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« Reply #495 on: Thursday, July 06, 2017 - 09:38 »

Date : 6th July 2017.

MACRO EVENTS & NEWS OF 6th July 2017.




FX News Today

European Outlook: Asian stock markets are narrowly mixed, with Japan and Hang Seng down as the stronger Yen weighed on exporters and lower oil prices hit energy producers. the front end Nymex futures picked up a bit after supply concerns hit prices once again, but remains below USD 46 per barrel. The ASX is managing marginal gains. FTSE 100 futures are also marginally higher, despite the rise in Sterling after BoE’s Saunders warned of rate hikes ahead. This should continue to see Gilts underperforming versus Bunds, although a stronger Pound also reduces inflation risks going ahead. In the Eurozone yields also continue to trend higher as the ECB is cautiously heading for exit steps, and while the 10-year Bund closed slightly lower yesterday, Italian and Spanish bond as well as stock markets underperformed, and market jitters will back the doves at the council. Today’s calendar has German manufacturing orders at the start of the session as well as ECB minutes and Swiss inflation data.

FOMC minutes showed most officials said “idiosyncratic factors” were responsible for the softer trend in inflation, though several were concerned that the progress on inflation may have slowed. A couple of policymakers, however, saw rising inflation risk from the “undershooting of the jobless rate.” They also noted some financial market conditions had eased even as policy accommodation was being reduced. Committee members were divided over when to begin the balance sheet unwind, expressing a range of views. There were no clear insights in the minutes to better assess the timing of the balance sheet unwind. But, given the Committee decided to announce the balance sheet details at this meeting suggests the start could begin, as Yellen said, “sooner.” The Fed continues to believe a well telegraphed, and gradual approach to shrinking the balance sheet will limit market reaction. The Fed is also expected to delay rate hikes when it initiates the shrinkage of the portfolio, and that will give the data time to improve and hence support views that it’s idiosyncratic factors weighing. The minutes didn’t materially add to the markets’ body of knowledge on the normalization path.

US reports: Disappointing U.S. factory goods data, with price-led May declines for shipments, orders, and inventories of nondurable goods after small downward April revisions, alongside small upward adjustments in the available durables data for orders, shipments, and equipment, though with weaker inventories. The May data still showed a transportation and defense-led orders drop with lean inventories and resilient shipments. Inventories have yet to recover from the big 2015-2016 petro-hit, beyond last year’s Q3-Q4 bounce that was mostly reversed in Q1.

Eurozone: services PMI revised up to 55.4 with the final reading for June from 54.7 in the preliminary estimate, but still down from 56.3 in May. This saw the composite PMI revised up to 56.3 from 55.7 and versus 56.8 in May. Despite the drop in June, Markit reported that the Eurozone economy enjoyed its best quarter for just over six years in Q1 and while output growth slowed slightly in June, “continued robust inflows of new work and elevated business confidence kept the pace of job creation among the best seen over the past decade”. The average reading over the second quarter was the best since Q1 2011. Good news then that will back the ECB’s increasingly optimistic view of the economy, although with inflation still low and key players like Draghi and Praet insisting that this is largely thanks to the ECB’s expansionary policy, the central bank is not ready yet to commit to QE tapering. The UK June services PMI missed expectations slightly, dipping to a 53.4 headline reading after 53.8 in May.

Main Macro Events Today

ECB minutes – ECB Monetary Policy Meeting Accounts have be scheduled for 11:30 GMT today.

U.S. Initial Jobless Claims –  Initial claims data for the week of July 1 is out today and a dip  to 232k is expected from 244k last week and 242k in the week prior. Claims are always volatile this time of year as we move through auto sector retooling season and this year there are additional risks from the big build up in auto inventories.

Fedspeak – SF Fed’s Williams (non-voter) will be in Australia (03:45 ET) and Governor Powell is set to discuss housing finance reform from Washington (10:00 ET), while VC Fischer will speak from Washington on “Government Policy and Labor Productivity” (11:00 ET). Focus will then turn to Fed Chief Yellen from next week’s policy testimony before the House next Wednesday (10 ET), as her Q&A will follow-up her written testimony’s public release this Friday (11 ET).
 
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« Reply #496 on: Friday, July 07, 2017 - 09:25 »

Date : 7th July 2017.

MACRO EVENTS & NEWS OF 7th July 2017.




FX News Today

European Outlook: Asian stock markets headed south, following sell offs in Europe and on Wall Street yesterday. Risk aversion and concerns about the withdrawal of monetary stimulus continue to weigh on markets as yields spike after hawkish comments from ECB and BoE yesterday. FTSE 100 futures are in the red while U.S. futures are slightly higher. Bund yields are at the highest level since early 2016 and the 10 year Gilt closed above 1.3% as markets adjust to to the fact that global central bank support has peaked. Today’s calendar has industrial production data U.K. as well as U.K trade data, but markets will be looking ahead to U.S. Payroll data in the PM session.

US reports: revealed modest undershoots for trade and job market indicators but an upside June ISM-NMI surprise that left a neutral read for the economy on net. The trade deficit narrowed to $46.5 bln in May to leave a gap that was just $0.2 bln wider than indicated by the “advance” report, with service-led upside surprises in both exports and imports. For claims, we saw a 4k rise to 248k that bucked the usual auto retooling downdraft, though a claims drop is likely next week. ADP posted a lean 158k June rise, though we’ve seen a solid 218k average ADP increase thus far in 2017 that signals upside risk for our 185k June nonfarm payroll estimate. The ISM-NMI popped to 57.4 in June to leave that measure just below the 16-month high of 57.6 in February, with a firm 57.4 ISM-adjusted reading and a solid 55.8 employment index figure.

Canada: Yesterday’s  reports continued the run of upbeat data, but we remain unconvinced that the Bank will hike rates next week. Base case remains for a 25 bp increase in October. Canada’s May trade report bodes well for Q2 GDP, as a 2.0% m/m gain in export volumes followed the 1.3% rise in April. Import volumes expanded 1.7% in May after the 0.3% gain in April. The mix of faster export growth relative to import growth in the May trade report is consistent with projection for a positive contribution from net exports to Q2 GDP after the hefty drag exerted in Q1. Hence, while Canada’s economic data remains strongly suggestive of a sustained uptrend in activity that will eventually deliver the return to full capacity and 2% inflation that is the Bank’s goal, the economy is not wildly outpacing the Bank’s scenario from the April MPR.

ECB’s:  Weidmann joined the chorus of more hawkish sentiment as he noted that the recovery in Europe is opening the door to ECB normalization. This isn’t a surprise from the well known hawk, who was discussing the “Future of the Euro” with Austria’s Nowotny. Weidmann added that the timing of action and the pace of normalization is dependent on the sustainability of inflation. “For the credibility of monetary policy, it is decisive that the expansionary monetary policy is ended when it becomes necessary from a price-stability perspective.” The threat of downward price spirals has retreated, he said, lessening the need for the emergency bond purchase tactic to remain in place. However, he concluded that “for the moment, an expansionary monetary policy is justified to support the economic recovery and thus inflation,” though there are “different opinions on how much we need to step onto the stimulus accelerator and which instruments we should use.

Germany: Industrial production stronger than expected. Production rose 1.2% m/m in May, much more than anticipated after the correction in orders data the previous month. Energy production remained strong, while manufacturing growth picked up after two weak month, which helped to compensate for the correction in construction production. The annual rate improved to 5.0% y/y and data confirm expectations for a strong second quarter GDP growth rate, leaving Germany on course for an ongoing robust recovery. The euro remain underpinned following the fresh bout of hawkish-leaning remarks from ECB policymakers yesterday, which has been followed by an above-forecast 1.2% rise in German industrial production, which was well up on the median expectation for 0.3%

Main Macro Events Today

UK Man. Production & BOE – Production and trade numbers for May are also up today, where manufacturing output expected ticking up by 0.5% m/m and by 0.2% y/y. Also BOE Governor Carney is due to speak today regarding the economic impact of climate change at the G20 meeting.

U.S. Employment – June employment data is out today and should post a 180k headline for the month following 138k in May and 174k in April. The unemployment rate should hold steady at 4.3% from May, down from 4.4% in April.

Canadian Employment Data – Employment is projected to grow 20.0k in June after the 54.5k surge in May, as Canada’s labour market continues to tighten. Unemployment is expected at 6.6% in June, matching the 6.6% in May. The Ivey PMI is seen rising to 55.0 in June from 53.8 on a seasonally adjusted basis, which would leave the index above 50.0 for the thirteenth consecutive month.
 
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Please note that times displayed based on local time zone and are from time of writing this report.

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« Reply #497 on: Monday, July 10, 2017 - 10:13 »

Date : 10th July 2017.

MACRO EVENTS & NEWS OF 10th July 2017.




