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Asian equities traded mostly higher in what was a particularly quiet session overnight. FX markets saw USD/JPY break back below 109.00

US President Trump announced that the US plans to continue sending troops to Afghanistan to fight the terror tspaneat

Looking ahead, highlights include UK PSNB data, German ZEW and APIs

ASIA

Asian equity markets were mostly higher although news flow was remarkably light amid a lack of central bank speakers and macroeconomic data. Focus was on a speech...
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Asian equities traded mostly lower as geopolitical tensions once again dampened sentiment

Tensions ratcheted up again as the US and South Korea were set to begin military drills. North Korea responded, tspaneatening a “merciless strike” on the US

Looking ahead, today’s calendar sees a lack of tier 1 data or notable speakers

ASIA

Asian equity markets traded mostly lower with the Nikkei 225 down by 0.4% amid geopolitical tensions on the Korean peninsula. Tensions ratcheted up again as...
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Thursday: Jackson Hole Symposium, UK GDP (Q2, 2nd)

Friday: Jackson Hole Symposium, US Durable Goods Data (Jul), Japanese CPI (Jul)

The highlight of the week will be the Fed’s annual Jackson Hole Symposium, which will begin on Thursday and run tspanough Saturday. Interest in the event peaked when...
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Asian equities trade lower amid the rumours surrounding Cohn’s Tenure in the Trump administration and the terror attack in Barcelona

FX markets were relatively subdued with JPY the main mover amid safe-haven inflows

Looking ahead, highlights include Canadian CPI, Uni. Of Michigan and Kaplan

ASIA

All major Asia-Pac indices traded in negative territory as the risk averse tone triggered by terror incidents in Spain and resignation rumours related to Trump’s chief economic advisor Cohn,...
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FOMC minutes saw downside in USD and yields with the Fed cautious over inflation prospects for the US

Asian equities were relatively indecisive. AUD/USD retreated from two-week highs following the latest Aus jobs report

Looking ahead, highlights include UK retail sales, Eurozone inflation, ECB minutes, Fed’s Kaplan and Kashkari

FOMC Minutes

FOMC minutes showed that some policymakers were prepared to announce a starting date for winding down the balance sheet at the July meeting and...
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Asia-Pac equities trade with a lack of direction amid light newsflow. Outperformance in KOSPI amid return from holiday

FX markets are relatively tentative ahead of FOMC minutes. GBP/USD trades below 1.2900, EUR/USD and USD/JPY sideways

Looking ahead, highlights include UK jobs report, Eurozone GDP, DoEs and the FOMC minutes

ASIA

Asia equity markets followed on from the indecisive tone seen on Wall Street where quiet newsflow kept stocks rangebound. This resulted to a mixed picture in...
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FOMC’s July 2017 Meeting Minutes Preview, Due For Release At 19:00 London, 14:00 New York On Wednesday 16th August 2017

The July meeting saw the Federal Reserve leave it Federal Funds target range unchanged at 1.00-1.25%, with a 9-0 vote. Heading into the decision focus was on the rhetoric surrounding the normalisation of the FOMC’s balance sheet, and the policy statement (
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Asian equities traded higher as geopolitical tensions cooled with outperformance in tech stocks also bolstering sentiment

Price action in FX markets centred around the JPY as the currency weakened on safe-haven outflows, which pushed USD/JPY above the 110.00 level

Looking ahead, highlights include German GDP, UK inflation, US retail sales, NZ Dairy Auction, APIs

ASIA

Asian equity markets traded higher following the gains in US where the NASDAQ led the advances on continued tech...
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Monday: Japan GDP (Q2, P)

Tuesday: UK Inflation Data (Jul), US Retail Sales (Jul) RBA Meeting Minutes

Wednesday: FOMC Meeting Minutes, Eurozone GDP (Q2) UK Labour Market Report (Jun/Jul)

Thursday: UK Retail Sales (Jul), Australian Labour Market Report (Jul), ECB Meeting Minutes (Jul)

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North America: -

Wednesday...
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Equity markets begin the week on the front foot with Asian bourses taking the firm lead from Wall Street.

AUD traded in choppy fashion with initial outperformance offset by weak Chinese data.

Looking ahead, highlights include Eurozone industrial production.

ASIA

Asian equity markets traded mostly higher following the rebound of US stocks last Friday on Wall Street where the NASDAQ outperformed amid tech strength, while a miss on CPI dampened prospects of a December Fed hike....
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Geopolitical tensions remain at the forefront of market sentiment amid further fighting talk between the US and NK

This led to selling pressure in Asia-Pac stocks (Japan away) with safe-haven assets continue to benefit

Looking ahead, highlights include US CPI, Fed’s Kaplan and Kashkari

ASIA

Asia stock markets were heavily pressured amid continued geopolitical tensions after further fighting talk between US and North Korea, which also saw US indices close negative for a 3rd consecutive...
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Lingering geo-political concerns continue to weigh on Asian equities.

NZD underperforms as the RBNZ kept a somewhat dovish-to-neutral tone.

Looking ahead, highlights include UK Mfg. and Construction output, US PPI and comments from Fed’s Dudley.

