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Indonesian Rupiah (IDR) Weakens On Wednesday

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Indonesia plays prominent role at London Stock Exchange Asia Capital Markets Day

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Asian markets are marginally higher this morning, after a broad sell off yesterday. Data out of Japan showed that large manufacturers are becoming more confident as the Tanken Index came in ahead of forecasts. Elsewhere, India's current account deficit widened less than expected.

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Asian markets are mixed this morning with volumes somewhat muted. The South Korean Won fell the most since July, amid concerns that authorities will intervene to curb excessive gains.

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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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