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    The pound fell for a fifth day versus the euro, reaching the weakest in almost 11 months, as a report showed Britain’s budget deficit widened in December, adding to concern that the economy will struggle to grow.

    Sterling has depreciated the most this year of the 10 major currencies tracked by Bloomberg Correlation-Weighted Indexes as improving sentiment in the euro area damped demand for safer assets. The pound snapped a seven-day decline versus the dollar. U.K. government bonds were little changed as the Debt Management Office sold 10-year gilts.

    source_http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-01-22/pound-gains-versus-dollar-before-u-k-budget-deficit-data.html

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    A selloff in U.S. technology stocks spread to Asia, dragging down shares from Seoul to Hong Kong. The British pound held losses as investors assessed the risks from the U.K.’s political turmoil.

    Technology companies on the MSCI Asia Pacific Index tumbled, with Samsung Electronics Co. and Tencent Holdings Ltd. leading declines. U.S. stock futures fell after the Nasdaq 100 sank 2.4 percent on Friday. Sterling was steady after the biggest drop in eight months as Prime Minister Theresa May struggled to keep power in the wake of Thursday’s election. Oil rose as Saudi Arabia and Russia sought to reassure investors that output cuts by OPEC and its partners are draining a global glut.

    source_https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-06-11/asia-shares-set-to-open-mixed-after-u-s-tech-rout-markets-wrap

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    Stocks advanced as the global selloff in technology shares showed signs of easing, while the pound strengthened as Theresa May sought to secure the votes needed to prop up her minority government.

    Technology shares in the MSCI All-Country World Index were little changed, after the Nasdaq 100 Index capped its biggest two-day decline since September. Australian equities rallied the most since November as bank stocks jumped. Crude oil traded above $46 a barrel following its first back-to-back gain in three weeks. Treasuries and the dollar were little changed before this week’s Federal Reserve policy decision.

    source_https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-06-12/asian-stocks-set-to-fall-as-u-s-tech-drop-resumes-markets-wrap

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    The pound sank with gilt yields as Britain’s central bank governor underlined his dovish stance in the face of Brexit. European stocks rose a third day amid a bullish mood for equity investors, and the dollar was steady as this week’s stream of Fed speakers continued.

    The U.K. currency weakened a second day as Bank of England Governor Mark Carney said he is still worried about the impact of Brexit on the economy and signaled he won’t be rushing to raise interest rates anytime soon. Sterling’s weakness boosted the U.K.’s benchmark equity index, which gained along with most European measures. Hong Kong shares retreated ahead of MSCI Inc.’s decision on whether to include China’s domestic equities in its main indexes.

    source_https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-06-19/equity-rally-extends-to-asia-as-u-s-hits-record-markets-wrap

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    Global stocks retreated and the yen strengthened as crude oil tumbled into a bear market on concern a global supply glut will persist. Shanghai equities advanced after MSCI Inc. added China’s domestic stocks to its emerging-markets index.

    European shares fell for a second day while Australian equities erased their gain for the year as oil slid more than 20 percent from its high for the year. The yen strengthened on haven demand while the British pound weakened for a third day, trading near the lowest since April. The Shanghai Composite Index rose after fluctuating throughout the day, while Hong Kong shares retreated. Gold advanced after a five-day selloff.
    The swoon in oil dragged down energy shares amid concern that unceasing production from U.S. shale fields is overwhelming OPEC efforts to ease a global supply glut. Libya, exempt from the OPEC-led output cuts, is pumping the most in four years while oil stored on tankers reached a 2017 high this month. The weakness in crude and other commodities dents arguments from American central bankers that weak inflation rates will be transitory, even as the economy shows few signs of distress.

    source_https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-06-20/oil-bear-market-to-hit-asia-stocks-china-in-msci-markets-wrap

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    The difficulties facing Britain’s retailers were laid bare Tuesday in gloomy reports from department-store group Debenhams Plc and floorcoverings seller Carpetright Plc.

    Debenhams, the operator of 250 stores across 27 countries, said full-year earnings could be at the low end of analysts’ estimates should current market volatility persist. The stock fell as much as 3.9 percent. Carpetright, which runs 426 outlets in the U.K. alone, reported a 21 percent drop in full-year earnings.

