TD Securities' analysts note that the latest jobs report from Canada showed the country's labour market shed 1.8k jobs in October (consensus: +15k), and the underlying details were soft as the economy added part-time positions while losing full-time jobs.
Department announced on Friday the U.S. wholesale inventories dropped 0.4
percent m-o-m in September, following a revised 0.1 percent m-o-m gain in August
(originally unchanged m-o-m). That marked the largest monthly fall since
Economists had forecast wholesale inventories declining 0.3 percent m-o-m in September.
According to the report, stocks of durable goods edged down 0.1 percent m-o-m after gaining 0.2 percent m-o-m in August, while inventories of nondurable goods fell 0.9 percent m-o-m, following a 0.1 percent m-o-m decrease in the previous month.
On a y-o-y basis, wholesale inventories rose 4.8 percent.
A report from
the University of Michigan revealed on Friday the preliminary reading for the
Reuters/Michigan index of consumer sentiment rose to 95.7 in early November.
Economists had expected the index would increase to 95.9 this month from October’s final reading of 95.5.
According to the report, the index of current U.S. economic conditions decreased to 110.9 in November from 113.2 in the previous month. Meanwhile, the index of consumer expectations grew to 85.9 this month from 84.2 in October.
Consumers did voice a slightly more positive outlook for the economy, which was offset by a slightly less favorable outlook for their own personal finances, the report noted. At the same time, spontaneous negative references to tariffs were still mentioned by one-in-four consumers in early November, while references to the impact of impeachment on economic prospects were virtually non-existent, mentioned by less than 2% in October and November.
According to analysts at Nordea Markets, next week, the most important releases will be the more forward-looking sentiment indicators, such as Germany’s ZEW expectations on Tuesday 12 November and the US NFIB small business survey that same day.
Analysts at TD Securities note that China’s October trade data came out better than expected, with exports at -0.9% y/y (mkt -3.9%, TD -1.3% y/y) and imports at -6.4% y/y (mkt -7.8% y/y, TD -10.2% y/y).
U.S. stock-index futures were little-changed on Friday as investors assessed the latest developments in U.S.-China trade negotiations and a fresh round of earnings reports.
Today's Change, points
Today's Change, %
(company / ticker / price / change ($/%) / volume)
ALTRIA GROUP INC.
Amazon.com Inc., NASDAQ
AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL GROUP
Cisco Systems Inc
Citigroup Inc., NYSE
Deere & Company, NYSE
E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Co
Exxon Mobil Corp
FedEx Corporation, NYSE
Ford Motor Co.
Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc., NYSE
General Electric Co
General Motors Company, NYSE
Home Depot Inc
HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
International Business Machines Co...
Johnson & Johnson
JPMorgan Chase and Co
Merck & Co Inc
Procter & Gamble Co
Starbucks Corporation, NASDAQ
Tesla Motors, Inc., NASDAQ
The Coca-Cola Co
Twitter, Inc., NYSE
United Technologies Corp
UnitedHealth Group Inc
Verizon Communications Inc
Wal-Mart Stores Inc
Walt Disney Co
Yandex N.V., NASDAQ
Canada announced on Friday that the value of building permits issued by the
Canadian municipalities fell 6.5 percent m-o-m in September, following a
revised 5.6 percent m-o-m surge in August (originally a 6.1 percent m-o-m
Economists had forecast a 2.0 percent drop in September from the previous month.
According to the report, the value of residential permits tumbled 1107 percent m-o-m in September, as permits for multi-family dwellings plunged by 12.1 percent m-o-m, and single-family permits dropped by 8.7 percent m-o-m.
At the same time, the value of non-residential building permits increased 0.9 percent m-o-m in September, due to a climb in commercial (+6.1 percent m-o-m) permits, which, however, were offset by declines in industrial (-8.1 percent m-o-m) and institutional (-5.0 percent m-o-m) permits.
In y-o-y terms, building permits rose 2.1 percent in September.
Home Depot (HD) initiated with a Neutral at Nomura Instinet; target $240
Walmart (WMT) initiated with a Buy at Nomura Instinet; target $132
McDonald's (MCD) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Longbow; target $227
Canada reported on Friday that the number of employed people reduced by 1,800
m-o-m in October, while economists had forecast a gain of 15,900 and after an
unrevised climb of 53.700 in the previous month.
Meanwhile, Canada's unemployment remained unchanged at 5.5 percent in October, matching economists’ forecast.
