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Markets cheer US jobs data as manufacturing slowdown continues

GOOD JOBS, FACTORY FEARS: US added 128,000 jobs in October, smashing expectations of a slowdown
Economy shrugged off major drag from 46,000 striking General Motors workers who counted among unemployed
But factory slowdown continues as key activity gauge misses estimates
A SCARY END TO THE YEAR: Manufacturing sector remains in agony as production downturn continues
Brexit stockpiling offsets fall in new orders
Factories continue to shed staff amid uncertainty
EYES ON STERLING:Pound hovering under $1.30 after softer dollar gives it a midweek boost
October was sterlings best month in since the financial crash
Global heavyweights eye massively-undervalued pound as the fog clears in Westminster
Russell Lynch:Christine Lagarde is not in Kansas any more as she takes over at the struggling European Central Bank
4:48PM
Wrap-up: Europe closes in the green
Markets cheer US jobs data as manufacturing slowdown continues

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Thats all, folks! Markets are closed: the pound is steady, the FTSE is up, and the UK is still part of the European Union.
Plenty to chew on as we head into weeks darkness (from a electoral and weather perspective), but if the past few days are any guide, investors seem to have shaken their addiction to the Brexit news cycle.
Next week, the pressure of heavyweight movers will be off the FTSE 100, which might leave the blue-chip index unsure which way to move so keep an eye on macro events, particular any changes on the trade war front.
Thanks to everyone who followed along today. Ill be back on Monday, with more news on business, economics, markets, tech and money!
4:43PM
Mike Ashley blocks Labour councillor from board meetings amid Corbyn spat
Markets cheer US jobs data as manufacturing slowdown continues

Mr Ashley branded the Labour leader "clueless" on Thursday after Mr Corbyn attacked business and finance chiefs

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Its never too late for some Mike Ashley drama.
The Sports Direct tycoonhas blocked a Labour councillor from joining the retailers board meetings after a spat with Jeremy Corbyn, my colleague Laura Onita reports. She writes:

The billionaire wrote to John Gray, who is also the vice-chair of the Local Authority Pension Fund Forum (LAPFF), to say that he could no longer attend Sports Directs board meeting in December.
It comes after the Labour leader accused Mr Ashley of taking advantage of the UKs corrupt system in a blistering attack on capitalism on Thursday.
Corbyn had labelled Mr Ashley a bad boss, accused him of not paying staff properly and said he had an exploited workforce.
Read more:Mike Ashley blocks Labour councillor from Sports Direct board meetings after Corbyn row
4:04PM
Deutsche Bank hires board member to work on holistic restructuring
Markets cheer US jobs data as manufacturing slowdown continues

A man leaves Deutsche Bank earlier this year, on the day the bank began jobs cuts at its London office

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Heres a Teutonic twist as we approach the closing bell. My colleague Lucy Burton reports:

Embattled Deutsche Bank, which announced plans to cut 18,000 jobs earlier this year, today created a new board role so that someone can run its restructuring holistically.
The German lender, which has around 90,000 staff, said this afternoon that it has made its wealth boss Fabrizio Campelli chief transformation officer given the size of the taskfacing the bank as it culls a fifth of its workforce.
Deutsche was once one of the world's most powerful banks but has struggled since the financial crisis, battling heavy fines for past misconduct, sluggish performance, sweeping restructuring costs and competition from Wall Street peers.
One of the 18,000 people affected by the job cuts told The Telegraph earlier this year that waiting to speak to HR was like being in a hospital waiting room with people crying and names being called out one by one to find out the details of their redundancy package. Staff were told their passes would stop working at 11am on the day of their departure.
Deutsche's share of investment banking over the last five years
3:44PM
Tech round-up: Huawei, Fitbit and WeWork
Markets cheer US jobs data as manufacturing slowdown continues

Google will buy Fitbit for $2.1bn

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Here are the days biggest tech stories:
Google to buy Fitbit for $2.1bn in a bid to take on Apple:Google will buy Fitbit in a $2.1bn (?1.6bn) deal that will see it take on Apple in the fast-growing wearables market.
WeWork could cancel deals for new leases in London as it launches sweeping review:WeWork could scrap a swathe of London offices as part of a major review into its operations.
Decision on Huawei 5G access delayed until after election amid hostile statesecurity concerns:A government decision on whether to allow the controversial Chinese tech firm Huawei access to the UKs 5G networks has been delayed until after the December 12 election.
Technology Intelligence newsletter - UK
3:36PM
Full report: US jobs numbers defy fears of slump
Heres an extract from my colleague Tim Wallaces full report on those non-farm payroll figures:

US employment surged last month as the economy defied fears of a slowdown to add 128,000 jobs.
It comes despite a strike at car maker GM that removed 46,000 factory workers from the data for the month, indicating the American economy is in more robust health that previously realised.
Economists had expected as few as 85,000 jobs would be added, in what would have been the worst monthly performance since May.
The stronger than expected result lit a fire under stock markets, with the tech-heavy Nasdaq breaching its record level for the first time since July. The benchmark S&P 500 notched its fourth record high this week.
Read more: BlowoutUS job numbers defy fears of economic slump
3:30PM
How Trump maths works
The Washington Posts fastidious economics correspondent Heather Long has followed up with the White House over Donald Trumps weird jobs figures:
I asked the WH about 303,000 figure. Here's what Trump's Council of Economic Advisers said:

October: +128k
Revisions: +95k
Adjusting for GM: +60k
Adjusting for Census: +20k

= +303k https://t.co/2NjPoymNhp Heather Long (@byHeatherLong) November 1, 2019
That does not make a whole lot of sense. Putting aside the weirdness of adding revisions to August and September to Octobers figures and presenting them as a bundle, those General Motors and Census figures are both exaggerated.
Finally, its is odd for census data to be excluded from these numbers, but to not acknowledge they had padded previous months stats. Oh well...
Interestingly, Heather adds that Mr Trump broke rules by tweeting about the figures so soon:
Yes. Rule in place since 1985. Good run down of it here: https://t.co/Z9ZpvP0Rqh

This WH has interpreted the rule to apply to executive branch employees but not the president. Heather Long (@byHeatherLong) November 1, 2019
3:18PM
Spain to host climate conference after Chile backs out
Markets cheer US jobs data as manufacturing slowdown continues

Police clash with protesters in Santiago

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My colleague Edward Clowes reports:

Spain will now host the annual climate conference COP 25 in December, after former host Chile pulled out following major, countrywide protests in recent weeks.
The Executive Secretary of UN Climate Change confirmed that it would now be held in Madrid.
Brazil was originally slated to host the event, which will see tens of thousands of delegates gather to discuss environmental policy, but pulled out due to the cost of holding the huge summit.
Jair Bolsonaro, Brazils president, has hired a number of climate change deniers, including a foreign minister who has claimed that concerns about the environment are fuelled by cultural Marxists.

Chile also pulled out of hosting the APEC summit, set to be the staging ground for a meeting between US President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping.
Read more:Chile cancels hosting APEC and climate summit after unrest
3:08PM
WTO approves $3.6bn in Chinese trade sanction on US
TheWorld Trade Organisation has cleared the way for China to hit the US with $3.6bn in sanctions, resolving a dispute that predates the current tariff war between the countries.
The decision, which has awarded the third-highest damages figures in WTO history, relates to the USs anti-dumping regime, part of the way Washington restricts Chinese exports. Anti-dumping duties are protectionists tariffs on foreign imports.
The WTO says:

China may request authorization from the DSB to suspend concessions or other obligations at a level not exceeding $3.579bn annually.
2:58PM
Reaction: Manufacturing conditions to remain weak
Responding to those US manufacturing activity figures, Capital Economics Andrew Hunter said:

The muted rebound in the ISM manufacturing index to 48.3 in October, which left it only slightly higher that Septembers 10-year low of 47.8, may dampen some of the enthusiasm in the markets following the better-than-expected payrolls data released earlier today.
The drags on the economy from weak global growth and lingering trade uncertainty havent yet dissipated and we suspect that the Fed still has a little more work to do.

He saidthere were signs the sector may be turning a corner, but added:

With a sustained rebound in global growth still looking unlikely, and the very real prospect that trade negotiations with China once again break down, however, we still expect manufacturing conditions to remain unusually weak over the coming months.
2:54PM
Markets rally on jobs data and hopes of further rate cut
That manufacturing activity reading may be just enough to have kept a further Federal Reserve rate cut in play. Combine thatwith the strong jobs data, and investors seem pretty cheery.
Markets cheer US jobs data as manufacturing slowdown continues

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Markets cheer US jobs data as manufacturing slowdown continues

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One man is happy (or, at least, as happy as he can be while facing impeachment proceedings):
Stock Market up BIG! Record highs for S&P 500 and NASDAQ. Enjoy! Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 1, 2019
2:12PM
Here are the ISMs full readings...
OCT 2019 US manufacturing slowdown continues
2:10PM
Sentiment remains cautious
The Institute for Supply Management, which gathered the figures, has shared some findings for its discussions with purchasing managers (whose figures inform the index). It says:

Comments from the panel reflect an improvement from the prior month, but sentiment remains more cautious than optimistic. October was the third consecutive month of PMIcontraction, at a slower rate compared to September. Demand contracted, with the new orders index contracting marginally, the customers inventories Index moving into about right territory and the backlog of orders index contracting for the sixth straight month (and at a faster rate).