FX News Today

The FOMC’s decision to outline its balance sheet unwind last month kicked off the beginning of the end for the central banks’ emergency QE programs. Other central banks, including the BoE, ECB, and BoC have been following suit now too. The shift in tone was surprising given the downtrend in global inflation pressures and this will be a challenge going forward. But central bank-speak suggests policymakers are willing to look through that dynamic, especially as growth remains relatively solid. Right on cue, inflation and growth data will dominate global calendars, while Fed chair Yellen will give her semi-annual Humphrey Hawkins testimony.

United States: U.S. markets will have a lot on their plates this week as they continue to assess the June jobs data, global developments in the aftermath of the G20 meeting, while looking ahead to Fed chair Yellen’s Humphrey Hawkins testimony and a batch of key data on inflation, sales, and production. There are several important data releases on the calendar, though not until Friday, which could help clarify the near-term picture for the Fed and the markets. The June CPI report will be the focus, with the headline expected to fall 0.2% thanks to the drop in energy prices, while the core edges up 0.1%. The annual pace should slow to 1.5% y/y from 1.9% y/y on the overall reading, while the core remains steady at 1.7% y/y. The Fed remains disappointed by the sluggishness, but the comments from the June minutes that the slowdown is a function of “idiosyncratic” factors suggests officials will continue to look through the data and concentrate more on economic growth. June retail sales will be the other report of note and are expected to post an unchanged reading overall .Other data over the week includes consumer sentiment from the University of Michigan (Friday), the June NFIB small business survey is on tap (Tuesday), along with a Yellen favorite, JOLTS (Tuesday). Jobless claims and PPI, along with the June budget, are due (Thursday).

Fedspeak: Yellen’s testimony before the House Financial Services Committee (Wednesday) and the Senate Banking Committee (Thursday) will highlight. Her comments will be scrutinized for any sign that the timing could be accelerated, with an announcement on the portfolio at the upcoming July FOMC, with the start of the shrinkage in September. Or given the weaker trend in inflation, we will listen to hear any indication the slowdown in inflation is giving her cold feet on further normalization, pushing off action on the balance sheet and rate hikes further into year end, or even 2018.  Fedspeak from various others on the Committee will be of interest too. SF Fed’s Williams speaks from Australia (Monday 23:05 ET). Governor Brainard’s remarks on monetary policy (Tuesday 12:00 ET) will be closely monitored too. On the other end of the hawk-dove spectrum is KC’s George who will discuss the balance sheet and the economic outlook (Wednesday 14:15ET). Chicago Fed’s Evans (a voter) also will speak on monetary policy and the economy (Thursday11:30 ET). The hawkish Dallas Fed’s Kaplan attends and speaks at a conference on monetary policy (Friday 09:30 ET). The Beige Book (Wednesday) will be overlooked in favor of Yellen’s testimony, and won’t deviate from the moderate growth outlook.

Canada: In Canada, the Bank of Canada’s policy announcement, Monetary Policy Report and press conference (Wednesday) comprise the main event this week. A hawkish U-turn by the Bank via several recent appearances and interviews by Governor Poloz and Senior Deputy Governor Wilkins have left a widespread expectation that the Bank will increase rates by 25 basis points to 0.75%.The data calendar is lean this week. Housing starts (Tuesday) are seen improving to a 200k pace in June from the 194.7k clip in May. The June Teranet/National HPI (Wednesday) and the May new home price index are also due this week.

Europe: European bond yields continue to rise, while Eurozone spreads are widening as ECB officials continue to mull exit strategies, despite the fact that the Bank still has an easing bias on QE and that tapering won’t start until early next year. This week’s data round is unlikely to settle the argument over inflation one way or the other as there’s unlikely to be an major revisions to final price data for June. German HICP (Tuesday) is expected to be confirmed at 1.5% y/y, the French reading (Tuesday) at just 0.8% y/y, the Italian at 1.2% y/y and finally the Spanish at 1.2%. Those would all be sufficiently soft to back the doves’ arguments who maintain that the inflation remains too low and that the economy still needs a substantial degree of monetary support. Meanwhile, the hawks can find solace in May production numbers, which are expected to rise 1.2% m/m, more than doubling the 0.5% pace from April, supported by very strong German and French numbers. The data calendar also has German and Eurozone trade numbers. Germany issues 10-year Bunds (Wednesday).

UK: UK data has been flagging an onset of a stagnation in economic growth, with last week bringing unexpected weakness in production, trade, and house prices, and in all three of the PMI sector surveys. The new minority government, meanwhile, has managed to survive the early weeks of its existence, and negotiations with EU counterparts on Brexit will continue as planned. The “Great Repeal” bill will start to be debated in the coming weeks. The calendar this week is relatively quiet, highlighted by June labor data (Wednesday). The report is expected to show the unemployment rate holding steady at the cycle low of 4.6% in May. A key focus for policymakers and the markets alike, will be average household earnings, as any fresh signs of weakness will provide an offset to the hawkish stance of the BoE. The BRC June report on retail sales is also due (Monday), which will also be scrutinized for signs of weakness as incomes have tipped into negative growth in real terms in recent months.

Japan: In Japan, June PPI (Wednesday) is forecast slipping to 1.9% y/y from 2.1%, while the May tertiary index (Wednesday) is expected to fall 0.5% after rising 1.2% in April. Revised May industrial production will be released on Friday.

China: The June trade report (Thursday) should see the surplus widen to $42.0 bln from $40.8 bln. June retail sales are set for a Saturday release, and are forecast up 10.5% y/y from 10.7% previously.

Australia: In Australia, the pickings are slim this week. Top tier economic data is limited to housing investment (Tuesday), expected to bounce 1.0% m/m in May after the 1.9% drop in April. The Reserve Bank of Australia has nothing scheduled this week. The next event is the July 17 release of the July meeting minutes.

New Zealand: New Zealand’s calendar has June retail card spending (Tuesday), which we expect will rebound 0.5% after the 0.4% drop in May. REINZ house sales for June are due out during the week. The Reserve Bank of New Zealand’s next meeting is on August 10. No change is expected to the current 1.75% rate through year-end.
 
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Please note that times displayed based on local time zone and are from time of writing this report.

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« Reply #498 on: Tuesday, July 11, 2017 - 10:09 »

Date : 11th July 2017.

MACRO EVENTS & NEWS OF 11th July 2017.




FX News Today

European Outlook: Equity markets remained in a positive mood in Asia overnight, with Hong Kong stocks heading for another gain of more than 1%, led by insurers and banks. The Nikkei is up 0.57%, with exporters underpinned by a weaker Yen. U.K. and U.S. futures are also moving higher, pointing to another positive session in Europe, where Eurozone markets in particular found solace yesterday in ECB comments suggesting that the ECB won’t tweak its forward guidance again until September. Oil prices are slightly higher on the day and the front end Nymex future is trading at USD 44.48 per barrel. The European calendar remains pretty light. Released overnight U.K. BRC like for like retail sales came in much better than expected at 1.2%. Still to come Italy releases industrial production data for May.

US reports: U.S. consumer credit surged $18.4 bln in May, following the upwardly revised $12.9 bln April gain (was $8.2 bln). Non-revolving credit continued to lead the strength, rising $11.0 bln versus $11.8 bln previously. Revolving credit increased $7.4 bln after edging up $1.2 bln in April. For Q1, credit climbed $45.5 bln and was up $57.8 bln in Q4. Also, U.S. Fed’s Labor Market Conditions index rose 1.5 points in June following an upwardly revised 3.3-point May increase (was 2.3) and a 3.8-point April jump. This is a 13th straight monthly gain. The index is heavily weighted by the unemployment rate, and the rise to 4.357% from 4.294% in Friday’s jobs report was a factor behind the gain. The LMCI, a favorite of chair Yellen, is a composite indicator comprised of 19 already released variables and corroborates the view of a solid labor market.

ECB’s:  ECB seen steady over the summer. Comments from Bank of France governor Villeroy over the weekend seem to confirm that the central bank will refrain from policy and guidance changes at the July meeting and wait until September, when the next set of forecasts are due to decide on whether to tweak its stimulus settings. At the same time ECB Chief Economist Praet said in a newspaper article that “we still need a long period of accommodative policy”, in what looks like a fresh attempt to calm the nerves of investors, after some hawkish comments saw Eurozone yields rising last week. Yesterday we also saw a release of Eurozone Sentix Investor confidence which fell back in July, with the total reading declining to 28.3 from 28.4 in the previous month. The indicator for the current situation still improved to 37.3 from 36.0, but the expectations index fell back to 19.8 from 21.0, the first decline since February.

