oil is on the rise. expanding wildfires in canada knock out one million barrels a day of output. saudi shakeup. the kingdom replaces ali al-naimi with khaled al-falih as its new oil minister. he promises to keep pumping in a bid to break the -- and channeling churchill. david cameron speaks of memories of the wartime leader as he presses the case of keeping britain within the eu.
a warm welcome to "countdown." i'm anna edwards in london. .anus: i'm manus cranny and by i suppose there is only one thing from rock -- my region to your chart. anna: let's talk about what's happening with the oil price. how this has rallied since february, wti oil rallying more than 70% from the almost 13-year low reached in february, rallying now, really based around the canadian fires, the fires raging and although to -- alberta. there are other factors at play. we have seen a big shakeup at the top of the saudi oil administration. is something that anyone involved in the oil industry needs to be aware of as well. manus: it does indeed. that whole conviction trade about what happens with ali willimi, how much hardball
they actually play at the next opec meeting? this is what we will touch on throughout the show, which is that change in power, that change in tone. will there be a change in tone? will they push you ran -- ira to get on boardn? board? to get on anna: you can see the couple of stories we have been talking about. 45.52. shanghai composite's down. we will talk more about what is happening with the export and import story and the foreign-exchange reserves as well. all of that is having an impact. dollar/yen in there. the prime minister talking about how japan still has tools to tackle it. crude prices on the rise. knocked out canada
more than one million barrels per day. fires are straightening -- threatening to spread. a provision protects companies on contracts that would go one fulfilled their control. china reported more stabilization and exports as well as a back-to-back gain in foreign reserves. to $3.2m $7 billion trillion in april. three of the world's most influential bond investors -- they say the u.s. central bank is on course to raise rates. gross, mohamed el-erian are warning. will appear with
memories of wartime leader winston churchill with the speech aimed at persuading his fellow countrymen. in a speech, he will say britain has a fundamental national interest in maintaining common purpose in europe. it requires british leadership and for britain to remain a member. greece returning to the center stage today. the imf will assess whether the country has done enough budget-tightening commitments. throughrnment pushed tax reforms. the finance minister will review whether to release the second installment of greece's $98 billion rescue package following a six-month delay. global new each day, every day, powered by 2400 journalists in 150 news bureaus globally. back to you guys. anna and manus.
manus: thank you very much. let's talk about the markets high. high.ket's revisit some risk. loss.y -- two-day what is driving this, the reserves or the import-export numbers? >> great question. i would have to say the import numbers. exports basically became in line with expectations. it is not just april. we are looking at 18 months that imports of actually fallen. to your other point, short-term trade, that is a big decline at the moment. this piece of data simply reinforces that april was a bad data month. manufacturing numbers start to the month, new trade numbers coming out. that is why you had a bigger than expected surplus. imports excel 10% in dollar terms. 2.3%, underwater at the moment. asia is looking like this.
can't remember the last time it was as mixed as this. put it all together, regional benchmark is a little bit higher. down to the session, india, hong kong, over in japan. you guys were talking about this earlier. dollar/yen, so much weaker today. 1.07. we heard from the finance minister and we have heard this before, that japan has the tools to intervene in the markets. the reason this particular comment is important is because he is basically the guy who decides to push that button on intervention, finance ministry. basically, currency trading just went up at the moment. we are still weaker there. a fairly stronger dollar story this monday. the slip that we saw following the jobs data, dollar index, that seems to be in the rearview mayor at the moment when you look at how trade has panned out.
