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21 Feb 2023

Rates rethink

• Higher bond yields. Stronger services PMI data in Europe and the US has seen interest rate markets adjust further. This has weighed on risk sentiment.• USD firm. The lift in US yields is supporting the USD. AUD has drifted back. Locally, wages data is released today.• AUD/NZD in focus. RBNZ announcement today. Will the RBNZ stay the course and hike by 50bps, or will it hold back given the cyclone impacts? A negative night for markets with investor sentiment shaken by another jump in bond yields as positive economic data fueled expectations central banks, particularly the US Fed, have...

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Canadian Inflation, Retail Numbers Ease Policy Concerns

Headline Canadian inflation slowed last month, and underlying price indicators eased, alleviating pressure on the Bank of Canada to follow its southern counterpart in signalling a more aggressive pace of rate increases. Data released by Statistics Canada this morning showed the Consumer Price Index rising 5.9 percent on a year-over-year basis in January, below consensus expectations for a 6.1 percent increase, even as the month-over-month change hit 0.5 percent – exceeding a forecasted -0.1 percent decline. Gasoline prices rose 4.7 percent month-over-month. Shelter costs decelerated, up 6.6 percent year-over-year, down from December’s 7-percent pace as rate hikes impacted the housing...

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Markets Retreat as Fed Minutes and Spending Data Loom

The dollar steamroller ground to a halt over the long weekend, but appears to be getting a small push from worsening risk sentiment as markets reopen this morning. Treasury yields are pushing higher, equity futures are down, oil prices are slumping, and risk-sensitive currencies are back on the defensive in foreign exchange markets. A surge in optimism among British businesses is lifting the pound. An update published this morning showed the S&P’s composite purchasing manager index climbing to 53 in early February from 48.3 in the prior month, firmly above the 50 threshold that separates expansion from contraction, and sufficient...

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Silent night

Unsurprisingly, with the US President’s Day holiday and no major news across the other regions, it has been a quiet start to the week. European equities eased back slightly, tracking the modest falls in US S&P500 futures (now -0.3%) with the US Fed’s higher-for-longer interest rate outlook continuing to sink in. European bond yields ticked up 2-5bps across their respective curves, with some ‘hawkish’ comments from the ECB’s Rehn playing a role. According to Rehn inflation is “excessively high”, further rate hikes by the ECB beyond March seem “logical”, and the bank shouldn’t rush to start discussing rate cuts. The...

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