US Fed Lockhart: June should remain an option for a rate hike

15 April, 2016

US Fed Lockhart: June should remain an option for a rate hike

FX News Today

China’s economic growth was slowest in seven years in the first quarter. At the same time though indicators from consumer, investment and factory sectors show encouraging signs that the slowdown in Chinese economy may soon be over. Official government data on Friday showed GDP grew 6.7 percent in the Q1 2016 from the previous year, (in line with analyst forecasts). This was slight drop from 6.8 percent in the fourth quarter. Reuters reports that while this was the weakest pace of expansion since the first quarter of 2009, when growth tumbled to 6.2 percent, other activity data reinforced previous signs that the economy may be finding traction with better-than-expected growth seen in retail sales, industrial output and fixed asset investment.

PBoC Deputy Governor said the economy is “pretty robust” in late-breaking remarks that China GDP could grow by 6.5-7.0% this year given electricity consumption figures and other data. The biggest challenge was to continue to carry out reforms, he said, while he felt the message had been received that the yuan is pegged against a basket of currencies, of which the dollar still has a relatively large weight. He concurred that market forces were the primary driver of FX moves and the bank doesn’t want to see a severe overshoot from current near-equillibrium levels. He also endorsed the independence of China monetary policy. USD-JPY got a little bid with the remarks as USDCNY cruised aback over 6.48%.

US Fed Lockhart: June should remain an option for a rate hike, he told reporters. But he added that Brexit is a consideration for policymakers, though how it “will be weighed, or should it be weighed is an open question.” It could affect exchange rates and raise long-term questions on the euro area. Yet, he doesn’t think it should “stop the music” for the FOMC, however.

BoE Holds Steady Amid Brexit Risk: The BoE once again voted unanimously to keep rates on hold yesterday, as widely expected. The uncertainty ahead of the Brexit referendum on June 23 is starting to have an impact on investment and the central bank like many investors seems to be in wait and see mode, even if the implicit tightening bias was left in place. The MPC highlighted that in this climate even the interpretation of economic indicators will be more difficult and that means no major decisions either way are likely to be made ahead of the referendum.

Main Macro Events Today

US Industrial Production: The US Industrial production is expected to fall 0.4% in March, after falling 0.5% in February. Forecast risk: downward, as March mining data remained depressed. Market risk: upward, as a run of weaker data could impact rate hike timelines.

US Capacity Utilization: The US Capacity Utilization numbers are out today and are expected to come in slightly lower than in March. The consensus expectation is 75.4% in March after 76.7% level in February. This follows a descending trend in the capacity utilization in 2015 after the index peaked at 80% in December 2014.


Source link  
FTSE 100 futures are slightly higher

Asian stock markets are narrowly mixed and fluctuating at high levels, as trading volumes are low and investors await the Fed decision...

Markets have come quite a way up

Both central banks are widely expected to keep policy on hold, but the BoE’s statement in particular will be watched carefully...

Dollar traded softer vs many currencies

European Outlook: Asian stock markets mostly moved higher in quiet trade, after Wall Street managed to close with slight gains...


Oil prices are holding above USD 49

Yesterday there was a relatively dovish view from the nonvoting president, Fed Bullard, who continues to twist between a hawkish...

Dollar majors playing narrow ranges

EUR-USD held in the upper 1.18s, below the 31-month high logged midweek at 1.1910, and Cable settled in the mid 1.31s, consolidating the sharp losses...

UK100 is at 0.62% gain for the day

UK preliminary Q2 GDP came on the nose at 0.3% q/q and 1.7% y/y, up from Q1’s 0.2% in the case of the q/q figure and down from Q1’s 2.0% y/y...


The economic week ahead

Both the ECB and BoJ met expectations as each left policy unchanged last week, though the outlook for ECB remains under the dark cloud of future QE tapering...

UK consumer finally falters EURGBP to rise

One year on from Brexit and I was wrong about a recession in the UK by the end of 2016. A little overreaction in my immediate...

ASX tanked yesterday, oil bounced back

May existing home sales bounce to a 5.62 mln rate trimmed the April drop to 5.56 mln from a 5.70 mln cycle-high in March...

  


Share: