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UK Markets React To General Election Results

Published on December 20, 2020

After Britain went to the polls on December 12th, electing the Conservatives into office for another five years with a majority of over 60 seats, markets and stocks across the United Kingdom saw significant shifts and changes as the world reacted to the re-election of current PM Boris Johnson.

Sterling Gains

Sterling made a sharp jump upwards after the exit poll results were announced last night and rose over $1.35 at one point as the results were coming in, a figure that has not been seen since the summer of 2020.

The pound, which has been struggling over months of economic uncertainty, also saw an increase against the Euro, reaching its highest levels in almost three and a half years.

Mr Johnson has pledged to take the United Kingdom out of the European Union by January and its hoped that it will end years of uncertainty about how and when Brexit will commence.

The FTSE 100 index rose by around 1.1% as results were officially declared and some UK specific shares, known as the FTSE 250, saw record highs thanks to the election results.

In shares that are closely tied to the British political arena, prices appeared to rise steadily through the day.

Industries that a Labour government had pledged to nationalise, including water and building and construction, saw steady increases in share prices. Severn Trent, the water provider, saw their share price increase a healthy 9% during trading.

Companies within the rail and energy industries, the former of whom had been the target of Labour’s nationalisation plans to combat high ticket prices, saw steady increases in trading prices throughout the day.

Brexit Risks Dampen Initial Reaction

Whilst many have celebrated the buoyancy of the market in response to Mr Johnson’s election, analysts have warned investors not to get too comfortable with the positivity.

Brexit negotiations have been less than smooth so far and public opinion could change over the coming months.

Moreover, this is just the beginning of negotiations for the exit and a trade deal still needs to be discussed and approved by governments in both the UK and the EU. If the sailing is rocky, the economy and the markets could be hit badly.

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Sterling in particular has already given up the post-election gains, as the risk of a no-deal Brexit has increased after PM Johnson set the December 2020 trade deal date in stone.

Election 2020 – How will the markets react?

Published on March 31, 2020

Election Market impact

Uncertainty leads to volatility. With this in mind, logic might suggest that traders could be set for interesting times as May’s general election looms closer. With the polls suggesting that the two main parties are neck and neck, and with Scottish Nationalists and UKIP looking to upset the apple cart, a minority government seems the most likely outcome, with an inevitable hiatus while a deal is brokered.

But is it too easy to overstate the likely effects of the election on the markets? For Forex traders especially, the idea of ‘political risk’ is a familiar one, and national elections tend to be flagged up as potential game changers. In most of these scenarios however, it’s worth remembering that it’s not so much the election itself that’s on traders’ minds, but the likelihood of a major shift in policy.

Here in the UK, whatever happens in May, no-one’s suggesting that we’re going to wake up to a vastly different trading landscape. At the same time, that’s not to say that the markets are going to be indifferent to a changing of the guard. Here, we take a look at the likely outcomes – and what these could mean for traders and investors in the run-up to the vote, in the immediate aftermath and longer term.

Do the markets react in a certain way at election time?

There’s no guidebook to tell us how the markets will react to an election. Looking at previous years helps to put some perspective on things though, so take a look at this historical snapshot from Telegraph Money :

The chart shows the performance of the FTSE All Share index for the 12 months prior to each election since 1966 and the performance over the following 12 months. So can we draw any useful conclusions from this? Well, for one thing, it appears to be the case that UK shares, tend, historically to perform well in the run-up to elections where opinion polls point to a heavy win for a particular party.

Do the markets prefer one party to another?

Again, the long view seems to suggest that the markets have a preference for a Conservative win – but, of course, the days when Labour chancellors expressed a desire to tax the rich “until the pips squeak” are far behind us. Remember Peter Mandelson saying that he was “intensely relaxed about people getting filthy rich”? Granted, Ed Miliband is unlikely to come out with anything along these lines from now until May, but even if Labour manages to establish a clear lead in the run-up to the vote, don’t necessarily expect this to cause the type of serious jitters on the currency exchanges or stock markets that might have been seen a few decades ago.

What’s wrong with coalition governments from a trader’s perspective?

This is likely to depend on how ‘messy’ the process of forming an administration turns out to be. If 2020 is to be taken as a guide and the parties take several days to broker a deal, don’t be surprised to see Sterling leak support and for the FTSE to slide before rebounding once an agreement has been reached.

The longer it takes to reach agreement, the greater the risk of a significant hit to the markets.

Do UK elections matter in 2020?

The fast approaching election has not prevented the FTSE 100 index hitting record highs this quarter, suggesting that confidence in the continued improvement in the UK economy serves as a counterbalance to worries about the election.

More broadly, the election is not happening in isolation. Eurozone instability, a likely interest rate rise on the cards in the U.S., the continued stand-off with Russia: these are likely to feature much more heavily on the radar of traders and investors than what’s happening in Westminster – for the time being at least.

For blue chip shares especially, it’s also worth remembering that much of the revenue generated by these companies comes from outside of the UK. These tend to be huge international businesses. On the whole, the value of these companies tends not to be closely tied up with what’s happening domestically.

So yes, the election matters, but it’s not the only driver of market movement, and trying to work out just how much of an impact it’s going to have is tough.

The results: what will the reaction be?

“Brexit”: expect this to become one of the buzzwords of the year in the event of a Conservative win or a Tory-led coalition. One of the Conservatives’ key manifesto pledges on Europe involves an attempted renegotiation with Brussels of Britain’s relationship with the EU, with freedom of movement and a possible cap on migrant numbers at the top of the agenda. This will culminate in an in/out EU referendum “by 2020”. Depending on how successful these negotiations are, it is not inconceivable that a Tory government front bench (or at least individual ministers) will actually be campaigning for withdrawal.

Are Forex traders and fund managers concerned about the UK’s relationship with its biggest trading partner? Of course they are. Two years is a long time in trading however, so in the event of an outright Tory win, initial relief that it’s essentially “business as usual” may outweigh any concerns about Europe – at least until such time that the promise of a referendum becomes a reality.

The big quid pro quo for UKIP agreeing to support the Conservatives is likely to be over that referendum. If UKIP holds out for a poll before Christmas, then all of a sudden, Brexit becomes a live issue.

The golden rule for a referendum is generally not to call one unless you’re pretty certain of the result – especially where there’s a lot at stake. Inevitably, business leaders will come out strongly in favour of staying in, but the big question mark is over whether the great British public sees things in the same light. If we leave, will we be able to negotiate free trade agreements with the EU in the vein of Switzerland and Norway? Where do we stand with the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership currently being negotiated with the United States? More generally, does the very fact that a referendum is around the corner make the UK less attractive for foreign investment? If UKIP are kingmakers, this debate starts in earnest.

A likely consequence could be an immediate leaking of support for Sterling. There may also be implications for the share prices of those companies that are heavily exposed to Europe.

In the same way that Gordon Brown stuck to Ken Clarke’s spending plans in the immediate aftermath of New Labour’s 1997 win, Labour is essentially saying ‘no additional borrowing for new spending’. From a trader’s perspective, Labour’s manifesto is likely to come across as little more than tinkering around the edges: a ‘mansion tax’ here; a reintroduction of the 50p top income tax there. As such it would be a surprise to wake up to a significant downward spike in Sterling on the morning after of an outright Labour win.

For shares though, the devil is in the detail. One of the consequences of a change in government is a change at the helm of each of those rarely discussed parliamentary committees whose role includes scrutinising capital projects. From energy through to transport, private stakeholders will be anxious to check that those private/public projects that were given the green light by the last administration are not kicked into the long grass.

Labour/Scottish Nationalists coalition

“How stable is this government?” This question is likely to be the big one for traders in the event of a Labour/Scots agreement.

One consequence could be a loss of support for Sterling until such time as it becomes clear that any agreement reached is workable; that the government has enough reliable support to get legislation passed and that there isn’t an imminent risk of the uncertainty of a second election.

In the short term, this may be the time to focus your efforts on the type of blue-chips whose value are less dependent on what’s going on domestically.

Medium term, watch out for developments on Europe – and don’t underestimate the desire of new ministers of whatever hue to try and make their mark in their new jobs. From tinkering with the planning regulations through to fixed energy prices and even food labelling initiatives: all of these can have implications for the prices of individual stocks – good and bad.

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Date : 9th August 2020.

MACRO EVENTS & NEWS OF 9th August 2020.

European Outlook: European bond markets, which were pretty static during the AM session have livened up a bit in the afternoon and Bund yields recovered losses and moved higher, with futures heading south in tandem with EURUSD. The 10-year yield is up 1.8 bp on the day at 14.57 GMT reached an intraday high of 1.73% after the EUR retreated and fell back below EUR 1.18 against the dollar. Low volumes over the summer also means the ECB is curbing its QE purchases in order to limit market distortions, but quiet trading conditions can also distort moves. German export and import growth disappointed. Like yesterday’s production numbers then the data point to a robust Q2 GDP growth rate, with net exports underpinning the German recovery, which orders suggest remains on track in the third quarter, even if automaker’s woes and the strong EUR are seeing investors turning cautious on German stocks.U.K. retail sales were strong in July, according to the British Retail Consortium (BRC).The BRC expressed some caution, noting a “shrinking pool of discretionary consumer spending power,” highlighting the negative real income trend, which was mentioned as a concern in the BoE’s guidance last week. Elsewhere Swiss unemployment held steady at a seasonally adjusted 3.2% as expected.

FX Update: A risk-off sentiment supported the yen and Swiss franc as safe haven currencies and assets came into demand amid an escalation in threatening rhetoric between North Korea and the U.S, with Trump promising Pyongyang “fire and fury.” North Korea’s development of nuclear warhead carrying ICBM capability is the issue, and the flare up in tensions rattled stock markets across the Asia-Pacific region. USDJPY dove to a seven-week low at 109.74, and EURJPY and other yen crosses also declined sharply The biggest mover among the main currencies was AUDJPY, which dove over 0.7%, with the relatively high beta Aussie buck underperforming amid the risk-off sentiment. Market participants will be monitoring the geopolitical situation closely in the days ahead. Normally tensions stemming from North Korea’s antics tend to simmer down quickly, though the stakes seem to have increased as the rouge nation draws near to developing a credible nuclear weapon threat. Elsewhere in the currency market, EURCHF backtracked by over 0.5%, unwinding some of its recent gains and revealing that the franc still has vestiges of a safe haven currency. EURUSD logged a 12-day low at 1.1725, extending the correction that’s been in play since last week’s solid U.S. jobs report, which has fuelled market expectations for the Fed to conduct a quantitative tightening as soon as next month.

