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Household Goods & DIY equity research

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Breakfast Today

  • 27 Mar 17

"A nervous opening is expected this morning as investors attempt to assess the impact of President Trump being forced to take his Bill designed to replace Obamacare off the table, as the White House was forced to admit defeat in its first legislative priority on Capitol Hill. The withdrawal came despite desperate, last minute calls to lawmakers in the House of Representatives, raising serious questions regarding his ability to unify Republicans sufficiently to keep his pro-growth reforms from tax to infrastructure spending on the road. Tensions will remain high, as Wednesday the Administration’s attention turns his proposals to build a border wall between Mexico and the US. And, if that is not enough to worry about, the same day this week will also focus on a historic event, Theresa May triggering Article 50 and, in so doing, kick-off two years of divorce negotiations with the European Union. Although the Healthcare Bill was not formally withdrawn until after the US markets closed on Friday, doubts over its ability to succeed had already led to volatility, with the S&P500 falling 1.4%, its worst weekly decline of the year. After starting on the upside, the country’s three principal indices closed mixed in anticipation of Friday, with the NASDAQ ending positive helped by Micron Technologies while elsewhere oils and financials met gentle selling. With the new week’s market openings led by Asia this morning, however, more selling was evident with all major regional bourses trading in the red, led by Japan dropping over 1.5%, hitting its lowest point since early February as US$ falls were reflected in almost a 1% spike in the Yen, as the Euro also raced to almost a four-month high. Chinese equities remained weak despite reports the nation’s Industrial Profits had grown 31.5% in January-February, leaving both the Shanghai Composite and Hang Seng nursing minor losses. Recent good macro and political news that has bolstered European sentiment, helping an oversold STOXX 600 outperform, will be boosted further this morning on news that German Chancellor Angela Merkl’s conservatives scored a clear victory in the small state of Saarland, knocking optimism amongst centre-left challengers that changes in national sentiment could force her from office at September’s Federal Election. There is no UK macro data due for release today, although the EU provides personal loans and M3 Money Supply for February, followed later in the afternoon with the Dallas Fed Manufacturing Business Index from the US. The Fed’s Charles Evans and FOMC’s Robert Kaplan are both also due to make speeches. London’s major financial news today will the Bank of England’s scenarios for the latest of its stress tests, this time for the Royal Bank of Scotland which fails at its previous assessment. Elsewhere, UK corporates scheduled to release earnings or trading updates only include second liners, such as Inspired Energy (INSE.L), YouGov (YOU.L), GLI Finance (GLIF.L), and Gama Aviation (GMAA.L). Traders will also be seeking more information following OPEC apparently warning its Members regarding compliance with agreed oil-production cuts, following recent media reports of widespread cheating. Light sweet crude for May delivery traded down again on the NYME, despite suggestions of a further, deeper production cut being considered by the Organisation, amid reports that nearly two dozen non-American producers may limit output during the second half. London equities will be sold down from the opening this morning, with the FTSE-100 seen falling over 55 points in early trading. " - Barry Gibb, Research Analyst

