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Key events:  Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand - Boxing Day US stocks experienced a mixed close on Friday as investors approached the Christmas holiday weekend. The market showed fluctuations after absorbing inflation data that was milder than anticipated, solidifying expectations for Federal Reserve interest rate cuts in the upcoming year.

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Key events: Japan - BoJ Interest Rate Decision Japan - BoJ Press Conference Eurozone - CPI (YoY) (Nov) USA - Building Permits (Nov) On Monday, the S&P 500 defied attempts by Federal Reserve officials to temper expectations for imminent rate cuts. The Dow Jones Industrial Average remained flat, the NASDAQ Composite climbed 0.61%, and the S&P 500 index rose by 0.5%.

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Key events:  UK - BoE MPC Member Broadbent Speaks Canada - New Housing Price Index (MoM) (Nov) Eurozone - ECB's Schnabel Speaks Eurozone - ECB's Lane Speaks On the closing bell last Friday, Wall Street witnessed a blend of outcomes, and the dollar staged a recovery as market participants took a pause after a week marked by crucial central bank decisions and economic data releases. Treasury yields made a descent to levels not seen in several months.

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Key events: Australia - Trade Balance (Oct) China - Exports (YoY) (Nov) China - Imports (YoY) (Nov) China - Trade Balance (USD) (Nov) USA - Initial Jobless Claims Canada - BoC Gov Macklem Speaks On Wednesday, the Dow closed in negative territory, extending its sluggish performance for the week, despite growing indications of a slowdown in the job market that fueled hopes for an eventual Federal Reserve rate cut.

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Key events: Eurozone - German GDP (QoQ) (Q3) Eurozone - ECB President Lagarde Speaks Canada - Retail Sales (MoM) (Sep) USA - S&P Global Services PMI (Nov) Post-Thanksgiving, a sense of caution is prevalent in the markets as investors show reluctance to make significant moves, anticipating a day of narrow-range trading. The recently declared four-day truce between Israel and Hamas starting on Friday may contribute to a more positive market sentiment.

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Key events: USA - Average Hourly Earnings (MoM) (Oct) USA - Nonfarm Payrolls (Oct) USA - Unemployment Rate (Oct) USA - S&P Global Services PMI (Oct) USA - ISM Non-Manufacturing PMI (Oct) USA - ISM Non-Manufacturing Prices (Oct) On Thursday, US stocks surged as Treasury yields dipped, reflecting the belief that the Federal Reserve has paused interest rate hikes following two consecutive meetings where it maintained the benchmark rate.

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Key events: China - Manufacturing PMI (Oct) Eurozone - CPI (YoY) (Oct) USA - CB Consumer Confidence (Oct) Despite Israel's initial steps into Gaza, European markets have had a positive start to the week. The limited and gradual nature of these actions seems to be easing concerns about potential escalations leading to a new front opening on Israel's northern border with Lebanon and Hezbollah.

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Key events: Eurozone - ECB's De Guindos Speaks Eurozone - ECB's Enria Speaks   Canada - BoC Gov Macklem Speaks During Sunday's evening trading, US stock futures displayed gains after major benchmark indices concluded the week at multi-month lows. Investors are gearing up for a packed week featuring earnings reports and economic data. Basicallly, last week Dow Jones Industrial Average slipped by 366.7 points or 1.1% to reach 32,417.6, and the NASDAQ Composite saw an increase of 123.1 points or 1% to reach 12,718.7.

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