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MACRO EVENTS & NEWS OF 6th February 2017.




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February is starting off on an optimistic front after a solid beat from the January jobs report, and generally good news from the ISMs. Data calendars are pretty light around the world, though there will be a number of central bank meetings in Asia. Trade reports will highlight globally, especially from Germany, which has caught the ire of President Trump. The UK will also continue to wrestle with its Brexit dilemma, with the focus on the freshly published white paper on its negotiating stance before Article 50 is invoked next month.

United States: The economic calendar is a relatively lean one this week, with GDP and payrolls in the rear-view mirror now. Monday is empty, while the trade deficit is forecast to narrow to -$45 bln (Tuesday). JOLTS job openings and consumer credit are also due (Tuesday), with credit seen expanding by $20 bln in December from $24.5 bln in November. The MBA mortgage applications and EIA energy inventories are the only offerings (Wednesday). Initial jobless claims may rise 249K from 247K for the week ended February 2 (Thursday), while wholesale sales may rise 0.7% in December and inventories increase 1.0%. The Spartan week rounds out with import prices and export prices forecast unchanged in January (Friday), while preliminary Michigan sentiment is expected at 97.9 vs 98.5 last time. The January?s Treasury budget will also come out on Friday. The earnings season is coming to an end, but there are still a few key announcements due. So far 66.4% of the 274 S&P500 companies that have reported have revealed positive earnings news, while 20.8% have given negative surprises, with 12.8% in line.

Canada: The Canadian calendar is one of the few with a hearty spread of economic data this week after the paltry offerings last week. The employment report (Friday) is the main course, with total jobs projected to rise 5.0k in January after the 46.1k surge in December. The trade report (Tuesday) is expected to show a further expansion in the surplus to $1.2 bln in December following the surprise shift to a $0.5 bln surplus in November. Crude oil prices were sharply higher in December, which should provide a hefty boost to export values. The usual pairing of building permits (Tuesday) and housing starts (Wednesday) is expected to show moderation in Canada?s housing sector as Federal government measures impact. The Ivey PMI (Tuesday) is expected to fall to 58.3 in January on a seasonally adjusted basis from 60.8 in December. A 0.1% increase in the new housing price index (Thursday) is anticipated following the 0.2% gain in November.

Europe: The data calendar dries up this week and with the central bank meetings out of the way, the markets will have plenty of time to focus on the political risks that seem to be hitting the Eurozone from the inside and the outside. The French presidential election (first round April 23) remains a factor for markets, and it will be key to see how the Eurozone and the EU will react to the fact that the number of those who would love to see the unions fail is rising. Against that background and with the U.S. administration criticizing the weak EUR, which in turn is adding to Germany?s push for QE tapering, Eurozone spreads are likely to remain volatile and to continue to widen. Ironically that in turn puts Draghi in a difficult position and fears of a revival of the debt crisis will mean the ECB president will continue to send dovish signals at his comments at the European Parliament hearing next week.

The highlight of the data calendar is German manufacturing orders today (Monday), which came out at 5.2% from the -2.5% m/m decline in November. The sharp correction in orders in November, will likely keep a lid on December industrial production numbers (Tuesday) which are expected to rise to 0.2% m/m, following the 0.4% m/m in November. German December trade data (Thursday) may attract more attention than usual, not because of the monthly figure, but because it will likely show that Germany is the world?s leading exporters, which at the current juncture will only add to the arguments of German critics, especially Mr. Trump. Interestingly though, GDP numbers for this year already indicated that net exports detracted from overall growth and that the German recovery has been mainly underpinned by domestic demand and consumption. Additionally, the event calendar has ECBspeak from Draghi, Mersch, Weidmann and others and a German 10-year Bund sale on Wednesday.

UK: The calendar is fairly quiet this week, highlighted by industrial production and trade figures for December (Friday). The January BRC retail sales report is also up (Tuesday), along with the RICS house price balance for the same month (Thursday). The narrower manufacturing production gauge is expected to expand by 0.3% m/m from 1.3% last time. Data in-line with expectations should not affect sterling markets. Brexit focus will be on the government?s freshly published white paper on its negotiating stance before Article 50 is invoked. The paper will be subject to parliamentary approval, and is widely expected to pass without too much trouble. The government has pledged that Article 50 will be triggered by the end of March.

China: The January services PMI missed expectations since came out at 53.1 from forecast 53.6, while the January trade surplus is expected to balloon to $49.8 bln from 40.8 bln. January loan growth and new yuan loans are due Friday.

Japan: Japan?s docket kicks off with the December current account (Wednesday), where the surplus is expected to narrow to JPY 1,100 bln from 1,415,5 bln. January bank loan data are also due. December machine orders (Thursday) should rise 3.2% m/m from the prior 5.1% decline. January PPI (Friday) is penciled in at -0.1% y/y from -1.2% in December, while the December tertiary industry index is also due Friday.

Australia: The calendar has the Reserve Bank of Australia?s meeting (Tuesday) where we expect the rate setting to hold at 1.50%. RBA Governor Lowe speaks at the A50 Australian Economic Forum Dinner (Thursday). The RBA publishes the Statement on Monetary Policy on Friday. Economic data features. December housing investment (Friday) is expected to rise to 1.0% relative to November after the 0.9% m/m gain in November.

New Zealand: This week?s calendar has the Reserve Bank of New Zealand?s meeting (Wednesday), expected to result in no change to the 1.75% rate setting. At the last meeting, way back in early November, the RBNZ cut the OCR to 1.75% from 2.00%, as inflation continued to run below the target range. Governor Wheeler kept an easing bias in place at the time.

