European Outlook: Asian stock markets are mostly higher, with Japan outperforming. The Nikkei 225 breached the 20000 mark for the first time since December 2015, amid a weaker yen and positive economic data including U.S. auto sales yesterday, which showed positive reports for Japan’s car makers. The background of positive corporate profits is attracting investors and helped to underpin the rebound since the low on April 14. Hang Seng and ASX 200 are moved higher after Europe and Wall Street closed with gains on Thursday, but the CSI underperformed and declined as the offshore Chinese yuan hit its highest level since October yesterday. Looking ahead U.S. and U.K. futures are extending gains this morning with investors looking to U.S. employment data, amid a pretty quiet calendar in Europe, which includes the U.K. Construction PMI as well as Eurozone Producer Prices. With risk appetite coming back and stock markets continuing to trend higher, core yields are likely to extend their move higher.
White House: President Trump will pull the U.S. out of the Paris climate accord. The administration was saying the agreement was a “bad deal” for all Americans as it front loaded costs. President Trump is keeping his campaign promise with this decision. Oil prices slumped to the $48.30 area from about $49.20 earlier. Also, Wall Street remained firm near the day’s highs with the Dow hovering in the 21,110 regions.
US reports: revealed firm May ISM and ADP readings of 54.9 and 253k respectively, with an ISM jobs index rise to 53.5 from 52.0, that added upside risk to our 195k May payroll estimate. The Initial claims bounce to 248k that still left a lean 238k May average. There were some disappointing April construction spending figures as the sector gave back some of its winter weather-boost, and though the Q1 figures were revised higher on net, most of the boost was in the home improvement component that doesn’t directly enter GDP. We more importantly saw downward nonresidential construction revisions that weakened the path for that sector. Early May vehicle sales data are showing a tiny uptick to a 16.9 mln clip from rates of 16.8 mln in April and 16.5 mln in March, leaving a likely 0.1% May retail sales drop with a 0.2% ex-auto auto decline, thanks to an estimated 7% May slide in gasoline prices and likely restraint in sales of building materials.
ECB Focus Remains on Inflation Not Growth. Despite the confusion over Draghi’s dovish comments at the start of the week, central bankers seem to agree that the recovery is looking increasingly strong and balanced. But while the ECB is likely to up its assessment on the growth outlook at next week’s meeting, headline inflation fell back to just 1.4% this month and updated set of inflation projections could likely to be scaled back, as oil prices are lower than anticipated in March and the EUR stronger.
Main Macro Events Today
- U.S. NFP, Trade Deficit, Unemployment Rate – The April trade data is out today and we expect to see a 7.5% expansion in the deficit to -$46.1 bln from -$43.7 bln in March and -$43.8 bln in February. Also, May employment data is should post a 185k headline from 211k in April and 79k in March. The unemployment rate should hold steady at 4.4% for a second month, down from 4.5% in March.
- Canada Productivity – The trade balance is seen improving to a C$0.1 bln surplus from the -C$0.1 bln deficit in March. Exports are seen rising 1.0% in April after the 3.8% surge in March. Imports are expected to rise just 0.5% m/m in April after the 1.7% gain in March. Labor productivity is expected to expand 0.2% in Q1 (q/q, sa) after the 0.4% gain in Q4.
- UK PMI Construction – The construction PMI expected to fall at 52.7 from 53.1 last month.
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