Macro events & news for November 10, 2015

November 10, 2015

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China CPI slipped to a 1.3% y/y pace in October, from 1.6% y/y in September, modestly slower than forecast. The inflation index is down from 2.0% y/y in August. Excluding food and energy, CPI fell to a 1.5% y/y clip from 1.6% in September and 1.7% in June, July, and August. For the month, October CPI fell 0.3% from 0.1% in September. October PPI was unchanged at a -5.9% y/y rate for a third straight month, and has eroded from -4.6% y/y in the spring. The index has been in negative territory for an unprecedented 44 consecutive months. The weakening trend in inflationary pressures, along with the declines in trade, have increased hope and speculation of additional stimulus. Chinese shares are lower after 5 days of gains.

Boston Fed dove Rosengren: it could be appropriate to hike in December if the economy continues its gradual improvement, while there’s been real improvement in the economy since the October meeting. In particular, the October jobs report was very good news including the reduction of labor slack and it’s reasonable to ask whether current stimulus is still necessary as the worst of the Fed’s September global outlook and market concerns haven’t materialized. He sees a gradual rate hike cycle as needed to “probe” labor markets, while assessing the Fed’s new tools and analyzing their effects. He believes that domestic demand will help offset dollar strength and sees above-potential growth ahead. Coming from one of the more dovish Fed members, this suggests few impediments remain for a December hike.

OECD trimmed its global growth outlook again in its twice annual review amid concerns over weakness in emerging markets (especially citing recessions in Brazil and Russia, and the slowdown in China). The organization now pegs world growth at 2.9% for 215 and 3.3% for 2016, versus prior forecasts of 3.0% and 3.6%, respectively, from September. However, the U.S. expansion remains on track with a 2.4% GDP growth rate for this year, accelerating to 2.5% in 2016, and dipping back to 2.4% in 2017. The Euro-area is expected to grow at a 1.8% clip next year and 1.9% in the following year, with Japan seen at 1.0% in 2016, but slowing to half that in 2017.

Main Macro Events Today

US Wholesale Trade: September wholesale trade data is out today and should reveal a -0.3% (median -0.2%) headline for the month with the accompanying inventory component remaining unchanged. Data in line with this forecast would leave the I/S ratio steady from 1.31 in August. Other measuers of inventories were softer in September and we saw factory goods inventories down 0.4% with shipments down 0.4% as well and orders down 1.0% for the month.

US Import and Export Prices: October trade price data  is expected to show import prices down 0.1% (median -0.1%) with export prices down 0.2%. Apart from gains during May and June around the rebound in oil prices both the import and export price indexes have posted negative readings for the past year. Despite some slight rebound in oil prices in October prices still remained at depressed levels which will likely continue to weigh on the release.

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