Last week several important economic updates influenced the Forex market. US preliminary GDP fell less than expected (0.6% actual vs. 0.7% forecast). Below you will find the key events to trade on during the week from August 29 to September 2.
5 important events this week will bring us!
- Retail sales and core retail sales (Wed, 15:30 MT (12:30 GMT)) – According to the forecasts, the headline indicator will increase by 0.3%. At the same time, its core level will advance by 0.2%. Higher-than-expected figures will bring positive momentum to the USD.
- Canadian CPI (Wed, 15:30 MT (12:30 GMT)) – Analysts anticipate the consumer index for Canada to slide by 0.3%. If the actual figures are indeed negative, the CAD will fall. Otherwise, the CAD may be supported.
- Australian employment change and unemployment rate (Thu, 3:30 MT (0:30 GMT)) – The indicator of employment change is expected to show an increase of 15.3 thousand jobs, while the unemployment rate is expected to remain steady at 5.3%. If the actual level of employment change is higher and the unemployment rate is lower than the forecasts, the AUD will move higher.
- European Brexit summit (Thu-Fri) – After the productive talks last week, where the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that the Brexit deal was achieved, the EU negotiators said that the talks were not enough. The EU wants more concrete decisions on Brexit ahead of the EU Summit this Thursday. If the progress is made, we will follow the updates from the summit to look for the further movements of the GBP. In case of positive news and reaching of the agreement, the GBP will rise.
- Chinese GDP (Fri, 5:00 MT (2:00 GMT)) – The Chinese yuan was supported last week after the progress in US-China trade negotiations made on Friday. Despite that, China required more talks before signing the “Phase One” trade deal, according to Monday’s news. It pulled the risk sentiment down. Besides the news on trade tensions, the risk sentiment may be affected by Chinese GDP growth on Friday. It will be interesting to look at the indicator amid the growing signs of the global slowdown. Higher-than-expected figures will push the risk sentiment up. Therefore, the risk-weighted currencies (AUD, NZD) will go up.
- This week is going to be busy with a lot of earnings reports. Later FBS analysts will present the analysis of the stocks you need to pay attention to this week.
- Turkish lira continues to weaken as the US and Europe threatened the country to impose sanctions over the actions in Syria.
- The new Trump’s tariffs on European imports are expected to be imposed on October 18. These goods will include German coffee, Scotch whiskey, British biscuits, Spanish olives, Italian cheeses, French wines and many more. It may affect the EUR.
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The Federal Reserve (Fed) will announce its Interest Rate Decision and make a statement about the future monetary policy on Wednesday, September 21, GMT+3. After the higher-than-expected inflation numbers published on September 13, there’s almost no doubt the Federal Reserve will come up with another 75-basis-point rate hike. However, surprised by the CPI numbers, several Fed members announced the possibility of a 100-basis-point rate hike on Wednesday.