5 November, 2015
FX News Today
No changes are anticipated from the BoE. As Governor Carney has pointed out on at least two occasions since mid-summer, the possibility of a rate hike will be in “sharper relief” at the end of the year, so the implicit tightening bias remains in place. Still, the minutes will be of considerable interest, along with the Quarterly Inflation Report, which will bring new projections on inflation and growth. We expect the minutes to reveal a 8-1 vote to keep the repo rate unchanged at 0.5%, with the lone hawk McCafferty maintaining his dissent for a quarter point hike for a fourth straight month. The Inflation Report should reveal downward nudges to both inflation and growth forecasts in the nearer-term part of the forecast horizon following disappointing prelim Q3 GDP growth and an unexpected return to negative inflation readings in September.
Atlanta Fed’s GDPNow was revised up to 2.3% for Q4 compared to 1.9% previously following the surge on ISM Services to 59.1 in October: “The GDPNow model forecast for real GDP growth (seasonally adjusted annual rate) in the fourth quarter of 2015 is 2.3 percent on November 4, up from 1.9 percent on November 2. Following this morning’s Non-Manufacturing ISM Report On Business, the forecast for fourth-quarter real consumer spending growth increased from 2.4 percent to 2.7 percent while the forecast for real fixed investment growth increased from 3.0 percent to 4.3 percent.” Blue Chip median estimates have settled near 2.7% and this update closed the gap somewhat.
Implied Fed funds futures are suggesting about a 58% chance of a hike in December, versus about 52% at yesterday’s close, and 50% at the start of the week. Though the Fed Chair didn’t say anything new in her Q&A, the fact that she didn’t back down from the hawkish spin in the October policy statement, and that she reiterated the transitory nature of the soft trend in inflation added to market beliefs that the FOMC will pull the trigger this time. While the Fed must still monitor incoming data, unless the numbers are unambiguously weak, the FOMC can still tighten policy on the excuse that the figures are in line with their outlooks.
Main Macro Events Today
US Initial Jobless Claims: Initial claims data for the week of October 31st is out today and should reveal a 257k (median 263k) headline from 260k in the week prior. Claims are continuing to strike a firm path and look poised to leave a month oaverage of 259k in October, down from 269k in September and 275k in August. Alongside the strength in claims we expect a better October employment report with a 190k headline.
US Productivity: The first release on Q3 productivity should revel a 1.5% (median unchanged) decline following a 3.3% increasein Q2. Unit labor costs should be up 4.0% (median 2.3) after a 1.4% decline in Q2. Output is expected to by up 1.2% which compares to the Q3 GDP figure of 1.5%.
Canada Ivey PMI: We expect the Ivey PMI to improve to 55.0 in October from 53.7 in September on a seasonally adjusted basis. Broadly, business sentiment remains under pressure as the economy continues to adjust to the oil sector contraction and global growth uncertainty. The RBC manufacturing PMI (released Monday) fell to 48.0 in October from 48.6 in September. The CFIB Business Barometer survey of small and medium sized business sentiment improved to 58.9 in October from a 56.0 level in September that was the lowest since April of 2009. Yet the CFIB’s index was well below the level seen in October of 2014.
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