La settimana che ci aspetta: I verbali del FOMC e i nonfarm payroll dominano il calendario

Mentre l’indice PMI cinese sarà al centro dell’attenzione all’inizio della settimana, il calendario economico statunitense dominerà i giorni successivi, con l’ultimo ISM Manufacturing PMI, i verbali delle riunioni del FOMC e i nonfarm payroll di giugno.

L’indice PMI cinese 

È il momento dei più recenti indici PMI cinesi: dal momento che si tratta dei primi dati PMI globali del mese, forniranno ai mercati una possibile tendenza su come stanno andando le cose.

Ora la ripresa della Cina potrebbe essere in pericolo a causa dei nuovi focolai di Covid-19, ma gli ultimi indici PMI daranno comunque un’indicazione su come potrebbero andare le altre nazioni, poiché anch’esse dopo aver combattuto il virus iniziano a concentrarsi maggiormente su come far ripartire le proprie economie.

Inflazione in Germania e nell’Eurozona 

A maggio i prezzi al consumo sono diminuiti dello 0,1% in tutta la zona Euro, anche se questo dato non rappresenta certo uno shock. I dati sull’inflazione di questa settimana potrebbero mostrare ulteriori cali, cosa prevedibile dato l’enorme crollo della domanda, l’aumento della disoccupazione e gli incentivi che vengono emessi sul mercato Banca Centrale Europea. La scorsa settimana Fitch ha previsto che l’inflazione core dell’Eurozona rallenterà nei prossimi 18 mesi e che nel 2021 finirà sotto lo 0,5%.

Un periodo prolungato di deflazione sarà negativo per l’economia, ma si tratta di una situazione che a breve termine è attesa, perciò l’impatto sul mercato dei dati relativi all’Indice sui Prezzi al Consumo è stato in qualche modo attenuato.

Vendite al dettaglio in Germania 

L’attività dei consumatori è fortemente rimbalzata negli Stati Uniti e nel Regno Unito da quando le restrizioni sono state allentate: riuscirà la Germania a seguire l’esempio? A maggio le vendite al dettaglio negli Stati Uniti sono aumentate del 17,7%, superando le aspettative di un aumento dell’8%, mentre le vendite nel Regno Unito sono aumentate del 12% rispetto alle previsioni del 5,7%.

In Germania le vendite al dettaglio sono scese del 5,3% ad aprile, ma il dato è di gran lunga migliore rispetto al tonfo del 12% previsto dagli analisti, con l’aumento delle vendite online che ha contribuito ad attenuare le proporzioni del crollo. Per maggio si prevede un aumento delle vendite del 2,5% quando i negozi fisici hanno iniziato a riaprire, ma come accaduto con i dati di Stati Uniti e Regno Unito potrebbero esserci dati ancora più confortanti.

Il Manufacturing Index dell’ISM 

La produzione americana sta faticando a riprendersi dallo shock della pandemia. L’indice PMI di maggio dell’ISM ha registrato un rialzo dopo i dati più bassi da oltre un decennio di aprile, ma è rimasto di mezzo punto sotto le aspettative del mercato. Un rimbalzo più netto è previsto per giugno, ma l’indice PMI sul manifatturiero rilasciato da IHS Markit la scorsa settimana ha deluso le aspettative, rimanendo in contrazione, anche se i dati dell’Eurozona e del Regno Unito sono tornati in crescita.

I verbali dell’incontro del FOMC 

Il FOMC ha inferto un duro colpo ai mercati a seguito del suo ultimo incontro, rilasciando proiezioni economiche peggiori del previsto che hanno del tutto fatto sparire l’idea che gli Stati Uniti avrebbero potuto vedere una ripresa a forma di V. I responsabili delle policy hanno osservato che i tassi di sarebbero rimasti vicini allo zero almeno fino al 2022, e che il tasso di acquisti di asset sarebbe aumentato nei prossimi mesi.

Il verbale dell’incontro fornirà maggiori dettagli, e i mercati saranno particolarmente interessati a qualsiasi annotazione relativa al controllo della curva dei rendimenti (YCC), che probabilmente sarà il prossimo strumento politico che la Fed implementerà per tenere a freno i tassi. Quando tale azione verrà intrapresa è ancora incerto, ma i verbali potrebbero fornire alcuni indizi.

Rapporto sui nonfarm payroll statunitensi 

Venerdì sarà un giorno festivo, perché il 4 luglio, Giorno dell’Indipendenza degli Stati Uniti, quest’anno cade in sabato. Ciò significa che il rapporto sui nonfarm payroll di giugno uscirà giovedì.

I dati del mese scorso hanno lasciato tutti sbalorditi per l’aumento di 2,5 milioni di occupati rispetto alle previsioni di un calo di 8 milioni, segno che l’economia americana potrebbe riprendersi più velocemente di quanto si pensasse in precedenza.

Tuttavia, gli ultimi dati sulle richieste di sussidi di disoccupazione settimanali sono stati deludenti, anche se le cifre hanno continuato a diminuire, e il calo delle nuove richieste è stato meno significativo del previsto. Ciò indica che la ferita nel mercato del lavoro è più profonda? In caso di risposta affermativa, è necessario tenere a freno le aspettative che i nonfarm payroll possano continuare a fornire cifre così importanti?

In evidenza su XRay questa settimana

Leggi il programma completo dell’analisi e formazione del mercato finanziario.

