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Finance Update – The Historical Cycle at PlaySeptember 8, 2020
Americas – Trump on the warpath… again
With daily COVID deaths in the US at a 2-month low, US index futures are up this morning after the Labour Day banking holiday saved benchmarks from Friday’s bloodbath.
The US Dollar added another 0.4% during the Asian session after US Pres D. Trump told his Labour Day audience that if re-elected he would entirely “decouple” the economy from China and target companies manufacturing there.
Europe – Brexit bogged down… again
European indices yesterday took advantage of the US marketA location or entity where people and entities can negotiate and trade assets of value. holiday to rise quite spectacularly across the board. The FTSE added 2.39%with the DAX up 2.01% and the CAC – 1.79%.
Industrial production in Germany fell to a 1.2% increase, down from June’s 9.3% MoM, and the nation’s trade surplusA trade balance that is positive as a result of income (exports on the national level) being greater... surprisingly improved to a seasonally adjusted €18 bn in July as both imports and export growth contracted dramatically.
France’s July Trade deficitA trade balance that is negative as a result of cost (imports, on the national level) being greater ... improved in July to €6.2 bn.
Britain’s Halifax House Price Index pleased with a 1.6% expansion in August. Like-for-like retail sales in the Isles, however, fell to 4.7%, missing the 5.7% increase expected.
Asia – Australia suffering from COVID
Asian indices are basking in yesterday’s European uptrend with only the A50 showing signs of wear and tear – losing 1.43%. Otherwise, the ASX is up 1.06% and green in general rules the boards.
China’s foreign exchange reserves missed the mark, only increasing by $11 bn to $2.165 tn.
And Japan’s GDP contracted by 7.9% QoQ in Q2 – not as bad as the 8.1% expected. The nation swung from a ¥77.3 bn deficit in June to a ¥137.3 bn surplus in July. On the other hand, household spending contracted by a whopping 7.6% YoY in July and cash earnings by 1.3%.
In Australia, business conditions missed expectations at -6 points, but business confidence improved to -8 from -14 in July.
Commodities – Shalers stocking up on drilling permits – just in case
Oil prices continue to fall as Summer holidays come to an end and “driving season” winds down. HedgeTo protect one’s investments against losses by investing simultaneously in a (usually) related ins... funds last week sold a record 40 mn barrels’ worth of futures and options contracts, according to Reuters. On the other hand, US shale producers are preparing for a Biden takeover by stocking up on drilling permits.
Corporate – FAA retargets Boeing… again
Boeing (+1.35%) woes returnThe benefit one receives on an investment. to the headlines as the US Federal Aviation Administration begins reviewing 787 Dreamliner manufacturing lapses, according to the Wall St. Journal.
Today, expect quarterly earnings from Slack (-6.18%) and Travis Perkins. Walmart (-1.18%), Johnson & Johnson (-0.57%) and Southern (-0.56%) pay dividends, and Royal Mail holds a shareholders’ conference.
|09:00 AM GMT||EU||GDP & Unemployment|
|10:00 AM GMT||US||NFIB Business Optimism. Consumer Credit at 7 PM|
|10:45 PM GMT||NZ||Manufacturing Sales. Business Confidence at 1 AM (+1)|
|00:30 AM GMTGreenwich Mean Time (usually equals UTC – Universal Coordinated Time). GMT is a time zone, while U... (+1)||Australia||Consumer Confidence. Home loans at 1:30|
|01:30 AM GMT (+1)||China||CPI & PPI|
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