- US tsys under pressure, US10Y 1.55 (+1.2bps) after ECB decision to leave both its main rate and size of its Asset Purchase Program unchanged and leave the QE end date at March 17. Core Euro bonds sharply lower, 10Y yields 3-4bps higher since the ECB. Euro at two week high close to 1.13, gold is slightly higher, and crude up 1.6% on bullish API data. S&P futs slightly lower. Draghi press conference ongoing. GOCs lower in line with tsys, after outperforming 3-4 bps yest post BOC. City of Toronto long deal rumored again for this morning. Inter Pipeline (BBBh/BBB+) in the mkt with a $750MM 7Y deal in the area of 182 bps , proceeds to fund the acquisition of Williams Co. Cdn nat gas business. IPL 25s in trading ~190 so this looks to be ~10bp concesssion. IPL’s last issue was in March 2015 , $300MM 10Y @ 178.
- Stock futures flat ahead of economic data, ECB meeting (Reuters) U.S. stock index futures were little changed on Thursday as investors awaited weekly jobless claims data and a European Central Bank decision that may hint at more monetary stimulus.
- Oil extends gains after big U.S. crude stock draw (Reuters) Oil prices rose more than 1.5 percent on Thursday after U.S. industry data showed a large drawdown in crude stocks, reflecting the temporary impact of an Atlantic storm. U.S. crude stocks fell by 12.1 million barrels last week, data from the American Petroleum Institute showed after the market settled on Wednesday, compared with expectations for an increase of about 200,000 barrels.
- China Aug imports rise for first time in nearly two years as demand picks up (Reuters) China’s imports unexpectedly rose in August for the first time in nearly two years, boosted by coal and other commodities, suggesting domestic demand may be picking up and putting the world’s second-largest economy on a more balanced footing. Exports also showed signs of improvement, falling by a less-than-expected 2.8 percent from a year earlier, as demand in the United States, Europe and even Japan showed some signs of improvement, data showed on Thursday.
- BOJ’s Nakaso says won’t rule out deepening negative rates (Reuters) Bank of Japan Deputy Governor Hiroshi Nakaso said the central bank would not rule out deepening negative interest rates or any other easing steps needed to achieve its price target. Nakaso said the BOJ’s comprehensive assessment of its policy effects to take place later this month will look at ways to accelerate achievement of its 2 percent inflation target. It will not discuss ways to withdraw its ultra-loose monetary policy.
- German growth expected to halve in 2017 as Brexit bites (Reuters) German economic growth will nearly halve in 2017 as Brexit and other risks hit exporters, the DIW institute said on Thursday, although it predicted a pick up to 1.9 percent this year due to strong domestic demand. The subdued outlook followed a string of economic data which painted a bleak picture for German manufacturing, with industrial orders barely rising in July and output posting its steepest drop in nearly two years.
- The Caisse sees a future in laser eye surgery with $25M Lasik MD investment (Financial Post) Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec is investing $25 million to finance the global expansion of Lasik MD, Canada’s largest network of laser vision correction clinics. The pension and insurance fund manager says this investment will help Lasik acquire a minority interest in Vision Group Holdings, a U.S. laser vision correction company with 140 clinics in 40 states and one in Ontario.
- Brazil urged to expand land rental market but small farmers aren’t convinced (Reuters) Brazilian farmer Ivan Engler shakes his head at the thought of renting out his land, where he grows sweet potato and passion fruit, despite overtures from a big agricultural company keen to expand its territory. For years, the farmer raised his family on this 11-hectare plot of land outside Brasilia. The proceeds have fed, clothed and provided his children with an education.
- Overview: US 10yr note futures are down -0.1784% at 131-4, S&P 500 futures are down -0.14% at 2175, Crude oil futures are up 1.76% at $46.3, Gold futures are up 0.07% at $1350.2, DXY is down -0.41% at 94.563.
US Economic Data
- 8:30 AM: Initial Jobless Claims, September 3rd, 259k, est. 265k (prior 263k)
- Continuing Claims, August 27th, 2144k, est. 2151k (prior 2159k, revised 2151k)
- 9:45 AM: Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index, September 4th, (prior 43.4)
- 15:00 AM: Consumer Credit, July, est. 16.0b$ (prior 12.32b $)
Canadian Economic Data
- 8:30 AM: Capacity Utilization Rate, 2Q, 80.0%, est. 79.6% (prior 81.4%, revised 81.4%)
- New Housing Price Index, July, 0.4%, est. 0.1% (prior 0.1%)
- New Housing Price Index, y/y, July, 2.8%, est. 2.5% (prior 2.5%)
- Building Permits, m/m, July, 0.8%, est. 2.9% (prior -5.5%, revised -5.3%)
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