Dark day for Ireland

Currencies Direct March 31st 2011 - 2 minute read

On the day that Anglo Irish chalked up the biggest corporate loss in Irish history, we also get to see the results of forensic stress tests on the sickest banking system in the Euro-zone. The tests are expected show that Anglo, Bank of Ireland and Allied Irish along with several others are in need of further capital injections to the tune of EUR30 billion to stay in business. What the stress tests are also expected to reveal are the size and scope of current mortgage arrears, that is, how many and how far behind are a sizable portion of Irish households with their mortgage payments. In terms of the Euro, the expectations is that recapitalisation number will be large has had little impact in the market as yet. More focus has been paid to recent reports that the Portuguese do not have enough cash to meet their debt obligations and a bail-out is almost assured. Again the news flow is very Euro negative, but the single currency seems to be able to brush off everything thrown at it. Earlier in the day German unemployment figures continued to impress, a ray of light in a potentially dark day.

UK consumer confidence remained at depressed levels according to figures released yesterday but the Pound remains off the radar for many in the market. Only month end flows are likely to have much of an impact today on Sterling’s fortunes with data today inline with the market expectations. Tomorrow sees the March PMI figure released, expectations are for a slight decline from last month, but with a large amount of US data due tomorrow the PMI will be largely ignored. One piece of information

Non-Farm payrolls are due tomorrow – if the online employment index, which showed a 9% increase on last month, is mirrored in the big number then we are looking at a very positive figure of around 209K for tomorrow and a reasonable degree of USD strength going into the weekend. Also due tomorrow is the ISM manufacturing survey which is expected to be flat month on month.

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