US Labor Day holidays should keep trading relatively subdued over the course of today. Even the prospects of a military strike in Syria have paused following the decision by US President Obama to gain approval from Congress. Given that Congress does not return from summer recess until September 9 any action is not going to be quick. Consequently risk appetite may improve in the near term. Additionally Asian markets will benefit from a rise in China’s manufacturing confidence in August to a 16 month high. ,
Markets will have plenty of data and events to chew over as the week progresses. Overall US data will maintain its less impressive trend, with a drop in the August US ISM manufacturing confidence survey expected, while the July trade deficit is set to widen and non farm payrolls are likely to come in at a softer pace of around 160k. Negative US data surprises will likely see a further bullish retracement in US Treasuries and in turn a loss of upward momentum for the USD.
Elsewhere the four key major central bank decisions on tap this week will likely prove to be non-events, with the Bank of Japan, European Central Bank, Bank of England and Reserve Bank of Australia set to keep policy rates unchanged. The BoJ is likely to take comfort from the improvements in domestic data and rising inflation reducing any pressure for any further easing in the near term. The ECB will likely repeat its forward guidance and reveal updated staff forecasts.
On the data front final Eurozone PMI manufacturing survey readings, July German industrial activity and UK manufacturing PMI will garner attention. Some likely improvement in risk appetite will likely see a further spread narrowing for Eurozone peripheral bonds while the EUR will find some support. In Australia aside from the RBA, retail sales and the federal election this weekend will be in focus. Improving risk appetite will be constructive for the AUD.
In Asia attention will remain on the INR and IDR this week, with both currencies gaining some ground in the wake of USD swap measures with oil companies in India and a policy rate hike in Indonesia. Stability may prove temporary but a slightly firmer tone to risk appetite at the start of this week may give more room for upside in these currencies in the short term. Further out, it is difficult to see any sustained reversal given the prospects for higher US yields, more capital outflows and domestic fundamental fragilities.