisingly weakened significantly on the back of heightened geopolitical tensions.

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Widespread manufacturing weakness

Emily Nicol
  • After the Fed was less dovish than expected, Asian equities on the whole made losses. And after Japan’s final manufacturing PMI for July was revised lower, today’s European manufacturing PMIs and US ISM look set to provide a downbeat assessment of conditions in the sector at the start of Q3.

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All eyes on the Fed

Emily Nicol
  • As markets awaited the Fed’s policy announcement this evening, Asian equities lost ground as Japan’s consumer confidence and China’s PMI surveys signalled a subdued start to the third quarter. The euro area’s flash Q2 GDP and July inflation were expected to have moderated.

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BoJ leaves policy unchanged but won't hesitate to ease

Emily Nicol
  • While the BoJ predictably left policy unchanged, the Policy Board emphasised that it wouldn’t hesitate to ease policy if downside risks to its inflation target materialise.

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