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Finance Update – Mr. Johnson Goes to Brussels



With traders shifting their focus away from US violence and disputes with China towards coronavirus lockdown easing, Asian markets this morning are in the green bar none, New Zealand’s DJ out front at 1.33% followed by the Nikkei with 1.19%.

The Australian dollar added a tad after the RBA held on to its 0.25% interest rate, saying that bond markets were operating efficiently, meanwhile.

Current accounts for Q1 perhaps justify the move, showing an $8.4bn surplus, 2 more than expected and a whale above 2019’s final quarter.

Further north, Japan’s money base increased by a record 3.9% to $5 tn in May YoY as the government continues to pump cash into the economy.


European indices yesterday closed in the green to the tune of about a percent and a ½ each, except the DAX, which lost 1.65%, despite a 7.5% surge in Lufthansa – buoyed by the promise of government aid. Gains this morning are led by the DAX’s 3.23% recovery.

PMI improvements in May throughout the zone did little to up the Union’s final figure since Germany’s reading showed a 2-tick contraction.

French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire told RTL radio this morning that the local economy is expected to contract by 11% this year.

And, UK housing prices contracted in May by 1.7% MoM – an 11-year record. Local officials have been warning PM Johnson, as he heads to Brussels, that a Brexit agreement was necessary before Autumn.

The Times reports that the UK may compromise on the fisheries issue in return for EU concessions on regulatory alignment demands.


US markets mainly ignored continuing anti-racism violence, yesterday, the DOW and S&P adding a 1/3 % each and the NASDAQ 2/3.

Reuters reports that listed companies sold over $60bn worth of shares in May as the market rallied on post-corona glee.

Despite Markit’s flat manufacturing PMI, the ISM reading came in below expectations at 43.1 – an improvement on April.

Construction spending contracted by 2.9% in April, better than the expected 6.5.


Oil is trending at 35.69 after losing, then gaining about a dollar and a ½ early in the Asian session, as OPEC+ prepares to meet later this week.

Meanwhile, Interfax reports that Russian production fell by 9.39mB/day in May, while Reuters reports that, under US Pres Trump’s administration, the number of new leases on federal-land situated oil fields has dropped dramatically.

Gold, after double bottoming early last night, performed a $20 bull gap and then eased back to below yesterday’s support at 1750, which has now become a resistance point.

And bitcoin finally shot through the 10k level last night, as violence continues in US streets.


Facebook shares surprisingly added 3% yesterday despite the mass employee walkout to protest their boss’ appeasing approach towards Pres. Trump’s inflammatory posts.

Nokia yesterday opened with a 15 cent bull gap as European telecom operators begin seeking an alternative to US-blackened Huawei for their 5G infrastructures.

VISA, on the other hand, lost nearly a half percent as it reported a better-than-expected drop in consumer spending for May: -5% compared to April’s -18%.


12:55 PM GMT US Redbook Index. Business conditions at 1:45
08:30 PM GMT OIL API Weekly Crude inventories
11:00 PM GMT Australia Composite & Services PMIs. Home sales at 1 am (+1). GDP & Building Permits at 01:30
01:45 AM GMT (+1) China Services PMI.
05:45 AM GMT Switzerland GDP

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