ECB to loosen policy, data to prompt Fed and BoE easing bets?
Welcome to your guide to the week ahead in the markets.
ECB monetary policy meeting
Expectations are high ahead of this week’s European Central Bank policy meeting. A run of poor Eurozone data has raised bets on further rate cuts, while investors have snapped up government bonds in the bloc in anticipation of a potential restart to the quantitative easing programme.
US ISM was dire – will CPI, retail sales and sentiment be any better?
Key releases on the US calendar this week could crank up the odds of more easing from the Federal Reserve before the year is through. Last week’s ISM manufacturing print shocked, with the index falling into contraction territory. Soft readings from the upcoming CPI, retail sales, or University of Michigan sentiment index could see further dovish bets.
UK GDP and average earnings – background noise?
Sterling remains almost exclusively at the mercy of Brexit-related news flow, but growth and wage figures might draw some attention. After having been stuck on hold thanks to the uncertainty of Brexit, the Bank of England may have to be quick out of the starting gate once the October 31st departure deadline passes. Data recently has been weak and another blow from either growth or earnings would see expectations of a rate cut climb.
It’s been another bad year for Kroger so far. KR is down 12% year-to-date, compared with rises of 14% for the S&P 500 and 16% for its industry. Peers such as Target and Walmart have had strong quarters. Will Kroger’s own investments in expanding online and delivery offerings help it deliver a strong Q2 report?
|September 11th||Hermes International||H1|
|September 12th||WM Morrison Supermarkets||Q2 2020|
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|07.15 GMT||September 10th||European Morning Call|
|15.30 GMT||September 10th||Asset of the Day: Bullion Billions|
|15.45 GMT||September 10th||Asset of the Day: Oil Outlook|
|07.00 GMT||September 12th||Live Trading Room|
|18.00 GMT||September 12th||The Stop Hunter’s Guide to Technical Analysis|
Key Economic Events
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|08.30 GMT||September 9th||UK Monthly GDP|
|01.30 GMT||September 10th||China CPI|
|08.30 GMT||September 10th||UK Average Earnings|
|00.30 GMT||September 11th||Australia Westpac Consumer Confidence|
|11.45 GMT||September 12th||ECB Monetary Policy Rate and Statement|
|12.30 GMT||September 12th||US CPI|
|12.30 GMT||Steptember 13th||US Retail Sales|
|14.00 GMT||September 13th||US Preliminary Michigan Sentiment Index|
Could this be the biggest monetary policy meeting in years?
Could the upcoming Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) be the most watched monetary policy meeting in a long time?
It certainly has a lot weighing on it.
Stocks are at record highs, pushed higher by a certainty that the FOMC will cut short-term interest rates for the first time in a decade this week. The two-day policy meeting kicks off on Tuesday, with a policy decision announced on Wednesday.
While Chairman Jerome Powell signalled a cut in July, its unclear what the policy could be for the rest of the year. And is a cut even necessary? While the consensus is that a cut is coming – the only quibble is 25bps or 50bps – the recent economic data looks strong. As our Chief Markets Analyst, Neil Wilson, explains:
“Is a cut justified? I would point to underlying core CPI at 2.1%, retail sales +3.4% in June and a 50-year low in unemployment as perhaps arguments to the contrary. Increasingly there is a sense that the Fed is no longer data dependent, but being held to ransom by the White House and the market.”
But what can we expect from the meeting?
The answer is, it depends…
Confirmation of a cut from the FOMC, if paired with signals of a more dovish policy in the long term could send greenback diving.
On the flip side, if the markets are surprised and a cut doesn’t happen, expect stocks and commodities to tumble and the dollar to surge.
At this stage, despite stronger-than-expected data, growth momentum is weaker. While a recession has been avoided, a cut is still the safe bet. This policy meeting could define the direction of global monetary policy for years to come and provides a lot of opportunities for traders. One thing’s for sure, the announcement on Wednesday is not one to miss.