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[PODCAST] EU Open Rundown 2nd January 2019

 Shanghai Composite (-1.2%), Hang Seng (-3.0%), ASX 200 (-1.5%), Nikkei 225 (closed), DXY 95.86 (-0.3%), Mar’19 e-mini S&P 2482.25 (-0.9%)

Chinese Caixin Manufacturing PMI (Dec) 49.7 vs. Exp. 50.2 (Prev. 50.2)

Australian CoreLogic House Prices (Dec) -1.3% M/M (Prev. -0.9%)

Australian Manufacturing PMI (Dec) Final 54.0 vs. Prelim 53.7 (Prev. 54.6)

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has stated that he is willing to meet US President Trump at any time but would take an alternative path if the US keeps sanctions on the nation. (Newswires)

PBOC sets USD/CNY reference rate at 6.6842 (prev. 6.8632)

Uncertainty will hit UK business investment and suppress consumer spending in 2019, according to a FT poll of economists. (FT)

Russian December Oil Production 11.45mln bpd vs. November 11.37mln bpd, according to the Russian Energy Ministry. (Newswires)

US President Trump has invited congressional leaders to a briefing this afternoon on the border wall at the White House, according to three congressional sources familiar with the invitation. (Politico) This came after reports on Monday that US House Democrats are to introduce a bill later this week with USD 1.3bln for border security to fund the Department of Homeland Security through Feb 8th. (Newswires)

The EU is looking to increase scrutiny of potential security risks with Chinese tech companies in the wake of mounting concerns over cyber theft. (FT)

75% of Labour supporters want Jeremy Corbyn to back a second referendum. according to the latest polling by YouGov. (Times) 

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Dominic Raab = The Turnip in Brussels via @Telegraph https://t.co/lf6JLRb6Pg