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Japan’s leading index declines to 102.0 in December, the lowest level since January 2013

Japan’s Cabinet Office released its preliminary leading index data on Friday. The leading index decreased to 102.0 in December from 103.2 in November. It was the lowest level since January 2013. November’s figure was revised down from 103.5. Japan’s …

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German new orders drop in December – ING

Carsten Brzeski, Research Analyst at ING, notes that the German new orders dropped in December, bringing a bittersweet end to a rather disappointing year for the German industry.

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“New orders dropped by 0.7% MoM, from an increase of 1.5% MoM in November. On the year, new orders were down by 2.7%. The last months have not been easy for the German industry. Since May, new orders have dropped in five out of eight months. Interestingly, the December drop was driven by falling domestic demand. The increase in foreign orders by 0.6% MoM gives hope that the export channel will not totally dry out in the coming months.

Looking ahead, product expectations have come down significantly since the summer. At the same time, inventories have increased and order books have narrowed. A combination which does not bode well for production in the coming months.

More generally speaking, the German industry is still standing on shaky grounds. While the industry had been able to stomach the cooling of the Chinese economy, the slowdown of emerging markets, the euro crisis and geopolitical risks, it now seems as if extremely low oil prices and the slowdown of the US economy are simply two risks too much.”

Carsten Brzeski, Research Analyst at ING, notes that the German new orders dropped in December, bringing a bittersweet end to a rather disappointing year for the German industry.

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There is no basis for continued yuan devaluation – China SAFE’s Pan

China State Administration of Foreign Exchange’s (SAFE) New Head Pan Gongsheng crossed the wires today, commenting on the yuan exchange rate.

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Will crack down on illegal fx transactions

Won’t go down path of capital controls

There is no basis for continued yuan devaluation

Yuan rate v basket is basically stable

Chinese economy is in reasonable range

Will step up supply-side reforms

China State Administration of Foreign Exchange’s (SAFE) New Head Pan Gongsheng crossed the wires today, commenting on the yuan exchange rate.

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US NFP to print 170k in January – Goldman Sachs

Research Team at Goldman Sachs, expects a 170k gain in nonfarm payroll employment in January, below consensus expectations of 190k—and a downward revision from our forecast at the start of the week.

Key Quotes

“Labor market indicators were weaker in January, with declines in the employment components of both the ISM manufacturing and nonmanufacturing surveys and rising jobless claims. We also expect some payback from the unusually warm weather and residual seasonality in couriers and messengers’ employment, which boosted payrolls in 2015Q4.

The unemployment rate is likely to remain unchanged at 5.0%. Average hourly earnings are likely to rise at 0.4% month-over-month due mostly to calendar effects and a likely small boost from state-level minimum wage hikes.”

Research Team at Goldman Sachs, expects a 170k gain in nonfarm payroll employment in January, below consensus expectations of 190k—and a downward revision from our forecast at the start of the week.

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USD/CHF could struggle around 1.0035/75 – Commerzbank

In view of Karen Jones, Head of FICC Technical Analysis at Commerzbank, occasional bullish attempts in the pair could find resistance around 1.0035/75.

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USD/CHF has sold off aggressively to the 5 month uptrend at .9925, this together with the .9903 August high should hold the initial test”.

“Intraday dips are indicated to struggle circa 1.0035/75. These guard the 1.0256/95 recent highs”.

In view of Karen Jones, Head of FICC Technical Analysis at Commerzbank, occasional bullish attempts in the pair could find resistance around 1.0035/75…

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