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  • US indices finished yesterday’s trading higher. S&P 500 gained 0.36%, Nasdaq added 1.54% and Russell 2000 moved 1.13% higher. Dow Jones dropped 0.26%

  • Upbeat moods dominate in Asia as well. Nikkei added 0.7%, S&P/ASX 200 and Kospi moved around 0.6% higher while indices from China traded 0.1-0.8% higher

  • DAX futures point to a higher opening of the European cash session

  • US President Biden said that contracts under his 8-year $2.25 billion infrastructure deal will only be awarded to US companies

  • French President Macron announced a national lockdown that will last for at least one month starting from Saturday. Japan will impose stricter Covid-19 restrictions in Osaka and 2 other prefectures. Canada will put Ontario province in a 4-week lockdown

  • Around 640 thousand new coronavirus cases were reported yesterday, the highest number since January 22. Daily death toll of 12.2 thousand was the highest since February 12

  • United Nations said that North Korea is probably able to arm intercontinental missiles with nuclear warheads

  • Chinese manufacturing PMI (Caixin) for March came in at 50.6, down from 50.9 in February (exp. 51.2)

  • Australian retail sales dropped 0.8% MoM in February (exp. -1.1% MoM)

  • Bitcoin trades near $58,500

  • Gold trades higher while other precious metals lag. Oil and agricultural commodities gain while industrial metals trade mixed

  • USD and JPY are the best performing major currencies while AUD and NZD lag the most

Pandemic situation around the world is deteriorating in spite of vaccination efforts. Around 640 thousand new coronavirus cases were reported yesterday, the highest number since January 22. Daily death toll of 12.2 thousand was the highest since February 12.