Its chair, Timothy Fiora, said:

Global trade remains the most significant cross-industry issue. Food, beverage and tobacco products remains the strongest industry sector and transportation equipment the weakest sector. Overall, sentiment this month remains cautious regarding near-term growth,
Business Briefing Newsletter REFERRAL (Article)
2:05PM
Gauge signal third month of contraction
That is the third month in a row that the ISM manufacturing PMIhas indicated a contraction in activity, with production levels hitting their lowest reading since the financial crisis.
Despite coming off a 10-year low, the figures missed estimates, with the production sub-component slipping to 46.2 after four weeks of drops possibly a reflection of the General Motors strike.
#ISM Manufacturing Index v S&P 500 Index, moving in the same direction but the ISM has some work to do... pic.twitter.com/kG3f2dvtEQ jeroen blokland (@jsblokland) November 1, 2019
That reading offsets the sunny jobs report we got earlier, and may cause markets to pare back slightly though so far they have advanced.
The continuedweak figures show the ongoing impact of the USs trade war with China, which is driving uncertainty and sending shivers through the worlds biggest economys manufacturing firms.
2:01PM
Break: US manufacturing slowdown worse than expected
Markets cheer US jobs data as manufacturing slowdown continues

US factory activity slowed in October

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Just in: October data for the Institute for Supply Managements purchasing managers index is in, and it shows a reading of 48.3 (where a score above 50 indicates growth), compared to expectations for 48.9.
That is slightly better than last months reading of 47.8, which was the worst since the financial crisis in 2009.
Side note: The final reading for the IHS Markit US manufacturing PMI came in at a slightly more positive 51.3 earlier, but the ISM figure is the more respected and closely-watched.
1:29PM
Bloomberg: London WeWork sites under review
Markets cheer US jobs data as manufacturing slowdown continues

The WeWork on Eastcheap in the City of London is among the companys UK sites

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WeWork has reportedly begun a sweeping review of its London expansion plans, after the company was bailed out by investor Softbank.
There are 28 potential office deal under review, Bloomberg says, citing sources. The news service reports:

The deals under review are at varying stages, from a preliminary inspection of promising properties to detailed talks, according to people with knowledge of the process. The review raises questions about what proportion of these offices the company will end up leasing, the people said, asking not to be identified because the talks are private.
Even a small pullback by WeWork, which is the biggest private office occupant in London, could ripple across the citys commercial real estate market. The company accounts for about 7pcof central London leasing this year and now rents about 4m square feet across the city, according to data compiled by CoStar Group Inc. Still, vacancy rates in the capital remain low, and rival flexible office companies continue to acquire space.
WeWork | Behind the co-working firm's problems
1:15PM
Google to buy Fitbit in $2.1bn deal
Markets cheer US jobs data as manufacturing slowdown continues

Fitbit is one of the worlds best-known makers of wearable tech
Just in: Google is set to buy wearable tech-maker Fitbit in a deal worth $2.1bn. My colleague James Cook reports:

Fitbits stock jumped more than 30pc on Monday following a report that Google had made an offer to purchase the firm. Trading was briefly suspended due to the leap in its share price.
In recent years, Fitbit has struggled to compete with Apple which entered the wearables market in 2015 with its Apple Watch product.
Fitbit announced earlier this year that it was seeking a buyer following four years of declining sales following a disastrous public listing in 2015. Its share price dwindled from almost $50 at its peak to just $4 a day before reports of Google's potential acquisition.
Google said that it expects the transaction to close in 2020.
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James Park, co-founder and chief executive of Fitbit, said:

Google is an ideal partner to advance our mission. With Googles resources and global platform, Fitbit will be able to accelerate innovation in the wearables category, scale faster, and make health even more accessible to everyone. I could not be more excited for what lies ahead.

