MARKET UPDATE
Nikkei slip to 2-week low on weak earnings, 5G star Anritsu plunges
Friday, 26 April 2019 09:51 WIB

Japan's Nikkei share average fell on Friday following disappointing earnings from high-tech firms and as market players wind down for the 10-day holiday to celebrate the enthronement of Crown Prince Naruhito. By late morning, the Nikkei was down 0.7 percent at 22,149 points, fulling further away from a 4-1/2-month high hit earlier this week, while the broader Topix dropped 0.8 percent to...

ECONOMY
Durable-Goods Orders Surge 2.7% to 7-Month High, Business Investment Rebounds
Thursday, 25 April 2019 20:10 WIB

Orders for long-lasting durable goods posted the biggest increase in March since last summer, potentially signaling a rebound in the slower-growing industrial side of the economy. Durable-goods orders leaped 2.7% last month, led by stronger demand for autos, planes and networking equipment , the government said Thursday. Economists surveyed by MarketWatch had forecast a 0.5% increase If cars...

COMMODITY
Oil prices ease on expectation that OPEC will raise output
Friday, 26 April 2019 09:17 WIB

Oil prices dipped on Friday on expectations that producer club OPEC will soon raise output to make up for a decline in exports from Iran following a tightening of sanctions by the United States against Tehran. Brent crude futures were at $74.09 per barrel at 00:29 GMT, down 26 cents, or 0.4 percent, from their last close. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were at $64.82 per...

GLOBAL
Trump Says China's Xi Will Soon Come to White House
Friday, 26 April 2019 10:49 WIB

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he would soon host Chinese leader Xi Jinping at the White House, setting the stage for a possible agreement on trade between the world's two largest economies. The White House said on Tuesday that Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer would travel to Beijing for additional talks on a...

FISCAL & MONETARY
BOJ keeps policy unchanged, modifies guidance on interest rates
Thursday, 25 April 2019 10:55 WIB

On Thursday, the Bank of Japan (BOJ) concluded its 2-day April monetary policy review meeting and made no changes to its monetary policy settings, holding rates at -10bps while maintaining 10yr JGB yield target at 0.00%. The BOJ vote was 8 to 1, leaving its pledge to buy JGBs unchanged so that its holdings increase at an annual pace of around 80 trln yen. The decision on...

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