US Tech stocks drop by 5% on worries about increased regulation scrutiny of personal data use and the prospect of a US-China trade war.
Nissan and Renault are in talks to merge to create one large automaker causing Renault shares to surge more than 8.3%.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un paid a surprise visit to China, meeting President Xi Jinping, and expressed his willingness to meet with US President Trump to discuss terms on de-nuclearisation of North Korea.
The UK now has one year to agree a Brexit deal and put an implementation plan in place for the post-Brexit transition period. The Bank of England is reassuring financial institutions that the transition period would ease their preparations for Brexit, while the European regulators continue to pressure financial institutions to stay prepared for a hard Brexit.
On Wednesday April 4, US Services PMI data for March will be released and is expected to be 54.1 vs. 55.9 for February.
US non-farm payrolls are set to be released on Friday April 6, which is expected to come in at 203K, with the unemployment rate set to drop to 4% lowest in over a decade.
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*as at latest realignment 28/02/18
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