a quick check out oil prices. quite a big pop. we are getting a pop on oil prices. the dollar is relatively strong as well. 45.50 right now i'm crude. sectors,ome across flat here. cyclicals down 1%. iron ore, getting hammered. down about 6%. that is roughly the daily limit. i would say sentiments are still quite shaky in asia. anna: thank you very much, david ingles in hong kong. let's get more details of the saudi story. saudi arabia's oil minister says he will stick with a policy. the world's largest energy exporter continues to defend market share against higher cost
of shale. will promote -- was promoted to oil minister over the weekend. it is great to have our guest on the program. how will the oil policy change under the new oil minister, if at all? think you already said it. it won't change. he issued a statement yesterday saying they are sticking to their policy of protecting market share as opposed to trying to beef up prices by cutting production themselves. -- he was theing head of aramco. he was saying that this is the policy. he thinks they should stick to it. he was part of the decision-making process to get to that policy in the first place. manus: you and i have touched on
a couple of different words, continuity being one of them. people we have spoken to suggests he will play a little bit of hardball. do they want to play harder ball at opec? why the change? of harderink in terms ball, we have seen them play hardball. aimi negotiated with the venezuelans and russians on possibly freezing production, excluding iran, the deputy crown prince is seen as somebody who is close to him who then said no, iran has to be included. i think the change really is more about the changes in all saudi arabia in terms of the management of the ministries, not just the oil ministry, i'll ministries, more transparency, moving the saudi economy away from oil dependency. 70% of revenues are still
oil-based. more towards one that is reliant on investment income. anna: even ali al-naimi wants to move into technology that is for chemicals economy. let's talk about the other changes the saudis have made. it is the new central bank governor. what changes can we expect there? riad: the central bank governor has come out with a statement. it is steady as she goes. let what the saudi government has to deal with increasingly is the decline in reserves and the need for renewed borrowing. the plan is to go to international markets to borrow more money. the new governor is going to be a part of that process to try and make it as smooth as possible so saudi arabia can be successful when it comes to markets, just as qatar is planning. anna: thanks for a much for
joining us. hamademade -- riad joining us. great to have our next guest on the program this morning. the changes around the saudi administration, oil, the wildfires in canada, all of that putting oil at the center of things this morning. how is it impacting on the things you're looking at? >> there's definitely a force of impact on oil prices. further into the commodity efforts block, which is mainly canada, norway, and to some extent, let me take a step back and say it is not really these stories that have sent the oil price higher. ittty much, you have shown
in the chart. the market is becoming very much bearish in china. now over the past two or three , there has been some stabilization. anna: there is the demand story. vasileios: absolutely. i think the market became essentially bearish on the demand side of things. from that perspective, now coming back to more of an equilibrium level. manus: good morning to you. manus here. when i look at the performance in the emerging market currencies, to what extent -- i mean, it is about oil. you say it actually is not. there are other factors at play in canada, norway, but when i the ruble is oil. is still inextricably linked. it is a question of whether we can sustain these kinds of levels, isn't it? vasileios: sure. i think -- well, if we can't
sustain these levels, it will depend to a large extent on valuations. at these levels, i don't see the valuations being stretched. as a matter of fact, and in line with pretty much what we have had since the second half of 2015, the dollar went simply too far. really extreme, over-valuation levels, mainly against the 210. atetheless, even when i look on the whole, although it is a bit of a dangerous game to treat emerging markets as if they were seven or 10 years ago, nonetheless, when i take a birds eye view, i don't see misp ricing and fundamental misalignment. anna: stay with us. we will pick up that conversation in just a moment.
john, a formeris economic adviser to saudi arabia. great to have you on the program. we want to hear from you this morning because of the changes we have seen in saudi over recent days. what you make of the changes in terms of oil administration? does this yield any change in policy from saudi arabia? >> first of all, it was much expected. the good thing is they appointed at the helm of the oil ministry a restructured oil ministry, which includes different portfolios. because itellent basically tells the world that the person who has been educated and been involved in oil policy is going to be at the helm of actually creating this oil policy. there is no change whatsoever. it is going to be market share. saudi arabia will be very keen about that.
i the world says, listen, will be pushing for more production, saudi arabia will say, i will do it has well. i will meet you halfway and we will go after market share again. this is the key. manus: market share is the key issue. it is also the key issue getting the iranians on board, perhaps the number one issue? please tell me how opec affect the oil freeze. nobody seems to be able to give me an answer. right now, saudi arabia is saying, listen, iran, you will pump as much as you want. we can easily produce one million barrels anytime you want. we are going to go for market that the current minister of petroleum has been saying. as he set correctly, vision 20-30 is key. nocrats,intment of tech
people with portfolios that will be delivering this important vision -- if at the end of the year the vision is not delivered, i can easily see people leaving. i can easily see the shuffling of cabinet ministers. basically, they are telling their own people that these people are accountable to us and society, and if they don't deliver, we will change them. more aboutd us a bit the vision 20-30. what are the key developments you are looking for? definitely, they are going to do something about fiscal discipline man raising non-oil revenues. this is happening read saudi arabia will see fees, indirect taxes, all these things that will help diversify the revenue side of saudi arabia. of course, the goal is a lofty one. by 2020, we heard saudi arabia will raise $100 billion. this is a lofty goal to me. however, it is basically telling the world, listen. we will not just rely on oil.
as we are doing this, we have appointed new people who are responsible to delivering at the same time. we will be going into tourism. we will be going into minerals. we will be doing the things that will help us leave this dependency on oil. it has been there for too long and now we will try to do it. anna: thank you for joining us. john sfakianakis. stays with us a little longer on the program. here are your highlights for the week ahead. an emergency meeting over austerity measures for greece . nebraska holds its republican primary. the house of congress will vote on the impeachment of president rousseff. andbank of england decision the inflation report.
