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10 October 2019
  • 22:30

    Schedule for today, Friday, October 11, 2019

    Time Country Event Period Previous value Forecast
    06:00 Germany CPI, m/m September -0.2% 0%
    06:00 Germany CPI, y/y September 1.4% 1.2%
    12:00 U.S. FOMC Member Kashkari Speaks    
    12:30 U.S. Import Price Index September -0.5% 0%
    12:30 Canada Employment September 81.1 10
    12:30 Canada Unemployment rate September 5.7% 5.7%
    14:00 U.S. Reuters/Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index October 93.2 92
    17:00 U.S. Baker Hughes Oil Rig Count October 710  
    17:15 U.S. FOMC Member Rosengren Speaks    
    19:00 U.S. FOMC Member Kaplan Speak    
  • 21:30

    New Zealand: Business NZ PMI, September 48.4 (forecast 49.0)

  • 20:15

    Major US stock indices closed in positive territory

    Major US stocks rose moderately after US President Donald Trump announced that he would meet with Chinese Deputy Prime Minister Liu HE on Friday, which gives hope that the world's largest economies will be able to make progress in trade negotiations.

    Trump wrote on Twitter: “This is a big day of negotiations with China. They want to make a deal, but do I want to? Tomorrow I will meet with the Deputy Prime Minister at the White House. ” Recall, earlier today, the Chinese newspaper South China Morning Post reported that the Chinese delegation, headed by Liu He, plans to leave Washington on Thursday.

    In addition, Liu He said that Beijing is ready to conclude an agreement with Washington to prevent further escalation of the trade war. According to him, the Chinese side arrived with great sincerity and they are ready to cooperate with the United States on trade balance, market access and investor protection.

    Market participants also analyzed inflation data for September, which showed that consumer prices in the United States remained virtually unchanged last month, as higher housing and food prices were offset by lower prices for energy and used cars and trucks. According to a report by the Ministry of Labor, the consumer price index did not change in September after rising 0.1% in August. Economists had expected another 0.1% increase. Over the 12 months to September, the consumer price index rose 1.7% after rising by the same margin in August. Economists surveyed by the agency predicted an increase in consumer price index in September of 1.8% year on year. At the same time, excluding food and energy prices, basic consumer prices rose 0.1% in September after rising 0.3% for three consecutive months . Economists had expected base prices to rise 0.2%. In the 12 months to September, the base consumer price index rose 2.4%, which corresponds to an increase in August. The fact that consumer prices in the US did not change in September, and core inflation receded slightly, is fueling expectations that the Fed will lower interest rates in October for the third time this year amid risks to the economy as a result of trade tensions.

    Most DOW components recorded an increase (23 out of 30). The biggest gainers were Caterpillar Inc. (CAT; + 2.80%). Outsiders were shares of Cisco Systems (CSCO; -1.42%).

    Almost all S&P sectors completed trading in positive territory. Only the utilities sector declined (-0.1%). The largest growth was shown in the base materials sector (+ 1.3%).

    At the time of closing:

    Dow 26,496.67 +150.66 +0.57%

    S&P 500 2,938.13 +18.73 +0.64%

    Nasdaq 100 7,950.78 +47.04 +0.60%

  • 19:50

    Schedule for tomorrow, Friday, October 11, 2019

    Time Country Event Period Previous value Forecast
    06:00 Germany CPI, m/m September -0.2% 0%
    06:00 Germany CPI, y/y September 1.4% 1.2%
    12:00 U.S. FOMC Member Kashkari Speaks    
    12:30 U.S. Import Price Index September -0.5% 0%
    12:30 Canada Employment September 81.1 10
    12:30 Canada Unemployment rate September 5.7% 5.7%
    14:00 U.S. Reuters/Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index October 93.2 92
    17:00 U.S. Baker Hughes Oil Rig Count October 710  
    17:15 U.S. FOMC Member Rosengren Speaks    
    19:00 U.S. FOMC Member Kaplan Speak    
  • 19:00

    DJIA +0.41% 26,455.16 +109.15 Nasdaq +0.43% 7,938.03 +34.29 S&P +0.51% 2,934.25 +14.85

  • 16:00

    European stocks closed: FTSE 100 7,186.36 +19.86 +0.28% DAX 12,164.20 +69.94 +0.58% CAC 40 5,569.05 +69.91 +1.27%

  • 15:00

    U.S. inflation is taking a breather – TD Securities

    Analysts at TD Securities note that the U.S. headline inflation surprised to the downside in September at 0.0% m/m (0.023% unrounded), keeping the annual rate unchanged at 1.7% y/y (TD and consensus: 1.8%).