According to the report, full-time employment decreased by 16,100 (or -0.1 percent m-o-m) in October, while part-time jobs rose by 14,300 (or +0.4 percent m-o-m).
In October, the number of public sector employees grew by 28,700 (+0.7 percent m-o-m), while the number of private sector employees declined by merely 2,700 (flat m-o-m). At the same time, the number of self-employed dropped by 27,800 (-0.9 percent m-o-m) last month.
Sector-wise, employment declined in manufacturing (-23,000 jobs) and construction (-21,000), but rose in public administration (+20,000) and in finance, insurance, real estate, rental and leasing (+18,000).
On a year-over-year basis, employment grew by 443,000 (+2.4 percent) in October, helped by gains in both full- (+338,000 or +2.2 percent) and part-time work (+104,100 or +3.0 percent).
Mortgage and Housing Corp. (CMHC) reported on Friday the seasonally adjusted
annual rate of housing starts was at 201,973 units
in October, down 8.7 percent from a downwardly revised 221,135
units in September (originally 221,202 units).
Economists had forecast an annual pace of 221,200 for October.
According to the report, urban starts plunged by 9.0 percent m-o-m last month to 189,304 units, as multiple urban starts tumbled by 12.5 percent m-o-m to 139,518 units, while single-detached urban starts rose by 2.4 percent m-o-m to 49,786 units. At the same time, rural starts were estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 12,669 units, down 3.0 percent m-o-m.
Steven Trypsteen, an economist at ING, notes that the latest polls show that Spain's Socialist Workers Party, the PSOE, should remain the largest party but may lose some votes compared to the April election.
Walt Disney (DIS) reported Q4 FY 2019 earnings of $1.07 per share (versus $1.48 in Q4 FY 2018), beating analysts’ consensus estimate of $0.97.
The company’s quarterly revenues amounted to $19.100 bln (+33.7% y/y), generally in line with analysts’ consensus estimate of $19.023 bln.
DIS rose to $140.94 (+6.00%) in pre-market trading.
Analysts at TD Securities note that the market is expecting the University of Michigan's consumer sentiment index to remain unchanged at 95.5 for November, which would maintain the index at still solid, post-crisis levels.
Analysts at TD Securities are expecting the Canadian economy to add 25k jobs in October, well above the market consensus for 15k.
Rabobank analysts point out that this weekend will see an election in Spain which are unlikely to break the deadlock in the Spanish parliament.
“The PSOE is set to win the elections again, but forming a majority seems impossible. The radical right party Vox is set to gain substantially (one opinion poll has it on 16%, amazing considering the far right was negligible in Spain just a few years ago), while the liberal Ciudadanos will lose. While Spain’s economy is likely to continue to grow relatively fast in the short term, it is highly unlikely that the next parliament will deal with economic and fiscal challenges that hamper economic growth and public debt sustainability in the longer run.”
Iris Pang, economist at ING, notes that China’s exports contracted 0.9% year-on-year in October after contracting 3.2%YoY in the previous month.
“Some export items experienced clear growth on a monthly basis, for example, automatic data processing parts and products (+14%MoM). This could be a result of increased smartphone orders. But exports may contract again in November and December, as exports for Western holidays will have already been shipped. Imports contracted 6.4%YoY in October after an 8.3%YoY contraction in September. The market has reacted positively to the news about a potential phase one deal, especially the possible rollback of tariffs imposed in September on $112 billion of goods. We think USD/CNY will reflect these uncertainties once the market realises that the phase one deal is not a one-way bet.”
The United States won’t be announcing tariffs on European cars next week, according to Jean-Claude Juncker, the outgoing president of the European Commission.
U.S. President Donald Trump has until November 13 to decide whether to apply new duties on European carmakers. This after Trump argued in May that U.S. imports of European autos pose a national security threat to the U.S.
In an interview with the German newspaper, Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Juncker, who leads the EU’s executive arm, said Trump will not go ahead with new tariffs. “Trump will ruffle a bit, but there will be no automobile tariffs” Juncker told the German newspaper, according to Google translate.
The trade relationship between the U.S. and the EU has been tense since Trump came to power and ended negotiations for a trade deal with Europe that the previous U.S. administration was conducting. Furthermore, last year, Trump announced steel and aluminium tariffs on Europe. The EU retaliated a few months later with duties on 2.8 billion euros of U.S. goods. More recently, the U.S. announced tariffs on $7.5 billion of European goods in October. This decision was related to a dispute at the World Trade Organization (WTO) over subsidies to airlines.
