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Services PMI signal significant slump

Emily Nicol
Chris Scicluna
  • The March services PMIs point to a significant contraction as the coronavirus crisis hit activity in the sector, with close attention paid to the impact on Italian and Spanish services in particular. And after yesterday’s shocking US jobless claims figures, focus later today will turn to the latest payrolls report.

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Pain ahead

Emily Nicol
Chris Scicluna
  • The latest BoJ Tankan, final PMIs and Donald Trump all signalled pain ahead. And Asian markets reflected that pessimism, with stocks and major bond yields down across the board.

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Chinese PMIs beat expectations

Emily Nicol
Chris Scicluna
  • China’s March PMIs rose back above the key 50 level. And ruling-party thinking for Japan’s forthcoming bumper fiscal package started to crystallise. But markets were not wholly impressed.

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Asia Pacific policy action as COVID-19 concerns continue

Emily Nicol
Chris Scicluna
  • As concerns about the impact of the coronavirus continued to spread, further action was taken by policymakers in Asia Pacific countries at the start of the week, with a 20bps cut by the PBoC on its reverse repo operations and a sizeable jobs protection package from the Australian government.

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Euro area solidarity still missing

Emily Nicol
Chris Scicluna
  • While Japanese stocks rallied into the weekend, momentum in other major markets softened after EU leaders failed to rise to the occasion again, with Merkel and co. still refusing to countenance issuance of a common euro area bond.

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