The offer was initially reported by Reuters on Monday.
1:02PM
Trump tweets...
The US President has welcomed the jobs report, but appears to have completelymade up the number of jobs added.
The total added including adjustments, if we look over both October AND September,was 308,000.
But in terms of jobs added that are new in these figures, the most generously you can phrase it is 218,000 added: 128,000 in October, plus a 44,000 upwards adjustment to September, plus the 46,000 GM workers (corrected to include GM workers).
Wow, a blowout JOBS number just out, adjusted for revisions and the General Motors strike, 303,000. This is far greater than expectations. USA ROCKS! Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 1, 2019
12:56PM
Exxon profits plunge
My colleague Ed Clowes reports:

Exxon Mobil became the latest oil giant to feel the sting of weak oil prices and falling margins in the chemicals business this week, reporting a nearly 50pc plunge in profits for the third quarter.
The largest USoil producer which is currently facing a number of lawsuits for misleading investors over the risks of climate change saw its quarterly earnings fall to $3.17bn, down from $6.24bn a year earlier.
A bad week turns worse for Exxon...

As it faces two seperate lawsuits for misleading investors over the potential cost of climate change, the oil giant today said its profits plunged by nearly 50%.

It joins the likes of BP and Shell, who also posted dreadful earnings this week. pic.twitter.com/lxqa4TYWt2 Ed Clowes ?????? ????? (@EdClowes) November 1, 2019
12:53PM
Auto sector and census jobs add pressure
Alongside the October expectationsbeat, the adjustment to Septembers figures (from 136,000 jobs added to 180,000) really stands out.
The Bureau of labor Statistics, which gathers the data, noted the impact from the General Motors strike, with the number of employed workers in the auto and parts manufacturing sectors falling by 42,000.
Federal employment also slipped by 17,000, as workers engaged in temporary employment as part of the 2020 Census finished up their work.
Payroll employment rises by 128,000 in October; unemployment rate changes little at 3.6% https://t.co/NsuHovcqn0 #JobsReport #BLSdata BLS-Labor Statistics (@BLS_gov) November 1, 2019
Premier Asset ManagementsNeil Birrell said:

The jobs data was distorted by the General Motors strike, one of the biggest this century, but the number of jobs created was quite a bit higher than expected. This appears to back up the Feds comments on Wednesday night about the economy being in decent shape and its shift in policy stance.
??Strong US jobs growth despite soft indicators like PMI employment has indicated otherwise.

The #Fed hawks will use this as an argument for not easing further. One more jobs report ahead of the next #FOMC meeting! pic.twitter.com/RRBLFyWk7L Danske Bank Research (@Danske_Research) November 1, 2019
12:43PM
Golidlocks figures suggest Federal Reserve can hold off on further rate cuts
The numbers show a 36,000 jobs drop in the manufacturing sector that will be largely down to the roughly 46,000 General Motors workers who went on strike (but is, for the sake of the records, the worst drop in a decade).
All things considered...that's a strong #payrolls report

- Headline beat
- +95k net upward revision
- Participation rate up to 63.3%
- Unemp @ 3.6%

Slight miss on the MoM wages only notable downside

A goldilocks report, #Fed will stay on hold, should support risk assets Michael Brown (@MrMBrown) November 1, 2019
Goldilocks for risk that one you feel. ISM could undo it later Neil Wilson (@marketsneil) November 1, 2019
12:34PM
Stock markets cheered by jobs figure beat
US futures trading has pushed upwards on those numbers, suggesting Wall Street will advanced solidly at open. European equities have also extended their gains.
S&P 500 futures rise after payrolls number beats expectations https://t.co/YM4G9q2dzl pic.twitter.com/be395WuZ94 Bloomberg Markets (@markets) November 1, 2019
Another Goldilock-ish US jobs report. NFP +128k vs 85k exp., AHE +0.2% MoM vs +0.3% MoM expected. UR at 3.6% vs 3.6% exp up from 3.5%. pic.twitter.com/eVGeTv0rtX Holger Zschaepitz (@Schuldensuehner) November 1, 2019
12:32PM
Break: US jobs added beats expectations
Markets cheer US jobs data as manufacturing slowdown continues

General Motors workers carried out a 40-day strike that ended October 25

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Just in: US jobs figure for October has smashed expectations, with 128,000 jobs added versus expectations (per Bloomberg) of 85,000, while Septembers figures were adjusted upwards by 44,000.
As a reminder, those figures will have included a major hit from striking General Motors workers who count as unemployed because they are not on the payroll after a 40-day walkout by the car manufacturers staff.
More follows...
12:23PM
Full report: Brexit stockpiling stems manufacturing decline
Deputy Economics Editor Tim Wallace has a full report on this mornings manufacturing activity reading. He writes:

A surge in stockpiling before the now-cancelled Brexit deadline of October 31 helped stem a slump in manufacturing last month, providing short-lived relief for an industry battling a global slowdown.
Activity edged down month on month, according to the purchasing managers index, a closely watched survey of businesses.
The PMI recorded a score of 49.6, the highest score since April, and just below the 50 level that signifies growth.
Read more here:Brexit stockpiling helps stem manufacturing decline in October
12:16PM
This year has been awful for Metro Bank
Heres a reminder of how much shares have sagged at the challenger bank, which recently dropped out of the FTSE 250, and swung to a loss in the third quarter.
Metro Bank - Year of the dog
My colleagues Lucy Burton and Simon Foy reported last month:

The troubled lender, which is fighting to rebuild confidence following a major accounting gaffe earlier this year that left investors nursing huge losses, swung ?2.2m into the red for the three months to September 30 compared to a ?15.1m profit a year earlier.
Metro's chief executive Craig Donaldson also hinted at a wider overhaul by telling investors the bank is now evaluating its future plans to strike a balance between growth and costs.
He did not go into further detail about what options are on the table, but said the board would have a fiduciary dutyto discuss any approaches by potential buyers.
Read more here:Metro Bank speeds up founder Vernon Hills exit as lender swings to a loss
12:09PM
Money round-up
Here are some of the days top pieces from the Telegraphs Money team:
Ill have to pull my kids out of private school: the tax reforms that could leave you 30pc worse off
It has never been better for women at work heres what we need to do next
Victim of a scam? Heres why you might be more likely to get your money back
Money Newsletter REFERRAL (Article)
12:06PM
Metro Bank shares jump after Standard speculates over Lloyds takeover
Markets cheer US jobs data as manufacturing slowdown continues

Metro Bank shares have jumped

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Shares in Metro Bank are up nearly 13pc currently, following speculation in the Evening Standard that the high-street lender may draw takeover interest from Lloyds.
Citing rumours, the Standard reports:

Is Lloydslining up a bid for troubled Metro Bank? The City rumour machine reckons it might be, noting that such a deal would be welcomed by the regulator, said to be concerned by Metro Banks declining financial position.
The recent departure of chairman and founder Vernon Hill could clear the way for a rescue bid from Lloyds Banking Group, which yesterday reported a 97% plunge in third-quarter profits

It notes that Metros depressed share price would make it a bargain grab for the bigger bank. Metro and Lloyds both declined to comment to the Standard.
You can read the Standards report here:Is Lloyds pondering a bid for Metro Bank?
12:01PM
Tesco bans Monzo cards at some branches after double-payment issue
Markets cheer US jobs data as manufacturing slowdown continues

Some Tesco branches have asked customers not to use Monzo cards
Another twist in the UK fintech bank saga:anumber of Tesco branches have banned the use of Monzo cards in their stores after months of complaints from customers, my colleague James Cook reports. He writes:

The issues began in July when Monzo customer started complaining of being charged twice for purchases at Tesco self service tills.
A Monzo employee claimed on its forum earlier this month that the issue was with Tescos payments systems and had since been resolved.
However, complaints on social media continue and some Tesco branches still display signs asking customers not to use Monzo cards.
Read more here:Monzo cards banned at some Tesco branches after months of complaints from shoppers
Read the latest | Monzo's growing pains
11:52AM
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11:49AM
Poll suggest Tories will hold lions share of Leave supporters votes
Some interesting voting intention polling (which should, as ever, be taken with a substantial pinch of salt) from YouGov, which has found that the Conservatives command a massive majority of support from people who voted Leave in 2016.
Voting intention among 2016 REMAIN voters
Lib Dem - 34%
Labour - 33%
Con - 16%
Green - 9%

Voting intention among 2016 LEAVE voters
Con - 58%
Brexit Party - 24%
Labour - 10%