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MACRO EVENTS & NEWS OF 7th February 2017.




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European Outlook: Asian stock markets fluctuated after weaker sessions in the U.S. and Europe yesterday. Especially Eurozone markets were under pressure on Monday and spreads widened sharply, despite Draghi?s confirmation that the central bank will continue with its QE schedule and maintains an easing bias. This was followed up by Coeure telling La Parisien that the EUR is at an appropriate level. However, with the ECB continuing to keep the EUR down with a very expansionary policy the political risks facing the Eurozone externally and internally are rising and markets are reaction nervously to the rise of anti-EMU, far right parties in the polls. Especially France is in focus and the spread over the German benchmark has risen sharply in recent weeks. Political risks continue to overshadow the data calendar. Already released U.K. BRC retail sales for January unexpectedly dropped. German production numbers are due at the start of the session, followed by French trade data and U.K. house price numbers from Halifax later in the day.

ECB?s Coeure: EUR is appropriate level for the economy. The Executive Board member said in an interview with La Parisien that ?since its last peak in 2011, euro has depreciated by almost 30% against the dollar?, adding that the single currency is ?now at a level that is appropriate for the economic situation in Europe?. Coeure told said the ?single currency has adjusted as a consequence? of necessary ECB policies designed to support the economy. Asked about Le Pen?s push for France to leave the EU Coeure said this is not what the French want as ?when asked if they think the EUR is a good thing, the answer is an unambiguous yes?. He also played down arguments that the 3% debt limit in the Maastricht Treaty is a straightjacket, as ?France has not respected the criterion once since 2007?. Meanwhile, ECB chief Draghi confirms easing bias and QE schedule at his hearing before the European Parliament, saying that the ECB policy is a key contributor to the Eurozone?s economic improvement and that financing conditions have to remain accommodative. He confirmed the QE scheduled of EUR 60 bln worth of asset purchases from April to December. The ECB president once again played down the importance of the recent uptick in headline inflation. Draghi repeated that the ECB will look through transient price increases and that the risks to the economic outlook remain tilted to the downside, and relate mainly to global factors.

Fedspeak: Philly Fed?s Harker did not discuss monetary policy in his prepared remarks on ?Regulation is Key to Safeguarding Fintech, Consumers.? He did say it?s still an open question, who should supervise fintech lenders. We?ll see if he says anything policy related in Q&A. March should be considered on the table in terms of possible rate action, he told reporters in answering questions. Indeed, never take any meeting off the table, he warned, though he also advised he hasn?t made up his mind yet. It will depend on the evolution of the economy and fiscal policy. He still supports the FOMC?s three, quarter-point tightening trajectory and wants to make sure the Fed doesn?t fall behind the curve. Harker is on the hawkish side of the spectrum and is a voter this year.

Australia: Reserve Bank of Australia held rates at 1.50%, matching widespread expectations. They appear to be comfortable, for now, with inflation that ?remains quite low.? Inflation is expected to ?remain low for some time.? Governor Lowe said ?Headline inflation is expected to pick up over the course of 2017 to be above 2 per cent, with the rise in underlying inflation expected to be a bit more gradual.? He said that the board ?judged that holding the stance of policy unchanged at this meeting would be consistent with sustainable growth in the economy and achieving the inflation target over time.? They appear content to stay on the sidelines and let the easing from 2016 percolate through the economy.

Main Macro Events Today

US Trade, JOLTS & Consumer Credit ? The trade report, expected to reveal to narrow to -$45 bln in December from the -$45.2 bln in November. JOLTS job openings and consumer credit are also coming out today, with credit seen expanding by $20 bln in December from $24.5 bln in November.

CAD Trade Balance ? The trade report, expected to reveal an expansion in the surplus to C$1.2 bln in December from the C$0.5 bln in November.

CAD Exports, Imports & Ivey PMI ? Crude oil prices were sharply higher in December, which should provide a hefty boost to export values. Exports are seen rising 2.0% m/m in December after the 4.3% surge in November. Imports are projected to increase 0.5% in December after the 0.7% gain. Building permits and the Ivey PMI are also due out today, but will take a back-seat to the trade report.

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MACRO EVENTS & NEWS OF 8th February 2017.




FX News Today

European Outlook: Asian stock markets moved mostly higher, with property developers and automakers leading the way in China, but gains in Japan trimmed later in the session by a stronger Yen and the ongoing slump in oil prices. The front end Nymex future is currently trading at USD 51.76 per barrel, after data showing a rise i U.S. stockpiles, fuelling concerns that rising supply from the U.S. will offset cuts by OPEC. U.K. futures are moving higher, U.S. stock futures are narrowly mixed. In Europe only DAX and FTSE 100 managed to close with gains on Tuesday, while other markets were in the red. Yields declined as bond futures advanced and the French 10-year for once managed to outperform the German equivalent, but the Eurozone remains in the shadow of election jitters and mounting political risks inside and outside the union. The local data calendar today is pretty empty and with only business confidence data from the Bank of France on the agenda, political risks will remain a focal point.

US: U.S. December trade deficit narrowed 3.2% to -$44.3 bln after rising 7.1% to -$45.7 bln in November. Imports rose 1.5% versus the 1.2% gain previously, while exports were up 2.7% versus -0.2% in November. The ?real? goods trade balance was -$62.3 bln compared to -$63.9 bln as imports rose 1.5% while exports increased 3.6%. U.S. JOLTS report showed job openings dipped 4k to 5,501k in December after rising 54k to 5,505k in November (revised from 5,522k). Also, the rate slipped to 3.6% from 3.7%. December hirings rose 40k to 5,252k following November?s 52k increase to 5,212k. The rate was flat at 3.6%. Quitters dropped 98k to 2,979k in December after rebounding 54k to 3,077k in November. The rate fell to 2.0% from 2.1%. The JOLTS report an important indicator for Fed Chair Yellen, particularly the quit rate, so the data will be slightly disappointing, but not really market moving.

