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World equity markets rally, US treasury yields higher, Fed could impact Russia

- We still think that a rate hike is off the cards tomorrow as data is not supportive enough to change the current policy
- In case of a U.S. rate hike, Russia could be a casualty as a stronger greenback would further push Russia's international reserves even further down (currently $364 billion)
- US treasury yields are rising along the curve with 2-year note yields jumping 6bps to 0.7845% and benchmark 10-year yields rising 8bps 2.2653%, suggesting that traders are starting to price in an increase of the federal fund rate
- AUD/USD is gaining positive momentum ahead of the FOMC meeting heading toward the 0.72 key resistance
- EUR/USD is stuck within the 1.1262 - 1.1368 range but is still in its uptrend channel
- EUR/CHF is still struggling to move break the 1.10 threshold and is therefore treading water 30-50pips below
 
Despite persistently weak economic data from the US, nothing could stop Wall Street closing in green yesterday. The S&P 500 was up 1.28%, the Nasdaq gained 1.14% while the Dow Jones rose 1.40%. After a disappointing Michigan consumer sentiment index on Friday (85.7 versus 91.1 consensus and 91.9 in August), retail sales rose 0.2%m/m in August compared to a revised increase of 0.7% in July. However, it fell short of expectations as economists were looking for stronger consumer spending (0.35m/m median forecast). Manufacturing in the New York area contracted for the second month in a row with the Empire manufacturing index printing at -14.67 in September versus -0.50 consensus and -14.92 in August. Finally, industrial production contracted unexpectedly by -0.4%m/m in August, lower than the market expected figure of -0.2% and following a revised increase of 0.9% in July. All in all, recent data from the US is not supportive of a rate September. Nevertheless, US treasury yields are rising along the curve with the 2-year note yields jumping 6bps to 0.7845% and the benchmark 10-year yields rising 8bps 2.2653%, suggesting that traders start pricing in an increase of the federal fund rate.
 
In Asia, regional markets are buoyed by Wall Street’s optimism. The Shanghai Composite erased completely yesterday’s losses, adding 5.77%, while its tech-heavy counterpart, the Shenzhen Composite, rises 6.90%. In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng climbed 2.77%. Australian shares are blinking green on the screen as well despite a disappointing reading of the Westpac leading index that printed at -0.3%m/m, below a revised increase of 0.1% in July. AUD/USD is gaining positive momentum ahead of the FOMC meeting; the Aussie is up 3.80% since September 6th and is now heading towards the 0.72 key resistance (previous high and psychological level). On the downside, a support can be found at 0.6896 (low from September 6th).
 
The US dollar lost ground in the Asian session. The greenback is down -0.25% against the Aussie, -0.17% against the Loonie, 0.14% against the Kiwi, 0.13% against the Norwegian and Swedish krone and 0.09% against the Japanese yen. However, major currency pairs are still trading range-bound, only emerging currencies are showing any substantial moves. EUR/USD is stuck within the 1.1262 - 1.1368 range but is still in its uptrend channel.
 
***Yann Quelenn, Market Analyst: “The FOMC committee will make their much anticipated rate hike decision tomorrow. This will be the first time a decision has been made on this since June 2006 and it could potentially end a decade of zero interest-rate policy. Nonetheless, we still think that a rate hike is off the cards tomorrow. We think that the data is not supportive enough to change the current policy. Over the last few months, data has been coming in mixed. For example most recent data yesterday, including Retail Sales and Industrial Production printed below expectations.
 
In case of a U.S. rate hike, Russia could be a casualty, caught in the crossfire of a stronger greenback. A stronger dollar would serve to push Russia's international reserves down, (currently at $364 billion). In addition, Russia relies mainly on its oil and gas exports and its revenues are suffering from low commodity prices. Also, most commodities, which are priced in dollars, will become increasingly expensive for other countries which will have a downside effect on Russia’s revenues.
 
Since the beginning of the year, Russian GDP shrank by 2.2%y/y in the first quarter and by 4.6%y/y in the second quarter. Despite a potential Fed rate hike being negative for Russia, it is also worth saying that Russia has been trying to improve its relationship with China and is also trying to give up the dollar in its international exchanges. Russia is fighting for independence and to be less vulnerable to US monetary changes, especially in this period of central banks' policy divergence.”***
 
In Europe, equity futures are no exception and are trading higher across the board. In London, futures on the Footsie are up 0.37%, in Germany the DAX is up 0.78&, in France the CAC adds 0.88% while in Switzerland the SMI is up 0.71%. EUR/CHF is still struggling to move break the 1.10 threshold and is therefore treading water 30-50pips below.
 
Today traders will be watching jobless claims change and ILO unemployment rate from United Kingdom; ZEW survey from Switzerland; August’s final CPI figures for the euro zone; retail sales from Brazil and South Africa; manufacturing sales from Canada; CPI report and NAHB housing market index from the US. Finally, the FOMC begins its two-day meeting today.

Wednesday, 16 Sep, 2015 / 8:36

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