(Fieldwork 17-28 Oct)https://t.co/ia8ACO4b8v pic.twitter.com/QBAR5Uq4oi YouGov (@YouGov) November 1, 2019
That is likely to be encouraging for Boris Johnson if tensions between him and Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage flare up, but also shows how divided things have become. Theres still everything to play for, it would seem.
?The last time the Conservatives won a majority, a Brexit-ier party took 12.6% of the vote? Duncan Robinson (@duncanrobinson) November 1, 2019
11:43AM
Mixed signals
The UKs broadcasters appear split on the topic of Bank of England Governorship. Minouche Shafik was named as the preferred choice by the BBC, but Sky economics editor Ed Conway says there are still several candidates in the running:
Contrary to what some are reporting on @bankofengland governorship, I'm told by sources close to the process that it hasn't yet been narrowed down to one candidate. A final decision has NOT yet been taken. I'd take any stories on who it's going to be with a massive pinch of salt Ed Conway (@EdConwaySky) November 1, 2019
11:40AM
Economist: PMI reading shows manufacturing sector is in recession
Markets cheer US jobs data as manufacturing slowdown continues

The UK manufacturing sector has seen successive slowdowns

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Ruth Gregory, from Capital Economics, says the PMI figures suggest the UK manufacturing sector is in recession. She writes:

While the manufacturing PMI recovered in October from Septembers extremely weak level, it is still consistent with a recession in the manufacturing sector.

Ms Gregory adds that the downturn may spur the Bank of Englands Monetary Policy Committee which is expected to hold rates when it meets next week to go for a cut next year:

Overall, it seems likely that the manufacturing sector has remained a drag on GDP growth at the start of the fourth quarter. And with the other sectors showing little growth, we are expecting the economy to expand by no more than 0.2pc-0.3pcq/q in the next few quarters.
Admittedly, the MPC still looks set to stand pat at its meeting next Thursday. But if Brexit is delayed again beyond 31st January, and the economy remains weak as we expect, then we still think that the Bank of England will cut rates perhaps by 25bp in May 2020.
Manufacturing output by region in UK
11:34AM
Manufacturing activity figures show horror show continues KPMG
KPMGsStephen Cooperhascalled those manufacturing PMI figures (see 9:33am update) proof of an ongoing uncertainty horror show for Britains factories. He said:

UK manufacturers will see todays PMI figure as more trick than treat, as stockpiling in anticipation of an October Brexit flattered the numbers, which remain in negative territory. Looking East, Chinese manufacturers are seeing a ray of unexpected sunshine in the form of better than expected Chinese PMI data which boosted Asian markets. We could do with a similar uptick in the UK and Europe, as continued job losses and falling investment paints a gloomy picture.
Brexit continues to weigh down on confidence in the sector, as does the global economic backdrop but perhaps the result of the upcoming UK general election will help alleviate some of this.
Looking ahead, manufacturers need to keep an eye on sterling and exchange rates, and they should alsocontinue to manage their cost base and working capital carefully.

Reuters Andy Bruce has taken an interesting look at the crucial stockpiling element:
Worth noting that although the rate of #stockpiling in today's UK manufacturing PMI isn't as strong as early 2019, it's still higher than anything recorded by @IHSMarkitPMI in any other G7 country ? pic.twitter.com/tbFquEGyEX Andy Bruce (@BruceReuters) November 1, 2019
11:29AM
Farage gives Johnson two weeks to ditch deal or face battle for Brexit seats
Markets cheer US jobs data as manufacturing slowdown continues

Nigel Farage is currently launching the Brexit Partys campaign

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In Westminster, Nigel Farage is launching the Brexit Partys general election campaign.
He has given Boris Johnson anultimatum: drop the current Withdrawal Agreement Bill and push for a Brexit based on a free-trade agreement, or face competition for the hardline pro-Leave group in the December vote.
Nigel Farage's is making an impossible ask of Boris Johnson

He's asking him to junk his deal, which is the centrepiece of the Conservative manifesto, and go for an FTA instead

He's given him until Nov 14 to accept his offer Steven Swinford (@Steven_Swinford) November 1, 2019
Farage gives the Tories two weeks to accept his offer to reject the withdrawal agreement and he will stand down (seems unlikely)

He notes 150 seats in this country are Leave constituencies that aren't going to vote Tory that would suit the Brexit party. Sebastian Payne (@SebastianEPayne) November 1, 2019
Johnson has two weeks to accept his terms: abandon his deal and go for a simple free trade agreement. Tom Newton Dunn (@tnewtondunn) November 1, 2019
Follow live political updates here:General election latest news: Nigel Farage launches Brexit Party campaign as Tories reject electoral pact
The markets seem unmoved by Mr Farages statements so far, with the pound holding steady at $1.295.
11:22AM
Whos still in the running to become the next BoE Governor?
Markets cheer US jobs data as manufacturing slowdown continues

Who could take Mark Carneys spot?

