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Americas Roundup: Dollar near one-month low on trade war worries, Gold jumps, Wall Street nosedives, Oil rises as Saudi backs extending output cuts into 2019-March 24th 2018

Market Roundup

• Trump signs budget deal after raising government shutdown threat.

• China urges U.S. away from "brink" as Trump picks trade weapons.

• Fed policymakers say they are watching trade risks closely.

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U.K. consumer confidence likely to have remained unchanged in March

The U.K. consumer confidence dropped in February, falling to -10 from -9 as households’ sentiment in the wider economy and their prospects for major purchases weakened. While the squeeze on household real incomes has begun easing, ongoing Brexit uncertainty is expected to carry on being a drag on confidence.

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U.S. new home sales rise in line with expectations in February

New home sales in the U.S. rose in line with consensus expectations in February. New home sales came in 618k, as compared with expectations of 620k. It was little changed from January’s upwardly revised print of 622k.

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U.S. durable goods orders recover in February, equipment investment likely higher in Q1 2018

U.S. durable goods orders recovered in the month of February. On a sequential basis, headline durable goods orders rose 3.1 percent, as compared with consensus expectations of 1.6 percent. Moreover, the January print was upwardly revised by one-tenth at the headline level; however, it was downwardly revised by one-tenth at the core level.

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Canadian consumer prices accelerated above expectations in February

Canadian consumer prices accelerated more than expected in February. On a year-on-year basis, headline inflation accelerated to 2.2 percent, as compared with consensus expectations of 1.9 percent. The acceleration in price growth was widespread, with all major categories but food and clothing and footwear picking up speed in t he month.

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