- Data from China showed growth slowing to 7.6%, around expectations, and market participants may have been somewhat relieved that it wasn’t worse considering the poor manufacturing and services data of late from key trading partners.
- This helped to give a very tentative sign of risk appetite to markets, after a poor session for commodity currencies yesterday.
Key Market Concerns:
- Poor macro data – weak global growth.
- Euro-zone crisis – some improvement, but still unsolved.
- Poor US earnings expectations – can hurt US equities performance.
- No enough central bank support – Fed not yet ready to act.
- US Fiscal Cliff – end of the year can bring a big shock to US economy as tax cuts expire, and gov’t spending cuts kick in.
1. Global Macro Data – Manufacturing Data
Global Macro Data – China’s Growth:
Euro-zone Crisis – Some Improvement, but Still Unresolved:
- Finance ministers meeting – proposals for bad bank in Spain and giving Spain an extra year to reach 3% deficit target goal.
- Spain reveals that it will cut spending and increase taxes by €65bn over the next 2 and a half years.
- Overnight, Moody’s cut Italy’s sovereign rating two notches from A3 to Baa2 citing worsening short-term outlook.
- But managed to sell 3.5bn euros of 3-year bonds at 4.65%, a much lower yield than the 5.3% seen at previous auction.
US Earnings Picture Wobbly:
US Fiscal Cliff Approaches:
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