07.15 UTC Daily European Morning Call
From 15.30 UTC 30-Jun Weekly Gold, Silver, and Oil Forecasts
17.00 UTC 01-Jul Blonde Markets
19.00 UTC 01-Jul Introduction to Currency Trading: Is it For Me?
12.25 UTC 02-Jul

US Nonfarm Payrolls: Live Market Analysis

 

Eventi economici principali

Presta attenzione agli eventi più importanti sul calendario economico di questa settimana:

12.00 UTC 29-Jun German Preliminary Inflation
23.30 UTC 29-Jun Japan Unemployment / Industrial Production
After-Market 29-Jun Micron Technology – Q3 2020
01.00 UTC 30-Jun China Manufacturing, Non-Manufacturing PMIs
06.00 UTC 30-Jun UK Finalised Quarterly GDP
30-Jun easyJet – Q2 2020
09.00 UTC 30-Jun Eurozone Flash CPI
12.30 UTC 30-Jun Canada Monthly GDP
14.00 UTC 30-Jun US CB Consumer Confidence
After-Market 30-Jun FedEx Corp – Q4 2020
01.45 UTC 01-Jul Caixin Manufacturing PMI
06.00 UTC 01-Jul Germany Retail Sales
Pre-Market 01-Jul General Mills – Q4 2020
Pre-Market 01-Jul Constellation Brands – Q1 2021
12.15 UTC 01-Jul US ADP Nonfarm Payrolls Report
14.00 UTC 01-Jul ISM Manufacturing PMI
14.30 UTC 01-Jul US EIA Crude Oil Inventories
18.00 UTC 01-Jul FOMC Meeting Minutes
01.30 UTC 02-Jul Australia Trade Balance
12.30 UTC 02-Jul US Nonfarm Payrolls (Friday is US Bank Holiday)
01.30 UTC 03-Jul Australia Retail Sales
All Day 03-Jul US Bank Holiday – Markets Closed

La settimana che ci aspetta: Aspettative alte per gli incontri del FOMC

Come già avvenuto nell’ultimo periodo, la settimana prossima sarà legittimo aspettarsi una serie disastrosa di dati economici. Analizzeremo le cifre per avere indizi su quanto tempo potrebbe richiedere la ripresa economica, e anche se le proiezioni che prevedono il crollo del secondo trimestre sono terribili come sembrano.

I mercati delle materie prime seguiranno da vicino l’incontro dell’OPEC, anche se le ultime indiscrezioni suggeriscono che gli operatori potrebbero rimanere delusi. Il FOMC potrebbe rivedere le sue proiezioni economiche e fornire qualche ulteriore chiarimento sulle prospettive relative alla policy con uno spostamento verso la forward guidance implicita.

Cosa potranno dirci i dati sulla fiducia in merito al recupero post-Covid? 

I trader, gli economisti, le imprese e i policy maker di tutto il mondo sono ancora incerti su quale forma prenderà la ripresa nel post-lockdown. Molti sperano ancora in un rimbalzo deciso, anche se la cosa sembra improbabile.

Tra tutte queste incertezze, il sentiment delle imprese e dei consumatori è un indicatore utile sulle sensazioni che ha chi è sul campo relativamente al percorso da intraprendere. Non sorprende che finora i sondaggi siano stati profondamente pessimistici.

Tuttavia le economie stanno riaprendo, le misure di blocco sono in fase di allentamento e la vita sta tornando ad essere simile alla normalità in molti paesi. Ciò si è tradotto in una prospettiva più positiva, oppure il primo passo ha semplicemente mostrato quanto ci resta da percorrere sulla strada della ripresa?

L’OPEC estenderà i tagli record alla produzione? 

La settimana scorsa i mercati petroliferi sono rimasti delusi quando i membri dell’OPEC hanno deciso di non anticipare il vertice previsto per il 9 giugno. Le notizie all’inizio della settimana avevano rivelato che l’organizzazione stava cercando di estendere i suoi tagli record alla produzione per diversi mesi, se non fino alla fine dell’anno.

Queste speranze avevano sostenuto il prezzo del petrolio, ma il greggio e il Brent hanno perso slancio verso la fine della settimana quando le prospettive sono diventate meno positive. Alla fine, sembra più probabile che l’Arabia Saudita e la Russia si accorderanno per prolungare i tagli per un solo mese, anziché ridurre la produzione da luglio. Tuttavia, le tensioni sul mancato accordo tra alcuni membri dell’organizzazione stanno sollevando dubbi sulla probabilità che si riesca a concludere un accordo.

Dati sull’inflazione negli Stati Uniti: è in corso una deflazione sostenuta? 

I dati sull’inflazione negli Stati Uniti saranno resi pubblici questa settimana. Di recente l’andamento dell’inflazione è stato impressionante: in aprile è stato registrato il calo più importante della crescita dei prezzi da dicembre 2008, e l’inflazione di base ha subito il calo maggiore dall’inizio delle serie storica nel 1957.

Non sarà un solo mese di forti ribassi dei prezzi a preoccupare i policy maker, ma la più grande inquietudine è che stiamo entrando in un lungo periodo di deflazione. I tassi di interesse sono già al minimo, ma un nuovo rapporto che indichi che la crescita dei prezzi è sotto quota zero potrebbe far sì che i mercati si domandino per quanto ancora il FOMC potrà lasciare le cose come stanno prima di portare i tassi in negativo.

Il vertice del FOMC: i mercati alla ricerca di proiezioni economiche e di un orientamento futuro 

Il Federal Open Market Committee annuncerà giovedì le sue ultime decisioni relative alla policy.

Questa volta i mercati spereranno che il FOMC dia maggiori indicazioni. Il vertice di aprile e i successivi verbali non sono stati in grado di fornire alcun quadro concreto sulla possibile evoluzione della politica monetaria futura per rispondere al peggioramento delle condizioni economiche. I membri hanno discusso sulla definizione di obiettivi per la disoccupazione e l’inflazione, e anche per stabilire una data limite prima della quale non aumentare i tassi di interesse.

È probabile che vedremo ritornare il SEP (sintesi delle proiezioni economiche), che era stato abbandonato a marzo perché all’epoca le prospettive sull’economia erano troppo incerte per essere analizzate. Tutto questo, e un passo verso la forward guidance implicita, servirà per fornire ai mercati un quadro più accurato della politica futura della Fed.

