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Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Thursday: ECB, Unemployment Claims, Flow of Funds

by Calculated Risk on 6/04/2014 07:05:00 PM

A few analyst views on the ECB decision tomorrow via the WSJ: The Market Says the ECB Will Act. What to Expect Next. As an example from Credit Agricole economists:

“We do not believe the ECB can afford to do nothing this week after having intentionally raised hopes of further monetary easing. While the maximum impact from an ECB rate cut would come with a negative deposit rate and liquidity-boosting measures, […] there is no guarantee that negative rates alone would boost bank lending. However, credit easing measures are becoming increasingly likely, either indirectly, via LTRO, or directly, via private quantitative easing. Communication will be an important part of the June ‘package’. We expect ECB President Mario Draghi to leave the door open to unconventional action in case inflation fails to pick up by year-end.”
Should be interesting!

• 7:45 AM ET (1:45 PM CET) the ECB meets in Frankfurt. From Nomura:
We expect the ECB to deliver a package of measures on 5 June to ease monetary policy. We expect a 10bp cut to all key interest rates, taking the refi rate down to 0.15%, the deposit rate negative for the first time to -0.10% and the marginal lending facility rate down to 0.65%. We also expect an extension of the forward guidance on liquidity provisions, with the fixed-rate full-allotment procedure extended by a further 12 months to at least the end of June 2016. We also expect the ECB to launch a targeted LTRO programme in June (60% probability), to address credit weakness and risks to the recovery from this channel.
• Early: the Trulia Price Rent Monitors for May. This is the index from Trulia that uses asking house prices adjusted both for the mix of homes listed for sale and for seasonal factors.

• At 8:30 AM, the initial weekly unemployment claims report will be released. The consensus is for claims to increase to 310 thousand from 300 thousand.

• At 12:00 PM, the Q1 Flow of Funds Accounts of the United States from the Federal Reserve.