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Belgium's business confidence weakened further in February, amid further deterioration of morale in the manufacturing and trade sectors, survey data from the National Bank of Belgium showed on Friday. The business confidence index fell to -1.7 from -1.5 in January. Economists had forecast a score... Read more...

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Germany's business confidence fell for a sixth straight month in February to its lowest level in over four years, as firms continue to worry that the economic outlook is set to turn bleak due to worsening global trade tensions and political crises such as Brexit. Read more...

Hong Kong's consumer price inflation eased marginally in January to a five-month low, data from the Census and Statistics Department showed on Friday. The consumer price index climbed 2.4 percent year-on-year in January, following a 2.5 percent rise in December. Economists had expected a 2.6 percent... Read more...

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With weakness in labor market components offsetting strengths in the financial components, the Conference Board released a report on Thursday unexpectedly showing a modest drop by its reading on leading U.S. economic indicators in the month of January. Read more...

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Existing home sales in the U.S. unexpectedly showed a steep drop in the month of January, according to a report released by the National Association of Realtors on Thursday. NAR said existing home sales tumbled by 1.2 percent to an annual rate of 4.94 million. Read more...

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Philadelphia-area manufacturing activity contracted for the first time since May of 2016, the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia revealed in a report released on Thursday. The Philly Fed said its index for current manufacturing activity in the region tumbled to a negative 4.1 in February. Read more...

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Croatia's consumer price inflation slowed for a third straight month in January to its lowest level in over two years, figures from the Croatian Bureau of Statistics showed Friday. The consumer price inflation eased to 0.2 percent in January from 0.8 percent in December. Inflation was the weakest... Read more...

Slovakia's EU measure of inflation accelerated in January to its highest level in three months, data from the Statistical Office Of the Slovak Republic showed on Friday. The harmonized index of consumer prices, or HICP, rose 2.2 percent year-on-year in January, followed by a 1.9 percent increase in... Read more...

Austria consumer price inflation eased marginally in January to its lowest level in over two years, figures from Statistics Austria showed on Friday. The consumer price index climbed 1.7 percent year-on-year in January, following a 1.9 percent rise in December. The latest inflation rate was the... Read more...

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Malaysia's consumer prices fell in January, led by a sharp decline in transport costs, figures from the Department of Statistics showed Friday. The consumer price index declined 0.7 percent year-on-year in January after a 0.2 percent rise in December. The decrease in the CPI was driven by a 7.8... Read more...

Overall nationwide consumer prices in Japan were up just 0.2 percent on year in January, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications said on Friday. That was in line with expectations and down from 0.3 percent in December. Core consumer prices, which excludes volatile food prices, was up... Read more...

Japan will on Friday release January figures for consumer prices, setting the pace for a modest day in Asia-Pacific economic activity. Overall nationwide inflation is predicted to gain just 0.2 percent on year, slowing from 0.3 percent in December. Core CPI is tipped to rise 0.8 percent, up from 0.7... Read more...

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Eurozone's inflation eased for a third straight month in January to its lowest level in nine months, thanks to slower increase in energy prices, while core inflation accelerated at a faster than estimated pace, latest data from Eurostat confirmed on Friday. The consumer price index rose 1.4 percent... Read more...

Germany's business confidence fell for a sixth straight month in February to its lowest level in over four years, reports said on Friday, citing figures from the ifo Institute. The business confidence index dropped to 98.5 from an upwardly revised 99.3 in January. Economists had forecast a score of... Read more...

Germany's economy stagnated in the final three months of the year, thus narrowly avoiding a technical recession, latest data from the Federal Statistical Office confirmed on Friday. Gross domestic product was unchanged from the third quarter, when the economy shrunk 0.2 percent. That was in line with... Read more...

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Futures Pointing To Early Rebound On Wall Street

The major U.S. index futures are currently pointing to a higher opening on Friday, with stocks likely to move back to the upside after ending the previous session moderately lower. Optimism about U.S.-China trade talks may generate early buying interest on Wall Street as negotiators wrap up the latest...
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