U.S. reports: revealed U.S. JOLTS surged 461k to 6,163k in June, a record high level, after falling 265k in May to 5,702k. The rate climbed to 4.0% from 3.8%. Hirings dropped 103k to 5,356k after rebounding 416k previously, with the rate holding steady at 3.7%. Quitters, a favorite stat of Fed chair Yellen, slid 72k in June following May’s 162k increase. The quit rate dipped to 2.1% from 2.2%. The strength in the headline job openings component is good news, and is consistent with much of the other labor market data. And though the slip in the quit number is a little disappointing, it’s been on a choppy course most of the year. U.S. NFIB small business optimism index rose 1.5 points to 105.2 in July, rebounding from June’s 0.9 point drop to 103.6. This was the highest reading since hitting 105.3 in February. Gains were broad-based with 9 of the 13 indicators improving, 3 declined and 1 was unchanged. The data are a little better than expected, as has been the case for several other July sentiment reading.

Main Macro Events Today

CAD Housing starts – July housing starts are expected to fall to 200.0k unit rate in July from the 212.7k pace in June. The roust 252k pace in March was the best reading since the 2008-09 recession, and the strongest since the 288.6k rate in September of 2007. Building permit values are also due today, with a 5.0% decline projected for June.
US Productivity – The preliminary report on Q2 productivity will be out and should post a 0.7% headline, above the flat pace in Q1 but below the 1.8% headline of 16Q4. Unit labor costs are expected to be up 1.2% from 2.2% in Q1 and -4.6% in Q4.
RBNZ – The Reserve Bank of New Zealand’s is going to meet today, to announce their decision on interest rates, publish Monetary Policy Statement and to comment on the current economic situation. No change to the current 1.75% rate setting, expected through year-end. Governor Wheeler holds his usual press conference after the announcement.
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Date : 10th August 2020.

MACRO EVENTS & NEWS OF 10th August 2020.

European Outlook: Risk aversion amid tensions between the U.S. and China continued to hang over markets during the Asian session. Still, losses in Japan and Australia were relatively modest, while Hong Kong stocks underperformed and are heading for the biggest lost since last year amid concerns about the tensions between the U.S, and North Korea. U.K. stock futures are actually slightly higher, while U.S. futures remain in the red. Investors remain nervous but Bund futures started to move down from highs during the PM session yesterday and yields are likely to have bottomed for now. Eurozone markets underperformed and spreads widened, which highlights that peripheral yields remain vulnerable to bouts of risk aversion. Overnight, RNBZ left the official cash rate unchanged, while announced that inflation remains subdued. Today’s calendar has production and trade data from the U.K. as well as production data from France and trade data from Italy. Released overnight, the U.K. RICS house price balance fell back to 1% from 7%, further adding to signs that the housing market is slowing down.

U.S. reports: revealed a solid round of June wholesale trade figures after big upward May revisions that lifted prospects for GDP, alongside a slightly stronger than expected 0.9% Q2 productivity rise after revisions that paralleled the annual revisions in the GDP and income reports. Now it is expected a Q2 GDP growth trimming to 2.4% from 2.6%, with a $7 bln boost in wholesale inventories but downward revisions of $3 bln for factory inventories and $9 bln for construction. The Q3 GDP growth still expected at 3.3%, with a $26 bln inventory addition. Yet, even with today’s firm inventory gains, inventories have yet to recover from the big 2020 petro-hit, and wholesale petroleum inventories fell by a hefty 5.2% in June despite a 1.9% sales rise.

Fedspeak: Fed’s Bullard said there’s risk the FOMC could be too aggressive on rates, in comments on Bloomberg radio yesterday. The Fed doesn’t need to be preemptive on rates due to weak inflation trends. Rates can be left on hold for now as data are evaluated. The drop-in inflation has surprised policymakers. The G-7 is in a low growth, low inflation regime. And he’s not too optimistic that price pressure will pick up this year. These aren’t surprising comments from Bullard, who has turned more circumspect on rate hikes, still looks for QT to begin this year, but with a slow, incremental start. Chicago Fed dove Evans on the other hand, sees balance sheet reduction in September as quite a reasonable juncture to start, while a December rate hike is possible, though dependent on inflation. He argues that the Fed “should be very careful” in assessing future hikes, since he wants more evidence that inflation is heading to 2% sooner than later. Evans sees current policy as accommodative, while the economy is doing well and likely to average 2.25-2.50% growth the next few years, which is how long it will take to unwind the balance sheet. He believes there’s reasonable chance inflation could reach 2% in the next few years and he doesn’t see major risks of financial instability, at least certainly not due to Fed policy.

Main Macro Events Today

UK Production – Production data for June are up today, where expected at a 0.1% m/m contraction but 0.1% y/y expansion.
U.S. PPI – July PPI is out today and should post a 0.1% headline with the core up 0.2% for the month. This follows June data which had both the headline and core up 0.1% on the month. After a series of declines through the spring, oil prices climbed in July which could help to lift the headline.
U.S. Initial Jobless Claims – Initial claims data for the week of August 5 should tick down to 239k (median 240k) from 240k last week and 245k in the week before that. Initial claims look poised to settle at a 242k average in July that about matches the 243k average from June.
RBA Gov. Lowe – Governor Wheeler holds today his usual press conference after the announcement of inflation rates last night.
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Date : 11th August 2020.

MACRO EVENTS & NEWS OF 11th August 2020.

European Outlook: Markets remain firmly in the grip of risk aversion as as the rhetoric between the U.S. and North Korea intensifies. The flight to safety has the stock market rout continuing in Asia (Japan was closed for a holiday) and European and Asian stock futures are also heading south as financial and energy producers in particular come under pressure. Eurozone peripheral bond markets are also feeling the heat and the Italian 10-year yield climbed back above the 2% mark yesterday as investors seek safety in Bund and Gilts. So far peripheral yields still remain relatively low but in this climate Draghi will be very careful not to rock the boat any further with tapering talk. The data calendar focuses on final July CPI readings from US and Fedspeak for today.

Germany: German production data this week was disappointing and the trade data showed a marked contraction in exports over the month, which together with the mixed German PMI readings has sparked concerns over the health of the German economy. Yet, not all is what it seems at first glance and as Germany is heading for the general election in September, the economic outlook remains very strong. The Jul HICP inflation released in the morning, was confirmed at 1.5% y/y, unchanged from the preliminary number and from June. The national CPI rate meanwhile was confirmed at 1.7% y/y, up from 1.6% y/y in the previous month. Overall the German HICP rate remains above the Eurozone average, as the labour market is looking increasingly tight and the number of vacancies rose to post-unification highs. Still, even the German HICP rate is clearly below the ECB’s upper limit for price stability and the data won’t change the ECB’s cautious stance on tapering as it prepares it heads for yet another QE program when the current schedule ends at the end of the year.

U.S. reports: revealed a soft round of PPI and initial claims figures, hence offsetting yesterday’s firm figures for wholesale trade and productivity. August nonfarm payroll estimate is at 190k, which is just above the 184k average thus far in 2020, and it is still expected at 0.2% July headline gains for CPI and PCE chain prices. For PPI report, 0.1% July headline and core price declines reflected a surprising 0.2% service price drop, after firm gains over the past four months, alongside a slightly weaker than expected 0.1% goods price decline. For claims, a 4k rise to 244k in the first week of August reversed a 5k drop at the end of July, to leave claims entering August near recent monthly averages of 242k in July, 243k in June, 241k in May, and 243k in April.

Fedspeak: Fed’s Dudley wrote yesterday in the text of his press briefing that sluggish productivity is damping wages, despite job gains. Though the post-crisis expansion is the third longest on record, it has been at a relatively weak pace, along with wages. He still expects inflation to rise to the 2% target over the medium term. There weren’t any policy insights, though he’s not dissented from the consensus over his tenure, and we don’t look for him to start now. Annual price measures could be depressed for a while, he said in comments to reporters. And he added that it will take some time for the inflation rate to get to the 2% target, but also said the sluggishness is due to a number of one-offs, which won’t fall out of the y/y calculations for several more months. It’s really important, he added, to distinguish what’s happening sequentially compared to a y/y basis. That sentiment suggests he’d likely want to hold off on further rate hikes for now. There’s little chance for any tightening next month, and the risk for December is slipping too, though balance sheet normalization is expected to be announced at the September 20, 21 FOMC.

Main Macro Events Today

US CPI- Production data for June are up today, where expected at a 0.1% m/m contraction but 0.1% y/y expansion.
Fedspeak – Dallas Fed’s hawkish Kaplan will take part in a Q&A session from 9:40 ET and Kashkari will be back to do the same at a community bankers conference from 11:30 ET.
China – July loan growth and new yuan loans are out today should show the latter at CNY 1,000.0 bln from 1,540.0 bln previously.
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Date : 14th August 2020.

MACRO EVENTS & NEWS OF 14th August 2020.

Geopolitical tensions reared up last week and eclipsed key fundamental data points. The escalating war of words between the U.S. and North Korea resulted in a textbook flight to safety into bonds, and also provided an excuse to take profits on equities, especially after the Dow posted nine straight record highs.

United States: Data in recent weeks continued to reflect the surprising dichotomy of stronger economic growth and slower inflation. Those dynamics have frustrated FOMC officials who have become increasing eager to normalize policy. Retail sales for July (Tuesday) will highlight the calendar. Headline sales are projected rebounding 0.4% after dipping 0.2% in June and 0.1% in May, while the ex-auto component should rise 0.3% versus the prior declines of 0.2% and 0.3% in June and May, respectively. The Empire State (Tuesday) and Philly Fed (Thursday) manufacturing indexes are due. The former is expected to rise 1.2 points to 11.0 in August, the latter is expected to slip 0.5 points to 19.0 in August. ( A third consecutive decline). July industrial production (Thursday) is forecast rising 0.4%, the same as in June, lifting capacity utilization to 76.8%. July housing starts (Wednesday) should rise to a 1.220 mln pace after the 8.3% June rise to 1.215 mln. The preliminary reading on August consumer confidence (Friday) should edge up to 93.5 from July’s 93.4. It’s held in the mid- to high 90s since the election. As for July trade prices (Tuesday), import prices should bounce 0.2% after June’s 0.2% decline, while export prices should climb 0.3% following the prior 0.2% drop. Other economic reports this week include The August NAHB homebuilder survey index (Tuesday) and July leading indicators (Thursday).

The FOMC minutes (Wednesday) to the July 25, 26 policy meeting will be of interest, but anti-climactic, given the ongoing divergence in growth and inflation trends, and the upshot in geopolitical risks.

Canada: CPI report is the focus this week as inflation remains a key variable for policymakers. We expect CPI (Friday) to be unchanged in July versus June’s 0.1% dip. Manufacturing shipment values (Thursday) are projected to fall 1.0% in June after the 1.1% gain in May. The hefty price driven 4.3% m/m plunge in June export values drives our manufacturing shipments projection. July existing home sales (Tuesday) and the July Teranet/National Bank HPI (Monday) are also due out.

Europe: Geopolitical risks continue to hang over the markets and have shown that Eurozone peripherals remain vulnerable to bouts of risk aversion. The ECB is still on holiday, but recent events will do little to change Draghi’s reluctance to commit to the further QE schedule just yet. Data releases are unlikely to change the central bank outlook. They include the final reading of Eurozone July HICP inflation (Thursday) as well as the first reading for German Q2 GDP (Tuesday) and the second reading of Q2 GDP for the Eurozone (Wednesday), none of which are expected to bring major surprises.

UK: The UK economy has been and is likely to continue to underperform the Eurozone and other peers. The latest Reuters poll found a strong consensus among 70 analysts for the BoE to leave monetary policy on hold until 2020. The calendar this week brings July inflation data (Tuesday), the labour market report covering June and July (Wednesday) and official retail sales numbers for July (Thursday).

China’s docket today revealed July industrial output, which was seen at 7.7% y/y clip missed and came in at 6.4%. July retail sales also missed at 10.4% (10.9% expected) 11.0%, while July fixed investment ALSO missed (8.3%) forecast was 8.6% y/y. Poor set of data.

Japan: Q2 GDP highlighted and was a big beat earlier expected growth to was 2.6% q/q pace from 1.0% previously, but came in at 4.0%. Revised June industrial production is due Tuesday, while the July trade surplus (Thursday) should narrow to JPY 300.0 bln from JPY 439.9 bln.

Australia: The employment report (Thursday) is expected to reveal a 15.0k gain in July jobs after the 14.0k rise in June. The unemployment rate is seen steady at 5.6% in July. The wage price index (Wednesday) is anticipated to expand 0.5% in Q2 after the identical 0.5% increase in Q1. The Reserve Bank of Australia releases the minutes to the August meeting (Tuesday). Assistant Governor Kent speaks (Monday). Assistant Governor (Economic) Ellis delivers a speech Thursday.

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Date : 15th August 2020.

MACRO EVENTS & NEWS OF 15th August 2020.

European Outlook: The stock market recovery continued in Asia overnight, with Japan outperforming after underperforming yesterday, while gains were more muted elsewhere. Still, U.K. and U.S. futures are also moving higher, indicating that abating fears over North Korea are keeping markets underpinned, while earnings optimism are helping financials, even as lower oil prices are hitting energy producers. Following the German GDP data (see below) the European session sees U.K. and Sweden release inflation numbers with the former seen nudging higher to 2.7% y/y (med same) from 2.6% y/y in June.

German Q2 GDP: It rose 0.6% q/q a little under forecast and a tad below consensus, but with Q1 revised up to 0.7% q/q from 0.6%, which leaves a stronger overall trajectory. There is no full breakdown with the preliminary number, but the stats office reported that private as well as government consumption improved markedly and that machinery as well as construction investment also picked up. Net exports meanwhile made a negative contribution as imports rose stronger than exports. All in all pretty much in line with expectations and confirming the robust German recovery, which judging by confidence data and the strong orders inflow in Q2 continues in the third quarter. The ECB has acknowledged the improved growth environment, but remains focused on low inflation and moderate wage growth and the most recent rise in the EUR will only add to the arguments for a very cautious approach to QE tapering.

FX Update: USDJPY extended its rebound for a third session, today making a one-week high at 110.45. EURJPY also rose, logging a one-week peak just above 130.0, and other yen crosses are up. The recovery in risk appetite, as cooler heads prevail in the North Korean situation, has remained the central theme behind broad yen weakening. USDJPY support is at 109.84-45, and resistance is at 110.80-82. EURUSD ebbed to a two-session low at 1.1786, as did Cable, at 1.2954, with the dollar now more than having recouped the losses seen on Friday following tepid CPI data. The dollar also gained ground versus the Canadian and Australian dollars, and most emerging market currencies.

Fedspeak: Dudley said he backs another rate hike this year, assuming the economy evolves as expected, in an AP interview. And he added his outlook is little changed from the start of the year. It’s not unreasonable to expect action on the balance sheet next month. He still forecasts growth around 2%, which will tighten the job market. Inflation should move somewhat higher. He thinks asset prices are consistent with the economy’s performance. So far the Fed has been “very, very gentle” in removing accommodation. President Trump has respective the monetary policy process. And he said Gary Cohn would be a “reasonable candidate” for Fed chair.

Main Macro Events Today

UK CPI – Expectations are for a rise in UK CPI later today back to 2.7% from the surprised dip in July to 2.6%. The June 2.9% reading remains the current peak and fueled speculation of a UK rate hike which has now all but disappeared following the BOE’s suggestion of a lot more caution surrounding tightening following the inflation slip.
US Retails Sales – Expectations are for a 0.4% retail sales bounce in July with a 0.3% rise for the ex-auto figure, following vehicle and price-led declines in May and June. We saw a modest 0.6% vehicle sales rise in July, construction jobs and hours worked rose by 6k and 0.1% respectively, chain store sales posted moderate gains, and gasoline prices stabilized after two months of declines. The various consumer confidence and producer sentiment indexes remained strong on the month, though with modest drop-backs for some measures, and we saw big stock price gains
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Date : 16th August 2020.

MACRO EVENTS & NEWS OF 16th August 2020.

European Outlook: Asian stock markets are mixed, after an uninspiring session on Wall Street. The Nikkei is up 0.02%, the ASX gained 0.23% as oil prices moved slightly higher and the Hang Seng is up 0.72% in contrast to a -0.30% drop in the CSI. Earnings reports, geopolitics and currencies remain in focus. Ongoing Sterling weakness is propping up the FTSE 100, and U.S. stock futures are also up. EGB yields meanwhile are rising and Eurozone peripheral yields in particular were pushed up yesterday as Germany’s top court raised doubts over the ECB’s stimulus program. Finance Minister Schaeuble told Handelsblatt, that in his view the ECB’s QE program remains within its mandate, but the uncertainty ahead of the final court decision will hang over markets. Still, yields moved back down from highs during yesterday’s session and things should calm down further after the initial announcement.

FX Update: The dollar majors settled in narrow ranges. USDJPY lost upside steam as global stock market performance turned more mixed following a rebound phase. The pair settled in the mid 110.00s after a three-day rally capped out yesterday at 110.84, an eight-day peak. And right on the 20 day moving average. EURUSD planted itself around 1.17740 after logging a one-week low at 1.1687 yesterday, which was seen following robust retail sales and Empire State index reports out of the U.S. USD-CAD settled below the one-month peak of yesterday, at 1.2778, and Cable rooted itself in the mid 1.28s after logging a one-month low yesterday at 1.2846. A central focal point today will be the release of the FOMC minutes to the June policy meeting. (Details below)

Yesterday’s US Reports: Mostly beat estimates and lifted prospects for GDP in 2020, with solid July retail sales gains after big and broad-based upward revisions, and an August Empire State surge to a 3-year high of 25.2. The June business inventory figures tracked estimates, with a big 0.5% June rise that included a tiny retail inventory undershoot, and a firm round of July trade prices led by gains for food export and oil import prices, with a skewing of price strength toward exports. Q3 and Q4 GDP growth estimates remain around 3.3% and 2.6% respectively.

Fedspeak: Kaplan repeated that the balance sheet unwind should start very soon, but gave no firm date, in a podcast with The American Banker. We’re looking for the FOMC to announce QT at the September 20, 21 meeting. But he also indicated, as he did Friday, that it’s appropriate to be patient on the timing of the next rate hike. Kaplan is a voter, and typically hawkish, so adds some risk to the call for a December rate increase. He believes there is still some slack in the labour market, but the firming jobs market should eventually translate into higher prices.

Main Macro Events Today

FOMC Minutes – The Wall Street Journal wrote yesterday of 5 key elements: 1) Portfolio Pointers – any potential for more ‘definitive signal’ on balance sheet wind down in September sought. 2) Inflation Questions – potential for hot debate on cold inflation stats. 3) Another Rate Increase? – even some centrists have been disappointed by low inflation, could delay next hike. 4) Wither the Dollar? – weak dollar could inform debate on economy, inflation, exports, etc. 5) The Debt Limit, Again – just how much the Fed hits the ‘pause’ button or prepares to take emergency steps in the event of a shutdown could be revealed in the minutes.
Eurozone Q2 – Expectations are for a confirmation of the 0.6% (QoQ) and 2.1% (YoY) first reading.
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Date : 17th August 2020.

MACRO EVENTS & NEWS OF 17th August 2020.

Trump: Disbanded both Councils in a Tweet: “Rather than putting pressure on the businesspeople of the Manufacturing Council & Strategy & Policy Forum, I am ending both. Thank you all!” Seeing the writing on the wall, the 45th president of the U.S. is apparently attempting to fire them all (8 have already quit) before they can resign. Meanwhile, VP Pence is reportedly ending his Latam trip “a bit early” and returning to the U.S. after his visit in Panama. Gold and the yen both caught a bid after the announcement. Gossip is now swirling around his top team including Gary Cohn his chief economic adviser and the Presidents rumored preferred candidate as the next chair of the FED. EURUSD 1.1780, JPY 109.70 and Cable 1.2905. Gold trades at $1287 and USOil at $46.80 (having hit our $47.00 target).

