Despite a bevy of banks now warning that this is as good as it gets and a sharp market correction is imminent, nothing could spoil the markets party overnight, overnight we saw futures reverse a modest weakness and rebound back to all time highs as investors cheered solid earnings reports from companies including Bank of America and BlackRock and waited what should be a blockbuster retail sales report.
At 8:00 a.m. ET, Dow e-minis were up 161 points, or 0.47%, S&P 500 e-minis were up 22.25 points, or 0.56%, and Nasdaq 100 e-minis were up 114.75 points, or 0.83%.
“We are probably entering the last stage of the pricing of the growth acceleration, and we see encouraging signs suggesting the ‘reflationary’ environment can continue and be supportive for risky assets in the near term,” Goldman Sachs Group Inc. strategists led by Alessio Rizzi wrote in a note. “Across assets we continue to prefer equity over credit, and favor a pro-cyclical stance within equity.”
S&P 500 contracts rose 0.4% after the underlying index eased back from an all-time high on Wednesday. Bank of America Corp. and other financialstocks rose in the U.S. pre-market after the lender posted better-than-expected trading revenue. Meanwhile, BlackRock said its assets under management rose to a record $9 trillion in the first quarter, and reported a 16% jump in first-quarter profit as investors poured more money into its diverse funds and fee revenue jumped.
Top U.S. banks kicked off first-quarter reporting season on Wednesday, with Goldman Sachs Group Inc, JPMorgan Chase & Co and Wells Fargo & Co posting sold results largely thanks to massive reserve releases and solid trading revenue.
Most high-flying technology stocks rebounded from a drop in the previous session, with Apple Inc, Microsoft Corp Facebook Inc and Amazon.com Inc rising between 0.5% and 1%. The newly-listed cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase jumped 8.8%, a day after going public in a high-profile debut on the Nasdaq that briefly valued it at more than $100 billion.
European equities climbed as electrical power firm ABB Ltd. boosted its sales guidance and miners rallied. The ruble slid as the Biden administration looked poised to take action against Russian individuals and entities in retaliation for alleged misconduct related to the SolarWinds hack and the U.S. election. Here are some of the biggest European movers today:
- AB InBev shares jump as much as 5.4% after being upgraded to overweight at Barclays, which said the market’s expectations of margins declining in FY21 was “too pessimistic.” The broker added that AB InBev was the only beverage stock in coverage that could “theoretically double” during 2021.
- Neste shares gain as much as 3.8% after UBS raised the stock to buy, saying the shares discount “an overly cautious” outlook for renewable products in the long term.
- Publicis shares rise as much as 4.6% to their highest level in over two years as the ad firm reported 1Q revenue that beat estimates. Analysts praised its return to organic growth, with Citi saying that Publicis is “back to growth with a bang.”
- Deutsche Wohnen shares gain as much as 6.8% after Germany’s top court struck down Berlin’s five-year rent freeze and restrictions forcing landlords to reduce prices, saying the city lacked the power to impose the rules.
- ABB shares advanced as much as 4.1% as preliminary results came in above expectations. Handelsbanken said the stronger outcome in 1Q for operational Ebita increases its FY 2021 earnings outlook by 4.3%.
- THG shares fall as much as 5.2% after the online retailer maintained recently upgraded FY ‘21 revenue growth guidance of +30% to +35% and signaled capital expenditure would be higher.
- SEB shares decline as much as 1.8%, with the stock being cut to sell at Handelsbanken. The broker said it saw weak loan demand from corporates, but strong capital position.
Earlier in the session, Asian stocks gained, overcoming a midday dip, as a gauge of technology shares erased a loss and climbed. TSMC was the biggest boost to the MSCI Asia Pacific Index and Taiwan’s benchmark stock gauge, climbing into the close ahead of its results. The chipmaker beat profit expectations and raised its capex target for the year to $30 billion from a range of $25 billion to $28 billion. Japanese stocks rose as gains in the yen slowed and oil surged to the highest level in a month amid an increase in U.S. demand. China and Hong Kong stocks declined as the People’s Bank of China refrained from adding more liquidity into the banking system for a fourth month, seeking to contain rising leverage. Thailand’s stock market was closed for a holiday.
