* Fed Beige Book confirms expansion at moderate to modest pace. Four districts reported ‘marked’ increase in steel prices, partially due to a decline in foreign competition.
* Japanese Q4 GDP growth revised up from 0.1% to 0.4%, driven by capex and inventories
* Nikkei was +0.5%, Hang Seng +1.7% and ASX +0.7%.
* US Stocks recovered from earlier falls caused by Cohn resignation, helped talks tariff plan could include carve- outs for Mexico and Canada, two key U.S. trade partners
* Trump expected to release more tarrif details on his plan today or tomoro.
* Chinese foreign minister vows “justified and necessary” retaliation to any US efforts to incite trade war, which would only hurt all sides.
* ECB Governing Council calls de Guindos “a person of recognized standing and professional experience in monetary or banking matters”, no objections to him as ECB VP.
* German CDU increases pressure on carmakers to quickly implement software updates, bear costs of hardware retro fits and pay higher premia to incentivise car owners to switch to lower emission vehicles.
* UK RICS house price balance was 0.
* BoF sent index at 7.30am
* ECB at 12.45pm.In the US Challenger jobs at 12.30pm along with claims, and then BBG cons conf index at 2.45pm.