The European Central Bank is determined to continue with its present monetary policy until conditions improve, ECB governing council member Bostjan Vasle told a banking conference on Friday.
He said the ECB believes interest rates would remain at a low level for a "longer period of time", adding the ECB policy was aiming to influence short-term and long-term interest rates.
He also called upon euro zone states to accompany the ECB's monetary policy with structural and fiscal reforms.
A close below 1.2770 in Cable could lead to further losses to the 1.2700 handle, suggested FX Strategists at UOB Group.
24-hour view: “We expected GBP to “drift lower to 1.2835” yesterday but were of the view “the next support at 1.2800 is not expected to come into the picture”. The subsequent GBP weakness exceeded our expectation as GBP edged to a low of 1.2794 before recovering. While the swift decline appears to be running ahead of itself, the weakness is not showing sign of stabilization just yet. From here, GBP could move below 1.2800 again even though the next support at 1.2770 could be just out of reach for today. Resistance is at 1.2840 followed by 1.2865”.
Next 1-3 weeks: “While we expected GBP to trade sideways since last Tuesday (29 Oct, spot at 1.2855), we detected the weakened underlying tone yesterday (07 Nov, spot 1.2860) and highlighted that GBP is likely to “probe the bottom” of the expected 1.2770/1.2930 range first. GBP subsequently dropped sharply to 1.2794 before ending the day on a weak note (1.2814, -0.33%). The price action has increased the risk of a deeper pullback in GBP. From here, if GBP were to register a NY closing below 1.2770, GBP could decline further to 1.2700. All in, GBP is expected to stay on the back foot unless it can recover above 1.2885 (‘strong resistance’ level)”.
China’s car-market gloom continued in October as the traditional post-holiday demand peak failed to materialize, leaving automakers with few easy answers to attract buyers back to showrooms.
Sales of sedans, sport utility vehicles, minivans and multipurpose vehicles dropped 6% from a year earlier to 1.87 million units, the China Passenger Car Association said. The decline was the 16th in the past 17 months, with the only increase coming this June as dealers offered large discounts to clear inventory.
The period known as “Golden September, Silver October” is typically strong for carmakers as consumers like to make big-ticket purchases during the harvest season. Not this year though, underscoring the depth of the historic slump the car industry is mired in.
Demand in the world’s biggest car market has been hurt by a slowing economy that’s made consumers curb spending. Measures by the government to boost consumption have yet to help, leaving automakers’ profitability challenged and prompting industry insiders to predict mergers and market exits.
Deutsche Bank analysts point out that the BoE kept rates unchanged yesterday but the bigger takeaway was the dovish message.
“It started with the 2 dissenters who voted for a cut, indicating that they thought that some monetary stimulus was required to ensure inflation returned to target. The meeting also included three key changes to the BoE outlook according to our economists. The first was as expected, that was the MPC revising down its near term growth and inflation outlook. The second was the MPC revising down its estimate of potential supply and the third the BoE’s condition assumptions on Brexit changing materially. The end result is that our economists continue to see January as a live meeting for a rate cut with the election outcome and upcoming growth and labour market data releases taking on added significance. Indeed, with Saunders and Haskell dissenting, the bar to a cut has been lowered. Sterling weakened through the meeting and closed down -0.30%.”
British employers' demand for staff grew in October at the slowest rate in almost eight years, a survey showed on Friday, underlining suspicions at the Bank of England that the labour market may be losing its strength.
A monthly index of jobs vacancies from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation and accountants KPMG fell to 51.7 from 52.6 in September, its lowest level since January 2012.
Friday's REC report - which is monitored by the BoE - showed permanent job placements fell for an eighth month running and at a faster rate than in September, chiming with official data which showed job creation waning ahead of the aborted October Brexit deadline.
James Stewart, vice chair at KPMG, said uncertainty around Brexit and a national election scheduled for Dec. 12 had dampened companies' hiring plans. "It's not just businesses that are being cautious, however, and over October we've seen job-seekers become increasingly nervous about making a career change," said James Stewart, vice chair at KPMG.
Bank of America Merrill Lynch Research argues that it's time to get rid of negative policy rates, noticing that central banks with negative rates should not be concerned about currency strength if they bring rates to zero, particularly if they strengthen forward guidance instead.
