6 November, 2015
FX News Today
The USD has remained firm; ahead of today’s all important NFP data. The data carries make or break potential with regard to the possibilities of the Fed initiating a rate lift-off in December, and with the unemployment rate widely anticipated to dip to a new cycle low of 5.0%, markets are positioned for this eventuality.
The BoE is clearly in no hurry to hike; the GBP hit a new low against the EUR after the BoE left the policy unchanged as widely expected. In addition, the minutes, released at the same time, showed an 8-1 majority in favor of steady policy. The tightening bias was left in place, but the bank did cut its near term forecasts for growth and inflation and clearly is in no hurry to start the first tightening cycle since 2007. In general, central banks seem to be in a holding pattern at the moment, with December being the next focal point. Until then, markets are likely to remain volatile.
German industrial production dropped; the data is much weaker than initially expected, but not a surprise after the slump in manufacturing orders. The number left production down -0.2% q/q in Q3, after a rise of 0.2% q/q in the previous quarter. This is not a good sign for Q3 GDP numbers, due next week. Additionally, the September data highlights that slowing growth in emerging markets, the widening of the emission scandal and now the refugee crisis are all leaving their mark on the German economy. And slowing growth in Germany will put additional pressure on Draghi to implement further easing at the December council meeting.
The AUD was unmoved by the RBA’s latest Statement on Monetary Policy; which was upbeat on the economy, emphasizing re-balancing away from the resources sector. While acknowledging the recent dip in inflation, the central bank noted that it sees inflation rising in the medium term.
Main Macro Events Today
• USD Non-farm Payrolls: October nonfarm payrolls are expected to increase by 190k, with a 180k private payroll gain. Forecast risk: upward, as depressed claims readings should provide some tail wind. Market risk: downward, as substantial weakness could impact the timing of rate hikes. The unemployment rate is expected to tick down to 5.0% from 5.1% last month. The workweek is expected to remain at 34.5 from September. Hourly earnings are expected to grow 0.2% which would leave a 2.3% y/y rise. Hours worked should be up 0.2% for the month following a 0.2% decline last month. Initial claims averaged 263k in October from 269k in September and 275k in August.
• CAD Unemployment Rate: Employment is expected to rise 10.0k in October after the 12k gains in August and September. Forecast Risk: Canada’s job gains in July and August were the first back to back gains this year, and the further expansion in September suggests some upwards momentum building in the labor market. But this report is volatile, so a modest jobs decline can’t be ruled out in October given the still fragile nature of the economy. Market Risk: An as-expected gain would add to the second half rebound scenario, which is consistent with the Bank’s own view and hence would not alter the outlook for no change in rates for an extended period. Hours worked will be of interest, as the stunning 0.8% surge in August was followed by an 0.8% drop in September. Hours are seen rising 0.5% m/m in October. The unemployment rate is expected at 7.1% in October, matching the 7.1% in September as the highest rates since February of 2014. Average hourly earnings are seen accelerating to a 3.5% y/y pace in October after slowing to 3.0% y/y in September from 3.4% in August. That would remain in-line with a tame compensation cost back-drop and an economy running with spare capacity.
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