While the US debt ceiling negotiations dominate market thinking at the moment, it's business as usual elsewhere. Aussie Dollar and resource stocks might be influenced by China's trade figures when they open on Monday. These are due for release on Saturday and will be the first of the major statistics on China's economic output during September. The Bloomberg survey of consensus expectations is for exports to be up a relatively moderate 5.5% compared to September 2012. This compares to a 7.2% lift in August and reflects ongoing consumer caution among goods buying consumers in developed nations as well as some disruption due to the recent golden week holidays.

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