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  • US indices finished another trading day higher. S&P 500 gained 0.57%, Dow Jones moved 0.43% higher and Nasdaq jumped 0.73%. Russell 2000 was a laggard and dropped 0.18%
  • Indices from Asia-Pacific followed into footsteps of US peers and traded higher. Nikkei and S&P/ASX 200 gained around 0.8% each, Kospi added 0.9% and Nifty 50 traded 1.0%. Indices from China traded up to 0.8% higher
  • DAX futures point to a slightly higher opening of the European cash session today
  • Reuters reports that Japan will set up a panel to discuss possibility of implementing digital yen backed by Bank of Japan
  • Turkey has approved Finland’s NATO membership bid, clearing the final hurdle for the Nordic country to join the alliance. Sweden is still waiting for approval from Turkey and Hungary
  • According to Reuters report, OPEC+ JMMC is most likely to recommend leaving output cuts unchanged at a meeting on Monday
  • The Japanese trade and industry ministry announced that it will impose export controls on semiconductor manufacturing equipment. While it was stated that restrictions do not target any specific country, most take it as a step against China
  • Official Chinese manufacturing PMI dropped from 52.6 to 51.9 pts in March (exp. 51.6). Services gauge jumped from 56.3 to 58.2 pts (exp. 55.0)
  • Japanese industrial production increased 4.5% MoM in February (exp. 2.7% MoM)
  • Japanese retail sales increased 1.4% MoM in February (exp. -0.3% MoM)
  • Australian private sector credit increased 0.3% MoM in February (exp. 0.4% MoM)
  • Major cryptocurrencies are trading higher – Bitcoin gains 0.3%, Ethereum and Dogecoin add 0.6% each and Ripple trades 1.4% higher
  • Energy commodities are trading little changed – oil drops around 0.1% while US natural gas prices climb 0.2%
  • Precious metals trade mixed – gold and silver drop while platinum gains slightly
  • NZD and AUD are the best performing major currencies while JPY and CHF lag the most

AUDJPY is trading higher following better than expected readings of official Chinese PMIs for March. A key near-term resistance to watch can be found in the 90.25 area, where the downward trendline and 50-session moving average (green line) can be found. Source: xStation5

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