Canada: GoC were ultimately little changed to firmer, with the long end of the yield curve outperforming. Equities managed to maintain a small gain late into the session, despite a drag from energy sector shares amid a tumble in crude oil prices. The loonie saw modest improvement against the U.S. dollar, despite the oil price decline and the not exactly surprising news that Canada ran a second consecutive trade surplus in December. Canada?s trade surplus narrowed to C$0.9 bln in December, which was better than expected and modestly below projection of C$1.2 bln. The November surplus was revised higher to C$1.0 bln from the original C$0.5 bln, leaving a narrowing in December despite what was a firm figure. Exports improved 0.8% m/m in December after a revised 5.1% surge in November (was +4.3%), driven by higher prices on energy products. Imports grew 1.0% on the heels of a revised 0.2% dip in November (was +0.7%), with December?s gain mostly due to an increase in aircraft and industrial machinery.

Fedspeak: Fed?s Kashkari said yesterday, it?s better the Fed errs on the accommodative side than on being more restrictive, in an essay he wrote to explain his vote on February 1. He noted that he ?avoids making predictions about when our next rate change will be and how many changes I expect in a given year, in order to minimize confusion and because the Fed doesn?t know for sure how the economy will evolve, where he also acknowledged the Fed has often been wrong. He also added that there are too many uncertainties, including the fiscal policy outlook. Inflation is expected to remain well anchored, with the strong dollar likely to restrain price pressures. Wages aren?t showing much inflation either. In conclusion, he said from a risk management standpoint, ?we have stronger tools to deal with high inflation than low inflation.? Hence, he voted to keep rates steady.

Main Macro Events Today

CA Housing Stats ? Canada?s Housing starts are expected to slow to a 200.0k unit pace in January from the 207.0k rate in December. Permits grew at a 233k to 235k pace over the three months spanning October, November and December.

NBNZ Rate ? Reserve Bank of New Zealand?s meeting, expected to result in no change to the 1.75% rate setting.

NZ MPS & Conference ? RBNZ will publish today the Monetary Policy statement. Afterwards a press conference will also be held by Reserve Bank Governor regarding monetary policy.

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MACRO EVENTS & NEWS OF 9th February 2017.




FX News Today

European Outlook: Japanese stock markets headed south despite a weaker Yen, as investors held back ahead of tomorrow?s meeting between Trump and Abe. ASX, Hang Seng and Chinese bourses meanwhile moved higher after U.S. equities managed to claw back losses and close with gains on Wednesday. In Europe markets also came up from lows in late trade and markets closed narrowly mixed, with FTSE 100 and Italian MIB outperforming. FTSE 100 futures are posting marginal gains at the moment and U.S. futures are narrowly mixed, as investors await further guidance on U.S. policies. Yields continued to head south in Asia but after Bund and Gilt futures rallied yesterday and Eurozone spreads narrowed markedly as peripherals outperformed it remains to be seen how far down yields can go. Already released the U.K. RICS house price balance improved slightly. Still to come Germany releases December trade data, Switzerland has unemployment numbers and Norway Q4 GDP.

New Zealand: RBNZ held rates at 1.75%, matching widespread expectations. The statement by Governor Wheeler was cautiously upbeat as he said ?Growth in New Zealand has increased as expected?? and ?The outlook remains positive?? As for inflation, it has returned to the target band as past oil prices declines fall-out of the annual calculation. They remain of the view that inflation will gradually return to the midpoint of the target band. On the currency, he said that ?A decline in the exchange rate is needed.? But while the growth and inflation outlook may be looking somewhat better, Wheeler ended his statement with ?Monetary policy will remain accommodative for a considerable period. Numerous uncertainties remain, particularly in respect of the international outlook, and policy may need to adjust accordingly.?

US: WTI crude has rallied to session highs following the EIA inventory report which revealed a large 13.8 mln bbl increase in crude stocks. The contract has topped at $52.65 after bottoming at $51.51 after the data. The market had sold off on the API report on Tuesday, and with today?s EIA report?s corroborating, it appeared short covering was the driver behind the fairly sharp rally. In addition, gasoline and distillate stocks came in lower than expected, a bullish development.

Canada: Yields have extended declines amid risk off trades, with the firm January housing starts report overlooked in favour of global developments, since they have been improved slightly to a 207.4k rate in January from a revised 206.3k clip in December (was 207.0k). Also, the government?s measures to temper the housing market are projected to gradually slow sales and construction. Hence, a firm starts report to begin the year is not likely to worry the BoC. The 10-year GoC has fallen to a session low 1.652%, leaving a 3.5 bp drop from Tuesday?s close. The 2-year is at 0.724%, also a session low, which is good for a 1 bp decline relative to yesterday?s close. Equities have turned (slightly) negative, according to the S&P/TSX 60 index futures after a nearly unchanged perch earlier.