La crescita del Regno Unito e i dati sulla produzione daranno forma alle aspettative del secondo trimestre 

Una serie di dati relativi al Regno Unito nel mese di aprile ci offre uno scorcio sulle temute prestazioni del secondo trimestre. Viene già dato per scontato che questo trimestre sarà terribile, ma il PIL mensile e le cifre sulla produzione del settore riveleranno se anche gli scenari peggiori sono stati abbastanza realistici.

La media del PIL sul trimestre che termina ad aprile dovrebbe attestarsi attorno ad un -12%, in calo del 2% in aprile. Su base mensile, è previsto un calo della crescita pari al -24%, mentre il calo su base annua si aggirerà intorno al -29%. È verosimile attendersi che la produzione manifatturiera sia calata di quasi il 30%. Siamo nel bel mezzo di quello che dovrebbe essere il momento peggiore, ma ci sono ancora dubbi su quanto gravemente sia stata colpita l’economia.

Cieli sereni per l’offerta basata sul cloud di Adobe? 

Con il termine della stagione degli utili, il calendario delle aziende appare decisamente ridotto, anche se il caso di Adobe potrà rivelarsi interessante.

Il software dell’azienda è basato sul cloud, con grande sollievo di molte aziende che si affidano ad esso ma hanno i propri dipendenti bloccati a casa lontano dai loro computer in ufficio. Il fatto che i loro prodotti siano venduti con un modello basato sull’iscrizione potrebbe aiutare l’azienda a mantenere entrate relativamente stabili, anche se come la maggior parte delle aziende è verosimile che Adobe registrerà un duro colpo alle proprie attività nel corso di questo trimestre.

In evidenza su XRay questa settimana

Leggi il programma completo dell’analisi e formazione del mercato finanziario.

07.15 UTC Daily European Morning Call
17.00 UTC 08-June Blonde Markets
From 15.30 UTC 09-June Gold, Silver, and Oil Weekly Forecasts
17.00 UTC 10-June FOMC Preview with chief market analyst Neil Wilson
14.45 UTC 11-June Master the Markets with Andrew Barnett

Eventi economici principali

Presta attenzione agli eventi più importanti sul calendario economico di questa settimana:

06.00 UTC 08-Jun German Industrial Production
08.30 UTC 08-Jun Eurozone Sentix Investor Confidence
01.30 UTC 09-Jun AU NAB Business Confidence
09.00 UTC 09-Jun Eurozone Final Employment Change / Revised GDP (Q/Q)
00.30 UTC 10-Jun Westpac Consumer Sentiment
01.30 UTC 10-Jun China CPI
12.30 UTC 10-Jun US CPI
14.30 UTC 10-Jun US EIA Crude Oil Inventories
18.00 UTC 10-Jun FOMC Rate Decision
18.30 UTC 10-Jun FOMC Press Conference
Pre-Market 10-Jun Dollarama – Q1 2021
12.30 UTC 11-Jun US Unemployment Claims
14.30 UTC 11-Jun US EIA Natural Gas Storage
After-Market 11-Jun Adobe – Q2 2020
06.00 UTC 12-Jun UK GDP (M/M), Manufacturing/Industrial Production (M/M), Construction Output (M/M)
14.00 UTC 12-Jun Preliminary University of Michigan Sentiment Index

Week Ahead: Walmart and Home Depot Earnings, UK April Jobless Claims, May PMIs

We may be reaching the tail end of earnings season, but there are still some eagerly awaited releases lined up this week. Highlights will be reports from Walmart and Home Depot; stock in these companies has seen strong bid even as the wider market has tanked. 

We also have the FOMC minutes, a host of PMIs, and jobless claims data from the UK for April. Here’s your full breakdown of the coming events you need to know about. 

Japan Q1 GDP estimate 

Preliminary Q1 GDP data for Japan is due early on Monday, but as with all Q1 growth data it will serve as the prelude to something much worse. The economy is expected to have contracted -1.2% on the quarter, after a -1.8% decline in the final three months of 2019. Annualised growth is expected to print at -4.6%, again a slowdown from the -7.1% drop recorded in 2019 Q4. 

Forecasts for Q2 expect a 22% decline, the worst since the end of the Second World War. Will the Q1 figures give us any indication of how accurate those estimates might be, or will markets ignore the data and wait for more clarity? 

How many UK jobs have been lost in lockdown? 

The UK reports jobless claims data for April, when the workforce suffered an entire month of lockdown. The number of people filing jobless claims grew by over 12,000 in March: April’s figure is likely to print around 650,000. Unemployment rate figures are also scheduled, but these cover March and so are extremely backwards-looking by this point. A little later on Tuesday morning, the Labour Productivity Index for the first quarter is expected to print at -2.6%. 

UK inflation set to collapse 

April UK inflation data will feel the impact of collapsing retail sales, shuttered businesses, climbing unemployment and furloughed workers. Annualised price growth is expected to slump from 1.5% in May to 0.2% last month, with prices predicted to shrink -0.7% on the month after stagnating in April. The core inflation rate is predicted to drop to 1% on an annualised basis and -0.3% on the month. The contraction in producer prices is predicted to have accelerated to -3.9% on the year, and to have doubled to -0.4% on the month. 

High hopes for Walmart, Home Depot earnings 

Markets think Walmart and Home Depot are well-positioned to weather the coronavirus pandemic. Both stocks are over 4% higher year-to-date at the time of writing, compared to a -13% drop for the S&P 500. Walmart actually hit record highs at the end of April. 

The Wall Street Journal recently reported that Walmart saw a 20% increase in sales during March alone. Markets clearly expect a lot from the leading retailers, but can Walmart and Home Depot deliver? 

Both Walmart and Home Depot have “Strong Buy” ratings according to our Analyst Recommendations tool. Walmart has an average price target of $132.79 which represents a 7% upside on prices at the time of writing. Home Depot has a target price of $238.15, a 4% upside. 

Lowe’s, Target, and Best Buy are amongst the other companies reporting this week. 