back, anna: -- welcome everyone. markets in hong kong a little bit firmer this morning as they have been in japan as well. more of that in just a moment. focus on the market is a little bit. stocks in shanghai are headed for the biggest two-day loss in 10 weeks. disappointing trade data. industry producers, companies. we have stephen on the case. take me through the numbers.
it seems this has swung the equity's story. we are getting mixed single -- signals. terms for experts, they are up 4.1%, the second month in a row that exports pit -- picked up. that gave clues to stabilization , again following the distorted month we always get in february and march. april, up 4.1%. that is positive, right? not really. it is distorted by the depreciation we have seen year-over-year in the yuan. and helpsxporters boost numbers. if you look at export figures in dollar terms, they fell 1.8%. both of these numbers were below expectations. on the other side, though domestic demand story, imports both in dollar and yuan terms fell more than expected. we were expecting a gain in yuan terms for her they fell for the 18th consecutive month, really showing domestic demand story is
hurting continually. it is not necessarily stabilization. it is perhaps more of the same that we had feared. that is why the market was selling off of it. anna: thank you very much. let's get back to vasileios. let's talk about the headwinds facing china. trade data not going down well with investors. to comments coming out of "the people's daily" in china, talking about the original sin of high debt levels. the chart shows the mounting debt levels for the chinese economy. credit blowout from 2008. what concerns you about china? which side are you on? vasileios: i think there's definitely a lot to be said about the accumulation of credit. there is no question. we have a serious long-term structural issue as far as debt is concerned with china.
is, when is this thing going to start blowing out, and how is it going to be treated by the chinese authorities? in terms of timing, nobody really knows when it is going to happen. i do have confidence in chinese authorities and the way they have been handling things. --y seem to have quite there's a lot to be said about whether they have actually put on what has been happening. having said that, i think the fiscal stimulus that was implemented earlier this year stabilizing the economy from a short-term perspective. media more long-term, i do have my worries of debt accumulation. manus: we have a job for you, the fx reserves. i love the phrase you just used, waiting for it to blow up. ofis almost a cessation
attack on the reserves at the moment. is that temporary, in your opinion? think that what we have been seeing over the past three or four months is some stabilization and throat -- slowing down in the pace of fx reserves. there is a fundamental case about china in the sense that these outflows are going to remain in the market for the year to calm. -- come. it won't disappear. the question is, how will this be handled by china, and to what extent, the factors are going to play out? so far this year, the weakness in the dollar has allowed for some breathing space because it has been a larger weakness story , which has enabled them to keep the dollar china picture relatively stable, but make no
mistake. the story is going to remain there. sooner or later, we are going to have some appreciating pressures on dollar china. anna: how does this weigh on other china -- other countries region? this is just on today's trading session, under pressure as a result of what is happening in china. short-term, iin, think people can find all sorts data,ails in the especially imports from hong kong. you are clearly getting a sense of over-invoicing there. , suspect in the short-term currencies are going to be under pressure. , thiset's not forget weekend, we are getting the usual rush of important data. retail sales in china and all that. the market is probably going to
anna: welcome back. you are watching "countdown." shot -- rio where shaad. the kingdom will probably continue producing crude at near record levels. khaled al-falih took over from long-standing oil minister ali al-naimi this weekend. china has reported a modest stabilization in exports as well as a back-to-back gain in foreign reserves in almost two years. it rose $7 billion to $3.2
trillion in april. the data suggest the economy is studying amid growth. three of the world's most influential bond investors -- are signaling the u.s. central bank is on course to raise interest rates even after poor april jobs data. bill gross, mohamed el-erian are thinking there could be a move in june, despite the u.s. adding 160,000 jobs last month. that is shy of what had been projected. era -- area and imf. there was a debate in the greek parliament. the government pushed through tax reforms. the finance minister will review whether to release the second installment of greece's $98 billion rescue package following a six-month delay. the new mayor of london has promised to work for all
communities in the city, saying he celebrates denver city. the french front national leader in donald trump -- there we have it. of0 journalists working out 150 news bureaus around the world. for more on the top stories, go."y type "top back to you. manus: let's talk about crude oil. canada. wildfires will take out about one million barrels a day. what does the market make of it? >> their estimating the cuts are an equivalent to about 40% of canada's oil production. we have earned some producers are declaring -- look what is happening to wti. i rallying for a fourth day.
