European Outlook: Asian stock markets moved broadly higher, led by Japan, as the BoJ kept its accommodative policy unchanged and the Yen weakened. FTSE 100 futures are also higher, while U.S. futures are narrowly mixed. The eyes are now turning to the ECB, which is expected to follow the BoJ’s lead and keep not only current policy, but the forward guidance unchanged. There is some lingering concern that the central bank could already drop the easing bias on QE at today’s meeting, so Bunds could get a boost from Draghi’s attempts to calm tapering nerves ahead of the summer break. The European data calendar has U.K. retail sales, as well as Eurozone current account and BoP data for May.
U.S. reports:. housing starts rebounded 8.3% to a 1.215 mln pace in June, better than forecast, after the 2.8% decline in May to 1.122 mln. The gain breaks a string of three straight monthly declines, and it’s only the second increase of the year. Single family starts rose 6.3% versus -2.9% previously, while multifamily starts jumped 13.3% from -2.4%. Building permits increased 7.4% to 1.254 after falling 4.9% to 1.168 mln. Regionally, starts surged in the Northeast (83.7%) and in the Midwest (22.0%), and were up in the West (1.6%), while they declined in the South (-3.8%). Housing completions improved 5.2% to 1.203 mln after increasing 4.2% to 1.144 mln.
Canada: manufacturing shipment values grew 1.1% in May, as expected, but after a sharp downward revision in April to a 0.4% gain (was +1.1%). A 4.2% gain in transport equipment sales and a 2.4% rise in chemical sales drove the increase total manufacturing shipments during May. Manufacturing sales slipped 0.1% when motor vehicles, parts and accessories are excluded. A total of 16 out of 21 industries reported an improvement in sales values. Durable goods sales grew 2.2% while non-durables dipped 0.3%. Notably, lower prices knocked petroleum and coal industry sales values 3.4% lower in May. Manufacturing sales volumes expanded 1.1% m/m in May, supportive of continued momentum in May GDP. A 0.2% m/m gain in May GDP is expected after the 0.2% rise in April. The report is supportive of the Bank’s upbeat growth outlook, in turn underpinning projections for a near term rate hike. Another 25 bp move is expected in October after no change in September.
German: PPI inflation fell back to 2.4% y/y in June, from 2.5% y/y in the previous month. A tad higher than anticipated, but still continuing the recent downtrend as oil prices turn out to be weaker than previously thought. Headline Eurozone inflation also fell back in June as energy price inflation eased, so there is no really new message from the German PPI numbers, although at 2.4% y/y, the numbers remain elevated.
Main Macro Events Today
- UK Retail Sales – Official retail sales for June expected at a 0.2% m/m rebound after the sharp 1.2% contracting on May.
- ECB Rate Decision, Monetary Policy statement & Conference – After the ECB removed the easing bias on rates in June, but still maintained an easing bias on QE, the central bank expected to keep policy parameters unchanged at today’s council meeting, which will be followed by a longer summer break. The message today is likely to remain that the economy may be improving but still needs a substantial degree of monetary support and cautious remarks from Draghi should underpin bonds, even if a no-change outcome is widely expected.
- US Jobless Claims – U.S. initial jobless claims are expected to be 245k in the week-ended July 15. Meanwhile the July Philly Fed index should dip to 24.0 following the 11.2 slide to 27.6 in June.
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