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Wall Street indices finished yesterday’s trading mixed – S&P 500 dropped 0.19%, Dow Jones gained 0.10%, Nasdaq declined 0.54% and small-cap Russell 2000 added 0.33%

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  • Wall Street indices finished yesterday’s trading mixed – S&P 500 dropped 0.19%, Dow Jones gained 0.10%, Nasdaq declined 0.54% and small-cap Russell 2000 added 0.33%
  • Indices from Asia-Pacific traded mixed today as well – Nikkei gained 0.5%, S&P/ASX 200 dropped 0.2% while Kospi and Nifty 50 moved 0.8% higher. Indices from China traded 0.5-1.0% lower
  • European index futures point to a flat or slightly lower opening of today’s cash session on the Old Continent
  • UA Zensen, Japan’s largest industrial trade union, said that average pay hikes offered by over 230 of its firms this year were the highest since 2013
  • Nikkei reports that Bank of Japan plans to discuss whether to end negative rates at next week’s meeting
  • Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG) expects Bank of Japan to begin tightening policy next week. However, hikes are expected to be gradual following exit from negative interest rates
  • US Treasury Secretary Yellen said that it seems unlikely that interest rates will return to pre-pandemic lows
  • Fitch expects Fed and ECB to cut rates three times each this year for a total of 75 basis points of easing
  • Bitcoin adds 0.8% and is trading near $73,500 mark
  • Energy commodities trade slightly higher while precious metals pull back
  • NZD and USD are the best performing major currencies, while JPY and CHF lag the most

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