DAX Under Pressure, Investors Eye Fed Minutes

The DAX index has posted losses in the Wednesday session. Currently, the index is trading at 12,428.50 down 0.48% since the Tuesday close. On the release front, German and Eurozone Manufacturing PMIs slowed in January. The German PMI dipped to 60.3, shy of the estimate of 60.6 points. It was a similar story with the Eurozone PMI, which dropped to 58.5, shy of the estimate of 59.2 points. In the US, the key event is the Federal Reserve minutes from the January meeting.

It continues to be a blue February for the DAX, which has declined 6.2% so far this month. The correction on the US stock markets has sent European markets lower, although the DAX managed to gain ground last week, as European corporate earnings were generally strong. Will the stock market volatility resume? The markets are keeping a close eye on the Fed minutes, which could provide a hint of future rate policy. . Recent US numbers have been strong, and inflation indicators have been pointing upwards. This has raised concerns that the Fed may accelerate its pace of hikes, which triggered a sharp correction in global stock markets. The new chair of the Fed, Jerome Powell has tried to reassure the markets that the Fed is monitoring the situation, but it’s doubtful that the Fed can do much to prevent volatility in the markets.

It’s been a wild, wild ride for Bitcoin, the most popular virtual currency. Bitcoin has fluctuated between $900 and $19,000 over the past years. These wild swings have drawn the attention of policymakers and lawmakers, as there are growing concerns that virtual currencies could have a negative economic impact. France and Germany want to put virtual currencies on the agenda at the next G-20 meeting, and there is bipartisan support in Congress to adopt new rules to regulate virtual currencies. However, Draghi poured cold water on any ECB involvement, saying that it was not the ECB’s responsibility to ban or regulate Bitcoin. Draghi added that the ECB was exploring the use of blockchain, a digital technology to monitor bitcoin transactions.

Economic Calendar

Wednesday (February 21)

  • 3:30 German Flash Manufacturing PMI. Estimate 60.6
  • 4:00 German Flash Services PMI. Estimate 56.9
  • 4:00 Eurozone Flash Manufacturing PMI. Estimate 59.2
  • 4:00 Eurozone Flash Services PMI. Estimate 57.7
  • 14:00 US FOMC Meeting Minutes

*All release times are EST

*Key events are in bold

 

DAX, Wednesday, February 21 at 8:50 EDT

Open: 12,451.96 High: 12,512.00 Low: 12,426.50 Close: 12,428.50

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DAX Under Pressure Despite Strong German Releases

The DAX index has posted slight losses in the Tuesday session. Currently, the index is trading at 12,362.98, down 0.19% since the Monday close. On the release front, German and eurozone confidence reports for February beat the estimates, but slowed compared to the January releases. German ZEW Economic Sentiment came in at 17.8, beating the estimate of 16.0 points. Eurozone ZEW Economic Sentiment dropped to 29.3, above the estimate of 28.4. German PPI improved to 0.5%, above the estimate of 0.3%. This marked the strongest reading since January 2017. On Wednesday, Germany and the eurozone release manufacturing PMIs. In the US, the Federal Reserve will release the minutes of its January meeting.

The recent turbulence in global stock markets have sent the DAX lower, and the index has shed 5.9% in February. However, the index rebounded last week, posting a winning week for the first time since mid-January. The catalyst for the gains were positive corporate earnings in Europe. The US recently passed massive corporate and individual tax reform, worth $1.5 trillion. This could significantly boost earnings in Q1 of 2018 for European companies which have major operations in the US, such as banking giants Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank, which are listed on the DAX.

The recent turbulence in the global stock markets has triggered strong volatility in the currency markets, and ECB President Mario Draghi recently stated that the ECB was concerned about the euro’s sharp fluctuations. Last week, Draghi weighed in on Bitcoin, a cryptocurrency which has seen wild fluctuations in recent months. There are growing calls for regulation of these currencies, and central banks could play a key role in such regulation. However, Draghi poured cold water on any ECB involvement, saying that it was not the ECB’s responsibility to ban or regulate Bitcoin. Draghi added that the ECB was exploring the use of blockchain, a digital technology to monitor bitcoin transactions.  France and Germany want to cryptocurrencies on the agenda at the next G-20 meeting, and there is bipartisan support in Congress to adopt new rules to regulate virtual currencies.

