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2013 05

Asian markets are lower this morning with bourses looking set to post the first monthly decline since August. The Nikkei is particularly hard hit this morning, down by over 4% with defensive sectors hardest hit.

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In Europe, equity futures are unchanged to slightly lower after a number of indices closed at multi year or all time highs. The BOE will release minutes from the last policy meeting and Eurozone current balance data.

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European equity futures are marginally lower in early trade, after posting further gains yesterday. Today we have German PPI and UK PPI and CPI data due.

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Asian markets are firmer this morning, nearing levels not seen in 5 years after better than expected economic data out of the US on Friday. The Yen traded is trading above 103 and with it the Nikkei is higher by around 1.5%.

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In Europe, futures are little changed after gains yesterday, as the bulk of growth data released yesterday disappointed and with it the Euro came under further pressure on talk of further easing. Today we have Eurozone CPI and trade balance data.

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Asian equity markets are mixed this morning, with China's Shanghai Composite standing out lower by 2%, with JP Morgan cutting the growth forecasts. The Yen this morning has snapped a 3 day losing streak.

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US markets, reversed from losses to close at session highs for more record closes on Friday, futures however this morning are pointing lower by around 30 bps. Today we have advance retail sales data.

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In Europe, equity futures are broadly flat this morning, ahead of the ECB monthly report, UK Industrial and manufacturing production data and the BOE rate decision at midday.

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Asian markets are higher again this morning as trade data out of China showed better than expected exports, coming out with a rise of 14.7% against a consensus forecast of 9.2%. Markets are very close to 5 year highs as investors see no end to central bank easing in the near term.

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Asian markets are firmer this morning, dominated by the performance of the Nikkei which is higher by around 3%, somewhat catching up with global markets after being closed, Toyota rose over 4% ahead of earnings tomorrow. Elsewhere, the RBA cut rates to a record low of 2.75%.

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