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January 12, 2017

Indicative Interbank spot sell rates only as of 9:00 AM PST.

USD/CNY----6.8902 (onshore)
United States (US) Jobless Claims rose by 10k during the week ended January 7th, 247k, compared with market expectations for an increase to 260k.The prior week was revised moderately lower from 265k to 237k.The 4-week average fell by 1.8k to 257k. Continuing Claims fell by 29k during the week ended December 31st to 2,087k, after the prior week was revised slightly higher from 2,102k to 2,116k. The Insured Jobless Rate stayed at 1.5% during the week ended December 31st.
Euro traded at 1.0638 against USD at 10:12 am PST. Italy's industrial production increased for the second successive month in November. Industrial production climbed a seasonally adjusted 0.7% month-over-month in November, faster than October's 0.1% rise. In September, production had fallen 0.8%. Among industrial groupings, energy production grew 2.4% over the month and those of intermediate goods went up by 1.1%. Meanwhile, production of consumer goods registered a decline of 0.9%. On an annual basis, industrial production growth accelerated to 3.2% in November from 1.3 in the preceding month. It was the fourth month of increase in a row. Eurozone industrial production rose 1.5% in November following an upwardly revised gain of 0.1% for October, which was originally reported as a 0.1% decline. Energy output rose 1.2% on the month and there was a 1.6% increase in intermediate goods production. The annual increase strengthened to 3.2% from 0.8% previously and all sectors except durable consumer goods recorded positive growth over the year with gains led by a 5.9% advance in energy output.
Japanese Yen traded at 114.28 per USD at 10:12 am PST. Japan's current account surplus expanded on year in November buoyed by an improved trade balance. The surplus in the current account, the broadest measure of Japan's trade with the rest of the world, rose 28% on year to Y1.416 trillion in November before seasonal adjustment. That was the largest surplus for the month of November since 2007, but was slightly narrower than a Y1.464 trillion surplus forecast by economists surveyed by the Nikkei. The trade balance swung to a Y313.4 billion surpluses as imports fell. The primary income surplus fell 22% on year to Y1.203 trillion as the profit surplus on direct foreign investment narrowed.
Canadian dollar traded at 1.3133 per USD at 10:11 am PST. Canadian new housing prices rose 0.2% in November from October amid price increases across much of Ontario. Overall, prices climbed in 10 of the survey's 21 markets, fell in four and were unchanged in seven. In Vancouver, where a hot market over recent years has fueled fears of a housing bubble, prices fell 0.3%, the first drop since January 2015. Lower negotiated selling prices and new incentives to stimulate sales were the main reasons for the retreat. The new housing price index excludes apartments and condominiums, which the federal government says are a particular cause for concern and which account for one-third of new housing.
Onshore Chinese yuan traded at 6.8902 per USD at 10:11 am PST and offshore Chinese yuan traded at 6.8522 per USD. China's banks extended a record 12.56 trillion yuan ($1.82 trillion) of loans in 2016 as the government encouraged more credit-fueled stimulus to meet its economic growth target, despite worries about the risks of an explosive jump in debt. China's top leaders pledged last month to stem the growth of asset bubbles in 2017 and place greater importance on preventing financial risk, even as some global financial experts warned the nation's debt load is nearing crisis levels. In December alone, Chinese banks extended 1.04 trillion yuan in net new yuan loans, far more than economists had expected. Analysts polled by Reuters had expected new lending would fall to 700 billion yuan from November’s 794.6 billion yuan. The 2016 total was some 8 percent above the previous all-time high of 11.72 trillion yuan set just the year before.
This market update is prepared by Cathay Bank for informational purposes only and does not constitute any form of legal, tax or investment advice, nor should it be considered an assurance or guarantee of future exchange rate movements or trends. This information is provided without regard to the specific objectives, financial situations or needs of any recipient. Cathay Bank does not make any representations or warranties about the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of this market update.

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