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Asian markets slightly better this morning but volumes remain light, minutes out of a Bank of Japan meeting show some members stating “stand ready to take appropriate actions without ruling any options out in advance”.

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Very quiet in terms of newsflow out of Europe this morning, ahead of key Eurozone GDP data due tomorrow. European equity futures are looking around 20bps. Key bond auctions for Italian, German and French.

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Asian markets marginally lower across the board, after data released out of Japan showed that GDP grew less than expected with quarter on quarter growth of 0.3% (0.6% consensus).

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French Industrial production due this morning with a forecast of a 0.1% rise. European equity futures are looking around 50bps lower. US futures are looking around 30bps lower

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Asian markets lower across the board this morning, after disappointing data out of China showed that export growth was close to zero, increasing the likelihood of more government stimulus.

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Asian markets have risen this morning for the fourth consecutive session, prompted by Chinese inflation data which showed easing and weaker than expected Industrial output, both of which may allow policymakers room for further easing.

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In Europe, Spain will not seek a bailout if there are new conditions, according to EU sources. S&P lowered its outlook on Greece to negative from stable, affirming their ‘CCC’ rating.

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Asian markets better this morning with the exception of Hong Kong. The Bank of Japan begin their 2 day policy meeting today, whilst the Bank of Korea are due to announce their repo rates tomorrow.

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European Equity futures are slightly lower this morning, ahead of reports on factory orders in Germany and Italian economic growth.

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Asian stocks are again higher this morning, rising to a three month high after Germany backed a ECB bond buying plan. Elsewhere in the region Australia kept interest rates unchanged, and the AUD traded at 4 month highs as a consequence.

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Indonesia this morning released 2nd quarter GDP figures, rising 6.37% versus consensus estimates of around 6.1%. The country’s growth is the fastest in the region bar China, the figure was boosted by better than expected domestic consumption.

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Ben Bernanke is due to speak today at a conference in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on economic measurement. Markets were up aggressively on Friday, after better than expected employment data. US futures are pretty much flat in early trade.

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European sentiment has been somewhat bolstered by news that Greek creditors believe the country is making progress on meeting their bailout terms.

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Asian markets aggressively higher this morning following better than expected non-farm payroll data out of the US on Friday, with the Nikkei up around 2% led by Toyota up over 4% after the company released better than expected earnings.

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In the US today, the big theme will be non-farm payrolls due at 1.30pm BST, consensus is for 100k, in company earnings Proctor and Gamble release quarterly earnings with consensus for an EPS of 77 cents. Elsewhere

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