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US existing home sales tumbled 4.99M v 5.24M expected, down -6.4% v -1.5%. Mortgage data has been stronger in 2019 so perhaps housing numbers pick up in the coming months with the Fed being flexible on rates. 

Oil and gas servicing giant Halliburton reported better than expected earningsTuesday before the market. $HAL followed earnngs from Schlumberger and ahead of Baker Hughes a GE Co, The concern is North American revenue was down 11% sequentially.

China GDP growth of 6.4% in Q4,  lowest since the global financial crisis, full year 6.6% GDP matches consensus also. Economists expect Beijing to increase stimulus measures ahead. December Industrial production and retail sales came in better, employment worse.

The monthly Reuters tankan survey indicates Japanese manufacturer's sentiment falling to a 2 year low in January with the sentiment index at +18 from December's +23. This was third consecutive monthly fall for the manufacturers' sentiment index to a 2 year low. 

Nickel along with other commodities has bounced over USD 11,800 per tonne, 10-week highs as stockpiles fall to fresh lows paring some of the losses suffered over the second half of 2018. Macquarie Bank forecast nickel to finish 2019 as the number one commodity.

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