Last week, the November Caixin PMI for China’s services sector was released, which jumped to seven-month high of 53.5, picking up from a slow expansion in past few months amid the economic slowdown. The Caixin Manufacturing PMI published earlier was also showing an unexpected fast expansion of China’s manufacturing sector in November.
On Wednesday December 5, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced that a fiscal stimulus package of $120B will be approved by Japanese government to keep the economy stable.
Also on Wednesday, the OPEC members agreed on an extension on oil output cut by additional 500,000 barrels per day in the first quarter of 2020 due to the declining demand in crude oil market.
The France biggest nationwide strike in decades started on Thursday December 6. The strike was against Macron’s pension reform announced in June, planning to raise the retiring age for public sector employees.
China CPI for November will be announced on Tuesday December 10, with an expectation of 4.4% YoY.
On Wednesday December 11, US CPI for November will also be released, with an expectation of 2.0% YoY.
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*as at latest realignment 30/11/19
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