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Wall Street indices finished yesterday’s lower – S&P 500 dropped 0.17%, Dow Jones finished 0.06% lower, Nasdaq declined 0.55% and small-cap Russell moved 0.77% lower

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  • Wall Street indices finished yesterday’s lower – S&P 500 dropped 0.17%, Dow Jones finished 0.06% lower, Nasdaq declined 0.55% and small-cap Russell moved 0.77% lower
  • Indices from Asia-Pacific traded mixed today – S&P/ASX 200 gained 0.5%, Kospi dropped 0.3%, while indices from Japan and India traded flat. Chinese indices traded higher
  • DAX futures point to a slightly lower opening of the European cash session today
  • USDJPY dropped below 150.00 mark, following comments from BoJ member Takata
  • BoJ Takata said that many companies are offering wage hikes that are higher than in the previous year, and that achievement of 2% inflation target in becoming in sight
  • Takata added that exit measures should include abandoning of the yield curve control mechanism, exiting negative rates and committing to overshooting inflation target
  • RBNZ Governor Orr said that New Zealand’s economy is developing as expected and that Official Cash Rate should stay at 5.50% in 2024
  • Japanese retail sales increased 2.3% YoY in January (exp. 2.4% YoY), marking the 23rd month of consecutive year-over-year increases
  • Japanese industrial production dropped 7.5% MoM in January (exp. -7.3% MoM). On an annual basis, industrial production was 1.5% YoY lower
  • Australian retail sales increased 1.1% MoM in January (exp. 1.7% MoM)
  • Australian private sector credit increased 0.4% MoM in January (exp. 0.4% MoM)
  • Australian Q4 capital expenditure increased 0.8% QoQ (exp. 0.4% QoQ)
  • Cryptocurrencies gain – Bitcoin trades 3.1% higher, Ethereum gains 4% and Dogecoin rallies over 12%. However, Bitcoin did not manage to climb back to yesterday’s highs near $64,000
  • Energy commodities trade mixed – oil gains 0.3%, while US natural gas prices drop 0.6%
  • Precious metals trade higher – gold gains 0.1%, silver trades 0.3% higher, platinum jumps 0.7% and palladium adds 0.4%
  • AUD and JPY are the best performing major currencies, while EUR and USD lag the most

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