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Forex pairs in this Article » (Barcelona) - The two-year high obtained in Chia's HSBC flash January PMI, at 51.9 (against consensus of 51.7), and the US Senate approval of a bill to suspend the debt ceiling by three months failed to trigger a "risk on" reaction. Asian equity markets traded mixed and indexes in Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia and Japan moved higher. China's Shanghai Composite (-0.64%), South Korea's Kospi (-0.80%) and Hong Kong's Hang Seng (-0.16%) dropped on Thursday. Japan's Nikkei Stock Average gained +1.28% as the Yen weakened again on more government talk about foreign exchange.

Futures for the German DAX 30 (-0.11%) and the French CAC (-0.18%) are signaling a lower opening ahead of manufacturing PMI data by Markit in Europe. WTI crude oil trades at $95.57 (+0.33%) and Gold drops to $1679.64 (-0.29%).
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