- Spain’s 10-year yield moves back to 7%, less than 1 week after “breakthrough” EU Summit.
- German industrial production climbs 1.6%, beating forecasts. It joins German factory orders data from yesterday giving a boost to prospects for biggest economy in Europe.
- In the UK, PPI Output declined 0.4%, giving more credence to BOE’s actions.
- The IMF will reduce its estimate for global growth this year on weakness in investment, jobs and manufacturing in Europe, the U.S., Brazil, India and China.
Yesterday’s Central Bank Activity:
- Yesterday, there was action by ECB (lowering benchmark interest rate and deposit rate), BOE (restarting its QE program with another 50 bn) and the PBOC (lowering its 1 year lending and borrowing rates).
- This tends to boost risk appetite, and helped commodity currencies (though mainly against EUR and GBP which were loosening monetary policy).
- But the effect has not lasted into Friday, as concern is growing that central banks are responding to recessionary forces in the 2nd half of the year.
- Also, ECB and BOE moves were expected, and some participants were hoping for more from ECB (another LTRO).
US Macro Data:
- Yesterday, US Services data showed a bigger than expected drop-off, with the index registering a 52.1 reading, vs forecasts of 53.1, and May’s 53.7.
- However, ADP rise to 176K, and the first positive beat of jobless claims in nearly 2 months has upped the “whisper” forecast to 115K from 95K.
- We are looking for clues as to whether the Fed joins other central banks in adding stimulus.
NFP & Fed:
- If NFP comes in substantially below the 115K “whisper” forecast, then bad news is good news as it means more chance that Fed will act and risk can gain.
- Weakness in manufacturing and services, along with a poor NFP will certainly not be good for US or global growth, so there may be flight to safety flows.
- However, yesterday may have given market the sense that QE3 is less likely, and may have helped undermine sentiment.
- IF NFP hits the forecast, market will keep guessing on QE, though deterioration in economy will make expectations more data dependent going forward.
- 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?
- Also the chance that 1 month of good data will be brushed aside as a aberration considering weakening data.
ECB Moving Towards ZIRP?
- ECB cuts rates to 0.75%, bringing interest rate to record low.
- Draghi presented a very downbeat outlook of the economy saying that the whole of Euro-zone is slowing (including Germany), while inflation remains firmly anchored.
- Therefore expectation for more rate cuts expected.
- 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.
- About 800 billion euros is currently being deposited with the ECB each day. Will banks lend this money?
Theme of This Week:
- The gain in risk assets from the EU Summit and on the back of central bank action now faces the reality of a slowing global economy, and possibility of poor outlook in the 2nd half of the year.
- If NFP stands pat on a decent NFP figure, then we may see risk aversion come back to the forefront as European periphery yields return to unsustainable levels and markets price in slower growth and demand.
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