Chinese stocks fell on Thursday, after the central bank underlined its intention to contain leverage and pursue policy normalization by adding just enough cash to maintain medium-term liquidity. The CSI 300 Index pared an earlier 1.6% decline to close 0.6% lower, just above its 200-day moving average. Liquor giant Wuliangye Yibin lost 3% and Industrial Bank fell 3.9%, among the biggest drags. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index slid 0.4%. PBOC’s Cash Injection Disappoints Stock Traders Wanting More The PBOC injected 150 billion yuan ($23 billion) into the financial system on Thursday with its medium-term lending facility, slightly less than the 100 billion yuan in one-year policy loans and 56.1 billion yuan of targeted loans maturing on April 25.
Banks fell, with the CSI 300 Financial Index declining the most in three weeks. The PBOC’s stance on Thursday also suggests it isn’t concerned about possible contagion from the recent credit stress engulfing China Huarong Asset Management Co., one of the nation’s largest distressed-debt managers. The CSI 300 Index has lost 15% since climbing to a 13-year high in February, amid investor concerns about tighter monetary policy as the economy recovers. The “PBOC’s operation confirmed the relative pessimistic expectations,” said Wang Chen, partner at XuFunds Investment Management Co., noting that it had a negative impact on the market
In rates, treasuries hold gilt-led gains accumulated during European morning, leaving long-end yields richer by ~2bp, amid gains for stock futures. U.S. 10-year, lower by 1.8bp at 1.615%, trails gilts by ~1bp with bunds broadly in line; curve flattens, with 2s10s tigher by 1.5bp, 5s30s by 0.7bp. Asia session featured choppy price action on low volume, with some focus on front-end buying following Credit Suisse analyst Zoltan Pozsar’s call for limited year-end funding pressures. U.S. economic data slate includes retail sales and industrial production.
In FX, the Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index fell to a day low in the European session as the greenback fell against all of its Group- of-10 peers while the 10-year Treasury yield neared a three-week low. Commodity currencies, led by the kiwi and Aussie, were the top performers; the yen held its strongest level in three weeks. The euro rose to a six-week high of $1.1993 before erasing the move; options that capture the ECB monetary policy decision on April 22 suggest market makers see no big risk of a strong pick up in volatility. The pound traded in a narrow range, lacking a clear catalyst as concerns grow that its early year outperformance has run out of steam. The Australian dollar rebound in the European session; it earlier retreated after a decline in the number of full-time jobs took the shine off the nation’s March employment data. Russian bonds sank the most since March last year and the ruble tumbled as the U.S. prepared to unveil sanctions on Russian sovereign debt, the so-called “nuclear option” that has dimmed investor appetite for the market for years.
Elsewhere, Bitcoin was steady and Coinbase Global Inc. climbed 9.4% in pre-market trading following news that three funds at Cathie Wood’s Ark Investment Management bought shares. Oil declined after Wednesday’s surge.
Looking at the day ahead, there’s an array of data out from the US including March retail sales, industrial production and capacity utilisation. In addition, there’s the weekly initial jobless claims, and April data on the Empire State manufacturing survey, the Philadelphia Fed business outlook and the NAHB housing market index. Otherwise, Fed speakers include Bostic, Daly and Mester, and there are an array of earnings releases including UnitedHealth Group, Bank of America, PepsiCo, Citigroup, Charles Schwab, BlackRock and Delta Air Lines.
