Asian stock markets moved slightly higher

24 November, 2017

European Outlook: : Asian stock markets moved slightly higher in quiet trade. The rout on Chinese bond and stock markets that dominated Thursday’s session faded and the Nikkei managed a 0.12% gain as the yen weakened. Chinese bond markets declined somewhat, Treasury yields climbed higher, underpinning the USD. With most U.S. investors out for the Thanksgiving holiday and markets closed Thursday, trading in Asia remained lacklustre even as Japan reopened. European and U.S. stock futures are also moving higher, oil prices are up and the WTI future is trading at USD 58.47. In Europe, the calendar still holds German Ifo investor sentiment, which could come in higher than expected after the surprisingly strong PMI readings yesterday. There seems to be come movement in Germany’s political stalemate with hopes that the SPD may take back its “no” to a coalition with Merkel’s CDU/CSU and ECB’s Couere said the deposit rate will stay at -0.4% for a long time.

Canada’s drop in retail sales volumes adds another hit the September GDP outlook. Retail sales volumes fell 0.6% m/m in September after an 0.5% decline in August and a 0.3% fall in July, contrasting with the gains from January to June. The BoC tagged a fading child tax credit boost as a key driver of the Q1 and Q2 consumption gains and subsequent drop off. There was a 1.1% tumble in wholesale shipment volumes. There was a 0.7% bounce in manufacturing shipment volumes. The contribution from construction production could be mildly negative, as housing starts fell 2.8% to a 219.3k pace in September from 225.6k in August. But the outlook for mining, oil and gas production is upbeat. Energy export values grew 7.2% m/m in September. The manufacturing report’s petro and coal shipments measure improved 10.3% m/m in September. But while we’ve seen some disappointing reports of late, the BoC has projected slowing in the second half after the robust first half. And the slowing, at this point, looks to be close to what they projected in October. BoC speakers have been clear that the economy, along with uncertainty over NAFTA, has led them to a cautious stance on further rate increases. 

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