Australian Jobs: Employment grew 27.9k in July after a revised 20.0k gain in June (was +14.0k). The increase in July mildly overshot expectations, but the details were less encouraging. Notably, full time employment retreated 20.3k after a revised 69.3k gain (was +62.0k). Part time jobs drove total employment gains in July, rebounding 48.2k after a slightly revised 49.3k decline (was -48.0k). The unemployment rate slipped to 5.6% in July from a revised 5.7% in June (was 5.6%). Employment growth has picked-up momentum this year, but wage growth remains weak. The wage price index, released Wednesday, grew at a 1.9% y/y pace in Q2, matching the growth rate in Q3 and Q4 of 2020, and Q1 of this year. That is the slowest rate on record (going back to 1998.)

FOMC Minutes: They showed definite concerns over inflation, and that gave the report a dovish bias. Meanwhile, most on the Committee preferred to defer the announce balance sheet unwinding until the upcoming (September 19, 20) meeting. Most members still expect inflation to pick up over the medium term, and still see a Phillips Curve connection between a tighter labor market and rising wage and price pressures, though a few doubted the validity of the framework. A number of causes for the sluggishness in inflation were bandied about, suggesting it’s not just idiosyncratic factors weighing. Some participants believed there was room for the FOMC to be patient on further rate hikes. But others saw inflation moving on a clear path toward the 2% target and were concerned about the effect of a tighter labor market. On the appropriate pace of normalization of the funds rate, the FOMC fell back to acknowledging it would depend on how financial conditions evolved. As for the balance sheet, it looks as though it will be announced at the September 19, 20 meeting. “Although several participants were prepared to announce a starting date for the program at the current meeting, most preferred to defer that decision until an upcoming meeting while accumulating additional information on the economic outlook and developments potentially affecting financial markets.”

US Housing Starts: The July U.S. housing starts report revealed declines of 4.8% for starts, 4.1% for permits, and 6.2% for completions, after small net upward revisions that sustained big June bounces from weak May levels, leaving a weaker than expected report. July declines were led by the multi-family sector, with drop-backs in the northeast and midwest after June gains, but with substantial weakness in the south since a spike in January that has left starts underperforming other housing series. We saw a third consecutive drop for the important starts under construction series, which hasn’t risen since April. Starts and permits have shown a 2020 pullback after a weather-led Q4 surge, while completions were strong through Q1 before stabilizing.

Main Macro Events Today

Eurozone CPI – The Eurozone CPI for July is due this morning and expected to show no change in the (YoY) headline figure at 1.3% (MoM dipping to -0.5%) and the key Core CPI (YoY) ticking up to 1.2% (from 1.1%) and MoM no change at 0.2%.
US Initial Jobless – Initial claims data for the week of August 12 are out today and should ease down to 238k for the week from 244k last week and 241k in the week prior. Overall, claims in August look poised to improve over July with an anticipated 240k month average, down from 242k in July. This supports expectations for continued strength in the labour market.
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Date : 18th August 2020.

MACRO EVENTS & NEWS OF 18th August 2020.

European Outlook: Risk aversion is back. Sharp losses on Wall Street were followed by a largely negative session in Asia, with the Nikkei underperforming and down more than -1.2% amid a stronger yen. Concerns over Trump and the terror attacks in Spain have prompted investors to head for safety and Bund futures rallied in after hour trade, pointing to a fresh drop in core yields. FTSE 100 futures are down, although U.S. stock futures are stabilizing. Today’s local calendar has Eurozone current account and construction output numbers, none of which are likely to detract markets from a focus on geo-politics.

German producer prices: higher than expected, with the headline rate falling back only slighty to 2.3% y/y from 2.4% y/y in the previous month. Annual price increases for basic goods eased further, but at 3.0% y/y the rate remains high and the pace of decline since the peak in April has slowed, despite the strong EUR. At the same time, energy price inflation picked up to 1.9% y/y from 1.6% y/y. Capitsl, and durable goods price inflation ticked marginally higher, but remains low at 1.1% y/y for each category. Bund futures corrected from the highs seen in after hour trade yesterday, but remain up on the day.

Yesterday’s US Reports: reveal solid factory and labor market readings that signal ongoing upside risk for GDP and payroll growth, though we saw a 4-year low of 10.3 mln for the July vehicle assembly rate that shows a big hit from this year’s auto retooling pattern. Industrial production rose 0.2% in July after upward revisions that left an as-expected report. We saw a solid 18.9 August Philly Fed figure, with a big ISM-adjusted Philly Fed bounce to 56.9 from 53.0. Given Tuesday’s Empire State headline surge to a 3-year high of 25.2 from 9.8, producer sentiment appears to be stabilizing at remarkably high levels. We also saw a 12k initial claims drop to a lean 232k in the BLS survey week, leaving a lean 237k average thus far in August. Finally, leading indicators rose 0.3% in July to leave a solid 11-month string of gains, and the Bloomberg consumer comfort index rose to a 52.1 cycle-high.

ECB minutes: stressed need for caution with regard not just to changes in communication, but also the timing of the next announcement. On the one hand council members feared overreactions in markets to changes in communication, on the other hand some seemed to warn that leaving the announcement on the future of QE too late would likely see markets making up their own mind and leave the ECB with the task of correcting out of synch expectations. Council members noted the tightening impact of the stronger EUR and some raised the risk of overshooting currency markets, putting exchange rate developments into the spotlight going ahead. The ECB wants to maintain its flexibility with regard to asset purchases, but members also raised the issue of flows/versus stock of assets. Indeed the last time around Draghi reduced monthly purchase volumes, but still stressed that this meant a further expansion of stimulus, with just the pace of expansion reduced somewhat. It could well be that rather than laying out a full tapering schedule for the phasing out of monthly purchases Draghi will stick to a similar line and focus just on the next part of what is likely to be a very gradual reduction of QE. The minutes didn’t give a clearer hint on the timing of the announcement, beyond the “autumn” schedule Draghi already indicated at the meeting.

Main Macro Events Today

Canadian CPI – The CPI expected to come in flat (0.0%) for July relative to June, leaving a pick-up in the annual growth rate to 1.2% in July from 1.0% in June. Gasoline prices plunged in June before improving only modestly through July. Indeed, the average gasoline price in July was actually modestly below the average price in June (prices started firm in June, then tracked sharply lower into near month end). Also, the loonie staged a furious rally in July amid the BoC’s rate hike and hawkish guidance. Finally, Ontario electricity prices should again knock total inflation lower, as time of use pricing was chopped roughly 15% by government decree. (This is one of the temporary factors cited by Poloz on inflation back in July.)
US UoM CSI – The first August release on Michigan Sentiment is out today and should post an increase to 94.0 from 93.4 in July and 95.1 in June. Other confidence measures are looking stronger in August as well with the IBD/TIPP Poll rising to 52.2 from 50.2 in July and the Bloomberg Consumer Comfort survey poised to average 51.8 from 48.3 in July.
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Date : 21st August 2020.

MACRO EVENTS & NEWS OF 21st August 2020.

The Jackson Hole symposium at the end of the week will be the focal point on the calendar, while U.S. politics and geopolitical factors may become sidebars. Friday’s agenda for the annual Kansas City central banker meeting (this year on “Fostering a Dynamic Global Economy”) includes two key speeches, one by Fed Chair Yellen and the other from ECB President Draghi. Despite being temporarily eclipsed by terror events and political machinations, perceptions about central bank policies remain a major force in market direction.

United States: the political fallout after the tragedy in Charlottesville and the cabinet reshuffling, instilled doubt in investors who began to price in doubts that President Trump will be able to effect his infrastructure plans and/or tax reforms this year, while the terror events in Barcelona, Spain and Turku, Finland added to anxieties. Worries that Cohn might resign shook stocks mid-week. Of global interest will be whether these moves bring some stability to the White House and an opportunity to move the agenda forward. The U.S. economic calendar is relatively light one this week, starting off (Monday) with the Chicago Fed national activity index, followed (Tuesday) by a ragtag mix of FHFA home prices, Markit flash manufacturing PMI and the Richmond Fed index. The schedule gets more interesting midweek with the release of housing data. New home sales are forecast to dip 1.3% to 602k in July (Wednesday), while EIA energy inventory and MBA mortgage market reports are due too. Initial jobless claims may rebound 6k to 238k (Thursday) for the August-19 week, while Markit services flash PMI is on tap. July durable goods orders are expected to give back -6.0% of June’s 6.4% jump (Friday).

Nevertheless, Fed Chair Yellen will speak at Jackson Hole on August 25 at 10 ET. Her topic is “financial stability.” It’s not clear that she’ll offer any surprises on the policy outlook given what we know from the recent minutes, Fedspeak, and data. The FOMC is now widely expected to announce balance sheet unwinding next month.

Canada: final inputs to the June GDP forecast are due out early this week. Wholesale shipments (Monday) are expected to fall. Retail sales values (Tuesday) are projected to rise 0.3% m/m in June after the 0.6% expansion in May. Another firm month is expected for seasonally adjusted vehicle sales. But CPI implies a drag on retail sales values from falling prices. Notably, falling gasoline prices should weigh on total and ex-autos retail sales. The exclusion of vehicle sales should leave a tiny 0.1% gain in June sales. Retail sales volumes have expanded in all but one month this year. Combined with the pick-up in total ondata and core CPI during July, the Bank of Canada is on track for another rate hike this year. However this week, there is again nothing on the docket from the Bank of Canada. The next scheduled event is the September 6 policy announcement.

Europe: Draghi’s speech at Jackson Hole on Friday will be taking center stage. But in the light of the fresh flare up in risk aversion and ongoing geopolitical tensions, he is unlikely to clarify the future of the ECB’s quantitative easing program just yet. The ECB has confirmed that Draghi will be speaking on the general theme of the conference rather than Eurozone specifics. Data releases this week focus on August confidence numbers, which should support the ECB’s view that the recovery continues to broaden. The German ZEW investor confidence (Tuesday) expected to be particularly impacted by the latest spell of risk aversion in markets and are looking for a decline in the headline August reading to 16.0 from 17.5 in July. The German Ifo Business Climate are out on Friday. On a Eurozone-wide level, the preliminary August Services PMI (Wednesday) is expected steady at 55.4. Eurozone preliminary consumer confidence numbers are also due. Detailed readings for Q2 GDP from Germany and Spain, meanwhile, are not expected to bring major surprises, with German rate likely to show strong domestic demand, driven by consumer and government consumption, as well as investments.

