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MARKET UPDATE
Nikkei pauses after jump to 10-month high; chip-related stocks retreat
Thursday, 17 October 2019 10:09 WIB

Japanese shares took a breather on Thursday, a day after rallying to more than 10-month highs, as investors waited for signs of progress on U.S.-China trade and Brexit negotiations. The benchmark Nikkei average edged 0.1% higher to 22,503.97 by the midday break, holding within a tight range near its 10-month peak hit on Wednesday. The broader Topix eased 0.2% to 1,628.16, not far from its...

ECONOMY
Australian Unemployment rate 0.1% lower and AUD rallies some 30 pips
Thursday, 17 October 2019 08:00 WIB

Markets are looking for the Reserve Bank of Australia to cut again, potentially as soon  as next month, so today's  labour force survey for September will be very closely watched (Markets are pricing 10bp of easing at the 5 Nov RBA meeting, and a terminal rate of 0.44% (RBA cash rate currently at 0.75%). Australia Sept Employment +14.7k (Reuters poll: +15.0k) - A miss. Australia Sept...

COMMODITY
Pound Inches Down as Traders Seek Guidance Over Brexit Talks
Thursday, 17 October 2019 13:08 WIB

The British pound inched down against the U.S. dollar on Thursday in Asia as traders sought guidance over Brexit negotiations. The GBP/USD pair edged down 0.1% to 1.2822 by 12:25 AM ET (04:25 GMT) after the BBC cited a government source and said the U.K. and the European Union will not announce a deal on Brexit today. Other reports said that a deal could still be announced later in the...

GLOBAL
US Renews Call for 'Humane' Solution to Hong Kong
Thursday, 17 October 2019 10:47 WIB

U.S. officials are renewing their call for a "humane" solution to the situation in Hong K