Morning Call For Aug. 13, 2014


September E-mini S&Ps (ESU14 +0.47%) this morning are up +0.49% on expectations that today's U.S. Jul retail sales will be strong and European stocks are up +1.00% on better-than-expected earnings results from E.ON SE and Swiss Life Holdings AG. Asian stocks closed mostly higher: Japan +0.35%, Hong Kong +0.81%, China +0.08%, Taiwan +0.74%, Australia -0.28%, Singapore -0.06%, South Korea +0.98%, India +0.15%. China's Shanghai Stock Index recovered losses and rose to an 8-month high after weaker-than-expected Chinese economic data on new loans, industrial production and retail sales boosted speculation the government will increase economic stimulus measures. Commodity prices are mixed. Sep crude oil (CLU14 -0.10%) is up +0.04%. Sep gasoline (RBU14 -0.37%) is down -0.29%. Dec gold (GCZ14 -0.10%) is down -0.14%. Sep copper (HGU14-0.67%) is down -0.59% at a 1-1/2 month low. Agriculture and livestock prices are mixed with Oct cattle down -0.19% at a 2-month low and Oct hogs down -0.64% at a 4-3/4 month low. The dollar index (DXY00 +0.13%) is up +0.16%. EUR/USD (^EURUSD) is down -0.07% after Eurozone Jun industrial production unexpectedly declined for a second month. USD/JPY (^USDJPY) is up +0.20%. GBP/USD slid to a 2-1/4 month low after BOE Governor Carney said that global political risks and weakness in the Eurozone might weigh on Britain's recovery and that the BOE won't raise interest rates too soon or too fast. Sep T-note prices (ZNU14 -0.06%) are down -4 ticks.

China Jul new yuan loans were 385.2 billion yuan, less than half of expectations of 780.0 billion yuan and the smallest increase in 4-1/2 years.

China Jul industrial production rose +9.0% y/y, less than expectations of +9.2% y/y.

China Jul retail sales rose +12.2% y/y, less than expectations of +12.5% y/y.

Eurozone Jun industrial production unexpectedly fell for a second month as it dropped -0.3% m/m, weaker than expectations of +0.4% m/m. On an annual basis, Jun industrial production was unchanged y/y, weaker than expectations of +0.2% y/y.

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