European Outlook: Asian stock markets mostly moved higher. Japan under-performed and markets retreated in the afternoon from 25 year highs. A stronger Yen technically driven trading knocked indices and the Nikkei closed down -0.20%. News that the U.S. three-carrier strike group was conducting exercises off the Korean peninsular seemed to rattle some nerves in markets, prompting buying of the safe haven Japanese currency while pushing stocks — particularly markets in Japan and South Korea — off highs. Elsewhere markets closed higher. U.S. and UK100 futures are down, GER30 futures are pretty steady as markets await a number of key earnings reports, including Siemens and Deutsche Post, which could lift the GER30 to new record highs. Released overnight. Released overnight, the U.K. RICS house price balance came in weaker than expected. Still to come the ECB publishes its latest economic bulletin and the European Commission its updated set of forecasts.
Last night, RBNZ held rates steady at 1.75%, matching widespread expectations for no change to the Official Cash Rate. Governor Spencer said policy will remain accommodative for a considerable period. Hence no change is anticipated for an extended period, with the next move a rate increase late in 2018. Today, German trade surplus widened in Q3. Germany posted a sa trade surplus of EUR 21.8 bln in September, slightly higher than the EUR 21.3 bln in August. This is nominal data, which is impacted by currency and oil price fluctuations, but the numbers point to a positive contribution from next exports to overall trade.
Main Macro Events Today
- Canadian NHPI- The new housing price index is projected to gain 0.1% m/m in September, matching the 0.1% rise in August.
- US Unemployment Claims – rebound 6k to 233k for the November 11 week.
- SNB, ECB & German President Speeches – ECB’s Coeure, Vice president Constancio , Lautenschlager, German Buda President Weidmann and SNB Chairman Jordan, all have speeches to deliver today.
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