FOMC meeting minutes 

We already know a lot more about the current thinking of the Federal Reserve thanks to last week’s speech from chair Jerome Powell. The minutes of the meeting at the end of April could be moot: Powell’s speech gave away what would likely have been the headlines from the minutes, namely that it was likely more stimulus would be necessary, but negative interest rates are not something being considered at this time. 

Eurozone economic sentiment set to go negative again 

April’s ZEW Economic Sentiment surveys for the Eurozone and Germany unexpectedly leapt back into positive territory. Assessment of current conditions remained dire, but investors began to focus on recovery. 

But the reality of the recession that lies between where we are now and where we’re trying to get back to is expected to hit sentiment hard again this month, with the German reading forecast to plummet back to -14 and the Eurozone wide reading dropping to -10. 

UK PMIs headed lower, Eurozone set to bounce off lows 

This week we get the flash PMI readings for May. UK manufacturing is expected to drop to 26.6, while the services index will slip to 9. The overall composite PMI is expected to drop from 13.8 to 9.2. 

Manufacturing and services in the Eurozone and its member states, however, are expected to rebound from their lows as economies began relaxing lockdown measures. Germany’s manufacturing index is predicted to jump around 10 points to 45, while services is forecast to more than double to 37 points. Overall the composite index is expected to climb from 17.4 to 40. The Eurozone composite is expected to rise from 13.6 to 34. 

It’s worth remembering that these figures still represent a huge rate of contraction across all areas of the economy. The Eurozone economy may have bounced back from the initial shock of COVID-19, but there is still a long road ahead – and expectations for how long are getting bigger all the time.

Heads-Up on Earnings 

The following companies are set to publish their quarterly earnings reports this week: 

18-May Ryanair – FY 2020
Pre-Market 19-May Walmart – Q1 2021
Pre-Market 19-May Home Depot – Q1 2020
19-May Imperial Brands – Q2 2020
Pre-Market 20-May Lowe’s – Q1 2020
Pre-Market 20-May Target Corp – Q1 2020
Pre-Market 20-May Analog Devices – Q2 2020
20-May Experian – FY 2020
Pre-Market 21-May Medtronic – Q4 2020
Pre-Market 21-May Best Buy – Q1 2021
After-Market 21-May Intuit – Q3 2020
After-Market 21-May Ross Stores – Q1 2020
After-Market 21-May Agilent Technologies – Q2 2020
After-Market 21-May Hewlett Packard Enterprise – Q2 2020
After-Market 21-May NVIDIA – Q1 2021
22-May Deere & Co – Q2 2020

Highlights on XRay this Week 

17.00 UTC   18-May  Blonde Markets
18.00 UTC  18-May   The Ten Rules of Trading
 15.30 UTC 19-May   Weekly Gold Forecast
 18.00 UTC 19-May Reading Candlestick Charts: Trading Patterns and Trends
11.00 UTC  20-May Midweek Lunch Wrap

Key Economic Events

Watch out for the biggest events on the economic calendar this week:

23.50 UTC 17-May Japan Preliminary Quarterly GDP
01.30 UTC 19-May RBA Monetary Policy Meeting Minutes
06.00 UTC 19-May UK Claimant Count Change / Unemployment Rate
09.00 UTC 19-May Germany / Eurozone ZEW Economic Sentiment
06.00 UTC 20-May UK Inflation
12.30 UTC 20-May Canada Inflation
14.30 UTC 20-May US EIA Crude Oil Inventories
18.00 UTC 20-May FOMC Meeting Minutes
07.15 – 08.00 UTC 21-May FR, DE, Eurozone Flash Services and Manufacturing PMIs
08.30 UTC 21-May UK Flash Manufacturing and Services PMIs
12.30 UTC 21-May US Jobless Claims
13.45 UTC 21-May US Flash Manufacturing and Services PMIs
22.45 UTC 21-May New Zealand Quarterly Retail Sales
06.00 UTC 22-May UK Retail Sales
12.30 UTC 22-May Canada Core Retail Sales

Week Ahead: UK and Eurozone GDP, NZ Budget, Marriott earnings

Economic data at the moment tends to fall into one of two categories: 1) How bad did things get in Q1, and, 2) How quickly are they likely to get better? Everyone knows the Q2 data is where the real pain lies, but markets want an idea of where things stood before the effects of COVID-19 lockdowns really began to bite. 

To this end flash Q1 GDP figures from the UK, Germany, and the Eurozone this week will act as a primer ahead of data for the current quarter. The US has already reported its advanced GDP estimate for Q1, showing that the economy contracted 4.8% during the first three months of the year, compared to expectations of 4%. 

The UK economy is expected to shrink 4.4% on the previous quarter, the German economy by 2.8%, and the Eurozone by 3.8%. If the US data is any indication, these forecasts may not be bleak enough. 

The key question, though, is whether this weakness is the predicted impact of COVID-19 arriving earlier than expected, or a sign that the impact is worse than the already dire expectations. 

The US will post inflation and retail sales data, and the University of Michigan will publish its preliminary reading of its latest sentiment index. Australian releases this week include the wage price index and employment change and unemployment rate figures. 

China industry, retail sales and New Zealand Budget 

On the other end of the scale, Chinese industrial production and retail sales figures for April will give markets a vague idea of what an economy on the other side of lockdown looks like. It’s not an entirely accurate bellwether – China returned to work around the same time that Europe battened down the hatches. 

The shuttering of businesses across the West will damage manufacturing demand in Asia. Industrial production is expected to drop 4.2%, compared to 1.1% drop in March. Retail sales had cratered nearly 16% in February. The unemployment rate is expected to tick higher to 6.3% from 5.9%. 

Also on the postCOVID front, the New Zealand government will hand down its latest Budget release this week. Finance Minister Grant Robertson has already laid out his strategy in a prebudget speech (delivered via video link, of course): respond, recovery, rebuild. 

Particularly interesting is that Robertson says this will be a chance to not just rebuild the economy, but rebuild it better. Will other finance ministers around the globe be looking to reshape their economies over the coming months and years, or simply get the train back on the rails? The notion could drastically change what markets should expect from the coming years. 

