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European Outlook: Equity markets remained in a positive mood in Asia overnight, with Hong Kong stocks heading for another gain of more than 1%, led by insurers and banks. The Nikkei is up 0.57%, with exporters underpinned by a weaker Yen. U.K. and U.S. futures are also moving higher, pointing to another positive session in Europe, where Eurozone markets in particular found solace yesterday in ECB comments suggesting that the ECB won’t tweak its forward guidance again until September. Oil prices are slightly higher on the day and the front end Nymex future is trading at USD 44.48 per barrel. The European calendar remains pretty light. Released overnight U.K. BRC like for like retail sales came in much better than expected at 1.2%. Still to come Italy releases industrial production data for May.

US reports: U.S. consumer credit surged $18.4 bln in May, following the upwardly revised $12.9 bln April gain (was $8.2 bln). Non-revolving credit continued to lead the strength, rising $11.0 bln versus $11.8 bln previously. Revolving credit increased $7.4 bln after edging up $1.2 bln in April. For Q1, credit climbed $45.5 bln and was up $57.8 bln in Q4. Also, U.S. Fed’s Labor Market Conditions index rose 1.5 points in June following an upwardly revised 3.3-point May increase (was 2.3) and a 3.8-point April jump. This is a 13th straight monthly gain. The index is heavily weighted by the unemployment rate, and the rise to 4.357% from 4.294% in Friday’s jobs report was a factor behind the gain. The LMCI, a favorite of chair Yellen, is a composite indicator comprised of 19 already released variables and corroborates the view of a solid labor market.

ECB’s:  ECB seen steady over the summer. Comments from Bank of France governor Villeroy over the weekend seem to confirm that the central bank will refrain from policy and guidance changes at the July meeting and wait until September, when the next set of forecasts are due to decide on whether to tweak its stimulus settings. At the same time ECB Chief Economist Praet said in a newspaper article that “we still need a long period of accommodative policy”, in what looks like a fresh attempt to calm the nerves of investors, after some hawkish comments saw Eurozone yields rising last week. Yesterday we also saw a release of Eurozone Sentix Investor confidence which fell back in July, with the total reading declining to 28.3 from 28.4 in the previous month. The indicator for the current situation still improved to 37.3 from 36.0, but the expectations index fell back to 19.8 from 21.0, the first decline since February.

Germany: Germany posted a sa trade surplus of EUR 20.3 bln in May, slightly higher than the EUR 19.7 bln in the previous month. Exports rose 1.4% m/m on a seasonally adjusted basis, up from 0.9% m/m in April, while import growth stagnated at 1.2% m/m. The three months accumulated figure eased slightly, is is now below the total for Q1, which suggests trade is not making much of a contribution for Q2 GDP. Indeed, accumulated data for the first five months of the year show the total current account surplus falling back to EUR 98.0 bln from EUR 110.3 bln last year, while the trade surplus narrowed to EUR 100.1 bln from EUR 104.8 bln in the corresponding period 2016. Fresh signs then that the recovery this time around is not so much driven by external demand, but consumption and the domestic economy.

Main Macro Events Today

  • UK MPC Speeches – MPC Member Haldane is due to speak today at the ‘Essentials of Numeracy’ launch event, in London. Today as well, MPC Member Broadbent Speaks in Aberdeen at the Scottish Council for Development and Industry.
  • Canada Housing Starts – Housing starts are seen improving to a 201.5k pace in June from the 194.7k clip in May.
  • US NFIB & JOLTS – The June NFIB small business survey is on tap today, along with a Yellen favorite, JOLTS. NFIB expected to stay quite stable at 104.4 from 104.5 last time, while JOLTS job Openings expected to fall at 5.89M from 6.044M in April.
  • Fedspeak – Governor Brainard’s remarks on monetary policy at 12:00 ET will be closely monitored. She’s a voter and one of the more dovish on the Committee, though she has tacitly supported the Fed’s tightening actions.

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