UK: The economy has slumped into relative stagnation this year, associated with Brexit concerns. The calendar this week is relatively quiet, highlighted by second estimate Q2 GDP data (Thursday), which is likely to confirm growth at 0.3% q/q , half the Eurozone growth figure for the same quarter. The August industrial trends and distributive sales surveys are also out from the CBI (Tuesday and Thursday, respectively).

New Zealand’s calendar has the trade balance (Thursday), expected to shift to a NZ$100 mln deficit in July from the NZ$242 mln surplus in June. The Reserve Bank of New Zealand meets next on September 28. We expect no change to the current 1.75% rate setting through year-end.

Japan: the June all-industry index (Monday) should rebound 0.5% m/m versus the prior 0.9% decline. The calendar then goes dark until Friday, when CPI figures are due. July national CPI is seen rising at a 0.5% y/y overall from 0.4 previously, and 0.5% y/y from 0.4% on a core basis. Tokyo August overall CPI is penciled in at a 0.2% y/y rate from 0.1%, while the core reading is expected unchanged at 0.2% y/y. July services PPI (Friday) is forecast accelerating to 0.9% y/y from 0.8% in June.

Australia: the week that is devoid of economic data and RBA events. The next report of interest is July building approvals, due August 30. The Reserve Bank of Australia meets on September 5. No change is expected to the current 1.50% policy setting, alongside a statement that remains consistent with no change in rates through the middle of next year.

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Date : 22nd August 2020.

MACRO EVENTS & NEWS OF 22nd August 2020.

European Outlook: Asian stock markets mostly moved higher in quiet trade, after Wall Street managed to close with slight gains. Hong Kong stocks outperformed on positive earnings report, while Japan underperformed despite a weaker Yen. U.K. and U.S. stock futures are moving higher and it seems risk appetite is slowly returning, after being knocked back by geopolitics. Bund futures continued to rise though in after hour trade yesterday the 10-year Bund yield, which closed below 0.4% may make little headway at the start. The local calendar is hotting up today, providing some distraction from the political arena. German ZEW investor confidence and the U.K.’s CBI industrial trends survey will give a flavour of the economic situation on both sides of the Channel and the U.K. also has public finance data for July.

FX Update: The dollar has traded softer versus many currencies during the pre-London session in Asia, including against the euro, and commodity and emerging world currencies, though the greenback gained versus the yen. A revival in risk appetite brought some pressure on the Japanese currency, while there remains a degree of position jostling ahead of the Jackson Hole symposium (which starts on Thursday). USD-JPY lifted back to the low 109.0s after dipping yesterday to a low of 108.63, which by our data is 3 pips above last Friday’s four-month low. EUR-USD, meanwhile, ebbed back to the 1.1800 level after yesterday logging a one-week high at 1.1828, and USD-CAD carved out an 18-day low at 1.2547 and AUD-USD a three-session peak, at 0.7950. Cable has entered its fifth consecutive session of orbiting 1.2900.

Canada’s wholesale report maintained the outlook for weak June GDP, with a flat reading (0.0%) expected after the 0.6% GDP surge in May. Wholesale shipment volumes fell 0.7% in June. The final ingredient for GDP is today’s retail sales report, where a 0.3% gain is expected in total shipment values, which a larger (0.5% or better) improvement in volumes. Housing starts grew 9.5% to a 212.9k pace in June from 194.5k in May. Hence, the contribution from construction production should be positive. The outlook for mining, oil and gas production is to the downside. Energy export values plummeted 9.2% m/m in June while petroleum and coal manufacturing shipment values dropped 7.1%. However, the erosion in petro and coal values was driven by falling prices, suggestive of a less pronounced decline in the GDP report’s petro and coal volume measure. A flat reading in June GDP would leave a lofty 3.7% growth pace for Q2. Moreover, any pull-back in June GDP should be temporary. Hence, the broader theme of upbeat growth remains supportive of a 25 bp rate hike from the BoC to 1.00% in October.

Main Macro Events Today

German ZEW Sentiment – German ZEW investor confidence expected to be particularly impacted by the latest spell of risk aversion in markets and are looking for a decline in the headline August reading to 15.5 from 17.5 in July.
Canada retail sales – Retail sales, expected to rise 0.3% m/m in June after the 0.6% expansion in May. Another firm month is expected for seasonally adjusted vehicle sales. CPI implies a drag on retail sales values from falling prices. Notably, falling gasoline prices should weigh on total and ex-autos retail sales, and hence we’d put the risk to the downside on this report.
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Date : 23rd August 2020.

MACRO EVENTS & NEWS OF 23rd August 2020.

European Outlook: Asian stock markets moved higher, after a positive session on Wall Street amid reports of progress on Trump’s overhaul of the tax code and a solid PMI reading from Japan. The Hang Seng continues to outperform and is currently up 0.91%. The ASX underperformed and is down -0.28%, U.K. and U.S. stock futures are also in the red, so the rebound in equity markets seems to be petering out already. The Bund future fell in after hour trade, before stabilising, but after yesterday’s blow out in Eurozone spreads the main question is how peripheral yields cope with lingering tapering concerns ahead of Draghi’s Jackson Hole speech on Friday. Draghi is already scheduled to speak at a meeting on economic sciences in Germany this morning. The calendar also has preliminary Eurozone PMI readings for August, which are expected to nudge lower again, especially after yesterday’s weak ZEW reading. Growth will remain robust, but just not as strong as so far it seems. On tab is also a German 10-year auction.

US reports: flat U.S. Richmond Fed manufacturing index at 14 in August after rising 3 points to that level in July amid broadbased gains. The year-to-date range has been from 3 (May) to 19 (February) and was at 1 in October. The employment component increased to 17 after doubling to 10 in July from June’s 5, The growth in prices paid slowed to 1.49% pace versus 1.78% previously, with prices received at 0.91% from 0.99%. . All in all, it was a solid report that reflects the ongoing trend of decent growth and slumping prices. U.S. FHFA home price index edged up 0.1% to 249.3 in June after rising 0.3% to 249.1 in May, Prices are up 6.5% y/y. Six of the nine regions surveyed posted gains, led by the Pacific (1.0%) and the West South Central (0.8%).Home prices were up in nearly every state, according to the report. Tight inventories were cited as the factor propping up prices every quarter over the last six years.

Canada’s 0.5% gain in retail shipment volumes contrasted with recent disappointing monthly industry data. The rise in retail sales volumes added to the run of gains from January to May. There was a less severe than anticipated 0.7% drop in wholesale shipment volumes and a 1.0% drop in manufacturing volumes. Housing starts grew 9.5% to a 212.9k pace in June. Hence, the contribution from construction production should be positive. But the outlook for mining, oil and gas production is to the downside. Energy export values plummeted 9.2% m/m in June while petroleum and coal manufacturing shipment values dropped 7.1%. However, the erosion in petro and coal values was driven by falling prices, suggestive of a less pronounced decline in the GDP report’s petro and coal volume measure. A 0.1% gain in June GDP would leave a lofty 3.9% growth pace for Q2.

Main Macro Events Today

EU Services PMI – On a Eurozone-wide level, the preliminary August Services PMI is expected steady at 55.4 , and the manufacturing reading slightly lower at 56.3 from 56.6 in July.
US Home Sales – New home sales are forecast to dip 1.3% to 602k in July, while EIA energy inventory are out today too.
US Markit PMI – The preliminary August Services PMI is expected steady at 55.3 , and the manufacturing reading slightly lower at 56.4 from 56.6 in July.
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Date : 24th August 2020.

MACRO EVENTS & NEWS OF 24th August 2020.

European Outlook: Asian markets mostly higher despite fresh concerns about Trump’s ability to pass his fiscal agenda. The Hang Seng continued to outperform on earnings optimism and amid strong volumes as markets reopened after a Typhoon interruption. The ASX is little changed as commodity profits offset Trump Concerns, but the Nikkei was weighed down by steelmakers. FTSE 100 futures are moving higher and U.S. futures are heading south as the Jackson Hole meeting draws nearer. European peripherals have been feeling the chill of tapering concerns after better than expected PMI readings and amid concerns that Draghi will use tomorrow’s speech to commit to a tapering schedule. This will likely ensure Bund outperformance versus peripherals, while Gilts as well as the FTSE 100 are underpinned by a weakening Pound. Today’s calendar focuses on the second reading of U.K. Q2 GDP as well as the CBI distributive trade survey.

Fedspeak: Yesterday Fed’s Kaplan reiterated balance sheet runoff should begin soon, while he also repeated he wants to be patient on further rate hikes. He was holding a Q&A session at a Permian Basin Petroleum Association luncheon. He wants more information on inflation trends. He attributed some of the softness in prices is likely the result of technological breakthroughs. But, he also believes that tight labor market conditions do argue for removal of some accommodation. On the oil markets he added that the they are in a fragile equilibrium currently. Shale and African drillers are offsetting OPEC cuts. But, there is a good chance of a global under-supply in 5 or 7 years. Notable is the fact that Kaplan is a voter who’s recently become more worried about the slowing in price pressures.

US reports: a big 9.4% U.S. July new home sales drop to a 571k rate followed 46k in upward revisions over the prior three months to leave a stronger than expected report overall. A modest Q2-Q3 unwind of a big Q1 sales boost from a mild winter. New home sales have risen 111% from the 273k record-low in February of 2020, alongside smaller cyclical climbs of 44% for pending home sales and 60% for existing home sales from lows in 2020. Meanwhile, U.S. August Markit manufacturing PMI fell 0.8 points to 52.5 in the preliminary print, unwinding some of the 1.3 point gain to 53.3 in July. It was 52.0 a year ago. However, the services index jumped 2.2 points to 56.9 after rising 0.5 points to 54.7 in July. This is the highest since April 2020. It was 51.0 a year ago.

