Thursday 16th September 2021
There’s a little more optimism in the markets this morning, particularly in US equities. NAB’s Tapas Strickland says there’s no overarching good news, suggesting there’s a strong element of ‘buying the dip’. Which could mean it’s all reversed tomorrow! In fact, the news out of China was largely negative, with industrial production, fixed asset investment and retail sales all below expectations. The huge debts of the Evergrande Group are also likely to see authorities tightening financial controls on the construction industry. Inflation was more than expected in the UK and Canada, and will, in both cases, add fuel to the argument that their central banks will raise interest rates at least once next year. Locally, Australia’s employment data will be the numbers to watch, although they are a little out of date. US retail sales will also be one to watch.