- S&P 500 futures up 0.4% to 4,135.50
- STOXX Europe 600 up 0.33% to 438.03
- MXAP up 0.3% to 207.85
- MXAPJ up 0.3% to 692.58
- Nikkei little changed at 29,642.69
- Topix up 0.4% to 1,959.13
- Hang Seng Index down 0.4% to 28,793.14
- Shanghai Composite down 0.5% to 3,398.99
- Sensex down 0.2% to 48,428.51
- Australia S&P/ASX 200 up 0.5% to 7,058.62
- Kospi up 0.4% to 3,194.33
- Brent Futures down 0.7% to $66.14/bbl
- Gold spot up 0.5% to $1,745.45
- U.S. Dollar Index little changed at 91.64
- Euro little changed at $1.1984
- German 10Y yield down 1bp to -0.27%
Top Overnight News from Bloomberg
- The Biden administration is poised to take action against Russian individuals and entities in retaliation for alleged misconduct including the SolarWinds hack and efforts to disrupt the U.S. election, according to people familiar with the matter
- The number of U.K. online job advertisements returned to levels seen before the Covid-19 pandemic for the first time last week, a tentative sign of recovery after economy’s worst slump in three centuries
- Global bond demand appears to be reviving with the latest sign being a splurge by Japanese investors at the start of their fiscal year. Funds based in the Asian nation snapped up 1.7 trillion yen ($15.6 billion) in overseas fixed- income assets in the first full week of April, the most in five months, according to data released by the Ministry of Finance. That may set the tone for strategy briefings by local insurers this month
- Anyone hoping Libor’s death notice would accelerate the shift of hundreds of trillions of dollars worth of derivatives toward replacement benchmarks will be sorely disappointed. In the U.S, just 4.7% of contracts traded in March were pegged to the Secured Overnight Financing Rate, or SOFR, the benchmark slated to replace the London interbank offered rate, down from 5% in February
- Installed after Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan abruptly fired his predecessor following a bigger-than-expected rate increase, central bank Governor Sahap Kavcioglu is under pressure to reduce rates but has so far signaled he would not rush to loosen the stance he inherited
- The U.S. canceled plans to send two warships through Turkish straits into the Black Sea this week, Turkish Foreign Minster Mevlut Cavusoglu said Thursday, after Russia warned American vessels to stay away from a coastal region it annexed in 2014
- The direct listing of Coinbase Global Inc. on Nasdaq is a turning point for the whole cryptocurrency sector, according to the firm’s Chief Executive Officer Brian Armstrong
Quick look at global markets courtesy of Newsquawk
Asian equity markets were cautious after the choppy performance stateside where there was a reversal of fortunes among the major indices from the day before in which the S&P 500 and Nasdaq finished negative amid underperformance in tech. Conversely, the DJIA bucked the trend and notched a fresh record high with energy the biggest gaining sector after oil prices rallied by more than 4% and financials remained afloat despite mixed trade among the blue-chip banks which kick-started earnings season. ASX 200 (+0.5%) swung between gains and losses as pressure in tech and an initially subdued financials sector were offset by energy and mining names, with participants also mulling over updates from the likes of Bank of Queensland, Qantas and Whitehaven Coal. Nikkei 225 (+0.1%) also lacked firm direction amid an indecisive currency and as Japan considers stricter COVID-19 measures for areas surrounding Tokyo, while KOSPI (+0.3%) was kept afloat after a lack of surprises by the BoK which kept rates unchanged at 0.50% and noted uncertainties for growth are high but added the recovery will continue on exports and investment. Hang Seng (-0.4%) and Shanghai Comp. (-0.5%) underperformed as tensions between US and China lingered amid the US delegation visit to Taiwan and with China’s military to conduct live-fire drills off Taiwan which is viewed as a ‘declaration of sovereignty’ and warning to foreign nations, while China's top official in Hong Kong also warned that any foreign power which attempts to use Hong Kong as a pawn will face counter measures. Furthermore, the PBoC announced a CNY 150bln 1-year MLF operation although this failed to spur risk appetite and is expected to result to net drain for the month as there were CNY 100bln of MLF maturing today and CNY 56bln of targeted MLF loans due next week. Finally, 10yr JGBs were flat as prices held on to yesterday’s gains amid the non-committal tone seen across most the regional bourses, while the firmer demand at then enhanced liquidity auction for long-end JGBs failed to inspire price action
Top Asian News
- TSMC Lifts Targets After Warning Chip Crunch May Spill Into 2022
- Hong Kong Widens Vaccine Access to Residents Ages 16 And Up
- TSMC Raises 2021 Capex, Sales Growth Outlook
- ByteDance Is Said to Kick Off IPO Preparations for China Assets
Major bourses in Europe eke mild gains (Euro Stoxx 50 +0.2%) after experiencing somewhat of a lukewarm cash open as sentiment is seemingly more constructive following a cautious and indecisive APAC lead. US equity futures meanwhile see more pronounced gains following the reversal seen on Wall Street yesterday - with the cyclically-driven RTY (+1.0%) outpacing peers - whilst the next wave of US earnings gets underway; for reference, Bank of America, Citi, Delta, UnitedHealth, BlackRock and PepsiCo are on the docket. Back to Europe, the FTSE 100 (+0.6%) has thus far maintained a narrow lead as heavyweight oil and mining names reap rewards from the higher crude and base metal prices, whilst broad-based gains are seen across Euro bourses. Sectors in Europe kicked off trade with a more procyclical tilt, but that earlier bias dissipated with no theme to be derived. Energy and Financials lag amid recent losses in
the oil/gas and yields. The sectoral breakdown does not provide much by way more meat on the bones, but the tech sector bodes well following upbeat earnings from chip-giant TSMC, who also sees chip demand continuing to be high and the chip shortage maybe lasting into 2022. The Travel & Leisure sectors has also waned alongside commentary from the German Health Minister who stated it will take until Q3 for group immunity from COVID in Germany. In terms of individual movers, AB InBev (+4.5%) leads the gains in the Stoxx 600 as the a broker upgrade at Barclays bolstered the Co., whilst Publicis (+3.8%) is a close second amid a constructive Q1 sales update. Meanwhile, Deutsche Wohnen (+4%) and AroundTown Properties (+1.1%) derived impetus from reports a German Court has ruled that the Berlin rent cap is invalid.
