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European Outlook: Asian stock markets moved mostly higher overnight, after positive leads from Wall Street and Europe, which managed broad gains. The ASX, which outperformed yesterday, dropped against the trend, as oil, iron ore and base metals dropped and commodity stocks came under pressure. Earnings reports from Apple and Honda among others underpinned markets. In Europe the DAX finally managed to outperform amid a buoyant market as economic data in Europe and the U.S. dampened tightening concerns, and FTSE 100 futures are rising further in tandem with U.S. futures, while the Bund futures, which rose in tandem with the DAX yesterday, extended gains in after hour trade. European indices remain below recent highs, leaving room to catch up with the surge in the Dow Jones. Still, central bank concerns as well as geopolitical risks and Trump’s challenges all mean investors reserve a degree of caution. Released overnight, the U.K. BRC shop price index dropped -0.4%. Still to come are Eurozone producer prices, the U.K. Construction PMI and the Swiss manufacturing PMI. The BoE starts its meeting ahead of tomorrow’s announcement.

FX Action: The dollar majors have traded mixed so far today in relatively narrow ranges. One mover of note has been USDCAD, which has lifted to a 12-day high at 1.2586, with the pair in process of constructing its biggest rebound since early May. A drop in oil prices, with the WTI benchmark tumbling today below $49.0, which continued yesterday’s correction from the 10-week highs seen above $50.0, provided a cue to put the squeeze on Canadian dollar long positions. USDJPY rebounded to near 111.00 after briefly foraying below the 110.00 level yesterday, leaving a seven-week low at 109.93. A bullish tone in global equity markets, propelled by encouraging earnings reports from bellwether companies, has weighed on the yen. EURUSD has remained in a fairly tight range below the 30-month high it saw on Monday at 1.1846, and has seen good demand on dips under 1.1800. AUDUSD edged out a two-session low at 0.7941, weighed on by a drop in commodity prices.

US Data Yesterday: revealed a weak trajectory for personal income into mid-year following big downward revisions already revealed in last week’s GDP report, leaving a remarkably steep decline in the savings rate to just 3.8% in June. We also saw a big 1.3% June construction spending plunge led by a 5.4% public construction decline after big downward revisions. The mix lowered our GDP estimates to 2.4% from 2.6% in Q2, and to 3.3% from 3.5% in Q3. Consumption mostly tracked estimates, with modest overshoots to the chain price data, and incoming auto data suggest a 2% y/y vehicle sales rise to a 16.7 mln pace. We saw a surprisingly firm 56.3 ISM figure for July, though this marked a decline from a 3-year high of 57.8 in June. The income, retail sales, payroll, and inventory data remain remarkably weak in 2017, though the factory, industrial production, confidence and sentiment data remain strong.

 

Main Macro Events Today                

  • ADP Numbers –  The ADP private payroll number for July today is expected to show an increase of 187,000 from 158,000 last month.
  • Crude Oil Inventories – The weekly EIA official inventories are expected to show a drawdown of 3.2 million barrels from last week’s significant 7.2 million barrels. However, yesterday the US fuel inventories actually rose unexpectedly, and USOil prices fell over 1% from the psychological $50.00 level.

 

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