PMI reports from the EU, the UK, and the USA will be released during the day!
Retail data for the US: down again?
The US will publish headline and core retail sales at 15:30 MT time on May 15.
Instruments to trade: EUR/USD, USD/JPY, USD/CHF
While the headline retail sales show the total value, the core indicator excludes sales of automobiles due to their volatility. Based on their data, we may judge the economic activity of a country and the level of consumer spending. During the previous release, both indicators fell significantly. The headline one declined by -8.7% (vs. -8% expected). The core indicator surprised traders positively, though, if we may call it "positive". The indicator fell by "just" -4.5% (vs. the forecast of -4.9%). The pandemic hit US retailers hard as well as the US dollar. The greenback fell to the red zone on the release.Will we see a different outcome this time? There is a little chance that we do, but if that happens the US dollar will be a winner. Remember the simple rules:
• if the actual levels of indicators are higher than the forecasts, the USD will rise;
• if the actual levels of indicators are worse than the forecasts, the USD will fall.
Today traders await the European Central Bank to make a policy statement at 14:45 MT (GMT+3).
Oil dropped to the lows unseen since late May. Bitcoin has dropped below $30,000, while gold has reversed up from a dip under $1,800.
This week Apple, Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Pfizer, and other large US companies will deliver earnings reports…
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What will happen? The FOMC statement will be published at 21:00 MT (GMT+3) on Wednesday, July 28…