Germany: Germany posted a sa trade surplus of EUR 20.3 bln in May, slightly higher than the EUR 19.7 bln in the previous month. Exports rose 1.4% m/m on a seasonally adjusted basis, up from 0.9% m/m in April, while import growth stagnated at 1.2% m/m. The three months accumulated figure eased slightly, is is now below the total for Q1, which suggests trade is not making much of a contribution for Q2 GDP. Indeed, accumulated data for the first five months of the year show the total current account surplus falling back to EUR 98.0 bln from EUR 110.3 bln last year, while the trade surplus narrowed to EUR 100.1 bln from EUR 104.8 bln in the corresponding period 2016. Fresh signs then that the recovery this time around is not so much driven by external demand, but consumption and the domestic economy.

Main Macro Events Today

UK MPC Speeches – MPC Member Haldane is due to speak today at the ‘Essentials of Numeracy’ launch event, in London. Today as well, MPC Member Broadbent Speaks in Aberdeen at the Scottish Council for Development and Industry.

Canada Housing Starts – Housing starts are seen improving to a 201.5k pace in June from the 194.7k clip in May.

US NFIB & JOLTS – The June NFIB small business survey is on tap today, along with a Yellen favorite, JOLTS. NFIB expected to stay quite stable at 104.4 from 104.5 last time, while JOLTS job Openings expected to fall at 5.89M from 6.044M in April.

Fedspeak – Governor Brainard’s remarks on monetary policy at 12:00 ET will be closely monitored. She’s a voter and one of the more dovish on the Committee, though she has tacitly supported the Fed’s tightening actions.
 
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« Reply #499 on: Wednesday, July 12, 2017 - 11:51 »

Date : 12th July 2017.

MACRO EVENTS & NEWS OF 12th July 2017.




FX News Today

European Outlook: Asian stock markets were mixed, with Nikkei and ASX underperforming and heading south as the Dollar weakened ahead of Yellen’s testimony today. FTSE 100 futures are moving higher U.S. stock futures are mixed as markets remain in the ban of central bank comments. Yields rose again across Europe and with central banks eying exit trend occasional dovish comments are unlikely to provide more than a brief halt in the uptrends in yields. Today’s data calendar has U.K. labor market data as well as Eurozone May production numbers. Germany auctions a new 10-year Bund.

US reports: revealed U.S. NFIB small business optimism index fell to 103.6 in June from 104.5 in May. It’s the lowest since the 98.4 in November. The index was as high as 105.9 in January, which was the best since the 106.1 print from December 2004. The all-time high is 107.4 from November 2004. The percentage of firms reporting plans to hire fell to 15% from 18%. On the other hand, U.S. JOLTS report showed job openings slumped 301k in May to 5,666k after rising 182k to 5,967k in April. The rate slid to 3.7% from 3.9%. But, hirings increased 429k to 5,472k, rebounding from the 261k drop to 5,043k. The rate improved to 3.7% from 3.5%. And quitters increased 177k to 3,221k after falling 94k to 3,044k. The rate inched up to 2.2% from 2.1%. The headline figure is disappointing, but the quit numbers, a Yellen favorite, should offset. Lastly, the U.S. wholesale report revealed a disappointing 0.5% May wholesale sales drop after a 0.3% (was 0.4%) April decline, though we saw a 0.4% May inventory rise that beat the 0.3% climb in the advance indicators report after a 0.4% April drop. The May sales drop mostly reflected a 7.8% price-led petroleum plunge, though weakness was evident across the durables data as well.

BoE MPC member Broadbent kept mum on interest rates during a speech he delivered before the Scottish Council for Development and Industry earlier. Broadbent was among the majority of MPC members to vote for unchanged policy at the June meeting, which had been a surprise for markets as three of his colleagues voted for a 25 bp hike in the repo rate. He spoke mostly about his view on Brexit risks, concluding that “put simply, a significant curtailment of trade with Europe would force the UK to shift away from producing the things it’s been relatively good at, and therefore tends to export to the EU, and towards the things that it currently imports and is relatively less good at.” Broadbent argued that this, at least initially, would both lower income as trade shifts away from services exports, which the UK has a comparative advantage in, while raising costs as production shifted more towards food and machinery, areas where the UK has a comparative disadvantage. Sterling took a 15-20 pip tumble versus the G3 currencies, with markets appearing to take Broadbent’s words as meaning that he won’t vote for a tightening at the next MPC meeting on August 3.

Fed Governor Brainard: it’s “appropriate soon” to start balance sheet shrinkage, she said in her speech on Cross-Border Spillovers of Balance Sheet Normalization. That’s consistent with the messages from the June policy state, the minutes, and the SEP, though it’s important that the dovish governor echoed that sentiment. The Fed will continue to assess inflation, especially in light of the recent softening, before deciding on the rate path. Policymakers want to move cautiously on further rate increases. She also noted that the currency markets could be more sensitive to the Fed’s rate actions than on the balance sheet.

Main Macro Events Today

UK Labor Data -The U.K. labour market report for May is expected to show the unemployment rate holding steady at the cycle low of 4.6%. A key focus for policymakers and the markets alike, will be average household earnings, as any fresh signs of weakness will provide an offset to the hawkish stance of the BoE.

Fed Yellen – Yellen’s testimony today before the House Financial Services Committee and the Senate Banking Committee (Thursday) will highlight .Her comments will be scrutinized for any sign that the timing could be accelerated, with an announcement on the portfolio at the upcoming July FOMC, with the start of the shrinkage in September. Or given the weaker trend in inflation, we will listen to hear any indication the slowdown in inflation is giving her cold feet on further normalization, pushing off action on the balance sheet and rate hikes further into year end, or even 2018.

BOC Statement –  The Bank of Canada’s policy announcement, Monetary Policy Report and press conference comprise the main event today. A hawkish U-turn by the Bank via several recent appearances and interviews by Governor Poloz and Senior Deputy Governor Wilkins have left a widespread expectation that the Bank will increase rates by 25 basis points to 0.75%.
 
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Please note that times displayed based on local time zone and are from time of writing this report.

Click HERE to access the full HotForex Economic calendar.

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« Reply #500 on: Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 10:19 »

Date : 13th July 2017.

MACRO EVENTS & NEWS OF 13th July 2017.




FX News Today

European Outlook: The positive mood on stock markets continued in Asia overnight as investors focused on the dovish side of Yellen’s testimony yesterday, which already saw U.S. and European markets closing with gains yesterday. In Japan though TSE and Nikkei erased early gains as banks and insurers weighed. Still, U.S. and European stock futures are also moving higher, even if the BoC’s rate hike yesterday was a reminder that global central banks are eying exit steps, which means dovish central bank comments can temporarily halt, but are unlikely to stop the gradual rise in yields going ahead.

Fed Chair Yellen: reiterated the economy grew at a moderate pace, in her prepared remarks, while the labor market continued to strengthen. She also said she and the committee expect that the “evolution of the economy will warrant gradual increases in the federal funds rate.” She also repeated policy is not on a preset course. There was also a repeat of the paragraph on uncertainties in the outlook, and she noted inflation, possible changes in fiscal and other government policies, and regarding the global economy. Bonds and stocks have rallied on these comments, and the dollar has gyrated, even though the gist of her remarks were already released in the Monetary Policy Report last Friday. Yellen on the whites of inflation’s eyes: she side-stepped a question on the exact timing of balance normalization, and whether the soft inflation path could impact the FOMC’s decisions. She added that the Fed has laid out plans to normalize balance sheet in a transparent way and reiterated it’s likely to begin this year and “relatively soon,” echoing the remarks from the policy statement. The Fed overlooked the weaker inflation and real sector data back in June when it hiked rates, suggested another is likely this year, and outlined balance sheet normalization details, and that view still seems to hold currently. Also, Yellen indicated the Fed has tried to outline the balance sheet runoff, and indeed, that was an addendum to last month’s FOMC policy statement. She expects the unwind process to go smoothly as the Fed has been methodical in informing the public.

Bank of Canada: raised rates 25 bps to 0.75%, matching widespread expectations. Recent data have boosted the Bank’s confidence in its outlook for above potential growth and the absorption of excess capacity in the economy. They acknowledge the recent softness in inflation but judge it to be temporary. Given the lag between policy action and future inflation, they decided it was appropriate to raise rates. As for future moves, they will be “guided by incoming data as they inform the Bank’s inflation outlook.”. Hence a follow up hike in September is likely if the economic data remains encouraging and maintains the broadening among regions and sectors seen this year. An October hike (with no change in September) would send a more gradualist message, but given their U-turn in tone and rate hike yesterday, taking it slow is perhaps not a priority. BoC Poloz said that he does not “doubt that rates will move higher” in the full course of time. There is not a pre-determined path, with policy moves data dependent, he said. He responded to a question on if today’s hike was to remove the 50 bp in 2015 cuts or the start of a series of steps upward. Not surprisingly, he did not classify yesterday’s move as either of the two scenarios. The economy, he said, can handle well the move today. Another two hikes in 2018, in January and April.

