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US inflation came in below market consensus expectations of +0.2% mom

16 August 2017

This week markets were rocked by macroeconomic data and geopolitics :

On the economic data side, we could not help smiling as we watched the dollar rally after a better than anticipated JOLTS report. Why were we amused? Simply because usually markets completely ignore this data, which is a secondary US labor market report. Investors were just heavily positioned long EUR/USD and took profits, which pushed the EUR down. JOLTS report was a mere excuse.

The figure this week was US inflation, which comes out below expectations at +0.1% versus +0.2% expected. Oddly enough, the dollar does not fall that much, -0.15% versus EUR. Fed members have a very dovish stance : Mr. Kaplan used to anticipate two rate hikes, and now thinks they should be “patient”.

Markets anticipate now less than two hikes until end of 2019. We think they are overly pessimistic, especially considering labor market is getting tighter and the dollar has weakened this year.

Regarding geopolitics, Mr. Trump’s “Fire and fury” hurts badly of course risky assets, with equities lower this week (Eurostoxx 50 -2.5%, Chinese equities -4%). We think fundamental good news on the macro and micro side should have the final say.

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