Weekly Market Outlook (03-07 June)


  • Monday: China
    Caixin Manufacturing PMI, Swiss Manufacturing PMI, Canada Manufacturing
    PMI, US ISM Manufacturing PMI.
  • Tuesday: Swiss
    CPI, US Job Openings.
  • Wednesday: Japan
    Average Cash Earnings, Australia GDP, China Caixin Services PMI, Eurozone
    PPI, US ADP, Canada Services PMI, BoC Policy Decision, US ISM Services
  • Thursday: Swiss
    Unemployment Rate, Eurozone Retail Sales, ECB Policy Decision, US Jobless
  • Friday: US
    NFP, Canada Labour Market report.


The US ISM Manufacturing PMI is expected
at 49.8 vs. 49.4. The S&P
Global Manufacturing PMI
increased to 52.4
vs. 51.1 and overall the report showed that business activity expanded to a
two-year high. The details also showed that “both input costs and output
prices rose at faster rates, with manufacturing having taken over as the main
source of price growth over the past two months.“ However, “the overall
rate of selling price inflation remained below the average seen over the past


The Swiss CPI M/M is expected at 0.4% vs.
0.3% prior. The last
beat expectations with the Y/Y rate
coming in at 1.4% vs. 1.1% expected but the rate was still within the SNB’s
forecasts. A rate cut in June is basically a coinflip, but a downside surprise
should see the market getting a bit more confident for another cut.

Chairman Jordan
also said that if upward
risks to Swiss inflation were to materialise, these would most likely be
associated with a weaker franc, which could be counteracted by selling foreign
exchange reserves (buying CHF). Therefore, an upside surprise might give the
Swiss Franc a bigger boost as the market should price out both the chances of a
rate cut in June and expect the central bank to prop up the currency.

The US Job Openings are expected to fall
to 8.350M vs. 8.488M prior. The last
showed once again a decrease as the
labour market continues to come into better balance. The quits rate has also
eased to a new cycle low and that should be good news for inflation as it
generally leads wage growth.


The BoC is expected to cut rates from
5.00% to 4.75%. The market-based probability jumped to 80% chance following the
soft Canadian
data. The expectations were already leaning toward a rate cut after the
last Canadian
report where the BoC’s preferred underlying inflation measures
surprised to the downside and finally fell inside the 1-3% target band. The
central bank will likely refrain from pre-committing to another rate cut and
state that it will be dependent on the data.

The US ISM Services PMI is expected at
50.5 vs. 49.4 prior. As previously mentioned, the S&P
Global PMIs
surprised to the upside with the Services measure in particular
beating expectations by a big margin. The focus will likely be on the
employment sub-index ahead of the NFP report but the data we got until now
suggest that the US economy is going well, and the labour market remains resilient.


The ECB is expected to cut interest rates
from 4.00% to 3.75%. This rate cut has been telegraphed very strongly, so the
focus will be on what the central bank intends to do next. The recent data
showed that the economy picked up steam with the labour market remaining
strong. This might give the policymakers a reason to err on the cautious side
although the latest Eurozone
showed that inflationary pressures continue to abate. The
market expects two more rate cuts from the ECB this year but as it’s always the
case, that will depend on the data.

The US Jobless Claims
continue to be one of the most important releases to follow every week as it’s a
timelier indicator on the state of the labour market. This is because
disinflation to the Fed’s target is more likely with a weakening labour market.
A resilient labour
market though could make the achievement of the target more difficult.

Initial Claims keep on hovering around cycle
lows, while Continuing Claims remain firm around the 1800K level. This week Initial Claims are
expected at 215K vs. 219K prior, while
there is no consensus at the time of writing for Continuing Claims although the
prior release showed an increase to 1791K vs. 1797K expected and 1787K prior.


The US NFP is expected to
show 180K jobs added in May vs. 175K in April,
and the Unemployment Rate remaining unchanged at 3.9%. The Average Hourly Earnings
Y/Y is expected at 3.9% vs. 3.9% prior, while the M/M measure is seen at 0.3%
vs. 0.2% prior.

The May labour market
data we got until now has been generally positive with the S&P Global PMIs reporting a
slowdown in the rate of job losses, the US Jobless Claims holding on strong,
and the labour market details in the US Consumer Confidence report rebounding. Therefore,
the bias should be skewed towards a good release.

This article was written by Giuseppe Dellamotta at www.forexlive.com.

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