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Germany: Wholesale Price Index up 0.1% in February

The German Wholesale Price Index ticked up 0.1% in February, down from the 0.3% increase in January, Destatis reported on Tuesday. Analysts expected more growth of 0.3%.

On an annual basis the German Wholesale Price Index rose 1.4% in February, compared with +2.3% the previous month.

Asian markets in "risk-off" on Tuesday

Japan's Nikkei Stock Average took profits (-0.28%) after a 8-day winning streak despite improving consumer confidence in February, from 43.3 to 44.3. Mainland China's Shanghai Composite (-1.03%), Hong Kong's Hang Seng (-0.43%) and South Korea's Kospi (-0.50%) also moved lower on Tuesday.
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Forex Flash: Downside risks in today's UK data – TD Securities

TD Securities analysts point to UK January industrial production and trade balance, as well as the NIESR’s GDP estimate for February, as interesting for the investor's eye. “We expect industrial production to contract by around -0.7% M/M on the manufacturing side (mkt flat) although total IP should be better with colder weather requiring utilities”, wrote analyst Annette Beacher, pointing to downside risk to the trade data (mkt –£8.95b) “since weaker manufacturing activity will weigh more on exports, and as any snow-related transport disruptions would have a larger impact on exports than on imports”.
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