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Week ahead, w/c 29 October 2018

Chris Scicluna
Emily Nicol
Mantas Vanagas

At the start of a busy week of corporate, economic and monetary policy reports, Asian markets were mixed, while BTPs made gains following Friday's late rating announcement.

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Morning comment: Eyes on the ECB

Chris Scicluna
  • After Wall Street yesterday hit the skids, there was inevitably follow through to Asian markets overnight. And with financial conditions having tightened on global events and Italian fiscal irresponsibility, and euro area economic data surprising once again on the downside, all eyes will be on Draghi this afternoon as the ECB's policy meeting concludes.  

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Morning comment: October flash PMIs

Chris Scicluna
Mantas Vanagas
  • Asian markets continued to struggle to regain poise after yesterday’s volatility in the US and Europe. But ahead of the euro area flash PMIs, Japan’s manufacturing survey provided a welcome upside surprise.

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Morning comment: Italy, Brexit & Japanese

Chris Scicluna
Mantas Vanagas
  • Asian stocks went sharply into reverse after yesterday's gains saw no follow-through in Europe and the US. And BTP spreads are wider yet again today with the European Commission set to consider its response to the Italian government's refusal yesterday to amend its fiscal plans. 

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Week ahead, w/c 22 October

Chris Scicluna
Emily Nicol
Mantas Vanagas
  • Chinese equities are on fire thanks to government talk of stimulus, while BTPs have gained on ratings news as the Italian government prepares its response to the Commission. The latest BoJ financial system report, Aussie politics and Brexit are also in the spotlight.

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