Morning Call For Tuesday, August 22

OVERNIGHT MARKETS AND NEWS

Sep E-mini S&Ps (ESU17 +0.13%) this morning are up +0.07% and European stocks are up +0.47%, led by a rally in mining stocks, as Sep COMEX copper (HGU17 +0.70%) climbs +0.67% to a new 2-3/4 year nearest-futures high. Gains in European stocks were limited after a gauge of German investor confidence fell to a 10-month low. The German Aug ZEW survey expectations of economic growth fell -7.5 to 10.0, weaker than expectations of -2.5 to 15.0, amid concern that the diesel scandal at Volkswagen AG along with recent strength in EUR/USD will weigh on the German economy, Europe's largest. Asian stocks settled mostly higher: Japan -0.05%, Hong Kong +0.91%, China +0.10%, Taiwan +0.64%, Australia +0.42%, Singapore +0.52%, South Korea +0.39%, India +0.11%. China's Shanghai Composite erased early losses and rose to a 2-1/2 week high on optimism that Chinese insurance stocks and pharmaceutical companies will report better-than-expected quarterly earnings results. Japan's Nikkei Stock Index fell to a new 3-1/2 month low on a lack of support for stocks in the Nikkei Stock Index as the BOJ has said it will reduce investments in the Nikkei Stock Index and buy more exchange-traded funds tracking the Topix index.

The dollar index (DXY00 +0.43%) is up +0.45%. EUR/USD (^EURUSD) is down -0.55% on the weaker-than-expected German Aug ZEW survey. USD/JPY (^USDJPY) is up +0.32%.

Sep 10-year T-note prices (ZNU17 -0.16%) are down -5 ticks.

The German Aug ZEW survey expectations of economic growth fell -7.5 to 10.0, weaker than expectations of -2.5 to 15.0 and a 10-month low.

UK Jul public sector net borrowing unexpectedly fell -0.8 billion pounds, weaker than expectations of +0.3 billion pounds and the first decline in 5 months.

U.S. STOCK PREVIEW

Key U.S. news today includes: (1) Jun FHFA house price index (expected +0.4% m/m, May +0.4% m/m), (2) Aug Richmond Fed manufacturing index (expected -3 to 11, Jul +3 to 14), (3) USDA Jul Cold Storage.

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