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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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Asian markets are lower this morning with the Nikkei lower by around 2% as the new BOJ governor gave no indication of fresh stimulus, with that the Yen traded higher against the dollar to teade below 95. Exporters were lower with automakers being notably lower across the sector.

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Asian markets firmer this morning with the Nikkei trading at 5 year highs, Japanese bond yields fell to their lowest level in almost a decade. Elsewhere, China released a preliminary PMI of 51.7 which was slightly better than forecasts.

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Asian stocks are firmer for choice this morning being led by China's Shanghai Composite as concerns of the Euro crisis escalating are somewhat receding. The Chinese Yuan rose to its highest level in 19 years after the PBOC set their currency reference rate at its highest level since mid January.

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Asian markets have moved higher this morning recovering most of yesterday's losses, as investors digest the Cypriot bail out deal consequences and consider it a one off. Current BOJ Governor Shirakawa steps down today, with fresh stimulus measures expected at the next meeting in a couple of weeks time.

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