Manufacturing data dominates headlines

Yesterday’s markets

2nd February 2016

  • EUR Spanish Manufacturing PMI: 55.4
  • GBP Manufacturing PMI: 52.9
  • GBP Net Lending to Individuals m/m: 4.4B
  • USD Core PCE Price Index m/m: 0.0%
  • USD Personal Spending m/m: 0.0%
  • USD ISM Manufacturing PMI: 48.2
  • EUR ECB President Draghi Speaks
  • USD FOMC Member Fischer Speaks
  • AUD Cash Rate: 2.00%
  • RBA Rate Statement

Manufacturing data to and from the pond dominated headlines yesterday as we gained an insight into the UK’s and US’s secondary sector health. Firstly, UK Manufacturing Growth increased last month, exceeding economists’ consensus and registering a reading of 52.9, a three month high. The domestic market remains the key growth driver despite the strength of the Pound against the Euro which is impacting order inflows.

In the US, ISM Manufacturing PMI was released, with last month’s posting below 50 at 48.2, anything below 50 indicates contraction in the sector.  ISM Manufacturing PMI disappointed for its sixth consecutive month posting a worse than expected reading at 48.2, a level last seen nearly six years ago. 

ECB President Mario Draghi addressed the European Parliament yesterday in Strasbourg regarding the 2015 ECB annual report. Draghi stated that uncertainty still blights the European project and also said that it is time to prove the region can act with a common spirit. 

Today’s markets

1st February 2016

  • Spanish Unemployment Change
  • German Unemployment Change
  • GBP Construction PMI
  • EUR Unemployment Rate
  • NZD GDT Price Index
  • USD FOMC Member George Speaks
  • NZD Employment Change q/q
  • NZD Unemployment Rate
  • RBNZ Gov Wheeler Speaks
  • AUD Building Approvals m/m
  • AUD Trade Balance

Today is fairly quiet in terms of economic data as Unemployment numbers are set for release from Germany and Spain. The UK Construction PMI is also due to hit the wires.