U.S. Initial Jobless Claims Preview U.S. Initial Jobless Claims Preview: Initial claims for the week of January 17th will be released Thursday and should reveal a headline figure of 300k (median 300k) following last week's surprise bounce to 316k. The early month climb in claims has left January poised for a weaker average of 300k from 291k in December.
Treasury Option Action: bearish put buying Treasury Option Action: bearish put buying accompanied the earlier sell-off, including the purchase of 1.5k in March 127.5 puts on 10-year futures. March 10s are 11-ticks lower near 129-165, having roamed from 130-045 highs to lows of 129-14 after the accumulation of dovishness from the BoE, ECB and BoC, which lit bullish fuse under stocks in those respective regions.
Deutsche Bank finance analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call Analysts discuss their thoughts and trades into the European Central Bank (ECB) on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on January 21 at 10:30 am.
Bank of Canada lowers overnight rate target to 0.75% The Bank of Canada announced that it is lowering its target for the overnight rate by one-quarter of one percentage point to 0.75%. The Bank Rate is correspondingly 1% and the deposit rate is 0.5%. This decision is in response to the recent sharp drop in oil prices, which will be negative for growth and underlying inflation in Canada. Inflation has remained close to the 2% target in recent quarters. Core inflation has been temporarily boosted by sector-specific factors and the pass-through effects of the lower Canadian dollar, which are offsetting disinflationary pressures from slack in the economy and competition in the retail sector. Total CPI inflation is starting to reflect the fall in oil prices, the bank noted.