View: Sit with trends buying stocks into weakness, bearish UST’s and short EUR/USD
Election-day and markets are typically sedate, more out of habit than anything else. We find it difficult to become overly excited at the outcome whoever wins seeing rather limited room for policy manoeuvre going forward. While much has been written about the positive prospects for the US economy should Romney receive a mandate we’re not convinced it would herald any marked shift in trajectory, certainly a sustainable one. We have no concerns Romney would be a Tea Party-ite, more the moderate he has spent most of his career and the more radical campaign promises should be whittled back accordingly, including many of his tax reform ideas which look incomplete to put it modestly. But he would face similar obstacles to Obama in dealing with the fiscal cliff, particularly if the Democrats remain in control of the Senate and the debt ceiling might even be more of a contentious issue with a Republican at the helm as expectations shift accordingly. There has been much chatter about the impact Romney would have on the dollar, which seems to centre on the hostility towards Bernanke and his QE programmes. While this might mean Bernanke takes the easy way out by standing down when his term expires in January 2014 we doubt it will have any immediate impact on easing with any President likely to be seduced by the prospect of the easy stimulus/scapegoat package.
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View: Payrolls print is not an inflection point, open short 10-yr UST @ 2.05%
While most were absent Friday enjoying the Easter break those less fortunate were subject to a rather disappointing payrolls print with the headline missing the 200k consensus forecast by some 80k jobs and revisions were broadly flat (January -9k, February +15k). Hours worked also dropped back to 41.7 from 41.9 and earnings flat-lined, a further drag. The unemployment rate did drop to 8.2% from 8.3% but the participation rate was also a little weaker and therefore this improvement was not enough to offset the negative reaction the headline release brought.
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- ANALYSIS:US Mar Payrolls +120k, 8.2% Unemplymt-Only Fair News (forexlive.com)
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