European Outlook: Asian stock markets headed south, following sell offs in Europe and on Wall Street yesterday. Risk aversion and concerns about the withdrawal of monetary stimulus continue to weigh on markets as yields spike after hawkish comments from ECB and BoE yesterday. FTSE 100 futures are in the red while U.S. futures are slightly higher. Bund yields are at the highest level since early 2016 and the 10 year Gilt closed above 1.3% as markets adjust to to the fact that global central bank support has peaked. Today’s calendar has industrial production data U.K. as well as U.K trade data, but markets will be looking ahead to U.S. Payroll data in the PM session.
US reports: revealed modest undershoots for trade and job market indicators but an upside June ISM-NMI surprise that left a neutral read for the economy on net. The trade deficit narrowed to $46.5 bln in May to leave a gap that was just $0.2 bln wider than indicated by the “advance” report, with service-led upside surprises in both exports and imports. For claims, we saw a 4k rise to 248k that bucked the usual auto retooling downdraft, though a claims drop is likely next week. ADP posted a lean 158k June rise, though we’ve seen a solid 218k average ADP increase thus far in 2017 that signals upside risk for our 185k June nonfarm payroll estimate. The ISM-NMI popped to 57.4 in June to leave that measure just below the 16-month high of 57.6 in February, with a firm 57.4 ISM-adjusted reading and a solid 55.8 employment index figure.
Canada: Yesterday’s reports continued the run of upbeat data, but we remain unconvinced that the Bank will hike rates next week. Base case remains for a 25 bp increase in October. Canada’s May trade report bodes well for Q2 GDP, as a 2.0% m/m gain in export volumes followed the 1.3% rise in April. Import volumes expanded 1.7% in May after the 0.3% gain in April. The mix of faster export growth relative to import growth in the May trade report is consistent with projection for a positive contribution from net exports to Q2 GDP after the hefty drag exerted in Q1. Hence, while Canada’s economic data remains strongly suggestive of a sustained uptrend in activity that will eventually deliver the return to full capacity and 2% inflation that is the Bank’s goal, the economy is not wildly outpacing the Bank’s scenario from the April MPR.
ECB’s: Weidmann joined the chorus of more hawkish sentiment as he noted that the recovery in Europe is opening the door to ECB normalization. This isn’t a surprise from the well known hawk, who was discussing the “Future of the Euro” with Austria’s Nowotny. Weidmann added that the timing of action and the pace of normalization is dependent on the sustainability of inflation. “For the credibility of monetary policy, it is decisive that the expansionary monetary policy is ended when it becomes necessary from a price-stability perspective.” The threat of downward price spirals has retreated, he said, lessening the need for the emergency bond purchase tactic to remain in place. However, he concluded that “for the moment, an expansionary monetary policy is justified to support the economic recovery and thus inflation,” though there are “different opinions on how much we need to step onto the stimulus accelerator and which instruments we should use.
Germany: Industrial production stronger than expected. Production rose 1.2% m/m in May, much more than anticipated after the correction in orders data the previous month. Energy production remained strong, while manufacturing growth picked up after two weak month, which helped to compensate for the correction in construction production. The annual rate improved to 5.0% y/y and data confirm expectations for a strong second quarter GDP growth rate, leaving Germany on course for an ongoing robust recovery. The euro remain underpinned following the fresh bout of hawkish-leaning remarks from ECB policymakers yesterday, which has been followed by an above-forecast 1.2% rise in German industrial production, which was well up on the median expectation for 0.3%
Main Macro Events Today
- UK Man. Production & BOE – Production and trade numbers for May are also up today, where manufacturing output expected ticking up by 0.5% m/m and by 0.2% y/y. Also BOE Governor Carney is due to speak today regarding the economic impact of climate change at the G20 meeting.
- U.S. Employment – June employment data is out today and should post a 180k headline for the month following 138k in May and 174k in April. The unemployment rate should hold steady at 4.3% from May, down from 4.4% in April.
- Canadian Employment Data – Employment is projected to grow 20.0k in June after the 54.5k surge in May, as Canada’s labour market continues to tighten. Unemployment is expected at 6.6% in June, matching the 6.6% in May. The Ivey PMI is seen rising to 55.0 in June from 53.8 on a seasonally adjusted basis, which would leave the index above 50.0 for the thirteenth consecutive month.
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