Last week was very interesting for the markets, as we saw the releases of the US Inflation and Disney’s earnings report. So let's see what we should await this week!
ECB report is in focus
The European Central Bank will publish the monetary policy statement with the interest rate decision on January 21, at 14:45 MT time.
Instruments to trade: EUR/USD, EUR/JPY, EUR/GBP
The European Central Bank expanded its Pandemic Emergency Purchase Programme (PEPP) by an additional €500 billion and extended it to 2022 during its meeting in December and left the rate at a record low of 0.0%. The purpose of those actions was to support the EU's struggling economy amid the Covid-19 crisis. Indeed, the resurgence of new cases in Europe has pressed the Eurozone into a double-dip recession. Economic indicators showed that the EU economic activity slightly improved at the start of 2021, but these levels are well below pre-pandemic ones. Besides, Brexit is having an impact too. Since the ECB extended its bond-buying program until 2022, we shouldn’t expect any major changes this year, but who knows!
- If the ECB confirms more easing needed, the EUR will fall.
- If the ECB doesn’t change its attitude, the EUR will rise.
The volatility that the markets experienced last week promises the second tidal wave! What should your favorite assets anticipate during the first week of February?
The Eurozone will publish the Indicator of GfK Consumer Confidence on November 25, at 09:00 GMT+2.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics will announce the updated Unemployment Rate and Employment Change data on Thursday, May 19, at 04:30 MT.
The UK Office for National Statistics will publish Consumer Price Index (CPI) data on Wednesday, May 18, at 09:00 MT.
The US Census Bureau will announce Core Retail Sales and Retail Sales on Tuesday, May 17 at 15:30 MT.