European Outlook: China outperformed and stocks head for the best week in three months, after an announcement that limits on foreign ownership of Chinese banks and asset managers will be removed. and while Chinese investors also propped up Hong Kong markets, elsewhere in Asia equities mostly declined, with Japan leading the way, following on from declines on Wall Street in Europe yesterday. U.S. tax concerns have spooked markets and the GER30 closed with a loss of -1.49% on Thursday, amid disappointing earnings reports, a stronger EUR and concerns about the prospects for U.S. tax reforms and while the index still remains at high level of over 13000 some are speculating on a broader correction from record levels. UK100 futures as well as DJ mini futures are posting marginal gains, but the UK100 already outperformed yesterday amid a weaker pound. Today’s calendar focuses on production data out of the U.K., France and Italy and the U.K. also has trade data for September and the NIESR GDP estimate in the afternoon.
FX Action: USDJPY has recovered poise in Asia after tumbling yesterday on news that the implementation of the Senate plan to cut corporate tax in the U.S. will be delayed by two years and the extent of some other taxes will be trimmed. The news sparked a steep sell-off in U.S. and global equity markets, driving demand for the yen, among other perceived safe haven currencies and assets. A subsequent report that Republican Senator Cornyn is looking to avoid a one-year delay seemed to throw markets a lift line. USDJPY pair has recouped to around 113.40 after clocking a low at 113.09, which is the lowest level seen since October 31.