- Germany: Ifo Business Climate (0800 GMT)
- US: New Home Sales (1400 GMT)
European equities are heading for a softer opening, taking their cues from a weaker Asian session and a soggy close on Wall Street on Friday. With little of note on the economic calendar to start the week, market participants will focus on a brace of non-data events including the inaugural head-to-head debate between US presidential hopefuls Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton.
Tonight's debate, which will be broadcast live, is likely to be a rambunctious affair which will only likely have market-moving import should Trump score significantly more points than his opponent and boost his chances of winning the presidency in November's election. At this juncture, with just over a month to go to polling day, markets seem more well-disposed towards the Democratic candidate with Trump being viewed as unpredictable and undisciplined – two traits that unnerve markets that are always unhappy with uncertainty.
Later in the week, we've got the Opec meeting in Algiers to look forward to. Having plunged some 4% on Friday, Monday morning finds oil somewhat recovered but still labouring under the weight of the massive oil glut that has chopped some 60% off the price of a barrel of oil this past year. The hope is that the Opec and non-Opec oil producers will agree some sort of deal to curtail (or at least cap) output but, as with the US presidential election, this is far from a foregone conclusion.
- The US presidential campaign is in focus ahead of the first Clinton-Trump debate
- The oil price rose on Monday, paring back Friday's 4% plunge
- Asia markets opened lower
- The ASX 200 was down 0.43% in early trade
- The Nikkei 225 was down 0.59%, while the Kospi was down 0.18%
- The Japanese yen was trading early at 100.75 against the dollar
- The Australian dollar was worth $0.7622 against the US dollar in early trade
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Sub-1.30. “The risk to capital flow could see GBPUSD weaker in the long term,” says Hardy
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There are very real fears that Germany's weak summer of growth may move into September and beyond with today's Ifo Business Climate numbers, says James Picerno
The ASX's four-day winning streak appears to be over this morning as oil and energy worries hit the index – as they are doing everywhere else, says Saxo Capital Markets
WTI crude broke $45 a barrel, writes the team at Saxo APAC Sales Trading
, after the Saudis expressed pessimism over Opec talks.
Their first debate is tonight. It won't be pretty. Pics: iStock
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