Earning season: Marriott, Cisco, Tencent 

Marriott earnings are due before the market opens on the 11thThe hotel giant recently raised $920 million in new cash through its credit card partners. Revenue per available room was down 60% during March. 

The stock has a “Hold” consensus with a 19% upside (based on the May 6th closing price) according to our Analyst Recommendations tool. Hedge funds has sold shares in the previous quarter, while insiders have snapped up the stock. The latest research on the stock from Thompson Reuters is available to download in the Marketsx platform.

Marketsx stock sentiment tools: Marriott International Inc (MAR – NASDAQ)

Cisco reports after the market close on May 13th. While analysts rate the stock a “Buy”, hedge funds dumped 83 million shares in the last quarter, with company insiders selling over 9 million in the last three months. The latest research on the stock from Thompson Reuters is available to download in the Marketsx platform.

Marketsx stock sentiment tools: Cisco Systems Inc (CSCO – NASDAQ)

Tencent Holdings, Sony, and Wirecard also report this week.

 

Heads-Up on Earnings 

The following companies are set to publish their quarterly earnings reports this week: 

Pre-Market 11-May Marriott – Q1 2020
11-May Bridgestone Corp – Q1 2020
05.00 UTC 12-May Allianz – Q1 2020
12-May Vodafone Group – Q4 2020
Pre-Market 13-May Tencent Holdings – Q1 2020
After-Market 13-May Cisco – Q3 2020
13-May Sony Corp – FY 2019/20
14-May Wirecard – Q1 2020
14-May Astellas Pharma – Q4 2019

Highlights on XRay this Week 

07.15 UTC   Daily      European Morning Call 
09.00 UTC   Daily   Earnings Season Daily Special 
 15.30 UTC 12-May   Weekly Gold Forecast
12.50 UTC 13-May Indices Insights
18.00 UTC  14-May BlondeMoney Gamma Special

Key Economic Events 

Watch out for the biggest events on the economic calendar this week: 

23.50 UTC 10-May Bank of Japan Summary of Opinions
01.30 UTC 12-May China CPI
07.00 UTC 12-May UK Preliminary Quarterly GDP
12.30 UTC 12-May US CPI
01.30 UTC 13-May Australia Wage Price Index (Q/Q)
03.00 UTC 13-May RBNZ Interest Rate Decision
14.30 UTC 13-May US EIA Crude Oil Inventories
01.30 UTC 14-May Australia Employment Change / Unemployment Rate
02.00 UTC 14-May New Zealand Annual Budget Release
12.30 UTC 14-May US Jobless Claims
14.30 UTC 14-May US EIA Natural Gas Storage
02.00 UTC 15-May China Industrial Production / Retail Sales
06.00 UTC 15-May Germany Preliminary GDP (Q1)
09.00 UTC 15-May Eurozone Preliminary GDP and Employment Change (Q1)
12.30 UTC 15-May US Retail Sales
14.00 UTC 15-May Preliminary University of Michigan Sentiment Index

Week Ahead: RBA and BoE, Disney Earnings, US NFP

Expect policy decisions from the RBA and BoE, a host more earnings reports, the US nonmanufacturing PMI, and of course the highly anticipated/dreaded April nonfarm payrolls report. Keep track of the biggest market-moving events with the Events Calendar in the Marketsx trading platform. 

Reserve Bank of Australia interest rate decision 

Data is tentatively showing that lockdown measures in Australia might have succeeded in flattening the curve of infections, and several states have already started relaxing social distancing rules.

The Reserve Bank of Australia has previously stated that it believes the economy will begin to rebound once the outbreak was contained, therefore it seems unlikely we will be getting any further stimulus announcements as a result of this week’s meeting. It’s too early to expect the board to start tightening again, but we could see some comments regarding plans to begin tapering the quantitative easing programme. 

Regeneron earnings 

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals is one of the leading companies in the race to find treatments and a vaccine for COVID-19. The stock is up 40% since the start of the year, and is a constituent of our Corona BlendAnalysts are expecting EPS of $5.99 per share – growth of 34.6% on the year. Revenue is forecast up 16% from the same period a year ago at $1.99 billion. 

US ISM Nonmanufacturing PMI 

Last month the US ISM Nonmanufacturing PMI fared much better than expected, clocking in at 52.5 versus the consensus forecast of 43.0. Companies reported a jump in supplier deliveries, with the subindex leaping to 62.1 versus 52.4 the previous month. 

Digging further into numbers, however, it’s clear to see that this helped mask wider weakness. The employment index recorded the largest drop since 2008, tumbling from 55.6 to 47.0, and the business activity index dropped almost 10 points to 48.0. New export orders and imports also collapsed.

April’s report is likely to see the headline number more accurately reflecting the weakness in the sub-indices – some forecasts suggest a drop to as low as 32.0. 

Walt Disney earnings 

Disney’s latest earnings report will be more of a preview than the main event. The company’s second-quarter period ends just a couple of weeks after social distancing measures and business closures were enforced. Like so much of the current data and reports, the rule is to expect bad news now, and brace for even worse to come. 

Business closures and social distancing will have hit Disney from all directions, forcing closures of its parks, curtailing or delaying theatrical releases of its latest films, and hurting demand in its retail stores.

The effect has clearly been significantthe company has already announced that it would slash executive salaries. 

The one positive in the report is likely to be the strong performance of the company’s streaming service, Disney+. The service enjoyed a strong launch, and demand is likely to have been bolstered even further thanks to global lockdowns. 

Guidance for the next quarter won’t be able to answer all investor’s questions – such as whether parks will be able to reopen in time for the busy summer season – but will give details on how the company plans to endure these punishing conditions until the economy gets back to something that vaguely resembles normality. 

PayPal 

PayPal stock has been one of the most resilient of those belonging to the payment processing industry. The company is likely to benefit from a surge in online shopping and demand for online services.

