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EEP10-011515_24Jan18.jpg Flash Purchasing Managers' survey data from euro area and unemployment figures from the UK are due on Wednesday, headlining a light day for the European economic news.

Japan's leading index climbed less than estimated in November but remained at the highest level in nearly four years, final data from the Cabinet Office showed Wednesday. The leading index, which measures the future economic activity, rose to 108.3 in November from 106.5 in October. This was...

Malaysia's inflation rose slightly, as expected, in December, data from the Department of Statistics revealed Wednesday. Consumer prices climbed 3.5 percent year-on-year in December, following November's 3.4 percent increase. The annual rate came in line with expectations. Core inflation rose 2.2...

japanexports-112510.jpg Japan posted a merchandise trade surplus of 358.971 billion yen in December, the Ministry of Finance said on Wednesday - down 43.5 percent on year. The headline figure was shy of expectations for a surplus 520.0 billion yen following the 113.4 billion yen surplus in November. Exports climbed 9.3...

The manufacturing sector in Japan continued to expand in January, and at an accelerated rate, the latest survey from Nikkei revealed on Wednesday with a manufacturing PMI score of 54.4. That's up from 54.0 in December, and it moves further above the boom-or-bust line of 50 that separates expansion...

Ibovespa, the benchmark stock market index in Brazil, fell 1.22% to 80,678.34 points Tuesday, with investors more cautious on the eve of the trial of former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. The almost 4% drop in iron ore prices in China also weighed on Ibovespa, causing a decline of 4.17%...

Colcap, the main index of the Colombian Stock Exchange, rose 0.25% near the end of trade Tuesday to 1,561.80 points. Natalia Granados, an analyst at Global Securities, noted that oil prices show low volatility and that the recent trading range stability - between US$ 62 and US$ 65 per barrel - favors...

Japan had a merchandise trade surplus of 358.971 billion yen in December, the Ministry of Finance said on Wednesday. That was shy of expectations for a surplus 520.0 billion yen following the 113.4 billion yen surplus in November. Exports climbed 9.3 percent on year, also missing forecasts for...

Merval, the benchmark index of the Buenos Aires Stock Exchange, rose 1.23% to 33,939.67 points Tuesday, again scratching 34,000-points barrier while the market discounted a reduction in the interest rate in Tuesday's decision by the Argentinean central bank. "The trading volume expanded to $ 1.2 billion,...

The Australian economy picked up steam in December, the latest survey from Westpac Bank revealed on Wednesday as its leading economic index moved higher by 0.27 percent on month. That follows the downwardly revised 0.05 percent increase in November (originally 0.10 percent) - although it remains in...

Usiminas and Gerdau increased flat steel prices for distributors in Brazil, said the chairman of the Brazilian Institute of Steel Distributors (Inda), Carlos Loureiro. The decision comes up only a few weeks after Companhia Siderúrgica Nacional (CSN), and ArcelorMittal increased their prices. Usiminas...

Brazilian Finance Minister Henrique Meirelles said that this is not the time to "create noise" regarding the privatization of the state-owned oil company Petrobras. He added that the government is focused on enabling the privatization of Eletrobras. After lunching with executives in the Itau Private...

Venezuela's National Constituent Assembly, controlled by representatives from the ruling administration, agreed on Tuesday to call presidential elections in the first four months of 2018. The bill was raised by the representative Diosdado Cabello, number two in the United Socialist Party of Venezuela...

Japan will on Wednesday release December data for imports, exports and trade balance, highlighting a busy day for Asia-Pacific economic activity. Imports are expected to jump 12.4 percent on year after climbing 17.2 percent in November. Exports are called higher by an annual 9.8 percent, slowing from...

The median annual inflation rate expected by the Argentineans for the next 12 months remained at 20% in January, the same level as in the previous two months, according to the Torcuato Di Tella University's Business School's Survey of Inflation Expectations. The average inflation rate expected fell...

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