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  1. #181
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    Date : 12th May 2017.


    MACRO EVENTS & NEWS OF 12th May 2017.






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    European Outlook: Asian markets were mixed overnight. Shares in Japan declined from a 17-month high amid a wealth of earnings reports today. Electronics and auto makers were under pressure as the Yen held gains and markets are taking stock after the recent rally. The Nikkei is down -0.54%, the Hang Seng managed a marginal 0.9% gain as stocks mainland markets moved higher, and the CSI 300 gained 0.63%, while the ASX was down -0.71%. U.S. futures are also heading south, while the FTSE 100 future is little changed. Yesterday’s BoE report may have hinted that markets are underestimating the BoE’s willingness to tighten policy, but with investors focusing on warnings of challenges for households and not buying into the assumption of a smooth Brexit Sterling declined and yields slipped while the FTSE 100 managed to outperform Eurozone markets. Today’s calendar has German GDP and inflation data at the start of the session as well as EMU production data.


    U.S. reports: revealed a hot round of April PPI gains after yesterday’s firm trade price data and a surprisingly low 236k initial claims figure at the start of May that further solidifies Fed tightening expectations for June. For PPI, the expected big 0.5% goods price rise accompanied a solid 0.4% service price increase to leave a pop in the y/y rise to 2.5%, though gasoline price declines in early May should allow a 0.2% headline drop this month that leaves a drop-back in the y/y climb to a still-firm 2.1%. Claims tightness signals upside risk for our 195k May payroll estimate, alongside upside risk from firm consumer, producer, and small business confidence, a solid 237k average monthly ADP rise thus far in 2017, and a likely vehicle sales and assembly bounce in Q2 that accompanies a GDP growth bounce to 3.2%, after weak Q1 performances for both.


    The BoE did the expected and kept policy unchanged, leaving the repo rate at 0.25% and QE totals unaltered (GBP 435 bln for government bond purchases, GBP 10 bln for corporate bonds). As last time, one member voted for an immediate hike in Bank Rate, and the updated Inflation Report noted that for some it would take relatively little further upside news on the prospects for activity or inflation to vote for a hike. Its 2017 growth forecast was trimmed to 1.9% from 2.0%, though the central bank’s projections for 2018 and 2019 were both upwardly nudged by 0.1 of a percentage point. At the same time the bank noted that the centrals scenarios of the May inflation report suggest that monetary policy could need to be tightened by a somewhat greater extent over the forecast period than the very gently rising path implied by the market yield curve. However, the underlying assumption is a smooth Brexit transition to the new trading arrangements with the EU and that is a big if markets obviously disagree with. Markets though focused on the downside risks and didn’t buy into the assumption of a smooth Brexit transition so Sterling dropped and Gilt futures recovered losses on the back of the report.


    Germany: Q1 GDP growth accelerated to 0.6% q/q in the first quarter of the year, from 0.4% q/q in Q4 last year and in line with expectations. The stats office reported that both domestic and external demand underpinned the quarterly growth rate and highlighted in particular that investment growth strengthened. Consumption growth was modest meanwhile and net exports improved. The annual rate rose 2.9% y/y. German Apr HICP confirmed at 2.0% y/y. The acceleration from just 1.5% y/y in March, was largely explained by the Easter effect, which lifted holiday related prices in April this year, rather than March as in 2016. All in all, pretty much as expected and confirming that the German recovery remains on track.


    Main Macro Events Today


    US CPI – April CPI is projected to rebound 0.2% for both the headline and the core, following respective declines of 0.3% and 0.1% in March. Weakness in energy prices was a major reason for the March declines and that should turn around for the April data.


    US Retail Sales – Retail sales are seen bouncing 0.5% after dropping 0.3% in March, while the ex-auto figure should rise 0.4% after the 0.2% gain previously.


    Fedspeak – FOMC Member Evans goes to Dublin to speak on economic conditions and monetary policy, while Harker speaks at Drexel University.


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    Date : 13th May 2017.


    MACRO EVENTS & NEWS OF 13th May 2017.






    FX News Today


    It was a swing and a miss on U.S. CPI Friday, following Thursday’s below forecast PPI report. Headline retail sales also undershot estimates, though upward revisions to February and March improved the complexion of that report. Meanwhile, consumer sentiment continued to beat expectations to extend the gap between “soft” and “hard” data. The data resulted in modest lessening in the risk of a Fed tightening next month, though the probability is still over 70%. Yet, the chances for another hike in September were trimmed to about 40% from around 50-50 previously.