holding above $45 a barrel. below $46. the wildfires in canada are having a big impact on the price. , oil ministerhad in saudi arabia, that we just heard. minister is likely to chase the record crude output. it really looks like these days in crude are being driven by the wildfires in canada. looking at asian stocks, the index is pretty much unchanged. gains in japan. chinese stocks, looking at the shanghai composite, headed for the biggest two-day loss since the end of february, heading for their lowest close since march 11. a lot of the losses -- over 2.4% at the moment. it is about the disappointing trade data we got from china over the weekend. china's imports of copper slumped in april from a record
the previous month. this is driving the copper price to its lowest in almost a month. copper down almost 1.6%. extending its worst weekly slide since november. they arest is saying in a large-scale correction after the recent rally. finally, want to show you dollar/yen. the yen weakening against the dollar. the dollar posted the biggest weekly gain since november. the bloomberg dollar index is pretty much unchanged today. you are seeing three of the world's most influential bond investors warning against counting out a june rate increase. that could be having a bit of an impact on the dollar/yen trade. some are saying the yen has reached its peak against the dollar. last week, it hit 1.05. we are at 1.07. anna, manus, you have a chart on dollar/yen that will tell us more about this. --a: japan's money supply
some investors say it signals a weaker yen. dme do it the soros chart -- ub it the soros chart. the chart, itheck has risen by 96%. what we have here is the white line, the japanese monetary base. you have the turn on the dollar/yen. ubs with say it is difficult to see in the face of such monetary expansion. an explosion of monetary power. the yen can continue to strengthen. this goes back to here. japan isnetary base of relative to the u.s., it is the highest since 2006. it is that more of money, in many ways, people are talking about. it is that relationship. traders dubbed it a ratio, the soros chart. this is what george soros
predicted in the 1990's. such a slush of yen that to the yen could do nothing but reverse trend. it is a huge debate. the one thing that caught my eye this morning is that leveraged funds, the net long positions on criticaln, that is the point. there you go. george soros, never knowingly in the fx conversation. i wonder what his bets are on dollar/yen. i would love to know what he has on this trade. if helet's ask vasileios buys into it. so many people talk to us about things that should weaken the yen. the comment overnight once again from the japanese government, designed to weaken the yen. what can they do to weaken the currency? vasileios: so many moving parts in here. thatnk my broadview is following all these problems,
whatever it is you want to call and it movedeakens below fundamentals, meaning it was heavily undervalued against the dollar. basically, these huge monetary expansion, they are adding a backstop in order to keep the yen from coming very rapidly towards their value, i.e. appreciating against the dollar. now, obviously, you can come up with a lot of arguments about the state of japan's economy, the harm the stronger yen is causing to exporters, but, you monetaryome point -- policy expansion has taken place. things are changing.
from that perspective, i think we are going to trade between 1.07 and 1.10 before the end of the are. anna: thank you. stay with us. we will get your thoughts on something in just a minute. evoking memories of winston aimed at in it speech getting fellow countrymen to vote against brexit. he is due to say britain has a fundamental interest in staying to avoid conflict between european countries. course, the fifth of may elections out of the way. brexit is all we are going to hear about in the u.k. context. vasileios: that is all that matters right now and you can see that. we have a widespread weakening in the pmi, construction ring --
construction. people are getting worried about the upcoming referendum. the way i see it in terms of sterling, i see it as a binary event. -- i thinkio sterling strength is going to be big for the second half of 2016. one, it is undervalued. secondly, i suspect that we are going to have quite a rapid repricing of the bank of england rate hikes. having said that, if we get a leave vote, i think we are going to have a big pressure on sterling, largely because since the eurozone debt crisis, the u.k. has been a safe haven for a lot of portfolio flows. these things do tend to reverse quite rapidly. they're going to put a lot of pressure. manus: obviously, the suggestion
is that we are undervalued. the second half traded higher. i have a poll for you. the british bulldog. this is our own brexit poll. we thought it was 20%, up to 22%. look. if sterling is undervalued and if the poll is correct, what is the upside on the table? what is the upside on euro sterling? well, if we do get a remake vote, i think easily over the next 6, 10 months, it could gravitate toward 1.60. euro-sterling, there to save the value is those are two's evan closer to 70.
having said all that, as far as euro-sterling is concerned, one important element is what euro-dollars going to do. i think the dollar will remain on a week footing. i suspect a convergence in euro-sterling would be much slower. takes us nicely into the next topic, the fed. you mentioned what the dollars going to do. disappointing payroll number on friday. i was interested, bill gross of pimco talking about how he thinks the fed may still increase in june, even though market expectations are so low for an increase in june. he says this chart i have on the right is the key. this is average earnings. you're on your change. creeping up, perhaps. this is going to be the key. it will put pressure on yellen. vasileios: 100% agree on that.