Germany reported: a sa trade surplus of EUR 18.4 bln in December, down from EUR 21.8 bln in the previous month, as exports slumped 3.3% m/m, after a very strong November rise of 3.9% m/m, while imports were unchanged in December. after rising 3.5% m/m in November. Unadjusted data show a total trade surplus of EUR 252.9 bln in 2016, up from EUR 244.3 bln in 2014, as imports rose 1.2% and imports 0.6%. Imports as well as exports stood at record highs, but this is nominal data and impacted by exchange rate and oil price developments and official estimates for 2016 GDP reported a negative contribution from net exports to overall growth last year, which highlights the impact of price movements, but also that for once it wasn?t actually export strength that underpinned the recovery last year.

Main Macro Events Today

US Jobless Claims ? Initial claims data for the week of February 4 is out today and should reveal a slight headline increase to 250k from 246k last week and 260k the week prior to that. Claims have been striking a tight path lately and we expect a February average of 250k, up slightly from 248k in January but down from 258k in December.

Canada NHPI ? A 0.1% increase in the new housing price index is anticipated following the 0.2% gain in November. Bank of Canada Deputy Governor Schembri speaks today at Western University, London, Ontario.

BOE Gov. Carney ? BOE Governor Carney speaks at the Bank of England Reception in London.

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MACRO EVENTS & NEWS OF 10th February 2017.




FX News Today

European Outlook: The global stock market rally that was sparked by President Trump?s reference to ?something? on the tax cut front in the next 2-3 weeks that would be ?phenomenal?, continued in Asia overnight. The Nikkei closed with a more than 2% gain as a lower Yen gave an additional boost, especially to automakers. Markets have also welcomed a perceived softening of Trump?s rhetoric on tariffs on imports from China. The Abe-Trump meeting remains in focus today. U.S. and European stock futures are also moving higher after Trump?s remarks also underpinned closing gains yesterday. Today?s data calendar focuses on the December round of production numbers from the U.K., France and Italy, too backward looking to really change the outlook, leaving the focus on the political arena. Meanwhile the BoE announced that hawk Kristin Forbes, who recently said the BoE may have to hike soon, will leave the MPC after a single term on June 30.

US: Trump signed 3 more executive orders aimed at crime including measures to crack down on transnational crime and drug cartels, reduce crime domestically and prevent violence against law enforcement. This coincided with Sessions being sworn in as Attorney General. The dollar is still higher, however, after Trump?s reference to tax cut announcements in 2-3 weeks, which the markets have been braying for. Additionally, U.S. reports revealed robust wholesale trade and initial claims reports alongside a spike in the weekly Bloomberg consumer comfort index to a new cycle-high that lifted prospects for GDP and payrolls. For wholesale trade, a 2.6% December sales surge that was only partly price-related, and the inventory-to-sales (I/S) ratio plunged to 1.29 after a prior recession-sized climb from 1.20 in mid-2014 to a 1.37 expansion-high in January of 2016. For claims, a 12k drop to 234k in the first week of February left a super-tight path over the three weeks since the end of holiday volatility, with a reading that challenges the 43-year low of 233k in the Veteran?s Day week.

FX Update: USDJPY led the broader dollar rally sparked by Trump?s hint yesterday that ?something? on the tax cut front in the next 2-3 weeks that would be ?phenomenal,? which was followed-up by an unexpected phone all between Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi, where Trump said that he would respect the ?One China? policy, helping ease tensions. This sparked a risk-on trade and a dollar rally, and USDJPY extended in Tokyo to a nine-day peak of 113.80, which is over two big figures up on Tuesday?s 10-week low at 111.59. Japanese stocks, liking the weaker yen and risk-on vibe, surged; the Nikkei 225 closing with a 2.6% gain. Focus will now turn to the meeting between Trump and Abe, later today, which comes little more than a week after Trump accused Japan, along with China, of currency manipulation. In theory, the risk of fresh vitriol from Trump on exchange rates presents downside risk to USDJPY, though his diplomatic tone with China?s Xi may well be repeated with Abe. Elsewhere, EURUSD consolidated in Asia after tumbling back under 1.0700.

Canada: New housing price index improved 0.1% m/m in December after the 0.2% gain in November. By region, gains in Ontario and Alberta led the way higher for the total index. The new housing price index grew at a 3.0% y/y pace in December, matching the 3.0% rate in November and October. The index saw a cycle low 1.1% y/y growth rate in April of 2015, and has tracked higher since as sales and prices have gained momentum. Moreover, the 3.0% growth rates in the final three months of last year were the strongest annual gains since June of 2010?s 3.3% rise. The government housing measures implemented late last year will eventually temper sales and construction, but the impact should be gradual.

Main Macro Events Today

GBP Man. Production & NIESR GDP Estimate ? December round of production numbers from the U.K are coming out, with manufacturing production for December to fall by 1% (i.e. forecast at 0.3%) after the 1.3% in November. Industrial production on the other hand expected to be 3.2% y/y, and 0.2% m/m.

Canada Employment Rates ? Net Change in Employment, Participation rate and unemployment rate will be out today. Employment gains for January expected to be out today, after the 53.7k surge in December. Canada posted employment gains from August to October of last year, and saw a decline in November.

US Trade price data & Budget Statement ? January?s import prices expected to be up 0.1%, with export prices unchanged. This compares to December figures which had import prices up 0.4% and import prices up 0.3% for the month. Oil prices continue to climb which should lend support to the headline however the pace of gains slowed in January. The Monthly Budget statement by FMS is also out today.

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MACRO EVENTS & NEWS OF 13th February 2017.




