European Outlook: Asian stock markets are slightly lower after fresh pressure on tech stocks dragged down Wall Street and with investors watching North Korea tensions, after top North Korea diplomat said a Trump tweet over the weekend was a “declaration of war”. USDJPY fell to 111.73 from 112.25 , while Gold spiked up about $14/ounce to $1,309.86, following comments from North Korea’s foreign minister. U.K. and U.S. stock futures are also down and ongoing risk aversion should keep bonds underpinned. Germany remains focused on the fallout from the election as coalition talks come into focus. Brexit talks restarted yesterday, but May’s speech last week doesn’t seem to have brought the hoped-for breakthrough in the talks. Today’s calendar has French business confidence as well as U.K. mortgage approvals, and more ECB speakers ahead of a keynote speech from Fed’s Yellen. Germany sells 2-year Schatz notes and Italy also bonds.
ECB’s Draghi: “We will decide later this year on a re-calibration of our instruments that maintains the degree of monetary support that the euro area economy still needs”. “We are becoming more confident that inflation will eventual head to levels in line with our inflation aim, but also know that a very substantial degree of monetary accommodation is still needed for the upward inflation path to materialize”. “we still see some uncertainties with respect to the medium-term inflation outlook”. “Recent volatility in the exchange rate represents a source of uncertainty which requires monitoring.”
FED: Fed’s Evans remains concerned over still low inflation expectations in his comments on monetary policy and the economy. This FOMC voter has been worried in recent months over the slowing in price pressures. He needs to see clearer signs of higher inflation before boosting rates again. He is not convinced weak inflation is such a transitory event, in comments to reporters. He added inflation expectations are not consistent with the Fed’s 2% goal, while he is confident that the current policy stance is appropriate. NY Fed’s Dudley spoke as well yesterday. Fed Dudley sees continued gradual policy tightening and temporary factors depressing inflation “fading.” The dovish voter expects the 2% inflation target to be reached in the medium-term and views economic fundamentals as “generally quite favorable,” though the hurricane effects should be short-lived and boost growth over time. Dudley expects the weaker dollar and overseas growth to boost the trade sector, supporting growth and wage gains.
Main Macro Events Today
- ECB – ECB’s Praet speaking in “ Good Pension Design” lecture at 2nd ECB Annual Research Conference in Frankfurt
- FOMC – Cleveland Fed’s Mester moderates a session at NABE today, while Fed’s Brainard is due to give opening remarks at the Fed Conference in Washington. Fed Chair Yellen’s Is due to give a speech at the NABE conference at 19:45 GMT.
US Home Sales & Consumer Confidence – The Case-Shiller home price index is forecast to rise 0.1% in July. Consumer confidence is set to slip to 120.0 in September vs 122.9. And new home sales may drop 1.9% to a 588k pace in August.
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