Market news

20 June 2019
  • 12:00

    U.S. Philly Fed survey in focus - TDS

    Analysts at TD Securities are expecting the U.S. Philly Fed survey to show a decline to 10.7 in June following the notable 8.1 increase to 16.6 in May.

    • “We flag that, as was the case with the NY Empire survey, this report may surprise further to the downside as it will likely reflect the negative sentiment from the US-Mexico trade spat that was at its high around the collection of the survey responses.”

  • 11:39

    Fed clearly leaves the door open for a rate cut – Standard Chartered

    Sonia Meskin, the U.S. economist at Standard Chartered, notes that at the June FOMC meeting, the Committee clearly left the door open for a rate cut, without indicating a definitive commitment to easing and was consistently communicated in the Summary of Economic Projections (SEP), the statement and the press conference.

    • “We continue to expect a 25bps FFTR cut in July; we believe it would take a definitively positive G20 outcome and an improvement in the data for the FOMC not to cut next month. A 50bps cut is also on the table in case of a poor G20 outcome or a pronounced economic deterioration.
    • Policy easing would be largely pre-emptive: the SEP and the post-meeting statement emphasized little change to the baseline outlook for growth and inflation but noted increasing downside risks, primarily from slowing global growth and trade tensions.
    • Also in line with our expectations, Chair Powell mentioned in the press conference that a key goal of the ongoing policy framework review is to strengthen the FOMC’s commitment to the 2% medium-term inflation objective through communication strategies. We expect this to come in the form of forward guidance, as we described in Fed framework review won’t bring pre-emptive cuts. However, further downside risks to growth would be a concern, as they could entrench low inflation expectations. Separately, contrary to our expectation, the FOMC did not signal an end to the balance-sheet taper before September 2019.”

  • 11:19

    BoE maintains Bank Rate at 0.75%, lowers Q2 GDP forecast

    The Bank of Egland (BoE) announced its Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) voted unanimously to maintain Bank Rate at 0.75 percent at its latest meeting.

    The MPC also voted unanimously to maintain the corporate bond purchases at £10 billion and UK government bond purchases at £435 billion.

    In its statement, the BoE says:

    • the recent UK data have been volatile, in large part due to Brexit-related effects on financial markets and businesses
    • underlying growth in the United Kingdom appears to have weakened slightly in the first half of the year relative to 2018
    • downside risks to growth have increased due to intensified trade tensions and perceived likelihood of a no-deal Brexit
    • GDP is now expected to be flat in Q2 (down from +0.2% q/q previously) after growing by 0.5% in 2019 Q1
    • CPI inflation is likely to fall below the 2% target later this year, reflecting recent falls in energy prices
    • the labour market remains tight
    • the economic outlook will continue to depend significantly on the nature and timing of EU withdrawal
    • the appropriate path of monetary policy will depend on the balance of these effects on demand, supply and the exchange rate
    • the Committee will always act to achieve the 2% inflation target

  • 11:00

    United Kingdom: Asset Purchase Facility, 435 (forecast 435)

  • 11:00

    United Kingdom: BoE Interest Rate Decision, 0.75% (forecast 0.75%)

  • 10:57

    Fed's statement spurs rate cut expectations - ABN AMRO

    Bill Diviney, the senior economist at ABN AMRO, suggests that, despite aggressive pricing for Fed rate cuts, the FOMC statement and a dovish Chair Powell press conference appeared to more than satisfy market expectations, with bond yields moving lower and equities pushing higher.

    • “Most significantly, the FOMC statement removed reference to ‘patience’ over policy, and strengthened Powell’s recent remark that the Fed will ‘act as appropriate to sustain the expansion’ by removing the qualifier ‘as always’. As well as highlighting the increased uncertainty over the outlook as the Fed’s primary concern, the statement bolstered the case for easing by pointing to ‘muted inflation pressures’. While the characterization of survey-based inflation expectations was kept as ‘little changed’, in the press conference Powell noted that they are ‘near the bottom’ of historical ranges and expressed concern over the risk of expectations becoming unanchored.
    • While the ‘dots’ projections showed just one rate cut expected by the median committee member in 2020, 7 of 17 members now expect 50bp of cuts in 2019. In the press conference, Chair Powell gave this a further dovish spin by stating that even those who expected no change in policy this year nonetheless saw a stronger case for further accommodation.
    • Powell also countered suggestions that a US-China trade deal alone might be enough to prevent rate cuts, by pointing to the weakness in business investment and manufacturing, and the slowdown in global growth as additional factors the committee is weighing.
    • Our base case remains that the Fed will implement three 25bp cuts by Q1 2020, starting at the July meeting.”

  • 10:40

    UK's retail sales fall for the second straight month - ING

    James Smith, the developed markets economist at ING, notes that the UK's retail sales have fallen for the second month in a row. 