    • “At 0.1% m/m (0.132% unrounded), core inflation finally lost some steam in September following three consecutive 0.3% increases in Jun-Aug. Despite the softer-than-expected monthly print, core inflation remained at a still solid 2.4% y/y for September.
    • Looking into the details, weakness in the core segment was largely explained by a -0.3% drop in core goods prices, which registered its first decline in four months.
    • On the other hand, core services inflation remained firm on a monthly basis, rising 0.3% m/m.
    • Although inflation continues to be a factor in the Fed's reasoning behind recent rate cuts, we don't see this month's CPI reading changing the calculus for the Fed in the near-term. Core PCE inflation remains below-target and inflation expectations continue to hover below the historical levels associated with price stability. Weaker PPI and CPI inflation reports aren't likely to change that picture, in our view.
    • We continue to expect the Fed to deliver another rate cut at the end of the month, with global growth, manufacturing, and trade also remaining key concerns.”

  • 14:50

    Germany's Chancellor Merkel: “We want to reduce the negative effects, even if there is a disorderly Brexit, in both countries”

  • 14:42
  • 14:21

    U.S. Chamber of Commerce Official: There is a possibility of currency agreement in U.S.-China trade talks in exchange for delay in tariff hikes - Reuters

    Trump administration understands the negative consequences of an escalation in U.S.-China trade agreement

  • 14:00
  • 13:56

    U.S. inflation still flying high – Nordea

    Anders Svendsen, an analyst at Nordea Markets, notes that the U.S. core CPI inflation remains at the highest in more than 10-years despite cooling momentum.

    • “Core CPI increased slightly less than expected in September, while remaining unchanged at 2.4% y/y. The main culprits of the weaker-than-expected momentum in core CPI was a 1.6% drop in used-car prices during September, while new vehicle costs were down 0.1% and apparel prices fell 0.4%. Headline CPI also increased slightly less than expected and headline CPI inflation is trending lower due to decreasing energy prices.
    • Core CPI has been above or at 2% since March-2018, to a large extent driven by growth in core services prices. However, over the last months core goods prices have clearly increased and now stand close to the highest level since 2012 in year-over-year terms.
    • Stronger inflationary pressure has also started to appear in Fed’s favourite inflation measure, Core PCE, which hit 1.8% y/y in August. Even if Core PCE converges towards the 2% target over the next months, we don’t expect it to have much implication for monetary policy. Fed has earlier indicated that they would like to see inflation above 2 % for a prolonged period to be in line with its symmetrical 2% target.
    • More importantly is the contraction among US manufacturers and weaker growth among US non-manufacturers. Therefore, we expect another 25bp rate cut in both October and December with risks tilted towards another cut in 2020.”

  • 13:37

    China vice premier Li: China willing to reach agreement on matters both sides care about

    China willing to reach agreement on matters that both sides care about and to prevent friction from further escalation

    China-U.S. economic and trade relations are very important, with global influence

    Chinese side came with great sincerity

    Willing to cooperate with the U.S. on trade balance, market access and investors' protection

  • 13:34

    U.S. Stocks open: Dow -0.02%, Nasdaq +0.03%, S&P +0.01%

  • 13:20

    Before the bell: S&P futures -0.08%, NASDAQ futures -0.05%

    U.S. stock-index futures traded little changed on Thursday, as investors closely monitor the developments of high-level trade talks between the United States and China.

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  • 13:00

    United Kingdom: NIESR GDP Estimate, Quarter III 0.5% (forecast 0.1%)

  • 12:55

    Wall Street. Stocks before the bell

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    Facebook, Inc.





    Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc., NYSE





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    Hewlett-Packard Co.