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?All politics is local,? quipped Tip O?Neill. But, as seen in recent election results, politics have become a very global affair and have underscored President Obama?s line, ?elections have consequences.? Indeed, politics have dominated the landscape since the June 24 Brexit surprise and then the November 8 Trump shocker. So far, the ramifications have been a boon for investors as expectations for a more business friendly environment have manifest in hefty equity gains. While politics will remain a major risk ahead, especially with Brexit negotiations on the immediate horizon, and upcoming elections in the Netherlands (March 15), France (April 23) and Germany (September 24), monetary policy will be at the forefront this week as Fed Chair Yellen presents her Monetary Policy Report (Tuesday).

United States: Fed Chair Yellen should headline this week when she goes the Senate Banking Committee (Tuesday), after which she?ll go to the House Financial Services Committee (Wednesday). Key for the markets will be her outlook on the normalization path, including the balance sheet. The data calendar will be of importance too, led by January CPI and retail sales, which will have longer run implications for Fed policy. Production and housing figures also awaited (all due Wednesday). Price pressures have been on the rise as oil prices have stabilized higher, though the trajectory is still rather shallow, thanks in part to the firmer dollar. Remember too that the February 1 FOMC statement even dropped its mention of transitory effects capping inflation. CPI is forecast rising 0.4%, thanks to higher energy costs, with the core rate up 0.2%. Retail sales are expected to inch up 0.1% in January versus December?s 0.6% jump. February manufacturing reports also are due this week. The Empire State manufacturing index (Wednesday) is projected rising 2.5 points back to 9.0 after slipping 1.5 points to 6.5 in January. The Philly Fed index (Thursday) should tumble to 15.0 after increasing 3.9 points to 23.6 in January, which was the strongest since December 2014. January housing starts (Thursday) should hold steady at the 1.226 mln pace, after rebounding 11.3% to that rate in December. The February NAHB homebuilder sentiment survey is also on tap (Thursday).

Canada: The Canadian calendar has manufacturing and housing data feature on this week?s docket. The January Teranet/National Housing Price Index is due Tuesday. January existing home sales (Wednesday) are projected to expand 3.0% y/y after the 5.0% y/y drop in December. The international securities transactions report for December is due Friday. The Bank of Canada is silent this week. Prime Minister Trudeau meets President Trump in Washington D.C on Monday.

Europe: As pressure on the EU and Eurozone increases and political risks from the inside and outside mount it seems officials are trying to close ranks, at least on the monetary front. ECB?s Mersch signaled that the central bank may drop the reference to the possibility of another rate cut, while Germany is scaling back its ambitions to get the G20 to push for less accommodative policies. Both moves may reflect pragmatic decisions in the light of strong data and a changed global political landscape, but they also bring Draghi and Merkel closer together. At least current leaders seem eager to try and convince the world that while differences of opinion remain, they will fight hard to keep Europe?s unions together beyond what is promising to be a challenging year.

The raft of data releases this week will mainly be backward looking and confirm the picture of an ongoing recovery and rising inflation. The most interesting number may be German ZEW investor confidence for February, which will show how unsettled investors are by the mounting political risks and the growing tensions between the new U.S. administration. The data is releases on Tuesday, which will include German and Eurozone Q4 GDP numbers as well as final German inflation data for January. Italian GDP meanwhile continues to trail behind and expected to be unchanged. This combination should see overall Eurozone Q4 GDP confirmed 0.5% q/q, with domestic demand the main driving factor as the ECB continues to lend a helping hand. The full calendar also includes Eurozone production, trade and current account data for December, but with the focus on the Q4 GDP numbers these are unlikely to move markets or change the outlook. There is also ECBspeak from Nowotny and Coeure, which will be scrutinized for a change in tone.

UK: The UK calendar is highlighted by January inflation data (Tuesday), where a rise in the headline rate to 1.9% y/y is expected, after 1.7% y/y in December. In-line data would be consistent with BoE projections, based on y/y gains in energy prices and the significant y/y decline in sterling. The central bank reaffirmed in the February edition its quarterly Inflation Report that it expects CPI to top out at 2.8% y/y in the first half of 2018. Hawkish-leaning BoE MPC member Forbes subsequently warned that the inflation risks might be higher than the BoE?s projections suggest, although she also said that growth risks might quickly resurface when EU exit negotiations start next month. The monthly labor market report is also due (Wednesday), covering November and January. The headline claimant count is expected to rise by 1.1k in December after falling 10.1k in November. The official November ILO unemployment rate is expected to continue at the cycle low of 4.8%. Average household income in the three months to November is expected at 2.8% y/y growth, unchanged from the rate seen in the prior month. Official retail sales data for January is also up on Friday.

China: China?s docket starts with January loan growth and new yuan loan reports (tentatively Monday) with the former seen up 13.6% y/y from 13.5% y/y, and the latter expected up CNY 2,000 bln from 1,040 bln. January CPI (Tuesday) is expected to heat up to 2.4% y/y from 2.1% y/y, while PPI is seen accelerating to 6.0% y/y from 5.5% y/y in December

Japan: The preliminary Q4 GDP (Monday) is expected at 1.0% y/y, slowing slightly from the 1.3% Q3 outcome. Revised December industrial production (Tuesday) is on tap too. It slipped to a 3.0% y/y pace after bouncing 4.6% y/y in November.

Australia: The calendar has employment (Friday), expected to show a 15.0k gain in January after the 13.5k rise in December. The unemployment rate is seen at 5.8% in January, matching the December reading. The Reserve Bank of Australia?s Head of Economic Analysis Department Alexandra Heath speaks and participates in a panel at the Australian Business Economists (ABE) Forecasting Conference, Sydney (Tuesday). Assistant Governor (Economic) Luci Ellis participates in a panel at the 2017 Australasian Housing Researchers Conference, Melbourne (Wednesday).

