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There was not just one but two surprises for investors yesterday. The first came just before ten, when it was revealed that the Greek prime minister had written to Euroland leaders offering to roll over and take the Troika's punishment, subject to certain amendments. Investors high-fived as they sniffed the prospect of an end to the discord, sending the euro a cent higher and filling their boots with European equities.
The second surprise was the outright rejection of Greece's offer by euro zone leaders, who dismissed any possibility of fresh negotiations until after the referendum. (By now they probably view Sunday's vote as a win/win situation: Yes would prompt Mr Tsipras's resignation; No would get Greece out of their hair altogether.) Mr Tsipras reacted by metaphorically tearing up his letter and backing the No campaign.
Up pops the dollar
When that excitement had died down investors' attention turned to the ecostats. They were impressed by the data coming out of the States; less so by those from Europe. Consequently the US dollar was the day's clear victor, adding a cent against sterling and two thirds of a cent against the euro.
In the first round of purchasing mangers' index readings only two of the European figures exceeded expectations; France's 50.7 and Switzerland's 50.0. The UK's dismal 51.4 reading was a point below Euroland's result and took the wind out of sterling's sails. After lunch the two US manufacturing PMIs registered 53.5 and 53.6, both beating forecast, and ADP's employment change figure indicated stronger-than-expected jobs growth in June.
If there was any surprise it was that the euro and the pound shared second place. Both strengthened by an average of 0.2% against the other dozen most actively-traded currencies. Although the Australian dollar was hurt by a wider-than-expected trade deficit it was the NZ dollar that bought up the rear, losing two cents to sterling.
US jobs and Greece
Because Friday will be a bank holiday in America the US employment report will be coming out this afternoon, a day early. There is considerable optimism that the increase in nonfarm payrolls will be another good one.
Although today's number is unlikely to match last month's 280k increase it is expected to exceed the 217k average for the year to date. Analysts have pencilled in a rise of 230k. The other ecostats today are the UK construction sector PMI, the Euroland producer price index, the Canadian manufacturing PMI and US factory orders.
Officially, the US payrolls number is the highlight of the day. A softer-than-expected figure could send the dollar lower, given the optimism ahead of the event. But everyone is gagging to know what surprise Mr Tsipras will spring.