- QE2 Fallout - China yields on 0ne-year Bills rise to 2.3437% from 2.2913% prior - China FX Regulator SAFE vows to crack down on "hot money" and will "strictly" punish non-compliant banks
- The Euribor Fixing saw the 3M rate register its first daily decline in 31and off 16-month highs
- Far East and Middle Eastern Sovereign buyers of Euro takes pair off session lows of 1.3825 - Swaps Show PBOC to Raise Rates 4 times over the next 12 months to 3.5%
- Peripheral spreads continue to widen despite EU assurances of austerity efforts
EuroStoxx at 2893, +0.9%, FTSE100 at 5897, +0.8%, CAC40 at 3942, +0.7%, DAX at 6,799 +0.7%
- Despite pressures from resurfacing European debt concerns and equities retreat in Asia, markets opened in positive territory and hit two-year high during the session following a string of positive corporate earnings. Banks were trading lower but Barclays [BARC.UK] gained 2.6% at the London open, although shares slipped in negative territory during the session. The pretax profit had decreased but bank noted that it was due to a one-time charge. Also weighing on its earnings was a loss of Â£182M in Barclays Capital, the investment banking unit. Revenue had also declined due to a decline of 14% in Fixed Income, Currency and Commodity and Equities had declined by 34%. Bank said that while Basel III may hamper its ability to generate earnings, it will not need to raise new capital. - In the UK, retailer Marks and Spencer published its first half results posting an increase in its adjusted pretax profit, which came slightly below estimates, nonetheless. Like for like sales had also increase but the group said that trading conditions remained tough and took a cautious stance for the remainder of this year and in 2011. Shares lost about 3%. Publisher Yell Group [YELL.UK] reported a decrease of 8.9% in revenues and guided Q3 revenues to be down 12% and did not expect an improvement in revenue during the fourth quarter. Shares sank 14%. Meanwhile, Vodafone rose 1.8% after reporting better than expected results and boosting its profit. Company cited its higher than expected revenue growth in each of the Group's regions.
- Out of Germany, reinsurer Munich Re [MUV2.GE] beat estimates and raised its 2010 after tax profit to â‚¬2.4B on a higher investment income and favorable claims environment. It also guided its 2011 net profit at â‚¬2.0-2.4B range. Deutsche Post [DPW.GE] is trading higher by 3% after posting better than expected earnings and raising its lower end of EBIT guidance. Company cited freight revenue which had increased to â‚¬3.7B from â‚¬2.7B a year ago. Company benefitted from economic growth and increasing trade in Asia. - Swiss staffing name Addeco [ADEN.SZ] reported Q3 earnings significantly exceeding analysts estimates. Company does not see any signs of slowdown. Shares gained almost 4%, Hermes [RMS.FR] also surprised positively and raised its FY10 revenue growth target at 15% from12%. Shares gained 6%.
- China PBoC advisor Li Daokui urged key countries to ensure basic exchange rate stability to aid global recovery and expressed concerned that US QE2 measures could fuel inflation. He stated that China did not aim for the yuan to replace the USD as the most important global currency but sought a "reasonable" global monetary system. He later commented that the US should commit to achieving the current account target of 4% and highlighted that some countries are opposed to the US proposal. Li noted that China's 2010 and 2011 C/A surplus would be below 4% to GDP target.
- Ireland Fin Min Lenihan commented that he discussed broadening the tax base with EU Commissioner Rehn but did not address increasing corporate tax. He described the meeting as cordial and believed that the EU was willing to listen
- IEA World Energy Outlook noted that oil demand and price were set to grow steadily over the next 25 years despite environmental policies, essentially dooming climate-change goal. The IEA forecasted oil prices over $100/barrel in 2015 and at $200/barrel by 2035. It lowered its 2035 oil demand outlook to 99M bpd vs. 105M bps prior view. It noted that that all net growth in oil demand to 2035 to come from non-OECD countries with half from China alone. It saw fuel subsidies hitting $600B by 2015 vs $312B in 2009
- Again the primary focus was on euro zone peripheral debt, which continued its widening mode to post EMU levels for Ireland and Greece. To summarize that the European debt concerns have been present since mid-year, but have intensified over the past week with the EU's Budget assessment of Ireland, fears Greece would back away from earlier fiscal commitments, and less lenient treatment proposed by Germany for bondholders. The European morning started off on a bumpy road as the peripherals dominated flows despite supportive remarks from EU Commission Rehn after he endorsed its Ireland's budget plans after yesterday's European close. However, the EUR/USD was off its session lows with reported aid from sovereign accounts bidding on approach of 1.3830 area. The EUR/JPY tried to approach the post BOJ solo intervention low of 111.40 but fell about 30 pips short and climbed back above 112 handle mid-morning.
