CURRENCIES
17 Feb
FX round-up: Sterling traders unnerved by UK retail sales data as dollar resurgent

Sterling traders were unnerved on Friday by worse than expected UK retail sales data, which saw the British currency lower on most key crosses as the US dollar resumed resurgent.

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17 Feb
London close: FTSE mixed as Unilever flies after rebuffed Kraft Heinz bid
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London stocks closed mixed after a Friday session that saw blue-chip consumer goods giant Unilever fly higher after it slapped away a $143bn offer from Kraft Heinz, which has indicated it will return to the table.

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17 Feb
Commodities: Crude eases as traders look to looming rig-count data
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Crude futures have eased on Friday as traders look to rig-count data out tonight, ahead of the Presidents Day long weekend in the US.

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17 Feb
French left wing candidates mull joint effort as bonds drop
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France's presidential election took a further twist on Friday, after left wing candidates Benoit Hamon and Jean-Luc Melenchon said they were discussing a merger in order to combat the National Front's Marine Le Pen.

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17 Feb
Britons urged to spend £1 coins before new quids arrive
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Government officials have urged those who have traditional round pound coins to spend them ahead of the debut of the new 12-sided coin later this year.

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17 Feb
Eurozone construction output dips 0.2% in December
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Construction output in the eurozone fell 0. 2% on the month in December compared to a 0. 4% jump in November, according to figures released by Eurostat on Friday.

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17 Feb
Euro area investors continue heading for the exits, December current account data shows
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The euro area´s current account surplus dipped in December 2016 amid signs of continuing caution towards the single currency bloc on the part of investors.

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17 Feb
Trump comes out firing in press conference, says team working like 'fine-tuned machine'

Embattled US President Donald Trump went on the offensive on Thursday against the media in a boisterous return to his election campaign rhetoric, describing his administration as a "fine-tuned machine".

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16 Feb
FX round-up: Dollar softness in focus as traders eye US rate-rise prospects
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Sterling turned in a ho-hum performance on key crosses Thursday, with dollar weakness the focus of traders pondering the outlook for near-term US rates rises and tending to gold safety amid lower global equities markets.

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16 Feb
London close: FTSE falls on dollar dip, ex-divs and tendency to gold safety
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London equities limped to a lower close Thursday, pulled down by a trinity of factors including dollar weakness, a tendency to safe-haven gold and ex-dividend stocks.

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16 Feb
Commodities: Gold higher as investors ponder longevity of equities run-up

Gold is trading higher on Thursday, with both classes of crude oil also up, as investors like the safe-haven yellow metal amid nascent jitters on how long the global equities run-up can last.

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16 Feb
US central bank nearly where it wants to be, Fed's Fischer says
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A top US central bank official voiced confidence on the economic outlook and the expected path for future interest rate hikes, but shied away from providing precise guidance.

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16 Feb
Philly Fed index surges to 43.3 in February
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Manufacturing conditions in the Philadelphia region unexpectedly improved in February, according to the latest report from the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia.

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16 Feb
US housing starts drop 2.6% in January
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US housing starts fell 2. 6% in January, according to figures released by the Commerce Department.

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16 Feb
ECB aiming to be 'steady hand' in uncertain global economic climate
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The European Central Bank is aiming to be a "steady hand" during a period of global uncertainty, according to the minutes of the ECB’s meeting in January, when it stood pat on interest rates.

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16 Feb
US businesses to close as 'Day Without Immigrants' boycott launched
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Businesses in several cities throughout the US will close on Thursday as immigrants across the country unite for their "Day Without Immigrants" boycott.

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16 Feb
US initial jobless claims rise less than expected
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The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits rose less than expected last week, according to data from the Labor Department.

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16 Feb
Deutsche sees near-term consolidation in European equities, stays UW cyclicals
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Deutsche Bank expects European equity markets to consolidate in the near term, before the normalisation in macro momentum and a more balanced sentiment picture offer a better entry point later in the first half.

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16 Feb
French unemployment dips at the start of 2017
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The French jobs market improved in the fourth quarter amid a large decline in youth unemployment.

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16 Feb
Trump steps back from commitment to two-state solution in Middle East
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President Donald Trump abandoned America´s commitment to searching for a two-state solution to decades of fighting between israelis and palestinians.

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