The market sentiment switched to risk-off after the Fed’s Powell statement. The USD edged higher, while risker assets started falling after reaching quite high levels. Let’s have a closer look.
Japanese economy contracts most for four years
In the third quarter, the Japanese economy shrank the most for more than four years due to the fact that Japanese companies reduced spending, thus threatening to affect the investment outlook next year because the export-reliant Asian country grapples with decelerating global surge as well as trade frictions.
The dive in the world's number three economy contributes to signs in Asia and the European bloc of weakening momentum. Recent data in Australia and China disclosed a deceleration in surge as well as stoking fears about the wider influence of the China-U.S trade conflict.
In the July-September quarter, the Japanese gross domestic product slumped at an annualized rate of about 2.5%. It appears to be the worst tumble since the second quarter of 2014 - from a 2.8% leap in the second quarter, as updated data from the Cabinet Office disclosed.
The decline, in part powered by a number of natural disasters, which made factories cut output, turned out to be deeper than an initial forecast of a 1.2% shrink and also versus experts’ median estimate for a 1.9% slump.
Additionally, the capital expenditure component of GDP went down by 2.8% from the second quarter, which is worse than the anticipated 1.6% tumble as well as the preliminary outcome of a 0.2% sink.
It happened to be the most impressive slump since the third quarter of 2009 due to the fact that retailers, wholesalers, information as well as communications machinery reduced spending, as the Cabinet Office data revealed.
Japan’s manufacturers' mood worsened for a second straight month in December. It’s expected to dive further.
While experts actually expect the Japanese economy to revive in the current quarter because factories ramped up output following the natural disasters, there’re fears that the China-U.S. trade conflict could affect global surge and impact export-led Japan.
The market sentiment is mixed as investors are weighing on additional government support measures amid increasing virus cases throughout the world.
The market sentiment is mixed ahead of the US consumer sentiment report.
The US NFP will be published on August 7 at 15:30 MT time.
The market sentiment is indeed risk-on today. Stocks, riskier currencies and gold are rising amid the waning US dollar.
Follow the BOE monetary policy and rate statements on August 6 at 14:00 MT time…