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Week ahead, w/c 25 Feb

Chris Scicluna
Emily Nicol
Mantas Vanagas
  • A major rally in Chinese equities to start a busy week for global economic news, following Trump's decision to delay the increase in tariffs on imports from China that had been scheduled for 1 March. 

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Morning comment: Japanese CPI & wages, German GDP & RBA signalling

Chris Scicluna
Emily Nicol
Mantas Vanagas
  • Ahead of today's Trump-Liu meeting, Asian markets were mixed. Japanese inflation and wage data were not wholly encouraging, while the RBA suggested that it's not yet completely neutral about the likely direction of rates. 

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Morning comment: PMIs, ECB minutes and Aussie labour market

Mantas Vanagas
Chris Scicluna

Following the Fed mintues and support from reports on the US-China trade talks, the tone in the Asian markets overnight was more positive. While the manufacturing PMI in Japan was weak, the French surveys were improved and Australia's jobs data were strong.

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Morning comment: Japanese trade, European surveys & FOMC minutes

Emily Nicol and Mantas Vanagas
  • Asian equity markets made modest gains today, despite a disappointing Japanese trade report and some slightly softer Aussie wage data. February sentiments will be published in Europe, while the FOMC minutes will be watched. 

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Morning comment: UK labour market, German and Japanese business sentiment

Mantas Vanagas
  • Following a quiet day in Europe and the Presidents’ Day holiday in the US, Asian markets were little changed overnight. The focus today is on the UK labour market figures, German and Japanese business sentiment surveys and the RBA minutes.

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