    Intel Corp





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    Pfizer Inc





    Procter & Gamble Co





    Starbucks Corporation, NASDAQ





    Tesla Motors, Inc., NASDAQ





    The Coca-Cola Co





    Twitter, Inc., NYSE





    UnitedHealth Group Inc










    Wal-Mart Stores Inc





    Walt Disney Co





    Yandex N.V., NASDAQ





  • 12:52

    Target price changes before the market open

    Uber (UBER) target lowered to $50 from $52 at Needham

  • 12:52

    Downgrades before the market open

    Cisco Systems (CSCO) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman; target lowered to $48

    HP (HPQ) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman; target lowered to $14

    UnitedHealth (UNH) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies; target lowered to $235

  • 12:51

    Upgrades before the market open

    Apple (AAPL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Longbow; target $260

  • 12:51

    Dallas Fed president Kaplan: Mindful of potential excesses, imbalances that can result from keeping rates too low

    Says he will take some time to carefully monitor developments after rate cuts

    Says he will be highly vigilant, keep an open mind on further easing

    Concerned about slowing global growth

    Says downside risks would decrease if trade tensions moderate

    Worried that U.S. manufacturing weakness could spread to broader U.S. economy

    Market-determined rates showed policy was too tight before rate cuts

    Says U.S. economy is at or past full employment

    Expects inflation to reach 2% target over medium-term

    Expects 2.1% US GDP growth this year

  • 12:46

    U.S. consumer prices unchanged in September

    The Labor Department announced on Thursday the U.S. consumer price index (CPI) was unchanged m-o-m in September, following a 0.1 percent m-o-m increase in the previous month.

    Over the last 12 months, the CPI rose 1.7 percent y-o-y last month, the same pace as in the 12 months through August.

    Economists had forecast the CPI to increase 0.1 percent m-o-m and 1.8 percent y-o-y in the 12-month period.

    According to the report, gains in the indexes for shelter (+0.3 percent m-o-m) and food (+0.1 percent m-o-m) were offset by declines in the indexes for energy (-1.4 percent m-o-m) and used cars and trucks (-1.6 percent m-o-m) to result in the seasonally adjusted all items index being flat.

    Meanwhile, the core CPI excluding volatile food and fuel costs edged up 0.1 percent m-o-m in September, following a 0.3 percent m-o-m gain in the previous month.

    In the 12 months through September, the core CPI rose 2.4 percent, the same pace as in the 12 months ending August.

    Economists had forecast the core CPI to rise 0.2 percent m-o-m and 2.4 percent y-o-y last month.

  • 12:37

    U.S. weekly jobless claims unexpectedly drop

    The data from the Labor Department revealed on Thursday the number of applications for unemployment benefits unexpectedly decreased last week, suggesting the labor market remains on solid footing.

    According to the report, the initial claims for unemployment benefits fell by 10,000 to a seasonally adjusted 220,000 for the week ended October 5.

    Economists had expected 219,000 new claims last week.

    Claims for the prior week were revised upwardly to 220,000 from the initial estimate of 219,000.

    Meanwhile, the four-week moving average of claims increased by 1,000 to 213,750 last week.

  • 12:30

    Canada: New Housing Price Index, YoY, August -0.3%

  • 12:30

    U.S.: CPI, Y/Y, September 1.7% (forecast 1.8%)

  • 12:30

    U.S.: CPI, m/m , September 0% (forecast 0.1%)

  • 12:30

    U.S.: CPI excluding food and energy, Y/Y, September 2.4% (forecast 2.4%)

  • 12:30

    U.S.: CPI excluding food and energy, m/m, September 0.1% (forecast 0.2%)

  • 12:30

    U.S.: Initial Jobless Claims, 210 (forecast 219)

  • 12:30

    U.S.: Continuing Jobless Claims, 1684 (forecast 1653)

  • 12:30

    Canada: New Housing Price Index, MoM, August 0.1% (forecast 0%)

  • 12:18

    U.S. headline CPI likely to print 1.8% YoY in September – TD Securities

    Analysts at TD Securities are expecting the U.S. headline CPI to tick up a tenth to 1.8% YoY in September (0.1% MoM) despite another monthly decline in energy prices.