Breakfast Today

  • 22 Mar 17

U.S. stocks, the Dollar and government-bond yields pulled sharply back on Tuesday, with the principal equity indices suffering their steepest declines of the year. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was hit in excess of 1% for the first time in five months, with the S&P 500 and Nasdaq tumbling even more. Doubts regarding Trump’s ability to garner sufficient support from House Republicans this week to dismantle the Affordable Care Act came to the fore; seen by some as a proxy on his mandate to govern, concerns quickly spread to his ability to force through ambitious tax, policy and budgetary measures on a reasonable time schedule. As a result, touch-sensitive investors holding overweight equity positions on heady valuations needed little encouragement to lock in some of their substantial profits. Financials led the falls, tracking bond yields, with industrials following behind. The US$ retreated for the fifth consecutive day, similarly hitting its lowest level against the international basket in four months. European sentiment followed the US markets south during afternoon trade, with early strength deserting the Stoxx Europe 600 to see it close down 0.5%. The FTSE-100 did likewise, having been hurt earlier in the session by higher than expected Consumer Inflation figures that were released mid-morning and saw February prices hitting 2.3%, their fastest pace in nearly three and a half years, breaching the BoE’s 2.0% target in the process having spiked from 1.8% the previous month. Unless wage growth is seen to catch up rapidly and Governor Carney holds sufficient nerve to keep base rates unchanged while Theresa May commences Brexit negotiations, consumer spending, the key economic driver for the UK, could start to stall. Sterling not surprisingly rose sharply against the US$, although its gains against the Euro were limited given increasingly perceived diminishing chances of Le Pen now claiming victory at the forthcoming French Presidential elections, following Monday evening’s televised debate. Asian stock markets followed suit this morning, as the region also examined its optimism around the 'Trump trade'. Japan's Nikkei Stock Average was down over 2% to a three-week low ending a whisper from the key 19000-point support on surging Yen, with the ASX and Hang Seng closing just a little way behind. There are no significant UK macro releases due today, but the EU is due to provide its Current Account data for January, while the US follows later this afternoon with MBA Mortgage Applications, its Housing Price index and Existing Home sales. UK corporates due to release earnings or trading updates include Kingfisher (KGF.L), Ferrexpo (FXPO.L), Softcat (SCT.L), Cello Group (CLL.L) and EG Solutions (EGS.L). Investors will also be awaiting news from the Scottish Parliament later today, with Members due to vote on a second Independence Referendum. London accordingly is set for a nervous opening this morning with the FTSE-100 see down around 40 points in early trade.

Breakfast Today

  • 20 Mar 17

Despite the University of Michigan releasing its preliminary reading of March consumer sentiment on Friday, which suggested US personal finance confidence rising again, this time to a 17-year high as the Nation effectively achieves full employment, US equities remained narrowly rangebound. Industrial production data also released held steady in February which, although slightly below market consensus, still provided underlying confidence in continued growth amid a pickup in manufacturing and mining activity. But this was not enough given receipt of a slightly less hawkish tenor from the Fed. The problem appears to be that investors have heard Trump ‘talk-the-talk’ but, as was seen with the latest judges’ ruling against his travel ban, they are not yet convinced he can ‘walk-the-walk’. Thursday’s White House budget proposals, which focussed on cutting funding for projects deemed to have regional benefits, in order to increase funding to those with national scope, compounded this with some commentators suggesting the new programs will be less effective than existing ones. The President’s joint address to Congress, calling for legislation to procure US$1tr to rebuild the country’s tired infrastructure, for example, makes for great soundbites but Congressional scrutiny, particularly from fiscal conservatives who are reluctant to back massive federal spending, looks set be arduous to say the least. So while the wall of money being liberated globally from bond market rout provides plenty of back pressure, investors appear to be waiting for a new injection of confidence before being prepared to push already heady equity valuations one further step further. Traders also appeared unimpressed by U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin rebuffing a concerted push by world finance chiefs to disavow protectionism, fanning fears that the Trump administration's pursuit of an ‘America First’ policy could ignite global trade conflicts. With many officials suggesting they departed the G-20 meeting confused about where the new administration will ultimately land on trade policy, US equities ended mixed with only the NASDAQ able to put on a minute gain helped by Adobe, while the other two principal US indices were knocked by continued selling of health-care stocks, in particular Amgen which had released disappointing results from a cholesterol drug study. The cautionary mood spread to Asia, where only the Hang Seng put on a modest gain while the region’s other indices stayed in the red with the Nikkei being closed for a holiday. Important macro data from London today is limited to the Rightmove House Price Index for February which was released at midnight at +2.3% y-o-y, in line with expectations, while the EU produces Q4 Labour Costs; the US provides its Chicago Fed National Activity Index and later the Fed’s Charles Evans is due to make a speech. UK corporates due to report today include Volution Group (FAN.L), Satellite Solutions Worldwide (SAT.L), Frenkel Topping Group (FEN.L), Phoenix Group (PHNX.L) and Finsbury Food Group (FIF.L). Equities in London as seen similarly lacklustre this morning, with the FTSE-100 see moving 5 to 10 down in early trading.



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