Now the Euro is a safe haven?
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September 30th: Highlights
- UK GDP figure
- German Retail Sales
- EUR CPI data
- EUR unemployment rate
- US ADP employment figures
- Fed’s Yellen speaks
September has not been a great month Sterling, falling to 5-mth lows against the USD and 4-mth lows against the Euro. The main change has been around UK interest rate expectations, which have been shunted back from Feb, into the second half of 2016. The financial market volatility linked to China and commodities has led to a wider risk aversion and the reversal of many bullish Pound positions.
Yesterday, UK data dominated the morning session with the release of UK CBI realised sales and mortgage approvals. Sales and orders grew on the high street last month, posting a strong 49 (Vs. 29 forecast). UK mortgage approvals followed suit, beating expectations with a reading of 71k. Both positive readings, but neither are big enough to bolster Sterling’s current position.
Today, consensus is for GDP data to confirm expansion of 0.7% in Q2. A comparison against Eurozone inflation, expected at 0% for the year to September may help Sterling claw back some of yesterday’s losses.
Following a pull-back in most equity markets, yesterday we witnessed an oddity of the Euro being treated as a safe haven. The single currency rallied against Sterling, spurred on by the view that additional QE won’t be necessary from the ECB. The resulting stability expected for the Single Currency proved an attractive store for more defensive money. Swiss Franc, a more traditional safe haven, has also benefited and posted gains for the past two days as the market waits for Chinese data. Any signs of further economic slowdown in China may accelerate the safe haven flows.
Today, Eurozone data may test the fragile recovery. Alongside the Eurozone inflation data, where any surprise to the downside (deflation) could hurt the Euro if markets expect a dovish reaction from the ECB, German retail sales data and unemployment numbers will give a steer from the bloc’s biggest economy.
In the US, Consumer Confidence posted 103, which was better than expected and the second consecutive month to exceed 100. Today, the ADP employment report will deliver a pre-cursor to the bigger Non-Farm Payroll data on Friday. We’ll also hear from Janet Yellen, who’s speech will be scrutinised for clues on how the recent data may affect the Fed’s interest rate view.
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