(Posted in Singapore 730pm Tuesday)
(Updated in S’pore 0040am Wednesday)

Retail Sales data from the US failed to impress. It rose (0.4%) less than (0.7%) expected in January. Getting deep into the data, prior months (retail sales and ex auto data) were revised downwards!

On the other side of the Atlantic, Europe’s bond auction, results in strong auction demand with a good take up, coupled with improved yields. (The Euro is holding steady around 1.32 and the major indices are much above the flat line.) The auctions come from the Dutch, Spanish, Greece, Italy and Belgium.

In addition the German sentiment index, ZEW was up sharply at 5.4 from -21.6 in January vs. the median forecast of -12.0. Other European data was within range.

Should Retail Sales comes in stronger, the US major indices would spike through the psychological resistances at the open. …