• Equity markets across Asia continued with the week’s theme, as geopolitical fears and commentary continued to lead to a risk off tone
  • Comments from President Trump that the USD is getting too strong and he prefers low interest rate policy set the tone for Asian trade
  • Looking ahead, highlights include US PPI, weekly jobs data, Uni. Of Michigan



  • Asian equities slip amid the rising geopolitical concerns, while Chinese CPI misses analyst estimates.
  • JPY the notable beneficiary from the risk off tone with USD/JPY at its lowest level since Nov’16.
  • Looking ahead, highlights include UK Jobs Data, BoC Rate Decision, and DoE Crude Report.


Geopolitical concerns continued to weigh on markets with the...

  • Mounting geopolitical concerns continue to guide investor sentiment with Asian equities trading mostly lower
  • This sentiment was also seen in FX markets with JPY one of the main beneficiaries, dragging USD/JPY below 111.00
  • Looking ahead, highlights include UK inflation, German ZEW and Fed’s Kashkari


Asia equity markets mostly traded with a...

  • Asian equities traded mixed following on from the subdued Wall Street lead while geopolitical tensions continue to mount over the weekend
  • USD held onto Friday’s gains where the USD-index reclaimed 101.00, meanwhile, JPY softened with USD/JPY extending further above 111.00
  • Looking ahead, highlights include ECB’s Constancio and Fed’s Yellen


Asia equity...

  • Risk-off sentiment has been spurred by heightened geopolitical tensions as the US launched cruise missiles against Syrian targets
  • A Syria military source stated that the strike led to losses, while Russia is to seek a UN Security Council meeting on the strike
  • Looking ahead, highlights include US and Canadian Jobs reports, UK Industrial and Manufacturing Production, BoE's Carney, Fed's Dudley, ECB's Coeure and...

  • FOMC minutes saw focus around a potential change to the Fed’s reinvestment policy and a split on whether hikes should be faster or more gradual
  • Asia equities traded lower, following on from the US lead with the USD losing ground against major counterparts
  • Looking ahead, highlights include ECB Minutes, US Weekly Jobs data, ECB’s Draghi, Praet and Constancio


  • Asia equity markets traded choppy following the mild gains on Wall St. which was led by the energy sector
  • FX markets were uneventful amid a lack of tier 1 data during the Asia session, which kept the USD range-bound
  • Looking ahead, highlights include Eurozone, UK and US Service PMI, ADP Employment Change and ISM Non-Manufacturing PMI, DoEs and FOMC Minutes

  • Asian Equities traded with little in the way of firm direction amid holiday-thinned trade with the USD trading in a similar manner
  • The RBA kept rates on hold at 1.50% as expected and struck a mildly cautious tone
  • Looking ahead, highlights include UK Construction PMI, US Trade Balance, ECB’s Draghi, ECB’s Liikanen and Fed’s Tarullo


Asia equity markets...

  • Asian equities traded mostly higher as the region digested a slew of mixed data
  • FX markets saw a quiet start to the week with the USD-index rangebound ahead of this week’s key risk events
  • Looking ahead, highlights include Eurozone, UK and US Mfg. PMI data, US Construction Spending, ECB’s Coeure, Fed’s Dudley, Lacker and Harker



  • Asian equity markets traded somewhat mixed with some slight indecision heading into month, quarter and fiscal year-end
  • USD remained firm as the USD-index extended advances above 100.00 amid weakness in EUR/USD which languished below 1.0700
  • Looking ahead, highlights include German unemployment rate, UK GDP, US PCE, University of Michigan sentiment, ECB's Couere and Fed's Bullard &...

  • Asian equities traded mostly lower despite a largely positive lead from the US in which the energy sector outperformed
  • The greenback held near yesterday’s highs as the USD-index reclaimed 100.00, while USD/JPY extended its footing above 111.00
  • Looking ahead, highlights include German...