    • "Some of this is clearly down to the weather, where colder temperatures appear to have discouraged people from updating their summer wardrobes. Clothing and footwear sales slipped by 4.5% compared to April. This weakness means that the year-on-year growth rate in retail sales (ex-fuel) has slipped back from just over 6% in March to 2.2% now – although admittedly this also has a lot to do with the World Cup/weather-related spike at the same time last year.
    • Barring a big recovery in June (which given the recent deluge of rain, seems fairly unlikely), it looks like consumer spending will add to the second quarter growth slump. It looks increasingly likely that second-quarter growth could come in flat or only marginally positive, given the likely drag from manufacturing production and inventory rundowns too.
    • That said, with wage growth continuing to perform well, we think there is a reasonable chance that the Bank of England makes a more explicit hint that rates may need to rise earlier than markets think. For now though, we think Brexit uncertainty (in particular the rising risk of a general election later in the year) will prevent the committee from raising rates in 2019."

  • 10:17

    We don’t see a hurry for the BoJ to shift policy - TDS

    TD Securities' analysts note that as widely expected there was no change to BoJ policy, in a 7-2 vote.

    • “They left the 10y yield target at about 0%, maintained policy balance rate at -0.1%, asset purchases were unchanged and likewise there was no change in forward guidance. However, the statement sounded cautious, highlighting “significant” downside overseas economic risks including developments in China, noting the need to pay close attention to the impact on sentiment.
    • We don’t see a hurry for the BoJ to shift policy despite the Fed’s dovish although Kuroda recently highlighted several options for action. There may be a slight disappointment that BoJ did not alter its forward guidance.”
  • 09:58

    ECB's last monetary policy decision was taken unanimously - ECB Vice President de Guindos

    European Central Bank Vice President Luis de Guindos said that the last monetary decision taken by the central bank was taken unanimously by members of the Council.

    "I believe (the decision) was taken unanimously. There was no divergent opinion with relation to the communique of the decision taken in Vilnius two weeks ago," de Guindos said.

    At the meet, there had been two main issues, de Guindos said, including the extension of the forward guidance on when the bank would raise interest rates and the cost of the ECB's Longer-Term Refinancing Operation (TLTRO III).

    "There was also unanimity in that, if the situation deteriorated because downside risks materialised, we would immediately react," de Guindos said.

  • 09:39

    Norges Bank hikes rates and hints at another later this year – ING

    James Smith, developed markets economist at ING, points out that Norges Bank has taken its tightening cycle a step further on Thursday by increasing interest rates a quarter point to 1.25% which is in stark contrast to many of its developed markets peers.

    “Given this move was clearly flagged back in May, the bigger focus is the Norwegian central bank’s new interest rate projection – and as expected it’s a tale of two halves. Probably the biggest news is that the central bank thinks it will “most likely” hike again over the course of 2019, having previously seen the next move around the first quarter of 2020. That follows a better-than-expected reading from the latest oil investment survey for 2019 spending. We expect the central bank to hike rates again December, although as ever a lot will depend on how trade tensions evolve over coming months.”

  • 09:19

    UK employers stick to 2.5% pay deals - XpertHR

    British employers offered staff pay rises averaging 2.5% as part of wage settlements in the three months to May, matching the trend seen for most of this year.

    Human resources data firm XpertHR said pay settlements had hovered around the same level since the start of 2019, despite a small pick-up in inflation.

    "Following a dip in the second half of 2018, the first half of 2019 is dominated by pay rises in the region of 2.5%," XpertHR analyst Sheila Attwood said.

    After years of falls in pay when adjusted for inflation, Britain's workers have had some of the biggest pay rises in a decade in recent months due to a tight labour market though they are modest compared to pre-financial crisis rates of pay growth.

  • 09:00

    Europe: Politics in focus - TDS

    Analysts at TD Securities point out that the EU Leaders have gathered to discuss filling the positions of EU Council President, EU Commission President, and ECB President.

    “They had earlier hoped to finalise the nominations over dinner on Thursday (with a press conference to follow), but EU election results have complicated the negotiations, and there's no clear "winning formula" for the three top jobs now. It's not impossible that the ECB President be named later tonight (or at least, an unofficial list of finalists leaked), but it looks more and more like the decisions will now take place at an "emergency summit" on 30 June / 1 July.”

  • 08:45

    UK retail sales decreased by 0.5% in May compared to April

    According to the report from Office for National Statistics, in the three months to May 2019, the quantity bought in retail sales increased by 1.6% when compared with the previous three months, with growth across all stores except department stores and household goods stores. The fall of 0.9% in the quantity bought in department stores in the three months to May 2019 was the eighth consecutive month of no positive growth in this sector.

