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Markets got off on a positive note this week, buoyed by a broken political deadlock in Spain, positive manufacturing data from Germany and perhaps the biggest deal of the year. We have this week's market themes for you.

This week's markets started off on the right foot. We've rounded up this week's top market themes for you from Spain's surging market with the end of political deadlock to the biggest deal of the year.

Spain's Market Surges as Political Deadlock Ends

Yields in Spanish sovereign paper fell as Spain moved towards forming a minority government and ending a political stalemate, after the Socialist party took a step back allowing Mariano Rajoy to take office.

Positive Manufacturing Data from Germany

In Germany, the latest manufacturing and services PMIs – or Purchasing Managers Indices – rose to 3-month highs, and grew at the fastest pace in almost 3 years, allaying fears of a slowdown in Europe’s biggest economy. The data is likely to prove positive for inflation further down the line. Data releases will be a prominent feature this week, particularly in Europe where PMI data will be joined by other indices such as the IFO, GFK and a Eurozone sentiment index. The week will also see the release of the crucial flash HICP inflation data and quarterly GDP figures from the US, the UK and France.

US Indices Primed to Hit Record Highs

Expectations have turned positive for earnings especially in the US as a number of companies have already released results above market expectations. With end-of-year seasonality that usually favours bullishness, US indices seem primed to hit record highs in the coming days.

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The biggest deal of the year has drawn scrutiny by US regulators. The issue could feature in the run-up to the US Presidential election – the deal has already been slammed by Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders, with Hillary Clinton yet to comment.

Oil Prices Increase with OPEC Agreement

In the commodity space, watch out for whipsawing price action in crude oil. Prices have gone up recently on the back of an informal agreement to control supply by OPEC, but Iraq stated this morning it would not sign up. Iraq is the second-largest oil producer after Saudi Arabia, and a freeze or a cut would be difficult to sustain if it didn’t participate.

 

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