    United States: Despite the weakness in some of the recent U.S. reports, data are still consistent with a rebound in Q2 GDP after a sluggish 0.7% clip for Q1, and upcoming reports on manufacturing, production, and housing should burnish that relatively bullish outlook. Specifically, the economic calendar is a fairly limited this week with a smattering of housing, production, Philly Fed, claims and LEI data on tap. The Empire State index is forecast to rebound (Monday) to 9.0 in May from 5.2 in April. Housing starts should increase to a 1,260k pace in April from 1,215 in March (Tuesday), though risk is downward as construction employment slips in May. Industrial production is expected to rise 0.4% (Tuesday) in April from 0.5% in March, while capacity utilization may increase to 76.3% from 76.1%. MBA mortgage applications (Wednesday) will have to account for the swings in yields between the uptick in PPI and slump in CPI the week prior, while EIA energy inventories are on tap as well. Data rounds out (Thursday) with a rash release, including the Philly Fed index seen slipping to 20.0 for May from 22.0. Initial jobless claims may rebound 5k to 241k for the May 13 week and leading indicators are forecast to rise 0.2% in April vs 0.4% in March.


    Canada: In Canada, the end of the week brings March retail sales (Friday) and April CPI (Friday). The lead up to those key releases is rather less exciting, with a choppy calendar that has March manufacturing (Wednesday) and April existing home sales (Monday). Total CPI expected to rise 0.5% in April, driven by the run-up in gasoline prices, after the 0.2% gain (m/m, nsa) in March. The CPI is expected to accelerate to a 1.8% growth rate in April on an annual comparable basis from the 1.6% y/y pace in March. Retail sales are expected to bounce 1.0% m/m in March after the 0.6% drop in February. The ex-autos aggregate is seen improving 0.7% on the heels of the 0.1% dip in February. Manufacturing shipments are projected to recover 1.0% m/m in March after the 0.2% decline in February. The international transactions in securities for March will be released Thursday. The Bank of Canada is silent this week. Next week sees the rate announcement (May 24), which is expected to result in no change to the current 0.50% rate setting or the cautiously constructive outlook on growth and inflation that backs our projection for no change in rates through year-end.


    Europe: Political risk has receded with Macron’s election victory, and while this is unlikely to be the last challenge to the unity of the Eurozone or the EU, it paves the way for Draghi to move to a neutral stance on rates at the June meeting. ECB speak from Draghi (Thursday), Constancio, Praet and others will likely confirm this, but also stress once again that the Eurozone still needs substantial monetary support and the current QE schedule will be implemented as planned. The data highlight this week is German ZEW Investor Confidence (Tuesday), which is seen increasing to 21.0 from 19.5 reflecting reduced political uncertainty, improving growth and rising stock markets. Other data are mainly backward-looking. Eurozone Q1 GDP (Tuesday) is expected to be confirmed at 0.5% q/q and 1.7% y/y, in line with the preliminary number. March trade data (also Tuesday), will add background information amid the lack of a full breakdown. Meanwhile final April EMU HICP (Wednesday) should confirm the headline rate at 1.9% y/y and core at 1.2% y/y. The data calendar also includes Eurozone current account and balance of payment numbers for March, as well as German producer price inflation for April. Supply comes from Germany, which will issue 30 year Bunds on Wednesday. Spain and France follow with bond auctions on Thursday.


    UK: The calendar is highlighted by April inflation data (Tuesday), labor market figures covering March and April (Wednesday), and the official retail sales report for April (Thursday). CPI expected to spike to a new cycle high of 2.6% y/y from the 2.3% print seen in the month prior. The 15%-odd y/y decline in sterling and the approximate 10% gain in the y/y oil price comparison underpins this forecast. The BoE last week in its quarterly inflation report said that CPI should come back down to its 2.0% target over the next year, and highlighted the disinflationary effects of recent currency gains. As for the labour data, the March ILO unemployment rate anticipated to remain unchanged at 4.7%. In-line data shouldn’t have too much impact on sterling.


    Japan: Japan’s docket kicks off on Monday with April PPI, which expected to rise to 1.6% y/y from 1.4% previously. The March tertiary industry index (Tuesday) should fall 0.1% m/m versus the 0.2% increase in February. Revised March industrial production is also due Tuesday. March machine orders (Wednesday) are penciled in at up 5.0% m/m versus the 1.5% rise seen previously. Preliminary Q1 GDP (Thursday) should rise 1.6% q/q as compared to the 1.2% increase in Q4.


