European Outlook: Asian stock markets were mixed overnight, with Japan outperforming as a weaker Yen underpinned exporters. Yesterday’s weakness in U.S. durable goods orders saw Treasury yields declining and risk appetite waning as investors starting to fret again about the health of the world economy. Oil prices are holding above USD 43 per barrel, but Hang Seng, CSI 300 and ASX are all slightly in the red as are U.K. and U.S. stock futures. This should keep Bund and Gilt futures underpinned and core yields down, especially as Draghi once again defended the ECB’s stimulus measures. Today’s data calendar has Italian confidence data as well as the U.K. CBI Retailing Survey. The ECB is hosting its annual forum in Portugal.
FX Update: The dollar majors remained in fairly narrow ranges, though there has been some movement. AUDUSD logged a one-week high of 0.7609, while USDJPY logged a five-week high at 112.07 before turning lower, to around 111.70. The retreat in USDJPY came after the U.S. said that it had detected preparations by the Syrian regime for another chemical attack, with the White House warning that Damascus would pay a “heavy price” in the event it launched another chemical attack. The oil price rebound flagged, and the global stock market rally sputtered in Asia, a backdrop conducive for yen buying. Elsewhere, EURUSD has continued to gravitate toward the 1.1200 level, with the market lacking directional ambition, despite lower U.S. yields following weaker headline durables data yesterday, and a softening in the price indicators in the Dallas Fed index. Cable has been settled in the lower 1.27s, below yesterday’s eight-day high at 1.2759. USDCAD has settled near 1.3250, above yesterday’s 1.3212 low.
US Reports: The U.S. durables report revealed a 1.1% May headline orders drop with a 3.4% transportation orders decline and a 0.1% ex-transportation rise that tracked our estimates. We saw a 10.2% May defense orders plunge, mixed equipment data, a lean 0.2% inventory gain and a firm 0.8% durable shipments rise that was in line with our 2.4% Q2 GDP estimate, after an assumed Q1 trimming to 0.9% from 1.2%. U.S. Chicago Fed National Activity Index dropped to -0.26 in May after jumping to 0.57 in April (that was the highest point since 0.59 from March 2014; the index was as low as -0.84 in July 2013). Additionally, yesterday U.S. Dallas Fed manufacturing index slipped to 15.0 in June after edging up to 17.2 in May from 16.8 in April. The rise to 24.5 in February put the level at its highest since early 2006. It was generally in negative territory from January 2015 through September 2016. Despite the headline declines, it’s still a pretty solid report.
Draghi raises concerns over Greek debt sustainability. The central bank head said in a letter to an EU lawmaker that “until sufficient detail has been provided on the debt measures, serious concerns persist regarding the sustainability of Greece’s public debt”. Currently ECB staff is not “in a position to complete a fully-fledged debt-sustainability analysis of Greece’s public debt”. Greece has been pushing for the ECB to include Greek debt in QE purchases, but Draghi’s comments highlight again that that is still unlikely in the near future.
Main Macro Events Today
- ECB’s Draghi – ECB’s President Draghi speaks today at the ECB forum in Central Bank in Portugal at 08:00 GMT.
- BOE – Financial stability Report is out today for the 1st time this year from BOE. Meanwhile Gov Carney is due to speak today about Stability Report in London at 10:00 GMT
- U.S. Consumer Confidence – June consumer confidence data should reveal a dip in the headline to 116.0 from 117.9 in May and 119.4 in April. Confidence measures are still hovering near post-recession highs but there is some downside risk to the release as we saw a decline in the first Michigan headline to 94.5 from 97.1 last month.
- AUS Gov. G. Debelle – Deputy Governor Guy Debelle speaks at the Global FX Code of Conduct Launch (via video link). The Reserve Bank of Australia next meets on July 4th. We expect no change to the current 1.50% rate setting.
- Fedspeak – Fedspeak will resume with Chair Yellen atop the roster this week, as she will take part in a conversation with Lord Nicholas Stern, president of the British Academy on “Global Economic Issues” today from 13 ET. SF Fed’s Williams speaks on “The Global Growth Slump” from Australia at 4:05 ET, followed by Philly Fed’s Harker on the economic outlook and trade from 11:15 ET and Minneapolis Fed’s Kashkari takes town hall Q&A from 17:30 ET.
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