Eurozone: Draghi hailed QE at a conference yesterday in Germany and forward guidance as success, saying that research showed that while forward guidance is “a useful instrument” “its effectiveness can be improved with other non-standard monetary policies”. Speaking at a conference on economic science Draghi said “research has confirmed that central banks are not powerless at the effective lower bound”, but stressed that policy makers must continue “preparing for new challenges”, and that “when the world chances”, policies and “especially monetary policies need to be adjusted”. Nothing there that directly refers to the future of QE. On Economic data prospective, Eurozone PMIs suggested inflation is on the mend, with Markit reporting that the “recent trend of easing inflationary pressures came to an end in August, with cost inflation picking up for the first time since February”. At the same time, the manufacturing PMI showed that manufacturing orders were boosted by “the fastest rise in exports for six-and-a-half years”. So quite a bit there to boost the arguments of the hawks at the ECB and dampen concerns about the strong EUR.

Main Macro Events Today

Jackson Hole – The symposium begins today and the markets will be wary of comments coming out of the annual central banker gather. Most important will be Friday’s speeches from Fed Chair Yellen (10ET) and ECB President Draghi (13 ET). However, past performance (at Jackson Hole) is no guarantee of future results. So, while monetary authorities have often used this venue to hint, or even outline, new policy measures, it is not expect that to be the case this time. There isn’t much new that Yellen can say given the recent update in the FOMC minutes and via Fedspeak and data. It looks as though balance sheet unwinding is a done deal for the fall. And it’s too early, and inappropriate for her to presage rate action over the rest of the year. Meanwhile, the ECB has indicated Draghi will have nothing new to say and will focus on the theme of the symposium, “Fostering a Dynamic Global Economy.”
UK GDP- Q2 GDP data is likely to confirm growth at 0.3% q/q , half the Eurozone growth figure for the same quarter.
US Initial Jobless Claims – Initial jobless claims expected to rebound 6k to 238k for the August-19 week.
US Existing Home Sales – July existing home sales data is out today and should post a 1.4% headline improvement to a 5.570 mlnpace after a 1.8% dip to 5.520 mln in June. Other housing measures weakened in July with the NAHB dipping to 64 from 66 in June and housing starts dropping to 1,155k from 1,213k in June.
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Date : 25th August 2020.

MACRO EVENTS & NEWS OF 25th August 2020.

European Outlook: Asian stock markets moved mostly higher, going into the Jackson Hole meeting of central bankers, where Draghi and Yellen will take centre stage. The ASX underperformed and fluctuated between gains and losses, while the Nikkei managed to move higher, lifted by automakers, as the yen is heading for a weekly loss. Hang Seng and CSI 300 outperformed. U.K. stock futures are down, but U.S. futures are posting gains. Oil prices are down and the front end WTI future is trading at USD 47.76 per barrel. Today the real focus will be on Yellen and in particular Draghi, with the latter unlikely to lay out a full tapering schedule, but it will be interesting to see whether he is laying the groundwork for a change in focus in the policy communication as the central bank heads for a gradual reduction of additional stimulus measures.

Today’s German Q2 GDP was confirmed at 0.6% q/q, as expected. The breakdown showed that growth rested on domestic demand, with investment remaining robust, while Q1 investment data was revised up markedly. A further confirmation that the current recovery is unusually for Germany as it is not the export led recovery that we have seen in previous cycles. Rather it is domestic demand that is propping up growth, also thanks to the ECB and the policy of easy money, which is underpinning consumption as well as investment. The robust data will also back Weidmann’s calls for an end to QE though. German import price inflation came in lower than anticipated, with the annual rate falling back to 1.9% from 2.5% y/y in the previous month. Prices were down -0.4% m/m. The strong EUR is leaving its mark and will likely to continue to bring import price inflation down, with the annual rate now back below the ECB’s 2% mark.

US reports: U.S. reports revealed a weak round of July existing home sales figures but a firm set of initial claims data through mid-August, hence slightly trimming forecasts for the residential component of Q3 GDP, but adding to the upside risk for 190k August nonfarm payroll estimate. We saw a 1.3% July existing home sales drop to a 5.44 mln pace that undershot estimates, alongside smaller downside surprises for median prices and inventories after downward revisions for all three in June. For claims, we saw a 2k rise to a still-lean 234k in the third week of August that left a lean trajectory into the month. Claims are averaging juste 236k in August, versus higher prior averages of 242k in July, 243k in June, 241k in May, and 243k in April, while the 232k BLS survey week figure undershot recent BLS survey weak readings of 234k in July, 242k in June, 233k in May, and 243k in April.

Main Macro Events Today

German IFO – German Ifo Business Climate, should still benefit from the strong orders inflow and therefore a small fall back is expected from record highs to 115.7 in August from 116.0.
US Durable Goods- Durable goods data for July expected at a -5.7% headline with shipments down 0.3% and inventories at 0.2%. This follows June data which had orders up 6.4%, sales unchanged and inventories up 0.5% for the month. There were significant dips in vehicle assemblies and Boeing orders for the month which could weigh on the release.
Jacksol Hole – Fed Chair Yellen will speak at Jackson Hole today at 10 ET. Her topic is “financial stability.” ECB’s Draghi was confirmed to speak at 13:00 ET.
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Date : 28th August 2020.

MACRO EVENTS & NEWS OF 28th August 2020.

Fed Chair Yellen and ECB President Draghi mostly discussed regulations in their Jackson Hole speeches. However, Draghi did repeat in Q&A that “a significant degree of monetary accommodation is still warranted” and that policymakers must remain “on guard” until the inflation goal is achieved. Meanwhile, the BoJ’s Kuroda stressed in a Bloomberg TV interview that “extremely accommodative” policy will continue for some time. It looks like the big three central banks will remain in slow motion as they look toward the exit. While there’s no meaningful change seen in monetary policy near term, there are several risks ahead that will keep the markets on their toes. North Korea remains a clear and present danger, the U.S. debt limit is also a growing risk, while this week, the president is expected to go on the road to talk up tax reform.

United States: U.S. markets will have a lot to digest this week, including key economic data, supply, and month-end flows, all while keeping a close eye on Washington. Hence, this week’s data, especially jobs and the PCE price index, will be important for the medium term outlook, though not crucial for the immediate term. No one expects action on rates next month, and Fed funds future are suggesting only about a 33% chance for a tightening at the December 12, 13 FOMC. Employment data has continued to come in strong, indeed “very strong,” as noted by Fed Governor Powell last week, and therefore expected more of the same in August. Payrolls (Friday) should rise 190k after July’s 209k gain. The unemployment rate is expected to hold at 4.3%, tying the lowest rate since May 2001. Earnings are expected to rise 0.2% following the 0.3% July increase.

The income, consumption data for July (Thursday) will be just as important for the FOMC. The data will help fine tune GDP forecasts, but more importantly provide an update on the PCE price index, the main measure for the Fed. Other data this week includes August auto sales (Friday), the August ISM (Friday) is expected to ease to 55.7 in August after sliding 1.5 points to 56.3 in July. The index is still holding firm and well above the 52.0 in November. Consumer confidence figures for August are due as well (Tuesday and Friday). Confidence is seen rising to 122.0 after climbing 3.8 points to 121.1 in July. The final read on consumer sentiment for August from the University of Michigan survey (Friday) should edge up further to 98.0 after the surprise 4.2 point jump to 97.6 in the preliminary report. Also of interest is the revised Q2 GDP data (Wednesday). Other releases this week include the August ADP (Wednesday), the August Dallas Fed and Chicago PMI, July Advance trade numbers, June Case-Shiller home price index, July pending home sales, and July construction spending.

Canada: June and Q2 GDP reports are the focus this week. GDP (Thursday) is expected to accelerate to a 4.0% growth rate in Q2 (q/q) following the 3.7% gain in real GDP during Q1. Meanwhile, the current account (Wednesday) is expected to post a -C$18.0 bln deficit in Q2, worsening from -C$14.1 bln in Q1, courtesy of a deepening in the nominal goods deficit in Q2 relative to Q1. The industrial product price index (Tuesday) is seen falling 0.5% in July (m/m, NSA) after the 1.0% drop in June. But the loonie continued its sharp appreciation against the U.S. dollar, which we see driving the IPPI lower in July relative to June. Dealer reported vehicle sales for August are expected on Friday. The August Markit Manufacturing PMI is due Friday. Average weekly earnings for June are due Wednesday. The Bank of Canada’s day planner is again blank this week. The next scheduled event from the Bank of Canada is the September 6 policy announcement.

The calendar also has French consumer spending as well as German retail sale, Eurozone M3 sa (Y/Y) money supply growth, detailed Q2 GDP readings from Italy (Friday) and France (Tuesday) are likely to confirm preliminary readings of 0.4% q/q and 0.5% q/q respectively. Supply includes a German 2-year Schatz auction on Wednesday. The German HICP rate (Wednesday) expected to pick up to 1.7% y/y from 1.5% y/y in the previous month and the French rate (Thursday) to nudge up to 0.8% y/y from 0.7%, which should leave the overall Eurozone HICP rate (Thursday) at 1.4% y/y, up from 1.3% y/y in July.

UK: The relative stagnation of the UK economy was in full evidence last week. July leading from the BoE feature in this week’s calendar (Wednesday), along with the August Gfk consumer confidence survey (Thursday), and the August manufacturing PMI survey (Friday). The net consumer credit expected to come in unchanged at GBP 1.5 bln and mortgage approvals to tick up to 65.4k from 64.7k. The consumer confidence eroding to show a new low of -14 from -12 in the month prior, while the manufacturing PMI has us anticipating a 55.2 outcome after 55.0 in the prior month.

New Zealand’s slate has Q2 import and export prices (Friday). Building permits for July are due Thursday. The Reserve Bank of New Zealand meets next on September 28. Hence no change to the current 1.75% rate setting through year-end, is expected.

