European Outlook: Asian stock markets mostly moved higher on the first day of June, led by Japanese stocks, which rallied amid a weaker Yen. Chinese stocks underperformed after China’s private manufacturing PMI disappointed, which revived concerns about the health of the Chinese economy. Yesterday’s official PMIs came in better than expected and investors are waiting for more data out of Europe and the U.S. to get a clearer picture of the outlook for the world economy. The CSI is marginally lower, but the Hang Seng is up 0.45%. U.S. and FTSE 100 futures are also posting gains. Most European markets closed in the red yesterday, after a mixed session, that saw the FTSE 100 reaching new record highs, before falling back again. The DAX managed to claw on to a 0.13% gain at the close, but mixed messages from ECB officials are unsettling investors and Eurozone spreads blew out again in late trade, as peripheral yields backed up. Gilt yields also jumped higher as Sterling remains under pressure ahead of the June 8 election. Already released Swiss GDP numbers came in weaker than expected at just 0.3% q/q and 1.1% y/y. The rest of the calendar focuses on manufacturing PMI readings.
US reports: U.S. Chicago PMI presented an increase to 59.4 in May from April’s 58.3. The number was originally reported as an unexpectedly large decline to 55.2 which was a real turn around and puts the index at its highest level since November 2014. U.S. pending home sales index dropped 1.3% to 109.8 in April following the 0.9% decline to 111.3 in March after jumping 5.5% in February to 112.3
BoC Outlook: Steady policy remains the base-case scenario, as the 3.7% gain in real Q1 GDP was a nearly perfect match to the BoC’s 3.8% estimate. However, despite the positive data, yesterday WTI crude fell to four-session lows of $48.30/bbl into the N.Y. open, with oversupply concerns remaining in place. Libya production has been the weight on oil today, which is not constrained by the OPEC/NOPEC output cut deal, and has recently upped its production to nearly 800k bpd, up from about 550k bpd in April, according to OPEC data. Increased Libya output, plus ever-increasing U.S. shale production, has offset a good bit of OPEC production cuts, weighing on oil prices.
Eurozone unemployment falls more than expected to 9.3% in April, while March was revised down to 9.4% from 9.5% reported initially. The number comes at the heel of a record low German jobless rate for May and ties in with PMI reports suggesting that companies continue to take on more staff. So the economy continues and growth is strengthen and clearly boosting the outlook for the labour market, but jobless rates remain very uneven across countries, youth unemployment remains far too high and most importantly for the ECB, wage growth on a Eurozone aggregate level remains quite low.
Main Macro Events Today
- EU Manufacturing PMI – EMU manufacturing PMI expected to be unchanged, while in UK, a moderate correction in the PMI headlines is expected, forecasting 56.5 in the manufacturing survey following April’s 57.3 reading, and a 52.5 outcome in the construction PMI after 53.1 in the month prior. The manufacturing sector has been holding up solidly since the Brexit vote last June.
- US Manufacturing PMI – The May ISM should post a rise to 54.7 from 54.8 in April and 57.2 in March. Despite some divergent headline swings in the early month reports the component data was firm which should pose some upside risk to the release.
- Cad. Manufacturing PMI – The May Markit manufacturing PMI is due today.
- US ADP, Jobless Claims & Oil Invent. – Claims data for the week of May 27 should reveal a 239k headline following 234k last week and 233k in the week prior. ADP employment survey is set to rise 185k in May from 177k. Oil inventories for last week expected to fall to -2.7M from the -4.4M barrels 2 weeks ago.
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