Surging COVID-19 cases + No US relief package = Stocks vulnerable


Macroeconomic/ geopolitical developments

  • COVID-19 cases continue to surge across Europe and in the US too.
  • In European and the UK this has surge in cases and now hospitalisations has seen regional and national lockdown measures become more severe.
  • Democrats and Republicans have not reached agreement on a new COVID-19 economic relief package, with diminishing chances of any deal before the US election on Tuesday 3rd November.
  • Joe Biden continues to perform well in polls for the US Presidency after the final Presidential debate this week came and went without any real much market impact.
  • A strong Biden victory is still seen as easing the threat of a difficult transition of power, although this stays a significant risk into November and beyond.
  • The EU and UK have resumed their trade talks this past week, after the prior week when Boris Johnson told the EU that the talks were over.
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Global financial market developments

  • Global stock markets have been mixed but broadly more negative, with European averages once more leading the negative price action in reaction to stricter lockdown measures across the continent.
  • The damage inflicted to global share averages from mid-October leaves risk assets vulnerable this week.
  • Mixed signals from the Forex markets and a dislocation from the equity markets, with the “risk off” theme seen in stocks not completely echoed on the currency markets.
  • The Japanese Yen has strengthened against the US Dollar (USDJPY lower), generally a “risk off” signal.
  • However, the “risk currencies” (the Australian, New Zealand and Canadian Dollars) have strengthened against the US Dollar, generally a “risk on” signal.
  • EURUSD has stayed positive (usually a “risk on” sign), which helps the US Dollar Index (DXY) to push lower, to weaken (given the large percentage that the Euro makes up in the US Dollar index).
  • GBPUSD has stayed very erratic but generally more positive in the wake of the restart of EU-UK trade talks and hopes for a trade deal.
  • In the commodity space, Copper has stayed positive, but dipped from new highs, whilst Oil and Gold have remained indecisive, but both with a more negative tone.

Key this week

  • Daylight saving time ends: European and UK daylight saving time has ended this past weekend, BUT the US do not see the clocks shift backwards until 1st November.
  • Central Bank Watch: We get the Bank of Canada interest rate decision, statement and press conference on Wednesday and the same from the Bank of Japan on Thursday.
  • Macroeconomic data: The standout data for the week are the German IFO, GDP and Retail Sales, plus US Durable Goods Orders, GDP and Personal Consumption Expenditure (PCE).
  • Earnings season: A big week in the US earnings season; Microsoft on Tuesday alongside Pfizer and Merck & Co, Boeing on Wednesday, then a huge day Thursday with Apple, Amazon, Google and Facebook all reporting. Friday sees the oil giants Exxon Mobil and Chevron report.
DateKey Macroeconomic Events
26/10/20German IFO
27/10/20US Durable Goods Orders
28/10/20Australian CPI; Bank of Canada interest rate decision, statement and press conference
29/10/20Bank of Japan interest rate decision, statement and press conference; US GDP, PCE and Jobless Claims; German CPI
30/10/20German GDP and Retail Sales; EU GDP and CPI; US PCE

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