Japan: July unemployment (Tuesday) is pencilled in at an unchanged 2.8%, with the job offers/seekers ratio steady at 1.51. July personal income and PCE are also due Tuesday, with the latter expected up 1.0% y/y from 2.3% previously. July retail sales (Wednesday) are seen up 0.1% y/y from up 0.2% for large retailers, and up 1.0% overall from the prior 2.2% rise. Preliminary July industrial production (Thursday) should slow to 0.5% y/y from 2.2% in June. July housing starts (Thursday) are forecast at a 1.5% y/y clip from up 1.7%. July construction spending is also due Thursday. The MoF Q2 capex survey (Friday) should rise 8.0% from 4.5%, while the August manufacturing PMI (Friday) is anticipated to have risen to 52.5 from 52.1. August auto sales are also due Friday.

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Date : 29th August 2020.

MACRO EVENTS & NEWS OF 29th August 2020.

European Outlook: Asian stock markets broadly headed south, yields declined, as investors headed for safety, after North Korea launched a missile that flew over Japan before plunging into the sea. U.K. and U.S. stock futures are also under pressure and with the EUR remaining above 1.19 against the dollar, Eurozone stock markets are likely to extend yesterday’s losses, thus adding to pressure on bond yields. The 10-year Bund is back at levels last seen at the end of June, as the ECB remains cautious on the future of QE next year. Geopolitical events are likely to overshadow the local calendar.

FX Update: The dollar has come under fresh pressure as the London inter-bank take to their desks. EURUSD has punched out new 31-month highs, this time above 1.1990, while the narrow trade-weighted USD index hit a 16-month low at 92.06. USDJPY dove to a four-month low at 108.33 in early Asia-Pacific dealings before settling in the upper 108.0s. The low was seen following news that North Korea fired a missile that flew over Japan before landing in the sea. Markets are also factoring the storm damage and disruption in Texas, and a tumultuous political backdrop in Washington DC. This backdrop has maintained dollar weakness and demand for safe havens, such as the Japanese yen. Japanese data today showed unemployment falling to 2.8% in July and job availability rising for a fifth straight month, though to little market impact. Elsewhere, Cable hit a two-week high at 1.2954, and commodity currencies under-performed.

Today’s German GfK consumer confidence unexpectedly improved to 10.9 in the September projection, from 10.8 in August. The breakdown, which is only available for August, shows a renewed pick up in income expectations and the willingness to buy, despite the fact that economic expectations actually fell back markedly in August. The willingness to save meanwhile dropped with price expectations. Another very strong German confidence number that confirms that economic activity remains very strong over the summer quarter.

US reports: revealed July figures for the trade deficit and inventories that tracked our assumptions on net, though both exports and imports were weaker than expected, and a downward tweak in the June wholesale trade figures trimmed our Q2 GDP estimate to 3.0% from 3.1%, versus the 2.6% advance figure. Though we don’t have damage estimates for Harvey yet, we’ve lowered our industrial production and mining assumptions for August and September and have trimmed our housing sector assumptions, while boosting estimates for building material sales and construction. We will see a boost in factory activity outside of the region that will mitigate some of the local lost output, and we have left our Q3 GDP estimate at 3.5%. Note that today’s August Dallas Fed index, with survey data that predates Harvey, rose slightly to a robust 17.0 from 16.8.

Main Macro Events Today

US Consumer Confidence- August consumer confidence is out Tuesday and we expect the headline to climb to 122.0 (median 120.0) from 121.1 in July and 117.3 in June. Other measures of confidence for August have been stronger with Michigan Sentiment rising to 97.6 from 93.4 in July and the IBD/TIPP Poll climbing to 52.2 from 50.2 in July.
Canadian IPPI – The industrial product price index is seen falling 0.5% in July (m/m, NSA) after the 1.0% drop in June.
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Date : 30th August 2020.

MACRO EVENTS & NEWS OF 30th August 2020.

European Outlook: Markets started to recover from the latest bout of risk aversion during the late U.S. session and after Wall Street managed to close with slight gains, Nikkei and Hang Seng bounced back in Asia overnight. CSI 300 and ASX are little changed on the day and at least yesterday’s sell off was halted. U.K. stock futures are also higher, pointing to a rebound on European equity markets, which sold off Tuesday. Bund futures already started to come down from highs during yesterday’s late and after hour session and core yields should move up from yesterday’s lows, especially in the Eurozone where the expected pick up in German HICP and a still strong ESI economic sentiment reading should provide support. The U.K. has money supply and consumer credit data and Switzerland releases the latest KOF leading indicator.

New Zealand: The Statistics New Zealand released yesterday Building Permits data for July,which arrived at -0.7% from -1.0% last month. According to statistics manager Melissa McKenzie: ” July’s fall was driven by the number of consented apartments, townhouses, and retirement units, which fluctuates from month to month. The fall for multi-unit dwellings was partly offset by an increase for stand-alone houses” . The RBNZ Governor Wheeler had a scheduled speech titled “Reflections on the stewardship of the Reserve Bank”, via Reuters, in which it highlighted that, a lower New Zealand dollar is needed to increase tradables inflation and help deliver more balanced growth and also “to spook the market” as he particularly mentioned. “The appreciation in the exchange rate has been a headwind for the tradables sector and, by reducing already weak tradables inflation, made it more difficult to reach the Bank’s inflation goals,” Wheeler said. The Reserve Bank of New Zealand meets next on September 28 and it is expected to keep the current 1.75% rate setting through year-end.

US reports: U.S. consumer confidence rise to 122.9 from 120.0 (was 121.1) in July and 117.3 in June left consumer confidence at its strongest level since the 16-year high of 124.9 in March, and at its second highest level since December of 2000. All the confidence surveys show a big climb into 2020 despite small pull-backs from Q1 peaks, and with a surprising resumed updraft in August. The Michigan sentiment index popped to 97.6 from 93.4 in July, versus a 13-year high of 98.5 in January. The IBD/TIPP index rose to 52.2 from 50.2 in July and 51.3 in both May and June, versus a 56.4 cycle-high in February. The weekly Bloomberg Consumer Comfort index rose to a cycle-high 52.8 in the third week of August, and is averaging a solid 52.1 thus far in the month, which would also mark a monthly cycle-high, versus a 48.3 average in July. Confidence, producer sentiment and small business optimism have climbed since October despite setbacks in the face of surprising inventory weakness, but a factory rebound that is trimming excess capacity, equity and home price gains, and residual hopes for tax cuts and stimulus spending.

Main Macro Events Today

German HICP – The German HICP rate expected to pick up to 1.7% y/y from 1.5% y/y in the previous month
UK Consumer Credit & Mortgage Approvals – The net consumer credit expected to come in unchanged at GBP 1.5 bln and mortgage approvals to tick up to 65.4k from 64.7k. The consumer confidence eroding to show a new low of -14 from -12 in the month prior, while the manufacturing PMI has us anticipating a 55.2 outcome after 55.0 in the prior month.
EU ESI- ESI Economic Confidence indicator is expected to nudge higher to 111.4 from 114.2, helped by an improvement in consumer confidence and an expected rise in industrial sentiment.
Canadian Current Account- The current account is expected to post a -C$18.0 bln deficit in Q2, worsening from -C$14.1 bln in Q1, courtesy of a deepening in the nominal goods deficit in Q2 relative to Q1.
US ADP and GDP- August ADP employment data should post a 185k headline following a 178k headline in July and 191k in June. Meanwhile, Prelim GDP q/q for Q2 expected to rise 0.1% from 2.6% released last time.
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Date : 31st August 2020.

MACRO EVENTS & NEWS OF 31st August 2020.

European Outlook: A mixed session in Asia, where Nikkei and ASX are moving higher, while Hang Seng and CSI 300 are under pressure amid profit taking as investors start to doubt the recent run higher. Banks led the correction despite better than expected earnings numbers and a stronger than hoped China manufacturing PMI. A weaker Yen meanwhile helped the Nikkei to move higher despite weaker than anticipated production data. European and U.S. stock futures are also moving higher as risk appetite comes back. Released overnight U.K. consumer confidence unexpectedly improved. The very busy European calendar includes labour market data out of Germany at the start of the session, and most importantly prel Eurozone HICP for August, which after yesterday’s national data is likely to come in higher than initially anticipated, as annual energy price inflation surges higher. The second round of Brexit talks ends today and the update is unlikely to show the type of progress that would prompt heads of states to clear the way for future trade talks to start this year when they meet in October

German July retail sales dropped -1.2% m/m, more than anticipated, but with June revised up to 1.3% m/m from 1.1% m/m, the annual rate still rose to 2.7% y/y from 2.0% y/y in June. The three months trend rate fell back to 0.6% from 0.9% in the three months to June. Mixed data, but retail sales are volatile, subject to heavy revisions and cover less than 50% of private consumption and with latest consumer confidence at the highest level in nearly 16 years, consumption is set to continue to underpin the robust recovery. Especially as the labour market is looking increasingly tight.

US reports: revealed the expected Q2 GDP growth boost to 3.0% from 2.6% with component revisions that also closely tracked assumptions, alongside a solid 237k August ADP rise that beat the 185k private payroll estimate with a 190k total nonfarm payroll increase, after a big boost in the July rise to 201k from 178k that narrowed the gap to the 205k private payroll increase last month. For GDP, the data leave Q3 growth on track for a solid 3.5% climb led by strength in business fixed investment. For ADP, we now have a robust 223k average rise in 2020 that signals ongoing upside risk for U.S. payroll growth that may well materialize in Friday’s report, though ADP has persistently overshot reported job growth since the last methodology change in October.Meanwhile, WTI crude was virtually unchanged at $46 area following the EIA inventory data which showed a 5.4 mln bbl fall in crude stocks. The street had been expecting a 3.5 mln bbl decrease. Focus remains on damage to energy infrastructure following hurricane Harvey. Meanwhile, gasoline supplies, seen down 1.5 mln bbls were flat, while distillate stocks were up 700k bbls, versus expectations for an unchanged reading. Refinery usage rose to 96.6% from 95.4%.