that is what the fed is looking at. i don't think the payroll report on the hole was disappointing, largely because the average earning growth came out a touch higher than expected. inflation and wage growth is exactly what the fed is looking at right now. so, from that perspective, the fed hike ease on the table in june. from another perspective, the question is whether this is going to be communicated with a rapid, aggressive future of fed rate hikes. how soon are these going to manifest? from that perspective, our guiding principle has been, whether the guys will hike in june, whether they do in september, whether they do one or two this year, it is irrelevant for the exchange rate market because it runs way ahead of fundamentals and real rate differentials. ,y bottom line out of this
unless the fed signals a very cycle, ie hiking cannot see how the dollar can sustain current levels. anna: thank you very much for joining us. good to have you on the program this morning. we have covered a lot of ground. vasileios gkionakis joining us. going to the polls in the philippines to choose a new president. the hotly contested election has seen the mayor touted as the favorite. our southeast asia correspondent has haslinda amin reports. what is the latest on the election? well, seven hours since voting started. there has been no incident and that is significant in a country known for election violence, but we have had a lot of incident with broken machinery. we are hearing lots of incidents failed topeople have
find their name on the voter registry. as you indicated, the front-runner is -- donald trump in the united states. he has said that in order to bring down the primaries, he is willing to kill 100,000 criminals. such comments have indeed taken the markets by surprise. look at how investors have pulled out of the market. performer inorst asia in april. the index is down about 10%. remember, in 2015, it was one of the best performers in all of asia. so, 54 million eligible voters coming out to vote for the next president. he will dictate the route, the
path forward for the country. anna: what is at stake economically here? this is a country that commentators have looked to with excitement, especially as the growth engine of china. it has people looking for other growth stories in asia. what are the candidate saying on the economy? beennda: the theme has investors, going at about 6% for the past six years, thanks to president aquino. issue is whether his successor can continue to build on the economic momentum. there are some reservations. if you look at the list of we have an andperienced politician, there are concerns that even if she were to win the presidential
-- investors want continuity. whether that will happen or not, we will have to wait and see who the eventual winner as. -- is. anna: thank you. haslinda there. manus? manus: coming up, the wildfires spread. we look at the impact on oil production, prices. the full story two, on "countdown -- to come on "countdown." ♪
flash. rishaad, good morning. rishaad: we've got saudi arabia reportedly signing a three-way listing in new york, london, and hong kong. we are hoping exxon mobil will take strategic stakes with the expectation that they will lift as early as next year. has a value that could reach $2.5 trillion. maybe increasing to $118 million worldwide. the biggest safety crisis in the history of the auto industry. the expansion may result in $6.2 billion of additional cost. lowr won't have long to settle in/ won't have long to settle in.
rba admitted they probably missed the bottom of the core inflation target this year. disney's new shanghai theme park proving popular even before the official opening. it has pulled in tens of thousands of fans. forey is opening the resort the growing middle class. that is your bloomberg business flash. back to you. anna: thanks for a much. crude prices are on the rise. wildfires in canada's oil-producing region knocks out nearly one million barrels a day and it is threatening to spread. how will higher fuel prices affect the aviation industry? joining us now is a managing director, robert. great to have you on the program.
we know the conversation about the aviation sector and the oil price. let's talk about where you think oil prices are going to go. you are from canada. you have some insight or views across what is going on there. robert: great question. i had to speak a few weeks ago in miami at a conference in part of my speech was talking about the forecast. what the market makers and the u.s. energy information is talking about over the next eight months, we are looking at a spread of $34 and $44.en here we are, $45. we are now at the upper end two weeks later of the recent forecasts. we looked at more. we looked at all of the market makers. where we are today, of course, the airline business,
fortunes fall where the price of a barrel of oil is. the global airline index, if you look at that, it tracks incredibly well as stock prices are goingmeans rices down, and vice versa. we are expecting a little impact. if oil prices stay below $55 a barrel, we should have no problem absorbing the higher cost. manus: good morning. typically, we see airlines do a great deal of heading, but in the lower environment, 60% from the lows that we saw in the first quarter. how do you think the airlines are going to handle this? are they going to pass all of the boost back to the passengers? are they able to handle this? where is the critical point for the airlines? is it $50? is at $60? goes,: as far as hedging we have started to see airlines and april believing we have seen the last of it in the market.
