Hiking in Europe finally in?
Martins Kazaks, Governor of Bank of Latvia stated today that he would support a 25 basis points interest rate hike of ECB in July. He went as far as to say that he would even support half a percentage increase of interest rates in September, pressuring the ECB to start hiking as soon as possible.
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The rate of consumer price inflation in Germany increased to 10.0% year-over-year in September 2022. Inflation surpassed market predictions of 9.4% and marked the highest level since 1951 when it peaked at roughly 11.0%.
Eurozone Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) fell to 48.9 in September of 2022 from 49.8 in August, and Germany Services PMI also dropped to 45.4 from 47.7. UK Services PMI also falls from 50.9 to 49.2, but France surprises with a rebound from 51.2 to 53.
Doug Ramsey, the COO of Beyond Meat, was detained this weekend. Ramsey is accused of biting a man’s nose in a parking garage in Arkansas following a college football game. He was lodged in the Washington County jail after being accused of third-degree battery.
Spain’s trade deficit increased from EUR 1.60 billion in July 2021 to EUR 6.56 billion in July 2022. Spain’s imports rose 37.1% to an almost record high. This created the greatest trade deficit since December 2008, led by energy products, capital goods, non-chemical semi-manufactures, food, drinks and tobacco.
The annual inflation rate in the Euro Area was confirmed at a record of 9.1% in August of 2022, compared to 8.9% in July. The highest contribution came from energy again. The Eurodollar holds around the parity level.
Today, President Joe Biden will announce the approval of $900 million funding for building EV charging stations. It should take place in 35 states and is a part of $1 trillion infrastructure bill that was approved in November of last year. Over the next 5 years about $5 billion will be granted to states to build thousands of EV charging stations.
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The Brazilian real increased by 4% versus the dollar, trading at about $5.2. BRL strenghtens as investors cheered an unexpectedly close outcome in the first round of the presidential elections. After no candidate receives a majority of more than 50% of the vote, the contest will proceed to a runoff scheduled for October 30.
Silver futures are up 8% and hit $20.3 per ounce on the first trading day of Q4 of 2022. Silver is up by almost 15% in just one week.
Tesla trades at $246, down 7% in a single day. Looking back, the stock dropped 10.51% over the last four weeks and is down 40% from its all-time high.
Gas prices in Europe are down 9% for the day at €171, far lower than the record highs of €340 in August. Europe managed to replace certain Russian supplies with LNG imports and was able to refill its storage facilities ahead of winter. The amount of gas reserves across Europe is currently at about 87%.
On the first trading day of Q4, the British pound climbed up near $1.12, returning to levels not seen in nearly two weeks. GBP rose right after the finance minister Kwarteng said he would not cut the top 45% income tax rate for the largest earners.
UK natural gas reached their highest level in two weeks on Friday, rising by almost 50% to 380. The surge was fueled by increased demand from gas-fired power facilities as a result of slower wind speeds. As of September 28th, gas storage facilities in the UK were 94.65% full.