    Clouds are gathering over the U.K.’s shopping districts as consumers squeezed by price increases and stagnant wages defer purchases. Companies from Next Plc to DFS Furniture Plc and Majestic Wine Plc have warned that conditions are becoming tougher across the industry amid the political upheaval that followed last year’s Brexit vote.

    source_https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-06-27/u-k-retailers-feel-pinch-as-debenhams-and-carpetright-struggle

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    It was a mixed picture across equity markets on Tuesday, with Japanese shares surging after a holiday while European stocks followed many Asian peers downward. The dollar edged lower before a Federal Reserve meeting that’s expected to set out a plan for unwinding the central bank’s balance sheet, while the pound and euro jumped.

    The Stoxx Europe 600 Index declined as the region’s major benchmarks all traded in the red, tracking gauges from Hong Kong to South Korea which retreated earlier. Japan’s Topix index rose to the highest in more than two years following a rest on Monday. The pound rose as investors raised bets on a U.K. interest-rate increase this year and the euro headed for a fourth daily advance. Portuguese bonds continued gaining as most government securities were steady. Benchmark WTI crude edged higher above $50 per barrel.

    source_https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-09-18/yen-steady-after-two-day-loss-stock-futures-rise-markets-wrap

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    A slide in technology stocks spread from the U.S. through Asia as investors sold some of this year’s best performers. Sterling advanced as the U.K. and the European Union work on a compromise on the Irish border that will allow a breakthrough in Brexit talks.

    The Stoxx Europe 600 was flat as gains for utilities helped offset the drop in tech, telecoms and energy shares. In Asia, Hong Kong and South Korean-listed shares tumbled, even as China’s official factory gauge unexpectedly rose, while Japanese stocks fluctuated before closing higher. The euro strengthened before German Chancellor Angela Merkel meets the head of potential coalition partner the Social Democrats. Oil prices edged higher as OPEC and Russia said they are ready to extend their production cuts until the end of next year. The dollar steadied and Treasuries were little changed as traders awaited signs of progress from the Senate debate on U.S. tax reform.

    source_https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-11-29/asia-stocks-to-open-mixed-as-tech-rout-roils-u-s-markets-wrap

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    The pound slumped and British bonds jumped as the U.K. Brexit Secretary resigned in protest at Prime Minister Theresa May’s deal to exit the European Union. U.S. equity futures pared a gain while European shares dropped after an early advance.

    Sterling fluctuated in the wake of Theresa May’s announcement on Wednesday she had secured cabinet backing for her withdrawal agreement with the EU, but it tumbled on Thursday when Dominic Raab announced his departure on Twitter. There are doubts on May’s ability to secure Parliament’s support -- and even to survive as leader. The FTSE 100 Index trimmed an advance.

    Terminal users can follow the latest in Bloomberg’s live Brexit blog.


    Contracts for the S&P 500 Index swung between gains and losses for most of the morning following another downbeat session in New York on Wednesday. Japanese stocks edged lower, while Hong Kong shares jumped after Tencent Holdings Ltd. earnings beat expectations. Chinese equities outperformed as reports indicated officials have outlined a series of potential concessions to the Trump administration.

    source_https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-11-14/asia-stocks-face-mixed-start-pound-pares-gain-markets-wrap?srnd=markets-vp

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    European stocks declined on Thursday and U.S. equity futures turned lower in a subdued day of trading thanks to the American Thanksgiving holiday. The pound jumped and the euro strengthened after a draft deal on post-Brexit ties was tentatively agreed.

    The Stoxx Europe 600 Index gave up a chunk of Wednesday’s gains as almost every sector fell, though the intraday trading volume was below the 30-day average. Asian equity benchmarks swung between gains and losses before turning higher, with Japanese stocks getting an end-of-session boost on a report about a possible government rebate. Trading volumes in the region were also depressed.

    Gilts fell as a draft Brexit deal pointing to deep ties between the U.K. and European Union as well as a solution to the Irish border question was agreed at a “political level,” according to the EU. European sovereign debt mainly edged higher. West Texas oil traded around $54 a barrel as an increase in American crude inventories added to the bearish sentiment.

    source_https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-11-21/asia-stocks-may-get-some-relief-after-u-s-gains-markets-wrap?srnd=markets-vp

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