Top European News
- Berlin’s Rent Freeze Toppled Ending Aggressive Housing Clampdown
- DNB, Norway’s Biggest Bank, Offers $1.3 Billion for Sbanken
- Deliveroo CEO Shu Pins Weak IPO on Volatility, Archegos Fallout
- German Institutes Cut 2021 Economic Outlook on Longer Lockdowns
In FX, the Dollar is holding in, albeit remaining soft against most major counterparts and several EM rivals as the DXY pares some losses within a 91.487-704 range. US Treasury and other bond yields are softening again awaiting a relatively busy docket including top-tier data, regional Fed surveys and 4 speakers, while the Greenback is also striving to stay above certain psychological and technical levels amidst decent option expiry interest.
- NZD/AUD: Both still gleaning more than most from Buck weakness, but the Kiwi also benefiting from further retracement in the Aud/Nzd cross post-RBNZ and in wake of a somewhat mixed Aussie labour report overnight, as the headline employment change exceeded expectations 2-fold, but was all due to part-time workers given a near 21k fall in the number of full time jobs. Nzd/Usd is hovering towards the upper end of 0.7135-80 parameters, with Aud/Nzd testing 1.0800 and Aud/Usd trying to clear resistance around 0.7750 convincingly, but also facing a formidable hurdle in the form of 1.1 bn option expiries from the half round number up to 0.7765. Ahead, NZ manufacturing PMI and more Chinese data after conflicting trade earlier this week.
- CAD: The next best G10 performer as the Loonie reclaims 1.2600+ status vs its US peer awaiting Canadian manufacturing sales for some independent impetus rather than ADP payrolls that are now pretty outdated, if not redundant in wake of last Friday’s blowout official employment release.
- JPY/GBP/EUR: Also firmer against the Dollar with the Yen nearer 108.70 than 109.00 where the start of some hefty option expiry interest resides stretching up to 109.25 (2 bn from 109.00-10 and 1 bn between 109.15-25 to be precise), Sterling eyeing 1.3800 vs a 1.3765 low and the Euro looking at 1.2000 next despite ongoing COVID-19 concerns across the Eurozone that have prompted Germany’s Economic Institutes to downgrade their 2021 GDP forecast to 3.7% from 4.7%, though raising next year’s growth estimate to 3.9% from 2.7% at the same time. Note also, Eur/Usd has option expiries to contend with as 1.9 bn roll off at the NY cut between 1.1975-60, so covering the 1.1970 trough.
- CHF: The Franc is straddling 0.9225 and 1.1055 against the Greenback and Euro respectively in the run up to speeches from SNB’s Maechler and Moser on the pandemic, financial markets and digital transformation that is likely to reinforce standard policy guidance if either Board member make remarks on negative rates and currency intervention.
In commodities, WTI and Brent front-month futures are again experiencing choppy price action heading into the US open with no particular catalyst attributed to the price action. That being said, the energy market attempts to juggle several factors including the resurgence of the virus in some economies, the limited vaccine rollouts amid blood clot reports, OPEC+ supply and geopolitical developments. Some earlier weakness in oil prices coincided with commentary from the German Health Minister who stated it will take until Q3 for group immunity, which translates to a slower pickup in domestic activity, but more-so a slower recovery in air travel. In terms of geopolitical developments, Saudi Aramco facilities were again targeted by Houthi militia - but Saudi reportedly intercepted these attacks. Elsewhere, eyes remain on the Russia /Ukraine tensions as rhetoric ramps up, with Ukraine laying out its red lines - the crossing of the border - which could prompt a military response. Meanwhile, China is poised to conduct military drill during US' visit to Taiwan. Further, participants will also be eyeing the JCPOA talks that are set to continue today as Iran gets closer to developing weapongrade uranium. WTI Jun is back below USD 63/bbl (vs high USD 63.50/bbl) whilst Brent loses ground below USD 66.50 /bb (vs high 65.96/bbl). Elsewhere, spot gold and silver benefit from the softer Buck with the former meandering just under the USD 1,750/oz (vs low USD 1,734/oz) mark with technicians citing a double-top at 1,749/oz. Turning to base metals, LME copper is benefitting from the broader gains across stocks, and the softer Buck, with prices comfortably back above USD 9,000/t.
