Global equities rose 0.1% amid mixed economic data and central bank announcements.
US economic reports were mostly positive. Q2 2017 GDP rose 2.6% q/q annualized, slightly below expectations. Strength in personal consumption, business investment and exports offset residential fixed investment weakness. June durable goods orders grew 6.5% m/m, led by aircraft orders, and ahead of the 3.0% forecast. Initial jobless claims rose to 244,000, slightly higher than the 240,000 consensus forecast. June new home sales rose to 610,000, slightly lower than expectations. The Fed kept interest rates unchanged, noting inflation is still running below target despite job gains, generally strong household spending and business investment. On the political front, Senate legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act stalled after a series of votes.
UK economic data were generally positive. Q2 2017 GDP expanded 1.7% y/y, meeting expectations. Although manufacturing and construction components fell, services—80% of UK GDP—powered ahead. The UK Financial Conduct Authority announced it will phase out the London Interbank Offered Rate (Libor), a common interest rate benchmark, by the end of 2021. In the meantime, regulators and banks are working to replace Libor with more reliable reference rates. June eurozone household loan growth accelerated to 2.6% y/y, slightly below expectations. June eurozone money supply (M3) increased 5.0% y/y, in line with forecasts.
Japanese economic data were mixed. The unemployment rate decreased to 2.8% in June, lower than the 3.0% forecast. June retail sales grew 2.1% y/y, missing expectations. June inflation, excluding food and energy, remained at -0.2% y/y.
The US releases purchasing managers’ indexes, personal consumption, manufacturing, trade and unemployment data. Japan reports purchasing managers’ indexes and industrial production. The eurozone releases GDP, inflation, retail sales and unemployment data.
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