    Australia: Australia’s calendar is headlined by the employment report (Thursday), expected to reveal a 15.0k job gain in April after the 60.9k surge in March. The unemployment rate is projected at 5.9%, matching the 5.9% in March. The wage price index for Q1 (Wednesday) is projected to expand 0.4% in Q1 (q/q, sa) after the 0.5% rise in Q4. That would leave the annual growth rate at 1.8% versus the 1.9% pace in Q4 and Q3 that were the slowest since the great recession. The measure peaked at a 4.3% y/y growth rate in Q2 of 2008.The minutes to the Reserve Bank of Australia’s May meeting will be released on Tuesday.


    New Zealand: New Zealand’s calendar has both Q1 PPI input and Q1 PPI output will be released on Tuesday. There is nothing from the Reserve Bank of New Zealand this week. Last week saw the Bank hold rates steady at 1.75%, as expected, but leave a dovish tone in place amid the “numerous uncertainties” that remain. A somewhat more balanced outlook was anticipated from the Bank.


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    Date : 16th May 2017.


    MACRO EVENTS & NEWS OF 16th May 2017.






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    European Outlook: Global stock markets continue to eye record highs, S&P 500,, Nasdaq, DAX, FTSE 100, Korea’s Kospi and Tawain’s Tatex as well as the MSCI World Index all reached record highs this week and Japan’s Topix is also higher on the day and eyeing the 20000 mark. The DAX, which managed to close above 12800 could open slightly down, while FTSE 100 futures are moving higher, while U.S. futures are moving sideways. The move higher is slowed by bouts of profit taking, but France’s election result and confidence that central banks will continue to keep an eye on markets and step in if necessary seems to be underpinning global stock market confidence for now. Against that background core yields are moving higher and for now at least improved sentiment is keeping Eurozone spreads narrow, even if the ECB is heading for a change in the forward guidance. German ZEW investor confidence today is expected to have improved again and the calendar also includes inflation data from the U.K. as well as the second reading of Eurozone Q1 GDP and.


    FX Update: The euro has continued to drift upward, with EURUSD logging a nine-day high at 1.0987 just ahead of the London interbank open and EURJPY clocking a fresh one-year peak just shy of the 125.00 level. A combo of a risk-on backdrop and a sizable reduction in existential political risks in the Eurozone, post French election, now that last week’s “on-the-fact” profit taking phase has come and gone, have been both weighing on the yen and underpinning the euro. Last week’s sub-forecast U.S inflation data has also been in the mix, denting appetite for long dollar positions. EURGBP is trading in three-week high terrain, while Cable has nestled slightly above 1.2900. with the market looking to be lacking the impetus for a challenge of last week’s seven-month peak at 1.2990. USDCAD has remained heavy following the strong rally in oil prices yesterday. The pair is presently in the low 1.36s, just above yesterday’s 18-day low at 1.3601.


    U.S. reports: The Empire State headline fell to a 7-month low of -1.0 from 5.2 in April, 16.4 in March, and a 29-month high of 18.7 in February. The ISM-adjusted Empire State fell to a 4-month low of 52.2 from a 6-year high of 55.2 in both March and April, and 54.5 in February. The May headline drop reflected declines in every component, after big April drops for orders and the workweek, as the sentiment indexes continue to give back some of their early-2017 premium, as also underway with consumer confidence and small business optimism. Strength has been contained to the goods sector given restraint in payrolls, retail sales and GDP as the economy faces a weak global economy, a strong dollar, and a pattern of seasonal Q1 weakness.


    France’s Macron picks centre-right Prime Minister. The newly inaugurated French President Macron picked Republican Party’s Edouard Philippe as his Prime Minister in a move that looks like an attempt to broaden his base ahead of the legislative elections in June. Philippe has been the mayor of Le Havre since 2010 and the two will need a majority or at least enough seats in parliament to form a coalition to push through his reform agenda. The economy is looking in better shape than a long time, but the reform backlog means unemployment remains high and France is also struggling to cope with a deficit that continues to exceed the 3% limit.


    Main Macro Events Today


    German ZEW – Improvement in German ZEW Investor confidence is expected today to 21.0 in May from 19.5 in April – reflecting reduced political uncertainty, improving growth and rising stock markets. Forward looking indicators continue to underpin expectations for a broadening and strengthening of the recovery.


    UK Inflation Data – CPI expected to spike to a new cycle high of 2.6% y/y from the 2.3% print seen in the month prior. The 15%-odd y/y decline in sterling and the approximate 10% gain in the y/y oil price comparison underpins this forecast.


    EU GDP – Eurozone Q1 GDP is expected to be confirmed at 0.5% q/q and 1.7% y/y, in line with the preliminary number.


    US Housing Starts & industrial production – Housing starts should increase to a 1,260k pace in April from 1,215 in March, though risk is downward as construction employment slips in May. Industrial production is expected to rise 0.4% in April.


