Weekly Wrap up 19-12-2011

Wrap up – last week

Chinese foreign direct investment falls for the first time in more than two years; Irish economy contracts sharply, North Korean leader Kim Jong-il dies

In the UK, November consumer price inflation slowed to 4.8% annualised, although it was still the highest in the EU. The number of unemployed rose to its highest level in 17 years in the three months to October with 2.638 million people without a job, although the unemployment rate managed to hold steady at 8.3%. The Spanish treasury saw a successful sale of government bonds on Thursday – budget cuts have eased investors’ concerns and yields fell for both five and ten-year issues. Weaker private consumption and domestic investments caused Ireland’s economy to contract sharply in Q3, falling 1.9% quarter-onquarter compared to a rise of 1.4% in the previous quarter.

In the US, weekly new initial jobless claims fell for the second consecutive week to a three-year low, while November industrial production slipped 0.2%, missing economists’ forecasts of a 0.1% rise. Consumer inflation was flat in November – a sharp fall in petrol prices and cheaper household energy offset the rising costs of food, clothing, rents and medical care.

In signs that the nation’s economic growth could be slowing further, China saw its first year-on-year drop in foreign direct investment in 28 months while the HSBC flash manufacturing PMI (purchasing managers index) showed factory activity shrank again in December. Kim Jong-un will replace his father, Kim Jong-il, as the leader of North Korea; markets are nervous over the future of the isolated state, as its collapsing economy and aspirations to become a nuclear weapons power pose major threats to North East Asia.

Shaping the markets – this week

Third quarter gross domestic product (GDP) final estimates for the UK, US, France and Italy

Tuesday may reveal another decline in Japanese exports in November from deteriorating general external demand. On Wednesday Italy’s economy is expected to have contracted in Q3 from a sharp fall in industrial production and industrial orders in September.

French consumption is expected to rebound in November due to an increase in energy consumption as winter finally kicks-in and consumer confidence stabilises.

On Thursday, the final estimate of UK Q3 GDP will likely remain unchanged at 0.5% q-o-q. Meanwhile US Q3 GDP is expected to be revised down from an earlier estimate of 2% annualised due to slower real consumer spending growth.

Finally, Friday sees the release of the final estimate for France’s Q3 GDP as well as US November new home sales and durable goods orders, both of which are expected to rise.

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Source: Datastream. * Spread in basis points. Past performance is not a guide to future performance.

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