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Euro Drops as German Exports Collapse

Last Updated 1/8/2009 4:16:09 AM EST (GMT +5)

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Overnight Eco

  • AUD AIG Construction Index 30.9 vs. 32.0 last
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  • CHF CPI -0.5% vs. -0.4% consensus
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  • EUR German Trade Balance 10.7B vs. expecations of 14.0B
  • EUR Consumer Confidence n/a
  • EUR Unemployment Rate n/a
  • EUR German Factory Orders n/a

Event Risk on Tap

  • GBP Target Rate Decision expected at 1.50%
  • USD Unemployment Claims expected at 540K
  • CAD Ivey PMI expected at 38.0

Price Action

  • USD/JPY drops through 9200 as risk aversion kicks in
  • AUD/USD drops below 7000 as Trade data misses by a mile
  • GBP/USD holds 1.5000 ahead of BoE announcement
  • EUR/USD loses 1.3600 after Trade data disappoints
The EUR/USD gave up all of it late Asian session gains slipping below the 1.3600 figure in early European trade as news of a much sharper than expected contraction  in German Trade surplus weighed on the unit.  German trade surplus shrank to 10.7 Billion euros  -  far worse than the 14.0 Billion euro expected by the market, as exports collapsed by more than 10% in November due to massive pullback in global demand for capital goods.  

The November data does not bode well for next months numbers given the fact that exchange rates moved against German exporters at the end of 2008 while global demand continued to weaken. Since Germany  is the primary generator of trade surpluses in the  EZ tonight’s downside surprise suggests that the region as a whole will now begin to show a string of significant Trade  deficits further weakening its balance sheet position.

Yet despite  continuing  disappointments in economic performance which indicate that the contraction in EZ GDP could be far more severe than ECB forecasts, European monetary officials  are reluctant to slash interest  rates aggressively.  In an article entitled “ECB shuts its ears to rate cut call” today’s Financial Times reports that Mr. Trichet and company  have stubbornly refused  to signal a 50bp cut and may perhaps opt for a more modest 25bp of easing next week.  One key consideration that may be driving the policymakers decision making process is strong aversion to taking rates close to zero percent level.  FT quotes Mr. Trichet  as stating that, ““We have to beware of being trapped at nominal levels that would be much too low,”

Nevertheless, events on the ground  may overwhelm the monetary authorities best intentions especially if unemployment begins to increase rapidly. The political pressure on the  ECB will become immense if  officials are seen as aggravating an already painful economic situation. The currency market therefore reacted swiftly to tonight’s news as traders begin to come to a consensus that ECB will have to lower rates eventually.

In North America today traders in US will be looking at weekly jobless claims data especially in light of horrid ADP numbers yesterday. As we noted on Wednesday the market is already prepared for a negative NFP number so anything   within the -500K range may actually be viewed as positive for the buck. For the time being 1.3500 could be the battleground for the day as New York traders  may try to run the stops through that level   given the poor German trade data overnight.

FX Upcoming

Currency GMT EST Release Expected Prior
GBP 12:00 7:00 GBP Target Rate Decision 1.50% 2.00%
USD 13:30 8:30 USD Unemployment Claims 540K 492K
CAD 15:00 10:00 CAD Ivey PMI 38.0 40.2

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