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    Date : 17th May 2017.


    MACRO EVENTS & NEWS OF 17th May 2017.






    FX News Today


    European Outlook: Asian stock markets headed south after a mixed closed on Wall Street. “Trump anxiety” is blamed for falling risk appetite, while a stronger Yen weighed on Japanese exporters. Chinese stocks trading in Hong Kong as railway and construction companies were under pressure following an infrastructure summit. U.K. and U.S. stock futures are also under pressure, pointing to a correction in the FTSE 100, which outperformed yesterday with a 0.91% gain and a close above 7500. The DAX moved sideways at high levels amid bouts of profit taking but managed to close above 12800. Gilt futures recovered losses as safe haven demand picked up again and Bund futures, which closed marginally in the red moved higher in after hour trade, which against the pressure on stock markets points to early gains and a dip in yields. The European calendar has U.K. labour market data and the final reading of Eurozone inflation numbers for April.


    FX Update: The dollar is trading softer against most currencies, particularly the yen with USDJPY dropping quite sharply, from levels above 113.50 yesterday to a 12-day low today in Tokyo at 112.34. The narrow USD index has fallen for fourth consecutive session, making its lowest levels since last November’s presidential election. EURUSD rose to a fresh six-month high of 1.1116. Concerns about the about the pro-Trump growth agenda have weighed on the dollar. First the Senate Majority Leader McConnell appeared to downplay aspects of the plans for revenue-neutral tax cuts, Dodd-Frank rollback, among other things, and later news erupted about an alleged existence of a potentially Trump-damaging memo written by ex-FBI director Comey. This rattled Wall Street and led to a mostly negative session across equity bourses in Asia, which in turn let to yen outperformance as market participants sought safe havens.


    U.S. reports: revealed a robust industrial production report that left good news for the day on net, though we saw disappointing housing starts data with annual revisions that lowered the recent trajectory. For factories, we saw a 1.0% April industrial production surge with gains spread across the manufacturing, mining and utility components, and we expect a robust 6% headline growth clip in Q2 led by mining and utilities. For housing, we saw April drops of 2.6% for starts, 2.5% for permits, and 8.6% for completions.


    UK April CPI came in perkier than expected in rising to a new cycle high of 2.7% y/y, the highest rate since 2013 and up from 2.3% y/y in March. The core CPI reading came at 2.4% y/y from 1.8% in the previous month. PPI input prices unwound some, dipping to 16.6% y/y from 17.4% y/y in March, itself downwardly revised from 17.9%. Cable has U-turned sharply lower, to a low so far of 1.2865, following a short-lived rally to 1.2958 seen at the prompt of a perkier than expected UK CPI. German ZEW investor confidence rose to 20.6, slightly below expectations, but still up from 19.5 in the previous month. Eurozone Q1 GDP growth was confirmed at 0.5% q/q, in line with the preliminary number and unchanged from Q4 last year. The outcome of the French Presidential election continues to underpin an improved assessment of global political risks, while a fresh rise in German ZEW investor confidence underpinned hopes of stronger growth ahead, even as Eurozone Q1 GDP numbers show a still uneven recovery. The fact that the ECB has signaled a very gradual move towards policy normalization meanwhile is helping to keep Eurozone spreads in. In the U.K. April inflation data came in higher than expected, but still fitted the BoE’s inflation outlook.


    Main Macro Events Today


    U.K. Labour Data – March ILO unemployment rate anticipated to remain unchanged at 4.7%. In-line data shouldn’t have too much impact on sterling. The Claimant Count Change expected to fall 7.5K from 25.5K last month.


    EMU Final April HICP – The final April EMU HICP should confirm the headline rate at 1.9% y/y and core at 1.2% y/y. The pronounced up and down over the March/April period was impacted by the later timing of Easter.


    EIA Inventories – EIA Crude Oil Stock Change is on tap as well and an improvement is expected at -2.283M from -5.247M last week.


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    Date : 18th May 2017.


    MACRO EVENTS & NEWS OF 18th May 2017.






    FX News Today


    European Outlook: The global sell off in equities continued overnight in Asia. Concern over the problems of the Trump administration has been hitting markets hard and Nikkei and ASX lost more than 1%, after a sharp sell off on Wall Street yesterday. Stronger than expected GDP numbers out of Japan failed to lift sentiment. European markets also closed firmly in the red yesterday, with Eurozone peripherals underperforming as risk aversion spiked higher. The FTSE 100 managed to outperform, but also closed with a 0.25% loss and U.K. futures are heading south, even as U.S. futures are managing to move higher. The good news for Draghi and Co is that Eurozone spreads didn’t widen today and that at least so far the spike in risk aversion hasn’t hit peripherals, but increased volatility, will add to the arguments of the doves at the ECB, who want to tread very carefully as the ECB inches towards exit steps. Today’s calendar has French unemployment, U.K. retail sales and the ECB minutes of the last policy meeting.


