Monday, June 11, 2012

Look Ahead: Small Business Optimism Index, Import and Export Prices

by Calculated Risk on 6/11/2012 10:22:00 PM

First on Spain:

From Joseph Cotterill at FT Alphaville:

A day of confusion over the terms of the Spanish bank bailout ended with a market sell-off. Spanish bond yields closed higher on Monday than on Friday, with the ten-year yield at 6.54 per cent (Wall Street Journal). Spain said it would continue with auctions of its debt as normal, but investors pointed to the possibly seniority of ESM loans over private bondholders as a risk to buying more bonds (Financial Times). In addition to fears over Spain, it emerged that eurozone planners discussed border and capital controls as a contingency if Greece leaves the euro (Reuters).
And a summary from Ben Walsh at Reuters: Parsing the Spanish bailout

• At 7:30 AM ET, the NFIB Small Business Optimism Index for May will be released. The index increased to 94.5 in April from 92.5 in March. This tied February 2011 as the highest level since December 2007. The consensus is for a slight decrease to 94.2 in May.

• At 8:30 AM, U.S. Import and Export Price Indexes for May will be released. The consensus is a for a 1.1% decrease in import prices due primarily to the decline in oil prices.