Markets will remain nervous amid rising prospects

10 October, 2016

United States:  Markets will remain nervous amid rising prospects for a Fed rate hike later this year, and in the aftermath of the Sterling “flash crash” on Friday where GBP-USD dropped 6% and moved seven big handles, from 1.2623 to a low of 1.1841., Treasury yields subsequently jumped sharply higher after the September jobs report was deemed good enough to support FOMC claims that the case for a rate hike is strengthening. And though slightly disappointing, and not strong enough to warrant a tightening as soon as November, the 154k rise in September nonfarm payrolls, the increases in the workweek and earnings, and the rise in the labor market participation rate, all added up to increased chance for a 25 bp tightening in December. Fed funds futures are suggesting about a 65% probability of a hike (and only about 15% for action in November). The FOMC minutes (Wednesday) to the September 20, 21 policy meeting will be widely read, but may not really show anything new. There are several important data reports this week that should further underpin tightening forecasts. September retail sales (Friday) are expected to rise a solid 0.7% overall, and 0.5% excluding autos. Trade prices are likely to remain weak, however, with declines of 0.1% for both import and export prices. JOLTS are a Fed favorite, so the August numbers will be scrutinized. Other data this week includes the Consumer sentiment, the Treasury budget, and business inventories. Producer prices are projected to rise 0.3% and Annual rates should rise to 0.8%.

It’s earnings season again too, with Alcoa in its typical leadoff role (Tuesday). Also on tap are Citigroup, JPMorgan, PNC Financial Services, and Wells Fargo (Friday). Fedspeakers this week include Chair Yellen who will be speaking at the Boston Fed’s conference (Friday). Evans and Kashkari will be at the podium Tuesday. Dudleyand George are on the slate for Wednesday, while Harker and Kashkari speak Thursday, with Rosengren on deck for Friday. PPI for September will also be of interest since inflation is one of the keys to the Fed’s policy decisions.

Canada: Thanksgiving day holiday on Monday. Housing starts (Tuesday) are expected to improve to a 190.0k annual growth rate in September. The new home price index (Thursday) is seen growing 0.2%. There is nothing on the docket from the Bank of Canada this week, but the October 19 announcement and Monetary Policy Report loom.

Europe: ECB taper talk has been dominating Eurozone markets of late and overshadowing better than expected data releases. The highlight of the data calendar this week will be German ZEW investor confidence (Tuesday), which is a difficult call amid ECB tapering talk, U.S. rate hike fears, the slump in GBP and the prospect of a hard Brexit, which counterbalance a surprisingly strong Ifo and jumps in orders and production data in August. Final inflation numbers from Germany (Thursday) and France (Wednesday) are expected at 0.5% y/y. Eurozone industrial production data for August (Wednesday) is likely to show a strong rebound from the -1.1% m/m dip in July, judging by national data.

UK: The overriding focus will remains on Brexit matters. So far, all that’s materially happened is that the UK has voted to leave the EU, but hardline Brexit negotiation stances of both the EU and UK have come into sharp form over the last week. The calendar is very quiet this week.  BRC retail sales for September (Tuesday) and the RICS house price index for September (Thursday) highlight, but will be overlooked by sterling markets.

China: reported on Saturday a dip to 52.0 in the September Caixin services PMI from 52.1 in August. It was 50.5 a year ago. On this week’s docket is September loan growth and new yuan loans (during the week). Loans are seen edging up to a 13.1% pace from 13.0% previously. The September trade report (Thursday) should reveal a widening of the surplus to $55 bln from $51.1 bln previously. September CPI (Friday) is expected at 1.7%% y/y from 1.3%, while PPI should come in at -0.1% y/y from -0.8%.

Japan: is closed Monday for Health-Sports Day. The calendar kicks-off on Tuesday with the August current account data which is expected to show an decrease in the surplus to JPY 1,4000 bln.  August machine orders (Wednesday) are seen plunging 4.0%. The August tertiary index (Thursday) is penciled in at -0.1% and Fridaybrings September PPI, which is forecast to rise to -3.3% y/y from -3.6%.

Australia: The calendar is thin as well. The Reserve Bank of Australia’s Financial Stability Review is the highlight (Friday). As for economic data, housing investment (Tuesday) is expected to fall 1.0% in August after the 4.2% drop in July.

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