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Economic news: Potential market movers for the week ahead

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  • US stocks closed on Monday
  • Q4 earnings season gets going
  • More inflation updates

Monday 16 January

US stock exchanges are closed for Martin Luther King Day, and other markets may be affected. Overnight we have Australia’s MI Inflation Gauge, Preliminary Machine Tool Orders from Japan, and the French Budget Balance. Then there’s Canadian Manufacturing Sales and the Bank of Canada’s Business Outlook Survey. Meetings for the World Economic Forum begin in Davos, and this intolerable parp of self-righteous hot air continues throughout the week. There are also Eurogroup meetings.


Tuesday 17 January

Overnight we have a bunch of data releases from China including GDP, Fixed Asset Investment, Industrial Production, Retail Sales and the Unemployment Rate. There’s also Tertiary Industry activity from Japan. We then have the German CPI, and German and Eurozone ZEW Economic Sentiment surveys. From the UK we have the latest Claimant Count Change, Unemployment Rate and Average Earnings Index. Later, we have Canada’s Consumer Price Index (CPI) and Foreign Securities Purchases. We round things off with the US Empire State Manufacturing Index. Today’s earnings include United Airlines [NASDAQ:UAL] and Interactive Brokers [NASDAQ:IBKR].

Wednesday 18 January

The day begins with an update on Japanese Industrial Production. Then we have inflation data from the UK in the form of CPI, the Producer Prices index (PPI) and Retail Sales Index (RPI). There’s also Italy’s Trade Balance and the Eurozone’s CPI. From the US we have the PPI, Retail Sales, Capacity Utilisation, Industrial Production, Business Inventories, the NAHB Housing Market Index, the Fed’s Beige Book and TIC Long-Term Purchases. There are also speeches from Fed members Patrick Harper and Lorie Logan. Key earnings reports come from American Airlines [NASDAQ:AAL] and Bank First Corporation.

Thursday 19 January

Overnight we have the UK’s RICS House Price Balance and the Australian MI Inflation Expectations report and Unemployment Rate. Then there’s Swiss PPI and the UK’s Bank of England Credit Conditions survey. From the Eurozone there’s the Current Account and Monetary Policy Meeting Accounts from the European Central Bank (ECB). ECB President Christine Lagarde speaks at the WEF. From the US we have the Philly Fed Manufacturing Index, weekly Unemployment Claims, Building Permits, Housing Starts and weekly Crude Oil Inventories. Today’s top corporate earnings come from Netflix [NASDAQ:NFLX], Kinder Morgan [NYSE:KMI] and Procter & Gamble [NYSE:PG].

Friday 20 January

Overnight there’s the UK’s GfK Consumer Confidence survey. Then there’s German PPI, UK Retail Sales, Canadian Retail Sales and US Existing Home Sales. There are speeches from Swiss National Bank Chairman Thomas Jordan, ECB President Christine Lagarde and Federal Reserve FOMC members Patrick Harker and Christopher Waller. Today’s top earnings come from Schlumberger [NYSE:SLB], Ally Financial [NYSE:ALLY] and State Street [NYSE:STT].

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