Franc Gains as ECB Shuns Greek Bonds, Pound to Look Past Static BOE
- Franc Gains as ECB Says Greek Bonds Unacceptable as Collateral
- Australian, New Zealand Dollars Rise After China’s 50bps RRR Cut
- Bank of England Rate Decision Likely a Non-Event for the Pound
The Swiss Franc outperformed in overnight trade, rising as much as 0.3 percent on average against its top counterparts. The move appears to have reflected regional safe-haven flows after the ECB announced that it will no longer accept Greek government bonds as collateral for lending.
That sent jitters across financial markets amid worries of oncoming capital shortages and potential bank failures in the event Greek lenders run short on liquidity. Reports suggesting the central bank will make the ELA emergency facility available dampened concerns to some extent however.
The Australian and New Zealand Dollars likewise pushed higher, adding as much as 0.5 and 0.3 percent respectively against the majors. The move appeared to reflect optimism linked to the PBOC, which unexpectedly announced a 50 basis point cut in its reserve requirement ratio.
China is Australia and New Zealand’s largest trading partner and markets likely speculated that an easing of monetary policy that boosts growth there may bode well for the two Oceanic countries’ export demand profiles. That may in turn translate into better overall growth prospects and limit scope for on-coming RBA and RBNZ interest rate reductions.
A monetary policy announcement from the Bank of England headlines the economic calendar in European trading hours. Mark Carney and company are widely expected to keep the status quo in place, meaning no statement is likely to be issued. That will probably mean the announcement will amount to a non-event for the British Pound, with the currency waiting for next week’s quarterly Inflation Report for policy cues.
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|0:00||AUD||HIA New Home Sales (MoM) (DEC)||-1.9%||-||2.2%|
|0:30||AUD||Retail Sales s.a. (MoM) (DEC)||0.2%||0.3%||0.1%|
|0:30||AUD||Retail Sales Ex Inflation (QoQ) (4Q)||1.5%||1.1%||0.9%|
|6:45||CHF||SECO Consumer Confidence (JAN)||-13||-11||Low|
|7:00||EUR||German Factory Orders s.a. (MoM) (DEC)||1.5%||-2.4%||Medium|
|7:00||EUR||German Factory Orders n.s.a. (YoY) (DEC)||0.7%||-0.4%||Medium|
|8:30||EUR||Markit Germany Construction PMI (JAN)||-||50.5||Low|
|9:00||GBP||New Car Registrations (YoY) (JAN)||-||8.7%||Low|
|9:00||EUR||ECB Publishes Economic Bulletin||-||-||Low|
|9:10||EUR||Markit Germany Retail PMI (JAN)||-||51.7||Low|
|9:10||EUR||Markit Italy Retail PMI (JAN)||-||42.8||Low|
|9:10||EUR||Markit Eurozone Retail PMI (JAN)||-||47.6||Low|
|9:10||EUR||Markit France Retail PMI (JAN)||-||46.5||Low|
|12:00||GBP||Bank of England Rate Decision||0.50%||0.50%||High|
|12:00||GBP||BOE Asset Purchase Target (£)||375B||375B||High|
|CCY||Supp 3||Supp 2||Supp 1||Pivot Point||Res 1||Res 2||Res 3|
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