Economic Calendar

Tuesday (February 20)

  • 2:00 German PPI. Estimate 0.3%. Actual 0.5%
  • 5:00 German ZEW Economic Sentiment. Estimate 16.0. Actual 17.8
  • 5:00 Eurozone ZEW Economic Sentiment. Estimate 28.4. Actual 29.3
  • All Day – ECOFIN Meetings
  • 10:00 Eurozone Consumer Confidence. Estimate 1

Wednesday (February 21)

  • 3:30 German Flash Manufacturing PMI. Estimate 60.6
  • 4:00 German Flash Services PMI. Estimate 56.9
  • 4:00 Eurozone Flash Manufacturing PMI. Estimate 59.2
  • 4:00 Eurozone Flash Services PMI. Estimate 57.7
  • 14:00 US FOMC Meeting Minutes

*All release times are EST

*Key events are in bold

DAX, Tuesday, February 20 at 6:30 EDT

Open: 12,451.96 High: 12,512.00 Low: 12,426.50 Close: 12,362.98

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DAX Gains Ground as Dollar Under Pressure

The DAX index has posted considerable gains in the Friday session. Currently, the index is trading at 12,418.30, up 0.58% since the Wednesday close. On the release front, the sole release was the German Wholesale Price Index, which rebounded with a strong gain of 0.9%, crushing the estimate of 0.2%.

It’s been a dismal February for the DAX, which has shed 6.1%. However, the index has steadied, and appears headed towards its first winning week since January. The catalyst for the turnaround after the recent sell-off is strong corporate earnings in Europe. European stock markets have taken their cue from US markets, which have posted gains this week at the expense of the weaker US dollar.

The recent stock market turbulence has triggered volatility in the currency markets, and this is causing concern at the ECB. Last week, ECB President Mario Draghi said that he is more confident that eurozone inflation is moving closer to the Bank’s target of just below 2 percent, due to improving economic growth. However, Draghi listed currency market volatility as an obstacle to the inflation target, and added that the ECB would carefully monitor the euro’s exchange rates. The ECB tapered its massive stimulus program from EUR 60 billion to 30 billion/mth in January, and the markets are on the lookout for hints as to whether the ECB will normalize policy and wind up stimulus in September.

Economic Calendar

Friday (February 16)

  • 2:00 German WPI. Estimate 0.2%. Actual 0.9%

*All release times are EST

*Key events are in bold

 

DAX, Friday, February 16 at 6:10 EDT

Open: 12,408.29 High: 12,483.50 Low: 12,368.00 Close: 12,418.30

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DAX Climbs as Investors Ignore Spike in US Consumer Inflation

The DAX index has posted strong gains in the Thursday session. Currently, the index is trading at 12,453.00, up 0.92% since the Wednesday close. In the eurozone, trade surplus continues to grow, climbing to EUR 23.8 billion. This beat the forecast of EUR 22.4 billion. On Friday, Germany releases the Wholesale Price Index, which is expected to rebound with a gain of 0.2%.

European stock markets are higher on Thursday, as company earnings from major European corporations have been strong. The bank sector has posted strong gains, and this is reflected in bank shares on the DAX – Commerzbank is up 2.39%, and Deutsche Bank is close behind at 2.04%. It has been a blue February for the DAX, which has slipped 5.9%, as global stock markets endured a sharp correction last week. This week has seen some improvement, and US markets were up on Wednesday, despite soft retail sales as well as higher inflation. The recent sell-off was triggered by concern that stronger inflation would lead to an acceleration in rate hikes. So far, the stronger CPI numbers out of the US have not spooked investors.

The recent stock market turbulence has triggered volatility in the currency markets, and this is causing concern at the ECB. Last week, ECB President Mario Draghi said that he is more confident that eurozone inflation is moving closer to the Bank’s target of just below 2 percent, due to improving economic growth. However, Draghi listed currency market volatility as an obstacle to the inflation target, and added that the ECB would carefully monitor the euro’s exchange rates. The ECB tapered its massive stimulus program from EUR 60 billion to 30 billion/mth in January, and the markets are on the lookout for hints as to whether the ECB will normalize policy and wind up stimulus in September.

Economic Calendar

Thursday (February 15)

  • 5:00 Eurozone Trade Balance. Estimate 22.4B. Actual 23.8B

Friday (February 16)

  • 2:00 German WPI. Estimate 0.2%

*All release times are EST

*Key events are in bold

DAX, Thursday, February 15 at 6:00 EDT

Open: 12,446.00 High: 12,480.28 Low: 12,400.69 Close: 12,453.00

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DAX Gains Ground on German, Eurozone Growth

The DAX index has posted losses in the Wednesday session. Currently, the index is trading at 12,277.50, up 0.67% since the Tuesday close. In Germany, Preliminary GDP slowed in the fourth quarter to 0.6%, but still matched the estimate. Final CPI declined 0.7%, also matching the forecast. Eurozone Flash GDP for Q4 remained steady at 0.6% for a third straight quarter, matching the estimate. In the US, the markets are expecting mixed inflation numbers. Core CPI is expected to expected to edge lower to 0.2%, while CPI is forecast to improve to 0.1%.

