Date : 8th June 2018.
MACRO EVENTS & NEWS OF 8th June 2018.
FX News Today
Asian Market Wrap: Risk aversion is back and Asian stock markets headed south. After a sell off in the tech-heavy Nasdaq Thursday, technology stocks were also under pressure during the Asian session. Treasury yields meanwhile recovered some of the losses seen in the wake of the weakness in U.S. stocks yesterday, but after reaching a high of 2.479% have started to fall back to now 2.928%, still up 0.7 bp on the day. Asian yields are broadly lower, with 10-year JGBs down -0.2 bp at 0.037%. Stock indices meanwhile are a sea of red, with the Nikkei down -0.35%, the Hang Seng and CSI 300 down -1.35% and -1.37% after narrower than expected trade surplus out of China. China added to the risk off environment and the focus turns to the G7 meeting, which is likely to bring clashes over sanctions and trade. U.S. futures are down and the WTI crude oil is trading at USD 65.75 per barrel.
German trade surplus narrows as exports decline. Germany reported a sa trade surplus of EUR 18.4 bln for April, down from EUR 21.6 bln in the previous month. Meanwhile, German industrial production contracted -1.0% m/m. Expectations had been for a slight rise over the month, but after the unexpected slump in orders yesterday, the weak production number is not a total surprise. At the same time, March data were revised up to 1.7% m/m from 1.0% m/m reported initially, so the trajectory is not as weak as the headline suggests. Annual growth slowed to a still healthy 2.0%, but nevertheless the weakness in orders and surveys showing a markedly less optimistic view on the outlook confirm that the German cycle has peaked and that growth is slowing down. Capacity constraints are partly to blame, but worries about the export outlook amid an increasingly hostile trade environment are clearly also having an impact.
Charts of the Day
Main Macro Events Today
* G7 Meeting
* Canadian Housing Starts – Expectations – to hold nearly steady at a 215.0k pace in May from 214.4k in April. Starts have been resilient, holding in a 215k to 230k range since December while existing home sales and prices tumbled beginning in January as new regulations took effect. The resilience in starts growth is consistent with firm underlying momentum in Canada’s housing market.
* Canadian Employment Data – Expectations – to rise 20.0k in May after the 1.1k dip in April. A gain in May would resume the gains seen in February (+15.4k) and Mach (+32.3k) that followed the 88.0k tumble in January.
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