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Indices from Asia-Pacific traded higher at the beginning of a new week – Nikkei rallied 2.5%, S&P/ASX 200 added 0.1%, Kospi moved 0.7% higher and Nifty 50 traded flat. Indices from China gained 0.3-1.1%

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  • Indices from Asia-Pacific traded higher at the beginning of a new week – Nikkei rallied 2.5%, S&P/ASX 200 added 0.1%, Kospi moved 0.7% higher and Nifty 50 traded flat. Indices from China gained 0.3-1.1%
  • European index futures point to a higher opening of the cash session on the Old Continent today
  • US index futures also trade higher, with S&P 500 futures trying to climb back above 5,200 pts
  • ECB de Cos said that European Central Bank may start cutting interest rates in June
  • Market consensus now is for Bank of Japan to exit negative rates at a meeting tomorrow, after last week’s wages talks resulted in the biggest pay hikes in decades
  • Nomura and MUFJ also expects Bank of Japan to end yield curve control tomorrow
  • According to JPMorgan, Bitcoin allocation to investors’ portfolio, adjusted for volatility, has now surpassed gold
  • Chinese retail sales were 5.5% YoY higher in February (exp. 5.2% YoY), industrial production was up 7.0% YoY (exp. 5.0% YoY) and urban investments were 4.2% YoY higher (exp. 3.2% YoY)
  • Chinese unemployment rate increased from 5.1 to 5.3% in January (exp. 5.1% YoY)
  • Japanese machinery orders dropped 1.7% MoM in January (exp. -1.0% MoM)
  • South Korea’s semiconductor exports were 62.9% YoY higher in February, with exports of memory chips being 108.1% YoY higher
  • Major cryptocurrencies are trading mixed at the beginning of a new week – Bitcoin gains 0.2%, Ethereum drops 0.6%, Ripple adds 0.6% and Dogecoin drops 2.0%
  • Energy commodities trade higher – oil gains 0.4-0.5%, while US natural gas prices climb over 2%
  • Precious metals pull back – gold and silver drop 0.4%, platinum drops 1% and palladium is down 0.8%
  • NZD and CAD are the best performing major currencies, while JPY and CHF lag the most

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