Markets Currently: Au revoir Draghi, Bonjour UK election

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Mario Draghi is preparing to chair his final ECB meeting, with no expectation he will move prices.

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Today’s podcast

Overview: In limbo

  • Quiet evening, nothing at all new performing on Brexit
  • Oil smartly larger on reported massive crude inventory draw
  • “Flash’ Eurozone PMIs tonight’s most important financial draw Draghi’s swansong ECB meeting

The Radiohead song from the ‘Kid A’ album was initially titled Lost at Sea, containing references to the UK shipping forecast, like for the Irish Sea, exactly where the UK government proposes to position a new border among Britain and the EU and so dividing the British mainland kind Northern Ireland. In Limbo just about sums up exactly where are we are with Brexit this morning and the finest I can do by way of musical analogy following what has been a soporific offshore session for international markets.

On Brexit

Media sources are reporting that EU ambassadors to all 27 member states are supportive of one more Report 50 extension, which is to be formally talk about on Friday. This is probably to be for 3 months – against the wishes of Boris Johnson –  unless an agreement is reached facilitating an earlier Brexit.  In the meantime, the UK PM is no doubt weighing up subsequent actions, his probabilities of finding an election, and so forth.. A meeting among him and Labour opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn on Wednesday came to nothing at all, according to the BBC.

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Sterling is truly the finest performing G10 currency in the final 24 hours, so totally recovering about half of the one particular and a half cent drop against the US dollar in Tuesday’s late New York day trade, following the parliamentary defeat of the government motion to limit debate on the Withdrawal Agreement Bill to just 3 days. Elsewhere in FX, NOK is the subsequent finest performing of the majors, +.three%, and CAD is also a touch firmer (+.two%) in the wake of Monday’s far better than anticipated displaying by Justin Trudeau’s Liberal celebration, noticed to leave it a bit much less beholden to the left-leaning minority opposition celebration. Typical to gains for each currencies is smartly larger oil rates (+$1.33-1.36) just after the EIA reported an unexpected 1.7mn barrels draw on crude inventory stocks final week.

NZD continues to outperform AUD

.three% vs. no alter for AUD in the final 24 hours so which means the AUD/NZD cross is now some 1.25% decrease considering the fact that the middle of final week to sit beneath 1.07. It does although stay comfortably inside our estimated fair worth variety.  MNI yesterday reported an interview with RBNZ Assistant Governor Hawkesby who was stated to be “very happy” with the way in which interest price cuts are feeding by way of into the economy, lowering borrowing prices and maintaining the NZD low. And the way the write-up was written, Hawkesby seemed fairly joyous about the evident rise in property rates. The exact same could be stated right here for the RBA, exactly where larger asset rates are noticed to be one particular of the main transmission mechanisms from a lot easier monetary policy by way of to the true economy.  There’s one more Terry McCrann write-up out apparently (I haven’t study it) generating the case for the RBA maintaining prices steady rather than cutting them additional.

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US equity markets have had a quiet day

The mainboard indices all just closing with gains of among .two% and .three%. In a classic instance of taking a glass half complete strategy to incoming corporate earnings, Caterpillar’s stock is up 1% just after missing each its Q3 EPS and income estimate and  lowering its complete year guidance. But the stock rose reportedly on announced plans to reduce back in production in response to weaker demand. That is alright then.

Bond markets are barely displaying a pulse following decent rise in yields earlier in the week, US 10-year Treasuries up .5bps to 1.766% and 2s +1bp to 1.586%. Earlier European bond yields closed really narrowly mixed.

Coming up

Eurozone ‘flash’ October PMI releases dominate the financial agenda these days.  Smaller improvements across France, Germany and pan-Eurozone and for each manufacturing, solutions and composite readings are the consensus expectation and the EUR will be sensitive to deviations one particular side or the other of this.

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The ECB meets for what is Mario Draghi’s swansong meeting and post-meeting press conference.  The meeting itself is an ‘interim’ one particular at which modifications in monetary policy settings are not commonly discussed or at least agreed.  Draghi will no doubt underline for the have to have for the current policy shift, particularly as the macroeconomic predicament continues to deteriorate and EU government’s continue to show reluctance to share the easing burden. He will doubtless be quizzed on the reported internal policy variations that emerged just after this month’s choice to restart QE.

US sturdy goods orders (anticipated -.7% in headline terms) and weekly jobless claims function in the US. Amazon reports its earnings just after the close, so six:00 AEDT on Friday

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