    FX Update: The dollar steadied after posting fresh lows as the “Trump trade” unwind continued after the New York close. The main equity indices in Asia fell, taking their cue from Wall Street amid concerns that the Trump growth agenda is in jeopardy. USDJPY losses extended for a second day. A three-week low was made at 110.52 in early Asia-Pacific dealings, with the pair subsequently managing to settle back above 111.00. EURJPY reversed recent gains as the yen outperformed, dropping quite sharply to a low of 123.42, putting in some distance from the two-year high the cross saw on Tuesday. The drop-in EURJPY reflects yen outperformance as the Japanese safe haven premium rises, while EURUSD logged a fresh six-month peak amid dollar outperformance. The high was at 1.1171, with the pair subsequently settling in the lower 1.11s.


    UK unemployment dipped to a new 12-year low of 4.6%, which was unexpected as the median forecast had been for an unchanged 4.7% reading for official March data. Average incomes were less encouraging, but now below inflation, which in the latest numbers for April rose to 2.7%. The BoE said in its quarterly inflation report last week that it expected wage growth to turn positive again, though on the proviso that the Brexit process goes smoothly.


    Eurozone April HICP inflation confirmed at 1.9% y/y as expected. The annual rate bounced back in April, after falling to just 1.5% y/y in March, from 2.0% y/y in February. The zigzag course over the March/April period was mainly due to the Easter effect. This also impacted core inflation, which rose to 1.2% y/y from 0.7% y/y in the previous month. Inflation is trending higher as growth strengthens, but less than April numbers suggest as wage growth remains moderate, despite the improving situation on the labour market. Wage moderation in Germany in particular seems puzzling given that the German jobless rate is at record lows and with that in mind the ECB is unlikely to do much more than remove the easing bias in June. Indeed, a stronger EUR and lower oil prices could in fact bring a downward revision to inflation projections with the updated forecasts next month.


    Main Macro Events Today


    U.K. Retail Sales – Retail sales are seen bouncing 1.0 % after dropping -1.8% in March, while the ex-Fuel figure should rise 1.0% after the disappointing -1.5% previously.


    ECB Monetary Meeting Accounts – ECB Monetary Policy Meeting Accounts have be scheduled for 11:30 GMT today, while President Draghi is due to speak at the University of Tel Aviv at 17:00 GMT.


    US Unemployment Claims – Initial jobless claims may rebound 4k to 240k for the May 13 week and leading indicators are forecast to rise 0.2% in April vs 0.4% in March.


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    MACRO EVENTS & NEWS OF 19th May 2017.



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    FX News Today


    European Outlook: Equity markets started to improve and Wall Street managed to close in positive territory, as “Trump anxiety” eased somewhat. Markets were still mixed in Asia overnight, with Hang Seng and Nikkei posting slight gains, while CSI and ASX are slightly in the red. FTSE 100 and U.S. stock futures are moving higher though and it seems European markets may manage to claw back some of the losses seen over the last couple of days as investors put aside the turmoil in the Trump administration. Bund futures already started to come off highs during the PM and after hour session yesterday and with risk aversion unwinding Eurozone peripherals could outperform today and Eurozone spreads come in. ECB officials will be keeping a close eye on spreads and the impact of political uncertainty as comments from ECB officials show differing opinions on the speed with which the ECB should communicate the exit steps expected for next year. Data releases include German PPI numbers at the start of the session as well as Eurozone current account and BoP data and the U.K. CBI industrial trends survey for May, followed by EMU consumer confidence in the afternoon.


    US Data: Revealed a surprisingly tight 232k claims reading for the May BLS survey week and a hefty May Philly Fed surge to 38.8 that nearly reached the 33-year high of 43.3 seen in February, alongside a 0.3% leading indicators rise that left an eighth consecutive gain, and an uptick in the Bloomberg consumer comfort index to a lofty 50.2. The employment components of the Philly Fed survey diverged around high levels, leaving upside risk from both this survey and the claims data for our 195k May nonfarm payroll estimate. The solid path for the monthly indicators into Q2, alongside room for an inventory updraft into the second half of 2017 after the big Q1 setback bodes well for GDP, where we expect a growth bounce to 3.2% after a Q1 boost to 0.8% from 0.7%, alongside a robust 6% Q2 clip for industrial production after a 1.8% Q1 pace.