    • “Conversely, core inflation should stay unchanged at 2.4% y/y, reflecting a firm 0.2% m/m advance — though slightly softer than in Jun-Aug, as core goods inflation likely lost some steam on a monthly basis. That said, a steady 0.2% m/m gain in services should support core prices in September.
    • We anticipate OER to advance at 0.3% m/m, up from two consecutive 0.2% monthly gains, and for the ex-shelter segment to slow modestly on a monthly basis.”

  • 12:00

    USD should remain resilient – Westpac

    Richard Franulovich, the head of FX strategy at Westpac, suggests the Fed’s decision to rebuild their balance sheet shouldn’t upset the USD much as short-dated bill purchases - to facilitate implementation of existing monetary policy - is a very different beast from large scale ECB/BoJ QE aimed at boosting credit, cutting risk premiums and lifting growth.

    • “US-China trade talks unlikely to yield much, visa bans and blacklistings raising the hurdle for even a modest interim mini-deal. Trade and supply chain uncertainty likely extends deep into 2020. That will sap US and global growth yet further and compel more Fed cuts. Powell did not push back on expectations for an Oct rate cut and if anything stressed prospective downward revisions to employment trends.
    • But USD should remain resilient and DXY support at 98-98.5 likely holds. Rates markets already fully price a 31 Oct Fed cut and the global economy is not faring any better. A more protracted easing cycle will weigh on the USD but past cycles suggests there are long lags at play and it won’t be a negative story for the USD until well into 2020.”

  • 11:37

    ECB's Monetary Policy Meeting Accounts: QE had "clear majority", rate-tiering had "majority", 10 bps rate-cut had "very large majority"

    • QE was opposed by a number of members, arguing it should be instrument of last resort
    • Some members argued QE was not an efficient instrument given low yields
    • Some members argued that open-ended QE could push ECB into bigger purchases
    • That will create problems and challenge purchase limits
    • There were a number of reservations about rate tiering
    • Some policymakers were ready to support 20 bps rate cut if package excluded QE
    • Some policymakers questioned growth forecasts, calling them too optimistic
    • All policymakers agreed on the need for further easing

  • 11:30

    German finance minister Scholz: German growth slowing partly due to Brexit

    • If recovery doesn't set it, we are ready to act
    • Germany already has an expansive fiscal policy

  • 11:17

    By how much will the Fed need to regrow the balance sheet? – ABN AMRO

    Bill Diviney, the senior economist at ABN AMRO, expects the Fed to formally announce a decision on the balance sheet at the 29-30 October FOMC.

    • “The question is, by how much will the Fed need to regrow the balance sheet, and at what pace? Clues for this are provided by the continued repo operations that the NY Fed has conducted to address the liquidity shortage in the short term. While demand at these operations has fallen considerably, from a peak of $92bn in September to $30.8bn in today’s operation, the Fed will want to regrow the balance sheet at least by the maximum amount demanded at these operations, plus a buffer to be sure demand is sufficiently met.
    • We, therefore, expect an initial boost of c.$150-200bn – with purchases conducted over a few months – followed by organic growth of the balance sheet in line with nominal GDP growth (to meet growing cash demand – as occurred prior to the financial crisis), i.e. c.4% p.a. In the meantime, the Fed will likely want to continue its repo operations until it judges the balance sheet has reached a level sufficient to cover reserve demand.”

  • 10:59

    OPEC Secretary-General Barkindo: Number one issue we face today is the risks to the global economy

    • World is becoming unpredictable in terms of economic outlook and geopolitics
    • Saudi attack is almost behind us thanks to swift response
    • OPEC's challenge has always been to depoliticise oil

  • 10:40

    UK economy contracts in August - ING

    James Smith, the developed markets economist at ING, notes that UK's GDP contracted by 0.1% in August, suggesting there is very little to cheer about in the UK economy at the moment.

    • "Admittedly it is worth noting that this latest fall in output followed a decent July figure, which was revised upwards to 0.4%. It is also true that the 0.7% fall in manufacturing output during August was amplified by a fall in volatile pharmaceutical production, according to the ONS (the UK’s statistics agency).
    • However, that was counterbalanced by greater momentum in transport-related output – many of the factory shutdowns that normally occur over the summer had been brought forward to April to shield against possible Brexit-related disruption. That meant that output was perhaps slightly higher for the time of year.
    • In the short-term, there is some potential for manufacturing to bounce back as stock building activities resume ahead of October 31 – albeit with inventory levels already high and warehousing space scarce, this will be on a much more limited scale than before the original March deadline.
    • That said, the economy will most likely avoid a near-term technical recession. Consumer activity is continuing to grow, even if confidence remains fairly depressed. Shoppers appear to have been less fazed by the ups-and-downs of the Brexit process than businesses.
    • But even so, economic growth is likely to remain fairly modest for the rest of this year, averaging around 0.2-0.3% per quarter. This means that the Bank of England is likely to remain cautious, although we still feel its probably too early to be pencilling in UK rate cuts."

