NAB – The Morning Call · Softer data, harder RBA

Softer data, harder RBA

Monday 25th July 2022

PMI numbers were much weaker than expected on Friday, particularly for US services, hich fell quickly into a contractionary read of 47.1. The composite read for Europe also fell below 50. Will this mean central banks ease off the rate-hike pedal a little? The opposite is expected in Australia. Rodrigo Catril explains how NAB believes the lower-than-expected unemployment rate last week cannot be ignored, and it’s likely the RBA will move faster over the next couple of meetings. Vladimir Putin continues to hold a strong grip on energy and food supplies, offering a re-opened gas pipeline with constrained supply, and reopened grain delivery routes, offset by attacks on their principal port of departure. It’s a busy week ahead, including the Fed meeting, and more inflation numbers.

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