starting to get into elongating oil in 2018, 2019. it is the usual question. a lot of airlines did not pass on savings from lawyer -- lower oil. the airlines will argue that the airline model has had to change over the last five or six years. base fares can be maintained in a more competitive yet, but oil price savings are not being passed on. they do tend to go up, and you'll see perhaps a little bit of a change on airline base fares. overall, the airlines are going to find a way to rationalize the prices. anna: one of the interesting, strategic, structural changes taking place, moving away the model from short-haul into long-haul. there is question as to whether that will bear fruit for so many years. we have airline testing across
the atlantic. robert: we have one of the biggest long-haul markets in the world still looking at summer. 12% is the increase year on year. 6% increase year on year in the summer of 2015. a bigger block of airlines, global alliance, they control 72% of the market. that is dropping every year by 1% or 2%. to your point, low-cost carriers, groups are looking at westjet of canada. iceland air of 31%. norwegian air in the long-haul operation out of ireland, 51%. lufthansa,t unit of that is driving their growth. the competition that we have been seeing from these big blocks are starting to see some cracks from the low-cost carrier
competition. manus: robert, let's try and talk about it from my perspective down here. we have results tomorrow. beefing up the management team at hogan. u.s. airliners against the gulf carriers, and the eu as well, they just don't want competition, do that? robert: no, they don't part of the problem, the emirates, and european carriers, in europe, you have been under attack from long-haul full-service carriers from the gulf region and then within europe with the rising cadre of low-cost carriers. it is still going on. carriers, what is it mean in terms of subsidization? the gulf carriers have a lot of indirect subsidies. in the meanwhile, the gulf fly things like chapter 11 bankruptcy. anna: thank you so much for
oil is on the rise. knock outin canada around one million barrels a day. shaking up. the kingdom replaces ali .l-naimi with khaled al-falih the new oil minister. he promises to keep pumping in a bid to break the shale producers. channeling churchill. david cameron prefers to evoke memories of the wartime leader as he presses the chase for keeping britain within the eu.
you are welcome to "countdown." i'm manus cranny. edwards inanna london. let's get to breaking news. we have strong numbers coming out of the german factory orders bouncing in march by 1.9% on the month. that was compared to an estimate of .6%. a very strong number. typically volatile numbers. i am sure economists will drop equation.e it seems the domestic demand has been falling away and orders from outside the eurozone surging by 6.2%. unlike previous data releases on germany were we have seen the domestic story holding up in the face of sluggish chinese growth and a weakening global picture, here it is a complete plan -- completely different set of circumstance. weaker at home, but a stronger picture coming in the export market.
whoses a come -- country third biggest trading partner is china. the growth story very much pegged to what goes on in china. mind, talking about chinese data and the like, oil prices this morning, let's look at the risk radar. manus? manus: we have a change in terms of ali al-naimial out. -falih in. 1.6, 1%. out canadian production, takes nearly one million barrels of oil out of production. canada is slightly off stream. that is pushing the nymex crude trade up 1.6%. keep an eye on shanghai. the trade data did very little to invoke any optimism. chinese stocks, of course, dropping. the shanghai composite heads for the biggest two-day loss.
do you challenge george soros? he says the money supply has risen by 96%. dollar/yen simply cannot continue to trade higher. what happens next? anna: indeed. the japanese finance minister fired another verbal salvo against the currency overnight. they still have the means to intervene. let's see how all of that changes for the european trading day. where does it mean we will open around the european equity markets? it looks as if we will be stronger. the asian handover, pretty lackluster. we will be stronger here in europe. we are factoring in much of the u.s. sector on writing. we are expected to be stronger. the strong number in germany, we will see what that does to german estimates for growth. rishaad joins us.
rishaad: take a look at the crude prices. they are on the way up. wildfires in canada knocking out more than one million barrels of production per day. threatening to spread as well. 66 declared -- on the region. this protects companies from liability. saudi arabia will probably keep producing crude near record levels. this is coming up as the biggest exporter sticks to its policy of defending market share against higher cost of shale. took over from the long-standing oil minister ali al-naimi this weekend. china has reported a modest stabilization in exports. back-to-back gain in foreign reserves. the world's biggest currency
rising $7 billion to $3.2 trillion in april. it suggested the economy is studying -- steadying. a mouthpiece acknowledging the risks associated with the buildup of debt. person said high leverage is the original sin that leads to risks in the foreign exchange markets, stocks, bonds, real estate, and bank credit. the country needed to face up to nonperforming loans. david cameron and his appeal to using wartimele leader winston churchill. he will persuade countrymen to vote against a brexit in the referendum. he will say britain has a fundamental national interest in maintaining common purpose in europe to avoid future conflict between european countries. that requires british leadership
and for britain to remain a member. we have 2400 journalists working. find more stories on the bloomberg at "topgo." manus: thank you very much. the very latest. let's check in on the markets. let's get to david ingles, standing by. two very different worlds. chinese stocks dropping. the rest of asia -- talk us through. don't think i remember the last time asia was this mixed. have a look at your first point here. shanghai composite. shenzhen is much worse. the biggest two-day drop in over a week. 5.5%. you see every single sector is down. the index is approaching these oversold levels.
