The USD wrecking ball haunts again and several Asian Central Banks now actively intervene. The issue is that the USD is not the trigger of this move. Energy is.
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There are signs of a pick-up in German activity in the details from the IFO survey. A long in Nat Gas looks increasingly compelling, while US Manufacturing keeps rebounding as well.
The IRA has saved the US from entering a recession alongside peers this year. If the appropriations negotiations this week lead to a bye bye to Oprahnomics, then we consider a recession a done deal for 2024. Buckle up!
A crucial week is ahead of us in global macro as the only remaining bastion in the global economy may be heading into a shutdown. Meanwhile, we are watching for signs of an emerging restocking cycle in Germany.
The Russian curbs on diesel exports arrive at a bad timing with already low inventories ahead of peak demand season. Central banks trying to pause amidst this will feel the wrath from long bond yields.
Ultimately markets got the memo from the Fed. The rate hikes are not necessarily over, but they will not promise anything at this stage. USD bullish (again).
Did the Biden admin send up a trial balloon on the SPR strategy without major success? Meanwhile, energy- and foodflation sadly continues across traded markets. It will not be an easy afternoon for the Fed.
It’s a big week in global central banking and both the Fed, Norges Bank, the Riksbank and the BoE will decide on rates this week. Some of the trends towards weakness/softness in European FX and rates seem a bit exhausted ahead of this week (confirmed by the market opening this morning), but with a few days of consolidation we may be back in a scenario that allows for renewed bets on weakness/softness from European central banks. Overall, we see a decent risk/reward in expecting European central banks to sound somewhat more balanced after the ECB made the pause the explicit base-case, while the Fed is likely not willing to accept a notion that a pause is a base case from here with the recent reacceleration of inflation numbers. Fed pricing hints of a roughly 40% chance of a hike in December, which is probably also the timing of the still intended rate hike from the dot plot in June. We expect Powell to solidify the expectations of that hike still being the modal outcome from the Fed. Chart 1: Fed fwd pricing BoE market pricing has been falling off a cliff lately with March-2024 peak SONIA pricing falling from 6.50% down to only 5.54%. We have earlier labeled UK rates pricing to be the biggest misallocation in global fixed income and we continue to lean that way given the weakness seen lately in services related gauges in the UK. We ought to remember that the smoking hot wage growth numbers […]
The ECB seems closer to softening up than the Fed even if they delivered a hike yesterday. An almost explicit pause was promised in the written statement. ECB pricing for 2024 looks ODD compared to Fed pricing still.
With all eyes on the ECB and President Lagarde today, it’s crucial to factor in yesterday’s US CPI data and the ongoing oil shortage as we delve into our morning analysis below.
Energy keeps performing against all peers and it seems like positioning is still underweight despite the recent bullishness. European positioning is getting short, but data keeps backing up that view.
Rhetorical intervention in JPY and CNY helped risk assets and high beta stocks perform yesterday, but is the stabilization sustainable or still fundamentally challenged? We lean towards the latter.
Ueda giving an exclusive interview for the first time since April trying to talk up the JPY but will he succeed? We doubt it. The global steepener pressure remains intact.
The global macro environment remains tumultuous in 2023, with little consistency across regions and assets prices. Here are some morning charts and thoughts to start your Friday
The US keeps performing while China is in damage control and Europe is looking to be on the doorstep of a crisis.
Masato Kanda threatens with intervention in JPY as the Japanese case risks becoming the release valve for pressures in China. Equity markets behave as we expected given the renewed pressure >7.30 in USDCNY.
Kind of a shocker for markets with weakness in Chinese Services despite a weekend of benign news. The reopening impulse in Services is fading, which shows how important it is to stabilize Construction/Manufacturing.
With more and more (admittedly early) signs of a restocking phase ahead in Manufacturing, we shift our focus to Services this week.
The EURUSD reversal on the back of hot inflation in Europe was a surprising move, but one we fancy. The Chinese stabilization is walking a tightrope despite efforts from the authorities to prop up CNY asset values.
Markets seem to perceive EUR-flation as stickier than the USD-flation. We find the assessment unwarranted but also admittedly have to see it as a sign of positioning.
Early evidence from Germany suggests that energy is back wreaking havoc with the disinflation momentum. Meanwhile markets see the landslide in job openings in the US as recessionary, but is it really?
There are admittedly early signs that the Manufacturing sector rebounds in the US with the Dallas Fed PMI confirming the stabilization narrative. We tend to agree on the direction of travel in Manufacturing, but here is everything you need to watch outside of that sector.
Focus on cyclical indicators from Europe and the US this week while China is trying to prop up local assets again. Make or break time!
All eyes are on Jackson Hole this morning as is ours. But if we look beyond Powell what is the temperature in equities and at the ECB this morning? Read below for context
The spike in Nat Gas prices looks like a dead-cat-bounce for now, but the recent retracement may hide the underlying improving price fundamentals for the energy space. Orders to inventories are improving, even in the most bombed out sectors in Germany.
How many hawks and doves will arrive in Wyoming for the Jackson Hole conference? The doves have received a perfect excuse from China and the PBoC will hope and pray that Powell announces an explicit pause, but he won’t.
Will the Jay-Man alleviate some of the pressures on the PBoC at Jackson Hole? And will the ECB strike a different tone than the Fed?
The upcoming BRICS-meeting is the key event this week. Will Xi solidify the CNY amidst the meeting to bolster BRICS-currency hopes? Meanwhile, European inflation keeps delivering “dovish” signals beneath the hood.