Main Macro Events Today

EU HICP – After yesterday’s stronger than expected inflation numbers from Spain and Germany forecast lifted for the Eurozone number to 1.5% y/y from 1.4% y/y expected previously. German data suggests the expected uptick from 1.3% y/y in July will be mainly driven by higher annual rates for energy and food prices, which means core inflation is unlikely to see the same acceleration as the headline rate and even the latter remains clearly below the ECB’s 2% upper limit for price stability.
Canadian GDP – Q2 real GDP is expected to accelerate to a 4.0% pace (q/q, saar) from the robust 3.7% pace in Q1. The projection is driven by consumption, which is expected to grow 4.0% in Q2 (q/q, saar) after the 4.3% run–up in Q1. A small positive addition is seen from net exports.
US Income & Consumption – The income, consumption data for July will be just as important for the FOMC. A 0.3% gains is expected in income and spending, with the chain price index and the core rising 0.1%. That would leave the headline index rising at a 1.4% y/y pace, the same as in June, while the core rate would slip to 1.4% y/y from 1.5% y/y. That would be seen keeping the Fed on hold, but there’s still four months of data before the Committee has to make that decision.
US Unemployment – U.S. initial jobless claims are expected to be 237k in the week-ended August 26. Continuing claims are expected to rise to 1,955k for the week-ended August 12.
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Date : 1st September 2020.

MACRO EVENTS & NEWS OF 1st September 2020.

European Outlook: Asian stock markets are hanging on to modest gains, as investors hold back ahead of today’s U.S. jobs report. Hang Seng and CSI stabilized, after being knocked back by profit taking yesterday and Hong Kong is set for a third weekly gain. The MSCI Asia Pacific Index completed is posting an eight-straight month of gains. U.S. futures are also slightly higher, U.K. futures are down, however, after European stocks were knocked back from highs in the PM session yesterday but still managed to close with solid gains. Today’s calendar focuses on manufacturing PMI readings, with the Eurozone number expected to be confirmed at 57.4, and the U.K. reading seen nudging higher to 55.0 from 55.1.

US reports: revealed a largely as-expected personal income report, though with modestly stronger than expected path for “real” consumption, a small PCE chain price undershoot, and a savings rate drop to just 3.5%, alongside a 1k initial claims uptick to a still-lean 236k that signals upside risk for190k August nonfarm payroll estimate. The Chicago PMI remained at the lofty 58.9 July reading, versus a 37-month high of 65.7 in June, and this adds to Friday’s upside risk. Next Thursday an outsized spike in claims is expected with the impact of hurricane Harvey, given shutdowns across the Houston port and petro-chemical complex that could have far-reaching effects across the transportation sector. An assumption of 39k claims rise to 275k has been taken, but with risk of a much larger gain. For prior spikes, we saw gains of 96k with Katrina, 34k with Ike, 25k with Rita, and 22k with Isaac.

Canada‘s second half GDP outlook improved following the strong Q2 and June GDP reports. Consumption revealed the anticipated strong gain in Q2 after a robust Q1. Yet the June GDP report showed another solid month of retail output (+0.8%) after the firm 0.9% May gain, defying expectations that the households would temper spending going into Q3. M&E investment did slow to a 3.6% pace in Q2 (q/q, saar) but after a massive 28.9% surge in Q1. Also, this is the first back to back increase in M&E investment since Q3 and Q4 of 2020. And exports picked-up to a 9.6% clip in Q2 after anemic growth in Q1 (+1.5%) and Q4 (+0.8%). There were no tricks or special factors in Q2, Canada’s growth was/is simply robust. The Q3 GDP estimate has been lifted to 2.5% from 2.1% and Q4 forecast to 2.3% from 2.1%. Growth is on track for a 3.1% pace in 2020, more than double the 1.5% rate in 2020 and above the BoC’s 2.8% estimate. Yet core inflation remains well below target and risks from abroad have perhaps intensified since July, which should keep the BoC on a gradualist rate hike path. Also, the loonie is likely a concern, as a more hawkish/aggressive path would strengthen the currency and temper the outlook for exporters.

Europe: revealed a steady unemployment rate at 9.1% in July. Jobless numbers have improved steadily and on the whole the labour market is looking better than hoped a year ago, although further structural reforms remain necessary to reduce underlying unemployment and bring countries closer together. At the moment jobless numbers still range from 2.9% in the Czech Republic to over 20% in Greece. The harmonised German rate stands at just 3.7%, while neighbouring France still reports a rate of 9.8%, which is actually up from 9.6% in the previous month. Macron’s government is set to present its plans for a reform of the labour market today, but so far the new French President has failed to live up to expectations. Eurozone Aug HICP inflation rose to 1.5% y/y, a tad higher than initially expected, but not a surprise after national data from Germany, Spain and France. The uptick in the headline rate was mainly driven by a renewed acceleration in annual energy price inflation, which jumped to 4.0% y/y from 2.2% y/y in July.

Main Macro Events Today

EU & UK PMI – The final August Manufacturing PMI is likely to be confirmed at a very strong 57.4 suggesting a fresh acceleration in activity over the summer. In UK, the manufacturing PMI has us anticipating a 55.0 outcome after 55.1 in the prior month. The manufacturing sector has been the relative bright spot in the UK economy, with businesses in the sector benefiting from the increased competitiveness the weaker pound has brought them in export markets, although the consequential cost pressures are being felt on bottom lines, while eroding real wages is curtailment on domestic market potential.
US NFP & Employment Rate – Payrolls should rise 180k after July’s 209k gain. That would bring the 2020 average to 185k, not too different than the 194k increase over the same eight months in 2020. The unemployment rate is expected to hold at 4.3%, tying the lowest rate since May 2001. Earnings are expected to rise 0.2% following the 0.3% July increase. Data in line with forecasts would be consistent with solid economic growth as the second half of the year begins.
US Manufacturing ISM – The August ISM is expected to ease to 56.5 in August after sliding 1.5 points to 56.3 in July. The index is still holding firm and well above the 52.0 in November.
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Date : 4th September 2020.

MACRO EVENTS & NEWS OF 4th September 2020.

The next four months will be busy ones for policymakers as we head into year end. It will be a busy four months for policymakers heading into year-end. The U.S. Congress returns from recess on Tuesday and will be immediately confronted with debt limit and budget issues. The devastation from Hurricane Harvey may have accelerated the U.S. fiscal agenda. Across the pond, Brexit negotiations have made “no decisive progress.” Meanwhile, the ECB should start talks on balance sheet normalization. Asian markets will remain subject to North Korea angst after last week’s missile launch over Japan, and reports that an H-bomb has been successfully loaded onto an ICBM.

United States: U.S. markets are closed Monday for the Labor Day holiday. Congress is back in session starting Tuesday and has a lot on its plate. Debt limit issues and emergency hurricane aid will be first and foremost on the list. Along with fiscal issues, monetary policy will factor into trading. Fedspeak will dominate the calendar and after the disappointing August jobs report, it will be interesting to hear what policymakers have to say. This week’s slate includes several FOMC voters, including Dudley, Brainard, Kashkari, Kaplan, and Harker. While most all Committee members have supported the start of the balance sheet normalization “soon,” which likely translates into this month, outlooks on the rate stance have been more diverse. The softness in the jobs report further reduced already low risks for another rate hike at the December 12, 13 policy meeting. The upcoming September 19, 20 meeting had long been ruled out as the Fed indicated it would delay tightening when it began unwinding the balance sheet, which is expected to be announced at the upcoming meeting. Additionally, the slippage in inflation, the dovish shift from several policymakers, especially including Yellen, the rising geopolitical risks, also suggested the FOMC would remain sidelined this month.

This week’s data slate is thin with just a few reports of much interest. The August ISM services index (Wednesday) is expected to rise 1.1 points to 55.0, recovering somewhat from the 3.5 point tumble to 53.9 in July. The July trade deficit (Wednesday) is forecast widening to -$44.6 bln amid declines in imports and exports, after narrowing 5.9% to -$43.6 bln in June. Revised Q2 productivity and unit labor costs (Thursday) should show productivity bumped up to a 1.3% clip from 0.9% previously, while costs should be nudged down to a 0.2% pace from 0.6%.

Canada: The Bank of Canada’s announcement (Wednesday) is the week’s attention getter. No change is expected in the current 0.75% rate setting at Wednesday’s announcement, as the Bank takes a breather after raising rates 25 basis points in July. The accompanying announcement (there is no presser or MPR) should maintain the upbeat outlook on growth and inflation that came alongside the July rate increase.The policy rate expected to be lifted to 1.00% in October. The data calendar is busy in the holiday shortened week (Monday is a market holiday). Labor productivity (Wednesday) is expected to be flat in Q2 (q/q, sa) following the 1.4% surge in Q1 (q/q, sa), as both GDP and hours worked grew 1.1% in Q2 (q/q, sa). The trade deficit (Wednesday) is seen widening to -C$3.9 bln in July from -C$3.6 bln in June. Building permit values (Thursday) are projected to grow 2.0% m/m in July after the 2.5% gain in June. The Ivey PMI (Thursday) is expected to improve to 61.0 in August from 60.0 in July. A 30.0k rise is anticipated for August employment (Friday) after the 11.0k rise in July. The unemployment rate is expected at 6.3%, matching July. Capacity utilization (Friday) is projected to bounce to 84.5% in Q2 from 83.3% in Q1, as the rapid GDP growth in the first half lifts capacity use.

Europe: The ECB meeting (Thursday) highlights the week, while the highlight of this week’s economic calendar are the final reading of August Eurozone Services and composite PMIs (Tuesday), detailed Eurozone Q2 GDP (Thursday) and July German manufacturing orders (Tuesday). The overall growth number is widely expected to be confirmed at 0.5% q/q, unchanged from Q1, with the breakdown likely to show robust domestic demand. However, there also should be signs that the strong EUR is fuelling import growth, which in turn is weighing on net exports. Survey data suggest that the recovery is strengthening and more importantly perhaps broadening in the summer quarter. And while the final services PMI is expected to confirm the drop back to 54.9 in August from July’s 55.4, the composite reading should be confirmed at 55.8, up from 55.7 in July, which together with the much stronger than expected ESI confidence readings will back the arguments for the ECB to gradually reduce the additional amount of stimulus that is still being pumped into the economy every month. German manufacturing orders data for July (Wednesday), meanwhile, will be the first real data for the third quarter and we are looking for a slowing in the monthly growth rate to 0.2% m/m from 1.0% in June, while industrial production is likely to rebound from the 1.1% drop in June and rise a stronger 0.7% m/m. Germany also has July trade data, while the Eurozone has retail sales and PPI inflation. Production data is also due from France.

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