Morning Briefing: Chinese data weak but markets gain

Morning Briefing: Chinese data weak but markets gain

Morning Briefing: Chinese data weak but markets gain Chinese data weak but markets gain
China’s official PMI data was weaker than expected at 49.0 in February, down from 49.4 in January; and a separate measure of smaller firms’ activity was also lower. However, markets have not been adversely affected Tuesday with optimism still prevailing following the central bank’s move to increase liquidity. Most major Asian indexes closed with gains.

Europe’s stock markets are also higher with oil prices giving energy stocks a lift. Major UK-based bank Barclays dropped 9 per cent on news of lower profits; Europe’s banks generally have seen losses recently. UK factory output also slowed in February to just above 50; anything below shows contraction.

Wall Street is expected to open lower. Toronto will be awaiting GDP data from Statistics Canada.
 
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North America (previous session)
US Dow Jones 16,516.50 (-0.74 per cent) +0.30 per cent -8.91 per cent
TSX Composite 12,860.35 (+0.49 per cent) +1.47 per cent -15.58 per cent
 
Europe (at 5.30am ET)
UK FTSE 6,132.28 (+0.58 per cent) +1.19 per cent -11.72 per cent
German DAX 9,645.05 (+1.58 per cent) -1.16 per cent -15.41 per cent
 
Asia (at close)
China CSI 300 2,930.69 (+1.85 per cent) -1.02 per cent -17.97 per cent
Japan Nikkei 16,085.51 (+0.37 per cent) -9.96 per cent -14.43 per cent
 
Other Data (at 6.30am ET)
Oil (Brent) Oil (WTI) Gold Can. Dollar
36.82
(+0.68 per cent)
34.25
(+1.48 per cent)
1241.10
(+0.54 per cent)
U$0.7401
 
Aus. Dollar
U$0.7150
 
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