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Morning comment: BoJ & UK politics

Chris Scicluna
Emily Nicol
Mantas Vanagas
  • Japanese equities reacted positively to the conclusion of the BoJ's Policy Board meeting, which made a number of tweaks to its policy framework to enhance its sustainability.  

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Morning comment: Japan activity, Aussie CPI & euro area surveys

Chris Scicluna
Emily Nicol
Mantas Vanagas
  • Among mixed Asian markets, Aussie equities and bonds rallied following a soft Q1 CPI report that raised expectations of a rate cut next month. Japan's all industry actiivty was weaker in February, while the German Ifo was likely to point to subdued conditions at the start of Q2. 

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Morning comment: Japanese inflation & final wages, EA consumer confidence

Chris Scicluna
Emily Nicol
Mantas Vanagas
  • Asian equity markets had a mixed performance today, while Japan's TOPIX largely ignored a disappointing outcome from revised labour earnings figures out of Japan. Today will bring the Commission's flash consumer confidence indicator for the euro area and US new home sales figures. 

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Morning comment: US & UK retail sales, euro area PMIs

Mantas Vanagas
Emily Nicol
  • Asian equity markets declined, but the Australian ASX 200 posted a small increase following the announcement of Aussia labour market figures. 

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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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