On Monday 22 April, the US decided not to extend the waivers on sanctions against Iranian oil exports. This means that the exemption for eight Asian countries including China, India and Japan to continue importing oil from Iran will end by 2 May. The Brent oil price jumped to a half-year high following the decision.
On Thursday 25 April, Deutsche Bank and its rival Commerzbank confirmed to end the merger talks, as the combination would not have generated enough benefits to offset the additional risks and costs according to Deutsche Bank’s conclusion.
On Thursday, Microsoft’s market cap reached $1 trillion following the release of its earnings report, which showed an annual increase of 14% in revenue and 20% in earnings per share.
On Friday 26 April, President Xi stated in a speech that China will not pursue Yuan depreciation that would harm other countries. Instead, China will be in focus of lowering tariffs and improving IP rights protection.
China manufacturing PMI for April will be released on Tuesday 30 April and is expected to come in at 50.6.
US unemployment rate will be released on Friday 3 May and is expected at 3.8%.
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*as at latest realignment 24/04/19
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