    Treasury Secretary Mnuchin believes 3% GDP or better is achievable, in his first testimony before the Senate Banking Committee. The acceleration in growth is possible “if we make historic reforms to both taxes and regulation.” The top U.S. priorities he noted are tax overhaul, housing finance and regulatory reforms, and combating terrorist financing.” And he added we are “committed to rethinking our foreign agreements and trading practices to ensure they are both free and fair to American businesses and workers” (remember earlier today USTR Ross notified Congress that the administration is triggering Nafta negotiations). On taxes, Mnuchin repeated that the objective of tax reform is for a cut for middle income earners. Meanwhile, House Leader Ryan attempted to get back on message about tax and regulatory reform, while expressing support for an independent special counsel to “follow where the facts lead” on the Russian probe. Later a video emerged that seemed to back up the White House’s assertion over Comey and let the president off the hook. Cable lost over 100 pips as the USD recovered.


    Fedspeak: Cleveland Fed hawk Mester expects further Fed hikes will be necessary if the economy evolves as expected, while delaying hikes too long would risk a recession. She’s also comfortable with altering the Fed’s balance sheet policy later this year and once that plan is decided the Fed should stick to it and use rates to respond to the economy. This is totally in character and in keeping with the hawkish non-voter’s track record and prior remarks.


    Main Macro Events Today


    CAD Retail Sales – Canadian retail Sales are expected to gain 0.5% in March retail after the 0.6% pull-back in February. The ex-autos sales aggregate is seen improving 0.3% in March following the 0.1% dip in February. Gasoline prices dipped 1.1% m/m in March after the 4.9% plunge in February, according to the CPI.


    Canada CPI Inflation is expected to expand 0.6% in April versus March after the 0.2% m/m gain in March. Gasoline prices were stronger, shooting 7% higher in April compared to March (average monthly basis). Total CPI is seen accelerating to a 1.8% y/y pace in April from the 1.6% pace in March. The trimmed mean CPI slowed to a 1.4% y/y pace in March from a revised 1.5% rate (was 1.6%) in February. The CPI common grew at a 1.3% y/y rate in March, matching the 1.3% clip in February. The CPI median grew 1.7% y/y following the revised 1.8% (was 1.9%) rate in February.


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    MACRO EVENTS & NEWS OF 22th May 2017.






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    It was a little over eight years ago when then Fed chief Bernanke said he saw signs of “green shoots” of recovery from the Great Recession and financial crisis of 2007-2008. But they didn’t really blossom as annual GDP growth has averaged only 2.1% in the U.S., and even less in OECD countries. Despite the fears that the political tumult since Brexit would be a major headwind to growth, recent data reveal an increasingly upbeat outlook, where the rise in optimism finally could be bearing fruit


    United States: Trading in the U.S. was choppy last week as political uncertainties dominated. This week, the markets will be closely following President Trump’s first overseas trip as leader of the free world as he visits Saudi Arabia, Israel, Italy (for a G7 summit), the Vatican, and Belgium (for a NATO summit). Despite political uncertainties, we have some US data out this week. The data calendar is light and none of the releases will be really crucial to the outlook. The week’s highlights are home sales and home prices, durable goods, consumer sentiment, and the second look at Q1 GDP. New home sales (Tuesday) are expected to drop 4.2% in April to a 595k unit pace. Sales have been up all year so far. April existing home sales (Wednesday) are projected to fall 0.5% to a 5.680 mln clip. Durable orders (Friday) are seen dropping 1.0%, erasing the 0.9% March increase, and ending a string of three straight monthly gains. The final reading on May consumer confidence from the University of Michigan survey (Friday) is seen unchanged at 97.7. Q1 GDP (Friday) is expected to be revised down to a 0.5% rate of growth from the 0.7% Advance report. Other data this week includes April Chicago Fed national activity index for April (Monday), the Richmond Fed index (Tuesday), the flash May Markit PMI (Wednesday), the FHFA home price index (Wednesday), the KC Fed manufacturing index (Thursday), the advance economic indicators (Thursday), jobless claims (Thursday), and the flash May Markit services index.


