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European futures are around 30bps firmer after posting impressive gains yesterday, ahead of key announcements from the ECB and BOE. Also keep an eye out for German IFO data.

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European equity futures are around broadly flat ahead of Eurozone manufacturing data. The EC may allow a Spanish 2013 budget deficit of 6.5% from the current target of 4.5%, according to sources.

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In Europe, equity futures are higher by around 50bps, ahead of Eurozone consumer confidence data. Fitch cut their rating on the UK to AA+ from AAA reflecting weaker economic and fiscal outlook.

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Asian markets are firmer this morning, buoyed by a view from a government economist saying that growth will rebound this year. Technology sectors outperformed as Taiwan Semiconductor rose almost 7% after beating forecasts with their quarterly results.

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Asian markets mainly lower following the lead of global markets, as commodities continue to trade lower, copper is off around 3% this morning. LG Displays, which supplys touch screens for Apple's iPhone fell over 4% as other suppliers highlighted an inventory glut pointing to falling sales.

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In Europe, equity futures are looking flat ahead of UK unemployment data. The Cyprus finance minister has said that he anticipates a gold sale in the next few months and that the decision was made by the Troika.

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In the US, equity markets closed sharply lower at session lows, on concerns of global growth and the Boston bombings. Today, Blackrock, Coca Cola are due to release earnings. Also look out for US CPI and housing data.

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In the US, markets continued to make fresh highs buoyed by better than expected jobless claims data, today we have retail sales but possibly more of interest will be earnings from both JP Morgan ($1.39) and Wells Fargo (89c). Elsewhere, an IMF draft report cuts the US growth outlook for 2013 to 1.7% from 2%.

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US markets rallied yesterday with the S&P making fresh all time highs on optimism over corporate earnings. Today the Fed will release minutes for their March meeting.

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US markets closed at session highs last night ahead of optimism on corporate earnings, as Alcoa released their earnings after the close, with an EPS after exceptional charges of 11 cents. Today we have wholesale inventory data due and NFIB small business optimism.

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Asian markets are mixed this morning, but notably the Nikkei is closing in on highs not seen in over four years, with the Yen making fresh multi year lows on the governments fresh stimulus. Elsewhere, China trades 50bps lower as 3 more bird flu cases are reported.

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Asian markets are lower this morning on concern the Euro crisis will deepen further. The Nikkei is 1% lower with the Yen stronger this morning, with Sony a standout loser down by around 4%. China has been hit harder down by around 3% with Industrial and Commercial Bank of China down 2% on concerns new wealth management product rules will hurt earnings.

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European equity futures are slightly higher as global markets benefit from better economic data. The Euro is slightly lower in early trade as concerns over the Cypriot "bail-in" continue to weigh on sentiment. Today we have German consumer confidence, French and UK GDP, and host of broad Eurozone confidence indicators.

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European equity futures are flat this morning, after posting sizeable losses yesterday having reversed on earlier gains on optimism after the deal for Cyprus was announced. Today all eyes will be on debt auctions for Italy, and look out for French consumer confidence and UK CBI sales.

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US Stock futures advance, following the S&P second weekly drop – Euro Ministers agree Cyprus has met conditions for a bailout

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