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While the brightening prospects of the Eurozone economy and the win of a pro-EU candidate in the first round of the French presidential election add strength to the call for tapering of the European Central Bank's massive stimulus, policymakers are likely to assess this Thursday that it is too early to trigger such speculation as uncertainties linger around both the economic and political outlook. Read more...

Singapore's industrial production growth exceeded expectations in March, data from the Economic Development Board showed Wednesday. Industrial production grew 10.2 percent year-on-year in March, the same pace of expansion as seen in February. Output was expected to gain 5.8 percent. Excluding... Read more...

Germany's economy is likely to expand more than previously projected in 2017, the Economy Ministry said Wednesday. The German economy remains on a growth path despite global uncertainties, Economics Minister Brigitte Zypries, said. The ministry forecast 1.5 percent growth this year and 1.6 percent... Read more...

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After reporting notable increases in U.S. consumer confidence over the two previous months, the Conference Board released a report on Tuesday showing that consumer confidence pulled back by more than expected in the month of April. Read more...

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New home sales in the U.S. saw a substantial increase in the month of March, according to a report released by the Commerce Department on Tuesday. The Commerce Department said new home sales jumped by 5.8 percent to an annual rate of 621,000 in March from a revised 587,000 in February. Read more...

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Turkey's central bank decided to raise one of its lending rates by 50 basis points, and retained all other main rates on Wednesday. The central bank hiked late liquidity window rate to 12.25 percent from 11.75 percent. The bank had lifted the rate by 75 basis points in March. The Marginal Funding... Read more...

Spain's mortgage approvals declined in February, figures from the statistical office INE showed Wednesday. The number of mortgaged housing properties decreased 2.7 percent year-on-year to 24,342 in February. At the same time, total mortgaged properties slid 2.8 percent. Overall mortgage lending... Read more...

Swiss financial analysts' economic expectations for the next six months weakened in April, results of a survey by the Credit Suisse bank and the CFA Society Switzerland showed Wednesday. The Credit Suisse CFA Society Switzerland Indicator fell to 22.2 points in April from 29.6 point in March, which... Read more...

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Japan's small business confidence weakened in April after rising in the previous month, survey data from Shoko Chukin Bank showed Wednesday. The small business confidence indicator dropped to 48.6 in April from 50.5 in March. In February, the score was 47.7. The confidence indicator for manufacturing... Read more...

Japan's industrial production rebounded at a faster-than-expected pace in February on back of strong industrial production, data from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry showed Wednesday. The all industry activity index climbed 0.7 percent month-over-month in February, reversing a 0.4 percent... Read more...

Australia's consumer sentiment declined for the second straight time during the week ended April 23, a weekly survey compiled by the ANZ bank and Roy Morgan Research showed Wednesday. The consumer confidence index fell by 1.24 percent to 111.2 from 112.6 in the previous week. Moreover, the index remained... Read more...

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Uganda's private sector growth accelerated in March, driven by rises in output and new orders, survey data from IHS Markit showed Wednesday. The seasonally adjusted Stanbic Bank Purchasing Managers' Index, or PMI, rose to 53.5 in March from 50.9 in February. Any reading above 50 indicates expansion... Read more...

South Africa's producer price inflation eased at a faster-than-expected pace in March to the lowest level in fifteen months, figures from Statistics South Africa showed Wednesday. Producer prices for manufactured goods rose 5.2 percent year-over-year in March, slower than the 5.6 percent climb in... Read more...

Poland's unemployment rate decreased more-than-expected in March, figures from the Central Statistical Office showed Wednesday. The registered jobless rate dropped to 8.1 percent in March from 8.5 percent in February. Economists had expected the rate to fall to 8.2 percent. In the corresponding... Read more...

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The British manufacturing sector will perform relatively well this year, despite a weak start to the second quarter, Paul Hollingsworth, a UK economist at Capital Economics, said. The Industrial Trends... Read more...

Although it is a relief that Emmanuel Macron is looking like France's next leader, his likely election win still carries a stale aftertaste, Jorg Kramer, chief economist at Commerzbank, said Monday. In... Read more...

Indonesia's central bank is unlikely to cut interest rates over the coming months of 2017, despite a relatively poor growth outlook, Gareth Leather, an economist at Capital Economics, said. Bank Indonesia... Read more...

Time (et)
Economic Indicator
Period
Actual
Forecast
Previous
Country
Wednesday ,Apr.26
Interest Rate Decision
-
 
-0.10 %
-0.10 %
Japan
Monetary Policy Meeting
-
 
 
-
Japan
Consumer Confidence Index
APR
82.2
 
85.3
Brazil
00:30
All Industry Activity Index (M-o-M)
FEB
0.7
0.6
0.1
Japan
02:00
UBS Consumption Indicator
MAR
1.50
 
1.45 (R)
Switzerland
02:45
Consumer Confidence Index
APR
100
100
100
France
04:00
ZEW Survey (Expectations)
APR
22.2
 
29.6
Switzerland
08:30
Retail Sales (M-o-M)
FEB
-0.6 %
 
2.3 (R) %
Canada
08:30
Retail Sales (Y-o-Y)
FEB
4.7 %
 
4.5 %
Canada
10:30
EIA Crude Oil Inventory (Barrels)
APR 21
528.7 M
 
532.3 M
United States
19:01
GfK Consumer Confidence Survey
APR
 
-7
-6
UK
19:50
Foreigners Buying Japan Bonds (Yen)
APR 16 - APR 22
 
 
¥ 410.5 B
Japan
19:50
Foreigners Buying Japan Stocks (Yen)
APR 16 - APR 22
 
 
¥ 315.2 B
Japan
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Mixed Earnings News May Lead To Flat Open On Wall Street

The major U.S. index futures are pointing to a roughly flat opening on Wednesday following the strong upward move seen over the two previous sessions. A lack of major U.S. economic data may keep traders on the sidelines as traders digest a mixed batch of quarterly results. Traders may also be reluctant...
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