ASIA

An attempt by Asian indices to pick themselves up from the recent geopolitical-triggered losses, gradually petered out tspanoughout the session which saw the region’s bourses negative across the board. ASX 200 (-0.2%) and Nikkei...
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Increased geopolitical tensions after a war of words between US and North Korea dampened global risk sentiment

This saw the DJIA snap it’s 9-day streak of record closes, softness in Asia-Pac equities and a flight to safety in FX markets

Looking ahead, highlights include US Wholesale Sales, weekly DoE inventories and RBNZ rate decision

ASIA

Increased geopolitical tensions after a war of words between US and North Korea dampened global risk sentiment, which ensured the DJIA snapped a...
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Asian equities traded mostly lower with focus on Chinese trade data which showed exports and imports falling short of expectations

USD traded subdued to marginally benefit its major counterparts in which EUR/USD gained a footing on 1.1800

Looking ahead, highlights include US JOLTS and APIs

ASIA

Asian equity markets failed to sustain the momentum from the record closes seen in DJIA and S&P 500, as sentiment in the region soured amid relatively quiet news flow and as participants...
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Asian equities traded mostly higher in the wake of Friday’s gains seen on Wall street with outperformance in the ASX 200 due to commodity names

Most major currencies nursed some of their post-NFP losses against the greenback, in which EUR/USD attempted to reclaim 1.1800

Looking ahead, highlights include Fed’s Bullard and Kashkari

ASIA

Asian equity markets traded mostly higher following Friday’s gains on Wall Street and as the region took its first opportunity to react to the better...
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Tuesday:        China Trade Balance (Jul)                                                                                                                                

Wednesday: RBNZ MonPol Decision        

Thursday:     UK Trade Balance (June)                                                                                                      ...
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Asian equities traded with little in the way of direction despite the Russian probe in Washington intensifying

AUD/USD took centre stage and saw choppy trade after better than expected Retail Sales was briefly offset by the RBA Statement on Monetary Policy

Looking ahead, highlights include US and Canadian jobs reports

ASIA

Asian equity markets traded mixed, with the region indecisive ahead of key risk NFP data and after a lacklustre close in US where energy underperformed and the...
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Asian bourses lower following soft Chinese Caixin Services PMI

Disappointing trade data sees AUD underperform

Looking ahead, highlights include BoE QIR

ASIA

The momentum from the DJIA’s 22,000 milestone was lost on Asia as the region traded negative across the board, with sentiment dampened amid earnings and weaker than expected Chinese Caixin Services PMI data. ASX 200 (-0.4%) was subdued by commodity names with Rio Tinto (-1.8%) shares down after the Co. missed on H1 underlying...
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Asian equities trade mostly higher following gains on Wall Street and Apple’s stellar after-market earnings

USD nursed some of its recent losses with the DXY back above 93.00. Commodity-linked currencies felt the brunt of the weakness in oil

Looking ahead, highlights include US ADP, DoEs, Fed’s Mester and Williams

ASIA

Asian stocks traded mostly higher as the region took the impetus from Wall Street’s gains where the DJIA homed in on the 22,000 level and NASDAQ futures surged...
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Asian equities traded higher across the board as upbeat Chinese data and firmer commodity prices lifted sentiment

USD remained weak following further political upheaval in Washington. RBA kept rates on hold as Exp.

Looking ahead, highlights include German jobs report, Eurozone GDP, US PCE, ISM Mfg. and APIs

ASIA

Asian equities traded higher across the board as Chinese data took focus once again after Caixin Manufacturing PMI beat expectations and printed its highest since March. ASX...
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Asian equities kicked the week off in an indecisive tone with focus on Chinese Mfg. PMI and North Korean Tensions

USD-index attempted to nurse recent losses and recover from its lowest level in 15-months, with the greenback notably regaining lost ground against CAD

Looking ahead, highlights include Eurozone CPI, Chicago PMI, Pending Home Sales

ASIA

Asia equity markets traded mixed ahead of this week’s key risk events and as participants digested Chinese Manufacturing PMI and further...
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Monday:               Eurozone CPI (Jul, P), China Official PMIs (Jul)

Tuesday:              RBA MonPol Decision, Eurozone GDP (Q2, Initial)                                                                                                   

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Thursday:            BoE MonPol...
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FEDERAL RESERVE

  • While rates were kept unchanged, and the FOMC hinted that balance sheet normalisation could begin ‘relatively’ soon, it was the central bank’s tweak to its views on inflation which were seen as dovish, dragging the probability of another Fed hike in 2017 to just over 50% from around 61% before the Fed’s update.
  • Previously, the Fed had...
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Asian equities trade lower in the final trading session of the week with underperformance in the ASX (-1.5%)

FX markets saw the USD-index languish near its worst levels in over a year and below 94.00

Looking ahead, highlights include regional and national German CPI, US GDP and Fed’s Kashkari

ASIA

Asia equity markets traded negative across the board following the indecisive tone on Wall St. where tech stocks underperformed as the Nasdaq Comp pulled back from record levels, while data...
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FOMC kept rates on hold as Exp., updated guidance on balance sheet normalisation and perceived to be dovish on inflation

Market reaction led to a softer USD, yields and upside in gold with sentiment bolstering Asia-Pac equities

Looking ahead, highlights include US Durables, Wholesale Inventories and Weekly Jobs

FOMC DECISION

FOMC held rates between 1.00-1.25%, as expected and said balance sheet normalisation is to take place ‘relatively soon’.

On inflation, the Fed said...
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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