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- ITALIAN BOND YIELDS FALL TO RECORD LOW AS INVESTORS BACK DRAGHI
- E.U. PUSHES CLEARING TO NEW YORK, NOT EUROZONE (MNI EXCLUSIVE)
- RIKSBANK MEETING FOCUS WILL BE PACE FOR QE IN Q2 (MNI PREVIEW)
- BITCOIN HITS RECORD HIGH; DOLLAR ON BACK FOOT
Fig. 1: 10-Yr BTP Yields Dip Below 0.50% For First Time
ITALY (BBG): Italian bonds rallied to send the country's borrowing costs to a record low, in a sign investors are backing former European Central Bank President Mario Draghi to form a new government. Ten-year yields dropped to 0.5%, dropping below the previous low set last month. Draghi, who helped rein in Italy's debt risk from the euro area crisis nearly a decade ago, has won the initial support of some of the biggest parties following the collapse of the previous coalition.
UK/EU/US (MNI EXCLUSIVE): The European Commission is determined to press ahead with attempts to force London-based clearing houses to relocate operations to the eurozone, despite its frustration with the lack of progress so far and even evidence that some post-Brexit business flow has been out of Europe altogether and to New York, officials and industry representatives said. For full article contact email@example.com
RIKSBANK (MNI PREVIEW): The focus for the Riksbank meeting will be on the pace of QE for Q2 (we expect SEK80-100bln) and the repo rate path (we expect this to remain flat for the forecast duration.- For our full Riksbank preview including summaries of 13 sell-side analyst notes, please click the link: http://enews.marketnews.com/ct/uz10098501Biz47400181
BITCOIN (BBG): Bitcoin hit a fresh record above $48,000 on Tuesday after Tesla Inc.'s announcement of a $1.5 billion investment in the largest cryptocurrency. The token rose as much as 7.9% to almost $48,216 before paring some of the gains. It was at about $48,000 as of 3:16 p.m. in Hong Kong. Tesla's disclosure Monday sent the price soaring.
CHINA DATA: China's M2 money supply rose 9.4% y/y in January, the slowest rate of growth since February 2020 and decelerating from the 10.1% rise seen in December, data released by the People's Bank of China on Tuesday showed. Analysts had been forecasting a repeat of the 10.1% gain. Among the key metrics, M1 growth picked up 14.7% y/y from the previous 8.6% gain, reflecting robust cash flow. M0 fell 3.9% y/y, reversing Dec's 9.2% gain.
- Dec SA ind. output -0.2% m/m (Nov confirmed -1.4% m/m), WDA -2.0% y/y
- Italy 4Q20 average SA ind. output -3.1% vs Feb 2020 pre-crisis level--ISTAT
- Italy 2020 WDA ind. output -11.4% vs 2019; worst since 2009--ISTAT
- Dec SA m/m intermed. gds, energy rose; consumer, capital gds fell—ISTAT
- Dec WDA y/y consumer, capital gds, energy fell; intermed. gds up --ISTAT
- There were 21 working days in Dec 2020 vs. 20 in Dec 2019.
Issuance has been the big story of the morning with the UK, Spain and the Netherlands launching new bonds via syndication while Germany launches a new linker for the first time since 2015 via auction. a USD4bln EIB sale has been the highlight in SSA space.
- Outside of issuance, today has been a bit quieter with a mildly risk-off undertone to markets (equities lower, core FI higher, peripheral spreads wider).
- Looking ahead, we have speeches from the ECB's Visco and Lane and Fed's Bullard while the only notable data release will be JOLTs.
- TY1 futures are up 0-2 today at 136-24 with 10y UST yields down -2.5bp at 1.146% and 2y yields unch at 0.112%.
- Bund futures are up 0.20 today at 176.32 with 10y Bund yields down -0.8bp at -0.455% and Schatz yields unch at -0.716%.
- Gilt futures are up 0.16 today at 132.47 with 10y yields down -0.9bp at 0.465% and 2y yields down -0.3bp at -0.41%.
The Greenback is softer, slipping against all others in G10, with haven currencies outperforming as the recent risk rally flatlines. There's been no material drawback in equities, but the e-mini S&P is off by around 4 points or so, while core government bonds are firmer.
The beneficiaries so far Tuesday have been JPY and EUR, the former being supported on the break through the Y105.00 handle in USD/JPY, while EUR garners focus as Italian PM-designate Draghi gains more cross-party support for his technocratic government. EUR/USD sits at the highest since Feb1, with the pair now comfortably above the 1.21 handle.
Despite the softness in stocks this morning, AUD continues to outperform, prompting a new and clean break above the $0.77 mark.
US JOLTs data is the sole material release, but speeches are due from ECB's Visco & Lane and Fed's Bullard.
EQUITIES: Futures Edge Lower
- Asian stocks closed higher, with Japan's NIKKEI up 117.43 pts or +0.4% at 29505.93 and the TOPIX up 1.59 pts or +0.08% at 1925.54. China's SHANGHAI closed up 71.042 pts or +2.01% at 3603.489 and the HANG SENG ended 156.72 pts higher or +0.53% at 29476.19.
- European stocks are off slightly, with the German Dax down 83.78 pts or -0.6% at 14054.51, FTSE 100 down 11.02 pts or -0.17% at 6525.36, CAC 40 down 6.83 pts or -0.12% at 5701.16 and Euro Stoxx 50 down 11.61 pts or -0.32% at 3667.4.
- U.S. futures are a little lower, with the Dow Jones mini down 33 pts or -0.11% at 31235, S&P 500 mini down 3.5 pts or -0.09% at 3904.5, NASDAQ mini down 12.75 pts or -0.09% at 13670.25.
COMMODITIES: Precious Metals Gain Ground As USD Weakens
- WTI Crude up $0.29 or +0.5% at $58.26
- Natural Gas down $0.06 or -2.19% at $2.819
- Gold spot up $16.61 or +0.91% at $1839.24
- Copper up $2.45 or +0.67% at $369
- Silver up $0.39 or +1.42% at $27.6381
- Platinum up $20.29 or +1.75% at $1181.52