Markets Nowadays: Brexit & tariff Déjà vu

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Two familiar stories dominated the markets overnight.

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Overview: December song

  • Good mood music on China-US trade fuelling equity, bond yields gains each highest in a month
  • UK Residence speaker continues to frustrate PM’s want for vote on his Brexit agreement
  • Slim pickings on the information/events front nowadays Canadian election outcomes in a handful of hours’ time

Good mood music on US-China trade developments is maintaining the threat fires burning, the S&ampP 500 closing back above three,00 for the very first time due to the fact September 19th, bond yields are greater across the globe by some 4bps on typical and the US dollar remains on the defensive, albeit at present tiny changed from final Friday’s New York closing levels.

To get Brexit out of the way very first up

We’re nevertheless not significantly the wiser than we have been on Saturday, when former Tory MP Sir Oliver Letwin effectively frustrated PM Johnson’s efforts to get an up and down vote on the Brexit agreement he had struck with the EU final Thursday. Residence of Commons. speaker John Bercow refused to enable this on Monday, claiming it was the exact same bill as that currently tabled final Saturday, but which never ever got to a vote just after the Letwin amendment passed. The reality remains that the legal text of the Withdrawal Agreement Bill (WAB) very first requires to be authorized by parliament, as per the Letwin amendment, and unless or till it is, Boris Johnson’s wishes will continue to be frustrated.

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The UK media for the most aspect continues to recommend that extra probably than not the government can just get adequate votes to see the agreement more than the line, but the threat is that opposition MPs will introduce amendments to the WAB – such as insisting the entire of the UK remains inside the Customs Union and/or that the agreement ought to be place to a confirmatory vote or even a complete-blown Referendum.  So although markets haven’t noticed match to reverse final week’s optimism that saw Sterling smartly greater, they are not however ready to take the pound up to the subsequent level, that thriving passage of the Brexit agreement would presumably entail. 

US equity markets have just closed with the S&ampP 500 +.7% at three,006.7, its highest closing level due to the fact September 19th.  Sector smart, IT (+1.four%) power (+1.9%) and financials (+1.1%) have led the charge greater. The VIX index continues to trade comfortably under 15, as it has completed for more than a week now.

Fuelling the optimistic mood music have been comments from President Trump’s chief financial adviser Larry Kudlow saying that although down to Trump, he sees the possibility of taking off the threatened December tariff increases, as China requested, if the trade talks go effectively. This follows a report in the Wall Street Journal at the weekend that at an eightth October meeting in the White Residence (so a handful of days ahead of the Trump-Liu He handshake ‘Phase -1’ agreement), advisers told Trump that the Chinese tariffs have been hurting his re-election possibilities and that Trump appeared to concede that he couldn’t just blame the Fed. The latter plays quite significantly to our quite that Trump’s intense verbal attacks on the Fed are merely developed to produce a political scapegoat for any financial slowdown resulting from the tariffs.

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Bond yields are universally greater

10-year US Treasuries at present up four.4bps at 1.eight%, the highest level due to the fact September 17th, following related sized yield rises in Europe (e.g. German Bunds +four.0bps to -.346%).  2-year treasury yields are also greater, +four.7bps to 1.621%

In FX

The USD is coming into the New York close tiny changed in index terms (DXY +.04%) with a mixed overall performance across G10 currencies.  NZD and CAD are each +.three% and major of the leader board, the latter just ahead of preliminary outcomes from Canada’s common election count on in a handful of hours’ time.  The AUD is .16% greater at .6867 do quite significantly exactly where we left it on Monday evening, although the GBP and EUR have each provided back a compact fraction of their sturdy gains from the latter aspect of final week, at present each -.18%.

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And ultimately in news just in

Fonterra has enhanced its 2019/2020 forecast Farmgate Milk Value variety from $six.25 – $7.25 per kgMS to $six.55 – $7.55 per kgMS. It says the 30 cents lift in the midpoint would inject $450m into the economy. This is not a important surprise – our resident BNZ cow whisperer Doug Steel had lifted his mid-point forecast to $7.10 final Friday vs. Fonterra’s now $7.05.  NZD is tiny impacted.

Coming up

Nothing at all to see in Australia nowadays save the weekly ANZ customer self-assurance reading (not market place moving).

Brexit developments and how this impacts GBP will be extra essential than something on the European information calendar, which in any occasion only sees UK public finances and the CBI trends survey.

Preliminary outcomes from Monday’s Canadian Basic Election are anticipated to be readily available anytime from 11:00 AEDT

Information smart, Canada has retail sales and the US the Richmond Fed Manufacturing Index, US Current Dwelling Sales and month-to-month price range numbers

On the US earnings front, MacDonald’s and Procter &amp Gamble major the list of household names reporting Tuesday (each prior to the market place open).

Marketplace rates

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