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U.S. stocks rose last night , erasing losses since Election Day for the Dow Jones Industrial Average, after Germaninvestor confidence climbed and traders waited in hope for progress on federal budget negotiations in Washington. American International Group Inc. added 5.7 percent as the government sold its remaining stake. Apple Inc. rose 2.2 percent as Morgan Stanley reiterated its overweight rating

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Asian markets higher this morning after better than expected data out of China over the weekend, with the county's factory output and retail sales rising at the fastest pace since March. Elsewhere, data release in Japan confirmed a technical recession.

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Asian markets firmer, with China's Shanghai Composite leading the way up 1% ahead of industrial production and retail sales data due over the weekend. The Nikkei was attempting to rally for the seventh consecutive day, but sold off into the close to finish modestly lower.

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Asian markets mixed this morning with the Nikkei the standout performer up just shy of 1%. LG Electronics and Samsung were notable underperformers in Korea after EU fines were imposed on price fixing on no longer used cathode ray tubes used in TVs and computers.

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Asian markets firmer this morning, with China leading the way up around 3% after the government said that insurers will be allowed to invest more in banks. Australia released their GDP figures which came I n marginally lower than expected. The BOJ have again stressed that they are ready to take further action with regards to monetary policy.

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Asian markets mixed again this morning, with the highlight macro news being Australia cutting their benchmark interest rate by 25bps to 3%. China’s Shanghai Composite bucked recent weakness to close almost 1% higher.

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Asian markets mixed this morning, but the tone if anything positive with Japan again performing well up 2%, as the likelihood of an opposition win in next weeks' election increases and probable fresh easing with it. China again lagged being almost 1% lower as investors were sceptical of the ability of new leaders to maintain recent growth trends.

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Asian markets lower across the board with the exception of Japan, following US markets which closed sharply lower. Japanese stocks rose with the Nikkei up 1.9%, after the leader of the opposition called for unlimited easing to combat deflation. Despite the broad market strength Sony traded over 10% lower after issuing their first convertible bond issue in 10 years, and China's largest internet company Tencent traded 5% lower after missing earnings.

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Asian markets fell for a fourth consecutive day, as business confidence in Australia dropped to a reading of -1 from zero, its lowest reading for 3 years. China is actively seeking to expand property tax trials at an "appropriate" time.

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Asian markets fell to their lowest level in a month after data from Japan showed that the economy shrank by the most since the earthquake and tsunami in 2011 as the country's dispute with China hurt trade. China released better than expected export data over the weekend rising 11.6% year on year. Sony fell over 2% after having their ratings cut by Moody's.

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Asian markets lower again as a number of companies in the region missed on earnings and the Australian central bank lowered their growth forecasts

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“The immediate market reaction was a sell-off in US equity futures which was surprising. We’ve seen that recover but it indicated that the market had already factored in an Obama victory. From the point of view of equities, it may be simply a case of ‘buy the rumour and sell the fact’. Selling pressure in the US dollar has given a boost to commodities and global equity markets elsewhere. However the result has taken away a great deal of uncertainty and investors may well resume their "risk on" m

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Asian markets are mainly lower this morning on light volume as the world awaits the outcome of the US general election

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Asian markets firmer this morning after positive economic data released out of the US yesterday. Sony rose over 2% whilst Sharp fell 2% after the company said there was a “material doubt” that the company would be able to survive. Goldman lowers their Japanese GDP forecast for 2012 to 0.9% from 1.9%.

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Asian markets mixed with the highlight being China's Shanghai Composite rising the most in 3 weeks, up around 2%, following better than expected manufacturing data. In Japan, Panasonic shares fell after reporting a much larger than expected loss of $9.6bn, Sony and Sharp are due to report today.

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