However, PayPal has also announced various measures to support its smaller partners, such as deferring business loan payments and waving certain fees for small business customers who are most affected by the impact of COVID-19. This will hit the company’s bottom line and revenue growth is expected to be negative for the quarter.

Bank of England interest rate decision 

The Bank of England faces the same situation as the Fed and ECB – interest rates are already as low as policymakers are willing to go (for the time being, at least), so it’s unlikely we will see any change to the base rate on Thursday. We could see an increase in the size of the asset purchasing programme, however, or alterations to its short-term repo operations.

The BoE also publishes its latest Inflation Report, which will detail the expected hit to the UK economy from the coronavirus pandemic.  The latest decision and report will be announced at 06.00 UTC on Thursday May 7th, instead of the usual time of 11.00 UTC.

Nonfarm payrolls 

Last month, the nonfarm payrolls report showed a drop of 701,000 jobs in March. The unemployment rate leapt past expectations to 4.4%. The market reaction was muted, however, because everyone from economists to traders knew that there was far worse to come. 

Since the 21st of March, over 25 million Americans have filed jobless claims. Marchs NFP may have been the worst report since 2009, but the numbers will seem trifling compared to those reported for April. 

We’ve seen recently that markets are able to shrug off backward-looking data even if the readings are dire. It was the fear of numbers like these, after all, that saw stock markets posting record declines in Q1.

It is also worth noting that, since late March, the number of Americans filing for new jobless claims has fallen each week, suggesting the worst of the job losses may be behind us. 

But there is a risk that the numbers will be so appalling that markets will have to rethink their already bearish forecasts. 

Heads-Up on Earnings 

The following companies are set to publish their quarterly earnings reports this week: 

Pre-Market  05-May  Thompson Reuters – Q1 2020 
Pre-Market  05-May  Regeneron Pharmaceuticals – Q1 2020 
12.00 UTC  05-May  BNP Paribas – Q1 2020 
By 13.00 UTC  05-May  Fiat Chrysler – Q1 2020 
After-Market  05-May  Walt Disney – Q2 2020 
After-Market  05-May  Activision Blizzard – Q1 2020 
After-Market  05-May  Prudential Financial – Q1 2020 
After-Market  05-May  Occidental Petroleum – Q1 2020 
Pre-Market (Europe)  06-May  BMW – Q1 2020 
  06-May  Credit Agricole – Q1 2020 
  06-May  Societe Generale 
  06-May  Shopify – Q1 2020 
Pre-Market  06-May  General Motors – Q1 2020 
After-Market  06-May  PayPal – Q1 2020 
After-Market  06-May  T-Mobile US – Q1 2020 
After-Market  06-May  Lyft – Q1 2020 
  07-May  BT Group – Q4 2020 
Pre-Market  07-May  Wheaton Precious Metals – Q1 2020 
  08-May  Siemens – Q2 2020 

 

Highlights on XRay this Week 

07.15 UTC   Daily   European Morning Call 
09.00 UTC   Daily   Earnings Season Daily Special 
10.00 UTC   May 6th  Live Market Analysis with Neil Wilson 
12.20 UTC   May 8th  Platform Walkthrough 
12.30 UTC   May 8th  US Nonfarm Payrolls Live 

 

Key Economic Events 

Watch out for the biggest events on the economic calendar this week: 

08.15 – 09.00 UTC  04-May  Finalised Eurozone Member / Bloc Manufacturing PMIs 
04.30 UTC  05-May  Reserve Bank of Australia Interest Rate Decision 
14.00 UTC  05-May  US ISM Nonmanufacturing PMI 
08.15 – 09.00 UTC  06-May  Finalised Eurozone Member / Bloc Services PMIs 
14.30 UTC  06-May  US EIA crude Oil Inventories 
01.30 UTC  07-May  Australia Trade Balance 
01.45 UTC  07-May  Caixin Services PMI 
10.00 UTC  07-May  EU Economic Forecasts 
06.00 UTC  07-May  Bank of England Interest Rate Decision 
12.30 UTC  07-May  US Jobless Claims 
01.30 UTC  08-May  Reserve Bank of Australia Monetary Policy Statement 
12.30 UTC  08-May  US Nonfarm Payrolls / Unemployment Rate 

Week Ahead: Bumper week with FOMC, ECB, FAANGS & GDP

Welcome to your guide to the week ahead in the markets. Remember you can now find all the key events affecting the markets in our new Events Calendar in the platform.

European Central Bank rate decision

Last week ECB president Christine Lagarde allegedly told EU leaders during a private video summit that the bloc could be facing a drop in GDP of up to 15%, and that their efforts to contain the outbreak have been both too little and too late. Monetary policy can only go so far, but the ECB does still have room to manoeuvre. Expansion of QE will likely be the first port of call if policymakers decide more needs to be done, but minutes from the March 18th meeting show that cutting rates was floated, too.

FOMC decision – has the Fed got any ammunition left?

What’s left for the Federal Reserve to do? Rates have been slashed to zero, and that’s where futures markets see them staying well into 2021 at least. And it’s hard to announce more QE when you’ve already committed to unlimited asset purchases. The key question is what the FOMC has left in reserve in case its vast stimulus measures aren’t enough. Will policymakers set negative rates? Will they buy corporate stocks? Will they explicitly target yields on government bonds? Markets will be looking for reassurance that policymakers still have plenty of ammunition left. 

Bumper week of earnings with Apple, Alphabet, Facebook reporting 

Netflix has already reported earnings, but this week sees the rest of the FAANG group offering up their quarterly figures. Tesla and Microsoft are also amongst the heavy hitters providing updates this week. 

US, Eurozone GDP 

We’ve seen piecemeal evidence of the impact COVID-19 has had on the US and Eurozone economies thanks to industrial data, PMIs, and business sentiment figures. But now it’s time to get the full picture, as the US and Eurozone will both publish estimates of Q1 growth. It was initially believed that moderate growth in January and February would have softened the blow from social distancing and widespread lockdowns that went into effect in March. Now the consensus is that the recession expected in Q2 arrived much earlier. Estimates vary wildly, but no matter how dire the results, the figures for Q2 are likely to be way worse.