US Event Calendar
- 8:30am: March Retail Sales Ex Auto and Gas, est. 6.4%, prior -3.3%
- 8:30am: April Continuing Claims, est. 3.7m, prior 3.73m
- 8:30am: March Retail Sales Control Group, est. 7.2%, prior -3.5%
- 8:30am: March Retail Sales Ex Auto MoM, est. 5.0%, prior -2.7%
- 8:30am: April Initial Jobless Claims, est. 700,000, prior 744,000
- 8:30am: April Philadelphia Fed Business Outl, est. 41.5, prior 51.8
- 8:30am: March Retail Sales Advance MoM, est. 5.8%, prior -3.0%
- 8:30am: April Empire Manufacturing, est. 20.0, prior 17.4
- 9:15am: March Capacity Utilization, est. 75.6%, prior 73.8%
- 9:15am: March Manufacturing (SIC) Production, est. 3.6%, prior -3.1%
- 9:15am: March Industrial Production MoM, est. 2.5%, prior -2.2%
- 9:45am: April Langer Consumer Comfort, prior 51.9
- 10am: Feb. Business Inventories, est. 0.5%, prior 0.3%
- 10am: April NAHB Housing Market Index, est. 84, prior 82
- 4pm: Feb. Total Net TIC Flows, prior $106.3b
DB's Jim Reid concludes the overnight wrap
Global markets are a bit dull at the moment but a lively listing from Coinbase turned another grind higher into a small risk-off session later in US trading. The S&P 500 (-0.41%) fell back from its record highs due to the underperformance of technology stocks after the Coinbase reversal (after a blistering start) and as global yields rose slightly.
Even with the marginal pullback, financial conditions are the most benign in years by some metrics, with Bloomberg’s index of financial conditions in the US easing to its most accommodative level since 2007 yesterday, which just shows how rapidly things have normalised relative to how long it took after the GFC. For comparison’s sake it took until the latter part of 2014 for the index to approach pre-GFC levels.
The turn lower in technology stocks seemed to coincide with a pullback in the new Coinbase direct listing, which at one point valued the cryptocurrency exchange at around $112bn. This was when it traded at $429 after being launched at $250 on the NASDAQ exchange. It eventually closed at $328.28. As a reference point companies around a $110bn market value in the US include Goldman Sachs ($119bn), Lockheed Martin ($108bn), and 3M ($114bn). That’s how big Bitcoin has become.
With technology shares falling back, cyclicals outperformed yesterday led primarily by the energy sector (+2.91%) as WTI futures rose +4.94% and Brent crude added +4.57%. The rally in oil prices came after a larger-than-expected draw on crude inventories. Much of the weakness in risk assets came in the latter part of US trading, and so the STOXX 600 (+0.19%) and other European bourses were able to hold on to their marginal gains.
Elsewhere in cyclicals, largely positive earnings for US financials saw earnings season start in earnest. Three of the largest US banks reported yesterday morning. JPMorgan (-1.75%) started off the cycle and reported a +49% beat on EPS at $4.5/share. Trading revenue climbed 25% even as expectations were for lower volumes across the market. The higher trading numbers were dimmed by lower loan demand, but the bank had a larger-than-expected reserve release as the lender did not see as much loan losses coming in the future. In the ensuing conference call, bank executives noted that many of the bank’s clients seem to be saving or paying down debt with the recent stimulus checks rather than going out and spending it. Goldman Sachs (+2.31%) saw a record profit last quarter on the back of strong trading and deal-making, with the firm’s SPAC business boosting equity underwriting revenues by over 300%. Lastly Wells Fargo (+5.63%) rose strongly as Q1 net income increased to $4.7bn, aided by a larger-than-expected release of loan-loss reserves, even as net interest income was lower than expected. The bank’s CEO noted on the conference call that the lower-for-longer rates will continue to drag on earnings. ‘
In addition, we heard from Fed Chair Powell, who took part in a moderated discussion sponsored by the Economic Club of Washington late in the US session. Chair Powell spoke about the order of operations when it comes to tightening financial conditions and said the Fed would follow the 2013-2014 blueprint, where asset purchases were tapered “well before” any interest rate hikes were considered. Powell noted that the FOMC, “haven't voted on that order, but that is the sense of the guidance that it would work in that way.” He noted that there also has been no discussion of whether the Fed would then shrink the balance sheet – by letting bonds mature – after additional purchases were paused. When speaking on market pricing, Powell noted that “Markets focus too much on what we call the economic predictions, and I would focus more on the outcomes that we’ve described” – pointing specifically to job creation and price levels.