    The quantity bought in May 2019 decreased by 0.5% when compared with the previous month, with a strong decline of 4.5% in clothing sales. In May 2019, online retailing accounted for 19.3% of total retailing, with an overall growth of 8.2% when compared with the same month a year earlier.

    When compared with a year earlier, both the amount spent and quantity bought showed growth of 2.7% and 2.3% respectively in May 2019. The year-on-year growth rate in the average store price for clothing fell for the ninth consecutive month in May 2019 but evidence from retailers suggested that the poor weather may have delayed the sales for summer ranges.

  • 08:30

    United Kingdom: Retail Sales (YoY) , May 2.3% (forecast 2.7%)

  • 08:30

    United Kingdom: Retail Sales (MoM), May -0.5% (forecast -0.5%)

  • 08:18

    BoE: MPC to vote unanimously to leave policy on hold - TDS

    Analysts at TD Securities suggest that they are updating levels in the wake of Wednesday's FOMC meeting and with economic data mixed and Brexit/politics muddling the outlook, the MPC is likely to vote unanimously to leave policy on hold.

    “Increasingly hawkish comments set against a more worrisome global backdrop set the stage for surprise this week. Our base case still sees a muted reaction in GBP, particularly as it has already had a decent run this week. Directional risks remain more a function of the UK's political backdrop and global risk environment.”

  • 08:17

    ECB economic bulletin: Underlying growth momentum continued to soften in early 2019

    • Survey-based indicators confirm a gradual weakening in growth momentum

    • Global financial conditions have been volatile in recent months

    • Global growth is projected to decelerate this year amid increasing headwinds

  • 07:59

    ECB Governing Council Rehn says ready to act if no improvements in euro zone economy

    The European Central Bank is considering using all instruments at its disposal unless there is improvement in the euro zone economy, member of the ECB Governing Council Olli Rehn said.

    "We in the Governing Council are ready to act as appropriate unless there is improvement in the economic conditions," Rehn told a conference in Brussels.

    Asked whether the ECB should proceed with rate cuts or more asset purchases, Rehn said: "The whole range of instruments is on the table."

  • 07:39

    BoE and Norges Bank amongst market movers today – Danske Bank

    In view of analysts at Danske Bank, the key event today will be the Norges Bank meeting, where both consensus and Danske are looking for a 25bp rate hike.

    “The Bank of England also meets, but in our view, the bank is firmly on hold. It is one of the small meetings without an updated inflation report or a press conference so we don't expect much change in the bank's message. The UK also releases May retail sales. A two-day EU summit starts today, where the main focus will be on potential clarity on the front-runners for the EU Commission presidency, ECB presidency other EU top positions. We will also monitor if the EC will formally open an EDP against Italy. On the data front, we expect Euro area consumer confidence for June to stay unchanged.”

  • 07:19

    Trump could cause market ‘turmoil’ if he removes Powell as central bank chief - former Fed governor

    U.S. President Donald Trump risks hurting investor sentiment if he removes Jerome Powell as chair of the Federal Reserve, according to a former Fed governor.

    “To fire a Federal Reserve governor or chairman would be a very unprecedented move, it would result in turmoil in the financial markets, it would be something that you really don’t want to do because you don’t need an absolute increase in uncertainty which this would bring about,” Robert Heller, a member of the Fed’s Board of Governors from 1986 to 1989, told.

    Heller’s comment came as Bloomberg, citing people familiar with the matter, reported on Wednesday that Trump said he believes he has the authority to demote Powell.

  • 06:59

    What to expect from today's Bank of England meeting? - Rabobank

    “We expect the Bank of England to keep rates unchanged at 0.75% at today's meeting. The vote is likely to be unanimous still, even as a number of influential MPC members have made some relatively hawkish speeches recently. The hawks are focusing on decent wage growth amid low unemployment, but the warnings with regards to rate increases are falling on deaf ears. The downside risks resulting from Brexit and trade uncertainties outweigh the upside risks of slightly elevated domestic price pressures. We forecast no rate hikes for this year and next.”

  • 06:45

    Goldman Sachs now expects Fed rate cut in July and September

    Goldman Sachs Group Inc analysts now expect the U.S. Federal Reserve to cut interest rates in July and in September, according to a research note issued after Fed Chairman Jerome Powell on Wednesday signaled a rate cut as early as next month.

    This marks a reversal for Goldman, whose economists said as recently as June 16 that the hurdle for rate cuts is “higher than widely believed.” Goldman is one of the 24 primary dealers that does business directly with the Fed.

    Interest rate futures surged in response to Powell’s remarks at the end of a two day policy meeting that left rates on hold. Traders are now betting heavily on three cuts by the end of the year. The Fed’s target rate the Fed funds rate is 2.25% to 2.50%.

