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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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The week ahead, w/c 18 February

Emily Nicol
  • This week US-China trade talks and Brexit noise will continue to dominate the news flow, while investors will no doubt watch the FOMC minutes (Wednesday) and the ECB account (Thursday) for any further insights into near-term policy.

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Morning comment: Japan's Q4 rebound disappoints, Germany escapes recession

Chris Scicluna
Emily Nicol
  • Despite some more positive mood music around the US-China trade talks, Asian markets today were something of a mixed bag. The dataflow was also rather variable, with a stronger Chinese export performance contrasting with a relatively modest rebound in Japanese GDP and a flat reading for German economic ouput in Q4.  

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