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Oil soars on inventories, EUR up on neutral ECB

Speculation on whether OPEC countries may or may not speak to each other at an upcoming conference can be all well and good for trading on slow days, ‎but there's nothing like actual data to really move markets. 

WTI and Brent crude have been driving higher again overnight, boosted by two positive developments. ‎A surprisingly huge 12.1 mmbbl drop in API crude oil inventories kicked things off while better than expected China exports and particularly imports kept things going and spread the cheer out to other commodities like copper. In both cases signs of improving demand and or a decline in the supply overhang has helped to boost the market. 

Oil's gains have already helped CAD to bounce back from its post-Bank of Canada statement selloff which was started by signs that Canada's summer rebound may not be as strong as hoped. Energy stocks and commodities may remain active with more inventory reports due for Oil, gasoline and natural gas. Traders may particularly look to the DOE oil report for confirmation of the API figure.

China trade data also helped the Hang Seng to outperform gaining 0.75% overnight. The FTSE is up 0.5% while US index futures and the Dax are flat.

EUR has been climbing today after the ECB monetary policy decision where the central bank held interest and deposit rates steady and indicated it plans to continue asset purchases at the current level of €80B per month through March 2017 as planned and beyond if necessary. This news sent doves hoping for more stimulus scrambling to get back on side. With the common currency trading higher, continental indices like the Dax, CAC, IBEX and FTSEMIB have been falling. ECB President Draghi's press conference at 8:30 am EDT may shed more light on the monetary policy outlook. . 


Corporate News

There have been no major corporate announcements so far this morning. 

Economic News

API US crude oil inventories         (12.1 mmbbls) 

China trade balance        $52.0B vs street $58.8B
China exports            (2.8%) vs street (4.0%)
China imports            1.5% vs street (5.4%)

Japan GDP update        0.7% vs street 0.2%
Australia trade balance        ($2.4B) vs street ($2.7B)

Germany labour costs        1.8% vs previous 3.1%
Sweden household cons    2.3% vs previous 2.9%

ECB main refinance rate    0.00% no change as expected
ECB deposit rate        (0.40%) no change as expected
ECB marginal lending facility     0.25% no change as expected
ECB asset purchase (QE)     target €80.0B unchanged as expected

Upcoming significant economic announcements include:

1:30 pm BST        ECB Draghi press conference

8:30 am EDT        US jobless claims        street 265K

8:30 am EDT        Canada house prices        street 2.5%

10:30 am EDT        US natural gas            street 42 BCF
11:00 am EDT        US DOE crude oil inventories    street 0.9 mmbbls vs previous 2.2 mmbbls
11:00 am EDT        US DOE gasoline inventories    street (0.75 mmbbls)

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