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  • DAILY US OPENING NEWS - 05/04/11 0 comments
    Apr 5, 2011 7:57 AM

     

     

    ·   The PBOC raised its one-year deposit and lending rates by 25 basis points each, effective from tomorrow

     

    ·   According to an article in Jornal de Negocios, Portugal's biggest banks will stop buying government debt in coming months and they are urging the government to seek a short term loan until parliamentary elections. However, the European Commission said no short term loan is available for Portugal without a request for the EU aid

     

    ·   Moody's downgraded Portuguese bond rating to Baa1 from A3, still under review

     

    ·   GBP/USD gained around 45 pips following stronger than expected services PMI data from the UK

     

    ·   RANsquawk EU Morning Briefing Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_EHtHeSNUVY

     

    Market Re-Cap

     

    One of the main events today has been the PBOC raising its one-year deposit and lending rates by 25 basis points each, which weighed upon commodities, commodity-linked currencies as well as basic materials and oil & gas sectors. In other news, European equities came under pressure, led by financials, following an article in Jornal de Negocios that Portugal's biggest banks will stop buying government debt in coming months and they are urging the government to seek a short term loan until parliamentary elections. This news allied with worse than expected services PMI data from peripheral Eurozone countries like Spain and Ireland, as well as Moody's downgrade of Portuguese bond rating resulted in weakness in EUR and widening of the Portuguese/German 10-year government bond yield spread. Elsewhere, GBP/USD rose around 45 pips and Gilt futures fell 15 pips following stronger than expected services PMI data from the UK.

     

    Moving ahead, markets look forward to the minutes of the FOMC meeting, as well as another Fed's Outright Treasury Coupon Purchase operation in the maturity range of May'18 - Feb'21, with a  purchase target of USD 6.5-8.5bln.

     

    Asian Headlines

     

    Japanese finance minister Noda said he wants BOJ to continue supporting economy via monetary policy, adding that  he plans to seek G7’s continued cooperation at the coming G7 meeting. (RTRS)

     

    In other news, Japanese economics minister Yosano said that the JPY recent weakening means that rising crude oil prices may directly hurt Japans economy Also, Japans National Strategy minister, Geinba said Japan would consider issuing government debt to help finance an extra budget for disaster relief if spending cuts are not enough. He also said the size of the extra budget could be bigger than people have speculated. (RTRS)

     

    US Headlines:

     

    Fed’s Bernanke said he expects the recent spike in inflation to be ‘transitory’ and Fed will act if he’s wrong. He further said that the US must address fiscal issues or risk slower growth and potentially even a crisis, adding that commodity price increases generated primarily by global supply and demand. (RTRS)

     

    In other news, a Republican budget plan due to be unveiled on Tuesday would cut USD 5.8trl from US spending over the next 10 years, a congressional aide familiar with the proposal said. The plan, which would take effect when the next fiscal year starts on Oct. 1, is expected to propose sweeping changes to the Medicare and Medicaid health programs, as well as hard caps on government spending and tax cuts. It is also worth noting that according to an article in the Washington Post, there is general agreement that the government would almost definitely shut down if Democrats and Republicans don’t reach a budget deal by tonight. (RTRS/Washington Post)

     

    Also in the news, Treasury Secretary Geithner said the US will hit the legal limit on its ability to borrow no later than May 16. However, he said that default by the US is unthinkable.  (RTRS)

     

    EU and UK Headlines:

     

    ECB allotted EUR 84.533bln in its 7-day refinancing operation vs. Exp. EUR 100bln. (RTRS)

     

    ·   Eurozone Services PMI (Mar F) M/M 57.2 vs Exp. 56.9 (Prev. 56.8)

    ·   Germany Services PMI (Mar F) M/M 60.1 vs Exp. 60.1 (Prev. 58.6)

    ·   France Services PMI (Mar F) M/M 60.4 vs Exp. 60.7 (Prev. 59.7), 7 month high

    ·   Italian Services PMI (Mar) M/M 53.3 vs Exp.51.8 (Prev. 53.1)

    ·   UK Services PMI (Mar) M/M 57.1 vs Exp.52.5 (Prev. 52.6) (RTRS)

     

    ·   Austrian bond auction for EUR 0.8bln, 3.2% 20-Feb-17, bid/cover 2.306 vs. Prev. 2.66 (yield 3.210% vs. Prev. 2.974%)

    ·   Austrian bond auction for EUR 0.7bln, 3.65% 20-Apr-22, bid/cover 3.057 vs. Prev. 2.70 (yield 3.812% vs. Prev. 3.647%)

    ·   UK Conventional Gilt Auction for GBP 3.5bln, 3.75% Sep'21, bid/cover 1.72 vs. Prev. 2.04 (RTRS)

     

    EQUITIES

     

    European equities traded under pressure, led by financials, due to ongoing sovereign and fiscal concerns surrounding Eurozone peripheral states, which also observed the Spanish IBEX 25 index to underperform its peers. According to an article in Jornal de Negocios saying that Portugal's biggest banks will stop buying government debt in coming months and they are urging the government to seek a short term loan until parliamentary elections, weighed upon sentiment. Worse than expected services PMI data from the Eurozone peripheral countries also weighed upon peripheral indices.

