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Fillon's campaign, stocks, and the pound are all faltering as traders await Yellen's big speech. Here are some of the things people in markets are talking about today.
Janet Yellen and Stanley Fischer top off a week in which Fed speak-turned-Fed cacophony by delivering speeches in Chicago and New York later today. With expectations of a March interest-rate increase now overwhelming, Treasury futures markets were subdued and the dollar held steady. Federal Reserve Vice Chair Fischer will speak at 12:30 Eastern Time, with his boss due half an hour later.
Snap Inc. up, everything else down. That was the flavor of Thursday's equity markets, and today most gauges worldwide are following the U.S. in paring this week's strong gains. South Korea's Kospi fell the most since November, on reports of an impending drought of Chinese tourists, while the Stoxx Europe 600 Index had dropped 0.5 percent by 5:05 a.m. in New York. S&P 500 futures were down 0.3 percent.
The Bank of Japan’s preferred measure of consumer prices has risen for the first time since December 2015 — albeit ever so slightly. Whether that print budges policy will become clearer after the bank's March 16 meeting. This morning's data also show inflation picking up where it's not welcome: Turkey's CPI gauge rose at its fastest pace in nearly five years, sending yields spiking higher.
Manufacturing and services-sector data that fell short of analysts' expectations may be pointing to the long-awaited, much-contested Brexit slowdown. As Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond readies his budget, Markit’s combined surveys imply economic growth of 0.4 percent this quarter. That would be the slowest pace in a year, and is helping to extend the pound's losing streak into a sixth day. Across the channel, the resignation of a campaign aide is deepening French Presidential candidate Francois Fillon's woes.
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang will present next year's economic targets at the opening of the National People’s Congress on Sunday. Also on Sunday, the International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading hosts its annual conference for airline manufacturers, lessors, and airlines.
What we've been reading
This is what's caught our eye over the last 24 hours.
- Pimco’s new bond chief is red hot and luring in billions.
- How China's rebuilding investor confidence.
- Has Trump already sidelined his Secretary of State?
- How to use Trump's border ban at business school.
- European earnings outshine the U.S.
- Video: Is the IPO market back?
- Sessions wins political respite.