Welcome to Thursday's Economy Watch where we follow the economic events and trends that affect New Zealand.
I'm David Chaston and this is the International edition from Interest.co.nz.
Today we lead with news of more heavy falls in share markets of countries suffering from renewed virus hits.
But first, the US merchandise trade balance for September was -US$85 bln, matching August and just marginally less than the record set in July. Exports were down -10% year-on-year while imports were unchanged, so it is a major deterioration from a year ago
Aircraft maker Boeing says it will shed another -7000 jobs over the next year, on top of the already very heavy -23,000 retrenchments already made. It is now reporting losses and large negative cash flows.
In China, the online frenzy that is "Singles Day" (Nov 11, or "double 11") has started already with hugely popular and aggressive pre-sales. It is a retailing event that will show up in their Q4 GDP results. It is a sales frenzy that will be joined by 100s of millions of people, clog their distribution and logistics networks, and involve vast spending surges. Black Friday is but a shadow of Double-11. It is covered here because it is an economic event of global significance.
And China is also getting ready to roll out a digital yuan in digital wallets - but even in its test stage, counterfeits are having to be dealt with.
In South Korea, consumer confidence jumped the most since the GFC in a very positive sign for their economy as it makes its pandemic recovery.
South Korea has now joined Japan in committing to be carbon-neutral in 30 years. They are ahead of China which says it will achieve that in 40 years. New Zealand also has the 2050 target. (Australia has ignored the target Federally, but every State in Australia has adopted it.)
In Australia, their CPI inflation was up +0.7% in the year to September. This quarter it rose +1.6% not quite cancelling out Q2's -1.9% drop. The ending of free childcare over the pandemic onset also raised the CPI rate.
Wall Street is back with major losses today with the S&P500 down -2.9% in early afternoon trade. Overnight even larger falls came out of European markets with Frankfurt down a heavy -4.2%, others less so but still steep declines. Yesterday Shanghai ended up +0.5% while both Hong Kong and Tokyo shed -0.3% each. Both the ASX200 and the NZX50 Capital Index added a modest +0.1% at their respective closes.
The latest global compilation of COVID-19 data is here. The global tally is 44,159,000 and up +506,000 since yesterday. A sharp rise in deaths is now expected now this third wave has taken hold.
The largest number of reported cases globally are still in the US, which rose +78,000 since yesterday to 9,057,000
In Australia, they are not getting any resurgence. There have now been 27,554 COVID-19 cases reported, and that is +27 more cases than we reported yesterday with most in NSW.
The UST 10yr yield is down -2 bps today at just on 0.76%.
The price of gold is down sharply today, down -US$29 today to US$1880/oz.
Oil prices have also fallen sharply, down -US$2.50 to now at just on US$37/bbl in the US, while the international price is down a bit less to just under US$39/bbl. These falls are on the back of very large rises in cride oil inventories in the US as local production rises more than expected. And it is China that is buying that very cheap American crude.
And the Kiwi dollar is softer by more than -½c at 66.5 USc. Against the Australian dollar we have remained firm at 94.3 AUc. Against the euro we also holding at 56.6 euro cents. But that means our TWI-5 is down to 69.9.
The bitcoin price starts today down -3.4% at US$13,140 but holding on to about half of yesterday's rise.
You can find links to the articles mentioned today in our show notes.
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Kia ora. I'm David Chaston. We will do this again tomorrow.