German Jun HICP was confirmed at 1.5% y/y national CPI at 1.6% y/y. No surprises there, and although the slight uptick in the headline rate over the month was against the general trend in the Eurozone, even the German HICP is clearly below the ECB’s definition of price stability. Lower oil prices are playing a key factor as annual energy price inflation has now turned negative and stood at -0.1% y/y in June, down from 0.8% y/y in May and compared to 2.8% y/y at the start of the year. Prices for light heating oil rose merely 0.9% y/Y in June, after still rising 11.7% y/y in May and a staggering 42.5% y/y in January. So base effects from energy prices are now holding back the headline rate, and indeed the ECB already cut back its inflation projection on the back of lower than anticipated oil prices. More arguments then for the doves at the council, who are eager to reassure markets that nothing has changed so far, although that QE tapering will start early next year is almost certain.

Main Macro Events Today

US PPI – June PPI data is out today and should post a -0.2% headline decline with a 0.2% core increase. This follows May figures which had a flat headline and a 0.3% core index. There is some downside risk to the headline as WTI oil prices dipped 7.0% on the month.

US Jobless Claims – Initial claims data for the week of July 8 are out today and are expected to post a decline to 245k from 248k last week and 244k the week prior.

Fedspeak – Yellen’s testimony today on the Senate Banking Committee  will highlight.

BOC NHPI – Canada’s calendar has New Housing Price Index which expected to decline 0.3% m/m in May after the 0.8% in April.
 
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« Reply #501 on: Friday, July 14, 2017 - 10:01 »

Date : 14th July 2017.

MACRO EVENTS & NEWS OF 14th July 2017.




FX News Today

European Outlook: Asian stock markets moved cautiously higher overnight and are heading for a strong week, for Hong Kong the best of the year, helped by a rally in banks and underpinned by cautious comments from Yellen, who doesn’t seem to be in a rush to tighten policy. Central banks remain the key focus and the announcement that Draghi will be speaking at Jackson Hole shortly before the September policy meeting has sparked speculation that he will use the chance to lay out the ECB’s tapering plans, coupled with remarks from BoE’s MacCafferty that the BoE should revisit the guidance on the unwinding of QE sent European yields higher yesterday afternoon, while capping gains in Eurozone equities and seeing the FTSE 100 closing in the red. Stock futures are pointing to a rebound in the FTSE 100, and Yellen’s comments may help bond yields to come off highs at the end of the week. The European calendar has Eurozone trade data as well as final Italian HICP readings.

Fed Chair Yellen: has concluded her testimony yesterday. There wasn’t an attempt to walk back from the cautiously optimistic tone from yesterday’s testimony where she hedged the softer inflation dynamics. Other than her comment that the balance sheet is unwound is likely to push up rates at the long end, there weren’t any big revelations yesterday. That indication has seen the 30-year yield jump 5 bps to 2.925%, with the 5s-30s spread has steepened to 101.6 bps from 100.9 bps yesterday. It was as narrow as 93.5 bps on July 3. She said Q2 GDP growth should be “significantly stronger” versus Q1, but reaching a 3% pace would be “quite challenging.” Yellen on the balance sheet said that their intention is to shrink the balance sheet in a “slow, gradual, and predictable way. Fed has set out a detailed plan on how it will achieve that. Once triggered, the unwind is expected to run in the background. The run off should result in some increase in long term rates compared to the front end, she acknowledged, and the FOMC will take that into account as it sets the funds rate. She expects the funds rate to remain the principal tool of monetary policy. She repeated that the balance sheet and the quantity of reserves will be reduced over the next several years, but won’t go back to the pre-crisis levels.

U.S. reports: revealed a smaller than expected PPI downdraft into mid-year despite falling oil prices, with a lift from rising food prices thanks to hot and dry weather in the upper midwest. We also saw sustained lofty initial claims levels into the holiday week of July that defied the usual auto retooling headline, likely thanks to ongoing vehicle sector weakness and some extended summer plant shutdowns. For PPI, the 0.1% June headline and core price gain beat estimates thanks to a smaller than expected 0.5% energy price drop alongside a 0.6% food price rise. For claims, a 3k downtick to a still-elevated 247k trimmed a 6k rise to 250k (was 248k) in the prior week. Claims are averaging 247k in July, following lean prior averages of 243k in June, 241k in May, and 243k in April. Next week’s BLS survey week reading should lie within the mix of 242k in June, 233k in May, and 243k in April, though the recent up-tilt may imply an overshoot.

Main Macro Events Today

EU Trade Balance – May Trade Balance for expected to post an increase at 20.3B from 19.6 B last month.

US Retail Sales – The June retail sales report expected to be a flat with the ex-autos figure up 0.2% This follows respective May figures of -0.3% for both the headline and ex-autos and 0.4% for both figures in April. There is possible downside risk from the recent declines in auto sales as well as declines in gasoline prices. Meanwhile. June CPI should post a flat headline as well with a 0.2% increase for the core. This compares to the May figures which had the headline down 0.1% and the core up 0.1% and April where the headline was 0.2% and the core 0.1%. An anticipated dip in gasoline prices could weigh on the release too.

US CPI and Industrial Production – June industrial production data is out today and should post a 0.3% increase for the headline following a flat rate in May and a 1.1% bounce in April. Capacity utilization should tick up to 76.8% from 76.6% in May and 76.7% in April. Mining and factory employment both climbed in the June which could provide a tailwind to the release.
 
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« Reply #502 on: Monday, July 17, 2017 - 10:12 »

Date : 17th July 2017.

MACRO EVENTS & NEWS OF 17th July 2017.




FX News Today

The conundrum of improved growth and slowing inflation continues to bedevil central bankers as the opposing dynamics lead to conflicting policy prescriptions on normalization. But there’s a new wrinkle as QT, quantitative tightening, comes into view, alongside the more traditional tool of rate management, each of which have differing implications for bond markets. And the differing views of hawks and doves have resulted in a clash of commentary that’s done more to confuse and vex the markets regarding the course of policy, rather than provide stability through transparency. The markets will remain hypersensitive to policy actions and policy-speak near term, while keeping a close eye on inflation and growth data.

United States: U.S. markets will continue to assess Fed Chair Yellen’s testimony last week, where she remained optimistic on growth, but hedged on “transitory” inflation outlook. Headlining the data slate will be June housing starts, July PMIs and trade prices, none of which will be crucial for trading. Housing starts (Wednesday) are forecast rising to a 1,190k pace in June following the 5.5% drop to 1,092k in May. However, a rise in construction jobs last month suggests upside risk. The July Empire State index (Monday) is seen falling back to 15.0 after jumping 20.8 points to 19.8 in June (which was the highest since September 2014). Also, the July Philly Fed index (Thursday) should dip to 24.0 following the 11.2 slide to 27.6 in June. The 43.3 print from February was the highest going back to January 1984. The June trade price data (Tuesday) will be of interest. Import prices are forecast falling 0.5% after dipping 0.3% in May, with petroleum the main factor behind the weakness. Export prices should edge up 0.1% following a 0.7% drop in May where declines in food and ag prices weighed. Other releases on this week’s calendar are the NAHB homebuilder survey for July (Tuesday), May Treasury capital flows (Tuesday), and weekly initial jobless claims (Thursday).

Canada: Canada’s calendar has a healthy helping of economic data this week, but nothing from the Bank of Canada. However, the economic data could influence expectations for the September announcement. The June existing home sales report is expected to be released on Monday, with a 5.0% y/y drop projected for total sales. Manufacturing (Wednesday) is seen rising 1.0% m/m in May after the 1.1% improvement in April. Retail sales (Friday) are projected to grow 0.3% m/m in May after the 0.8% gain in April. CPI is expected to dip 0.1% in June (m/m, nsa) after the 0.1% rise in May, leaving a slowing in the annual growth rate to 1.0% in June from the 1.3% y/y pace in May. But the June CPI is of little importance to the near-term policy outlook, given that the BoC is looking through the temporary factors (decline in auto prices and electricity costs) that are holding back total and core inflation growth. CPI will become more important later this year, when the temporary nature of the presumed factors restraining inflation will be tested.

