• Do U.S. ISM Data in August Hint at an Interest Rate Hike?
• Is China's Ban on iPhones a Sign of Escalating U.S.-China Tensions?
• Are Saudi and Russian Production Cuts Affecting the Recent Surge in Oil Prices?
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IN THE HEADLINES
Surprisingly, the U.S. ISM data expanded in August, sparking expectations of an interest rate hike
The U.S. services sector surprisingly gained momentum in August, marked by increased new orders and higher input costs, suggesting persistent inflation pressures. The Institute for Supply Management (ISM) reported a non-manufacturing PMI of 54.5, its highest level since February, up from July's 52.7, defying economist expectations of a decline to 52.5. As the Federal Reserve's efforts to combat inflation through interest rate hikes take effect, the labor market exhibits mixed signals with slower job growth, and the manufacturing sector continues to contract. These dynamics may lead to expectations of the Fed maintaining its policy rate in the near term, but the resilient services sector, with rising orders and input prices, poses challenges to achieving inflation control. Read more
Oil prices spike as Saudi Arabia, Russia extend 1.3 million barrel a day oil cut through December
Oil prices hit a yearly high as Saudi Arabia and Russia, the world's top crude exporters, committed to extending production cuts for another three months. Brent crude, the global benchmark, rose 1.8% to exceed $90 a barrel, with West Texas Intermediate (WTI) following suit at $87 a barrel. This move reinforces OPEC+'s efforts to support oil prices through substantial and prolonged production cuts. Saudi Arabia plans to maintain a 1 million barrel per day cut until year-end, and Russia will reduce exports by 300,000 barrels daily through 2023. These price increases may pose inflation challenges and impact central banks' efforts to control inflation. Read more
Germany’s economy hasn’t looked this weak since the start of the pandemic
Germany's economy experienced its sharpest decline in over three years, with the Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) falling to 44.7 in August from 48.5 in July, the lowest level since May 2020. This contraction is fueled by a deepening downturn in manufacturing and the first decline in services in eight months, raising concerns of a potential recession. Germany's economic struggles are also impacting the wider eurozone, with the euro area's PMI falling to 47 in August, the lowest since November 2020. Rising inflation in services due to wage increases could complicate the European Central Bank's monetary policy decisions. Economists warn of a possible eurozone recession in the second half of the year, with Germany facing significant challenges as the worst-performing economy in the region. Read more
China reportedly bans iPhone use by government officials
Apple's stock took a hit as reports emerged that China has banned officials at central government agencies from using or bringing iPhones and other foreign-branded devices into their offices. The move comes amid China's efforts to reduce dependence on American technologies, even affecting a major player like Apple, which generates nearly a fifth of its revenue from the Chinese market. This development underscores the broader tensions between the U.S. and China, raising concerns for foreign companies operating in China. While this ban is unlikely to have an immediate impact on Apple's earnings given its popularity in China, it reflects China's ongoing push for self-reliance in technology and its stance on reducing reliance on foreign products. The ban coincides with an upcoming Apple event expected to launch a new line of iPhones.
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