APAC Global Macro Morning Brief – Happy Macro Wed 27 Nov 2019: Hi Ho Silver...
Summary: Morning APAC Global Macro & Cross-Asset Snapshot
(Note that these are solely the views & opinions, they do not constitute any trade or investment advice of any kind.)
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APAC Global Macro Morning Brief
Happy Macro Wed 27 Nov 2019: Pause Button = Fed (for now)
So we had two FOMC members on tape o/n, Powell & Brainard...
Powell pretty much said the glass is half full, giving a positive take on the state of the US economy. Again as per his testimony from two wks back – for now, the pause button is firm pressed at the Fed
Brainard was also constructive on the economy, noting also that we still have not gotten the full effect of the three cuts this year
To see the full transcripts of their speeches please click here Brainard & Powell
Meanwhile the script is that equity markets continue to lift higher on news of further talks between Trump & Xi
So easy question, if the trade deal is as good as done, the Fed is happy with where things are, US flash PMIs bounced back strongly last wk, equities are up, volatility is down, then why are bond yields moving lower?
Overnight econ data saw a mixed skew
NZ 3Q retail sales beat very strongly at +1.6%a 0.5%e 0.2%p – part of this is being attributed to the Rugby world cup, where the sensational All-Blacks picked up a bronze
Sticking with the beats, US house prices ticked up +0.6%a 0.5%e, whilst new home sales saw strong beat & upward revision at 733k a 708k e 738k p
On the misses, US CB consumer confidence missed a touch 125.5a 126.9e 162.1p. Richmond mfg. big miss at -1a 6e 8p. UK high street lending missed at 41.2k a 43.1k e & 424.2k p – this potentially correlates with the big flash PMIs misses we got last wk from the UK
Worth noting that BoJ Core CPI also missed at +0.3%a +0.4%e +0.3%p
On equities, the bulls continue to have the field in the US & EU
S&P closed +0.22% at 3140, with Nasdaq-100 +0.17% to 8386. CAC40 +0.16% 5928. FTSE MIB +0.34% 23547
In Asia’s tue session, the ASX 200 was the outperformer at +0.83% 6788. The HSI (despite 9988 Alibaba’s HK successful listing & pop, +6.6% first day to 187.60 [176 was IPO strike]) reversed itself quite strongly into the close, finishing -0.29% to 26913
DXY not much to see, we were +5bp on Mon & -7bp on Tue (yawn)
Underneath the still waters of the USD, we do have a lot more activity – G10 saw big move on the SEK +0.50% vs. the USD, followed by CAD 1.3271 & NZD 0.6429 at +0.21% & +0.16% (Yes, our long kiwi crosses bias from last wk’s Macro Monday was very well timed)
On the flipside GBP 1.2864 & JPY 109.03 lost -0.26% & -0.11%
On EM FX, INR was the outlier with a +0.35% gain vs. the USD. Yet the likes of the Brazilian real 4.2386 +0.27%, Lira 5.7576 +0.30% & Mexican Peso 19.5191 +0.38% were on the backfoot vs the Trumpback
After over 2wks of dislocation between precious metals & lower yields – we started to get some sparkles overnight as USTs troughed to 1.7294, before reversing to these 1.7414 lvls
Gold recouped most of Monday’s loses with a +0.42% to 1461. Silver not to be outdone, clocked +1.10% to 17.0765
It’s the everything up market! No wait… volatility was lower, as VIX closed at 11.54 -2.8% for the session
It’s a brilliant day & its only going to get more epic – lastly, Happy Thanksgiving remember the US is out tmr & most folks bridge to the wkd…
There is always a trade somewhere
- NZ: Trade Balance in at -1013m a -1000m e
- AU: Construction Work Done
- US: Durable Goods, Core PCE Price Index, Secondary 3Q GDP reading 1.9%e/p, Unemployment Claims (note its out today, as Thu is US public holiday), Personal Spending, Personal Income, Crude Oil Inventories, Chicago PMI, Beige Book
- To catch this wk’s Macro Monday Click here… & replay of the call here
- Don’t forget to bookmark & check our Daily SaxoStrats calls from the European morning session c. 09:00 CET
Some Pieces From the Rest of the SaxoStrats Squad
- Peter’s on equities: DAX futures close to all-time high; did the US economy bounce a bit in October
- Dembik’s Chart of the Week: Germany export growth to China
- Hansen’s Latest CoT Cut: Commodities - Oil sold, gold bought as trade uncertainty weighed. Currencies - Dollar buying accelerates while VIX selling continues
- Hardy’s on currencies: FX Breakout Monitor: Rash of USD breakouts spreads
- Eleanor on equities: Equity Update: Mixed PMIs, HK Bill and Cyclical Headwinds
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