Manufacturing in focus as busy week opens with weaker USD

  • Chinese PMI beats expectations, measures from EZ, UK and US due
  • Spanish unemployment increases while Eurozone inflation remains weak.
  • Payrolls the focus come the end of the week

 

The dollar has entered December on the back foot as investors continue to bet on the global recovery with the world’s manufacturing sectors in focus today. Measures of manufacturing strength should show the fastest pace of expansion in the Eurozone for 2 years, while the UK’s is set to show the 7th consecutive month of growth, the best run since June 2011.

 

China’s figure has started the day off in a good vein with expansion running at 50.8, a slight dip from October but the 4th best reading of the year, with the new business component particularly encouraging. Jobs did fall however, and until they are growing steadily, we would anticipate there will be little desire to end current accommodative policies. China will be hoping that the US consumer comes to the party and bails out the world economy as it has done in the past. Current US dynamics, in particular the shrinking current account deficit, tend to suggest otherwise however.

 

We must also emphasise that we are not of the belief that the Chinese economy is still in danger of a hard landing – it will need help from its export markets soon though. Skirmishes between China and Japan over the disputed Senkaku islands have also restarted recently and pose some event risk.

 

PMIs and ISMs are due for release throughout the day with notable ones coming from Italy (8.45am GMT), France (8.50am), Germany (8.55am), Eurozone (9am), UK (9.30am) and the US (3pm). France apart, we should see all come in above the 50.0 level that denotes the line between expansion and contraction.

 

As if on cue, following S&P’s decision to upgrade the Spanish credit rating outlook on Friday, we saw Spanish unemployment hit another record in October according to the new stats; 26.7% of those of working age in Spain are without work with youth unemployment now north of 65%. The Eurozone-wide measure remained close to record levels, the October reading coming in at 12.1%.

 

Eurozone inflation data showed continual, low CPI on Friday. Italian consumer prices fell 0.4% in November following a 0.2% decline in October. Eurozone wide inflation of 0.9% beat expectations but remains stubbornly low and less than half of the ECB’s target. Following the European Central Bank’s decision to cut rates last month, and the initial reticence of many members to follow up that cut with one that will push deposit rates into negative territory, we expect no movement from Draghi and the Executive Council this week.

 

The market’s belief that this week’s set of PMI data and the chances that Thursday’s Autumn Statement from the Chancellor will show an economy growing at a good clip and with decreasing fiscal headwinds has pushed GBP further onwards this morning. GBPEUR has pushed as high as 1.2085 and GBPUSD to 1.6446 – 11 and 27 month highs respectively.

 

Indicative Rates

Sell

Buy

GBPEUR

1.2062

1.2083

GBPUSD

1.6408

1.6428

EURUSD

1.3590

1.3611

GBPJPY

168.24

168.46

GBPAUD

1.7925

1.7948

GBPNZD

2.0000

2.0024

GBPCAD

1.7433

1.7455

NZDUSD

0.8196

0.8211

GBPZAR

16.65

16.70

USDZAR

10.1470

10.1713

GBPPLN

5.0583

5.0815

EURJPY

139.36

136.57

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