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DAILY US OPENING NEWS - 05/06/12

· G7 source says Germany is pushing Spain to accept a rescue from the European bailout fund and Madrid is resisting.

· Spanish Budget Minister Montoro says at current borrowing costs, the market door is not open to Spain.

· Volumes remain thin as the UK takes its second bank holiday.

· RANsquawk European Morning Briefing Video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=womPN-CzlvI

Market Re-Cap

With volumes remaining light as UK participants take their second day off, the main themes of trade this morning have been modestly risk-averse with horizontal trade noted in the last few hours. The primary focus of the morning has remained on Spain, with commentary from the country's budget minister Montoro reigniting concerns over the Spanish economy by saying that a Spanish bailout would be 'technically unfeasible'. As such, fixed income markets are seen stronger with generally softer equities coupled with weakness in the EUR throughout the morning's trade.

In terms of data, disappointing services PMIs as well as a lower than expected German factory orders reading has not helped sentiment, and looking ahead in the US session, USD strength is noted, in turn weighing on commodities which were seen higher in the early hours following positive Chinese data and an RBA rate cut overnight.

Market participants now look forward to any imminent comments from the G7 conference call discussions, however it should be noted that officials have highlighted that these calls are part of regular exchanges, and are not a cause for concern. Elsewhere, ISM Non-manufacturing data from the US is due at 1500BST.

Asian Headlines

As a strong JPY and runaway deficits darken Japan's economic prospects, a growing number of lawmakers are pushing for greater control over the BoJ, just 14 years after the central bank first won independence. The moves come as politicians complain that the BoJ is not acting aggressively enough to combat the country's persistent deflation. (WSJ)

Chinese HSBC Services PMI (May) M/M 54.7 (Prev. 54.1) (Newswires)

Fitch has said broad credit growth in China continues to decelerate, adding to recent pressures on the domestic economy. A Fitch analyst has said that since the global crisis, the Chinese economy has become increasingly reliant on abundant, cheap financing to propel GDP growth. Therefore, it is not a surprise to see GDP growth slowing in tandem with broad credit growth. (Newswires)

EU and UK Headlines

Moves by senior EU leaders to develop a banking union across the continent face robust opposition from banks in Germany over fears that they would be put on a hook to support rivals in weaker countries. (FT-More) German banks are adamant that deposit-guarantee schemes should remain ring-fenced for use domestically and not be available to help bank customers elsewhere.

The Spanish budget minister Montoro has said at current borrowing costs, the market door is not open to Spain, adding that neither France nor Germany has asked Spain to seek an international bailout. (Newswires)

According to sources, Spanish PM Rajoy is pressing for a direct European rescue for the country's banking system with moral support from the European Commission, but Germany is reluctant. (Handelsblatt) However it was also noted that other media reports say Berlin is instead urging Madrid to request a full international bailout.

European data has not helped buoy sentiment, with Eurozone retail sales disappointing, Services PMIs coming in distinctly mixed and a continued signal of contraction across many of the major countries. On top of this, Germany released their latest factory orders figures, coming below expectations for April, but March's figures were revised markedly upwards. (Newswires)

-Eurozone Retail Sales (Apr) M/M -1.0% vs. Exp. -0.1% (Prev. 0.3%)

-Eurozone Retail Sales (Apr) Y/Y -2.5% vs. Exp. -1.1% (Prev. -0.2%)

-Eurozone Services PMI (May) M/M 46.7 vs. Exp. 46.5 (Prev. 46.9)

-German Services PMI (May F) M/M 51.8 vs. Exp. 52.2 (Prev. 52.2)

-French Services PMI (May) M/M 45.1 vs. Exp. 45.2 (Prev. 45.2)

-Italian Services PMI (May) M/M 42.8 vs. Exp. 41.8 (Prev. 42.3)

-German Factory Orders SA (Apr) M/M -1.9% vs. Exp. -1.1% (Prev. 2.2%, Rev. to 3.2%)

-German Factory Orders NSA (Apr) Y/Y -3.8% vs. Exp. -3.8% (Prev. -1.3%, Rev. to -0.2%)

EQUITIES

European cash equities are seen mixed heading into the US open, with underperformance noted in the DAX and EuroStoxx, both of which are in negative territory. The peripheral bourses as well as the CAC-40 have managed to tip over into the green, but remain only marginally higher. The oil & gas sector is seen as the strongest performer of the day so far, with weakness observed in the utilities and telecommunications sectors. US stock futures are indicating a lower open in Wall Street, with S&P500 futures underperforming.

In individual equities news, the ever-volatile Banca Monte dei Paschi are seen trading strongly after the European morning, following overnight reports that Deutsche Bank and a BNP Paribas unit are looking into the Italian bank's Northern Italy branches, according to Italian press (Il Sole 24 Ore). Banca Monte dei Paschi shares are currently seen higher by 4.6%.

