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Stocks Rebound as China Backs Down on Tariff Escalation, Dollar Mixed

Stock markets stage a strong rebound today after China appears to be backing down from its hard line stance in trade war with US. Yen and Swiss Franc turn soft while commodity currency regain reverse earlier losses. Euro is also weak despite improvement in confidence indicators. Sterling remains mixed as markets await political development in UK. Dollar is also mixed, shrugging of weak recovery in US treasury yields.

Technically, major crosses and pairs are staying in range trading in general. Even the relatively weaker EUR/USD is holding above 1.1051 temporary low. Though, break of this support will be an early indication of Dollar strength and a test on 1.1206 low would be seen. Also, USD/JPY recovers today but stays below 106.73 minor resistance. But break of 106.73 will be an indication of short term bottoming and bring stronger rebound.

In Europe, FTSE is up 0.98%. DAX is up 1.12%. CAC is up 1.35%. German 10-year yield is up 0.003 at -0.709. Earlier in Asia, Nikkei dropped -0.09%. Hong Kong HSI rose 0.34%. China Shanghai SSE dropped -0.10%. Singapore Strait Times rose 0.83%. Japan 10-year JGB yield dropped -0.0127 to -0.284.

China backs down from tariff escalation, urges continuing negotiations

China’s Ministry of Commerce spokesman Gao Feng said today that “China has ample means for retaliation, but thinks the question that should be discussed now is about removing the new tariffs to prevent escalation of the trade war.” And, “China is lodging solemn representations with the U.S. on the matter.”

Additionally, Gao reiterated the usual rhetoric that “escalation of the trade war won’t benefit China, nor the US, nor the world,” and “the most important thing is to create the necessary conditions for continuing negotiations.” He also repeated Vice Premier Liu He’s comment that China is “willing to solve the problem through consultation and cooperation with a calm attitude, but firmly opposes escalation of trade war.”

The comments suggested that China is backing down from its hard-line stance after recent escalation by US President Donald Trump. Trump tweeted earlier this month that 25% tariffs on some USD 250B in imports from China would rise to 30% come Oct. 1. He also lifted planned levies on USD 300B in Chinese goods due on Sept. 1 and Dec. 15 by 5%.

US jobless claims rose 4k to 215k, goods trade deficit narrowed to USD 72.3B

US initial jobless claims rose 4k to 215k in the week ending August 24, matched expectations. Four-week moving average of initial claims dropped -0.5k to 214.5k. Continuing claims rose 22k to 1.698m in the week ending August 17. Four-week moving average of continuing claims dropped 250 to 1.697m.

Advanced goods trade deficit dropped -2.5% to USD 72.3B in July, smaller than expectation of USD 74.0B. Exports of goods for July were USD 137.3B, USD 0.9B more than June exports. Imports of goods for July were USD 209.7B, USD 0.9B less than June imports. Wholesale inventories rose 0.2% mom, matched expectations.

US Q2 GDP grew 2.0%, dragged by downturns in inventory investment, exports, and nonresidential fixed investment

According to the second estimate, US GDP grew 2.0% annualized in Q2, unrevised from first estimate, down from Q1’s 3.1%. The deceleration in real GDP in the Q2 primarily reflected downturns in inventory investment, exports, and nonresidential fixed investment. These downturns were partly offset by accelerations in PCE and federal government spending. The PCE price index increased 2.3%, compared with Q1’s 0.4%. Excluding food and energy prices, the PCE price index increased 1.7%, Q1’s 1.1%.

Eurozone economic sentiment improved on industry and retail confidence

Eurozone Economic Sentiment improved to 103.1 in August, up from 102.7 and beat expectation of 102.3. The slight improvement of euro-area sentiment resulted from markedly higher confidence in industry and retail trade, while confidence deteriorated significantly in services and construction and, to a lesser extent, among consumers.

Industry Confidence rose 1.4 while Retail Trade Confidence rose 1.2. On other hand, Services Confidence dropped -1.3. Consumer Confidence dropped -0.5. Construction Confidence dropped -1.3. Amongst the largest euro-area economies, the ESI rose strongly in Spain (+1.9) and edged up in Germany (+0.4), while it remained broadly stable in France (+0.1) and the Netherlands (+0.2) and decreased only in Italy (−0.9).

Business Climate Indicator rose 0.22 to 0.11. Managers’ assessments of past production and of export order books improved sharply. Also their production expectations, as well as their views on overall order books and the level of stocks of finished products improved markedly.

German CPI slowed to 1.4% yoy, below expectations of 1.5% yoy

Germany CPI dropped -0.2% mom in August, worse than expectation of -0.1% mom. Annually, CPI slowed to 1.4% yoy, down from 1.7% yoy, missed expectation of 1.5% yoy. Released earlier today, German unemployment rose 4k in August, matched expectations. Unemployment rate was unchanged at 5.0%, also matched expectations.

