October 31, 2017 - Andria Pichidi
European Outlook: Asian stock markets moved sideways overnight. U.K. and U.S. stock futures are little changed. Japanese markets pared losses as investors bought on dips, amid hopes of better earnings. The BoJ left policy on hold and while new board member Kataoka opted for additional easing, against a majority in favour of unchanged policy, the announcement had little impact on markets, with investors remaining hesitant to push indices higher ahead of a 3-day weekend in Japan and U.S. jobs data later in the week. The BoJ keeps the -0.1% rate with target remaining at 2% inflation and the 10-year JGB yield target at around 0%. In Europe most markets closed narrowly mixed on Monday, with only Spain rallying as Catalonia risks are being priced out. Today’s calendar has inflation data from Italy, France and for the Eurozone as a whole as well as GDP numbers from France and the Eurozone, the former was already released and came in at 0.5% q/q, as expected, but after last week’s ECB meeting the data won’t have any impact on the policy outlook..
FX Update:The euro rally of yesterday has run out of puff, with EURUSD settling around 1.1630-40, below the 1.1657 high, while EURJPY has remained heavy, near yesterday’s 131.45 low. The yen, meanwhile, remains underpinned despite dovish guidance from the BoJ. USDJPY logged a 12-day low at 112.95, and AUDJPY has remained near the seven-month lows seen yesterday. The BoJ did the expected, and left policy on hold at its meeting today. New board member Kataoka voted for additional easing, while Governor Kuroda espoused dovish guidance in his press conference, warning that “abnormal” yen appreciation would hurt the economy and accelerate deflation, and that the central bank will continue with “powerful” accommodative monetary policy. In the U.S., political intrigue along with the announcement, promised to be made tomorrow, of the new Fed chair, will remain focal points for markets.
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