US Debate Lifts Peso, but Leaves the Dollar Non-Plussed

The first US Presidential debate may not sway
many voters but has lifted the Mexican
  The peso, which has fallen by about 1.3% over the past two
sessions, has stormed by 1.5% today as the seemingly biggest winner of the
debate. Snap polls immediately following the debate gave the edge to

Speculators had amassed a near record gross
short peso position in the futures market
.  It had more than doubled
over the past three weeks to 109.9k futures contracts as the polls indicated
the contest had tightened markedly since the end of August.   The bears had added 24k contracts alone in the five-day reporting period ending September

We have argued that the bearish case for
Mexico for real investors extended well beyond US presidential politics, and
note that the peso has been trending lower against the dollar since early Q2.
The market had gotten frothy as the speculative positions showed.  The
dollar approached a key psychological MXN20.00 level.  The central bank
meets this week, and the market leans
toward a 50 bp rate hike.  The dollar fell to a low a little below
MXN19.44 in thin early European dealings before rebounding.  

Asian shares began lower, but also rebounded
as the debate progressed. 
After initially falling almost 1%, the MSCI
Asian-Pacific Index recovered to finish 0.7% higher.  Although it did manage to push through Monday’s highs,
the close near it and on the session high, underscoring the strong intrasession

European shares, however, have been unable to
follow suit.
  After opening higher, shares have reversed lower, with
energy and financials leading the way.  Germany’s largest banks remain
under pressure and are extending yesterday’s losses.    Italy’s
bank share index is also pressure for the third
running.      The widely publicized bank woes in
Germany are not having a significantly negative impact on the euro, which has
remained in about a quarter cent range in the European morning.  One
possible explanation is that to address the challenges will likely require the
sales of foreign assets and this repatriation is supports the currency. 
Capital inflows and a current account surplus may help explain the euro’s

Press reports note that since the early 1990s,
US stocks rally about 0.85% following the first debate.  It may be
difficult to match that average today. 
The S&P 500 gapped lower
yesterday after gapping higher last Thursday after the Fed decision.  The
two-day island top has bearish technical developments.  Yesterday’s gap is
also important because it appears on the weekly bar charts as well as the
daily.  That gap is important for the near-term outlook.  It is found between 2158.5 and almost 2164. 

Bonds are firm, with benchmark 10-year yields
mostly 1-3 bp lower. 
The 10-year JGB yield slipped a single basis
point, which puts the yield at minus 8.5 bp, the low for the
month.    The US 10-year yield had risen to 1.75% toward the
middle of September is now 1.57%, the low since September 8.   It has
averaged 1.63% this month.    Separately, note that the UK’s
corporate bond purchase program is launched

The news stream remains light.  The
main data was ECB money supply and credit figures for August.  Money
supply growth matched the cyclical high of 5.1%.  Credit growth was
mixed.  Lending to households edged higher to 2.0% from 1.9%, a
three-month high.  Lending to non-financial businesses slipped to 1.1%
(from 1.3%), the lowest past since April.  Lending is expected to be supported by the increased take down of
TLTRO II.  The ECB reported at the end of last week that the banks took
45.3 bln euros in the second offering, up from 32 bln in the first.  

calendar is more active, with both Draghi and Yellen scheduled to speak
and  OPEC meets.
  Today’s North American session features
Case-Shiller house prices, and Markit’s preliminary service and composite
PMI.  The Conference Board’s measure consumer confidence and the Richmond
Fed manufacturing index rounds out the calendar.  The Vie Chairman of the
Federal Reserve Fischer speaks before midday (ET).  His topic is why study
economics, and hence may not shed much light on the recent debate over US
monetary policy.  


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