     

    Elsewhere, basic materials and oil & gas sectors came under pressure after the PBOC hiked its one-year lending and deposit rates by 25 basis points each. Moving into the North American open, equities continue to trade in negative territory with weakness observed in financials and basic materials.

     

    Index

    DAX

    CAC

    FTSE

    EUROSTOXX

    SMI

    Level

    7148.24

    4018.33

    5997.15

    2936.23

    6414.66

    Change (ticks)

    -27.09

    -24.59

    -19.83

    -19.61

    0.06

     

    FX

     

    GBP/USD gained around 45 pips following stronger than expected services PMI data from the UK, allied with market talk of a UK clearer buying in the pair. In other news, EUR remained under pressure due to ongoing sovereign and fiscal concerns surrounding Eurozone peripheral states. Elsewhere, commodity-linked currencies came under pressure after the PBOC hiked its one-year lending and deposit rates by 25 basis points each.

     

    ·   Australia RBA Cash Target (Apr) M/M 4.75% vs. Prev. 4.75% (RTRS)

     

    Currency

    EURUSD

    GBPUSD

    USDJPY

    Level

    1.4175

    1.6230

    84.31

    Change (pips)

    -0.0046

    0.0098

    0.2500

     

    COMMODITIES

     

    WTI crude futures traded under pressure overnight on the back of analysts forecasting an increase in US crude oil inventories, and came under further pressure in the European session after the PBOC raised its one year deposit and lending rates by 25 basis points each.

     

    Geopolitical News:

     

    ·   According to rebel fighters, an air strike destroyed two government military vehicles in the east Libyan oil town of Brega.

    ·   A government spokesman said, Libya is ready to hold elections and reform its political system but only its own people can decide whether Gaddafi can stay at the helm.  

     

    Oil & Gas News:

     

    ·   According to former Saudi oil minister, oil could leap to USD 200-300 a barrel if Saudi Arabia is hit by serious political unrest.

    ·   French Prime Minister said the government is planning for oil companies to pay a “special contribution’ to limit the rise in oil prices.

    ·   According to a source Libya’s opposition is set to export its first oil since the rebellion against Muammer Gaddafi began one month ago.

    ·   According to a source, oil prices have hit an all time high in GBP terms, further squeezing incomes and increasing pressure on Bank of England to raise interest rates. The 17% fall of GBP against the USD over the past two years has raised the GBP price per barrel to GBP 74.60 higher than the record set in 2008.

     

    Commodity

    WTI Nymex

    OTC Spot Gold

    Level

    107.78

    1432.45

    Change (NYSEARCA:USD)

    -0.69

    -1.50

     

     

    LOOKING AHEAD

     

    Economic Releases

     

    CDT

    BST

     

    DATA

    EXP

    PREV

    0755

    1355

    US

    Redbook W/W (Apr 5)

     

    -0.3%

    0755

    1355

    US

    Redbook W/W (Apr 5)

     

    2.6%

    0900

    1500

    US

    ISM Non-Manufacturing Composite M/M (Mar)

    59.5

    59.7

    1300

    1900

    US

    Minutes of FOMC Meeting

     

     

    1530

    2130

    US

    API Crude Oil Inventories W/W (Apr 1)

     

    5691K

    1530

    2130

    US

    API Gasoline Inventories W/W (Apr 1)

     

    -1953K

    1530

    2130

    US

    API Distillate Inventory W/W (Apr 1)

     

    -112K

    1530

    2130

    US

    API Cushing Crude Inventory W/W (Apr 1)

     

    1689K

     

    Speakers

    0715

    1315

    NOR

    Norges Bank Governor Olsen

    0725

    1325

    US

    Fed’s Lockhart

    0900

    1500

    US

    Treasury Secretary Geithner

    1145

    1745

    US

    Fed’s Kocherlakota

    1145

    1745

    US

    Fed’s Lockhart

    1200

    1800

    US

    Fed’s Plosser

    1230

    1830

    EU

    ECB’s Draghi

     

    Auction

    1000

    1600

    US

    Fed’s Outright Trea. Coup. Purch. May’18-Feb’21 (USD 6.5-8.5bln)

     

    Earnings

    US

    Walgreen (Sales)

     

    **Notes: Chinese Market Holiday

     

    Prices taken at 1233BST

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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