  • Asian equities traded mostly higher amid a positive Wall Street lead, with stocks supported by upside in energy and financial names
  • USD held on to the prior session’s gains with the USD-index closer to the 100 level and USD/JPY above 111.00
  • Looking ahead, highlights include UK PM May invoking Article 50 and the DoE Crude oil inventory...
BoE's McCafferty speaks with Market Analyst Mike Barker on Iain Dale's LBC radio show, 28th March 2017. Have a listen below.

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  • Asian bourses saw a pick-up in sentiment overnight despite the subdued Wall Street lead with the ASX outperforming
  • FX markets were relatively quiet with the USD-index flat amid a lack of tier-1 data or drivers to spur price action
  • Looking ahead, highlights include potential comments from Fed’s Yellen, George, Kaplan & Powell and ECB’s Coeure

  • Asian equities traded mostly lower with the Nikkei 225 hampered by a firmer JPY while Chinese bourses were dealt some reprieve from Industrial Profit data
  • USD softened overnight as investors reacted to the US President’s lack of ability to pass the health care bill tspanough congress
  • Looking ahead, highlights include potential comments from ECB’s Lautenschlaeger, Praet, Fed’s Evans and...

  • Trump’s AHCA negotiations remained in focus overnight, with some concerns eased after Trump stated he will focus on tax reforms if the House of representatives fail to pass the bill
  • USD saw upside in the wake of Trump’s tax reform comments, with comments from Kaplan also supportive
  • Today’s highlights include Eurozone and US manufacturing and services PMIs, US Durable Goods Orders and comments from Fed's Evans,...

  • Asian equities traded higher in line with their US counterparts, with newsflow overnight relatively light
  • USD has held on to yesterday’s rebound, while NZD sspanugged off the latest RBNZ rate decision which shed little new information.
  • Highlights include UK Retail Sales, US weekly jobless data and a host of speakers including BoE’s Broadbent, ECB’s Lautenschlager and Fed’s Yellen, Kashkari and...

  • Asian equities trades relatively mixed following a rather subdued lead from Wall St. in which financials underperformed
  • An encouraging performance from Macron in the first presidential election TV debate saw EUR/USD outperform
  • Looking ahead, highlights include: UK CPI, Canadian Retail Sales, API report and...

  • Quiet start to the week as Asian equities traded mixed amid a lack of key drivers while Japanese trade was closed for the Spring Equinox holiday.
  • FX markets saw the USD-index continue to pull back with the greenback now hovering around the 100 level.
  • Highlights include, Chicago Fed National Activity Index, Bundesbank Report and comments from Fed’s...

  • Asian equity markets saw little in the way of firm direction as markets took a breather after recent key risk events
  • GBP/USD remained above 1.2300 while EUR/USD extended on recent highs amid rate-hike rhetoric from ECB’s Nowotny
  • Looking ahead, highlights include University of Michigan Sentiment


Asia equity markets traded mixed,...

  • As expected, the FOMC lifted rates by 25bps. However, the Fed dot plot projections showed forecasts for 2017 and 2018 were unchanged from December.
  • After having counted 93.5% of votes in the Netherlands election, PM Rutte's VVD party is to win 33 seats, PVV at 20 seats, while CDA and D66 parties are to win 19 seats each
  • Looking ahead,...

    • Asian equities traded mostly lower as markets remain cautious ahead of today’s FOMC policy announcement
    • A similar story has been seen in FX markets with USD relatively rangebound while GBP has found a bid heading into the European open
    • Looking ahead, highlights include FOMC rate decision, US CPI and Retail Sales, UK employment data and comments from ECB's...
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  • Asia equity markets traded mixed following a similar indecisive lead from Wall St. as a non-committal tone persisted ahead of key risk events.
  • UK House of Lords passed the Brexit bill without the EU citizen rights or final vote amendments
  • Looking ahead, highlights include German ZEW, US PPI and API Inventories


Asia equity markets traded...

  • Asian equities traded mostly positive despite softness in energy markets with Chinese bourses outperforming
  • The USD-index remained lacklustre with participants tentative ahead of the FOMC meeting
  • Looking ahead, highlights include potential comments from ECB’s Lautenschlaeger, Draghi, Constancio and Praet


Asia equity markets trade mostly...
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