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  • Major European indices are in the green [Euro Stoxx 50 +1.1%] following on yesterday’s ECB release and a strong performance Asia
  • DXY has retraced a bulk of yesterday’s gains while the EUR stages a recovery
  • Looking ahead, highlights include US Baker Hughes
  • EARNINGS: Colgate-Palmolive, Nextera Energy, AbbVie

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A jubilant tone was observed across the Asia-Pac majors heading into the weekend, which followed the mostly positive performance of their...

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  • An upbeat tone was observed across Asia-Pac majors heading into the weekend, which followed the mostly positive performance of their global peers
  • DUP party is said to have privately agreed they will back PM May's Brexit deal when she toughens it up in terms of the backstop being specifically time limited
  • US Senate blocked 2 competing proposals to end the government shutdown including one backed by US President Trump; as expected
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  • Major European equities are in the green [Euro Stoxx 50 +0.7%] with outperformance in Italian banks on ECB day
  • DXY firmer this morning after EUR was dented by disappointing PMIs
  • Looking ahead, highlights include US Flash PMI's, ECB Rate Decision, US Jobless Claims, BoE's Carney, Riksbank's Skingsley
  • EARNINGS: American Electric Power Co, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Freeport-McMoRan, Intel, Norfolk Southern Co, Starbucks, Union Pacific, Western Digital, Discover Financial Services,...
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  • Most Asian bourses eventually followed suit to the gains stateside where the DJIA led the majors higher
  • US President Trump said talks are going well with China but added that tariffs could increase if no deal is reached
  • Nearly 20 UK ministers have reportedly been conducting a secret meeting in Parliament to discuss plans to avert a no-deal Brexit
  • Looking ahead, highlights include French, German, EZ and US Flash PMI's, Norges...
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  • European equities nursed opening losses and moved into positive territory as risk sentiment improved
  • DXY trades within a relatively tight range while GBP extends gains on hopes for an Article 50 extension
  • Looking ahead, highlights include Canadian Retail Sales, EZ Consumer Confidence (flash) and weekly API inventories
  • EARNINGS: Abbott Laboratories, Kimberly-Clark Corp, Procter & Gamble, Progressive, Texas Instruments, Ford Motor, Raytheon, Comcast...
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  • Expectations unanimously are set on an unchanged rate of 0.75%, with focus set on the accompanying statement
  • HSBC cite lower global rate expectations as one of the major stumbling points for the Norges Bank’s rate path
  • ING do not believe that this will be enough to stop the March hike amid recovering oil prices and the prosperous local economy.
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  • Asian equity markets were choppy as the region attempted to shrug off the headwinds from Wall St
  • US reportedly turned down an offer by China for 2 vice-ministers to travel to the US for preparatory trade talks; later denied by Kudlow
  • UK PM May is reportedly set to force ministers to keep a no deal Brexit on the table despite threats of ministerial resignations
  • Looking ahead, highlights include Canadian Retail Sales, EZ Consumer...
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  • European equities are in the red [Euro Stoxx 50 -0.6%] as risk sentiment continues to deteriorate
  • US-Sino tensions heighten as China vows to retaliate if Huawei Executive Meng is extradited
  • Looking ahead, highlights include US Existing Homes Sales, New Zealand CPI
  • Earnings: Capital One Financial, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, Travelers Companies, United Technologies and Prologis

NOTABLE NEWS FROM THE WEEKEND (GIVEN YESTERDAY’S MARKET HOLIDAY)

US President...

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  • Asian equity markets were negative as the region lacked impetus following the non-existent lead from the US
  • UK Conservative Party lawmaker Rudd warned PM May she could face dozens of ministerial resignations next week if Tory MPs are banned from voting for a plan that helps stop a no-deal Brexit
  • UK opposition Labour Party leader Corbyn has given in to pressure from party members and MPs by endorsing a plan to force a second EU referendum
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  • Asian equity markets began the week higher as the region followed suit to the optimism seen last Friday amongst the US majors
  • Overnight data releases saw Chinese Q4 GDP print in-line with expectations, whilst retail sales and IP exceeded forecasts
  • US Trade Representative Lighthizer said US and China are making little progress regarding intellectual property issues
  • UK PM May halted the cross-party approach to Brexit last night as...
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Mon: Germany Gfk Consumer Confidence, China GDP & Retail Sales

Tue: UK Labour Report, US Existing Home Sales, NZ CPI, Hungary rate decision, US Existing Home Sales, Japan Trade Balance

Wed: BoJ, Canadian Retail Sales, Australia PMIs, Eurozone Consumer Confidence

Thu: ECB, Norges Bank, Australia Labour Report, Eurozone & US PMIs, Japan CPI

Fri: US Durable Goods, New Home Sales

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  • Major European equities are firmly in the green amidst positive trade updates [Euro Stoxx 50 +1.6%] with the IT and financial sector outperforming
  • Table turns for the Pound after yesterday’s climb as Cable straddles just below 1.2950
  • Looking ahead, highlights include Canadian CPI, US industrial production and University of Michigan sentiment, weekly Baker Hughes rig count, Fed’s Williams and Harker
  • EARNINGS: State Street

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Asian equity markets...