New Zealand: This week?s calendar has retail sales (Friday), expected to improve 1.1% in Q4 (q/q, sa) after the 0.9% increase in Q3. The next meeting of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand is on March 23rd. The bank held the OCR steady at 1.75% last week, matching expectations.

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MACRO EVENTS & NEWS OF 14th February 2017.




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European Outlook: The global stock market rally run out of steam in Asia overnight and the Nikkei closed with a 1.13% loss, as markets turn cautious ahead of Yellen?s testimony to lawmakers. A strong Yen added to pressure on Japanese bourses, with other Asian indices only slightly in the red. U.S. and U.K. stock futures are also down, however, and while the overall sentiment still seems cautiously optimistic markets seem to be waiting for a clearer trigger to extend gains. Core European yields moved higher and yield curves steepened yesterday, while peripheral long yields declined and the spread over the German benchmark narrowed, at least in the 10-year area. The picture was very different for 2-year yields, which climbed in France, Italy and Spain, where yield curves flattened as the short end underperformed and spreads widened. Today?s very busy calendar starts with German GDP and inflation data at the start of the session, followed by GDP numbers from Italy, Portugal and the Eurozone, as well as inflation data from Switzerland and the U.K.

FX Update: The dollar is trading at moderately softer levels, despite seeing a flurry of buying just ahead of the London interbank open. USDJPY has retreated to the lower portion of the 113s amid a generally firmer yen today, which has recouped losses sub-113.50 levels as the risk-on vibe of yesterday was replaced by a risk-off one today. The sudden resignation of Trump?s national security advisor Flynn, and a nosedive in Toshiba shares after the conglomerate delayed its earning announcement, soured investor risk appetite. Markets are also being cautious ahead of Fed Yellen?s testimony before the Senate today. Most Asian stock indicies gave up intraday gains and declined into the red, while the Nikkei closed 1.1% for the worse. USDJPY breached both yesterday?s low and its 20-day moving average. Last Friday?s low at 112.88 provides a near-term target. EURUSD recovered above 1.0600 from 1.0591 low, while the dollar has posted an eight-day low versus the Canadian dollar, a two-day low against the Australian dollar, and has seen three-day lows versus sterling.

Germany: The January HICP inflation was confirmed at 1.9% y/y, in line with the preliminary number and up from 1.7% y/y in December. The breakdown confirmed that the rise was to a large extent driven by energy prices. Prices for heating oil rose 42.5% y/y, petrol prices were up 12.8% y/y and excluding mineral oil products, German inflation would have been just 1.3% y/y. So while the German headline HICP rate is pretty much in line with the ECB?s definition of price stability as close to, but below 2%, the numbers back Draghi?s argument that the uptick is due to temporary base effects. And with much of Draghi?s QE program an insurance policy against stability risks, the data won?t stop asset purchases, but the ECB?s critics in Germany will also feel justified as growth is robust.

US: U.S. equities continue to migrate higher into record territory as faith-based algos pile on their buy orders on the shoulders of last week?s ?big league? tax cut promises. The WTI crude has turned turtle and eased back below $53 bbl as the ramp up in domestic shale production nips at the heels of 90% compliance with OPEC supply cuts.US markets closed at record highs with Apple being the main driver, i.e. closed at 133.29 which was a rise of 0.89%.

Canada: Trudeau?s opening remarks were constructive in his joint presser with Trump. The PM said much of Canada?s economy depends on U.S. integration, and that the U.S. and Canada will always be essential partners. The free flow of goods and services must be allowed, he said. In a joint statement, the two leaders said ?As the process continues for the Keystone XL pipeline, we remain committed to moving forward on energy infrastructure projects that will create jobs while respecting the environment.? Border security is a ?top priority.? Equities have moved slightly higher, adding to modest gains. GoC yields remain elevated, with 2 to 3 bp gains across the yield curve relative to Friday?s closing levels. More broadly, risk-on conditions remain supportive of equities and yields.

Main Macro Events Today

German ZEW ? German investor confidence for February will be even more interesting than usual as it should give an indication about the impact of mounting political risks and the growing tensions between the new U.S. administration on sentiment. Expectations are to 15.1 from 16.6 last time.

UK PPI & CPI ? Inflation data expected to rise in the headline rate to 1.9% y/y after 1.6% y/y in December. That would bring CPI to within 0.1% of the BoE?s target. The central bank reaffirmed in the February edition its quarterly Inflation Report that it expects CPI to top out at 2.8% y/y in the first half of 2018.

US Core PPI ? January PPI is out today and should reveal a 0.3% headline with a 0.2% increase for the core. This compares to December figures which had the headline at 0.3% and the core at 0.2% as well. Oil prices have been rebounding this winter but the pace if improvement tapered off in January.

Fed?s Report and Fed?s Yellen ? Fed Chair Yellen goes to Capitol Hill to give her twice-yearly Humphrey-Hawkins testimony to Congress, for the Semiannual Monetary Policy Report before the Senate Banking Committee.

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MACRO EVENTS & NEWS OF 15th February 2017.




FX News Today

European Outlook: Yellen may have signaled that the Fed remains on track to raise rates, but stock markets seem to have taken it in their stride. Asian markets mostly posted robust gains and the Nikkei closed up 1.03% on the day, amid hopes that a weak currency will continue to underpin exporters and earnings. European markets closed narrowly mixed yesterday and U.S. stocks were also higher at the close and against that background Bund and Gilt futures, which were knocked lower by Yellen yesterday are likely to remain under pressure, with long yields on the rise again. Peripheral yields, spreads and curves remain volatile amid political risks and ongoing ECB asset purchases. The local calendar calm down after yesterday?s bumper day. The Swedish Riksbank is expected to keep monetary policy on hold. The U.K. releases its monthly labour market report, and the Eurozone has trade numbers for December and some national inflation data.