"Two key developments have happened this fall that makes us believe that this is a great opportunity for central banks to get rid of negative rates, without being concerned about a strong currency, given the side effects. First, the ECB cut depo rates even deeper into negative territory in September and EUR did not respond. Up to an extent tiering may have offset the impact of the depo rate cut, but if this is the case, then why cut in the first place? Second, the Riksbank signaled in its October meeting that it wants to bring rates back to zero, despite weak data, because of concerns from negative side effects, at the same time strengthening forward guidance promising to keep rates at zero for longer, and SEK also did not react much: the market has now priced the hike fully. In both cases, the currencies weakened sharply when the central banks introduced negative rates and remain at such low levels. However, it is now clear to us that negative rates (and bringing rates back to zero) do not affect FX anymore, at least not to the same extent as when they were introduced," BofAML adds.
According to the report from Insee, in Q3 2019, private payroll employment increased by 0.3%. It accelerated slightly compared to the previous quarter: +54,300 net jobs after +45,400 jobs. Year on year, private payroll employment rose by 1.4% (that is +263,200 jobs). Excluding temporary employment, its growth was similar: +0.3% over the quarter (that is +57,900 jobs) and +1.5% over the year (that is +273,200 jobs).
Private payroll employment accelerated slightly in construction: +0.7% in Q3 2019 (that is +9,900 jobs), after +0.5%. It increased slightly in industry: +0.2% (that is +6,200 jobs), after 0.0%. Year on year, private payroll employment increased by 43,400 in construction and by 23,200 in industry.
Private employment increased again in market services: +0.3% (that is +36,300 jobs), as in the previous quarter, bringing its rise to 1,5% over a year (that is +182,600). Excluding temporary employment, the increase was comparable: +0.3% as in the previous quarter and +1.7% over a year. Private employment in non-market services is stable over the quarter, but is 0.4% above its level one year ago.
Temporary employment slowed down again moderately: –0.5% after –0.3% in the previous quarter (that is –3,600 jobs after –2,200). Year on year, it decreased by 1.2% (that is –10,000 jobs).
Analysts at Danske Bank point out that in the US focus today is on the US Michigan consumer sentiment indicator, which will give us more details about the activity in the US service sector and private consumption growth on the back of the mixed signals we received from the strong ISM non-manufacturing and weak PMI services print, respectively.
“The day will also give us details about how hard the Chinese export sector has been hit by the trade war with the US and the global slowdown from the trade balance figures for October. We expect exports to still look soft but not as weak as in the beginning of 2019. Markets will also keep a close eye on any trade headlines. In Sweden, the September consumption indicator is due out, giving us more clues about where Q3 GDP growth is going to print.”
According to the report from Federal Statistical Office (Destatis), Germany exported goods to the value of 114.2 billion euros and imported goods to the value of 93.0 billion euros in September 2019. Destatis also reports that German exports increased by 4.6% and imports by 2.3% in September 2019 year on year. After calendar and seasonal adjustment, exports were up 1.5% and imports 1.3% compared with August 2019.
The foreign trade balance showed a surplus of 21.1 billion euros in September 2019. In September 2018, the surplus amounted to +18.2 billion euros. In calendar and seasonally adjusted terms, the foreign trade balance recorded a surplus of 19.2 billion euros in September 2019.
According to provisional results of the Deutsche Bundesbank, the current account of the balance of payments showed a surplus of 25.5 billion euros in September 2019, which takes into account the balances of trade in goods including supplementary trade items (+22.9 billion euros), services (-3.2 billion euros), primary income (+9.2 billion euros) and secondary income (-3.4 billion euros). In September 2018, the German current account showed a surplus of 18.9 billion euros.
Resistance levels (open interest**, contracts)
Price at time of writing this review: $1.1050
Support levels (open interest**, contracts):
- Overall open interest on the CALL options and PUT options with the expiration date November, 8 is 76931 contracts (according to data from November, 7) with the maximum number of contracts with strike price $1,1000 (3899);
Resistance levels (open interest**, contracts)
Price at time of writing this review: $1.2810
Support levels (open interest**, contracts):
- Overall open interest on the CALL options with the expiration date November, 8 is 25887 contracts, with the maximum number of contracts with strike price $1,3400 (3252);
- Overall open interest on the PUT options with the expiration date November, 8 is 30375 contracts, with the maximum number of contracts with strike price $1,2100 (3161);
- The ratio of PUT/CALL was 1.17 versus 1.18 from the previous trading day according to data from November, 7
* - The Chicago Mercantile Exchange bulletin (CME) is used for the calculation.
** - Open interest takes into account the total number of option contracts that are open at the moment.
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