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What Happened Today In A Few Bullet Points

By Marc ChandlerStock MarketsJul 04, 2022 01:54PM ET
What Happened Today In A Few Bullet Points
By Marc Chandler   |  Jul 04, 2022 01:54PM ET
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1. The most important thing to appreciate is that the market has moved to price in not one, but two hikes next year.  The first is priced into the September Fed funds futures and the second is in the December Fed funds futures. This is in response to weaker-than-expected data that have elevated recession fears. The Atlanta Fed GDP now puts Q2 growth at -2.1%. Banks have revised down their forecasts, but none of the 59 economists in the Bloomberg survey have forecast a negative number. The June employment report is the data highlight and the median forecast in Bloomberg’s survey is at 273,000. The year-over-year pace of average weekly earnings is expected to have slowed for the third consecutive month. 
2. The euro fell to almost $1.0365 ahead of the weekend but remained above $1.04 on Monday.  The European Central Bank meets July 21. Most expect a 25bp hike, but the focus is on the tool/efforts to prevent divergence of European interest rates, which the ECB argues disrupts its transmission mechanism of monetary policy.  Meanwhile, on another front, Germany reported its first monthly trade deficit in 21 years in May as exports fell (0.5%) and imports rose (2.7%). A trade shortfall of 1 billion euros was recorded instead of a 1.6-billion euro surplus that was expected. Some have blamed the Germany trade surplus for a number of world ills, including the U.S. trade deficit. Ironically, the German trade deficit is a reflect of problems (higher energy prices, weaker demand abroad).
3. The U.S. 10-year yield fell 25bp last week, the most since March 2020.  The yen was the only major currency to gain (albeit slightly) to rise against the dollar.  The CFTC data showed that for the seventh consecutive week, the net short yen position was reduced. It now stands at the lowest of the year at a still substantial 52.6k contracts (less than half of the mid-May peak). It is the longest bout of short covering since 2019. The dollar toyed with its 20-day moving average on Monday (slightly below JPY135) for the second consecutive session. It has not closed below this moving average since the end of May. Japan has Upper House elections on Sunday, July 10. A Yomiuri newspaper polls projects the LDP and its partner, Komeito Party will secure 65-80 of the 125 seats in contention. 
4. The U.S. dollar peaked before the weekend near CAD1.2965 before pulling back. It continued to unwind its gains on Monday, and at one point, dipped briefly below CAD1.2840. The Bank of Canada’s quarterly survey, released on Monday, found business and executive inflation expectations are still rising. The market has 75bp hike nearly fully discounted for the July 13 central bank meeting. That said, the BA futures have 33 bp cut discounted in Q4 2023, but the chances of a Q3 2023 move as in the US, is seen at a little better than 70%. The highlight of the week is the jobs report on Friday. In May, Canada reported blowout numbers, creating 135,000 full-time jobs. The unemployment rate stands at 5.1%, the lowest since the mid-1970s when the time series began. The U.S. dollar has not settled below its 20-day moving average (~CAD1.2865) since June 9. The CAD1.2800 area is important technical support, and a break could see CAD1.2680-CAD1.2730. 

5. At the end of last week, the Australian dollar fell to new two-year lows (~$0.6765).  It recovered to closed around $0.6815, and to almost $0.6890 on Monday.  Early tomorrow, the Reserve Bank of Australia will hike the policy rate (cash rate). It has 40bp of tightening discounted.  That implies 100% confidence of a 25bp move and a 60% chance of a 50bp hike instead of 25bp. The final composite (and services PMI) will be reported shortly before the central bank’s decision. The composite PMI downshifted in May to 52.9 from 55.9. The preliminary estimate was at 52.6.   

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