    Canada: Canada’s markets are closed Monday for the Victoria Day holiday. The Bank of Canada’s rate announcement (Wednesday) is the main event this week. No change in the 0.50% rate setting expected, alongside a maintenance of a cautiously constructive outlook on growth and inflation that is consistent with no change in rates until next year. Wholesale shipments (Tuesday) are projected to improve 1.0% in March after the 0.2% dip in February. Average weekly earnings for March and the May CFIB small and medium business sentiment survey are both due Thursday. BoC Deputy Governor Sylvain Leduc speaks on Thursday, with the remarks published on the BoC’s website at 11:45 ET


    Europe: That there are diverging opinions on the ECB’s Governing Council is nothing new. But so far at least the Executive Board has been united in its defense of the central bank’s still very accommodative policy and the insurance policy that the implicit easing bias still provides. However, with confidence indicators showing a more robust economy, labor markets improving, and political risks receding, it seems the discussion about how much gradualism will be needed for the ECB’s path to exit steps has reached the Executive Board. Praet and Coeure as well as ECB President Draghi are all scheduled to speak during the week and it will be interesting to see whether the two “opponents” will continue their public voicing of opinion and if Draghi will take sides ahead of the June meeting. What is clear is that the discussion is ongoing and political events and market volatility will likely be equally important in the end as confidence data and against that background this week’s round of German Ifo and PMI readings (both Tuesday) will be watched carefully. The manufacturing PMI seen at 56.6 slightly down from the 56.7 in the previous month and the services PMI at 56.5 down from 56.4 in April. The German Ifo Business Climate, meanwhile is expected to nudge slightly higher to 113.1 from 112.9, with both expectations and current conditions indicators likely to improve.


    UK: Incoming data for April and May have been consistent with growth rebounding from a weak patch in Q1, highlighting that Brexit uncertainties haven’t been taking the economic toll feared. The calendar this week brings government borrowing for April (Tuesday), the May edition of the CBI distributive sales survey (also Tuesday), and the second estimate of the Q1 GDP report. The headline realized sales reading of the CBI survey expected to dip to 32 from 44 in the previous month. The GDP data expected to come in unrevised at 0.3% q/q and 2.1% y/y.


    Japan: In Japan, the March all-industry index (Tuesday) is forecast at -0.7% m/m, reversing the 0.7% rise in February. CPI figures (Thursday) should show national prices at a 0.2% y/y rate overall in April, unchanged from March, while core prices should be steady at 0.2% y/y versus February. May Tokyo CPI is expected to drop to a -0.1% y/y clip overall, and -0.1% y/y core, both unchanged compared to April. April services PPI (Thursday) are estimated rising at a 0.8% y/y pace, unchanged from March.


    Australia: Australia’s calendar is thin this week, with Q1 construction work done (Wednesday) one of the few economic report due. Reserve Bank of Australia Deputy Governor Debelle has a busy week. He presents a speech titled ” How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Basis” at the BIS Symposium: CIP – RIP? on Tuesday. Debelle delivers opening remarks and participates in a panel at the Launch of the FX Global Code in London (Thursday). The RBA’s Head of Payments Policy participates in a panel at the Australian Retail Banking Summit (Friday).


    New Zealand: New Zealand’s calendar has the April trade report (Wednesday), expected to reveal a narrowing in the surplus to NZ$250 mln from NZ$332 mln in March. Reserve Bank of New Zealand Governor Wheeler speaks in Hamilton (Wednesday) but the event is not public.


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    MACRO EVENTS & NEWS OF 23rd May 2017.






    FX News Today


    European Outlook: Asian stock markets are narrowly mixed, with the Nikkei down -0.16%, while the Hang Seng managed a 0.24% gain. U.S. stock futures are heading south, while the FTSE 100 futures is managing marginal gains as Sterling slumps following last nights terror attack in Manchester. Greek officials sounded optimist on the progress of the bailout review after yesterday’s Eurogroup meeting and markets are preparing for a very full data round in Europe today, which includes detailed German GDP numbers at the start of the session as well as German Ifo, preliminary PMIs and the U.K. CBI retailing survey. Against that background, U.K. bond and stock markets are likely to continue to outperform, while Eurozone spreads could remain mixed, as markets assess political risks and data ahead of the June ECB meeting.


    German Q1 GDP was confirmed at 0.6% q/q and 1.7% y/y (wda) – as expected. The breakdown, which was released for the first time, showed broadly balanced growth, with private consumption and government spending expanding below average, but investment picking up strongly. In particular equipment investment, which had continued to contract over the past quarters finally rebounded and surged 1.2% q/q. Construction investment meanwhile rose 2.3% q/q. and investment overall contributed 0.3% points to the quarterly growth rate, private consumption 0.2% points and net exports, which detracted from growth in the second half of last year, contributed 0.4% points, while stock changes detracted -0.4% points. The strong contribution from net exports will add to the ongoing criticism of Germany’s export surplus, but with private consumption also picking up and investment expanding strongly, this is a relatively broadly balanced recovery.