Fedspeak: Fed Chair Yellen said yesterday, the Fed will adjust the rate path as the economy evolves, and will evaluate progress at our ?upcoming meetings.? Hence, she has kept March on the table (it?s always been ?live? in the Fed?s rhetoric). She added that further policy adjustment will likely be needed if the economy remains on track. She also warned that it would be ?unwise? to wait too long to tighten. The gradual approach to rate hikes was reiterated as the FOMC expects further moderate expansion in the economy, and a gradual rise in inflation to the 2% target. She also indicated that the economic outlook is uncertain, especially with potential changes in fiscal policy. Some of the headwinds that have restrained growth were mentioned, and she reiterated the ?notable improvement? in business sentiment from the February 1 FOMC statement. She also addressed inflation and its pick up over the past year amid the diminishing effects of earlier declines in energy prices and import prices. For the balance sheet, Chair Yellen hopes the asset purchase program was unusual intervention, and the Fed hopes it will be much smaller, eventually. The Fed doesn?t want to use its portfolio as an active policy tool, but would rather use interest rates. Stopping the reinvestment will be a gradual process. Chair Yellen also reiterated that the Fed remains data dependent, so upcoming reports on CPI, retail sales, and employment will matter a lot.

Germany: The ZEW investor confidence weaker than expected, with the headline reading falling to 10.4 from 16.6 in the previous month. A slight decline to around 15 was expected, but in the event, it seems rising political risks are hitting investors and the ZEW dropped for the first time since July last year, when confidence fell back after the Brexit vote in the U.K. The fact that the reading remains in positive territory, which indicates that optimists continue to outnumber pessimists, but even the current conditions indicator fell back and the Eurozone expectations index dipped to 17.1 from 23.2. More reasons for Mr. Draghi and Co to keep the insurance policy of ongoing asset purchases in place for now.

UK: Sterling dove 0.5% before settling in the wake of the UK inflation data, which saw both the headline and core CPI measures miss expectations, although the former still hit a two-and-a-half-year peak of 1.8% y/y. Cable hit yesterday a low of 1.2445 before steadying, leaving Monday?s low at 1.2440 unchallenged and leaving the pound at about the midway point of the choppy range that?s persisted for nearly three weeks now. Additionally, there is a caveat in the inflation data as PPI output prices spiked to 3.5% y/y, the sharpest rate in five years and suggesting that higher CPI prices are in the pipeline. PPI input prices rose 20.5% y/y, up from 17.0% y/y in December, itself revised up from 15.8%. The start of the UK?s exit negotiations with the EU ? the point that the rubber will hit the tarmac ? is now nearly, with PM May reportedly gunning for a March-7 trigger-date of Article 50.

Main Macro Events Today

US CPI & Retail Sales ? January CPI is out today and should reveal a 0.4% headline with the core up 0.2% for the month. This follows December figures of 0.3% for the headline and 0.2% for the core. January retail sales data should reveal a 0.1% headline increase with the ex-autos component up 0.6% for the month.
US Manufacturing data ? U.S. NY Fed ?Empire State? Index for February expected to climb to 9.0 after January?s dip to 6.5 from 7.6 in December. Producer sentiment firmed into year end and in January we saw the ISM-adjusted average of all measures climb to 54 from 53 in both December and November.
Fed?s Yellen ? Fed Chair Yellen testifies to the House Financial Services Committee.

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MACRO EVENTS & NEWS OF 16th February 2017.




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European Outlook: Global stock markets continue to move higher and after European and U.S. bourses closed with gains, most Asian markets also managed to rise. Japanese bourses were the notable exception, with investors apparently spooked by a rise in indices of future volatility in U.S. markets, which raised doubts about the sustainability of the especially the U.S. run higher. A stronger yen, which weighed on automakers and exporters didn?t help either and the Nikkei closed with a -0.47% loss. U.S. stock futures are indeed in the red, while FTSE 100 futures are still managing gains, after yesterday?s broadly higher close in Europe. The FTSE 100 managed to close above 7300 and the DAX also remains at lofty highs even if gains above the 11800 mark could be held into the close. The Italian MIB underperformed after some rumors that Renzi is pushing for snap elections in September, which would only add to Europe?s political challenges this year. Today?s data calendar is quiet, with Italian trade numbers, as well as Eurozone current account data and inflation numbers from Sweden.

FX Update: The dollar has remained on a back foot, marginally extending the correction from post-U.S. data highs of yesterday. USDJPY has fallen back under 114.00, logging a low of 113.76 in Tokyo trade today. The move comes after the pair topped out at near three-week highs of 114.95 in the aftermath of yesterday?s hotter U.S. CPI outcome. Good selling was reported from the highs, with profit taking ramping up into the key 115.00 level, where a wave of Japanese exporter offers is reportedly sitting. The 50-day moving average is at 114.88. EURUSD has breached above yesterday?s peak in making 1.0624. AUDUSD rallied to a three-month peak at 0.7732, since settling just under 0.7700.