one thing to remember about shanghai, it is not a typical market. typically, when you get the index falling, you usually see an immediate bid up. bid up asoes not get quickly. it is something to keep in mind. asia is looking like this. the bag is fairly mixed. overall, most stocks are on their way up. we are getting pulled down by these energy numbers. japan, australia, south korea closing shop at the moment. the markets are fairly mixed. shanghai, forgot to mention the trade data that came out on the weekend. exactly in imports, not -- it does not exactly bode well. keep in mind we have had a fairly disappointing day so far from china. the exception is the forex reserves. weak dollar story, anyway.
pmi data came out, not as good. import data, very bad. you could make an argument that way. risk appetite, they are not exactly at the idea level. india in lows. keeping things afloat in asia. one point 4%. mixed. strong dollar. oil was on the way up. it is actually looking much better in than the headlines suggest. david, thank you. david ingles joining us in hong kong. after we heard from saudi arabia over the weekend, the new oil minister, the wildfires in canada, let's bring in our guest, peter. great to have you on the program. what do you make of the moves we have seen higher in oil prices? wti rallied more than 70% from
the oh most 13-year low reached in february. does this deal sustainable to you, or do we head back down at a moments notice? the outlook for global growth is still fairly challenge. i think what is interesting about what we have seen since february is if you go back to february, and i think i was on your show at that time, we noted that the forward price was actually around $48. was,eakness in the price to a great extent, related to technical factors. a lot of speculative sourcing. now we have seen a reversal of that. we are now back -- i think the curve is coming back substantially. the question is what happens next. frankly speaking, i don't think there's a clear case for either it rising sustainably from here on, necessarily, or falling sharply from here. manus: you sit on the fence?
nobody gets to do that we have a chart for you. it is the imports from chinese fromis on the story yesterday. this is rising. it is a nice move. it is kicking the trend. dollar,ing to be the the chinese story, or the saudi policy that affects the next move? china,on the subject of it is clear that there is some source of cyclical recovery underway in china. i think you still have the very severe structural headwinds, which may well impact the country for a number of years to come. but cyclically, china is recovering. the marketsting how always tends to focus on exports for china. they always say that is the best indicator of what is going on in china. rubbish. imports tell you how much demand there is within the domestic economy.
the import growth a year ago was -20%. it is now getting close to zero. -- there yet,y or but we are getting close. it will continue and there are signs that it can continue. dealthat provides a great of order for the global economy. i am not sure enough to send oil prices that much higher. anna: where do you stand on the eurozone growth at the moment? germany factory orders in march. exports picked up. it seems there was a bit of a domestic demand falling a little bit, orders for outside the eurozone surging. getting that kind of a boost to the german economy. it is a very volatile status. where do you think the eurozone heads? how firm is the recovery? peter: it is the big, overweight
position within the equities exposure. continental europe. the reason for that is very simple. the european economic cycle is cycle --ier than any than, say, the u.k. or u.s. falling three years ago. elsewhere, it started falling 6, 7 years ago. 10.3%, i think, in europe. it still has an awfully long way to fall. balance, ithat on think you will continue to see these economic numbers. it will probably surprise on the upside. there is another good example of that. anna: thank you very stay with us on the program. manus: let's change gears a the 6%bit and talk about drop in earnings for the first quarter. producer largest oil
blamed it on a decline in the price of -- kevin crowley joining us from johannesburg. anglogold is up so far. it is coming up from a low base. what is driving the rally? >> chiefly, gold is up 20%. helped anglogold. in the country in which it operates has really dropped. us trillion dollar. that has really -- the australian dollar. that has really helped margins. that is why we have seen a blowup in the share price this year. manus: of course, you know, gold on that $1300 level, saying this is the relief they need, but there is still a target taking
cost out of business. what do you think of the day's results? what was the main take away? kevin: it was a mixed bag, really. the output was a bit lower than the same period last year. there was construction at some of the key minds. the costs were down about 7%. they were sustaining costs, ounce, whichr compared to the current gold price, $80 an ounce, it is not too bad at all. outputintain the guidance on the cost guidance for the full year, so i think they should be quite happy with that. manus: talk to me about -- there is one of the mines in the not be overrun,
by illegal miners. what does it mean for the company? how are the handling it? will it come to an end anytime soon? the situation is disastrous and it is deteriorating by the day at the moment. they placedne that a limited operations on about a year ago because the costs ran out of control. so, they have been trying to come up with a development plan. in closing it down, it has been completely overrun by illegal miners, as you say. the company is accusing the ghanian government of not doing enough to maintain security. i have to see this morning what it means for the future of the company. he did not really want to say. he says we need to just get in there and secure the site, and see what the damages before we can make any sort of estimate at all. the company has actually taken to thenian government
