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  • Asian indices mixed with focus on Australian elections and reports that US-China trade talks have stalled
  • Saudi Energy Minister Al Falih stated that there is consensus to drive down inventories gently and Saudi Arabia sees no need to boost production quickly now with oil at around USD 70/bbl
  • Reports around UK PM May’s Brexit bill differ, some indicate it contains improved measures others that it contains nothing new and retains the Irish...
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  • Major European indices [Euro Stoxx 50 -0.5%] are subdued following from a mixed Asia session, with sentiment afflicted by reports that China potentially has no current interest in the continuation of US talks
  • Opposition Labour Leader Corbyn confirms that cross-party Brexit talks have gone as far as they can
  • Looking ahead, highlights include US University of Michigan Sentiment, Fed's Clarida & Williams, ECB's de Guindos

 

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Asian equity markets...

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  • Asian indices were predominantly positive following a firmer close on Wall St.; although markets were afflicted by negative US-China updates
  • China's state media reported that China potentially has no interest in furthering talks with the US right now; little sincerity seen by China in US President Trump’s approach
  • Cross-party talks between Conservatives and Labour are near to drawing to a close without an agreement; focus now turns to Parliamentary voting...
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  • European indices [Euro Stoxx 50 +0.3%] are volatile, following on from the somewhat mixed performance of their Asian counterparts
  • China’s MOFCOM spokesman stated that they have no information regarding a US visit to Beijing
  • Looking ahead, highlights include US Building Permits, Housing Starts, Initial Jobless Claims & Philadelphia Fed Business Index, Canadian Manufacturing Sales, ECB’s de Guindos & Coeure, Fed’s Kashkari & Brainard, BoC’s Poloz & Wilkins
  • Earnings: Applied Materials,...
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  • Asian indices were mixed as the auto-driven positivity from Wall St. was countered by the blacklisting of Huawei and disappointing regional earnings
  • UK PM May is to face the 1922 committee today, with the committee to hold a meeting immediately after; cross-party talks with Labour remain on the verge of collapsing
  • Looking ahead, highlights include US Building Permits, Housing Starts, Initial Jobless Claims & Philadelphia Fed Business Index, Canadian...
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  • European Indices [Euro Stoxx 50 -0.6%] fail to maintain the positive lead from Asia-Pac as sentiment turns risk-off
  • Bunds have breached the 167.00 level supported by the deteriorating sentiment and the ongoing political turmoil in Italy with the BTP spread blowing out further towards 300bp
  • Looking ahead, highlights include US NY Fed Manufacturing, Retail Sales, Industrial Production, Manufacturing Output, Business Inventories, NAHB, Canadian CPI, Fed’s Quarles, Barking, Rosengren & George; ECB’s Coeure...
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  • Asian indices were firmer after positive comments from US President Trump regarding China trade; although, gains were capped by poor earnings and data
  • UK PM May’s government has confirmed that the Withdrawal Agreement will be put to Parliament in the first week of June
  •  Looking ahead, highlights include EZ GDP, US NY Fed Manufacturing, Retail Sales, Industrial Production, Manufacturing Output, Business Inventories, NAHB, Canadian CPI, IEA Monthly Oil Report,...
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  • Major European indices [Euro Stoxx 50 +0.6%] are firmer as risk sentiment begins to unwind slightly after yesterday’s sell-off
  • China Global Times Editor states that China may release additional retaliatory measures; notably, China declined to comment on US Treasury holdings
  • Two Saudi Aramco oil pumping stations have been attack in Riyadh; Saudi Energy Minister states that Aramco has halted pumping in the east-west pipeline
  • In FX, the risk sentiments improvement has happened at the detriment of safe...
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  • Asian indices were subdued after China’s tariff retaliation and the USTR posting details on tariffs for an additional USD 300bln; although, sentiment was aided by optimism from US President Trump
  • Cross party Brexit talks reportedly made no progress, while PM May is under pressure to abandon compromise attempts and is considering definitive votes to break the Brexit deadlock
  • Looking ahead, highlights include German CPI (F), ZEW, UK Employment Change, US Import &...
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  • European indices are downbeat [Euro Stoxx 50 -0.5%] following on from the performance of their Asian counterparts as focus remains firmly on US-China trade uncertainty
  • China Global Times Editor believes that China has not yet released countermeasures immediately as China may be drafting a plan which will have precise effects
  • In FX, the safe haven’s JPY and CHF are outperforming while antipodeans are underperforming with FX largely dictated by the trade induced...
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  • Asian stocks and US equity futures began the week negative as focus remained on the US-China trade tensions
  • President Trump thinks China felt they were being beaten so badly on negotiations that they may as well wait around for next election, but warned that a deal will become far worse for them if it is negotiated during his second term
  • UK PM May is being pressured by cabinet ministers to drop cross-party Brexit talks and launch a final attempt to reach a...
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  • Asian stocks and US equity futures began the week negative as focus remained on the US-China trade tensions
  • President Trump thinks China felt they were being beaten so badly on negotiations that they may as well wait around for next election, but warned that a deal will become far worse for them if it is negotiated during his second term
  • UK PM May is being pressured by cabinet ministers to drop cross-party Brexit talks and launch a final attempt to reach a...
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  • US President Trump has increased tariffs to 25% from 10% on USD 200bln of Chinese goods; China says they will take countermeasures
  • Choppy price action in Asian equities with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He reportedly stating that it is now up to President Trump and President Xi to work this out
  • Looking ahead, highlights include German Trade Balance, UK GDP, Industrial, Manufacturing & Construction Output, US CPI, Canadian Building Permits & Jobs Report, Fed's...
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  • Major European indices [Euro Stoxx 50 -1.0%] remain subdued in-line with the performance seen overnight on continuing US-China uncertainty
  • On the geopolitical front, and adding to the risk-off sentiment, reports state that North Korea fired what is likely to be two short-range missiles
  • Looking ahead, highlights include US PPI & Wholesale Inventory, Fed's Powell, Bostic & Evans, RBNZ's Orr, supply from the US

 

ASIA-PAC

Asian equity markets were...