  • 10:20

    BOE's governor Carney: GBP remains more volatile than usual because of wide range of Brexit outcomes

    • Says that UK data is fairly volatile at the moment
    • Today's data is consistent with picture of soft underlying growth
    • BoE is ready for any Brexit contingency
    • There is plenty of time for the government to choose a new BoE governor
    • In more dramatic potential Brexit outcomes, we will look to do whatever we can to support growth
  • 09:58

    EU approves Greece's plan to reduce bad loans by 30 billion euros

    The European Commission approved on Thursday a Greek plan to reduce bad loans by up to 30 billion euros ($33.04 billion) at the country's banks, as expected, saying it did not violate state aid rules.

    Bankers told last month that they expected a green light from the EU executive to put in place the asset protection scheme that will help its banks offload the loans.

    The scheme, known as Hercules Asset Protection Scheme, aims to bring down the amount of bad, or non-performing, loans which are weighing on Greek banks, without distorting the market through government subsidies.

    "The European Commission has found Greek plans aimed at supporting the reduction of non-performing loans of Greek banks to be free of any state aid," the Commission said in a statement.

    Banks in Greece have been working to reduce a pile of about 80 billion euros in bad loans, the legacy of a financial crisis that shrank the country's economy by a quarter. Shedding the bad loans is crucial for their ability to lend and shore up their profitability.

  • 09:40

    Yuan faces downside risks during trade talks - Citigroup

    Risks for the offshore yuan are skewed toward the downside as hopes of a “narrow” deal have been dented in recent days as China and the U.S. prepare for trade talks, according to Citigroup Inc.

    China’s persistently defiant attitude on structural issues, and a newly narrowed focus in trade discussions -- opposed by U.S. President Donald Trump -- have extinguished optimism that a deal can be done, Citigroup strategists, including Johanna Chua, said in a note.

    “The likelihood of plausible scenarios from the trade talks has also been shifting around rapidly,” the strategists said. “With due consideration to the expectation built up, we assess the risk for USDCNH is tilted upwards.”

    New points of conflict outside the usual parameters of asymmetric trade and intellectual property rights have also emerged this week, darkening the prospects of trade-deal progress, they said. These include the potential restrictions on U.S. portfolio flows into China, as well as the Trump administration’s new blacklist of eight Chinese technology companies and accompanying visa ban on certain Chinese officials.

    “China officials have left the door open to retaliate,” according to the report, dated Oct. 9. Tensions over the Hong Kong protests are also pressuring negotiations, the note added.

  • 09:20

    USD/JPY keeps the neutral bias unchanged – UOB

    USD/JPY is expected to remain sidelined for the time being, noted FX Strategists at UOB Group.

    24-hour view: “The choppy and rapid swings in USD have resulted in a mixed outlook. US/China headlines could result in further volatile price action as USD could continue to swing between 106.85 and 107.80”.

    Next 1-3 weeks: “We highlighted the “diminished odds for further USD weakness” on Tuesday (08 Oct, spot at 107.25) and the break of the 107.50 ‘strong resistance’ level yesterday (high of 107.62) indicates that USD has moved back into a sideway-trading phase (we previously expected USD to trade lower towards 106.35). From here, USD is likely to trade between the two major levels of 106.50 and 108.50 for a period”.

  • 08:59

    US-China trade in focus – TD Securities

    Analysts at TD Securities note that following China's increased purchases of US agricultural goods, US tariff delays and President Trump noting that a deal "could happen sooner than you think", hopes of progress during a fresh round of trade talks between senior US and Chinese officials in Washington were growing.