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  • Asian equity markets traded higher across the board as the region took impetus from Wall St where the major indices were lifted on hopes of easing trade tensions
  • FX markets were relatively quiet with the DXY flat around the 96.00 level as its major counterparts consolidated, while antipodeans found some support from the heightened risk appetite
  • Northern Irish DUP Party indicated that they would be open to a Norway-style deal if it removed the threat of a backstop
  • Looking ahead,...
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  • European indices are mostly in the red, albeit off worst levels as risk sentiment soured following an indecisive Asia-Pac session
  • Choppy DXY amid rising tensions between US and China regarding Huawei’s prosecution and chip sale ban
  • Looking ahead, highlights include US Initial Jobless Claims & Philly Fed Business Index, BoE's Carney, Fed's Quarles Speaking, UK 2024 Gilt
  • EARNINGS: American Express, Morgan Stanley, Netflix

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Asian equity...

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Asian equity markets were choppy throughout the session but eventually followed suit to the gains on Wall St

UK PM May defeated the no confidence motion as expected via 325 to 306 votes and has continued to declare her intention to deliver Brexit

Labour Party leader Corbyn has declared there will be no talks with PM May until a no-deal Brexit is off the table

Looking ahead, highlights include EZ Final CPI, US Initial Jobless Claims &...

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  • Major European equities are mixed after trimming opening gains [Euro Stoxx 50 Unch] with outperformance seen in the Italian benchmark
  • DXY reclaimed the 96.000 handle while the Pound stabilises in the aftermath of May’s parliamentary defeat
  • Looking ahead, highlights include US Import & Export Prices, Fed's Kashkari, ECB's de Galhau, UK PM May’s vote of no confidence
  • Earnings: Goldman Sachs

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Asian equity markets traded mixed as the...

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  • UK PM May’s Brexit deal was defeated by 230 votes (432 vs. 202) in Parliament
  • UK Leader of the opposition Labour party Corbyn called for a vote of no confidence in the government
  • UK Government ministers told business leaders that there is a backbench motion being prepared to delay Article 50 and said the no confidence motion will fail
  • Looking ahead, highlights include UK CPI, US Import & Export Prices, BoE's Carney, Fed's Kashkari, ECB's Stournaras & de...
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  • Major European indices are relatively flat [Euro Stoxx 50 +0.1%] as equity markets gave up initial gains post German FY GDP
  • Choppy session for the Pound thus far as traders eye the long-awaited House of Commons meaningful vote scheduled for later today (full schedule available on the headline feed)
  • Looking ahead, highlights include US NY Fed Manufacturing & Final PPI, Fed Discount Minutes, UK Parliament vote on the Brexit deal, ECB's Draghi, Fed's Kashkari, Kaplan & George
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  • Asian equity markets were mostly higher as sentiment in the region recovered from the recent China-triggered weakness
  • UK PM May allies said that German Chancellor Merkel has offered PM May certain last-minute assistance, while reports also noted that PM May is considering a 2nd vote on Brexit deal if first one is rejected
  • UK cabinet ministers suggested that PM May will be expected to stand down if she is heavily defeated in the Brexit vote, according to source report
  • Looking ahead,...
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  • Major European Indices are in the red [Euro Stoxx 50 -1.0%], with poor performance in luxury names as China exports/imports miss forecasts
  • Chinese trade numbers weigh on the CNY, AUD, NZD while providing impetus to the JPY
  • GBP/USD largely unreactive to the EU assurances letter as MPs seek legally-binding material ahead of tomorrow’s meaningful vote
  • Looking ahead, highlights include earnings from Citi, while US data has been postponed due to the US government...
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  • Asian equity markets began the week subdued following the indecisive close on Wall St, US Government Shutdown and disappointing Chinese trade data
  • UK PM May is to say she believes parliament will more likely block Brexit than the UK leave without a deal
  • UK Cabinet Ministers are reportedly exploring "Plan B" options with PM May expected to lose her Brexit vote on Jan 15
  • Separate reports suggest that Pro-EU MPs are to...
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  • Major European indices are mixed [Euro Stoxx 50 Unch], having pared back some of the initial gains from the open
  • DXY on the backfoot further below 95.500 as the Fed signalled a more patient approach ahead of the US CPI release
  • GBP spiked higher on reports of possible Brexit date, though these reports were later dismissed by a PM May spokesperson
  • Looking ahead, highlights include US CPI, Real Weekly Earnings, Baker Hughes rig count

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Asian equity markets...

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  • Asian equity markets traded mostly higher following the 5th consecutive session of gains on Wall Street
  • In FX markets, the DXY pared some of the prior day’s gains which has provided some reprieve for its major counterparts across the pond
  • Fed Chair Powell repeated that the Fed has the ability to be patient given the inflation data and has the ability to be patient and flexible rates
  • Looking ahead, highlights include UK GDP...
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  • Major European equities are in the red [Euro Stoxx 50 -0.4%] following on from the mixed performance seen in Asia on the lack of US-China trade clarity
  • DXY is on a firmer footing above 95.250 ahead of a plethora of key Fed speakers
  • Looking ahead, highlights include, US Initial Jobless Claims, Fed's Powell, Bullard, Evans & Clarida and ECB's de Galhau

ASIA

Asian stocks were mixed as the equity rally somewhat stalled overnight which momentarily saw all regional...

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  • Asian stocks were mixed as the equity rally somewhat stalled overnight which momentarily saw all regional bourses in negative territory
  • FOMC Minutes stated that many policy makers said the Fed could be patient about further tightening given muted inflation pressures
  • UK Labour leader Corbyn is to reiterate his call for a general election today to break the Brexit deadlock, if PM May's deal is voted down in the House of Commons on January...
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