The British monthly GDP is announced on Friday at 09:00 MT time.
5 important things this week will bring us!
- Great Britain’s average earnings index 3m/y – (Tue, 11:30 MT (9:30 GMT) time) – Despite the Brexit headlines, economic data for Great Britain may also affect the GBP. We anticipate the level to increase by 3.3% in November. If the indicator outperforms the expectations, the GBP will rise.
- BOJ monetary policy statement and monetary policy statement – (Wed, tentative) – the Japanese central bank will keep its interest rate unchanged, but the Japanese governor Haruhiko Kuroda could announce lower forecasts for inflation due to the economic slowdown.
- Canada’s retail sales and core retail sales – (Wed, 15:30 MT (13:30 GMT) time) – The level of headline retail sales declined by 0.3%, while the level of core retail sales remained at the same level. The expected figures are going to be announced prior to the date. If the actual data is higher than them, the CAD will get positive momentum.
- Australia’s employment change and unemployment rate (Thu, 02:30 MT (0:30 GMT) time) – Australia’s jobs level is forecast to increase by 18.1 thousand people. Higher levels will
- ECB press conference – (Thu, 15:30 MT (13:30 GMT) time) – According to analysts, the first rate hike will be no earlier than in September and might be pushed back due to the signs of economic slowdown. However, the comments by the European central bank president Mario Draghi may shake the euro. His hawkish tone will push the currency up. On the other hand, if he is cautious, the euro will go down.
- The trade negotiations between the US and China have stuck for now, as the sides made little progress on the intellectual property rights issue. The further talks are scheduled to continue at the end of January in the US.
- Donald Trump and senior Democrats took their first steps toward a compromise deal on immigration and border security. However, it is still unclear if the sides come to an agreement, as Democrats want the government to open first. It’s worth to mention that Trump offered 3 years of deportation relief for some immigrants in return for $5.7 billion for border walls on Saturday. Democrats rejected this offer before the speech by the US president. We will keep you the further progress of the deal.
- More on Brexit: Theresa May returns to Parliament to explain her next steps. Earlier, she told the Cabinet she’ll try to get her deal through Parliament with votes of Conservatives and her Northern Ireland allies. In addition, the German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she would support the British prime minister.
The main market tendency today is that the US dollar is rising against its major peers and riskier assets such as stocks and oil are plummeting.
The US unemployment claims are out on Thursday at 15:30 MT time.
The European Central Bank will publish the monetary policy statement with the interest rate decision on January 21, at 14:45 MT time.
Joe Biden is going to unveil a Covid-19 relief package of about $2 trillion. After this announcement, the 10-year Treasury yield rose, adding support for the USD.
The US dollar’s weakness offered a boost to emerging-market currencies and oil.