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Morning comment: Soft Japanese orders & weak Aussie confidence after May's latest defeat

Chris Scicluna
Emily Nicol
Mantas Vanagas
  • The latest Japanese machine orders data and Aussie consumer confidence survey disappointed, while UK MPs will vote today to rule out a no-deal Brexit at the end of the month.

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Brexit: Another crushing defeat for May

Chris Scicluna
  • Theresa May suffered another crushing defeat in this evening's second ‘meaningful vote’ on her Brexit deal. It's a massive setback for the Prime Minister, who had just last night claimed to have secured a major breakthrough in her negotiations with the EU. So, what comes next?

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Morning comment: A Brexit breakthrough, but Japanese and Aussie business sentiment softens

Chris Scicluna
Emily Nicol
Mantas Vanagas

After last night's deal in Strasbourg, sterling has firmed ahead of this evening's key Brexit votes, but success for May is far from assured. Meanwhile, the latest Japanese and Aussie business sentiment surveys disappointed.   

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The week ahead, w/c 11 March

Chris Scicluna
Emily Nicol
Mantas Vanagas
  • A busy week ahead includes key data on US retail sales and CPI, UK monthly GDP, euro area and Chinese IP, and Japanese machine orders, while the BoJ will make its latest monetary policy announcement and the House of Commons will hold its latest series of Brexit votes. 

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Morning comment: Japan GDP, China trade, European manufacturing data

Chris Scicluna
Emily Nicol
Mantas Vanagas
  • After yesterday's dovish ECB announcement, Asian equity markets followed European markts lower. While Japan's Q4 GDP was revised higher, China's trade report disappointed. And this morning also brought some mixed news on the manufacturing sector in euro area member states.  

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