October 2016 Eurozone Markit manufacturing, services and composite PMI flash report 24 October 2016
New orders 53.6 vs 53.4 prior
Services 53.5 vs 52.4 exp. Prior 52.2
New orders 53.2 vs 52.5 prior
Composite 53.7 vs 52.8 exp. Prior 52.6
New orders 53.3 vs 52.8 prior
All’s well in the land of the Eurozone. What’s most notable from the report was that prices charged rose for the first time since Aug 2015 and prices paid saw the steepest gain for 15 months. That’s the sort of thing the ECB will be taking note of, although Markit note that most of the rises came on the back of commodity price rises led by oil. However, they noted that wages were on the up too.
Markit’s Chris Williamson was upbeat about the report;
“We believe the UK must continue to allow the movement of labour without overly restrictive barriers… In addition to ensuring that businesses in the UK will be able to employ EU nationals without undue bureaucratic burdens in the future, reassurances should be extended to the approximately three million EU nationals today in the UK, representing about 6.6 per cent of the workforce,” the document reads.
According to the document, which is due to be submitted to the Britain’s Cabinet Office later this week, after leaving the European Union the United Kingdom will need “unfettered access” to the European market of goods and services to preserve and attract US investments. The chamber expressed in the document its concern over whether UK regulations on various spheres could stay in line with EU rules and not create any additional barriers to business operation, as reported by Financial Times. The US businesses are also worried about the consequences of Britain’s losing access to skilled workers from the other EU countries. On June 23, the nationwide referendum on EU membership was held in the United Kingdom, in which 51.9 percent of voters said the country should leave the bloc. UK Prime Minister Theresa May said she intends to trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty and, thus, begin the process of leaving the European Union by late March 2017.
While the probability of a November rate-hike has collapsed to just 8.5% (as Dec holda round 65%) it appears regional Federal Reserves have a very different perspective of when Janet should hike. Nine of the Fed’s 12 regional banks sought a quarter-point increase in the discount rate in September, up from eight in August, based on minutes of their board meetings published by Fed. This is the same number as right before the December hike in 2015.
As Bloomberg reports, The Atlanta Fed joined the calls for an increase in the discount rate, pushing the number of regional banks asking for a hike to its highest since December 2015. That month was the last time the Fed raised the federal funds rate, a separate interest rate that is its primary policy tool. Discount rate votes can be viewed as a signal of whether a bank’s president favors a change in the main rate.
Atlanta joined banks seeking a 1.25% rate. Other banks supporting the hike were Boston, Cleveland, Dallas, Kansas City, Philadelphia, Richmond, St. Louis and San Francisco: minutes
Strengthening economy, labor markets seen as fostering gradual return to 2% inflation: minutes
Chicago, Minneapolis, New York wanted no change
Economic outlook, below-target inflation seen as supporting need to maintain accommodative policy: minutes
Directors generally said economic activity was expanding at a moderate pace, though reports varied “somewhat” across sectors and regions
Details of the September 2016 UK CPI RPI and HPI data report 18 October 2016
0.2% vs 0.1% exp m/m. Prior 0.3%
Core 1.5% vs 1.4% exp y/y. Prior 1.3%
RPI 0.2% vs 0.1% exp m/m. Prior 0.4%
2.0% vs 2.0% exp y/y. Prior 1.8%
RPI ex-mortgages 0.2% vs 0.5% prior m/m
2.2% vs 2.2% exp y/y. Prior 1.8%
HPI 8.4% vs 7.8% exp y/y. Prior 8.3%. Revised to 8.0%
Overall taking this report, it should be pound supportive but we’re not seeing anything after the initial spike to 1.2276. That might suggest that a lot of today’s rally was already expecting these higher numbers. House prices higher rules out the Brexit expectations of seeing the property market tumble, which again is another positive for the pound. The PPI numbers might be what’s holding things back as perhaps the market was expecting to see more of a pass through from the quid.
The ONS highlight clothing, Hotels, motor fuels and gas prices as the main drivers of inflation.
China’s President Xi Jinping warned Sunday that the global economy remained in a precarious condition as leaders of the BRICS group of nations tried to find ways to fire up growth in the troubled bloc.
Speaking at a summit in the Indian state of Goa, Xi told his host Narendra Modi and the leaders of Russia, Brazil and South Africa that the club of emerging powers had been undermined by both domestic and international woes.
But the leader of the world’s second largest economy said the long-term forecast for BRICS members was positive as he called for more confidence-building measures.
“The global economy is still going through a treacherous recovery,” Xi said in a statement at the summit on India’s west coast.
“Because of the impact of both internal and external factors, BRICS countries have somewhat slowed down in economic growth and have faced a number of new challenges in development.”
Fitch Ratings on Friday lifted its outlook on Russia’s credit rating to “stable” from “negative,” citing the country’s “coherent and credible policy response to the sharp fall in oil prices.”
Fitch also reaffirmed Russia’s credit rating at “BBB-”, the lowest investment grade level. The move comes as good news for Russia since both S&P Global Ratings and Moody’s Investors Service have the sovereign rated in the speculative-grade bracket.
The credit ratings group applauded Russia’s use of various tools, like a flexible exchange rate, inflation targeting and fiscal consolidation, which “allowed the economy to adjust and domestic confidence to return gradually.”
“The strength and quality of the policy response stands out relative to those of other oil producers similarly affected by the oil price shock,” Fitch said.
Russia’s economy has taken a powerful blow from the decline in oil prices, which remain at roughly half of their 2014 peak even after a rally in recent months.
The European country’s economy contracted 3.7 per cent last year, Bloomberg data show. The contraction is forecast to ease to a 0.6 per cent rate this year, before returning to growth of 1.3 per cent in 2017, according to the consensus forecast of economists.