Europe: All eyes will be on the ECB this week as traders look to the central bank for direction. Conflicting messages from ECB officials exacerbated volatility in recent weeks, and nerves are likely to remain high. The ECB is widely expected to be heading for tapering early next year, although Praet and Draghi are wary of committing prematurely to exit steps and have been instrumental in keeping the QE easing bias in place. Data releases this week are unlikely to add further ammunition to the arguments of the hawks at the council. The final reading of Eurozone June HICP inflation (Monday) is widely expected to be confirmed at just 1.3% y/y from 1.4% y/y in May, and clearly below the ECB’s 2% limit for price stability. However, base effects from energy prices are actually largely to blame for the slowing versus May, and core inflation ticked higher in the June preliminary to 1.2% y/y from 1.0%, as did the German headline rate. Still, with German PPI inflation seen slowing in May, the doves around Praet and Draghi will continue to argue that the low inflation environment still warrants a substantial degree of monetary stimulus. The ECB has acknowledged though, that growth is strengthening and that adverse deflation scenarios are no longer looking likely. That prompted the move to a neutral stance on rates in June. And, the expected further improvement in Eurozone consumer confidence (Thursday) to -1.1 from -1.3 should back expectations for ongoing robust growth going ahead. German ZEW investor confidence (Tuesday) meanwhile is likely to reflect market concerns about the impact of tapering as global central banks eye exit steps. The Eurozone also has current account data for May (Thursday), and there’s a German 30-year Bund sale (Wednesday). The ECB releases its bank lending survey (Tuesday).

UK: This week’s schedule brings the June inflation report (Tuesday), where expected headline CPI to remain at 2.9% y/y, a four-year high. The sharp y/y weakening in sterling following the Brexit vote in June last year has kindled inflation, and at least three of the current eight-member MPC committee (normally nine, with one position currently vacant) are now itching to reverse last August’s 25 bp cut in the repo rate. Official retail sales for June (Thursday) has us expecting a 0.2% m/m rebound after the sharp 1.2% contracting on May.

Japan: Japan is closed on Monday for Marine Day holiday. The BoJ meeting (Wednesday, Thursday) will be a focal point given the world-wide interest in all things central banking. No changes in policy are expected in either rates or stimulus. The Bank may, however, downgrade its inflation outlook, while upping expectations for the economy, consistent with recent global patters and according to recent market chatter. Data includes the June trade report which expected the balance to flip to a JPY 500.0 bln surplus, from the JPY 204.2 bln shortfall in May. The softer yen likely supported a bounce in exports after three months of weakness. The May all-industry index (Thursday) should fall 1.0% m/m based on declines in retail sales and industrial production, after the prior 2.1% increase.

Australia: The June employment report (Thursday) is the highlight this week. A 20.0k gain is projected following the 42.0k improvement in May. The unemployment rate is seen rising to 5.6% from 5.5%. The Reserve Bank of Australia (Tuesday) releases the minutes to the July 4 meeting where the cash rate was left steady at 1.50% and Governor Lowe’s statement was consistent with an unchanged stance over the rest of the year as the August 2016 easing continues to roll through the economy.

New Zealand: New Zealand’s calendar has Q2 CPI (Tuesday), expected to rise 0.1% (q/q, sa) after the 1.0% gain in Q1. The Reserve Bank of New Zealand’s next meeting is on August 10.
 
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« Reply #503 on: Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - 10:45 »

Date : 18th July 2017.

MACRO EVENTS & NEWS OF 18th July 2017.




FX News Today

European Outlook: Asian stock markets headed south even as rate hike expectations are being pushed out, as investors turn their focus on U.S. politics and rising doubts over Trump’s reform agenda. In China markets continued to fret about the prospect of tighter regulations and Sunac China Holdings Ltd came under pressure in Hong Kong amid media reports that banks are looking into the company’s credit risk. A stronger Yen meanwhile weighed on exporters as markets re-opened after a long weekend, although it was the AUD that outperformed. U.K. and U.S. stock futures are also down, while oil prices are holding marginally above USD 46 per barrel. Today’s calendar has German ZEW investor sentiment as well as the ECB’s bank lending survey, while the U.K. has inflation numbers for June. The ECB meeting on Thursday continues to hang over Eurozone markets, with investors concerned that Draghi may already drop the easing bias on QE.

U.S. reports: U.S. Empire State manufacturing index dropped 10.0 points to 9.8 in July, lower than expected, after rebounding 20.8 points to 19.8 in June. The latter was the highest since September 2014. Declines were broad-based. The employment component fell for a third consecutive month, sliding to 3.9 from 7.7, with the workweek at unchanged from 8.5. New orders fell to 13.3 from 18.1. But, prices paid edged up to 21.3 from 20.0, with prices received at 11.0 from 10.8. The 6-month general business outlook index eased to 34.9 from 41.7, with employment at 11.8 from 12.3. The future new order index was 33.4 from 42.2, with prices paid at 30.7 from 33.1 and prices received at 15.7 from 13.8. Capital expenditures are at 15.0 from 20.8, with technology spending at 11.8 from 11.5.

Final June EMU HICP inflation was confirmed at 1.3% y/y, in line with the preliminary number and down from 1.4% y/y in May. The breakdown confirmed that the deceleration in the headline rate was mainly due to lower energy price inflation, which dropped back to just 1.9% y/y from 4.5% y/y in the previous month. Services price inflation meanwhile accelerated to 1.6% y/y. Still, while core inflation moved up from the 0.9% y/y in May, at 1.1% y/y it remains far below the ECB’s 2% limit for price stability and prices for non-energy industrial goods rose just 0.4% y/y, so plenty there for the doves at the ECB to argue with. Against that background Draghi is likely to stick to the message from June at this week’s council meeting and try to calm tapering nerves ahead of the summer break.

Main Macro Events Today

German ZEW  – ZEW investor confidence today is likely to reflect market concerns about the impact of tapering as global central banks eye exit steps. A slight decline in the headline July number to 18.3 is expected from June’s 18.6. Those are still strong level, indicating that optimists outnumber pessimists, and so should not spark fresh growth concerns, although after some disappointing U.S. data and cautious comments from Yellen, it will underpin the halt in the rise in yields.

UK PPI & CPI – The June inflation report expected with headline CPI to remain at 2.9% y/y, a four-year high. The sharp y/y weakening in sterling following the Brexit vote in June last year has kindled inflation, and at least three of the current eight-member MPC committee (normally nine, with one position currently vacant) are now itching to reverse last August’s 25 bp cut in the repo rate. The PPI for June expected to decrease at -1.0% from -1.3% last month.

BoE Gov. Carney – BoE Governor Carney will give a speech today at the unveil of the new £10 note, in Hampshire.

US Trade Data & NAHB – The June trade price data will be of interest. Import prices are forecast falling 0.5% after dipping 0.3% in May, with petroleum the main factor behind the weakness. Export prices should edge up 0.1% following a 0.7% drop in May where declines in food and ag prices weighed. Other releases for today are the NAHB homebuilder survey for July and May Treasury capital flows .
 
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« Reply #504 on: Wednesday, July 19, 2017 - 09:11 »

Date : 19th July 2017.

MACRO EVENTS & NEWS OF 19th July 2017.




FX News Today

European Outlook: Asian stock markets moved mostly higher, as USD steadied. The ASX is outperforming despite ongoing strength in AUD and FTSE 100 futures are rising in tandem with U.S. futures. Long yields picked up in the U.S. and Japan, but the September Bund contract moved higher in after hour trade yesterday, suggesting opening gains in Bund futures, after yesterday’s sharp drop in European yields. Oil prices are slightly down, but the front end WTI future is holding above USD 46 per barrel. Today’s European calendar is quiet, with a German 30-year auction and Eurozone construction output the only highlights, leaving the focus firmly on U.S. political events and the ECB meeting tomorrow.

 ACA reform: A smattering of healthcare headlines in wake of the ACA reform abandonment and now chorus of outright repeal calls suggests the debate appears to be disintegrating further. Republican senators Collins, Portman and Capito indicated that they would vote against a repeal without a replacement plan. In contrast, Vice President Pence said he and Trump would “fully support” leader McConnell’s decision to move forward with a bill that only repeals Obamacare in a “fresh start.” Pence warned that congressional inaction “is not an option and congress needs to do their job.” Senate Democratic leader Schumer said an Obamacare repeal without replacement would be a “disaster.” Meanwhile, House Budget Chairwoman Black said she expects the Republican budget to pass the panel and full House vote. Trump’s postscript on ACA reform was aired live and he confirmed that he was “disappointed” that after hearing repeal/replace on healthcare for 7-years that the votes weren’t there. He didn’t consider the renegade votes “disloyal,” but said that more effort would need to take place to get more Republicans in seats in 2018. Trump then reiterated his fallback plan of letting Obamacare fail and predicted the Dems would come back at that point to replace it or come up with something else.