- The Euribor Fixing saw the 3M rate register its first daily decline in 31 sessions
- The softer USD tone in the session was reflected with precious metals containing their upward trend in session with spot gold hitting fresh all-time high above $1,420.00/oz; spot Silver at fresh 30-year highs just shy of 28.50/oz and spot Palladium topping 9-year highs at $717.50/oz. the IEA global outlook had little effect on front-month NYMEX crude at it was little changed at $87.03/barrel.
- As the NY morning approached the EUR/USD was at 1.3924, up 65 pips from the Tokyo open and 100 pips off session lows. USD/CHF was lower by 70 pips at 0.9603 and GBP/USD at trading at 1.6140, higher by almost 30 pips. - The JPY was well off its best levels against the European pairs. EUR/JPY at
Geopolitical/In the papers: - In press reports, one of Ireland's leading economist Morgan Kelly commented that bailout of Allied Irish Banks and Bank of Ireland will require â‚¬70B rather than â‚¬50B estimated. The cost to taxpayers of both banks will be equivalent to Anglo Irish. He goes on to state that the impending mortgage crisis will make Ireland effectively insolvent. - In the upcoming inflation report by the Bank of England may not shed light on whether the central bank will implement additional quantitative easing measures. The article in the Telegraph mentioned that in the inflation report, the Bank of England is expected to signal large uncertainties related to its growth and inflation forecasts, which leaves the option to move monetary policy in either direction. The Bank's governor King is expected to indicate that more easing is still on the table, if growth slows sharply. Note the inflation report is due for release on Wednesday.
***Looking Ahead ***
- (PO) Portugal Sept Trade Balance: No est v -â‚¬1.6B prior - 6:00 (BR) Brazil Oct IBGE Inflation IPCA M/M: 0.7%e v 0.5% prior; Y/Y: 5.1%e v 4.7% prior
- 7:00 (EU) ECB expected to drain â‚¬64.0B in 7-day Term deposit Tender
- 7:30 (US) Oct NFIB Small Business Optimism: 90e v 89 prior
- 7:45 (US) Weekly ICSC Chain Store Sales
- 8:30 (CA) Canada Sept New Housing Price Index M/M: 0.1%e v 0.1% prior
- 8:30 (EU) EU's Rehn Speaks in Dublin
- 8:55 (US) Weekly Redbook Retail Sales
- 10:00 (US) Nov IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism: 47.0e v 46.4 prior
- 10:00 (US) Sept Wholesale Inventories: 0.7%e v 0.8% prior
- 10:00 (UK) Oct NIESR GDP Estimate: no est v 0.5% prior
- 10:00 (MX) Mexico Oct Consumer Prices M/M: 0.6%ev 0.5% prior; Y/Y: 4.0%e v 3.7% prior; Core CPI M/M: 0.3%e v 0.4% prior
- 10:00 (MX) Mexico Sept Final Trade Balance: No est v -$560M prelim
- 10:00 (MX) Mexico Oct Vehicle production: No est v 197.4K prior; Vehicle sales: No est v 65.9K prior; Vehicle exports: No est v 1.7K
- 10:00 (EU) EU Commission issues reports on Turkey, Iceland, Balkan Entry Bids
- 12:00 (EU) EU's Fule Speaks to Parliamentary Committee - 12:15 (CA) Bank of Canada Governor Carney speaks in Geneva - 13:00 (US) Treasury to sell $24B in 10-Year Notes - 13:30 (GE) EU President Van Rompuy Gives Speech in Berlin - 15:00 (NZ) Reserve Bank of New Zealand Financial Stability Report
- 15:00 (NZ) Reserve Bank Financial Stability Report
- 16:30 (US) EIA Weekly Energy Inventories
- 17:00 (US) ABC Consumer Confidence w/e Nov 7th: No est v -46 prior - (CH) China Oct Trade balance; Exports Y/Y: 23.0%e v 25.1% prior; Imports Y/Y: 28.3%e v 24.1% prior
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