The British monthly GDP is announced on Friday at 09:00 MT time.
Another challenge for the EUR
The Business Climate Indicator will be announced at 12:00 MT on January 8.
The Business Climate Indicator is based on five parameters of business activity and accounting, reported by thousands of companies across the Eurozone. Hence, it gives a comprehensive view of the European manufacturing sector. This year, the BCI has been consistently decreasing month after month with a few exceptions to the overall declining trend. The releases of the last three months were negative, indicating very moderate expectations of the business sector. The November figure of -0.23 fell below the expected -0.14, putting the euro under additional pressure. If the same happens on January 8, EUR will likely drop.
- If the BCI falls below the forecasts, EUR will fall.
- If the BCI outperforms the forecasts, EUR will be supported.
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.