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European OutlookAsian stock markets moved mostly higher, led by Japanese stocks, which are heading for another weekly advance on a weaker yen and positive leads from teh U.S. where equities rallied on earnings and increasd hopes for Trump’s tax reform. Australian’s benchmark underperformed and headed south as the government lots its majority following a High Court ruling on the citizenship eligibility of lawmakers. FTSe 100 and U.S. stock futures are higher, but it remains to the seen whether the Eurozone can hold the Dfraghi induced gains from yesterday. And Spanish markets, which outperformed yesterday on reports that Puigdemont may be open to early elections, are likely to retreat again after the Catalan leader backtracked partly and ruled out early elections if Madrid doesn’t stop the process to take over control, thus setting the region on a confrontation course with Madrid, which is expected to get clearance from lawmakers today to directly take over control in the autonomous region. The data calendar is pretty empty today, with only German import prices at the start of the session, as well as French consumer confidence and the ECB’s survey of professional forecasters.

FX Action: USDJPY logged a fresh three-month high, at 114.26, making this the seventh up day out of the last nine sessions. EURJPY and most other yen crosses have also been underpinned over this period. The resounding mandate Abe won at Japan’s election of October 15 imparted a downward bias on the yen, as the prime minister’s favoured policy set includes a continued commitment to ultra-accommodative monetary policy, contrasting to the tightening path of the Fed and other central banks. USDJPY has support at 113.60, while the July peak at 114.49 provides an initial target. The year’s high, posted back in January, is at 118.61.

Main Macro Events Today


  • US Advanced GDP –   Expectations – 2.6%
  • US UoM Consumer Sentiment – Expectations – 100.8

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