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European Fixed Income Outlook: Asian stock markets mixed, with Japan under-performing and the Nikkei down -0.76%, while Chinese stocks moved sys and the ASX 200 rose 0.29%. A stronger yen and profit taking after the Japanese shares reached their highest level since 1991 on Tuesday weighed on Nikkei and Topix U.S. stock futures are narrowly mixed after a strong session yesterday that was bolstered by the earnings season. The UK100 future is in the red. 10-year JGB yields are up 1.3 bp, 10-year Treasury yields up 0.6 bp, amid concerns about a widening trade deficit in the U.S. Oil prices held near the highest since December 2014. A more cautious mood then in markets as the focus in Europe shifts to the ECB meeting tomorrow. Today’s calendar includes preliminary Eurozone PMI readings as well as U.K. labour market data.
FX Update: The dollar has come under fresh pressure. The narrow trade-weighted USD index (DXY) traded at fresh three-year lows, logging a nadir at 89.83 and bringing cumulative loss on the year so far to 13%. EURUSD logged a 37-month high of 1.2335, while USDJPY traded below 110.00 for the first time since last September, posting a low at 109.80. Cable forayed further into post-Brexit vote high territory, seeing a peak at 1.4049. NZDUSD posted a new trend high, while AUDUSD came within a whisker of doing so. In the U.S, Jerome Powell was confirmed by a Senate vote as the new Fed chairman, from February 3, and, being a policy moderate by reputation, is expected to maintain Yellen’s gradualist approach to tightening. Japanese data today included a strong export figure in December trade data and a four-year high in the preliminary manufacturing PMI survey, of 54.4 — adding to the global growth narrative, although the stock market rally has sputtered somewhat in Asia. We advise trend following with regard to the dollar.
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Main Macro Events Today
- German Markit PMI – is seen falling back slightly to 63.0 from 63.3 and the services reading to 55.6 from 55.8, leaving the composite at a still very high 58.6, and just slightly lower than the 58.9 in December.
- EU Manufacturing PMI – is seen falling back slightly to 60.3 from 60.6 and the services reading to 56.4 from 56.6, leaving the composite at a still very high 57.9, and just slightly lower than the 58.1 in December.
- UK Earnings and Unemployment Data – an unchanged unemployment rate of 4.3% in the official ILO November reading is expected, with average household incomes expected to rise 2.5% y/y in the three months to November.
- US Existing Home Sales- December existing home sales seen slipping back 3.6% to 5.72 mln from November highs of 5.81 mln
- US Crude Oil Inventories
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