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Will the US election, and what that means for covid-19 stimulus, be in the driving seat this week?

US: Is the US election becoming the market focus?

The US markets are entering a bit of a tricky period in the latter half of October – close to the election, but with enough else going on that it’s unclear how much attention is being paid to the actual outcome of the vote.

Last week was dominated early on by Trump’s covid-19 diagnosis, but less what it meant for the election, and more for its impact on a new stimulus package. His return to the White House appeared to remove an obstacle to a deal getting gone, only for Trump himself to emerge as a blockage, halting negotiations in their tracks.

After a major wobble investors were reassured by the President’s claims he would pass a package immediately if he won the election, while signalling a willingness to bail out US airlines, giving the go ahead for Nancy Pelosi and Steven Mnuchin to continue their talks.

Any further progress on a package, be it just for airlines or otherwise – and Pelosi has signalled an unwillingness to support an airlines-only deal without wider stimulus – will likely remain the focus for investors as the week goes on.

As for the economic calendar, after Columbus Day on Monday, there’s inflation on Tuesday, PPI on Wednesday, jobless claims and Philly Fed and Empire State manufacturing indices on Thursday, and retail sales, consumer sentiment and industrial production readings on Friday.

US: Stocks to Watch

The third quarter earnings season also gets underway, with JP Morgan, Citigroup, Johnson & Johnson and Procter & Gamble on Tuesday; Bank of America and Goldman Sachs on Wednesday; and PayPal and Morgan Stanley on Thursday.

UK: Brexit deal deadline

The big focus for the UK this week is the October 15th Brexit deal ‘deadline’ – the point at which Boris Johnson has said, if an agreement isn’t reached, both sides should ‘accept that and move on’. The pound and FTSE could feel a bit anxious ahead of that date, unless there are serious signs that either a deal is imminent, or that the ‘deadline’ will be extended.

Before that, there’s the jobs report on Tuesday, and the Bank of England credit conditions survey on Thursday.


Also keeping an eye on Brexit negotiations, the Eurozone sees German inflation and ZEW economic sentiment readings on Tuesday, industrial production on Wednesday, French inflation on Thursday and the region-wide inflation and trade balance numbers on Friday.

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Connor Campbell

Connor Campbell

Connor joined Spreadex in 2014 as part of a newly expanded financial analyst team after graduating from the University of Southampton with an MA in English. His focus is on providing Spreadex's customers with up-to-date and informative news, and is responsible for the market analysis found on the Spreadex website.

Connor produces three daily market updates, a daily stock earnings preview, a weekly financial market preview piece every Friday, a round-up of all the big financial stories making the weekend press every Monday morning and regular stock market features.

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