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Morning comment: China GDP, Japan trade & CPI from EA, UK & NZ

Emily Nicol & Mantas Vanagas
  • Asian equity markets had a mixed performance, despite some stronger-than-expected Chinese activity data. Japan's export performance disappointed at the end of Q1, while Kiwi inflation also fell short of expectations. Euro area and UK inflation, as well as euro area and US trade reports are also due today. 

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Morning comment: UK labour market & RBA minutes

Mantas Vanagas
Emily Nicol
  • Following a quiet start of the week yesterday, Asian equity markets carried a more positive tone in today's session. Australian bond yields fell following the release of the dovish minutes of this month’s RBA Board meeting.

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Week ahead, w/c 15 April

Emily Nicol and Mantas Vanagas
  • Asian equity markets generally started the week on the front foot, taking direction from last week's positive Chinese lending figures and strong US earnings reports. Focus this week will be on China's Q1 GDP estimate, euro area flash PMIs, European CPI and UK & US retail sales releases. 

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Morning comment: Chinese trade, EA IP & RBA FSR

Chris Scicluna
Emily Nicol
Mantas Vanagas
  • Despite gaining a boost from a stronger Chinese trade report, Chinese equities ended the day on the back foot. A quieter end to the week will bring just euro area IP figures and US consumer confidence. 

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Morning comment: Brexit delay & Chinese inflation

Chris Scicluna
Emily Nicol
Mantas Vanagas
  • The EU's agreement to a Brexit delay had little market impact overnight but European bonds have opened lower having yesterday made gains in response to Draghi's dovish talk. Meanwhile, the latest inflation data from China, Germany and France all aligned with expectations. 

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