European markets have given a thumbs-up to German and Eurozone GDP reports. Both indicators showed respectable gains of 0.6% in the fourth quarter. On an annual basis, Eurozone GDP was up by 2.7%, underscoring the strong rebound in the eurozone economy in 2017. The DAX is marginally higher last week, after sliding 7.6% last week. In the banking sector, stocks are in green territory on Wednesday. Commerzbank has posted strong gains of 1.24%, and Deutsche Bank has gained 0.24%.

Investors across the globe, who endured a massive sell-off last week, will be keeping a close eye on US inflation indicators. Concern over higher inflation and additional rate hikes was a catalyst to the volatility in the stock markets, and any whiff of higher consumer inflation could again spook investors and send the markets into a tailspin. The new head of the Federal Reserve, Jerome Powell, sought to send a reassuring message on Tuesday, saying that the Fed is on alert to any risks to financial stability. However, it is clear that the Fed’s hand is limited when it comes to stock markets moves, and the volatility which we saw last week could resume at any time.

Economic Calendar

Wednesday (February 14)

  • 2:00 German Preliminary GDP. Estimate 0.6%. Actual 0.6%
  • 2:00 German Final CPI. Estimate -0.7%. Actual -0.7%
  • 3:00 German Buba President Weidmann Speaks
  • 5:00 Eurozone Flash GDP. Estimate 0.6%. Actual 0.6%
  • Tentative – German 30-year Bond Auction
  • 8:30 US CPI. Estimate 0.3%
  • 8:30 US Core CPI. Estimate 0.2%

Thursday (February 15)

  • 5:00 Eurozone Trade Balance. Estimate 22.4B

*All release times are EST

*Key events are in bold

DAX, Wednesday, February 14 at 6:35 EDT

Open: 12,315.50 High: 12,318.46 Low: 12,263.50 Close: 12,277.50

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DAX Dips as Investors Still Skeptical

The DAX index has posted losses in the Tuesday session. Currently, the index is trading at 12,230.44, down 0.44% on the day. On the release front, there are no German or Eurozone indicators on the schedule for a second straight day.

US stock markets posted gains on Monday, raising hopes that last week’s correction is over. However, European investors appear to be more skeptical, as European markets are in red territory. The DAX has dropped 0.40% on Tuesday, erasing the gains from Monday. It’s been a rough February for investors, as the DAX has shed 7.6% since the start of the month. Investors will likely remain on the sidelines until there is stronger optimism that the massive sell-off is over.

German President Angela Merkel has reached an agreement with the socialist SDP to form a new government, but the price was steep, as the SDP extracted major concessions from Merkel, notably control of the powerful finance ministry. This will likely mark a shift in Germany’s eurozone policy, which had been marked by a conservative stance under former finance minister Wolfgang Schaeuble. The weaker members of the eurozone, such as Greece, will likely find a more sympathetic ear for financial help from the SDP than they did from Schauble. Many conservatives fear that the Olaf Scholz, who is expected to become finance minster, will not be as fiscally responsible as Schaeuble. On the weekend Scholz said that Germany should not dictate economic policies to other eurozone members. The coalition agreement still requires the consent of a majority of the 464,000 members of the SDP, and if the deal is rejected, Germany will likely be headed to new elections.

Economic Calendar

Tuesday (February 13)

  • There are no German or eurozone events

Wednesday (February 14)

  • 2:00 German Preliminary GDP. Estimate 0.6%
  • 2:00 German Final CPI. Estimate -0.7%
  • 3:00 German Buba President Weidmann Speaks
  • 5:00 Eurozone Flash GDP. Estimate 0.6%

*All release times are EST

*Key events are in bold

DAX, Tuesday, February 13 at 6:15 EDT

Open: 12,262.86 High: 12,298.96 Low: 12,1206.18 Close: 12,234.44

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DAX Rebounds After Rough Week

The DAX index has started the week with gains in the Monday session. Currently, the index is trading at  12,303.00, up 1.63% since Friday’s close. On the release front, there are no German or Eurozone indicators on the schedule.

