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European equity futures are higher by around 20 bps ahead of German IFO survey data out mid morning.

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Asian markets are closing in on their highest close in around 4 months, with China's Shanghai Composite up just shy of 1% after China PMI data came out with it's highest reading in 6 months.

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In the last couple of weeks, I was becoming more cautious with equities with 1684 a big technical level on the S&P, and the prospect of some relative fiscal tightening

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Asian markets are mainly higher this morning ahead of the key Fed meeting later this evening, although a couple of major bourses are closed. Data released out of China showed the largest rise in house prices since January 2011.

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European equity futures are lower by around 30bps ahead of UK PPI and CPI German ZEW data

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In Europe equity futures are higher by around 20bps, ahead of Bloomberg European economic surveys, EU CPI and Industrial production data.

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Yesterday, I put out a brief piece highlighting 1684 as a level of resistance on the S&P, that level was rejected earlier in the session but stocks stage a late session rally to close pretty much at that level. I think it is worth highlighting a few other factors that should give equity investors cause for concern.

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Today it has been rumoured that Syria have agreed to a proposal by Russia to put any chemical weapons under International control, but in fairness the risk of a strike by Western forces has diminished. Over the past couple of sessions, data out of China has been relatively bullish, most notably export data released over the weekend.

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European equity futures are firmer by around 70bps boosted by better Asian economic data

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Asian markets are mixed this morning but mainly higher as concerns that conflict with Syria will disrupt Middle East oil supplies eased as Uk PM Cameron failed to gain parliamentary backing for military action. Data out of India showed that the economy slowed in the 2nd quarter.

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We mentioned last week that the short term technical pictures for equities were pointing to further losses and at the same time a bullish bias was in place for the precious metals. Over the past couple of sessions, fears over an escalation of Western military intervention in the Middle East have dominated sentiment

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US markets closed near session lows last night after comments made by John Kerry, increased global geopolitical risks.

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US markets closed near session lows after the FOMC minutes revealed the increased likelihood of tapering. The yearly Jackson Hole meeting begins today, although given what was said at the last Fed monthly meeting any significantly major comments appear unlikely. Futures are marginally lower ahead of initial jobless claims, house price and leading indicators data.

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Market volumes and volatility have decreased over the past session as we enter a crucial period in time with regards to the Fed’s next policy moves. Later today should give us our first clues as the Fed minutes are released, the general consensus appears to be that asset purchases will begin to be tapered in September. Thus far, with the exception of Precious metals and the dollar, asset classes are pricing in the probability of such, with both bonds and stocks lower.

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European equity futures are slightly lower this morning ahead of UK public sector borrowing data, elsewhere Fitch affirmed the Netherlands at AAA with outlook negative.

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