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How Will SNB, BOE Respond to ECB Stimulus Boost?

How Will SNB, BOE Respond to ECB Stimulus Boost?

2015-12-10 05:52:00
Ilya Spivak, Head Strategist, APAC
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Talking Points:

  • Reply to ECB Stimulus Boost in Focus for SNB, BOE Policy Announcements
  • Australian Dollar Soars as Upbeat Jobs Data Weighs on RBA Rate Cut Bets
  • New Zealand Dollar Gains as RBNZ Governor Signals End of Easing Cycle

Policy announcements from the Swiss National Bank and the Bank of England are in focus in European trading hours. Both are expected to keep the current setting of monetary policy unchanged, putting the spotlight on accompanying forward-looking commentary.

For the SNB, traders will want to know if the central bank intends to beef up stimulus to counter downside pressure on EURCHF following the latest expansion in ECB accommodation, which complicates policymakers’ deflation-fighting efforts. Needless to say, a dovish lean is likely to bode ill for the Swiss Franc, while a status-quo approach may offer the currency a lift.

For the BOE, imported disinflation courtesy of the ECB is likewise in the spotlight. On-coming Euro weakness is likely to weigh on the price of imports from the Eurozone, the UK’s top trading partner, undermining the struggle to bring the pace of price growth high enough to begin raising rates.

Comments suggesting the velocity of UK growth will be able to counter these headwinds are likely to keep tightening bets alive, boosting the British Pound. A softer tone and perhaps the abandonment of a rate hike vote from the MPC committee’s heretofore lone hawk, Ian McCafferty, would imply a longer path toward normalization. Sterling is likely to come under pressure in this scenario.

The Australian Dollar soared in overnight trade after November’s Employment report showed the economy unexpectedly added a net 71.4k jobs last month. Economists were betting on a 10k decline ahead of the release. The jobless rate fell to 5.8 percent, marking the lowest level since April 2014.

The Aussie’s advance tracked a surge in front-end bond yields, suggesting the upbeat outcome weighed against RBA rate hike speculation. Indeed, the probability of another 25bps reduction in the cash rate over the coming 12 months has dropped to 36 percent from 76 percent yesterday.

The New Zealand Dollar likewise pushed higher even as the RBNZ issued a rate cut. The move was broadly expected, shifting investors’ focus to comments from Governor Graeme Wheeler for direction cues. For his part, the central bank expects to achieve on-target inflation with the cash rate at the current level, pushing the priced-in probability of further easing from 66 to 32 percent and sending the Kiwi upward.

Gauge Trends and Spot Reversals in the Major Currencies with DailyFX SSI

Asia Session

GMT

CCY

EVENT

ACT

EXP

PREV

20:00

NZD

RBNZ Official Cash Rate

2.50%

2.50%

2.75%

21:45

NZD

Card Spending Retail (MoM) (NOV)

0.3%

0.4%

0.0%

21:45

NZD

Card Spending Total (MoM) (NOV)

0.2%

-

0.0%

23:50

JPY

BSI Large All Industry (QoQ) (4Q)

4.6

-

9.6

23:50

JPY

BSI Large Manufacturing (QoQ) (4Q)

3.8

-

11.0

23:50

JPY

PPI (MoM) (NOV)

-0.1%

-0.3%

-0.6%

23:50

JPY

PPI (YoY) (NOV)

-3.6%

-3.8%

-3.8%

00:00

AUD

Consumer Inflation Expectation (DEC)

4.0%

-

3.5%

00:01

GBP

RICS House Price Balance (NOV)

49.0%

48.0%

50.0%

00:30

AUD

Employment Change (NOV)

71.4k

-10.0k

56.1k

00:30

AUD

Unemployment Rate (NOV)

5.8%

6.0%

5.9%

00:30

AUD

Full Time Employment Change (NOV)

41.6k

-

38.4k

00:30

AUD

Part Time Employment Change (NOV)

29.7k

-

17.7k

00:30

AUD

Participation Rate (NOV)

65.3%

65.0%

65.0%

01:28

NZD

REINZ House Sales (YoY) (NOV)

8.5%

-

18.6%

02:00

JPY

Tokyo Avg Office Vacancies (NOV)

4.19

-

4.46

European Session

GMT

CCY

EVENT

EXP

PREV

IMPACT

08:30

CHF

SNB 3M Libor Lower Target Range

-1.25%

-1.25%

High

08:30

CHF

SNB 3M Libor Upper Target Range

-0.25%

-0.25%

High

08:30

CHF

SNB Sight Deposit Interest Rate

-0.75%

-0.75%

High

09:00

EUR

ECB's Liikanen Speaks at BOF Briefing

-

-

Medium

09:30

GBP

Trade Balance (£) (OCT)

-1800M

-1353M

Low

09:30

GBP

Visible Trade Balance (£) (OCT)

-9700M

-9351M

Low

09:30

GBP

Trade Balance Non EU (£) (OCT)

-2500M

-2076M

Low

11:30

EUR

ECB's Coeure Speaks in Brussels

-

-

Medium

12:00

GBP

BOE Asset Purchase Target (£)

375B

375B

High

12:00

GBP

Bank of England Bank Rate

0.50%

0.50%

High

Critical Levels

CCY

Supp 3

Supp 2

Supp 1

Pivot Point

Res 1

Res 2

Res 3

EURUSD

1.0654

1.0818

1.0922

1.0982

1.1086

1.1146

1.1310

GBPUSD

1.4752

1.4939

1.5060

1.5126

1.5247

1.5313

1.5500

--- Written by Ilya Spivak, Currency Strategist for DailyFX.com

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