Global stock markets were turbulent last week, and the DAX suffered sharp losses of 4.6%. US markets ended the week with gains, and Asian and European markets have followed suit on Monday. On Thursday, the DAX dropped to its lowest level since early September. It’s been a rough February for the stock markets, and the DAX has shed 7.6% since the start of the month. Is the correction over? It’s too early too tell, since much of the sell-off is related to investor concerns over possible interest rate hikes by major central banks. The Bank of England has said it could accelerate its pace of hikes, and the Federal Reserve could follow suit if inflation moves higher.

German President Angela Merkel has reached an agreement with the socialist SDP to form a new government, but the price was steep, as the SDP extracted major concessions from Merkel, notably control of the powerful finance ministry. This will likely mark a shift in Germany’s eurozone policy, which had been marked by a conservative stance under former finance minister Wolfgang Schaeuble. The weaker members of the eurozone, such as Greece, will likely find a more sympathetic ear for financial help from the SDP than they did from Schauble. Many conservatives fear that the Olaf Scholz, who is expected to become finance minster, will not be as fiscally responsible as Schaeuble. On the weekend Scholz said that Germany should not dictate economic policies to other eurozone members. The coalition agreement still requires the consent of a majority of the 464,000 members of the SDP, and if the deal is rejected, Germany will likely be headed to new elections.

 

Economic Calendar

Monday (February 12)

  • There are no Eurozone or German events

*All release times are GMT

*Key events are in bold

DAX, Monday, February 12 at 7:10 EDT

Open: 12,224.60 High: 12,296.49 Low: 12,196.04 Close: 12,303.00

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FX and Equities Brace for a Bumpy Week

Monday February 12: Five things the markets are talking about

Investors are bracing for another bumpy ride this week after market volatility has returned with a vengeance, delivering the biggest rout in global stocks in a number of years.

Despite stocks getting a reprieve overnight, investor fears of interest rate hikes that started the market correction continues to persist.

Last week, the CBOE volatility index ended almost three times higher than its Jan. 26 level. The ten-year Treasury yield finished last week atop of where they started at +2.85%.

Stateside, this week’s inflation report – U.S consumer-price data on Wednesday – could be the catalyst for a major struggle between equities and bonds that triggered the initial market turbulence.

Elsewhere, while the coming week is absent of G10 central bank meetings, there are a number of important economic indicators to be released. In the U.K, consumer and producer price indexes and retail sales for last month should be a challenge for the pound (£1.3560). While in Japan, its first estimate of Q4 growth along with last month’s producer price index and December’s machinery orders (a proxy for capital spending) should be capable of moving the yen (¥108.70).

Later today, President Trump will deliver his 2019 budget blueprint.

1. Stocks breath a ‘sigh of relief’

Global equities overnight have found some temporary support while volatility remains elevated.

Note: In Japan, equity markets were closed due to a bank holiday Feb. 12, while Chinese New-Year celebrations for the ‘Year of the Dog’ begin (Feb 15-21) and follow across much of Asia, including Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia.

Down-under, the Aussie S&P/ASX 200 was down -0.6%, weighed down by a fresh -1.6% drop in the energy sector, while in S. Korea, the Kospi rallied +0.4%.

China and Hong Kong stocks rebounded after last week’s aggressive sell-off. In China, the Shanghai Composite index was up +0.8%, while China’s blue-chip CSI300 index was up +1.3%. In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng Index was up +0.71%.

In Europe, regional indices are trading sharply higher across the board following on from a sharp rebound on Wall Street Friday and positive Asian markets.

U.S stocks are set to open deep in the ‘black (+1.2%).

Indices: Stoxx600 +1.5% at 374.1, FTSE +1.2% at 7181, DAX +1.9% at 12336, CAC-40 +1.5% at 5153, IBEX-35 +1.5% at 9785, FTSE MIB +1.1% at 22404, SMI +1.8% at 8831, S&P 500 Futures +1.2%

2. Oil prices rally +1%, gold higher

Oil prices start the week better bid, recovering some of this month’s steep losses as global equities find some firm footing after last week sea of red.

Brent crude futures are at +$63.54 per barrel, up +75c, or +1.2% from Friday’s close. U.S West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures are at +$60.04 a barrel – that’s up +84c, or +1.4% from the close.

The stronger prices came after crude registered its biggest loss in two years last week as global stock markets slumped.

Nonetheless, rising U.S production continues to undermine the efforts led by the OPEC and Russia to tighten markets and prop up prices.

Note: U.S oil production has rallied above +10m bpd, overtaking top exporter Saudi Arabia and coming within reach of top producer Russia.

There are also strong signals the output will rally further. Data on Friday showed that U.S energy companies added 26 oilrigs looking for new production, boosting the count to +791, the highest since April 2015.

