The slowdown deepens

​​​​​Today's news headlines:

  • Boris Johnson poised for “final offer” to end Brexit deadlock’. Today, Boris Johnson will make a ‘take it or leave it’ offer to European officials in a bid to break the Brexit deadlock. He insisted that the plan is a ‘reasonable compromise’ at the Conservative Party conference, but vowed to take the UK out of the EU without a deal if Brussels rejected the proposal. An EU diplomat close to negotiations said that there was still a distance between what Johnson is requesting and what the bloc can accept. (Financial Times)
  • ‘Hong Kong protester shot as violent clashes escalate’. Hong Kong police shot a protestor during violent clashes across the region as China celebrated 70 years of Communist party rule. The protests sullied China’s attempts to project a strong image to the rest of the world and led to the injury of 25 police officers, according to Hong Kong Police Commissioner Stephen Lo. The region began the day in lockdown as almost 30 shopping malls, and a number of metro stations were closed on a normally busy public holiday, highlighting the continued economic cost of protests. (Financial Times)

The manufacturing disease may be spreading

Investors are still awaiting the global supply-side slowdown to show signs of seeping into household data as the manufacturing sector continues to contract. Yesterday, major European economies, except for France, showed contraction in the manufacturing sector for September while the US displayed the largest manufacturing decline since July 2009. This has been the ongoing trend this year, and while major central banks have eased monetary conditions, investors believe it is only a matter of time before the consumer feels the blunt force of the slowdown.

This afternoon, US ADP payrolls data will provide a preview to Friday’s Change in Non-Farm Payroll release, and expectations are for a near 25% reduction in jobs created from last month. A disappointing labour market may be the beginning of further household weakness which is likely to trigger concerns that an economic recession is close by. Given Tuesday’s worse-than-expected US manufacturing data, this week’s labour market stats will be of greater concern than previous releases.

Bottom line: Markets are already expecting the Federal Reserve to cut interest rates 40 basis points by mid-2020, but if the economic data indicates consumer weakness, greater stimulus will be expected. The bigger worry is perhaps how much support – both monetary and fiscal - policymakers can effectively provide the global economy.

GBP/USD

Yesterday, Sterling extended its recent losses against the Greenback, trading at the lowest level since early September as markets remain uncertain about Britain crashing out of the EU on October 31st. The pair temporarily broke through the 50-day moving average, reaffirming the bearish near-term outlook.

GBP/EUR

For much of yesterday afternoon, it was one-way traffic as the Euro strengthened against the Pound. This is a continuation of the downward trend we’ve seen emerge since September 20th where the pair has lost over 1.5% as it heads back towards crossing the 100-day moving average. With little data from either region, Brexit news could dominate price action in today’s session.

EUR/USD

The Bloomberg Dollar Index retreated from two-year highs as the US ISM Manufacturing PMI registered its lowest reading since mid-2009. The recovery for the pair was consolidated as markets look towards another potential interest-rate cut from the Federal Reserve this month.

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