His counterpart in Europe, ECB President Lagarde spoke at a Reuters Newsmaker event yesterday as well. She described the European economy as still standing on the “two crutches” of monetary and fiscal policy and that neither should be removed until there is a full recovery. The comments come ahead of the ECB meeting next week, which is the first since they increased the pace of the Pandemic Emergency Purchase Programme (PEPP) to slow the surge in bond yields and keep credit cheaper for member governments.
Even before Powell had begun speaking sovereign bond yields had moved higher, and actually 10yr US Treasuries peaked (+3.4bps) just prior to the Fed Chair’s comments before ending up +1.8bps at 1.632%, with inflation expectations (+2.2bps) increasing even as real yields (-0.4bps) fell back slightly. Europe saw more noticeable moves, with yields on bunds (+3.4bps), OATs (+3.4bps) and BTPs (+4.6bps) rising as well.
Asian markets are trading mixed this morning with the Nikkei (+0.10%) and Kospi (+0.38%) up while the Hang Seng (-0.96%) and Shanghai Comp (-1.18%) are losing ground. The underperformance of the Shanghai Comp comes as the PBOC injected CNY 150bn into the financial system which is just enough to offset CNY 100bn due today and CNY 56.1bn of targeted loans maturing on April 25. This came short of expectations as sales of government bonds are forecast to accelerate and banks are assisting corporate clients in paying taxes. Outside of Asia, futures on the S&P 50 are up +0.13% while European ones are pointing to a mixed open with those on the Stoxx 50 (-0.15%) and Dax (-0.09%) trading weak but with FTSE 100 futures up +0.13%.
On the pandemic, the rise in the global case count has shown no sign of abating, with John Hopkins data showing that the number of confirmed cases rose by over 5m in the week through Tuesday. That’s the first time the weekly increase has been above 5m since mid-January and is a sizeable reversal from the recent low in mid-February, when cases were rising by “only” 2.5m a week. India has been one of the worst affected, and only yesterday reported another record 200,739 new cases, according to India’s Health Ministry data. Iran also reported a record 25,582 new cases yesterday. Some areas of the US are also in serious difficulty right now, with Michigan experiencing a major surge in new cases (70 cases per 100k people), and numerous states are experiencing rising caseloads, albeit not to the same extent. Elsewhere, Japanese daily Jiji cited Toshihiro Nikai, the secretary general of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, as saying that the Tokyo Olympics could be cancelled if it was determined to be impossible to hold the Games.
There were some further developments on the vaccine front, as Denmark became the first EU country to drop the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine permanently from its rollout. This follows a number of countries restricting its usage to various age categories in the aftermath of blood clotting incidents. Meanwhile on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which the US has recommended be paused, the European Medicines Agency separately confirmed that they expected to issue a recommendation on the vaccine next week. In more positive news however, European Commission President von der Leyen said that 50m extra doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine would arrive in Q2, having previously been foreseen for Q4. In turn, this will take the total number of doses from Pfizer/BioNtech to 250m in Q2.
It was a fairly quiet day on the data side yesterday ahead of today’s more notable releases, but we did get Euro Area industrial production for February, which fell by -1.0% in February (vs. -1.3% expected). Otherwise, the US import price index in March rose by +1.2% month-on-month (vs. +0.9% expected), while the export price index also rose by a stronger-than-expected +2.1% (vs. +1.0% expected).
To the day ahead now, and there’s an array of data out from the US including March retail sales, industrial production and capacity utilisation. In addition, there’s the weekly initial jobless claims, and April data on the Empire State manufacturing survey, the Philadelphia Fed business outlook and the NAHB housing market index. Otherwise, Fed speakers include Bostic, Daly and Mester, and there are an array of earnings releases including UnitedHealth Group, Bank of America, PepsiCo, Citigroup, Charles Schwab, BlackRock and Delta Air Lines.