Ahead of the U.S open, gold prices have edged a tad higher as the dollar eased against G7 currency pairs after last week’s rally. Expect investors to take their cues from this weeks U.S inflation data. Spot gold is up +0.3% percent at +$1,320.19 an ounce.

Note: Prices touched their lowest since Jan. 4 at +$1,306.81 last week.

3. Sovereign yields creep higher

U.S and eurozone government bond yields have edged higher overnight, heading back towards multi-year highs on unease that a pick up in inflationary pressures globally and a strong domestic economy will encourage the ECB and the Fed to signal to be more aggressive than originally priced in at the beginning of the year.

In Europe, bond yields across the bloc were +1-2 bps higher in early trade, while in the U.S the 10-year note trades atop of its four-year highs.

In Germany, the 10-year Bund yield is up almost +2 bps at +0.77% and within sight of its nearly three-year high hit last week at around +0.81%. The yield on the U.S 10-year note has rallied +4 bps to +2.90%, the highest in more than four years, while in the U.K, the 10-year Gilt yield has gained +4 bps to +1.605%.

4. The U.S dollar’s quiet trading session

A broad-based flight to safe haven, such as U.S treasuries or the Japanese yen (¥108.70), has not happened to date despite the recent turmoil on equity markets.

The dollar ‘bulls’ are looking for the USD to rally this week, despite financial market volatility to remain high near-term as looser U.S fiscal policy and upside risk to U.S. inflation raises concerns.

Overnight, FX saw a quiet session ahead of some key inflation data this week (U.K Jan CPI Feb 13 and U.S Jan CPI on Feb 14).

Note: The recent pick up in global bond yields has been led stateside, while capital market wait for more details from President Trump’s budget and his infrastructure plan.

EUR/USD (€1.2272) is little changed, but holding below the psychological €1.23 handle. On the weekend, ECB’s Nowotny (Austria) reiterated the concerns about attempts by the U.S to politically influence the exchange rate.

GBP/USD (£1.3860) trades atop of Friday’s close despite the BoE having turned more rates ‘bullish’ last week. Dealers are now putting more weight on Brexit concerns as the U.K previously admitted that the growth potential of the economy had declined.

USD/JPY (¥108.70) is steady as Japanese markets were closed for a bank holiday.

5. Swiss inflation still super low

Data this morning showed that Swiss consumer prices slid -0.1% in January from December leaving the annual inflation rate at +0.7% and slightly below expectations.

Digging deeper, the decrease compared with the previous month is due in particular to the decrease in prices for outpatient hospital medical services. Prices for air transport also declined, along with prices for clothing and footwear, in particular because of sales. In contrast, prices for overnight stays in hotels, heating oil and electricity increased.

Inflation is still low despite the Swiss National Bank’s (SNB) efforts to raise it through negative interest rates and a willingness to intervene in currency markets.

Forex heatmap

DAX Slide Continues as US Markets See Red

The DAX index has posted sharp losses in the Friday session. Currently, the index is trading at 12,210.00, down 0.41% on the day. On the release front, there are no German or Eurozone indicators on the schedule.

Nervous investors continues to watch the massive sell-offs in the markets, and European markets have been following the downward trend in the North American and Asian sessions. It’s been a blue February for the DAX, which has plunged 7.8 percent. On Thursday, the DAX dropped to its lowest level since early September. Interestingly, the catalyst for the current turbulence has been solid economic data in the US, namely, improved payrolls and wage growth reports. This has raised concerns of inflation, which could lead to a quicker pace of rate hikes from the Federal Reserve. This sentiment has sent the bond markets higher, while weighing on global stock markets.

Hawks coming home to roost

It’s been a slow process, but Germany finally is on the verge of forming a new government. On Wednesday, the socialist SDP and Angela Merkel’s conservatives announced that they had finalized a coalition agreement. In the last government, the SDP was the junior partner of the conservatives, but this time around the SDP has extracted major concessions from Merkel, including the finance and foreign affairs ministries. This will likely mark a shift in Germany’s eurozone policy, which had been marked by a conservative stance under former finance minister Wolfgang Schaeuble. The weaker members of the eurozone, such as Greece, will likely find a more sympathetic ear for financial help from the SDP than they did from Schauble. The coalition agreement still requires the consent of a majority of the 464,000 members of the SDP, but is expected to pass this final hurdle.

Economic Calendar

Friday (February 9)

  • There are no German or eurozone events

DAX, Friday, February 9 at 5:35 EDT

Open: 12,224.60 High: 12,296.49 Low: 12,196.04 Close: 12,210.00

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