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European Fixed Income Outlook: Asian stock markets traded mixed. Japanese shares dipped as the yen bounced back against the dollar ahead of a speech by U.S. President Trump in Davos. The Nikkei is down 0.16%, Hang Seng and CSI 300 meanwhile are up 1.46% and 0.64% respectively while Australia was closed for a holiday. U.S. and U.K. stock futures are moving higher, bond markets are equally mixed and while 10-year Treasury yields are slightly higher, 10-year JGB’s corrected -0.7 bp. Bund futures continued to move up from the lows seen in the wake of Draghi’s presser yesterday and with reports that some at the ECB want to wait until June before tweaking the guidance, Eurozone yields should continue to stabilise, after yesterday’s surge higher. While Eurozone markets will continue to digest yesterday’s presser, U.K. markets have the first reading of Q4 GDP, with growth seen steady at 0.4% q/q, which would bring the annual rate down to 1.4% y/y from 1.7% y/y.ta.

Japan’s CPI improved to a 1.0% y/y pace in December from a 0.6% y/y pace in November. The core rate (which excludes food) grew 0.9% y/y in December after a matching gain in November. The growth rate of the national and core CPI came in as expected in December. Tokyo core CPI improved to a 1.3% y/y pace in January from a 1.0% y/y pace in December. The core Tokyo CPI slowed to a 0.7% y/y pace from 0.8%. USDJPY has dipped to 109.44 from 109.72, but remains above the 108.52 low seen during North American trading, which gave way to a sharp gain over 109.50 after Trump said the dollar is going to get stronger and stronger, and that ultimately he want to see a strong dollar. His comments contrasted with Mnuchin’s “weak dollar ok” comments that had knocked the greenback lower against a broad suite of currencies. The Nikkei is 0.2% firmer, the Hang Seng is up 0.8% and China’s CSI 300 is 0.3% higher. It was a mixed session on Wall Street Wednesday, as the Dow rose 0.5% to a fresh record 26,392.79, the S&P 500 inched 0.06% higher to a record 2839.25 while the Nasdaq fell 0.05%.

Charts of the Day

Main Macro Events Today        

  • UK GDP-  Q4 GDP expected to come in unrevised from the preliminary estimated growth readings of 0.4% q/q and 1.4% y/y.
  • US GDP and Durable Goods  –   Q4 GDP set to increase 3.0%, a tad slower than 3.2% in Q3. Durable goods orders are projected to rise 0.8% in December  vs 1.3% in November, or +0.5% ex-transportation.
  • Canadian CPI and Core CPI – the CPI is projected to slow to a 1.9% y/y pace in December from 2.1% in November, as the index drops 0.3% m/m after the 0.3% bounce in November.
  • BoE Carney and BoJ Kuroda Speech at 14:00 GMT

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