Fedspeak: During Fed Chair Yellen?s testimony, to House Financial Services Committee, she did state that she believes much of the rally on Wall Street is a function of hopeful fiscal policy expectations. The firmer dollar, meanwhile, reflects expectations of Fed rate hikes. She hopes that the economy will allow the Fed to raise rates faster. On the border tax, she sees great uncertainties with respect to impacts on trade and currency flows. Unfortunately, much of the day?s testimony saw grandstanding from many committee members who seemed more interested in throwing barbs at the new administration, rather than discussing key issues of monetary policy and the economy. Hence, there weren?t any fresh insights on how Yellen viewed today?s stronger than expected data and if the reports upped the chances for a March tightening. Meanwhile, Fed?s Harker repeated he supports 3 rate hikes this year, assuming the economy remains on track, in his speech on the economic outlook. The economy is more or less back at full strength he said, forecasting GDP growth a little above 2%. And he expects the inflation target to be met later this year or next. He does think the economy needs more workers and immigration could help.

US reports: revealed a wide array of upside surprises that have boosted prospects for the consumer and factory sectors in the face of rising confidence, small business optimism and producer sentiment, with a solid inventory reversal and a big bounce in the inflation gauges into 2017 that lift the risks of a Fed tightening at the March FOMC meeting. We saw January retail sales gains of 0.4% overall and 0.8% ex-autos after upward revisions, alongside a 0.4% December business inventory rise that lifted Q1 GDP estimate to 2.2% from 2.0% after an expected Q4 boost to 2.2% from 1.9%. We saw a 0.3% January industrial production drop that reflected temporary weather and auto hits, but with upward revisions that left a strong report, alongside a February Empire State surge to a 29-month high of 18.7 with an ISM-adjusted pop to 54.5. We saw a 0.6% January CPI gain with a 0.3% core price rise that left respective y/y gains of 2.6% for the headline and a cycle-high 2.3% for the core.

Main Macro Events Today

ECB Report ? ECB Monetary Policy Meeting Accounts Report.
US Philly Fed Index ? February U.S. Philadelphia Fed Index is expected to dip to 15.0 after a January surge to 23.6 from 19.7 in December. The Empire State index for the month was already released and posted a big headline bounce to 18.7 from 6.5 in January. Producer sentiment in February now looks poised to hit a two-year high with the ISM-adjusted average of all measures rising to 55 from 55 in January.

US Housing Starts & Unemployment Claims ? January housing starts data should reveal a 1,226k headline for the month. This would be an unchanged pace following the 11.3% bounce to this level in December from 1.102k in November. Initial claims data for the week February 11 expected to rise to 247k after a big dip to 234k in the week prior. Claims in February are expected to average a stronger 244k in February from 247k in January and 258k in December.

NZ Retail Sales ? New Zealand?s Retail Sales for last quarter of 2016, expected to rise by 0.2%, i.e. 1.1% from 0.9% last quarter.

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MACRO EVENTS & NEWS OF 17th February 2017.




FX News Today

European Outlook: Asian stock markets headed south. U.S. stock futures are also in the red and only the FTSE 100 future is posting marginal gains. The correction in stock markets seems to be continuing Reflation trades have run out of steam for now and investors remain hesitant as indices remain at lofty highs. It may need another trigger though, to push the FTSE 100 lastingly above 7300 and the DAX above 11800. The correction on bourses should continue to underpin bond futures, with long yields heading south again yesterday especially in Eurozone peripherals after yesterday?s BoE minutes confirmed that the central bank is considering temporary deviations from QE purchases according to the bank?s capital key. Today?s calendar includes Eurozone current account and BoP data as well as U.K. retail sales and Swedish inflation data.

FX Update: The dollar has consolidated losses, with major pairings showing less than a net 0.2% chance since the New York close yesterday as London interbank traders take to their desks. USDJPY has settled in the mid 113s after logging a low of 113.07 in the New York PM session yesterday, which completed a near two-big figure drop from Wednesday?s peak. EURUSD has steadied in a narrow range shy of yesterday?s 1.0670 high. It?s a similar picture in other pairings. We retain a bullish view on the dollar the back of the contrasting Fed versus most other central bank policy outlooks, with the former expected to trigger three more 25 bp hikes this year.

US reports: revealed a round of big upside surprises for business and consumer sentiment, alongside solid labor market and housing sector readings, hence adding to the robust round of data released on Wednesday. We saw a February Philly Fed surge to 43.3 that left the strongest reading since January of 1984, when payrolls rose 446k and GDP growth reached 8.2%, and the ISM-adjusted measure rose to a 6-year high of 57.8, leaving a spike reminiscent of the small business optimism surge. We saw a rise in yesterday?s Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index to a 10-year high of 48.1. We saw small 5k rise in initial claims to a lean 239k in the second week of February, leaving an average thus far for the month of just 237k. Finally, we saw a 2.6% January housing starts drop with a 4.6% permits increase that beat estimates thanks to upward revisions to prior starts figures that left a strong trajectory for both measures to likely Q1 new cycle-highs, after solid but weather-boosted Q4 figures.

New Zealand and Japan: New Zealand?s calendar has Producer Price Index during the weekend (Sunday). Additionally, Japan will release adjusted Merchandise Balances and Import, Exports data for January late on Sunday as well.

Main Macro Events Today

UK Retail Sales ? The UK?s official retail sales report for January is up today, where a 0.9% m/m is expected, rebound after the unexpectedly sharp 1.9% m/m drop in December, though be warned as already-released January surveys of the sector by the CBI and BRC suggest downside risk.

US CB Leading Indicator ? US Leading Indicator released by the Conference Board for January, expected to be unchanged following the 0.5% in December.

Canada Foreign securities ? Canadian calendar today, features International Securities transactions for December, where $11.59B expected from $7.24B reported last time.

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