UK Rees-Mogg: Change the government or the law, or Brexit will happen on Oct 31

UK Leader of Commons Jacob Rees-Mogg challenged other MPs to collapse the government if they can, as criticism over Prime Minister Johnson’s move to suspend the parliament grew. Rees-Mogg told BBC, “All these people who are wailing and gnashing of teeth know that there are two ways of doing what they want to do… One, is to change the government and the other is to change the law. If they do either of those that will then have an effect… If they don’t have either the courage or the gumption to do either of those then we will leave on the 31st of October in accordance with the referendum result.”

Some EU ministers sang a chorus against no-deal Brexit today as risks grow. Dutch Foreign Minister Stephan Blok said “it’s in nobody’s interest to see a no-deal Brexit,” and, “we still hope it will be possible to avoid a no-deal Brexit and we are looking forward to any proposals from the British government that fit into the Withdrawal Agreement”. Austria’s Alexander Schallenberg said “I fear so, yes,” that a no-de Brexit is more likely. But he also reiterated EU’s stance that “the ball is in the UK’s court… We have done whatever is possible to ensure an orderly exit of Britain.” Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto said: “To support Brexit with the deal is a key issue because otherwise we will face a lot of negative consequences to our economies and our border traffic.”

ANZ business confidence dropped to -44.3, risk rising that it becomes self-fulfilling

New Zealand ANZ Business Confidence dropped sharply from -44.3 to -52.3 in August. Activity Outlook also turned negative again, down from 5.0 to -0.5. ANZ noted that “employment, investment and export intentions all fell to dismal levels, along with profit expectations.” Also, “inflation indicators were weaker despite higher reported costs.”

Just over a third of this month’s survey responses were received after the surprised RBNZ -50bps OCR cut. ANZ noted “there were small differences in the responses before and after” and “none of the differences were statistically significant for any of the data series.” ANZ further said “the outlook for the economy appears to be deteriorating further, with firms extremely downbeat despite easier monetary conditions, fairly robust commodity prices, and positive population growth. Whatever the cause, the risk is rising that it becomes self-fulfilling.”

USD/JPY Mid-Day Outlook

Daily Pivots: (S1) 105.71; (P) 105.97; (R1) 106.29; More…

Despite today’s recovery, USD/JPY is staying below 106.73 minor resistance. Intraday bias remains neutral and further decline is expected. On the downside, break of 104.45 will resume recent down trend to 100% projection of 112.40 to 106.78 from 109.31 at 103.69. However, firm break of 106.73 will indicate short term bottoming and bring stronger rebound back to 55 day EMA (now at 107.34).

In the bigger picture, decline from 118.65 (Dec 2016) is still in progress and the pair is staying well inside long term falling channel. Firm break of 104.62 will target 100% projection of 118.65 to 104.62 from 114.54 at 100.51. For now, we’d expect strong support above 98.97 (2016 low) to contain downside to bring rebound. In any case, break of 112.40 is needed to the first serious sign of medium term bullishness. Otherwise, further decline will remain in favor in case of rebound.

Economic Indicators Update

GMT Ccy Events Actual Forecast Previous Revised
01:00 NZD ANZ Business Confidence Aug -52.3 -44.3
01:30 AUD Private Capital Expenditure Q2 -0.50% 0.40% -1.70% -1.30%
06:45 EUR French GDP Q/Q Q2 F 0.30% 0.20% 0.20%
07:55 EUR German Unemployment Change Aug 4K 4K 1K
07:55 EUR German Unemployment Claims Rate Aug 5.00% 5.00% 5.00%
09:00 EUR Eurozone Business Climate Indicator Aug 0.11 -0.15 -0.12 -0.11
09:00 EUR Eurozone Economic Confidence Aug 103.1 102.3 102.7
09:00 EUR Eurozone Industrial Confidence Aug -5.9 -7.5 -7.4 -7.3
09:00 EUR Eurozone Services Confidence Aug 9.3 10.5 10.6
09:00 EUR Eurozone Consumer Confidence Aug F -7.1 -7.1 -7.1 -6.6
12:00 EUR German CPI M/M Aug P -0.20% -0.10% 0.50%
12:00 EUR German CPI Y/Y Aug P 1.40% 1.50% 1.70%
12:30 CAD Current Account Balance (CAD) Q2 -6.38B -$9.70b -$17.35b -16.63B
12:30 USD GDP Annualized Q/Q Q2 S 2.00% 2.00% 2.10%
12:30 USD GDP Price Index Q2 S 2.4% 2.40% 2.40%
12:30 USD Advance Goods Trade Balance (USD) Jul -72.3B -74.0B -74.2B
12:30 USD Wholesale Inventories M/M Jul P 0.20% 0.20% 0.00%
12:30 USD Initial Jobless Claims (AUG 24) 215K 215K 209K 211K
14:00 USD Pending Home Sales M/M Jul 0.00% 2.80%
14:30 USD Natural Gas Storage 55B 59B

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