US Retail Sales Improve, UK CPI Continues Rising, Canada CPI In Focus

US Shows Strong Retail Sales Figures

Yesterday, the US retail sales showed strong results for the month of October, as consumers increased their spending before the holiday season. This increase could be explained by the fact that the country continues to battle the pandemic and new restriction might come in closer to Christmas. Also, due to increasing fuel prices, consumers fear of a continuation rise in energy costs, hence the strong buying activity at the pumps. Sales of electronics and other electric appliances were one of the main drivers, because those are seen as the most popular holiday gifts. The elevated buying activity could remain present, unless the government decides to impose more restrictions.

British Inflation Rises Again

Today we received Great Britain’s headline and core inflation numbers for the month of October, both on a MoM and YoY basis. All figures were expected to rise, apart from the core MoM one, as the initial projection for it was to stay at +0.4%. The core and headline MoM figures rose from +0.4% to +0.7% and from +0.3% to 1.1% respectively. The YoY core reading went from +2.9% to +3.4% and the headline YoY one jumped from +3.1% to +4.2%. The latter one has not been at that level since December 2011. The increase came from a rise in utilities, mainly fuel like gas and electricity. Also, transportation and the hospitality industry saw increases in their costs, which are obviously passed on to the consumer. The British pound reacted positively to the news and is seen higher against most of its major counterparts at the time of writing.

EURGBP — Technical Outlook

From around the middle of last week, EUR/GBP has been on a steep move lower, while trading well below a short-term downside resistance line taken from the high of November 5th. Today, despite briefly falling below the lowest point of October, at 0.80402, the pair managed climb back and stay above it. Although the near-term outlook seems to be bearish, we would prefer to wait for another drop below that hurdle, in order to get comfortable with further declines.

Keeping An Eye On EU’s Final CPIs

The EU is also set to deliver their final headline and core inflation figures on MoM and YoY basis, which are expected to confirm the preliminary ones. All are believed to come out the same as expected, apart from the headline MoM figure. That number is expected to rise from +0.5% to +0.8%. Now the reason for this might be that during the past month we have seen a sharp rise in demand for energy and food. The latter one had rapidly grown in price, as production costs have increased sharply, due to climate change issues. In general, food production could remain under some negative pressure for quite a while, as demand for food remains high, but Earths resources for producing food are diminishing every year. We do not expect the euro to be heavily affected by these numbers.

Canada CPIs Are In Spotlight

Canada is also set to join UK and EU in releasing its inflation numbers for October. For now, there are no forecasts available for the core MoM and YoY figures, but the headline ones on the same basis are believed to have risen again. The expectations are for the YoY one to grow from +4.4% to +4.7% and for the MoM one to go from +0.2% to +0.7%. If that’s the case and the actual YoY figure comes out as expected, this may push inflation further away from the BoC’s target range, which is between 1% and 3%. If CPIs continue to accelerate in the upcoming months, the BoC will have to start considering the idea of raising the interest rate earlier. The Canadian dollar could see an increase in volatility, however it may remain largely affected by the fluctuations in the price of crude oil.

USD/CAD — Technical Outlook

USD/CAD is currently stuck between two short-term tentative lines, a downside one taken from the high of November 12th and an upside one drawn from the low of October 27th. In order to aim for the next short-term directional move, we would prefer to wait for a breakout through one of those lines first.

As for the rest of today’s events

The US will deliver its weekly crude oil inventories number, which measures the change in the number of barrels of commercial crude oil that is held by US firms. The current expectation is for the number to increase from 1.001mln to 1.398mln barrels.

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