Fed Chair Jerome Powell will testify today at 19:05 MT time. This event is crucial for traders as the tone of the speech may set the risk tone for the markets for the next two weeks.
American retail sales speed down
In August, American retail sales demonstrated their smallest revenue for six months due to the fact that customers cut back on buying cars and clothing, although upward revisions to July data kept intact hopes for firm economic surge in the third quarter.
On Friday, other data disclosed the biggest sink in import prices for more than 1-1/2 years in August against the backdrop of a slump in the cost of fuels as well as a range of other products. Additionally, the dismal import price data showed up on the heels of soft inflation outcomes in August.
Apparently, signs of decelerating consumer spending as well as inflation didn’t change views that the key US bank is going to have interest rates raised later in September. The Federal Reserve has ramped up borrowing costs twice in 2018.
As the Commerce Department informed, retail sales rallied by 0.1% in August, which is the smallest leap since February. July’s data for July was updated upwards to show sales adding 0.7% instead of the previously posted 0.5% profit.
Market experts had foreseen retail sales rallying by 0.4% in August. Last month retail sales managed to leap by 6.6% from 2017.
Excluding gasoline, cars, food services, and building materials retail sales tacked on by 0.1% in August after an upwardly updated 0.8% rally in July.
Previously, core retail sales rallied by 0.5% in July. Notwithstanding the deceleration in core retail sales in August, consumer spending is still backed by a tightening labor market, steadily driving salaries.
In August, annual wage surge tacked on at its fastest tempo for more than nine years, Spending had been also backed by tax cuts as well as higher savings, not to mention high consumer sentiment.
The evergreen buck jumped versus a group of key rivals on the data.
Great news for oil bulls! OPEC and its allied producers agreed to expand output cuts for the next month.
The USD skyrocketed after Fed Powell’s speech. OPEC and allied producers agreed to extend production cuts for another month. Oil surged.
The European Central Bank publishes its monetary policy statement that includes an announcement of the interest rate on March 11, at 14:45 MT time.