With the Italian referendum now in the rearview mirror, the market's attention focuses on this Thursday's second most important event, the ECB meeting on Thursday. Here are the key questions the market will want answered.
Less than a month after the "shocking" election of Donald Trump as US president, the world prepares for another day of political shockwaves, this time out of Europe, when on Sunday all eyes will be on Italy and, to a slightly lesser extent, Austria.
The final November fund flow numbers are in, and as BofA's Michael Hartnett puts it, November was a "watershed month" for fund flows with the largest 5-week bond outflows in 3.5 years (Chart 1), largest 3-week precious metals outflows in 3.5 years (Chart 3) and largest 4-week equity inflows in 2 years.
Following a November to remember, which saw tremendous market gains following the election of Donald Trump, December has started off on the back foot, with US equity futures lower, European stocks halting a two day advance ahead of the Italian referendum, US Treasury yields higher and the US dollar backing away from a 9 month high.
Overnight the yield on China's sovereign 10Y bond jumped 6.5bps to 2.94% on what Bloomberg dubbed were "liquidity fears." This was the biggest one day spike for the benchmark bond since Jan. 25, according to ChinaBond data.
The key economic releases this week are consumer confidence on Tuesday, ISM manufacturing on Thursday, and the employment report on Friday. There are a few scheduled speaking engagements from Fed officials this week. The Beige Book for the December FOMC period will be released on Wednesday.