Traders Market Weekly: Inflation, Banker Risk with Fed, ECB and BoJ

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    Interesting Note from Scotia Bank on Fed

    A key issue overhanging global financial markets is whether the Federal Reserve is done hiking the fed funds policy rate. As the FOMC goes into communications blackout, we are unlikely to receive any further guidance from key Federal Reserve officials on what to expect into the June 14th decision unless they do so via preferred media outlets during blackout which they have done in the past. The likely silence will keep markets in limbo after a strong payrolls report that keeps the door open to further tightening. The next test may be US CPI on day 1 of the two-day June FOMC meeting.

    The core case for the Fed to be done hangs on interpretations of Fed-speak starting with Chair Powell’s May 19th remarks and culminating in this past week’s comments by other officials. Some have taken the suite of those remarks—and particularly the Chair’s—as a clear sign they will pause in June. That may be applying too much literary licence to what they actually said.

    Recall that on the 19th, Powell said the following:

    “Having come this far, we can afford to look at the data and the evolving outlook to make careful assessments.”

    He also noted that no decision had been made about the June meeting’s outcome and that they will take decisions one at a time depending upon the evolution of data and events like the debt ceiling agreement’s passage since those remarks were offered. What I heard the Fed chair say is quite literally that they will “look at the data” which to me sounds more like a shift away from providing explicit advance guidance that they will definitely hike toward taking it one meeting at a time. After getting another very strong payrolls report (here), it’s now onto core CPI.

    On that note, the Cleveland Fed’s core CPI ‘nowcast’ is leaning toward another hot print for May of about 0.5% m/m SA (chart 1). Should core CPI turn in a hot performance then it may be difficult for the FOMC to resist another hike. Also bear in mind that when Chair Powell spoke he was concerned about political developments around the debt ceiling and the risk of market dysfunction that has now been swept aside by the highly predictable passage of the agreement in both chambers of Congress.

    Markets also took comments from Governor—soon to be Vice Chair—Jefferson as supportive of a June pause. Funny, but here too what I heard him say doesn’t match the market narrative. Jefferson said:

    “A decision to hold our policy rate constant at a coming meeting should not be interpreted to mean that we have reached the peak rate for this cycle.”

    Note the difference between signalling a potential pause “at a coming meeting” versus, say, “at the next meeting” or “soon” which would have been a June pause signal consistent with language they’ve tended to use to communicate a greater sense of urgency.

    This coming week will offer plenty of time for markets to consider these matters absent much by way of US calendar-based developments. For that matter, we can say the same about much of the world with the exception of the week’s strong focus upon Canada.–2023.html


    Equity indices in the Asia-Pacific region began the week on a mostly higher note with Japan’s Nikkei reaching its highest level since mid-1990.

    —Equity Markets—

    Japan’s Nikkei: +2.2%
    Hong Kong’s Hang Seng: +0.8%
    China’s Shanghai Composite: +0.1%
    India’s Sensex: +0.4%
    South Korea’s Kospi: +0.5%
    Australia’s ASX All Ordinaries: +0.9%


    China’s Caixin Services PMI expanded for the fifth consecutive month in May.

    China’s May Caixin Services PMI 57.1 (expected 55.2; last 56.4) o Japan’s May Services PMI 55.9 (expected 56.3; last 55.4)

    There were additional reports about China’s government implementing multiple support measures to stimulate the property sector and the overall economy.


    Australia’s May Services PMI 52.1 (expected 51.8; last 53.7).
    May MI Inflation Gauge 0.9% m/m (last 0.2%).
    Q1 Business Inventories 1.2% qtr/qtr (expected 0.5%; last 0.3%)
    Q1 Gross Operating Profits 0.5% qtr/qtr (expected 1.5%; last 12.7%)


    Singapore’s April Retail Sales 0.3% m/m (expected 0.0%; last 2.2%); 3.6% yr/yr (expected 8.6%; last 4.5%)

    Hong Kong’s May Manufacturing PMI 50.6 (expected 53.0; last 52.4)

    India’s May Nikkei Services PMI 61.2 (expected 57.0; last 62.0)


    TSMC will raise its prices by 3-6% next year.


    Major European indices trade on a mostly higher note.

    —Equity Markets—

    STOXX Europe 600: +0.1%
    Germany’s DAX: +0.1%
    U.K.’s FTSE 100: +0.5%
    France’s CAC 40: -0.1%
    Italy’s FTSE MIB: -0.2%
    Spain’s IBEX 35: +0.3%


    Final May Services PMI readings from Germany, France, Italy, and Spain missed expectations, but remained in expansionary territory. Meanwhile, eurozone’s PPI was cooler than expected in the April reading.

    Eurozone’s April PPI -3.2% m/m (expected -3.1%; last -1.3%); 1.0% yr/yr (expected 5.9%; last 5.5%).
    May Services PMI 55.1 (expected 55.9; last 56.2).

    Germany’s May Services PMI 57.2 (expected 57.8; last 56.0)
    U.K.’s May Services PMI 55.2 (expected 55.1; last 55.9)
    France’s May Services PMI 52.5 (expected 52.8; last 54.6)
    Italy’s May Services PMI 54.0 (expected 56.5; last 57.6)
    Spain’s May Services PMI 56.7 (expected 59.9; last 57.9)


    Eurozone’s June Sentix Investor Confidence -17.0 (expected -15.2; last -13.1)

    Germany’s April trade surplus EUR18.4 bln (expected EUR16.0 bln; last EUR14.9 bln). April Imports -1.7% m/m (expected -1.0%; last -5.5%) and Exports 1.2% m/m (expected -2.5%; last -6.0%).

    Swiss May CPI 0.3% m/m, as expected (last 0.0%); 2.2% yr/yr (expected 2.8%; last 2.6%)


    Palo Alto Networks (PANW 230.39, +13.15, +6.1%): will replace DISH Network (DISH) in the S&P 500 prior to the open on June 20


    Chevron (CVX 158.32, +2.06, +1.3%) and Exxon (XOM 107.35, +1.59, +1.5%): OPEC+ makes no changes to oil production targets, but Saudi Arabia will implement an additional voluntary cut in its production of crude oil, amounting to one million barrels per day


    Allstate (ALL 112.00, +1.92, +1.7%): will stop offering new insurance policies in California due to climate conditions and building costs, according to NY Times


    Estee Lauder (EL 185.36, -2.93, -1.6%) downgraded to Perfrom from Outperform at Oppenheimer
    Dollar General (DG 164.13, -1.99, -1.2%): downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley
    Target (TGT 132.21, -1.01, -0.8%): downgraded to Sector Weight from Overweight at KeyBanc


    EPAM Systems (EPAM 222.90, -36.75, -14.2%): sees Q2 and FY23 EPS and revs below expectations


    Apple (AAPL 182.55, +1.61, +0.9%): will introduce its mixed reality headset at WWDC today, according to Bloomberg

    3M (MMM 102.49, -0.04, -0.04%): Lawyers trying to delay 3M (MMM) trial to come to settlement, according to WSJ

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