- China cuts its benchmark lending and depost rates, its second cut since early June.
- Lowered its one-year yuan deposit rate 25 basis points to 3%, and its one-year lending rate by 31 basis points to 6%.
- The central bank also announced more relaxed rules on lending, allowing bank lending rates to fall to 70% of the benchmark rate, instead of 80%.
- Yesterday Euro-zone retail sales rose 0.6% in May, while today German factory orders rose 0.6% for May, both better than expected (some relief).
- In UK, Halifax HPI up 1%.
- Spain sold 3 billion euros of 10-year bonds at an average yield of 6.43%, compared with 6.044% when the securities were last sold on June 7.
- Australia posting its 5th straight trade deficit.
BOE Re-Starts Bond Buying Program:
- Yesterday, Services PMI showed a drop to 51.3, lower than forecasts (joining manufacturing and construction in underperforming) and likely sealed the deal for the action by the BOE today.
- BOE restarts its bond buying program by adding another £50 bn bringing the total to £375 bn.
- BOE expects this round of QE to take 4 months to complete.
- Earlier, BOE announced a credit-boosting program in an attempt to revive the economy.
- Resumption of bond buying made possible by falling inflation.
ECB Lowers Rates Below 1%:
- ECB cuts rates to 0.75%, bringing interest rate to record low.
- ECB lowers its deposit rate (the amount paid to banks to hold their reserves with the ECB) to 0% from 0.25%, in an attempt to get more money into the economy.
- Lower interest rates should help periphery, but would weaken the interest rate differential of EUR vs rivals.
- Let’s see if there’s any mention of another LTRO or other steps ECB can take beyond bringing rates further down.
- UPDATE: No LTRO hints from Draghi
US Releases This Week:
- Today US posts ISM Services data. If it falters (forecast is 53.1 vs 53.7 in May) then calls for action from Fed will grow.
- We also get a sense of NFP with the release of the ADP employment change and latest jobless claims (which have stabilized at a level in upper 300’s.)
- We are looking for clues as to whether the Fed joins other central banks in adding stimulus.
- UPDATE: The ADP Employment Change and jobless claims data came in better than expected, which could increase the chances of a better than expected reading from NFP tomorrow, and lessen the chances of QE3 from the Fed in the near term. Still, even a positive surprise may be taken as an aberration.
NFP & Fed:
- If NFP comes in substantially below the 90K-95K forecast, then bad news is good news as it means more chance that Fed will act and risk can gain.
- Weakness in manufacturing and in job growth is certainly not good for global growth, so this reaction will be tricky.
- Those playing the macro side will want to offload risk, while those playing monetary policy expectations will want to buy risk. We face this battle often nowadays.
- IF NFP hits status quo, market will keep guessing on QE.
- IF NFP surprises to top side, less chance of QE, though will market be disappointed by that and actually sell off risk as a result?
Theme of This Week:
- The risk rally from EU Summit has extended on the back of central bank policy.
- Commodities have gained boosting commodity linked and risk linked currencies like AUD, NZD, and CAD.
- NFP is key now to gauge the expectation for the Fed and financial markets going forward for the next few weeks.
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