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What will win out the week: covid-19 concerns, election forecasts or stimulus chatter?

US: Will polls be top of the pecking order in US?

The closer the election draws near – and we are now just over 2 weeks away from the vote – the less likely it is that a deal is going to be reached between House leader Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

The pair are still in negotiations, but one would assume that the appetite for co-operation may be lower on the side of the Democrats than the Republicans given the current polling.

According to some surveys, Joe Biden has accrued a 17 point leader over the incumbent Donald Trump. The thinking is the stronger a Biden victory – especially if Democrats take the Senate, which is a tough proposition; polls have them as minor favourites, with a slim majority – the more robust the eventual stimulus package will be.

Yet the markets haven’t quite taken to all this just yet, distracted by the murky stimulus situation at present, and another wave of worry over covid-19 restrictions around the world, but most notably in Europe.

That’s likely to be an ever-present concern this week, and will be battling for investors’ attentions with the election, which sooner rather than latter will start to have a more pronounced impact on trading.


As for the economic calendar, it’s a quiet one – well, in the US at least, with building permits and housing starts on Tuesday, existing home sales and jobless claims on Thursday, and the flash manufacturing and services PMIs for October on Friday.

The real hot data comes out of China on Monday, when the fixed asset investment, industrial production, unemployment rate and retail sales figures are joined by the third quarter GDP reading.

The country swung from a 6.8% contraction in Q1 to a 3.2% increase in Q2 – and another improvement is expected this time out, with forecasts of around +5.2%. Meeting that target is crucial if the markets want a positive start to the week.

US: Stocks to watch

The Q3 earnings seasons is now also in full swing, with some big boys coming out to play. IBM updates on Monday, followed by Netflix, Procter & Gamble, Philip Morris and Lockheed Martin on Tuesday; Tesla and Verizon on Wednesday; and Intel, AT&T, Coca-Cola and, potentially, Amazon, on Thursday.

UK: Tighter restrictions

With Boris Johnson’s Brexit deadline shifted, the UK can get back to worrying about covid-19, especially after the announcement of the new tiered system led to tighter restrictions in various areas of the country, including London.

Beyond the pandemic, and the macro-matters dictated by the US, the FTSE and pound are facing inflation data on Wednesday, CBI industrial order expectations on Thursday, and flash PMIs and retail sales readings on Friday.

UK: Stocks to watch

In terms of the corporate calendar, Bellway reports on Tuesday, with Antofagasta and Segro on Wednesday, and Unilever, Anglo American and Rentokil Initial on Thursday.

Eurozone

Like the UK, the Eurozone is in the grip of a fresh round of covid-19-related restrictions, including curfews in Paris and the shuttering of non-essential retailers etc in Ireland, and is an issue that will remain near the top of investors’ minds.

As for data, there’s German PPI on Tuesday, consumer confidence on Thursday, and the latest flash manufacturing and services PMIs on Friday.

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Please note this article does not constitute investment advice. Investors are encouraged to do their own research beforehand or consult a professional advisor.

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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