U.S. reports: import prices fell 0.2% in June, with export prices off 0.2% as well. The 0.3% decline in May import prices was revised up to -0.1%, while May export prices were nudged to -0.5% from -0.7% previously. Petroleum import prices dropped another 2.2% (a fourth straight monthly slide) versus -1.2% previously (revised from -3.9%). As for export prices, agriculture prices dropped 1.5% from -1.6%, with foods, beverages at -1.6% from -2.0%, with industrial supplies flat from -1.3%. Excluding ag, export prices were flat. Slowing inflation remains the theme into the summer months and that should support Treasury gains. U.S. NAHB homebuilder sentiment index fell 2 points to 64 in July, below expectations, after falling 3 points to 66 in June (revised from 67). It’s the lowest since 63 in October, and below the 67 6-month average, but it is well up from the 58 a year ago. The current single-family sales index dropped 2 points 70 from 72 last month. The future sales index also declined 2 points to 73 from 75. The index of prospective buyer traffic slid to 48 after dropping 2 ticks to 49 previously. The NAHB indicated tariffs on Canadian lumber are weighing.

Eurozone: UK June CPI unexpectedly softened to 2.6% y/y after May’s cycle-high rate of 2.9% y/y. The median forecast had been for an unchanged 2.9% outcome. The ebb is in sync with the directional pattern seen in inflation readings in other key economies in June, although price pressures in the UK remain relatively more elevated due to the inflationary consequences of the sharp y/y sterling decline following the Brexit vote at the end of June last year. A decline in motor fuels was a key factor driving the headline rate lower, along with the prices of recreational and cultural goods and services. German ZEW investor confidence weaker than expected, with the expectations reading falling back to 17.5 in July from 18.6 in the previous month. Expectations had been for a correction in sentiment amid the realization that global central bank support has peaked, but the dip is still more pronounced than anticipated, especially as the current conditions indicator also fell back. More arguments then for the doves at the ECB who are eager not to let markets price in tapering steps too early and we expect Draghi to try and calm nerves at this week’s council meeting, which will be the last ahead of a summer break, with the next meeting only scheduled for September.

Main Macro Events Today

US Housing Starts – Housing starts are forecast rising to a 1,160k pace in June following the 5.5% drop to 1,092k in May. However, a rise in construction jobs last month suggests upside risk.

Canada Manufacturing – Manufacturing shipments, due today, are expected to reveal a 1.0% m/m gain in May after the 1.1% rise in April. Forecast is supported by a 1.3% improvement in export values during May. However, gold shipments to the U.K. were a driver of total exports, suggesting some downside risk for our manufacturing shipments projection. An as-expected rebound in shipments would be supportive of the “improving” narrative for Canada’s economy this year, and hence underpin expectations for one more rate hike this year.

Japanese Trade – Data includes the June trade report. The balance expected to flip to a JPY 500.0 bln surplus, from the JPY 204.2 bln shortfall in May. The Exports and Imports expected to fall by 5.4% and 3.2% respectively.
 
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« Reply #505 on: Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 10:07 »

Date : 20th July 2017.

MACRO EVENTS & NEWS OF 20th July 2017.




FX News Today

European Outlook: Asian stock markets moved broadly higher, led by Japan, as the BoJ kept its accommodative policy unchanged and the Yen weakened. FTSE 100 futures are also higher, while U.S. futures are narrowly mixed. The eyes are now turning to the ECB, which is expected to follow the BoJ’s lead and keep not only current policy, but the forward guidance unchanged. There is some lingering concern that the central bank could already drop the easing bias on QE at today’s meeting, so Bunds could get a boost from Draghi’s attempts to calm tapering nerves ahead of the summer break. The European data calendar has U.K. retail sales, as well as Eurozone current account and BoP data for May.

U.S. reports:. housing starts rebounded 8.3% to a 1.215 mln pace in June, better than forecast, after the 2.8% decline in May to 1.122 mln. The gain breaks a string of three straight monthly declines, and it’s only the second increase of the year. Single family starts rose 6.3% versus -2.9% previously, while multifamily starts jumped 13.3% from -2.4%. Building permits increased 7.4% to 1.254 after falling 4.9% to 1.168 mln. Regionally, starts surged in the Northeast (83.7%) and in the Midwest (22.0%), and were up in the West (1.6%), while they declined in the South (-3.8%). Housing completions improved 5.2% to 1.203 mln after increasing 4.2% to 1.144 mln.

Canada: manufacturing shipment values grew 1.1% in May, as expected, but after a sharp downward revision in April to a 0.4% gain (was +1.1%). A 4.2% gain in transport equipment sales and a 2.4% rise in chemical sales drove the increase total manufacturing shipments during May. Manufacturing sales slipped 0.1% when motor vehicles, parts and accessories are excluded. A total of 16 out of 21 industries reported an improvement in sales values. Durable goods sales grew 2.2% while non-durables dipped 0.3%. Notably, lower prices knocked petroleum and coal industry sales values 3.4% lower in May. Manufacturing sales volumes expanded 1.1% m/m in May, supportive of continued momentum in May GDP. A 0.2% m/m gain in May GDP is expected after the 0.2% rise in April. The report is supportive of the Bank’s upbeat growth outlook, in turn underpinning projections for a near term rate hike. Another 25 bp move is expected in October after no change in September.

German: PPI inflation fell back to 2.4% y/y in June, from 2.5% y/y in the previous month. A tad higher than anticipated, but still continuing the recent downtrend as oil prices turn out to be weaker than previously thought. Headline Eurozone inflation also fell back in June as energy price inflation eased, so there is no really new message from the German PPI numbers, although at 2.4% y/y, the numbers remain elevated.

Main Macro Events Today

UK Retail Sales – Official retail sales for June expected at a 0.2% m/m rebound after the sharp 1.2% contracting on May.

ECB Rate Decision, Monetary Policy statement & Conference – After the ECB removed the easing bias on rates in June, but still maintained an easing bias on QE, the central bank expected to keep policy parameters unchanged at today’s council meeting, which will be followed by a longer summer break. The message today is likely to remain that the economy may be improving but still needs a substantial degree of monetary support and cautious remarks from Draghi should underpin bonds, even if a no-change outcome is widely expected.

US Jobless Claims – U.S. initial jobless claims are expected to be 245k in the week-ended July 15. Meanwhile the July Philly Fed index should dip to 24.0 following the 11.2 slide to 27.6 in June.
 
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« Reply #506 on: Friday, July 21, 2017 - 09:24 »

Date : 21st July 2017.

MACRO EVENTS & NEWS OF 21st July 2017.




FX News Today

European Outlook: Asian stock markets are slightly down, as banks and carmakers weighed on the index and the Yen held gains while investors look with some concern to political events in the U.S. In Europe, Draghi failed to calm tapering nerves yesterday and the EUR surged higher in the wake of the press conference, which saw Eurozone stock markets closing in the red. After the tumultuous afternoon, yesterday the GER30 seems to be heading for a quiet end to the week. The FTSE 100 outperformed yesterday and managed slight gains, amid a weak pound and could get some support today from reports that the government is accepting the need for a transitional period that will see the U.K. remaining in the single market and customs union for some time after 2019. Today’s data calendar is quiet, focusing on U.K. public finance data, although the ECB’s survey of professional forecasters could also attract some attention.

FX Update: The euro has been in consolidation mode after rallying strongly yesterday in the wake of the ECB’s policy announcement, which has left markets anticipating a tapering in QE, even it is still some way down the road. EURUSD has been settled in the mid-to-low 1.16s, below the 23-month high logged yesterday at 1.1658, although lifting somewhat in early European trade. EURJPY managed to edge out a fresh 10-day high, at 130.32. EURGBP has plied a narrow range just of yesterday’s eight-month peak 0.8977, weighed on slightly by a bid in Cable, which has lifted above 1.2980, putting in a little distance from the five-session low it saw yesterday at 1.2933. The UK’s international trade secretary, Fox, said that he is not planning on leaving the EU in 2019 without a deal, although the prime minster and other ministers had formerly used this “cliff edge” threat as an apparent bargaining tool in pre-negotiation salvos. Fox said that could be a two-year “implementation phase,” or transition period. His remarks help allay market concerns of divisions in the government’s approach to Brexit.

ECB’s President Draghi: Yesterday’s ECB meeting didn’t bring any real surprises. Rates and forward guidance were left unchanged and Draghi was eager to calm nerves ahead of the summer break as he tried to explain and clarify his comments from Sintra, which sent yields sharply higher at the end of last month. As Draghi said the last thing the ECB wants is for financing conditions to tighten prematurely and against that background, the central bank is not just keeping the easing bias on QE in place, but also remains reluctant to commit not just to actual tapering, but to the timing of the decision on the future of asset purchases. Also, yesterday Eurozone consumer confidence unexpectedly fell back to -1.7 in July from -1.3 in the previous month. Expectations had been for another improvement as labour markets continue to stabilise and inflation falls back again, but it seems lingering concern remains U.S. equities rolled over from highs coinciding with a surge in the euro through 1.16 and another whipsaw on yields. The presumption is that the ECB/euro/bund axis is still driving the volatile trade, but there was also a US AG Sessions presser expressing his wish to continue with his job at the Justice Department, along with others, despite criticism from President Trump.

