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Forex Flash: Wall Street extends winning streak for fourth day - OCBC Bank

OCBC Bank Treasury Analysts note that Wall Street extended its winning streak for a fourth day, amid retail optimism and encouraging initial jobless claims data.

They note that the all markets rose, (Dow +0.42%, S&P +0.36 and Nasdaq +0.09). Further, retailers rose amid rising March sales. Advancers included Ross Stores and Rite Aid Corp, while tech shares slumped amid weak personal-computer shipments in Q1. VIX -0.97% to 12.24. Looking to US Treasuries, they note that the 2y- and 10y- yields were at 0.23% (flat) and 1.79% (-2bps), bringing the 2-10 spread to 156bps. Further, they see that the US$13b 30-year note auction fetched a 2.998% yield with a bid-cover ratio of 2.49x (average 2.59x) and indirect bidding of 31.4% (low since October). The Fed bought US$3.298b in UST due May 2020 – Feb 2023. Meanwhile in China, they see tat the death toll from the H7N9 bird flu has now reached 10 with total number of people infected at 38. The latest casualty was a 74-year-old man in Shanghai.

European markets slammed Friday

European stock indices were roiled Friday, ahead of US retail data and the ECOFIN meeting. Beginning with the indices and composites, the EURO STOXX 50 fell -1.31% as it settles in region of 2638.64, down -36.80 points in these moments. In addition, the FTSE 100 index is trading in negative territory, operating at 6377.74, declining -39.78 points or -0.61% at the time of writing. Finally, the DAX broke sharply lower, oscillating in the zone of 7762.97, after a movement of -102.88 points and down -1.42%.
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Forex Flash: EZ ministers meet today over Cypriot bailout - BTMU

Derek Halpenny, European Head of Global Markets Research at the Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ notes that Euro-zone finance ministers are meeting in Dublin today and a final agreement on the bailout from Cyprus is likely to be agreed.
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