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  • Article / 2 hours ago

    3 Numbers: EU retail spending stronger, US jobs, US services

    editor/analyst / CapitalSpectator.com
    United States
    3 Numbers: EU retail spending stronger, US jobs, US services
    Mounting evidence is supporting a mild recovery for the Eurozone, especially if retail sales come in stronger as they are predicted to do. Across the Atlantic, the focus will be on US employment – where the outlook is optimistic – and non-manufacturing services, which is on track for another healthy number.
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  • Editor’s Picks / 3 hours ago

    India surprises with a second interest-rate cut

    CNBC
    The Reserve Bank of India surprised markets on Wednesday by cutting rates for the second time this year, sending stocks to a record high. CNBC reports the central bank lowered its benchmark repo rate by 25 basis points to 7.5%. The previous cut, which was also unscheduled, took place mid-January when the central bank shaved rates by a quarter point. The move sent the Nifty index soaring to a record 9,008 at the open, while the BSE sensex jumped to a two-month high.
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  • Editor’s Picks / 3 hours ago

    Apple leads Samsung in Q4 smartphone sales: Gartner

    Time
    Apple is now the world’s biggest smartphone maker in terms of worldwide sales according to a new estimate that puts its fourth-quarter figures ahead of rival Samsung’s numbers. Jack Linshi writes for Time that while Apple reported worldwide sales of 74.8 million smartphones during the fourth quarter of 2014, a report by research firm Gartner published Tuesday estimates Samsung sold 73 million units during the same period. If accurate – Samsung doesn’t report out its smartphone sales – that would mean Apple overtook Samsung as the world’s top smartphone maker by global sales for the first time since late 2011.
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  • Editor’s Picks / 5 hours ago

    It's hard for gas-hungry EU to get tough with Russia

    Bloomberg View
    Europeans who want to get tough with Russia over Ukraine face a chilling fact: they need Russian natural gas. About a third of Europe’s gas comes from Russia and past shutoffs showed the grip Moscow holds on the region’s energy supply. Ukraine's pipelines carry 40% of Russia’s gas exports to Europe. There are few good alternatives to Russian gas, and they are more expensive. Across Europe, dependence on Russian gas varies widely – from 100% in Finland to only 19% in France – making it hard to forge a unified approach. So gas is a powerful tool of Russian foreign policy. But any disruption to gas shipments would hurt Russia, which is already hit hard by falling energy prices and sanctions.
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  • Editor’s Picks / 6 hours ago

    Expats live the high life in Asia, right? Think again

    Nikkei Asian Review
    Professionals offered the chance to live and work in Asia should think long and hard before making the move. For instance, Singapore is the most expensive city to live in worldwide, according to an Economist Intelligence Unit survey. High costs for clothing and cars keep the city state on top of the list of expensive cities. Singapore and Seoul residents pay the most in the world for clothes. In fact, clothing prices in Singapore's Orchard Road malls are over 50% higher than in New York. Grocery prices are much higher in Seoul and Tokyo than in New York – they are 49% and 43% more expensive respectively. Suddenly the switch to Asia may not look that appealing after all.
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  • Calendar event / 8 hours ago

    AU GDP

    forecast
    actual
    High QoQ % Chg
    +0.5%
    +0.5%
    Med YoY % Chg
    +2.4%
    +2.5%
  • Article / Yesterday at 23:47 GMT

    Today's Trade: GDP figures to set tone

    Trading Desk / Saxo Capital Markets
    Australia
    The retreat by US and European markets last night are likely to see a cautious tone enter our markets today. Unless today’s GDP comes out surprisingly strong, we may see some more weakness with the resistance level at 5,944. While the RBA continues to indicate easing bias we remain bearish on AUDUSD.
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  • Article / Yesterday at 23:12 GMT

    ECB preview: The QE begins

    Blogger / MoreLiver's Daily
    Finland
    The European Central Bank's policy setting on March 5 will provide additional details on the sovereign bond purchase programme. The eventual length of the programme and possible side effects from negative yields are the main issues to watch during the press conference.
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  • 14h
    John Shaw John  Shaw
    Great article Mike. Thanks for sharing.
    Oil is holding steady Mike. Big key for USDCAD for sure.
    13h
    Michael O'Neill Michael O'Neill
    Thanks John. BoC will be fun tomorrow.