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WORLD HEADLINES – Conflicting signs over which direction the trade conflict between the United States and China is headed have yanked markets in opposite directions.
STOCKS – Global stocks fell on fears of an imminent escalation in the U.S.-China tariff war, although strong corporate earnings eased investor concerns about a recent sell-off in the tech sector.
BONDS – Traders appeared to be putting the BOJ’s tolerance for higher yields to the test on Wednesday as the benchmark 10-year yield rose to 0.12 percent in its biggest one-day rise in two years.
COMMODITIES – U.S. crude oil prices fell on industry data showing an unexpected rise in U.S. crude stockpiles. The slump in crude prices comes after their largest monthly decline in two years in July.
CURRENCIES – The yen continued to depreciate, falling 0.2 percent as Tuesday’s pledge by the Bank of Japan to keep rates extremely low for an extended period continued to weigh on the Japanese currency.
ECONOMIC DATA – U.S. ADP Non-Farm Employment Change due at 8:15, ISM Manufacturing PMI at 10:00, Fed Rate decision and FOMC Statement at 14:00 ET.