FX News Today
European Fixed Income Outlook: Equities sold off in Asia overnight, U.S. and U.K. stock futures are also in the red, as yields continue to rise. The 10-year Treasury yield climbed above 2.7% as yields rise to the highest since 2014, setting Bunds on course to tackle the 0.7% mark for the first time since 2015. Investors are gearing up for the Fed decision and dwindling central bank support even as Draghi and the doves at the ECB try to calm nerves and reduce speculation of quick changes in guidance. Tech stocks started the sell off in Asia that saw the Nikkei losing 1.43% as the Yen strengthened. The Hang Seng is down -1.06%, the ASX 200 down -0.87%. Oil prices are down on the day and the front end USOil future is trading at USD 64.87 per barrel.
French Q4 GDP growth accelerated to 0.6% q/q, while Q3 was revised down fro 0.5% q/q from 0.6% q/q reported initially. The annual rate accelerated to 2.4% y/y from 2.3% y/y in the third quarter of 2017. A slightly stronger quarterly number than we expected, but a tad stronger than Bloomberg consensus. The breakdown showed a sharp acceleration in export growth while import growth slowed down, in tandem with consumption growth, which fell back to 0.3% q/q from 0.6% q/q. Gross Fixed Capital Formation rose 1.1% q/q, versus 0.9% q/q in the previous quarter. A surprisingly sluggish consumer sector for the French economy, which tends to be led by consumption and domestic demand, while strong export growth and ongoing investment growth is encouraging, especially as confidence numbers also point to ongoing improvements also on the labour market. A good signal then for overall Eurozone growth and the hawks at the ECB, which argue that the strength of the economy doesn’t need a further expansion of monetary support.
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Main Macro Events Today
- Eurozone Q4 GDP – expected to show a slight deceleration in the quarterly growth rate to 0.5% q/q from 0.6% q/q in Q3. Growth momentum remains very robust and part of the decline is likely to have been due to special calendar factors.
- Eurozone ESI – The Eurozone ESI economic confidence indicator is seen rising to 116.3 in January from 106.0. Already released preliminary consumer confidence jumped higher and composite PMI numbers also surprised on the upside, pointing to ongoing improvements in sentiment, which keeps growth on track to continue to expand at the start of 2018 and will add to the arguments of the hawks at the ECB which seem to have been pushing for a change in guidance already at the last meeting.
- CB Consumer Confidence – Consumer confidence likely increased to 125.0 from 122.1 thanks to passage of the tax legislation and the ongoing gains on Wall Street.
- FOMC meeting starts today
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