Weekly Market Outlook (27-31 May)


  • Monday: UK/US
    Holidays, German IFO.
  • Tuesday:
    Australia Retail Sales, Canada PPI, US Consumer Confidence.
  • Wednesday:
    Australia Monthly CPI, Fed Beige Book.
  • Thursday:
    Switzerland GDP, Eurozone Unemployment Rate, US GDP 2nd
    Estimate, US Jobless Claims.
  • Friday: Tokyo
    CPI, Japan Retail Sales and Industrial Production, China PMIs, Switzerland
    Retail Sales, Switzerland Manufacturing PMI, Eurozone Flash CPI, Canada
    GDP, US PCE.


The US Consumer Confidence is expected to
tick lower in May to 95.9 vs. 97.0 in April. The last
missed expectations by a big margin
reaching the lowest level since July 2022. The Chief Economists at The
Conference Board highlighted that “Confidence retreated further in April as
consumers became less positive about the current labour market situation, and more
concerned about future business conditions, job availability, and income”.

She further added that “despite April’s
dip in the overall index, since mid-2022, optimism about the present
situation continues to more than offset concerns about the future.“ The
Present Situation Index will be something to watch as that’s generally a leading indicator
for the unemployment rate.


The Australian Monthly CPI Y/Y is expected
at 3.4% vs. 3.5% prior.
The RBA focuses more on the quarterly CPI readings, but the monthly
indicator is timelier and can be a guide for the trend, especially at
turning points. The Core measures will be more important but this report is
unlikely to change much for the central bank at the moment, although another
hot report is likely to trigger a hawkish reaction in the market.


The Eurozone Unemployment Rate is expected
to remain unchanged at 6.5% vs. 6.5% prior. The rate has been hovering at the
record low for a year denoting a tight labour market. Moreover, the recent Eurozone
Negotiated Wage Growth
for Q1 2024 came in
higher than the prior quarter, which was kind of a setback for the ECB even
though they “dismissed” it as a one-off because of the delayed action to raise
wages against inflation in Germany. Nonetheless, it will give them less
confidence regarding the rate cuts path following the one in June.

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 218K vs. 215K prior, while there is no consensus at the
time of writing for Continuing Claims although the prior release showed an
increase to 1794K vs. 1794K expected and 1786K prior.


The Tokyo Core CPI Y/Y is
expected at 1.9% vs. 1.6% prior. The last report showed a big drop in the inflation
rate across all measures although it was attributed to a one-off factor as high school tuition in Tokyo was
effectively eliminated and took effect in April. Nonetheless, inflation in
Japan continues to ease and it doesn’t justify a rate hike from the BoJ
anytime soon.

The Chinese Manufacturing
PMI is expected at 50.5 vs. 50.4 prior, while the Services PMI is seen at 51.5
vs. 51.2 prior. We’ve got some disappointing data recently with industrial
output and retail sales missing expectations. This suggests that the economy is
still struggling to recover robustly amid weak domestic demand, lingering
deflation risk, and prolonged weakness in the property sector. If we
continue to see weakness, the PBoC will likely react by easing its policy further.

The Eurozone Headline CPI
Y/Y is expected at 2.5% vs. 2.4% prior, while the Core CPI Y/Y is seen at 2.7%
vs. 2.7% prior. This report is likely to influence the market’s expectations
for the rate cuts path beyond the June meeting. In fact, hot inflation data
after strong PMIs, wage growth and labour market reports will likely trigger a
hawkish repricing in interest rates expectations from the current 55 bps of
easing seen by year-end.

The US Headline PCE Y/Y is
expected at 2.6% vs. 2.7% prior, while the M/M measure is seen at 0.26% vs.
0.32% prior. The Core PCE Y/Y is expected at 2.75% vs. 2.8% prior, while the
M/M reading is seen at 0.24% vs. 0.32% prior. Forecasters can reliably estimate
the PCE once the CPI and PPI are out, so the market already knows what to

This report is unlikely
to change anything for the Fed as the central bank remains in a “wait and see” mode until September at
very least. In fact, despite calls of cuts in July or November, I’d say the Fed
will want to deliver the first cut on a meeting containing the SEP (barring a
quick deterioration in the labour market).

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

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