Friday, June 3, 2011

It’s Ugly Out There!

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By Mike Conlon | June 3, 2011

Pay Day?This morning, the all-important Non-Farm Payrolls report will be released at 8:30AM EST which will show the state of the employment situation here in the US. As a result of Wednesday’s dismal ADP employment change figures, analysts have revised their initial projections lower so it is highly uncertain how the market will react to the release.

What we do know however is this: that the US and the global economy is slowing and that there are still major risks to stability. The debt crisis in the Euro zone, the unstable situation in the Arab countries, and Japan still dealing with the nuclear crisis as a result of the natural disaster all have the potential to add fuel to the fire.

In the Euro zone, they are preparing for the reaction to the news that a second bailout for Greece is near completion with potential ramifications from both an economic and political standpoint.

PMI service data for the Euro zone came in slightly better than expected, and Merkel’s comments yesterday that the economy in the EU is healthy but for a few countries with excessive debt may be spot on.

But the big news this morning is the NFP, where forecasts have been revised to as low as an addition of 100K jobs, with the new median being somewhere around 165K. The unemployment rate is expected to remain steady at 8.9%.

Both stocks and commodities are lower to start the day, and it is so hard to say what will happen on a day like today as expectations are all over the board, so volatility could be extreme of non-existent.

In the forex market:

Aussie (AUD): The Aussie is mostly lower ahead of the NFP as risk aversion going into the weekend is a safe bet. The Performance of Service Index came in lower than last month’s reading, posting a figure of 49.9 vs. last month’s 51.5.

Kiwi (NZD): The Kiwi is lower across the board as building permits figures missed expectations, showing a decline of 1.6% vs. an expectation of a gain of .5%. This in addition to making recent highs and today’s risk aversion make the Kiwi a likely candidate for profit-taking.

Loonie (CAD): The Loonie is mostly lower as oil prices have retreated to under $100 ahead of this morning’s NFP report. The Loonie will be extremely sensitive to this release as what’s good (or bad) for the US affects Canada greatly.

Euro (EUR): The Euro is mixed but somewhat flat against USD as the market is unsure whether the anti-Dollar properties of the Euro make it a decent alternative to the Dollar despite the risk in the market. Euro zone PMI Composite and Services figures came in better than expected lead by Germany, and the news that another Greek bailout is forthcoming may allay market fears. (Click chart to enlarge)


Pound (GBP): The Pound is lower across the board as PMI services figures came in lower than expected posting a reading of 53.8 vs. an expected 54.2. While not a huge miss, rate hike expectations for the UK are at their lowest levels in nearly 6 months despite the inflation in the UK economy. (Click chart to enlarge)


Swissie (CHF): The Swissie has been on tear of late as the preferred safe-haven currency of choice, making new all-time highs vs. a range of currencies including USD. This makes it a likely candidate for reversal should risk abate in the market, and that could start with NFP today and the Greek bailout around the corner.

Dollar (USD): The Dollar is gaining some strength from risk aversion this morning ahead of NFP, but it has been losing its luster as a safe-haven as the economic data has been weak of late prompting the market to believe that QE3 may be an option.

Yen (JPY): The Yen is stronger across the board on risk aversion despite the notion that Prime Minister Kan’s plan could result in a lame-duck government which may delay the recovery.

Wow! Simply wow! The Non-Farm Payrolls report just came in a showed a dismal gain of 54K with the unemployment rate coming in at 9.1%. This is an absolutely horrible number and a sign that US economy is still very weak.

With uncertainty running rampant and the government doing absolutely nothing to fix our problems, this is a huge no-confidence vote by business who will not hire and add to their cost structure in the face of rising deficits, increased regulation, higher taxes, and unknown health care costs. Bad government policy and the focus on the wrong things is what has gotten us to this point, and it may be time for a nuclear enema in Washington DC.

The markets are obviously selling-off as a result, with the Dollar unbelievably strengthening despite the fact that QE3 may be a real possibility. So it looks like the only “pay day” is for the stooges in Washington, who take home a large check for doing relatively little.

Remember, you can take action against bad policy here in the USâ€"invest abroad. One of the best ways to do this is through the forex market, where not only can you get off this sinking ship of the US dollar, but get paid interest to do so!

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