Daily UK and Europe Highlights - 10 August 2009

Monday morning, yes, we've all been there.  I am back folks with my annoying daily briefings that keep reminding you of the smoke-worthy green herbs that are growing in the UK and European economies.  Data cupboard is full this week with numbers coming from across the Eurozone and UK.

Key UK economic reports to prepare for this week should be the mirage known as Claimant Counts, BOE Inflation Report and UK Trade Balance figure.  An article out by The Independent should provide a good overview of the UK Claimant Count (Joblessness) figure, which is out on Wednesday.

Quick update on today morning Japanese economic data - private sector Machinery Orders figure came out today at 9.7% against a forecast of 2.8%.  Bank lending figures contracted and came in at 2.1% from previously report 2.4%.  Current account figure came at a better 1.80T Yen against last month print of 1.02T Yen.  M2 Money Stock YoY print expanded at 2.7% which is same as the June figure (July print came in at 2.5%).

In a worrying development of the people's personal freedom, the Telegraph reported that the UK government departments are seeking access to people's private telephone and email records every 60 seconds, statistically speaking.  From a security perspective I am not against this, however I do believe that the system is most likely rife with misuse.

Finally, before you choose a fund manager, make sure to give the South Korean parrot a call, she will probably offer better investment advise than chasing betas; or the beautiful virgin tarot card lady from Live or Let Die.

  • Must read: IMF puts total cost of crisis at 7.1 trillion Sterling (11.9 trn US) (Telegraph)
  • Must read: Britain risks a Japan-style lost decade, BoE to warn (Telegraph)
  • Must read: QE2 - Does the Bank of England know something that rest of us don't? (The Independent)
  • Must read: Taxpayer-owned banks repossess thousands of homes (Guardian)
  • Must read: China’s Property Sales Surge 60% From Year Earlier (Bloomberg)
  • Must read: No green shoot here - Baltic Dry Index has worst week since October meltdown as Chinese demand slows (Telegraph, FT)
  • Barclays yields to pressure over final-salary pension scheme changes - going to pump 500m Stg. (Guardian)
  • Barclays, Centrica, Lloyds, Prudential, Rio: U.K., Irish Equity Preview (Bloomberg)
  • RBS boss Stephen Hester defends bonuses - keep the bullshit coming mate (Guardian)
  • Chinese website slams Rio Tinto 'espionage’, cost industry $100 bln (Telegraph, FT)
  • UK Conservatives deny reported plans to raise VAT (CNBC)
  • Lloyds considers capital raising to cut cost of asset protection scheme (APS) (Telegraph, Reuters)
  • Revealed: How Army's new armoured vehicle is a death trap too (The Independent)
  • Helmand farmers to be offered millions to stop growing poppies (The Independent)
  • Slightly older - Brown 'buried' report showing £2.5bn wasted on defence (The Independent)
  • Small businesses find credit scarce and dear (The Independent, Bloomberg)
  • Must read: Aluminium riding high on futures dealing (FT)
  • Must read: UK sees record number of insolvencies - more to come due to rising unemployment (FT)
  • Talking their book - Scottish Widows Investment Partners (SWIP) predicts FTSE at 5000 next year (Telegraph)
  • Dollar retains gains on jobs boost, but dips vs Yen (Guardian)
  • Resolution Offers 1.86 Billion Pounds for Friends (Bloomberg)
  • Swiss Takeover Premiums Draw Fire From Lawmakers, Short-Changed Investors (Bloomberg)
  • Euro's Failing to Heed Goldman Sachs Doesn't Mean Dollar Is in Decline (Bloomberg)
  • Russian Central Bank Currency Approach Is `Historic Change,' Goldman Says (Bloomberg)
  • Corn, Wheat Futures Gain on Russia, Ukraine Dry-Weather Output Concerns (Bloomberg)
  • Poland's Economy Expanded Annual 0.5%-1% in the Second Quarter, Boni Says (Bloomberg)
  • Slovak Real Industrial Wages Extend Drop in June as Recession Kills Jobs (Bloomberg)
  • Czech July Inflation Rate Falls to 0.3%, Lowest Level Since September 2003 (Bloomberg)
  • Romania's Trade Deficit Narrows to Smallest Gap in Three Months in June (Bloomberg)
  • Must read: Turkey's Mysterious Inflows of Currency Defy Explanation From Central Bank (Bloomberg)
  • Gagfah Reports Second-Quarter Net Loss as German Apartments Fall in Value (Bloomberg)
  • Corporate Bond Risk Declines in Europe, Credit-Default Swap Prices Show (Bloomberg)
  • RHJ Still Has a `Good Chance' of Winning Opel, Fischer Tells Handelsblatt (Bloomberg)
  • Must read: Pequot Trading in Google, Cox, Premcor Triggered Watchdog Warnings to SEC (Bloomberg)
  • Sugar Rallying 40% in Options Pointing to 1981 Price Peak on Crop Failures (Bloomberg)
  • ECB says EUR 95mln borrowed using o/n loan facility, EUR 222.024bln deposited
  • ECB says Eurosystem covered bond purchase program totals EUR 5.555bln
  • North Sea Brent crude oil loading programme set at 123,000 BPD in September - Trade

Economic Calendar:

  • Bank of France Business Sentiment 87 vs. Exp. 86 (Prev. 41)
  • French Manufacturing Production (Jun) M/M 0.4% vs. Exp. 0.5% (Prev. 2.4%)
  • French Industrial Production (Jun) M/M 0.3% vs. Exp. 0.2% (Prev. 2.6%, Rev. 2.8%)
  • Eurozone Sentix Investor Confidence (Aug) M/M -17.0 vs. Exp. -25.8 (Prev. -31.3)
  • Czech Republic CPI inflation eases to 0.3% y/y in July
  • PM aide Boni puts Q2 GDP growth at 0.5% - 1.0%
  • Bulgarian registered unemployment rate reaches 7.62% in July
  • Romanian international trade deficit narrows to 668 mln euros from 2.1 bln euros last June
  • Slovak economic data found in the section above, Bloomie link.

Interesting articles from other Blogs, this morning:

  • Must read: Van der Moolen, HFT's loss - FOR DESKING (FT Alphaville)
  • Overdraft fees hand US banks a cool $38 bln - from overstretched borrowers at that... (FT Alphaville)
  • Bischoff plans Lloyds fundraising - punter-in-chief wants to raise 15 bln Stg from markets (FT Alphaville)
  • Gazprom in Serbia: How's that working out? (Fistful of Euros)
  • Insanity is when ... - interesting musings about the British (European Tribune)

Make sure you to watch the RAN Squawk 'EU Morning Briefing' video and visit the RAN Squawk News page.


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