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2013 07

Japan's busiest reporting day the Nikkei continued its recent weakness falling by just over 1%, whilst elsewhere China's Shanghai is slightly higher

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Asian markets are sharply lower this morning, with Japan's Nikkei and China's Shanghai Composite both lower by around 2% or more, on concerns over corporate growth and a report out of China that the National Audit Office has been asked to file a report on local government debt.

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European equity futures are slightly firmer, buoyed by relative strength out of the US markets. Today we have French Consumer confidence and German import prices.

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Asian markets are softer this morning, with China hardest hit around 1% lower after preliminary manufacturing data released came in lower than expected.

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US markets closed modestly lower in yesterdays session, ending a run of 8 days of gains. Today Bernanke will begin a 2 day set of meetings to present the Fed's semi annual monetary policy report. We also have Housing starts data along with earnings from Bank of America, American Express, IBM, Intel and Ebay.

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In Europe, equity futures are little changed ahead of some key economic data. The UK will release CPI and RPI, the Eurozone CPI, whilst there are ZEW surveys out of Germany.

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Asian markets are firmer this morning, buoyed by Chinese Q2 GDP data which came out in line with forecasts at 7.5%. With that China's Shanghai Composite is higher by around 1%.

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Asian markets are firmer again this morning, on optimism over US job data due today, and comments from the ECB's Draghi that they will keep interest rates low for an extended period. The Nikkei is almost 2% higher and elsewhere in South Korea Samsung fell by around 3% after releasing profits which missed forecasts.

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Asian markets are somewhat mixed this morning, with Japan's Nikkei slightly firmer with a weaker Yen but China lower by around 1% after the lowest PMI manufacturing reading for 4 months.

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