One of the top losers today is E.ON, who have revealed that they found trading irregularities caused by a single trader, estimating the loss to be in the "lower range of double digit millions". Following the news, E.ON shares spiked sharply lower, and despite paring a significant portion of the losses, are still seen lower by around 2% on the session.

 

 

Index

DAX

CAC

FTSE

EUROSTOXX

SMI

Level

5930.65

2967.4

N/A

2076.26

5717.19

Change (ticks)

-47.58

12.91

N/A

-2.70

3.85

**Note: For US equity news in detail, refer to the RANsquawk Daily US Equity Opening News report.

FX

The USD index is seen markedly stronger, currently higher by over 0.6% following the European morning, with risk-aversion noted among the European exposed currencies, as both EUR/USD and GBP/USD hover just above session lows going into the US open. EUR/USD now trades just above a touted option expiry at the 1.2400 level for the 10am NY cut, with Monday's low of 1.2375 seen as the next level of support to the downside.

Despite an RBA rate cut overnight, AUD/USD headed into the European open stronger, with some analysts forecasting the RBA to go further than the 25bps cut. The market-wide USD-strength has weighed on the pair progressing through the European morning, and has now slipped into negative territory on the day and now trades just above a touted option expiry at the 0.9700 level for the 10am NY cut.

Currency

EURUSD

GBPUSD

USDJPY

Level

1.2424

1.5345

78.26

Change (pips)

-0.0075

-0.0039

-0.0800

COMMODITIES

WTI and Brent crude futures are trading just below unchanged ahead of the NYMEX pit open, having pared gains seen following relative strength in overnight Chinese data as European equities slide lower and the USD index continues to strengthen throughout the European morning.

Oil & Gas News:

· Oil prices are unlikely to collapse as they did in 2008 because long-term fundamentals have not changed and supply will struggle to meet a projected increase in global demand, according to the CEO of Royal Dutch Shell.

· Saudi Aramco have raised their differential used to determine July OSPs to Asia for its Arab Light Crude, according to the company.

· A US senator called on President Obama to replace the chairman of the CFTC with an official who will crack down more quickly on speculation in oil and commodities markets.

· The US is set to become a net liquefied natural gas exporter over the next five years as lower prices due to the shale gas revolution stoke demand, with China's gas consumption set to double, according to the IEA.

· Enterprise Products have raised the time it would take for oil to reach Houston from Cushing, OK on the reversed Seaway pipeline to "approximately two weeks".

· Iran has nominated its former oil minister Nozari as their candidate for OPEC chief.

Commodity

WTI Nymex

OTC Spot Gold

 

Level

83.57

1617.78

 

Change (NYSEARCA:USD)

-0.41

-1.07

 

**Note: For commodities news in detail, refer to the RANsquawk Daily Energy Commentary report

LOOKING AHEAD

Economic Releases

CDT

BST

 

DATA

EXP

PREV

0730

1330

CA

Building Permits (Apr) M/M

-1.5%

4.7%

0755

1355

US

Redbook (Jun 1) W/W

 

-0.9%

0755

1355

US

Redbook (Jun 1) Y/Y

 

3.2%

0800

1400

CA

Bank of Canada Rate (Jun) M/M

1.00%

1.00%

0800

1500

US

ISM Non-Manufacturing Composite (May) M/M

53.5

53.5

1530

2130

US

API Crude Oil Inventories (Jun 1) W/W

 

-353K

1530

2130

US

API Gasoline Inventories (Jun 1) W/W

 

2058K

1530

2130

US

API Distillate Inventory (Jun 1) W/W

 

-1321K

1530

2130

US

API Cushing OK Crude Inventory (Jun 1) W/W

 

-557K

 

Speakers

0800

1400

GE

German Chancellor Merkel & German Economy Minister Roesler hold talks with Unions

0830

1430

EU

EU's Rehn, ECB's Asmussen, IMF's Lagarde speak at conference

1100

1700

US

Congressional Budget Office releases 2012 Long-Term Budget Outlook

1130

1730

US

Portuguese Finance Minister Gaspar speaks in Geneva

1200

1800

US

US Treasury's Brainard

1215

1815

US

Fed's Evans

1315

1915

US

Fed's Bullard on Housing

N/A

N/A

EU

EU's Barnier

 

Auctions

1000

1600

US

Fed's Outright Trea. Coup. Purch. Aug'20 - May'22 (USD 4.50-5.50bln)

1030

1630

US

USD 30bln 4-Week Bill Auctions

 

Earnings

UK

N/A

EU

N/A

SZ

N/A

US

N/A

Prices taken at 1233BST

** Note: Market Closed UK

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