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  • Asian indices were negative ahead of the Chinese delegation arriving in Washington for the resumption of trade talks
  • In FX, the DXY was steady along with other safe havens while remaining G10 currencies are subdued/flat vs USD
  • Looking ahead, highlights include US PPI & Wholesale Inventory, Norges Bank Rate Decision, ECB's Lane & Nowotny, Fed's Powell, Bostic & Evans, RBNZ's Orr, supply from the UK & US
  • Earnings: UniCredit,...
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  • Source reports indicate that China backtracked on legal issues affecting nearly every section of the proposed US trade agreement
  • Major European indices [Euro Stoxx 50 -0.3%] have given up the mornings initial gains as sentiment turns once again on US-China updates
  • FX markets are broadly reflecting the tentative tone, with JPY supported as a risk haven and Cable subdued on uncertainty around PM May’s departure
  • Looking ahead, highlights include, ECB's Draghi, Fed's Brainard, Riksbank's af Jochnick,...
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  • Asian equity markets were mostly negative as ongoing US-China trade uncertainty continued to take its toll on risk sentiment
  • UK PM May will reportedly stay in office until the Conservative party conference in September after setting a new summer deadline to finalize Brexit talks
  • RBNZ cut rates by 25bps and lowered its forecasts for the future OCR path
  • Looking ahead, highlights include, Swiss Unemployment Rate, German Industrial Output, BoE's...
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  • European Indices have drifted lower as the day progressed [Euro Stoxx 50 -0.6%], in-spite of reports that China’s VP Liu He is to attend trade talks in the US providing a boost to sentiment
  • In FX, AUD is outperforming after the RBA stood pat and were less Dovish than anticipated in their statement; remaining G10 currencies are little changed vs USD.
  • Looking ahead, highlights include US JOLTS EIA Short Term Energy Outlook, Fed's Kaplan & Quarles, BoE's Haldane, Supply from...
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  • Asian equities traded mixed as sentiment remained at the whim of the ongoing US-China trade uncertainty
  • US Trade Representative Lighthizer confirmed the US will increase tariffs on China on Friday if there is no deal and that China was reneging on commitments
  • UK PM May is facing fresh calls from within her party to step down as she attempts to secure a deal with Labour to break the Brexit deadlock
  • Looking ahead, highlights include German Industrial Orders, US JOLTS, EU Commission Economic Forecasts,...
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  • European indices [Euro Stoxx 50 -2.0%] have succumbed to the risk off tone as US President Trump has threatened to hike tariffs on China, with Asia afflicted overnight from this, US equity futures are likewise subdued.
  • Subsequently, China’s Foreign Ministry states that they hope the US can meet China halfway and are preparing to go to the US; although, they refrained to comment in Vice Premier Liu He will attend.
  • In FX, safe havens propser while the remaining G10 currencies broadly underperform the...
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  • Monday: UK Holiday
  • Tuesday: RBA Monetary Policy Meeting, EIA Short-Term Energy Outlook, Australian Retail Sales and Trade Balance, German Industrial Orders and Output, Japan returns from Golden Week Holiday
  • Wednesday: RBNZ Monetary Policy Meeting, Brazilian Central Bank Monetary Policy Meeting, JMMC Meeting, China Trade Balance
  • Thursday: Norges Bank Monetary Policy Meeting, US International Trade
  • Friday: UK...
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  • Asia-Pac indices and US equity futures began the week with heavy losses as President Trump heightens tensions in the US-China trade war

· Subsequently, China is reportedly mulling cancelling trade discussions this week following US President Trump's tariff threats

·UK PM May remains optimistic that she is nearing a deal with the opposition Labour party on Brexit; MPs in her party and across the aisle are less upbeat about the prospects for a...

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  • European indices on the front foot [Euro Stoxx 50 -0.3%], but bonds backpedaling pre-NFP
  • USD remains firm with the DXY just below the 98.0 level ahead of NFP
  • Looking ahead, highlights include US Jobs Reports, US ISM Non-Manufacturing, Fed's Evans, Clarida, Williams & Bowman
  • Earnings: Berkshire Hathaway, American Tower

 

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Asian equity markets were mixed with the region cautious ahead of the looming US NFP data and after losses on Wall...

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  • Asian equity markets were mixed with the region cautious ahead of the looming US NFP data and after losses on Wall St
  • A report suggested that US and China trade talks may have hit an impasse. However, comments from US Commerce Secretary Ross suggested the two nations are in the end-game of negotiations
  • Latest UK local council election results show Labour Party councillors dropped by 53 to 601 and Conservative party councillors dropped by 117 to 512 in England
  • Looking ahead, highlights include UK...
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  • European indices [Euro Stoxx 50 -0.3%] have traded indecisively this morning as the region struggles to find direction
  • In FX, the USD has lost a degree of its post-FOMC momentum, with the EUR garnering support from the EZ PMIs this morning
  • On the trade front, reports indicate that Chinese Foreign Minister Yi is to travel to the US on Tuesday
  • Looking ahead, highlights include, US Initial Jobless Claims and Labour Costs, US Factory Orders, BoE Rate Decision, QIR and Press Conference, ECB's...
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China's Agriculture team getting as far away from the NYSE, just like us!! Hope you all have a good weekend, we'll… https://t.co/NsIJqCDJFE