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With reports naming Minouche Shafik asChancellor Sajid Javidspreferred candidate to become the UK's first post-Brexit and first woman Governor, my colleagues Russell Lynch and Michael ODwyer have taken a closer look at whos still in the running to replace Mark Carney. They write:

Ms Shafiks emergence is the latest fevered speculation on the identity of the appointment, coming days after another former deputy Harvard academic Paul Tucker was linked with the role.
If successful, Ms Shafik will have seen off eight other reported candidates in a contest with almost as many runners as a Conservative leadership contest

Their list is:
Dame Minouche Shafik, director, London School of Economics
Sir Paul Tucker, former Bank of England deputy Governor
Gerard Lyons, Boris Johnsons former economic adviser
Dame Helena Morrissey, City fund manager
Shriti Vadera, chairman, Santander UK
Ben Broadbent, deputy Governor, Bank of England
Ben Broadbent, deputy Governor, Bank of England
Andy Haldane, chief economist, Bank of England
Andrew Bailey, chief executive, Financial Conduct Authority
You can read more about all the candidates here:Whos still in the saddle for the Bank of England job as race enters final furlong?
11:05AM
Chemring shares rise after contract win
Markets cheer US jobs data as manufacturing slowdown continues

Chemring manufactures products for theaerospace, defence and security markets
Shares in small-cap defence manufacturer Chemring are up nearly 4pc today, after it announced a contract win. My colleague JasmineCameron-Chileshe reports:

Manufacturer Chemring has been awarded a new contract from the US Department of Defense, allowing it to predict that operating profit and earnings per share will be slightly ahead of expectations this year.
The news comes as a much needed boost for the company, which at the beginning of the year reported growing losses. In August last year, a fatal incident at the companys Salisbury plant killed one worker and critically injured another, forcing work at the site to stop. In January 2018, the company also revealed that it was being investigated for bribery and corruption.
Chemring employs around 2,500 people worldwide and specialises in the manufacture of high technology products to defence, security and aerospace markets. Full end of year results are expected to be announced on Dec 16.
10:48AM
General Motors strike expected to have hit US job growth
Markets cheer US jobs data as manufacturing slowdown continues

General Motors assembly workers and their supporters gather to picket outside the General Motors Bowling Green plant during the United Auto Workers (UAW) national strike

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Coming up later today, well get the latest figures on US jobs growth, with sharp slowdown expected in October because of the General Motors strike.
Analysts polled by Bloomberg expect 85,000 jobs to have been added over the month, compared to 136,000 in September.
The 40-day strike will have hit non-farm payroll (NFP) figures because striking workers do not receive paychecks, and are counter as unemployed for the sake of the survey.
Job growth has been slowing this year, with the trade war between the US and China weighing on business investment.
OANDAs Craig Erlam said:

The US NFP report caps off another chaotic week in the markets, one in which the Fed has cut interest rates again, the US and China have moved closer to a phase one agreement and the UK has, kind of, hopefully, maybe moved closer to leaving the EU while not actually leaving as planned.
The report is expected to be unusually weak but will be distorted by the General Motors Strike so we shouldn't read too much into it. Wed have to see a pretty appalling report to worry traders at this point, although it will be interesting to see just how quickly they start pricing in another Fed rate cut.
10:34AM
Former Sainsburys boss calls for business rates to be halved
Markets cheer US jobs data as manufacturing slowdown continues

Justin King is the former boss of Sainsburys

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My colleague Simon Foy reports:

The former boss of Sainsburys, Justin King, has called for business rates to be halved and VAT to be increased in order to help bricks and mortar retailers against online rivals.
Speaking to the BBCs Today programme, Mr King said it was unfair that high street retailers are forced to pay the charge when internet competitors are not. He proposed a 2pc increase in VAT to plug the shortfall.
The services that those business rates pay for are used by online retailers,said Mr King.
They drive on the roads that are maintained by them, the brown cardboard boxes they deliver are collected by dustmen or taken to tips paid for by those business rates, he added.
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10:11AM
FTSE pushes higher
The FTSE 100 has slightly extended itsgains, as part of widespread bounce-back on European stocks.
Markets cheer US jobs data as manufacturing slowdown continues

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The pound is holding small gains, but has fallen back to $1.295.
SpreadExs Connor Campbell said:

Sterling is in a pretty good place despite Goldman Sachs suggestion to ignore the currency completely over the new few months.
9:40AM
Manufacturing sector in twilight zone
Duncan Brooks, director of theChartered Institute of Procurement & Supply, said of the figures:

A minor uplift in overall purchasing activity did little to ease the agony for manufacturing companies in October as the sector remained submerged in contraction terrain and heading for recession. Business was still restrained by the Brexit leash, as firms were subjected to the struggle against client indecision and also the downpull of a slowing global economy.
This affected new order intakes which fell for a sixth sequential month as the second Brexit deadline loomed into view. Domestic clients packed up and went home without placing orders, leaving the sector to survive on a handful of stockpiling purchases from clients in the EU.
Naturally this had a heavy impact on job creation as manufacturing firms cut jobs for the seventh month in a row and at one of the fastest rates for a decade. Companies have lost faith in their ability to weather the ongoing storms, reining back spending where they can. As the manufacturing sector remains in the twilight zone, wondering whether to stock or de-stock, hire new staff, look for new business or batten the hatches once again, it looks like a scary end to the year.
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9:36AM
Best reading in six months at firms stockpilie, but slowdown continues
Researchers at IHS Markit said:

Ongoing uncertainties surrounding Brexit, the economic outlook and the political situation continued to weigh on the UK manufacturing sector during October. Output and new order inflows contracted, leading to further job losses. Firms also ramped up stock-building and purchasing activity in the lead-up to the (postponed) October Brexit departure date.

They note that the data was gathered for the October 11 to October 28 period, meaning it is all from before the Brexit extension was confirmed.
Brexit deal - for Business | Read more
Their analysis continues:

The downturn in manufacturing production continued, although the rate of contraction slowed. Firms reported that weaker inflows of new business, especially from the domestic market, had led to a further scaling back of output. This was partly offset by manufacturers who raised production to build-up stocks in advance of the October Brexit deadline.

New orders decreased, while factories continued to shed workers.
Rob Dobson, director at IHS Markit, said:

The manufacturing downturn continued at the start of the final quarter as uncertainties surrounding Brexit, the economic outlook and domestic politics all took their toll.
However, the underlying picture looks even darker than even these disappointing headline numbers suggest, as output and new orders fell despite short-term boosts from stock-building activity in advance of the October 31Brexit deadline, which included a rise in exports as clients in the EU sought to mitigate supply risk.
9:33AM
Break: UK manufacturing slows down in October, but beats expectations
Markets cheer US jobs data as manufacturing slowdown continues

Activity in Britains factories has been slowing

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Just in: Activity in the UKs factories continued to slow down in October, but was better than expected.
Purchasing managers index activity data for October gave a score of 49.6, where a reading above 50 indicates growth. Analysts had expected 48.2
From Markit: pic.twitter.com/kO4bJvH5sA Michael Brown (@MrMBrown) November 1, 2019
9:23AM
Questor: How wed invest through a Corbyn government
Markets cheer US jobs data as manufacturing slowdown continues

Jeremy Corbyn launched Labours campaign yesterday

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Does a possible Corbyn government represent an existential threat to Questors portfolio?
Thats the question the Telegraphs investment columnhas set out to answer today. Questor editor Richard Evans writes:

Well have to await the partys manifesto for details of its latest plans for these businesses but previous indications about its intentions can only mean pain for shareholders.
Read his full analysis here:Jeremy Corbyn could be at No 10 in six weeks time. This is Questors response
Get in touch | How to contact Questor
9:05AM
Shafik for Governor?
Markets cheer US jobs data as manufacturing slowdown continues

Minouche Shafik has previously been deputy governor of the Bank of England

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A new frontrunner in the heated field of possible replacements for Bank of England Governor Mark Carney?
The BBC reportsEgyptian-born Dame Minouche Shafik, director of the London School of Economics, is the Governments current favourite to take the hot seat at Threadneedle Street.
Contenders | Who will replace Mark Carney at the Bank of England?
Mr Carneys replacement is likely to be announced after the outcome of Decembers election, with the Canadian set to leave on January 31.
NEW: told that Minouche Shafik is THIS govt's preferred candidate for next Bank of England Governor. No announcement this side of election - cos it would be "politically messy" but if (a big if) this government secures majority - Egyptian born Minouche is current favourite. Simon Jack (@BBCSimonJack) October 31, 2019
Dame Shafik, a former deputy governor at the bank, oncesaid she would a wise owl if she were in charge of rate-setting (as opposed to a hawk or dove).
8:53AM
Evraz steel output falls
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