Heads-Up on Earnings

After-Market   28-Apr   Alphabet – Q1 2020  
After-Market   29-Apr   Microsoft – Q3 2020  
After-Market   29-Apr   Facebook – Q1 2020  
After-Market   29-Apr   Tesla – Q1 2020  
After-Market   30-Apr   Apple – Q2 2020  
After-Market   30-Apr   Amazon – Q1 2020 

Key Events

03.00 UTC   28-Apr   BOJ Rate Decision & Outlook Report  
07.00 UTC  28-Apr  Spanish Unemployment Rate Q1 
14.00 UTC   28-Apr   US CB Consumer Confidence  
01.30 UTC   29-Apr   Australia Quarterly CPI  
12.00 UTC   29-Apr   Germany Preliminary CPI  
12.30 UTC   29-Apr   US Advance GDP QoQ  
14.30 UTC   29-Apr   US EIA Crude Oil Inventories  
18.00 UTC   29-Apr   FOMC Rate Decision  
09.00 UTC   30-Apr   Eurozone Flash GDP  
11.45 UTC   30-Apr   ECB Rate Decision and Statement  
12.30 UTC   30-Apr   US Initial Jobless Claims  
14.30 UTC   30-Apr   US EIA Natural Gas Storage 

Week Ahead: Covid-19 earnings season, Amazon & Netflix to report

Amazon surged to a record high last week as markets bet that the company is well positioned to weather the coronavirus pandemic. Lockdown has forced even more consumers to switch to online shopping, and the surge in demand has seen Amazon go on a huge hiring spree, adding 100,000 new workers in March and announcing plans for another 75,000 hires. Cowen Analyst John Blackledge believes Amazon may have witnessed a surge in demand during March equivalent to its annual Prime Day members sale.

The tedium of lockdown is likely to have driven up subscription rates for its video and music streaming services and its Kindle library as well. Guidance will show how sticky Amazon expects these new customers to be once lockdown measures are lifted.

Remember, you can follow the biggest earnings season stories with our daily coverage on XRay.

Netflix earnings

Streaming service Netflix is expected to reveal a huge surge in subscriber numbers when it reports earnings this week. Expectations that Netflix will continue to see its popularity surge over the coming months drove the stock to a new record high last week. Even after lockdown is over, the consumer shift towards streaming services is likely to remain, as social distancing and fear over a resurgence in COVID-19 cases keeps people away from cinemas – and going outdoors in general.

UK and US jobless data

There are plenty of predictions for the impact of the coronavirus pandemic upon the world’s leading economies, but markets continue to be hounded by fears that these might not be pessimistic enough. More labour market data from the UK and US this week could heighten or assuage those concerns.

In the UK, thanks to the government’s pledge to pay the wages of furloughed workers, the unemployment rate isn’t expected to climb more than a percentage point during 2020. In the US, economists believe 20 million Americans will file new jobless claims during April. A sharper or softer rise than expected in either of these metrics will cause markets to reprice their expectations that these forecasts will be met or exceeded.

Will markets focus on shape of recovery as PMIs slump?

Business activity across the Eurozone and the UK plunged to record lows last month, and we know there’s more bad news to come. The Eurozone composite could drop as low as 20 during April, with the UK reading predicted to slump to 21. The real question is whether markets believe the recovery from this downturn will be a rapid one – confidence in a sharp pullback could soften any negative reaction to another round of gloomy PMIs, assuming markets are in an optimistic mood.

Week Ahead: All eyes on US nonfarm payrolls

US nonfarm payrolls

US nonfarm payroll data for September rounds off the week. The figures released last month smashed expectations after clocking in at 266k versus expectations of a 180k print. Average hourly earnings missed expectations on a month-by-month basis, but annualised growth came in above forecasts at 3.1%. Forecasts this time around are for a 168k increase in payrolls and 0.3% wage growth.

UK services PMI

Another dose of UK economic data, following on from last week’s reading that showed the second-worst pace of contraction for the manufacturing sector since 2012 in December. November’s reading showed the service sector had slipped back into contraction, but business optimism was at a four-month high. Were companies right to be feeling more positive?

Costco December sales release, Walgreens earnings

December is a make or break month for many retailers. With Costco being one of the few major retailers to still issue monthly trading updates, the December report will be closely watched as a gauge for consumer activity over the key shopping season.

Meanwhile, this week also sees Walgreens Boots Alliance, Constellation Brands, Bed Bath & Beyond, and Acuity Brands reporting earnings.

Corporate Diary

Jan 8th – Walgreens Boots Alliance – Q1 2020
Jan 8th – Constellation Brands – Q3 2020
Jan 8th – Bed Bath & Beyond – Q3 2020
Jan 8th – Costco – December Sales Release
Jan 9th – Acuity Brands – Q1 2020

Key Economic Events

(All times GMT)
09.30 GMT 06-Jan UK Services PMI
10.00 GMT 07-Jan Eurozone Flash CPI Estimate
15.00 GMT 07-Jan US ISM Non-Manufacturing Composite PMI
00.30 GMT 09-Jan Australia Trade Balance
00.30 GMT 10-Jan Australia Retail Sales
13.30 GMT 10-Jan US Nonfarm Payrolls / Average earnings

Week Ahead: UK General Election plus FOMC, ECB, Aramco IPO

General Election

British voters head to the polling booths on Thursday with the result critical to the future of Brexit, the economy and by extension, UK equities and sterling. Polls have consistently shown the Conservatives are heading to a comfortable majority, but a last-ditch surge by Labour is not out of the realms of possibility. Follow our election coverage daily on XRay.