U.S. reports: revealed a big Philly Fed drop to a still-solid 19.5, following a 7-month stretch of oddly robust levels, while initial claims tightened by 15k to 233k in the BLS survey week after lofty readings as we entered the July auto retooling period. We also saw a 0.6% leading indicators surge that left a 10-month string of gains. The Philly Fed drop accompanied an Empire State July decline to 9.8 from a 3-year high of 19.8 in June, while the ISM-adjusted Empire State fell to 53.3 from a 6-year high of 56.2, leaving a resumption of the drop-back in the available producer sentiment figures after an unexpected June bounce. The mix left a neutral signal for 190k July nonfarm payroll estimate, and an assumed GDP growth bounce to 2.6% in Q2 and 3.1% in Q3 after a 1.4% Q1 rate.

Main Macro Events Today

CAD CPI –  The CPI, expected, to dip 0.1% in June (m/m, nsa) after the 0.1% rise in May, leaving a slowing in the annual growth rate to 1.0% in June from the 1.3% y/y pace in May. Gasoline prices pulled back in June compared to May, which drives forecasts. The three core CPI measures remained tame in May, and are expected to be subdued in June.

CAD Retail Sales – The Retail sales, expected to rise 0.3% gain in May after the 0.8% bounce in April. The ex-autos sales aggregate is seen improving 0.1% in May following the 1.5% surge in April. Gasoline prices tumbled 4.0% m/m in May after the 9.5% gain in April, according to the CPI. Hence, gasoline station sales should exert only a hefty drag on total and ex-autos retail sales. But vehicle sales were solid in May, which should support total sales.

UK Public Finance data –  June’s Public borrowing data is also up today, and expected to go down to 4.80B from 5.99B last time.
 
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« Reply #507 on: Monday, July 24, 2017 - 10:21 »

Date : 22nd July 2017.

MACRO EVENTS & NEWS OF 22nd July 2017.




FX News Today

Both the ECB and BoJ met expectations as each left policy unchanged last week, though the outlook for ECB remains under the dark cloud of future QE tapering, while the BoJ gave up the ghost on its inflation target near-term. The FOMC is set to follow suit and kick the policy can down the road this week, though the markets will remain highly attuned to any hints over the outlook on inflation, the economy, and the balance sheet unwinding timing/

United States: In the U.S., the FOMC is not likely to make any policy changes at the July 25-26 meeting. The slowing in inflation is likely to keep the Fed on the sidelines. Meanwhile, there has been some speculation the Fed could announce the start of QT (quantitative tightening) this week. The economic calendar resumes with existing home sales (Monday) forecast to rise 0.4% to a 5.64 mln unit pace in June. Various May home price indices are due (Tuesday), including the Case-Shiller and FHFA readings. Consumer confidence is also on tap (Tuesday), but expected to slip to 117.0 for July from 118.9, while the Richmond Fed index is seen steady at 7. The MBA mortgage market indices are due (Wednesday), along with the EIA energy inventory report and new home sales may decrease 2.5% to a 595k pace in June. Durable goods orders are forecast to snap back 2.7% in June vs -0.8% in May (Thursday). Advance Q2 GDP should be boosted to 2.6% from 1.4% in Q1 (Friday), given upside risk on consumption, while Q2 ECI is forecast to rise 0.5% from 0.8% and final Michigan sentiment may be revised up to 93.5 from 93.1 previously. Fedspeak continues to run silent into the FOMC decision midweek before Minneapolis Fed’s dovish dissenter Kashkari breaks the ice with a moderated Q&A Chamber of Commerce event from 13:20 ET (Friday)

Canada: In Canada GDP for May (Friday) is the centerpiece of this week’s calendar. An 0.2% m/m gain is projected for May, which would match the 0.2% increase revealed in April. An as-expected improvement in May GDP would leave real GDP growth on track for a roughly 3% gain following the 3.7% surge in Q1, which would match the BoC estimate for Q2 GDP and hence be supportive of the already widespread projection for a near tear rate hike. Wholesale trade (Monday) is seen improving 0.7% after the 1.0% gain in April. The report typically has little lasting impact on the market, but will be the final input into the May GDP projection. May average weekly earnings and the CFIB’s Business Barometer index of small and medium sized business sentiment are both due on Thursday.

Europe: The ECB went into the summer break with a parting shot that once again acknowledged stronger growth while stressing that substantial monetary accommodation remains necessary and that inflation is not where the ECB wants to it see yet. This week brings the first key GDP readings for Q2 and French growth seen steady, while Spanish growth is expected to come in unchanged at 0.8% q/q. A robust second quarter would tie-in with improved confidence indicators, although looking ahead, it may feel as though that is as good as it gets for now, with July confidence indicators expected to fall back slightly. A decline in the manufacturing PMI to 57.2 expected and a marginally better service reading of 55.4 which would leave the July composite PMI unchanged at 56.2. Risks are to the downside though, considering the second consecutive dip in German ZEW investor confidence and as the euphoria over Macron’s election victory fades and political risks ease. July Eurozone Economic Confidence is expected to have eased to 110.9 from 111.1 in June.

Inflation, meanwhile, remains far below the ECB’s definition of price stability and July preliminary HICP readings from Germany, France and Spain are likely to indicate that this won’t change soon. Growth forecasts may have been revised up, but inflation forecasts are being scaled back with the latest surge in the EUR doing nothing to change the picture that a strong currency and weaker than projected oil prices will keep headline inflation subdued.

UK: The calendar this week features the first release of Q2 GDP (Wednesday), which it is expected to rise 0.3% q/q and by 1.7% y/y, which would follow respective Q1 figures of 0.2% and 2.0%. The quarterly pace of growth likely remained relatively lackluster in Q1 compared to growth in the Eurozone and the U.S., and the same picture looks likely to be painted again this quarter. Weakness in sterling following the Brexit vote last June has fed a secular rise in UK inflation, which in turn has eroded household incomes and consumer spending, which in recent years of government austerity has been the main driver of the economy. Other data releases include the CBI’s July surveys, with the industrial trends report (Tuesday) seen ebbing to 11 in the headline total orders reading after 16 in the prior month, while the distributive trades report (Thursday) is expected to fall to a reading of 10 in the headline realized sales figure after 12 in June.

Japan: Japan’s docket gets under way on Wednesday, with June services PPI due. Prices expected at 0.5% y/y versus the previous 0.7% outcome. The remainder of the calendar comes on Friday, starting with CPI data. June national prices are seen slowing to 0.3% y/y from 0.4% overall, and up 0.3% y/y from 0.4% on a core basis. June unemployment is seen falling a tenth to 3.0%, while the job offers/seekers ratio is expected at 1.50 from 1.49. June personal income and PCE are due, with the latter forecast to have risen 0.5% y/y from -0.1% previously. June retail sales are penciled in at a 0.5% y/y rate from -0.6% for larger retailers, and up 3.0% y/y from 2.1% overall

Australia: In Australia, the Q2 CPI (Wednesday) takes center stage given the global focus on inflation. The latter was discussed at the July 4 policy meeting. Trade prices (Thursday) are seen rising 1.0% in Q2 (q/q, sa) for imports and falling 6.0% for exports. The Q2 PPI is due Friday. Reserve Bank of Australia Governor Lowe speaks on the Labor Market and Monetary Policy (Wednesday) form Sydney.

New Zealand: New Zealand’s calendar has June trade (Wednesday), expected to reveal a NZ$150 mln surplus following the NZ$103 mln surplus in May.
 
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« Reply #508 on: Tuesday, July 25, 2017 - 09:33 »

Date : 23rd July 2017.

MACRO EVENTS & NEWS OF 23rd July 2017.




FX News Today

European Outlook: Asian stock markets mostly moved sideways, fluctuating between gains and losses ahead of the Fed meeting. Asia’s equity benchmark remains near the highest level since 2007, and the ASX managed a nearly 0.9% gain so far, despite a stronger AUD as oil prices moved higher. The Fed is likely to remain on hold this week and could push out further action on rates, but markets are still cautious, with U.S. stock futures also moving sideways, although the FTSE 100 future is managing gains, as the pound retreats. The EUR meanwhile is on the rise again and Mersch’s comments on reflation and his more optimistic view on inflation and growth could also see fresh pressure on Bund futures. The 10-year cash yield already moved up from lows in late trade yesterday and closed above 0.50% and indeed, while Draghi may have been eager to calm nerves ahead of the summer, tapering is still on the agenda for next year.

