Monday 19th July 2021
OPEC reached a deal of sorts over the weekend which will see supplies increase incrementally over the next few months. NAB’s Rodrigo Catril said markets had been expecting a deal of this magnitude. Meanwhile, COVID caution continues to rein over the markets, with a stronger US dollar and a weaker Aussie. US retail numbers were strong on Friday, but we discuss Google data which suggests store visits are plateauing below pre-COVID levels in most parts of the world. New Zealand’s strong inflation numbers at the end of last week cemented the likelihood of action by the RBNZ, and this week will be the ECB’s first change to issue guidance reflecting its new strategy.