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Japan's manufacturing activity grew at an accelerated pace in June, flash data from IHS Markit showed Friday. The Nikkei flash manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index, or PMI rose to 53.1 in June from 52.8 in May. Any reading above 50 indicates expansion in the sector. Among components, both...

Purchasing Managers' survey data from euro area is due on Friday, headlining a light day for the European economic news. At 2.45 am ET, France's statistical office Insee is slated to release final GDP data for the first quarter. The economy is forecast to grow 0.2 percent sequentially, as initially...

Fitch Ratings maintained South Korea's sovereign rating at 'AA-' with a 'stable' outlook on Friday. The agency said sovereign ratings balance robust external finances and a strong macroeconomic performance with ongoing geopolitical risk and longer-run challenges of rapid population ageing and low...

New Zealand's net migration declined in May from a year earlier, figures from Statistics New Zealand showed Friday. In the year to May 31, the country recorded a net migration of 66,243, down from 71,964 in the same period of 2017. Migrant arrivals numbered 130,200 in May and migrant departures...

Total credit card spending in New Zealand decreased for the first time in four months in May, data from the Reserve Bank of New Zealand showed Friday. Credit card spending dropped 1.6 percent month-over-month in May, reversing a 0.6 percent rise in April. Domestic billings declined 1.6 percent...

Overall nationwide consumer prices in Japan were up 0.7 percent on year in May, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications said on Friday. That exceeded estimates for an increase of 0.6 percent, which would have been unchanged from the April reading. Core CPI also was up 0.7 percent on...

The South Korea stock market headed south again on Thursday, one session after it had ended the five-day slide in which it had given away almost 135 points or 5.5 percent. The KOSPI now rests just above the 2,335-point plateau and it may take further damage on Friday. The global forecast for the Asian...

Ibovespa, the benchmark stock index in Brazil, fell 2.84% to 70,074.89 points Thursday, driven by the deterioration of the foreign scenario after the United States Secretary of Commerce affirmed that the country has "more ammunition" in the case of a trade war. Domestically, the 6.84% drop in Petrobras'...

Japan will on Friday release nationwide consumer price data for May, highlighting a modest day for Asia-Pacific economic activity. Overall inflation is expected to hold steady at 0.6 percent on year, while core CPI is called unchanged at 0.7 percent on year. Japan also will see April numbers for...

Colcap, the main index of the Colombian Stock Exchange, rose 0.14% to 1,534.39 points Thursday, due to an upward correction in Bancolombia's shares. Ramses Pestanapalmett, an analyst at Ultraserfinco, noted that Bancolombia corrected upwards after consecutive falls in previous sessions, due to the...

The official preliminary inflation data in Brazil, measured by the Broad Consumer Price Index-15 (IPCA-15), gained strength and rose 1.11% in June compared to May, repeating the rate calculated in June 1996 and recording the highest variation for the month since 1995 (+2.25%), said the country's statistics...

Argentina's Central Bank (BCRA) has announced the start of the daily auctions program to allocate the financing provided by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), which was formalized Wednesday, for the equivalent to US$ 7.5 billion to cover expenses denominated in Argentinean pesos, in accordance with...

The one-day interbank deposit futures rates (DI rates) in Brazil opened mixed on Thursday. Short-term rates started the session in decline, following the decision of the Brazilian Central Bank's Monetary Policy Committee (Copom). Meanwhile, the longer maturities fluctuate in the high, monitoring the...

The Brazilian Industrial Confidence Index (ICI) flash data points out to a 1.4-point drop in June over the end of May, to 99.7 points, said the Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV) ). If confirmed, it would be the lowest level of industry confidence since January. The preliminary result reflects the worsening...

The Brazilian Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels Agency (ANP) will begin the so-called "permanent offering" of fields and oil blocks with 158 of the 884 potential areas. Those interested in the areas should be able to present biddings as of July 19, when the edict and contract models must be published. The...

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