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Morning Report Thursday 18 April 2013

 

Market wrap
Global market sentiment: The slide in sentiment, which started last Friday, extended last night. Contributing to the moves were disappointing US company earnings results (Bank of America notable), ECB Council member Weidmann saying further easing may be necessary, the Swedish central bank lowering its interest rate forecast, and Rincin-laced letters received at the US Senate building. The S&P500 is currently down 1.5%, and the CRB commodities index is down 0.8% (futures for Brent oil -2.1%, copper -3.8% to a fresh 18-month low, and gold -0.3%).

Interest rates: The US 10yr treasury yields fell from 1.73% to 1.67% and rebounded to 1.70%, probing key yield support for the third time this month. Eurozone peripheral bond yields fell after Italian and Slovenian auctions went well. Australia’s 3yr bond yield fell from 2.76% to 2.67%, while the 10yr fell from 3.28% to 3.18%.

Currencies: The US dollar index reversed sharply higher. EUR fell from 1.3200 to 1.3000, forming a technically bearish key reversal day, Weidmann’s comments a catalyst. USD/JPY initially fell from 98.40 to 97.20 but rebounded in NY to 98.00. AUD fell from 1.0376 to 1.0277 – a one-month low. NZD fell from 0.8490 to 0.8428. AUD/NZD extended its month-long slide to 1.2175.

Economic wrap
No US data to report, although the Fed’s beige book regional economic assessment is due out at 1800 GMT.

Bank of Canada on hold at 1.0% and mild tightening bias language maintained: “the considerable monetary policy stimulus currently in place will likely remain appropriate for a period of time, after which some modest withdrawal will likely be required, consistent with achieving the 2 per cent inflation target.” Meanwhile house prices rose at a 2.6% yr annual pace, their slowest since the economy emerged from recession in 2009.

UK employment fell 2k in the 3 months to Feb, the first quarterly decline since mid 2011, despite very patchy economic growth over that period. The unemployment rate rose from 7.7% in the qtr ended Nov to 7.9% in Feb. Average weekly earnings growth slowed to just 0.8% yr, equal lowest since the 2009 recession and ex bonus the 1.0% yr rate in Feb was the lowest on record. The only bright spot in the report was a 7k fall in the benefit claimant unemployment count in March, the fifth in a row.

Bank of England minutes to the April MPC meeting once again show a 6:3 vote in favour of no further asset purchases; the minority, including Governor King, preferring a further £25bn. The reworked inflation remit had no material impact on the policy decision.

Outlooks
Event risk today: Monthly consumer confidence reports are released in both NZ and Australia today – neither being major market-movers.

NZD/USD 1 day: We favour a push below 0.8380 today.
NZD/USD 1-3 month: The uptrend since June 2012 remains intact as long as 0.8160 holds. The currency benefits from NZ’s strong fundamentals plus a resurgence of NZGB inflows.
AUD/NZD 1 day: We favour a push below 1.2175 today.
AUD/NZD 1-3 month: The trend decline to 1.2100 and lower remains in progress. Relative fundamentals (including RBA vs RBNZ) favour the NZD medium term.
NZ 2yr swap yield 1 day: Opening down 1bp at 2.86%.
NZ 2yr swap yield 1-3 month: The downward correction which started on 15 Feb could yet extend lower to the 2.70%-2.80% area. As long as that area holds though, we expect an eventual rise above 3.20% based on NZ’s improving fundamentals and eventual RBNZ tightening.
AUD/USD 1 day: We favour a push below 1.0277 today.
AUD/USD 1-3 month: The sideways consolidation since August 2012 remains in progress. Within that, the multi-week outlook is negative.

 

 

 

 

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