US Data:  U.S. Markit manufacturing PMI jumped 1.2 points to 53.2 in the July preliminary print after falling 0.7 points to 52.0 in June. It was 52.9 a year ago. This is a 14th consecutive month of expansion. Also, the bounce breaks a string of declines going back to the start of the year after the gauge hit 55.0 in January, reflecting increased momentum as the second half of the year begins after the slowing in Q1 and Q2. The index hit a recent low of 50.7 in May 2016. The preliminary July services index was unchanged at 54.2 after rising 0.6 points in June 53.6 in May. It was 51.4 a year ago. It’s a 17th straight month of expansion and has been fairly stable in the 53.5 area all year since hitting a high of 55.6 in January. Employment rose to 54.4 from 52.8 previously and is the highest reading since December. Prices charged fell. The flash composite index rose 0.3 points to 54.2 in July from 53.9 in June and is the highest reading since January. It was 51.8 a year ago. Employment and new orders improved.

SNB’s Jordan: CHF still significantly overvalued. The central bank head said in an interview with Le Temp, conducted last week and published late yesterday that this means the SNB is sticking with its policy of low interest rates and intervention on forex markets if needed. Jordan added that inflation remains low with production capacity not fully exhausted. He stressed that the central bank still has enough room to manoeuvre to expand the balance sheet if necessary. The USDCHF was relatively unmoved and trades at 0.9464 down from overnight highs of 0.9476

FX Update:. Narrow ranges have been the order of the day so far, with a combo of a dearth of fresh directional cues, summertime thinness, and the looming proximity of the Fed’s policy announcement (tomorrow) fostering a noncommittal market. USDJPY dipped back under 111.00, reflective of a broad though moderate bid in the yen, which has been seen since just after the Tokyo fix. Stock markets in Asia have seen little direction. EURUSD has continued to oscillate around the 1.1650 level for a second day, holding below the 23-month high at 1.1684 that was pegged in the Asia session on Monday. AUDUSD continued to consolidate the sharp gains the pair saw last week. Cable has remained buoyant above 1.3000, though off yesterday’s four-session peak at 1.3058.

Main Macro Events Today

German Ifo Business Climate  – After yesterday’s disappointing July PMI readings, the German Ifo index tomorrow also comes with a risk to the downside. We had been looking for a drop to 114.9 (med same) from 115.1 in the previous month, but the risk is that the headline number comes in even weaker. Like the PMIs, the Ifo reading is likely to remain at high levels, indicating a robust start to Q3, but after what looked like another strong quarterly growth rate in Q2 it seems with regard to survey indicators this may have been as good as it gets. That doesn’t mean the recovery is abandoned or at risk, but the euphoria that seem to hit sentiment in the wake of the Macron victory is giving way to a more sober assessment. The good news though is that the PMIs point to ongoing improvements on labour markets, so companies continue to invest into the recovery and while the data will back Draghi’s reluctance to commit to QE just yet, it is clear that monthly asset purchases will be scaled back with the new program that will start next year.

US Consumer Confidence  – June Consumer Confidence is expected to fall to 117.0 from 118.9, this compares to a low of 25.3 in February of 2009. Forecast risk: downward, given the decrease in the Michigan headline and Market risk: downward, as weaker data could impact rate hike timelines. Confidence continues to benefit from reduced gasoline prices and is now experiencing a post-election lift.
 
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« Reply #509 on: Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 10:29 »

Date : 26th July 2017.

MACRO EVENTS & NEWS OF 26th July 2017.




FX News Today

European Outlook: Positive leads from the U.S., including corporate earnings, and broad-based gains in commodities helped the global stock move higher to continue in Asia overnight at least in the first part of the session. The CSI 300 is in the red, however, and the Hang Seng underperforming with a meagre 0.17% gain, and Japanese markets are down from early highs while FTSE 100 and U.S. stock futures are in the red. So, some caution is settling in again ahead of the Fed announcement today with some speculation that the Fed could announce the start of quantitative tightening as early as today. In Europe, the ECB is still far away from reducing its balance sheet, and while QE tapering is on the cards for 2018, Nowotny yesterday argued against committing to an end to asset purchases. Today’s calendar focuses on the first reading of Q2 GDP from the U.K, while all eyes will be on the Fed’s post FOMC meeting announcement and guidance. The big question is whether the central bank will detail plans to unwind QE, though we think not as inflation data has been benign and there hasn’t been any rhetorical prepping by members for such a policy shift since the issue was brought up at the June policy meeting.

Australia: Earlier today, the Aussie dollar took a rap following sub-forecast CPI data out of Australia, which came in at 1.9% y/y in Q2 versus the median forecast for 2.2% y/y, while the underlying rate remained stubbornly below the RBA’s target range. AUDUSD is just off its lows, at 0.7884 bid presently, showing a 0.7% decline on the day as the London interbank market take to their seats. The Aussie is showing a similar magnitude of decline versus the yen and euro, too.

U.S. reports: revealed upside July surprises for both consumer confidence and the Richmond Fed, alongside a firm but largely seasonal 0.8% May rise for the S&P Case Shiller. For consumer confidence, we say a July pop to 121.1 from 117.3 (was 118.9) that left this measure at its strongest level since the 16-year high of 124.9 in March, with a rise in the current conditions index to a 147.8 new cycle-high, despite drops in other July confidence measures. For Richmond Fed, we saw a rise to 14.0, after revisions that lifted recent levels to 11.0 (was 7.0) in June and 3.0 (was 1.0) in May, versus a 7-year high of 19.0 (was 17.0) in February. This increase bucked declines in other producer sentiment measures, though the ISM-adjusted average of the major surveys should still tick down to 55 in July from 56 in June, 55 in May, 56 in April, and a 57 cycle-high in February and March. Nevertheless, yesterday U.S. Senate voted to move ahead on repealing Obamacare. Initially fifty GOP senators voted yes, with two voting no, for a total of 50, while not a Democrat voted for the measure. Hence Vice president Mike Pence as Reuters reported, forced to cast the tie-breaking vote. The EURUSD had retreated from 1.1712 highs, after failing to take out the August 2015 high of 1.1714. Profit taking out of London had reportedly been in play, with the pairing dipping to 1.1657 lows.

ECB’s Nowotny against committing to end date for QE: Nowotny said in an interview yesterday that he considers it “wise to step of the gas slowly”, adding that “the U.S. central bank also implemented tapering without committing to a definite timetable”. The QE program currently runs until the end of the year and the ECB iw widely expected to reduce monthly purchase targets again with a follow up program, but Nowotny’s comments suggest that the ECB may not yet lay out a full-time table for a final end to QE and indeed given Draghi’s very cautious stance so far, it seems more likely that the ECB won’t commit to a fixed data for the end of QE. The IMf also urged the ECB to maintain stimulus as underlying inflation and wage growth remains weak and with inflation expected to ease again next year, Draghi seems to have room for a gradual approach.

German Jul Ifo index unexpectedly jumped to 116.0 from 115.2. Expectations had been for a slight correction in the headline reading, especially after Monday’s disappointing PMI readings. The breakdown showed that the overall improvement was entirely due to a sharp rise in the current conditions indicator, while the more forward-looking expectations index stagnated. So the message is not unlike that of the PMIs, which showed ongoing robust growth, but a slowdown in the pace of expansion. A strong German Ifo figure, upbeat ECBspeak and the release of the BoJ minutes from the mid-June meeting all failed to stir markets, with participants looking to tomorrow’s policy announcement and communication from the Fed as the next key risk event. The yen has been following its often-seen inverse correlation with global stock markets, which have been mostly buoyant this week, underpinned by incoming corporate earnings and guidance, yesterday’s record print in the latest German Ifo indicator, and expectations for the Fed to affirm its slow-go approach to tightening following the conclusion of the FOMC meeting today. The minutes from the BoJ’s mid-June policy meeting, released yesterday, meanwhile showed that members discussed the idea of QE tempering, but were still worried about the persistence of well below target inflation.

Main Macro Events Today

FOMC – FOMC began day 1 of its 2day meeting. No major changes are expected in Wednesday’s announcement (14 ET). The Fed is widely expected to leave its 1.00% to 1.25% rate band in place due to the slowing in inflation. Committee members have also indicated they want more evidence of a pick-up in growth after the disappointing 1.4% Q1 pace, though recent data should be fulfilling that need.

US Home sales, MBA & EIA – The MBA mortgage market indices are due today, along with the EIA energy inventory report and new home sales may decrease 2.5% to a 595k pace in June, down from 610k in May.

UK GDP – The calendar features the first release of Q2 GDP, which expected to rise 0.3% q/q and by 1.7% y/y, which would follow respective Q1 figures of 0.2% and 2.0%. The quarterly pace of growth likely remained relatively lackluster in Q1 compared to growth in the Eurozone and the U.S., and the same picture looks likely to be painted again this quarter. Weakness in sterling following the Brexit vote last June has fed a secular rise in UK inflation, which in turn has eroded household incomes and consumer spending, which in recent years of government austerity has been the main driver of the economy.

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