international court of arbitration in the u.s. the situation is so dire. we will wait and see what happens there. manus: kevin, thank you for a much. kevin crowley in johannesburg with the very latest. anna: coming up on the program, shanghai stocks tumble. trade data disappoints. we bring you on -- we bring you the latest on the world's second-largest economy. that's next. ♪
anna: welcome back. you are watching "countdown." 8:19 if you are watching in frankfurt. a little stronger at the start of european trading day. stocks in shanghai are heading for the biggest two-day loss in 10 weeks. that is disappointing trade data. commodity producers and industrial companies are
tumbling. us now -- lots of data to sift through. what are the numbers telling you this morning? >> good morning, indeed. we are getting a mixed bag on the numbers, really. trade data was not especially -- you could argue it is adding to the stabilization story out of china. it certainly is not adding to any turnaround story. we had an interesting article on the front page of "the people's party'sthe communist mouthpiece. it is getting a lot of attention. talked about the risks to china's economy, pumping of growth depending on leverage and death alone. this article was written by an authoritative person who is unnamed. -- depending on leverage alone. this article was written by an authoritative person who is unnamed. this article is showing the trade data --
i think that peace is talking about the original sin of debt. let's talk a bit about the current data we have seen as well. we have seen china not burning through the fx reserves at quite the pace it was. does it suggest stability? of an impact a bit there. the headline is the ability. step away from that. there is a currency valuation impact there. they are getting very lucky, of course, because of what is happening with the dollar, in terms of the direction the dollar has been heading this year. of course, even as the flows have eased, the flows are still happening. look at the hong kong import, chinese import data from hong kong, the numbers over the weekend. they surged about 204%. even as it stabilizes, even as the you want stabilizes against -- the yuan stabilizes against
the dollar, industry says they will weakenthe yuan over the year ahead. that brings us back to the reserve story. stability for now, but no one thinks this flow intervention story is going away just yet. anna: thank you very much. is still with us here on set. we spoke briefly about china. let's return to that subject. the fx reserve data stabilizing of it. flows continue. are you reassured? peter: not particularly. mentioned the structural forces that have been driving china's economy and will continue to drive china's economy. whether china is cyclically recovering or otherwise is kind
of irrelevant. chinary about whether will be able to smoothly make this transition from a very asset-oriented economy to one that is more oriented around consumption, more oriented around services. it is extremely difficult to do. if anybody is going to do it, then a command economy like china has probably got more chances of success in that it can basically tell people what to do, companies to do. it would not work in a western context. it is going to be tough and the jury is still out. manus: one of those tough issues is that issue referred to, the article. originals and let me show you what it looks like. it starts here at around 160
billion, the equivalent in terms of debt. it explodes all the way up to where we are now. that is the unimaginable issue. the manageable issue on the global context, what makes you think the chinese can manage it without any contagion? peter: well, as i said, i am not sure i am saying they can manage it. i am saying that i am not sure they are going to be able to do that. i completely agree that these levels of debt, whether you are looking at china or other parts of the world, are at levels which are very clearly unsustainable. put the chinese numbers in perspective. you have to put them in the perspective of china's foreign reserves, which are extremely trillion.e region, $4 you have to put it in the context of the fact that china's
financial sector is very distant to media -- this intermediate it disintermediated. it goes through the banking system. look at the bank lending numbers in isolation will be a bit misleading. i suppose the bottom line is, what would the banking crisis look like in china? i think it probably has a better chance of that being fairly well managed than elsewhere. to the original sin and how we needed to see the signs of the debt crisis in china, clearly not hide it, which is an interesting thought. moving on to what we have heard recently from the fed and what the data is showing us, we hear willthe officials that it be data-dependent. we got the date on friday. we hear from the fed official, two hikes this year still sounds appropriate coming from one official. what do you think the fed is going to do here?
peter: the data continues to disappoint, whether you are talking about the u.s., or japan, or other parts of the world. that this isty is the world we face at the moment. growth is at a much lower level. there is a number of well-respected economists who talk about stagnation, whether it is due to demographic forces, whether it is due to things like wealth and income inequality, which has reached a very high levels. it is a strain on growth. i think we are in an environment where on balance, you would expect interest rates to stay lower for longer. anna: teacher, thank you very much. ston joining us for the past half hour. nice hire.ave a
manus: will come to "on the move." we are counting you down to the european open on this monday morning. i'm guy johnson, alongside caroline hyde in berlin putting peace at risk. said to have is escalated his campaign, by warning the isolationism will be to conflict. we have his speech live in 30 minutes. has greece done enough? finance ministers will hold