    “While the incentive for both sides to get a deal done is intensifying given rising economic pressures on both countries, reports early in Asian trade cast doubt on whether any progress is likely. It began with the South China Morning Post reporting no advances in deputy level trade talks, that would see the Chinese delegation leave the US later today instead of Friday. However these remarks were contradicted first by CBNC, reporting that the South China Morning Post comments were inaccurate. Bloomberg also confirmed China’s Lie He would remain in Washington through to Friday. To add to this confusion, Fox news cited Chinese ‘trade sources’ that its Country’s team will leave on Thursday, but reports emerged the US was considering a currency pact with China as part of a partial deal. Earlier Trump signed off on licenses for some US companies to do business with Huawei.”

  • 08:51

    UK industrial production fell more than forecast in August

    According to the report from Office for National Statistics, total production output fell by 0.4% for the three months to August 2019, compared with the three months to May 2019; falls in manufacturing (1.1%) and mining and quarrying (2.3%) were partially offset by rises in electricity and gas (3.2%) and water and waste (1.6%). The three-monthly fall in manufacturing of 1.1% is because of widespread weakness with 11 of the 13 subsectors decreasing; this was led by food, beverages and tobacco (2.0%) and computer, electronic and optical products (3.5%).

    Production output fell by 0.6% between July 2019 and August 2019. Economists had expected a 0.1% decrease. Manufacturing provided the largest downward contribution (0.7%), supported by electricity and gas (0.7%) and mining and quarrying (1.0%). The 0.7% monthly decrease in manufacturing output was widespread with falls in 10 of the 13 subsectors; the largest downward contribution came from a 4.7% fall in basic pharmacutical products.

    For the three months to August 2019, production output decreased by 1.3%, compared with the same three months to August 2018; led by a fall in manufacturing of 1.5%.

  • 08:41

    UK GDP unexpectedly fell in August

    Office for National Statistics said, monthly gross domestic product (GDP) growth was negative 0.1% in August 2019, following growth in both June and July 2019. GDP was expected to remain unchanged. The monthly growth rate for GDP is volatile and so it should be used with caution and alongside other measures, such as the three-month growth rate, when looking for an indicator of the longer-term trend of the economy. However, it is useful in highlighting one-off changes that can be masked by three-month growth rates.

    UK GDP grew by 0.3% in the three months to August 2019. The main contributor to gross domestic product (GDP) growth in the three months to August 2019 was the services sector, which grew by 0.4%. This was driven by widespread strength across the services industries in June and July, following a period of largely flat growth in the previous three months. Meanwhile, the production sector fell by 0.4% in the same period, while construction output grew by 0.1%.

    Commenting on today’s GDP figures, Head of GDP Rob Kent-Smith said: "Growth increased in the latest three months, despite a weak performance across manufacturing, with TV and film production helping to boost the services sector."

  • 08:30

    United Kingdom: Total Trade Balance, August -1.546

  • 08:30

    United Kingdom: GDP m/m, August -0.1% (forecast 0%)

  • 08:30

    United Kingdom: Manufacturing Production (YoY), August -1.7% (forecast -0.7%)

  • 08:30

    United Kingdom: Industrial Production (MoM), August -0.6% (forecast -0.1%)

  • 08:30

    United Kingdom: Industrial Production (YoY), August -1.8% (forecast -0.9%)

  • 08:30

    United Kingdom: Manufacturing Production (MoM) , August -0.7% (forecast 0%)

  • 08:15

    ECB's Draghi ignored advice against restarting bond purchases - FT

    European Central Bank President Mario Draghi ignored advice from the bank's monetary policy committee not to resume bond purchases, the Financial Times reported on Thursday, shedding more light on how divisive the move was.

    The ECB pledged indefinite bond purchases in September, even as more than a third of the rate-setting Governing Council opposed the move, an unusually high level of dissent for a body that normally strives for consensus.

    The monetary policy committee - made up of technocrats mostly from the euro zone's 19 central banks - sent a letter to Draghi and other Governing Council members several days before the meeting, advising against fresh bond buys, the FT cited three members of the council as saying.

    Although the committee's advice is not binding, there have only been a handful of occasions during Draghi's eight-year tenure that the Governing Council went against it, the FT added.

  • 08:01

    Japan yet to completely emerge from deflation - Economy Minister

    Japan's government and the central bank will take all necessary steps to ensure a sustained economic recovery as the country has not completely emerged from deflation yet, Economy Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura said on Thursday.

