European Outlook: Another mixed session in Asia, where the Hang Seng continued to outperformed as China remained closed for holidays. ASX and Nikkei meanwhile moved sideways. U.K. and U.S. stock futures are also little changed. No clear direction then for European markets, which will also have little to digest on the data front today. ECB speakers and the minutes of the last ECB meeting meanwhile are likely to confirm that the central bank is heading for a reduction in asset purchase volumes, but with the doves still shying away from a firm commitment to an end date for QE. Spain remains in focus as Madrid and Barcelona remain on confrontation course in a dangerous game of chicken.
FX Update: The Aussie came under pressure following the biggest contraction in Australian retailing sales in four years. The currency is showing a 0.5% decline on the day as the London interbank enters the fray, with AUD-USD logging a two-day low at 0.7819. The August report for Australian retail trade saw turnover unexpectedly contracting by 0.6% m/m, contrary to expectations for 0.3% m/m growth. Elsewhere, narrow ranges have prevailed. USD-JPY has plied a sideways path near 111.75, which is about the halfway mark of the range of the last week. EUR-USD has ebbed modestly lower, to the 1.1750 area and nearing yesterday’s low at 1.1746. The lack of direction reflects a general lack of fresh leads. Fed chair Yellen spoke yesterday after the London close, but she steered clear of policy and economic issues.
Main Macro Events Today
- EU Minutes –
- US Weekly Jobless number – Expectations – 265k down from last weeks 272k
- BOE – Speeches – McCafferty and Haldane
- FED Speeches – Powell (prospective new FED Chair), Harker and George
Charts of the Day
Support and Resistance Levels
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