The USA will publish unemployment claims on October 22 at 15:30 MT time. How to trade after the release?
American consumer confidence and housing data indicate decelerating economy
In February, American homebuilding went down more than anticipated due to the fact that construction of single-family houses went down to an almost two-year minimum, providing more evidence of a steep deceleration in economic activity early in 2019.
Fears over the US economy were also underscored by other Tuesday’s report that revealed that consumer confidence ebbed in March, with US households a bit gloomy about the American labor market. Well, the American economy is experiencing soaring headwinds, such as decelerating global surge, decreasing fiscal stimulus, trade tensions as well as uncertainty over the UK’s departure from the EU.
Those fears made a contribution to the key US bank’s decision the previous week to bring its three-year stance to tighten its monetary policy to a steep end because it gave up projections for any interest rate lifts in 2019.
As a matter of fact, home starts went down by 8.7% to a seasonally updated annual rate of about 1.162 million units in February, as the Commerce Department informed. The percent tumble turned out to be the most impressive for eight months, and bad weather could have contributed to the steep decrease in homebuilding in February.
In February, homebuilding declined for three of the four regions. As for housing starts data for December and January, they were updated upwards. Besides this, building permits went down by 1.6% to 1.296 million units last month. While for permits, it happened to be the second monthly dive in a row, they’re currently outperforming starts that drops a hint at a pickup in homebuilding in the months ahead.
Financial analysts had hoped housing starts would slip to a tempo of 1.213 million units last month.
Riskier assets and gold ended last week with huge gains due to the weak US dollar’s performance. Let’s discuss what will drive the markets today.
The Federal Open Market Committee (the department of the Federal Reserve) will publish the meeting minutes on October 7 at 21:00 MT time.
The focus of traders’ attention shifted from Brexit and the US stimulus to the coronavirus . The WHO claimed that Europe become the new Covid-19 epicenter.
Canada will publish the monthly GDP growth on October 30 at 14:30 MT time.
The European Central Bank publishes the monetary policy statement alongside with an update on the interest rate on October 29, at 14:45 MT time.