With Greece’s survival in the EU extended, and Greek banks partially opening today cyclical assets rallied. However, banking restrictions remain after being shut for three weeks and the ECB has injected €900m worth of fresh liquidity taking the country’s emergency liquidity assistance to €89.9bn. With Grexit fears easing and the US ready to raise rates …
Historic accord on Iran deal paves way for lower oil prices. The landmark deal of the six world powers with Iran to ease nearly a decade of sanctions in exchange for restricted nuclear enrichment activity is expected to apply further downward pressure to the price of oil. The International Energy Agency has said that Iran has at least 17m barrels of crude oil stored at sea ready to be shipped to an already oversupplied global market. In addition Saudi Arabia reported its crude oil production hit a record 10.6m barrels a day in OPEC’s latest monthly oil report. Meanwhile, US Crude stockpiles remain almost 100m barrels above the five-year average for this time of the year according to U.S. Energy Information Administration. We believe that after an initial correction, high cost oil producers will cut back on production paving the way for price increases in the future.
Positive Chinese data, Q2 earnings and central bank meetings help fuel equity rally. China dominated the data landscape with better-than-expected annual GDP (7% vs consensus expectations of 6.8%), industrial production (6.8% vs 6%) and retail sales (10.6% vs 10.2%) figures. Although viewed with skepticism, the releases helped reverse some of the losses on major global equity bourses. The Q2 earnings season added further momentum as 60% and 70% of the companies that reported earnings so far beat estimates in Europe and US, respectively. Central bank comments in the US and UK echoed the possibility for a rate rise on the back of improving economic data. While in Europe ECB president Draghi confirmed the asset purchase program was proceeding smoothly and helped allay investor concerns over Greece’s exit.
Declining commodity currencies underscore growth path divergence within major developed economies. The Canadian dollar declined nearly 2.5 per cent against its US counterpart on the back of rate cut by the Bank of Canada and downward revisions in its growth forecasts. The Pound advanced to its highest level against the Euro since 2008 although there was no change in policy underlined in this week’s Bank of England monetary policy meeting except the Bank of England governor Mark Carney’s warning of a possible rate rise to reflect economic momentum. Looking ahead weaker dairy prices and lower CPI reading in June lead us to expect a rate cut by the Reserve Bank of New Zealand by 25bps to 3.00% this week. Antipodean currencies, AUD &NZD, are likely to remain under pressure as long as negative sentiment pervades the outlook for China.