Main Macro Events This Week
Global bonds and stocks generally declined last week, in large part on political and fiscal worries. Equities slid in the U.S. and Europe, with Wall Street posting its first losing week since September. Despite improved global growth, wrangling in Washington and anxiety over the Trump agenda, especially with the duelling tax plans, concerns over a potential ballooning U.S. deficit, along with Brexit-related angst, not to mention the political intrigue in Saudi Arabia, and rising oil prices, all saw investors fleeing key asset markets. These factors will keep trading choppy and cautious.
United States: Politics and the debate on tax reform will remain front and centre this week, although there are several important data releases, as well as Fedspeak, and earnings announcements that will vie for attention. All eyes will be on Washington as the Republican controlled House and Senate try to reconcile their respective tax plans in time for a vote this year. There are several key economic releases this week that will help fine tune the outlook heading into year-end, with some of the disaster effects washing out. October CPI and retail sales (Wednesday) headline the calendar. Production and manufacturing data will also be of interest. Industrial production (Thursday) is expected to climb 0.7% in October, bouncing on disaster rebuilding, following the 0.3% September gain, with capacity utilization rising to 76.4% from 76.0%. The November Empire State manufacturing index (Wednesday) is seen falling to 24.0 after the 5.8 point jump to 30.2 previously. The November Philly Fed index (Thursday) should fall 3.9 points to 24.0 after rising 4.1 points to 27.9 in October. Also important this week will be housing starts for October, expected to increase to a 1.160 mln rate from 1.127 mln.
Canada: Canada’s bond markets are closed Monday for Remembrance Day. Stocks markets are open. The calendar features September manufacturing (Thursday) and October CPI (Friday). The Teranet/National Home Price Index for October and the October existing home sales report are both due on Wednesday. ADP debuts its Canada National Employment report on Thursday. ADP’s U.S. report is a market mover, and the Canada edition is sure to generate considerable interest given the lack of direct inputs available for the Statistic Canada’s monthly jobs report. Bank of Canada Senior Deputy Governor Wilkins speaks on Wednesday to the Money Marketeers of New York in New York, NY. Her speech is titled “Monetary Policy Under Uncertainty.” The Bank publishes the biannual Bank of Canada Review on Thursday.
Europe: Geopolitical risks weighed on markets last week and huge swings in peripheral long yields highlight that the ECB’s ongoing presence on secondary markets is leaving its mark and in times of weak supply is also likely to add to volatility. Rate hikes are not on the horizon until 2019, but the large number of ECB officials on the speaking circuit this week is likely to once again show that a growing divergence between the hawks and the doves at the ECB with the number of those urging a commitment to an exit to QE on the rise. Data releases include final inflation data for October, which are unlikely to hold major surprises. German HICP (Tuesday) expected to be confirmed at 1.5% y/y and the overall Eurozone HICP (Thursday) at just 1.4% y/y. Those will support arguments for the doves at the ECB. Still, growth indicators are robust and the first reading of German GDP growth for Q3 (Tuesday) is seen at 0.5% q/q, slightly slower than the 0.6% clip Q2. Also on the calendar are country GDP readings, including Italy and Portugal, among others, as well as Eurozone trade, BoP and production data.The most important indicator for the markets and the overall growth outlook will be the German ZEW readings for November (Tuesday). A slightly weaker than expected numbers would still suggest the German economy, in particular, is on course to steam ahead with above potential growth rates this year and next, making the ECB’s monetary policy position looking too expansionary for the Eurozone’s largest economy. These factors aren’t likely to impress the doves, however, who remain focused on still sluggish growth in Italy in particular.
UK: The calendar this week is highlighted by the release of October inflation data (Tuesday). The BoE is anticipating CPI to decline to 2.4% in 2018 after 3.0% this year, and to ebb further to 2.2% y/y in 2019. The central bank is expected to hike the repo rate two more times over this period, though latest BoE agents report highlighted that wage demands are picking up — a backdrop that, should it sustain, could potentially see policymakers turn more hawkish. Labour market data is also up this week (Wednesday), where the unemployment rate anticipated unchanged at the cycle low of 4.3% in September. Attention will be on average household income figures given the BoE’s agents report shining of light on a possible sea change in the bargaining position of workers amid a tightening labour market. October retail sales data will round out the UK’s agenda this week (Thursday).
China: In China, October industrial output (Tuesday) is seen at 6.0% y/y from 6.7% previously, while October retail sales are anticipated at a 10.4% y/y rate from 10.3%. October loan growth and new yuan loan data (tentatively Wednesday) should show the former at a 13.0% y/y clip from 13.1%, with the latter at CNY 900.0 bln from 1,270.0 bln.
Japan: In Japan, the preliminary look at Q3 GDP (Wednesday) is penciled in at 1.5% q/q from 2.5% in Q2. Revised September industrial production is also due (Wednesday). It fell 1.1% in the preliminary print, versus a 2.0% August gain.
Australia: The October employment report (Thursday) is expected to show a 20.0k increase employment after the 19.8k gain in September. The unemployment rate is seen at 5.5% in October, identical to the rate in September. The wage price index (Wednesday) is projected to expand at a 0.6% pace in Q3 (q/q, sa) after the 0.5% rise in Q2. The wage price index is seen growing at a 2.1% y/y pace in Q3 from the 1.9% y/y pace seen each quarter from Q3 of 2016 to Q2 of 2017. The 1.9% y/y growth pace is the slowest pace on record going back to the late 1990’s. Assistant Governor (Economic) Ellis speaks Wednesday.
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