  • 06:38

    BOJ governor Kuroda: Japan's economy is expanding moderately

    • Expects inflation to gradually pick up towards 2% target

    • Risks associated with overseas economies are significant

    • Need to watch for impact on business, consumer sentiment

  • 06:30

    Italy counts on 5.2 billion euro budget improvement to appease EU - paper

    The Italian government proposes to use 5.2 billion euros in expected improvements in its 2019 budget position to avoid EU disciplinary action for excessive debt, financial daily Il Sole 24 Ore said.

    The newspaper said the improvements consisted of expected savings on forecast expenditure of about 2 billion euros and higher-than-expected revenues of 3.2 billion euros, saying Rome would offer to use these to reduce the forecast deficit.

    "The package decided yesterday, in summary, is worth 5.2 billion euros in 2019 and would bring the deficit for this year to 2.2% (of gross domestic product)...," Il Sole said.

  • 06:14

    Switzerland's trade surplus declined moderately in May

    According to the report from Federal Statistical Office, in May 2019, the slowdown continued in both trading directions. For example, exports fell by 0.5 percent for the third time in succession. By contrast, imports grew by 0.9 percent. The trade balance showed a surplus of 1.7 billion francs compared to .1.9 billion francs in April.

    In May 2019, exports recorded seasonally adjusted - 0.5 percent (real: - 1.2 percent) - the third monthly decline in a row. As a result, exports have tended to decline slightly overall since the beginning of the year. Meanwhile, imports increased by 0.9 per cent (in real terms: + 0.7 per cent), meaning that they have been on an upward trajectory since November 2018 - albeit now slowing. The surplus on the trade balance was 1.7 billion francs.

  • 06:01

    Switzerland: Trade Balance, May 1.7

  • 05:07

    Options levels on thursday, June 20, 2019


    Resistance levels (open interest**, contracts)

    $1.1421 (3919)

    $1.1362 (4433)

    $1.1336 (597)

    Price at time of writing this review: $1.1265

    Support levels (open interest**, contracts):

    $1.1190 (3050)

    $1.1145 (3721)

    $1.1097 (2440)


    - Overall open interest on the CALL options and PUT options with the expiration date July, 5 is 66284 contracts (according to data from June, 19) with the maximum number of contracts with strike price $1,1300 (4433);


    Resistance levels (open interest**, contracts)

    $1.2831 (1086)

    $1.2798 (850)

    $1.2773 (393)

    Price at time of writing this review: $1.2680

    Support levels (open interest**, contracts):

    $1.2615 (1620)

    $1.2578 (1354)

    $1.2536 (1949)


    - Overall open interest on the CALL options with the expiration date July, 5 is 17661 contracts, with the maximum number of contracts with strike price $1,3000 (3030);

    - Overall open interest on the PUT options with the expiration date July, 5 is 15422 contracts, with the maximum number of contracts with strike price $1,2500 (2300);

    - The ratio of PUT/CALL was 0.87 versus 0.90 from the previous trading day according to data from June, 19

    * - 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.

  • 04:41

    Japan: All Industry Activity Index, m/m, April 0.9% (forecast 0.7%)

  • 02:59

    Japan: BoJ Interest Rate Decision, -0.1% (forecast -0.1%)

  • 02:30

    Commodities. Daily history for Wednesday, June 19, 2019

    Raw materials Closed Change, %
    Brent 61.55 -0.15
    WTI 54.34 0.15
    Silver 15.15 1.07
    Gold 1359.686 0.97
    Palladium 1502.59 1.47
  • 00:30

    Stocks. Daily history for Wednesday, June 19, 2019

    Index Change, points Closed Change, %
    NIKKEI 225 361.16 21333.87 1.72
    Hang Seng 703.37 28202.14 2.56
    KOSPI 26.07 2124.78 1.24
    ASX 200 78.1 6648.1 1.19
    FTSE 100 -39.5 7403.54 -0.53
    DAX -23.22 12308.53 -0.19
    Dow Jones 38.46 26504 0.15
    S&P 500 8.71 2926.46 0.3
    NASDAQ Composite 33.44 7987.32 0.42
  • 00:15

    Currencies. Daily history for Wednesday, June 19, 2019

    Pare Closed Change, %
    AUDUSD 0.68827 0.11
    EURJPY 121.36 -0.05
    EURUSD 1.12289 0.31
    GBPJPY 136.638 0.35
    GBPUSD 1.26416 0.7
    NZDUSD 0.65377 0.14
    USDCAD 1.32804 -0.72
    USDCHF 0.99339 -0.67
    USDJPY 108.076 -0.36
20 June 2019
Market Focus
  • ECB economic bulletin: Underlying growth momentum continued to soften in early 2019
  • ECB Governing Council Rehn says ready to act if no improvements in euro zone economy
  • UK retail sales decreased by 0.5% in May compared to April
  • BOJ governor Kuroda: Japan's economy is expanding moderately

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