Final FOMC meet of the year

The last FOMC meeting of the year is not expected to produce any change in the fed funds rate, but it will be another chance to see how close the Fed is to further cuts having signalled a pause to its easing cycle when it cut rates for the third time in succession in October. Lately it’s made it pretty clear that it would require a significant and sustained rise in inflation to warrant a hike, whilst there have even been reports that the Fed is thinking about changing its 2% inflation target to allow inflation to run even higher.

Saudi Aramco to start trading

The bookbuilding is complete and the price has been set – trading on Aramco shares on the Tadawul is expected to start this week. After the OPEC meeting last week and following concerns about valuations, this will be the largest and most hotly anticipated IPO in history. Our Aramco Grey Market is still open for new orders.

First ECB meeting for Lagarde

The first outing for Christine Lagarde as the chief of the European Central Bank (ECB) will be a closely-watched affair. Whilst markets do not expect the Governing Council to back any changes to rates or QE, the commentary from Ms Lagarde in the press conference will be picked over in fine detail for clues about her leanings and what we can expect from the ECB over the coming years.

Corporate Diary

Dec 12th – TUI full year results
Dec 12th – Dixons Carphone interim results
Dec 12th – Adobe Q4 2019
Dec 13th – Balfour Beatty trading update

Key Economic Events

(All times GMT)
Dec 9th – Tentative – China trade balance
Dec 10th – 00:30 GMT – Australia NAB business confidence
Dec 10th – 01;30 GMT – China CPI inflation
Dec 10th – 09:30 GMT – UK GDP, manufacturing production
Dec 10th – 10:00 GMT – German ZEW economic sentiment
Dec 10th – 23:30 GMT – Australia Westpac consumer sentiment
Dec 11th – 13:30 GMT – US CPI inflation
Dec 11th – 19:00 GMT – FOMC statement, fed funds rate
Dec 11th – 19:30 GMT – FOMC press conference
Dec 12th – 08:30 GMT – Swiss National Bank policy rate
Dec 12th – 12:45 GMT – ECB interest rate, policy statement
Dec 12th – 13:30 GMT – ECB press conference
Dec 12th – All day – UK General Election
Dec 13th – 13:30 GMT – US retail sales
Dec 14th – Tentative – US Treasury Currency Report (currency manipulators report)

Week Ahead: Uber, Disney earnings and Bank of England

Welcome to your guide to the week ahead in the markets.

Uber earnings

Ride-hailing app Uber reports its third quarter earnings on Monday after a rocky start to life on the stock market. Peer and rival Lyft recently reported better-than-expected numbers, but there are concerns Uber is not keeping pace. Revenues rose just 14%, the slowest ever, while losses climbed from $292 million to $656 million. Monthly users rose 30% to 99 million, with trips up 35%. Shares have rebounded in October from the post-IPO lows but is there any room left on the upside?

Bank of England, RBA meetings

Following the Fed’s rate cut last week, central bank focus switches to the UK and Australia. First up on Tuesday is the RBA, which cut rates again to a record low of 0.75% last month. Whilst markets don’t see another cut this time, the bias remains to ease. The RBA said it can see a ‘turning point’ in some economic data but added ‘an extended period of low interest rates will be required’. Governor Philp Lowe last week reiterated the RBA can cut again but pushed back on the prospect of negative rates.

On Thursday the Bank of England is similarly expected to leave rates on hold. Whilst they would like to be free to make their own call unhindered, the continued Brexit-related uncertainty is likely to mean rates stay on pause. Lately the outlook seems to be shifting towards, unofficially at least, more of an easing bias.

Disney earnings

Much of the hype around Walt Disney is currently focussed on its upcoming Disney+ streaming service, which is set to launch this month. Guidance for the fiscal 2020 year will be of particular interest as it will show what impact the new revenue stream is expected to have on top and bottom lines.

Analysts are expecting DIS to post a sharp decline in earnings for the latest quarter, with EPS predicted down at $0.95 compared to Q3’s $1.35.

UK election campaign

Finally, on the political front we get a rest from Brexit as the UK General Election campaign kicks off this week. For sterling traders the polls will be the new headline risk as they try to assess the chances of the Conservative Party winning and managing to get the withdrawal agreement bill signed, sealed and delivered by Jan 31st.

Corporate diary

Pre-MarketNovember 4th Ryanair – Q2 earnings report
Pre-market November 4th Credit Agricole – Q3 earnings report
After-Market November 4th Uber – Q3 earnings report
Pre-MarketNovember 5thImperial Brands – Q4 earnings report
Pre-MarketNovember 6thAdidas – Q3 earnings report
07.00 GMTNovember 6thSoftbank – Q2 earnings report
07.30 GMTNovember 6thWirecard – Q3 earnings report
09.00 GMT November 6th BMW – Q3 earnings report
21.45 GMT November 6th QUALCOMM
Pre-MarketNovember 7thSiemens AG – Q4 earnings report
After-MarketNovember 7thWalt Disney – Q4 earnings report

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08.15 GMTEvery DayEuropean Morning Call
10.00 GMTNov 4thSupply & Demand – Approach to Trading
16.45 GMTNov 5thAsset of the Day: Oil Outlook
12.00 GMTNov 6thLive Analysis: Midweek Lunch Wrap
19.00 GMTNov 7thThe Stop Hunter’s Guide to Technical Analysis – Part 10

Key Economic Events

There’s a lot going on in the coming week, here are the events we to watch out for.

00.30 GMTNov 4thAustralia Retail Sales
03.30 GMTNov 5thRBA Interest Rate Decision and Statement
09.30 GMTNov 5thUK Services PMI
15.00 GMTNov 5thUS ISM Non-Manufacturing PMI
21.45 GMTNov 5thNew Zealand Employment Change / Jobless Rate
00.30 GMTNov 7thAustralia Balance of Trade
12.00 GMTNov 7thBoE Monetary Policy Decision & Inflation Report
12.30 GMTNov 7thBoE Carney Speech
00.30 GMTNov 8thRBA Monetary Policy Statement
13.30 GMTNov 8thCanada Employment Change and Unemployment Rate

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