    EU Commission calls on Germany to accelerate public investment and create conditions for wage growth to pick up. At the same time the country should use fiscal policy to support demand. Given that the German economy is already close or above capacity and that monetary policy remains very expansionary an equally expansionary fiscal policy is a controversial recommendation, but it reflects the prevailing sense that budget surpluses should be used for spending and investment rather than debt reduction, despite the fact that debt levels across the whole of the Eurozone remain high. German wage growth meanwhile remains above the Eurozone average, but admittedly looks rather low considering that the labour market is very tight. German Finance Minstry sees shrinking current account surplus. The ministry said in its latest monthly report that the German current account surplus is set to fall further next year, to a still very high 7% of GDP from an expected 7.5% this year and versus 8.6% in 2015. The report stressed that on a national basis the ground is prepared for a sinking surplus, and that the high surplus is mainly due to market forces.


    Main Macro Events Today


    German IFO – German Ifo business confidence is expected to nudge slightly higher to 113.1 from 112.9, with both expectations and current conditions indicators likely to improve.


    Eurozone PMI – Eurozone PMI readings expected to move sideways in May at high levels, with the manufacturing PMI seen at 56.6, slightly down from the 56.7 in the previous month and the services PMI at 56.5, down from 56.4 in April.


    UK Public Sector Net Borrowing – The headline realized sales reading of the CBI survey expected to dip to 32 from 44 in the previous month. Meanwhile the GDP data expected to come in unrevised at 0.3% q/q and 2.1% y/y.


    US New Home Sales – New home sales are expected to drop 4.2% in April to a 595k unit pace after climbing 5.8% in March to 621k.


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    MACRO EVENTS & NEWS OF 24th May 2017.






    FX News Today


    European Outlook: After modest gains on Wall Street yesterday, Asian markets were hit by the Moody’s ratings downgrade for China, which was cut to A1 from A3 and left investors wrong footed and CSI 300 and Hang Seng in negative territory. The ASX is little changed, while Japanese bourses managed to outperform, benefiting from a weaker Yen. U.K. and U.S. futures are heading south, although Eurozone markets already outperformed yesterday amid strong data releases, while the U.K. in particular was hit by a bout of risk aversion following the Manchester terror attack. With pressure on the ECB to lay the ground for tightening measures rising, Bunds are likely to continue to underperform. Today’s local calendar is relatively quiet, with German consumer confidence and the second reading of Spanish GDP, which will leave the focus on the Fed minutes.


    U.S. reports: revealed big headline drops for April new home sales and the May Richmond Fed index. Yet, the 11.4% April new home sales plunge to a 569k rate followed annual revisions that lifted the sales data through this year’s mild winter, with a whopping 55k in upward revisions for Q1 alone that left a stronger than expected sales path for 2017. U.S. May Markit manufacturing and services PMIs were 52.5 and 54.0, respectively, for the preliminary reads versus April’s 52.8 and 53.1. The composite hence rose to 53.9 from 53.2 previously. These are all higher than the year ago prints of 50.7 for manufacturing, 51.3 for services, and 50.9 for the composite. Most of the key components in manufacturing dipped to the lowest levels since September, though the services components mostly gained, with input prices rising to the highest level since June 2015. The Richmond Fed plunge to 1.0 in May from 20.0 in April and a 7-year high of 22.0 in March left a larger than expected drop into May however, and the ISM-adjusted measure fell sharply to 51.7 from 57.5 in April and a 7-year high of 59.2 in March.


    Strong data puts pressure on ECB. A strong round of May confidence data, which showed the German economy in particular firing at all cylinders, makes the ECB’s very expansionary monetary policy and the implicit easing bias increasingly look out of place. Yesterday, German Ifo surges to highest level since at least 1991, while comments over the past week showed that even at the Executive Board there are now voices calling for a signal to markets that exit steps are underway, so that Praet, who favours a very cautious and extremely gradual move out of the easy policy, will face pressure to move not just to a neutral stance, but to introduce a tightening bias, which would pave the way for an announcement on tapering in September. If the central bank starts to cut back monthly purchase volumes by EUR 10 bln a month starting from early next year, rate hikes could come earlier than many expect, even if the ECB sticks with the current sequence of tweaking rates only after QE has ended.


    Main Macro Events Today


    ECB – ECB’s President Draghi is due to speak at the First Conference on Financial Stability organized by Bank of Spain, in Madrid, at 12:45 GMT.


    BoC Rate Decision – The Bank of Canada’s rate announcement is due today, where no change in the 0.50% rate setting and a continuation of the cautious optimism seen in April is projected for today’s announcement. The data since April’s announcement have revealed recovering growth alongside inflation that is still running below the BoC’s target.


    FOMC Minutes – The FOMC minutes are due today, while Kaplan will speak at the CD Howe Institute Annual Dinner, in Toronto.


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