The Euro found consistent buying interest as ECB President Draghi did not live up to the overdone dovish expectations the market had set up for.
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The Euro found consistent buying interest as ECB President Draghi did not live up to the overdone dovish expectations the market had set up for. Even if the ECB did push the forward guidance on rates into the first half of 2020 and details of a new round of cheap funding for banks was officially announced, Draghi offered us one of his most optimistic versions during the press conference. As irrational as it may sound considering the lay of the land from an economic standpoint, Draghi did downplay the downside risks on growth and inflation in what appears to be a clear preference to resort towards a 'wait-and-see' script while letting trade war-induced ramifications pan out. Another perfectly logical line of thinking is that the ECB has no choice but to be forced to strike a somehow more positive tone given the absence of further measures in its toolkit. Regardless, the market was happy to endorse the buying of Euros, which by default, led to a broadly weaker US Dollar, even if technically speaking, no much damage was done against its major peers (well-defined ranges established) ahead of the US NFP. It is precisely the outcome of today's US jobs report that is now the major focus, as it may or may not pose the potential risk to re-ignite further conviction over the notion that the Fed is en route to lower interest rates.
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The Euro finds strong demand as the ECB fails to sound committal on further easing measures to mitigate the clear downside risks in the economy. The European central bank did nonetheless extend forward guidance on rates, announced details of TLTROs III and confirmed a downgrade to growth and inflation forecasts for next year.
The ECB kicked expectations on rates further down the road by noting that will stay at current levels “at least through the first half of 2020”, from “at least until the end of 2019.”
The pricing of a new cheap bank funding (TLTRO III) was less generous, set to 10 bp above the MRO and 10bp above the deposit rate for banks reaching the ECB’s benchmark for net lending.
The ECB refrained from any referral towards a tiering system for the deposit facility, which means that the build-up of expectations about a rate cut remains overdone.
The ECB verdict from Economists at Nordea notes that “while the ECB took another small step towards exiting ultra-easy monetary policy today, Draghi was clear that further rate cuts and net asset purchases remain in the toolbox. Markets interpreted the message hawkishly.”
According to Economists at Morgan Stanley: “Given downside risk to growth, the European central bank appears ready to act in case of adverse contingencies. But it stopped short of announcing any other extra measure today, although Governing Council members raised the possibility of further guidance extensions, rate cuts and even restarting QE.”
ECB’s President Draghi, at the press conference, sounded irrationally optimistic, far from endorsing a full-fledged dovish policy outlook. Draghi said that the ECB “didn’t see any substantial worsening in the outlook”, adding that “The data are not bad.”
In a sign that Draghi wanted to strike a more positive tone, he also noted “We see no signs of deflation. The ECB is not resigned to having a lower inflation rate forever.”
US equities keep finding further buying pressure as news emerged that the US is planning on delaying the hike on Mexico’s tariff, even if US officials, including US VP Pence, said that the most likely scenario is still for a 5% tariff to come into take effect next week.
Trump said that a decision to impose further tariffs Chinese imports (worth $325m) will come after the G20 meeting at the end of the month.
NY Fed President and voting member on the FOMC spoke about policy, not explicitly endorsing rate cuts but without ruling out the possibility either. Williams said too low inflation is a more pressing problem today than it used to be, adding that “markets are speaking pretty loudly on where interest rate should go”, even if pointing out that “won’t force the Fed's hands.”
The IMF raised the 2019 US growth outlook to 2.6% from 2.3% with the caveat that deepening of ongoing trade disputes or abrupt reversal of recent everyone's financial conditions pose material risks to the US economy, adding the Fed should defer further interest rate hikes until there are greater signs of wager price inflation and a relaxation of trade tensions with China.
The Yuan suffers a fresh round of selling after PBOC Governor Yi Gang said China has lots of policy room if the trade war worsens, noting that “no yuan exchange rate number is more important than others”, while referring to CNH depreciation as not an unwise move.
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US equities keep charging higher as the S&P 500 trades over 1% higher from its Wednesday’s close, underpinned by the current dovish expectations surrounding the next Fed move and hopes of a delay in the Mexican tariffs. The drivers taking stocks into higher ground are not lending the same amount of support to US bonds valuations as micro and macro flows turn back to bearish while the market structure in the US 30 year maturity also supports the negative technicals as the underlying macro script of a weaker global growth outlook and the pricing of lower rates by the Fed dominates.
By scanning through the value of the USD and the Yen, flows in the latter imply a certain degree of complacency as the depreciation in the Yen index towards its worst levels in June comes amid the bearish reversal in US yields, which suggest the currency is starting to look cheap. The weak momentum in the US Dollar is more a function of the stronger EUR post ECB, with the valuation of the world’s reserve currency now on a holding pattern until the US NFP outcome, which will be yet another important piece of the jigsaw to judge the odds of lower rates by the Fed in months to come.
When it comes to the assessment of Chinese assets as a barometer of the trade dispute between the US and China via the Shanghai Composite and the Yuan, the message is loud and clear. The market keeps refraining from endorsing any view other than the trade war is here to stay. The current valuations lead to the firm notion of a failure to make progress by month-end at the G20 summit. If that’s the case, a critical prerequisite for a more dovish Fed will most likely be met.
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