European equity markets are expected to open on a positive note, with focus on Thursday remaining on the UK election, as well as the latest oil inventory data from EIA and a raft of other data from around the globe.
GBP Remains Vulnerable to Polls That Show May’s Lead Deteriorating
Sterling is likely to remain volatile over the next week as we approach the election on 8 June. Recent polls have shown that Theresa May’s lead has narrowed, in some cases quite considerably, which has sent the pound into a bit of a tailspin at times.
The polls can be inconsistent at times though, as seen yesterday with the YouGov and Panelbase polls predicting very different outcomes, but the trend does appear to be one of May’s lead shortening. It may be worth remembering though that these same polls also underestimated the Conservative lead only two years ago.
Source – FT Poll of Polls
Could EIA Give Oil a Reason to Reverse Course This Afternoon?
Oil will be back in focus again on Wednesday as we await the release of last week’s inventory report from EIA. The release comes as oil continues to trade under pressure, despite last week’s agreement to extend the cuts by another nine months, and after API reported a substantial drawdown on Wednesday.
While the market reaction to the report wasn’t muted, per say, I’m not convinced it fully sunk in either. Should EIA report a reduction in inventories in the region of the 8.67 million that API reported, it may offer some reprieve for oil as it would suggest the cuts are working. It would be the eighth consecutive drawdown and the largest since September.
Manufacturing PMIs, ADP Employment and More to Come Throughout the Day
There’ll be plenty of economic data being released throughout the day today, including manufacturing PMI reports from across Europe and the US, as well as jobless claims, productivity, labour costs and of course, ADP non-farm employment numbers, also from the US. The ADP number comes ahead of tomorrow’s jobs report and is expected to show 181,000 jobs being created in May.
For a look at all of today’s economic events, check out our economic calendar.
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