Iran retaliation muted, DJIA 29000, NFP miss halts rally
Mon Jan 6
Markets were on edge in the early part of today, continuing the sentiment from Friday, and awaiting Iran’s response to the assassination of their top general last week. However, although DAX and FTSE closed down, by the close, sentiment had recovered sufficiently to post a positive day for US indices and non-US futures. The dollar was initially sold off in London for the same reason, and did not recover by the end of the day. Gold, JPY and Bonds were of course up, but Oil faded slightly, giving back some of its huge gain on the initial action.
Tuesday January 7
Another down day for the same reasons as Monday, waiting for Iran, with all indices in the red. The dollar stayed a recovery, maybe in response to Trade Balance (1330) and Services PMI (1500) beats, which added to the beats in yesterday’s Manufacturing PMIs. However, the risk-off mood remained, with JPY, bonds and Gold all up. At the very end of the day, the Iranians did strike back, which cause a sudden move in the markets, in the risk off direction, which you can see around midnight.
Wednesday January 8
As relief unfolded that the Iranian response to the Solemaini killing was relatively muted, a few missiles at a US base with apparently no casualties, and a statement from Iran that their response was concluded, markets rallied, and risk assets and Oil fell sharply, erasing completely last Thursday’s gains. The dollar was up across the board (other than with AUD and NZD were flat/slightly up) as well, a clear change in mood, not doubt helped by the substantial beat (202k vs 150k) in the ADP jobs report.
Thursday January 9
The Iran relief factor continued into a second day, despite a series of economic misses, particularly the Chinese inflation print at 0130. All indices everywhere were up, as again was the dollar across the board. Gold was down in line, but after a 10bp move up on Wednesday, yields pulled back slightly. Oil was down although the move was much shallower than on Wednesday. Late in the day, without any fanfare, the UK finally passed its long-awaited Brexit bill.
Friday January 10
The NFP print today disappointed, coming in at 145k against the modest estimate of 164k. Futures had made a new ATH of 3288 just before the release, and then SPX (and all other indices) faded gently for the rest of the day, although DJIA briefly made a new round point high of 29000. The dollar was also down today (with only GBP going lower), and in line with equities, the haven trio were all up. Oil hardly moved, down about 30c on the day.
WEEKLY PRICE MOVEMENT
The biggest forex move in this risk-on week was unsurprisingly USDJPY, leading to the biggest index gain on the NKY. Crypto assets rallied as well, and some FANGS well-outperformed NDX generally.
Note we use Google Finance data for daily movements, listing UUP as a proxy for DXY. All references to ‘the dollar’ are based on DXY. The equity and index prices are now based on the cash close each day.
NEXT WEEK (all times are GMT)
(Calendar High volatility items are in bold)
- Earnings season begins
- US, UK and Germany inflation
- Phase 1 deal to be signed
- Large Fed speaker roster
Monday January 13
Fed Rosengren (hawk) and Bostic (centrist) speak today, although both are non-voters. Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal, passed last Thursday in the UK’s lower house, goes to the upper House of Lords today, although the convention is that manifesto commitment bills are not challenged.
09:30 GBP UK GDP
15:30 CAD BoC Business Outlook Survey
Tuesday January 14
Earnings season opens today, with, as always the banks. Today JPM, C and WFC report before the bell. Fed Williams (dovish) and George (hawk) speak today. Only Williams has a vote.
07:00 CNY China Imports/Exports/TB
13:30 USD US CPI (MoM e0.2% p0.2%)
14:00 USD Fed's Williams speech
Wednesday January 15
The long awaited Phase 1 of the China trade deal is due to be signed today, although clearly, this is already priced in. More bank earnings today before the bell from BAC and GS, and also from DJIA component UNH. Fed Harker and Kaplan (voters) speak.
08:40 GBP BoE Saunders speech
09:30 GBP UK CPI (YoY e1.5% p1.5%)
10:00 EUR Eurozone Industrial Production
13:30 USD US PPI
16:00 USD US-China Phase One Trade Deal Signature
16:00 USD Fed Harker speech
18:00 EUR ECB Weidmann speech
Thursday January 16
A US Forex treasury report is expected today. All eyes will be on whether China is de-listed as a currency manipulator. Some smaller banks report before the bell. There are rate decisions on TRY and ZAR. US Retail Sales is the main release.
07:00 EUR Germany CPI (YoY e1.5% p1.5%)
09:30 GBP BoE Credit Conditions Survey (Q4)
12:30 EUR ECB MPC Minutes
13:30 USD US Retail Sales (Control Group MoM e0.4% p0.1%)
13:30 USD Philly Fed Manufacturing Survey
13:30 USD US Jobless Claims
15:00 USD Fed Bowman speech
Friday January 17
Fed Harker speaks again today, and there are more small bank earnings. There is a rate decision on KRW
02:00 CNY China GDP (YoY e6% p6%)
02:00 CNY China Retail Sales
09:30 GBP UK Retail Sales
10:00 EUR Eurozone CPI
13:30 USD US Building Permits/Housing Starts
14:00 USD Fed Harker speech
14:15 USD US Industrial Production (MoM) (Dec)
15:00 USD US Michigan CSI (e99.4 p99.3)
17:45 USD Fed Bowman speech
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