November 7, 2017 - Andria Pichidi
European Outlook: Asian stock markets rallied, with the Nikkei closing up 1.7%, ASX and Hang Seng also surged more than 1%. The Nikkei 225 closed at the highest level since 1992, underpinned by corporate earnings and the yen’s weakness against the dollar, while the turmoil in Saudi Arabia sent energy prices surging higher. U.K. and U.S. stock futures are also up as the front end WTI future climbed above USD 57 per barrel. The local calendar today has U.K. house price numbers, Eurozone retail PMIs and Eurozone retail sales. Earlier German production data released, which corrected -1.6% m/m in September, more than anticipated. After the strong 2.6% m/m rise in the previous month, this was only a partial correction that still left the annual rate at a healthy 3.6% y/y and with orders continuing to surge ahead, production seems to have taken a breather at the end of the third quarter.
Reserve Bank of Australia held the cash rate at 1.50%, matching widespread expectations. Governor Lowe said the low level of interest rates is supporting the economy. The Board judged that holding rates steady would be “consistent with sustainable growth in the economy and achieving the inflation target over time.” The AUD appreciation since mid year is “expected to contribute to continued subdued price pressures in the economy.” The Bank’s forecast remains “for inflation to pick-up gradually as the economy strengthens.” Finally, the Bank’s growth forecasts are largely unchanged, with growth expected to pick-up and average around 3% over the next few years. AUDUSD bumped higher to 0.7965 from 0.7680 on the as-expected result, but has quickly returned to 0.7680.
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October 31, 2017 - Andria Pichidi
European Outlook: Asian stock markets moved sideways overnight. U.K. and U.S. stock futures are little changed. Japanese markets pared losses as investors bought on dips, amid hopes of better earnings.READ MORE
October 25, 2017 - Stuart Cowell
European Outlook: Asian stock markets moved cautiously higher, Japan underperform as the Nikkei pulled back from record highs and fluctuated with the Yen.READ MORE
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