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.
Euro zone factories struggle to meet surging demand in March
In the euro zone factories struggled to keep up with demand in March notwithstanding soaring activity at the fastest rate in almost six years, as a poll revealed. It also disclosed raising prices.
IHS Markit's fresh manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index for the euro zone added to 56.2 in March, which is the highest value since April 2011, compared to February's 55.4. Obviously, it was in line with a flash estimate as well as far above the 50 mark, separating surge from contraction.
An index, estimating output and feeding into a composite PMI due on Wednesday, grew to a near six-year peak of 57.5 from 57.3. By the way, 57.2 was the flash estimate.
Financial analysts tell that euro zone manufacturing is definitely enjoying a sweet spell, though it’s also facing surging pains in the form of supply delays as well as ascending costs.
Additionally, the poll is also pointing out to the highest incidence of supplier delivery delays for almost six years, thus underscoring how suppliers are struggling just to meet ascending demand.
Non-farm payrolls, the most awaited economic report, will be out on March 5 at 15:30 MT time.
Australian GDP rose by 3.1%, exceeding analysts’ forecasts of 2.5%. The Australian dollar climbed after the release, but then joined its peers in falling against the USD.
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.