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European equity futures are marginally lower in early trade, after posting further gains yesterday. Today we have German PPI and UK PPI and CPI data due.

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Asian markets are firmer this morning, nearing levels not seen in 5 years after better than expected economic data out of the US on Friday. The Yen traded is trading above 103 and with it the Nikkei is higher by around 1.5%.

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In Europe, futures are little changed after gains yesterday, as the bulk of growth data released yesterday disappointed and with it the Euro came under further pressure on talk of further easing. Today we have Eurozone CPI and trade balance data.

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Asian equity markets are mixed this morning, with China's Shanghai Composite standing out lower by 2%, with JP Morgan cutting the growth forecasts. The Yen this morning has snapped a 3 day losing streak.

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US markets, reversed from losses to close at session highs for more record closes on Friday, futures however this morning are pointing lower by around 30 bps. Today we have advance retail sales data.

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In Europe, equity futures are broadly flat this morning, ahead of the ECB monthly report, UK Industrial and manufacturing production data and the BOE rate decision at midday.

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Asian markets are higher again this morning as trade data out of China showed better than expected exports, coming out with a rise of 14.7% against a consensus forecast of 9.2%. Markets are very close to 5 year highs as investors see no end to central bank easing in the near term.

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Asian markets are firmer this morning, dominated by the performance of the Nikkei which is higher by around 3%, somewhat catching up with global markets after being closed, Toyota rose over 4% ahead of earnings tomorrow. Elsewhere, the RBA cut rates to a record low of 2.75%.

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Asian markets climbed this morning to 5 year highs on better US macro data and the view that major central banks will continue easing. Japan released a manufacturing PMI which showed the fastest expansion in over a year and Taiwan released quarterly growth data which came in below forecasts at just over 1.5%.

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A report out over the weekend showed that Chinese corporate profit growth is somewhat stalling, with net income growth for March at 5.3%, after rising of 17% in the first 2 months of the year.

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In Europe, equity futures are slightly higher, ahead of GDP numbers out of the UK. Moody's said it remains concerned about Spain's repeated upward revisions to budget deficit outcomes.

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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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