FX traders are pricing in as big a potential disruption event for Italy's referendum as they did (correctly) for the Brexit vote. So-called 'currency-vigilantes' are buying EURUSD protection across the Dec 4th date of the vote in size as Italian bond spreads (over Bunds) push to 30-month highs.
Mario Draghi just dropped the c-word. In his address to the EU Parliament, the ECB President explained that financial-stability risks are "for the time being, contained." Having admitted that Deutsche Bank is correct that negative rates certainly hurt bank profits, Draghi remains "committed to accomodative policy." But it was ECB executive board member Benoit Coeure that spoiled the party by rejecting the narrative of ECB stock buying.
The key economic releases this week in the Thanksgiving-shortened week are the durable goods report and new home sales on Wednesday. There are several scheduled speaking engagements from Fed officials this week. Minutes from the November FOMC meeting will be released on Wednesday.
With the Trumpflation euphoria easing back slightly overnight, leading to a modest paring in the USD index and US Treasury yields, Asian and European stocks rose, while US equity futures rebounded to just shy of new all time highs, as crude jumped on renewed optimism that OPEC will agree to cut output; metals rebounded from last week’s losses as yields dropped and the dollar halted its longest winning streak versus the euro.
For the 21 companies in the DJIA that reported non-GAAP EPS for Q3 2016, the average non-GAAP EPS growth rate was 10.8%. For these same 21 companies, the average GAAP EPS growth rate for Q3 2016 was down 3.7%.
Banxico hike rates by 50bps - meeting expectations - to 5.25% (the highest since 2009) in their first post-Trump statement. Warning that the Mexican economy "faces elevated uncertainty" hike for the fourth time, presumably in an effort to support the currency but fears that a more hawkish Fed will be more aggressive going forward sparked renewed selling in the Peso.
After taking a one day breather, the "Trumpflation Rally" returned with a vengeance as global government bonds tumbled and the dollar rose on renewed speculation the economic outlook is strong enough to allow the Federal Reserve to hike in December (odds are now 94%). Asian shares rose, industrial metals and crude oil fell, European shares and US equity futures were pressured.
The dollar pulled back from close to 14-year highs on Tuesday, US and euro zone government bond yields fell and the price of copper tumbled as traders cashed in gains from a rally fueled by Donald Trump's victory in the U.S. presidential election. Was that it for the Trump "reflation rally."
With TARGET2 imbalances at record highs, Italian bonds yields are exploding higher (despite Draghi's foot on the scales) following Trump's populist-encouraging victory just a few shorts weeks ahead of Italy's referendum vote. The probability of reform rejection (and implicitly 'Italeave') is now 60%, according to Deutsche Bank, with complexity due to the country’s growth-banks-politics nexus: disappointing growth, concerns about the banking system and the rise of populist and euro-sceptic parties.