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The Euro may extend recent losses in European trading hours as Germany's unemployment rate rises to 8.4% in July, the highest since November 2007, as the Euro Zone's largest economy sheds 43,000 jobs. Euro Zone Economic Confidence is also on tap.
Key Overnight Developments
• Japan's Industrial Production Grows Most Since 1953 in Q3
• Euro, British Pound Flat Ahead of the Opening Bell in Europe
The Euro is effectively unchanged going into the European trading session having oscillated in a narrow 0.4% range around 1.4050 in overnight trading. Likewise, the British Pound fluctuated in a 0.4% band around 1.6380, yielding a flat result ahead of the opening bell in London.
Asia Session Highlights
Japanese Industrial Production grew at the weakest pace in three months in June, adding 2.4% from the previous month. In annual terms, the pace of decline moderated to -23.4%, the slowest rate of contraction since December of last year. On a quarterly basis, output gained 8.3% in the three months through June, the most since 1953. Much of the resurgence can be chalked up to companies replenishing inventories having sharply cut back on orders and production as the global economic crisis reached a boiling point in 2008. More of the same is likely in the coming months as restocking continues. In fact, minutes from the last meeting of the Bank of Japan revealed policymakers expect manufacturing and exports will continue to recover mainly due to progress in adjustments in [inventories]. That said, any sustainable rebound will have to come with growth in underlying demand, which is arguably destined to remain sluggish for some time. Indeed, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said its latest world economic outlook that global trade volumes are likely to rebound just 1% having shed a whopping -12.2% in 2009.
Euro Session: What to Expect
Germany's Unemployment Rate is set to rise to 8.4% in July, the highest since November 2007, as the Euro Zone's largest economy sheds 43,000 jobs. Mounting layoffs will hinder Germany's ability to mount a robust recovery from the current downturn, weighing on disposable incomes and discouraging consumption, the largest component of overall economic growth. Indeed, the IMF recently forecast that Germany as well as the Euro area as a whole will stand apart from other industrialized economies in seeing GDP continue to shrink in 2010. Further, the ailing labor market is likely to become a more visible drag on risk appetite as the government's fiscal package is used up and firms run out of room to cut capacity and produce upside earnings surprises, yielding to sluggish revenue growth and driving stock valuations lower. This bodes ill for the Euro, particularly against the US Dollar, with interest rates likely to remain low and risky assets on the defensive.
Separately, Euro Zone Economic Confidence is expected to rise to 75.0 in July, marking the fourth consecutive month of improvement since the metric hit a record low in March. The reading is a composite of five sub-sector sentiment reports: Industrial Confidence (40%), Service Confidence (30%), Consumer Confidence (20%), Construction Confidence (5%), and the Retail Trade Confidence Indicator (5%). The metric may continue to gain for a bit longer as the combined impact of fiscal stimulus measures across the region and higher stock prices boost confidence, but seems likely to reverse course in the medium term as lackluster domestic and overseas demand creep back into the forefront.
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