US stocks surge higher, which is caused mainly by the better than expected ISM Manufacturing which came at 49.5 vs expected 48.5. Is the worst really over? The ISM infdex is still in a contractionary territory (for the fifth straight month). The outlook remains weak, partially due to the stronger USD but also weaker demand especially abroad but in general a secotr is affected by weak commodity prices, especially crude (affecting capital spending).
Source: Macrobond, XTB
Key bullets from the report:
ISM new orders index at 51.5 came unchanged, which is a positive signal, and as the gap between the new orders and inventory indices is a leading indicator for the headline, ISM index should rise slightly over 50 over next 1-2 months
The employment index rose rose to 48.5 in February, up from January’s 45.9 which was the weakest since 2009, we will have ISM non-manufacturing employment index on Thursday which will be far more important ahead of payrolls
Nordea points to a China’s Caixin PMI as a tentative leading indicator for ISM mfg and according to it ISM should not fall much further
Stocks benefited from a better than expected report and moved distinctly higher. JPY deppreciates following risk-on attitude. A divergence between SPX and USDJPY has been partially closed.
S&P 500 comparing to Yellow Gold, Red USD/JPY
Morgan Stanley about GBP
Morgan Stanley points that currently, there are three types of flows at play for GBP that could extend the current decline.
First, since last Sunday evening, the shock factor that there could be a strong “Leave” campaign, increasing the probabilities of Brexit, pushed the initial leg down for GBPUSD. This type of ’shock’ flow will likely extend a few more days as investors globally reconsider their Brexit-elated trading strategies. Our positioning tracker suggests that markets we real ready short GBP going into the weekend.
The second flow is based on the asset holders in the UK, never really having considered putting on tail risk hedge trades as an overlay in their portfolio, may use the currency as an easier (dueto its liquidity) and potentially cheaper way to hedge the risk. MS is not just talking about the foreign investors here; GBP-based funds that are worried about potential equity market declines may also overlay with short GBPUSD positions.
Third, as GBPUSD declines rapidly and markets expect further declines, long-term foreign investors may start to hedge their currency risk, adding to further downward pressure. Remember that foreign investors had piled into gilts last year (GBP60bn in 2015) and FDI remained strong (GBP84bn in the year to September 2015). In particular, sovereign wealth funds were large investors into the UK’s real estate market over recent years too
Bank remains bearish on GBPUSD and see 1.3650 and 1.3500 as the next two areas of support.
Source – SocGen: trading the Brexit
Societe Generale’s cross asset research team have stated their views on the possible Brexit and issued a note outlining the effects it may have on markets. Key points are as follows:
“Brexit, however, isn’t just bad for the UK. It would have negative growth implications for the rest of Europe, and more importantly could cause wider political uncertainty. So far, the response to any market signs of loss of confidence in the Euro Area has come from the ECB and that isn’t likely to change. That in turn, is negative for the Euro, which this morning is hovering around psychological support at EURUSD 1.10 and above the bottom of the uptrend of the last few month at 1.0950 or so. I suspect that the break of 1.10 will see an acceleration downwards for EURUSD, while a chart of EURJPY looks even more negative in the short term.”
Bernanke: why oil and stocks move together
Former President of the Federal Reserve, Ben Bernanke, has laid out his views on why the correlation between oil and stocks has increased of late. For much of the start of the year it appeared that declining crude benchmarks were weighing on global stocks, and more recently a recovery in oil has seen shares move off their lows.
Bernanke explains his opinion on this relationship by stating:
“Much of this positive correlation can be explained by the tendency of stocks and oil prices to react in the same direction to common factors, including changes in aggregate demand and in overall uncertainty and risk aversion. However, even accounting for these factors, the residual correlation is close to zero, not negative as we would expect if it were capturing only beneficial supply shocks.”
“There are several other explanations that could be investigated: for example, the possibility that declines in oil prices, even if initially caused by higher supply,affect global financial conditions by damaging the creditworthiness of oil-producing companies or countries.“
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