    "We haven't reached a situation where we can say Japan has completely emerged from deflation," Nishimura told parliament.

    "But the economy is making progress towards exiting from deflation. The government and the Bank of Japan will work closely together and take all necessary policy steps" to keep the economy on a recovery track, he said.

  • 07:43

    UK: August GDP likely to come in with a modest 0.2% gain – TD Securities

    According to analysts at TD Securities, the big question mark for UK’s August GDP is the impact of the auto sector.

    “There are normally scheduled shutdowns in August every year, but most major auto manufacturers had shutdowns in April this year, in anticipations of disruptions stemming from the original Brexit date of 29 March. This had initially led us to pencil in a strong pick-up in August IP, since seasonal factors would have been 'expecting' a drop in activity that didn't occur if the regular shutdowns already happened in April. However, anecdotal evidence suggests that at least some auto manufacturers did still go through with their regular August shutdowns, so any upside from IP should be limited. Overall, we look for August GDP to come in with a modest 0.2% gain (mkt: 0.0%), though this leaves the quarter on solid footing after the 0.4% increase in July.”

  • 07:21

    ECB Minutes and US-China trade talks amongst market movers today – Danske Bank

    Danske Bank analysts point out that today the 13th round of high-level US-China trade talks kick off in Washington and continues tomorrow.

    “We still see a good chance of an interim deal after China said it was still ready to make such a deal despite the US blacklisting of Chinese companies. FT also reported that China would offer to buy 10 million tons of soybeans in return for the US taking coming tariff hikes off the table. We do not know exactly when statements will come out of the talks but a good guess is late Friday (European time).”

    “The minutes from the recent ECB meeting are set to be interesting reading. Since the meeting there have been frictions within the Governing Council, which peaked with the resignation of ECB board member Sabine Lautenschläger. Furthermore, we have seen conflicting comments in the media, in which Chief Economist Philip Lane said that he did not believe that the ECB had delivered a big package and that it could cut rates further.”

  • 07:00

    French industrial production unexpectedly fell in August

    According to the report from Insee, in August 2019, output diminished in the manufacturing industry (−0.8%, after +0.4%), as well as in the whole industry (−0.9%, after +0.3%). Economists had expected a 0.3% increase in the whole industry. 

    Over the last three months, output declined in manufacturing industry (−1.2%), as well as in the whole industry (−0.9%).

    Over the last three months, output decreased sharply in the manufacture of machinery and equipment goods (−3.3%) and in the manufacture of transport equipment (−1.6%), and more moderately in “other manufacturing” (−0.6%) and in the manufacture of food products and beverages (−0.7%). It decreased markedly in the manufacture of coke and refined petroleum products (−6.9%). Conversely, it grew in mining and quarrying, energy, water supply (+0.6%).

    Manufacturing output of the last three months got worse compared to the same three months of 2018 (−0.8%), as well as in the whole industry (−0.5%).

    Over a year, output dipped in most activities: in the manufacture of transport equipment (−2.2%), in the manufacture of food products and beverages (−0.8%), in the manufacture of coke and refined petroleum products (−10.3%), in “other manufacturing” (−0.2%) and in the manufacture of machinery and equipment goods (−0.7%). Conversely, output increased in mining and quarrying, energy, water supply (+1.0%).

  • 06:45

    France: Industrial Production, m/m, August -0.9% (forecast 0.3%)

  • 06:29

    Fed remains divided – TD Securities

    Analysts at TD Securities note that the latest FOMC minutes shed light on a Fed that remains divided following its decision to ease rates again at the September meeting.

    “This was already evident on the fact that the dot plot is now split on three clear groups, and also on the three voters who dissented against the rate cut decision. Officials remained generally positive on the economy, while also acknowledging the external and persistent risks to the outlook. Moreover, soft inflation and inflation expectations remain important factors behind the decision to ease for many officials. Also notable, several Fed officials began discussions about how to communicate to the market the possible end of further accommodation. All in, we judge that the data released since the September FOMC meeting continues to support our view for an additional rate cut this month.”

