Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Morning Memo: Tuesday, September 3, 2013

"Morning Memo" begins below this "NOTE for  NEWCOMERS" to "Morning Memo"...... Each morning, we post a short bullet-point list of noteworthy events, data, etc that find their way into the assessment of global markets.  It's far from complete and is not meant to be an exhaustive reconciliation of all things that could possibly impact stocks, bonds, currencies and commodities!  Rather, it's best viewed as a cryptic memo of "highlights", noteworthy items that took place in Asia, European and US hours.....and color-coded 'Red' for seemingly negative impact on equity markets, 'Green' for positive.
This will also serve as a useful review mechanism, as scrolling through the series of "Morning Memo" posts over time ought to summarily highlight what generally drove price action.  

We hope you find this useful and informative....and as always, that you'll share feedback!!

5:30 a.m. ET....
  • Monday (Labor Day in US) was a strong day in Asian equity markets following China's Manufacturing PMI data released on Sunday.  It was better than expected @ 51.0, highest level in 16 months.
  • Eurozone PMIs also better than expected (yesterday's data), which helped rally markets while the US was closed for Labor Day.  Monday's rally was best daily percentage performance for the broad European market index in almost two months. Tuesday morning, European markets opening slightly lower.
  • Yen weakened overnight, with USD approaching the 100 level. That helped push the Nikkei up 2.6%,
  • China's Non-manufacturing PMI @ 53.9 slipped slightly from July's 54.1 but still shows expansion (>50).
  • Australia...left rates unched, as expected.
  • Big M&A deals over the long weekend:  Verizon buying Vodafone's stake in their wireless jv.  Microsoft buying Nokia's mobile device unit.
  • Syria...will the US go it alone re a military strike in retaliation for use of chemical weapons?  Will the President get Congressional support?  Pending....
  • US...employment data coming on Friday. 
  • US..ISM Mftg data strongest pace in two years.
  • more later...
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