Great Britain will release retail sales for May on June 18, at 09:00 MT time. One cannot underestimate the importance of this indicator.
5 important events this week will bring us!
- A monetary policy statement by the Bank of Japan (Tue, Asian session) – The rate changes are not expected, but the BOJ governor may provide comments on the future changes to the current monetary policy. Comments on further easing will make the JPY weaker.
- Chinese manufacturing PMI (Wed, 4:00 MT (1:00 GMT) time) - According to the forecasts, the indicator will advance to 49.6. Higher figures will increase the risk-on sentiment in the market.
- FOMC statement (Wed, 21:00 MT (18:00 GMT) time) – The market anticipates the rate cut by 25 basis points from 2.5% to 2.25%. Besides, we need to pay attention to the tone of the Fed chair and the hints on the further steps by the regulator. If Federal Reserve cuts the interest rate, the USD will go down. On the other hand, if the rate changes are postponed, the USD will be supported.
- Monetary policy summary by the Bank of England (Thu, 14:00 MT (11:00 GMT)) – The bank won’t change the interest rate, but we will pay attention to the tone of the BOE amid the weak British pound, global easing of other central banks and uncertainties surrounding Brexit.
- US employment data (Fri, 15:30 MT (12:30 GMT) time) – As usual, the report will include the level of average hourly earnings, unemployment rate and, of course, non-farm employment change or non-farm payrolls. While average hourly earnings and unemployment rate are expected to remain stable, the level of NFP is forecast to advance by 160 thousand payrolls. Higher figures of NFP and average hourly earnings and lower figures of unemployment rate will push the USD higher.
- The British pound fell to the lowest levels since 2017 after the British policymakers, such as Dominic Raab and Michael Dove commented about the preparations to the no-deal Brexit. On Monday, British PM Boris Johnson met with the First Minister of Scotland and Scottish Conservatives leader and they did not support the idea to leave the EU without a deal.
- The trade talks between the US and China will resume on July 30-31. The key demands of China are the removal of the existing tariffs, a balanced agreement, realistic targets for further trade agreements. At the same time, the US ask for structural reforms to China's economy and the protection of intellectual property rights. As the trade negotiations have stuck after the meeting between Chinese and US presidents in Osaka during G20, we may only wonder whether the upcoming round of negotiations will succeed.
The Fed made a hawkish surprise! The bank would start a discussion about scaling back bond purchases. Besides, it is likely to make two interest-rate increases by the end of 2023 (sooner than expected)!
The Federal Reserve will release its statement and announce its interest rate decision at 21:00 MT time. Then, at 21:30 MT time, the central bank will hold a press conference.
The Bank of England will release its statement and announce its monetary policy decision at 14:00 MT.
Last week the USD soared versus other major currencies, while gold headed for the biggest weekly loss in 15 months. Let’s see what new moves await us this week!
The US dollar has surged to levels unseen since April after the Fed's decision back on Wednesday. Gold has reversed up from the local dips. Still, this week was the worst for gold in more than a year.