  • 06:14

    Germany's trade surplus fell sharply in August

    According to the report from Federal Statistical Office (Destatis), Germany exported goods to the value of 101.2 billion euros and imported goods to the value of 85.0 billion euros in August 2019. Destatis also reports that German exports decreased by 3.9% and imports by 3.1% in August 2019 year on year. After calendar and seasonal adjustment, exports were down 1.8% and imports up 0.5% compared with July 2019.

    The foreign trade balance showed a surplus of 16.2 billion euros in August 2019. In August 2018, the surplus amounted to 17.6 billion euros. In calendar and seasonally adjusted terms, the foreign trade balance recorded a surplus of 18.1 billion euros in August 2019.

    A separate report from Deutsche Bundesbank showed, the current account of the balance of payments showed a surplus of 16.9 billion euros in August 2019, which takes into account the balances of trade in goods including supplementary trade items (+17.0 billion euros), services (-5.0 billion euros), primary income (+9.1 billion euros) and secondary income (-4.2 billion euros). In August 2018, the German current account showed a surplus of 15.2 billion euros.

    In August 2019, Germany exported goods to the value of 57.5 billion euros to the Member States of the European Union (EU), while it imported goods to the value of 47.2 billion euros from those countries. Compared with August 2018, exports to the EU countries decreased by 3.3%, and imports from those countries by 2.7%. 

  • 06:02

    Germany: Trade Balance (non s.a.), bln, August 16.2

  • 06:02

    Germany: Current Account , August 16.9 (forecast 18.1)

  • 05:36

    Options levels on thursday, October 10, 2019


    Resistance levels (open interest**, contracts)

    $1.1103 (2847)

    $1.1078 (2321)

    $1.1059 (587)

    Price at time of writing this review: $1.0986

    Support levels (open interest**, contracts):

    $1.0947 (3754)

    $1.0916 (3623)

    $1.0879 (3281)


    - Overall open interest on the CALL options and PUT options with the expiration date November, 8 is 64735 contracts (according to data from October, 9) with the maximum number of contracts with strike price $1,1000 (3754);


    Resistance levels (open interest**, contracts)

    $1.2511 (877)

    $1.2442 (117)

    $1.2385 (330)

    Price at time of writing this review: $1.2228

    Support levels (open interest**, contracts):

    $1.2146 (604)

    $1.2126 (651)

    $1.2077 (626)


    - Overall open interest on the CALL options with the expiration date November, 8 is 32215 contracts, with the maximum number of contracts with strike price $1,3300 (3777);

    - Overall open interest on the PUT options with the expiration date November, 8 is 18747 contracts, with the maximum number of contracts with strike price $1,2000 (1808);

    - The ratio of PUT/CALL was 0.58 versus 0.58 from the previous trading day according to data from October, 9


    * - 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.

  • 02:30

    Commodities. Daily history for Wednesday, October 9, 2019

    Raw materials Closed Change, %
    Brent 58 0.26
    WTI 52.56 0.23
    Silver 17.7 -0.06
    Gold 1505.298 -0.01
    Palladium 1679.08 0.43
  • 00:46

    Australia: Consumer Inflation Expectation, October 3.6% (forecast 3.2%)

  • 00:30

    Australia: Home Loans , August 1.8% (forecast 0.2%)

  • 00:30

    Stocks. Daily history for Wednesday, October 9, 2019

    Index Change, points Closed Change, %
    NIKKEI 225 -131.4 21456.38 -0.61
    Hang Seng -210.59 25682.81 -0.81
    ASX 200 -46.7 6546.7 -0.71
    FTSE 100 23.35 7166.5 0.33
    DAX 124.06 12094.26 1.04
    Dow Jones 181.97 26346.01 0.7
    S&P 500 26.34 2919.4 0.91
    NASDAQ Composite 79.96 7903.74 1.02
  • 00:15

    Currencies. Daily history for Wednesday, October 9, 2019

    Pare Closed Change, %
    AUDUSD 0.6723 -0.07
    EURJPY 117.911 0.53
    EURUSD 1.09725 0.16
    GBPJPY 131.173 0.28
    GBPUSD 1.22059 -0.1
    NZDUSD 0.62878 -0.11
    USDCAD 1.33337 0.08
    USDCHF 0.99531 0.25
    USDJPY 107.453 0.37
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