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FC: EU MORNING BULLETS : 21ST-FEBRUARY-2018 February 21, 2018 at 07:46AM

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* US equities close lower with DJ closing 254 points lower , down 1% as Walmart posts worst day since January 1988. S+P -0.58% .

* Asian stocks trade supported with Nikkei +0.21%.

* US Treasuries in tight range overnight.

* Gold hits one-week low on strong dollar.

* US $28bn 2y notes auction found decent demand with bid/cover slightly below-average.

* Japan Vice Finmin Asakawa voiced concern on strong yen.

* BoJ Funo sees no need to be too pessimistic on economy.

* Nikkei manufacturing PMI slipped 0.8pts to 54.

* ECB Latvian central bank President Rimsevics said he can attend today’s Governing Council meeting after being detained on corruption charges. Unity Party calls for no-confidence vote. Defence Ministry said corruption claims may be due to disinformation campaign “from outside”.

* 62 UK lawmakers called on PM May to ditch Brexit transition period

* UK For Sec Johnson describing Brexit process as “a mess” during private meeting with senior German officials.

* Data today sees Markit Services/Mfg PMIs from France at 8am , Germany 8.30am and Eurozone 9.30am.

* UK job+wage data at 9.30am

* US Mortgage applications at 12.00 then Mfg Pmis’s at 2.45pm and Home sales at 3pm.

* Speakers Today include Fed Harker at 2.00pm, BoE Carney, Broadbent at 2.15pm

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