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Week commencing 18 September

Chris Beauchamp, market analyst

The week kicks off with a speech from Mark Carney, who shocked markets last week with a move into hawkish territory from the Bank of England. This week sees the really big event, with the Fed’s latest meeting, and while no change in policy is expected, the statement and press conference will be key.

The week rounds off with eurozone and US flash PMI numbers. Half year numbers from Kingfisher and Diageo, plus trading statements from Ocado and Babcock, will be of interest on the earnings front. 

Economic reports

Week commencing 18 September

Monday

8am – speech from BoE governor Mark Carney: watch for any further comments on the outlook for monetary policy following on from the BoE meeting, at which policymakers expressed a view that rates should begin to rise in ‘coming months’. Market to watch: GBP crosses

10am – eurozone inflation (August, final): expected to rise to 1.5% YoY from 1.3%, while core CPI holds at 1.2%. Market to watch: EUR crosses

Tuesday

2.30am – RBA meeting minutes: these should help provide some more colour on future policy direction. Market to watch: AUD crosses

10am – German ZEW index (September): economic sentiment index expected to fall to 9.1 from 10. Markets to watch: eurozone indices, EUR crosses

Wednesday

12.50am – Japan trade balance (August): previous figure was a surplus of Y419 billion. Market to watch: JPY crosses

9.30am – UK retail sales (August): sales expected to grow 1.1% YoY from 1.3%, while the MoM figure falls to 0.2% from 0.3%. Market to watch: GBP crosses

3pm – US existing home sales (August): expected to rise to an annual rate of 5.5 million from 5.4 million. Market to watch: USD crosses

3.30pm – US EIA crude inventories (w/e 15 Sept): previous week’s figure was a rise of 5.9 million barrels. Markets to watch:  Brent, WTI

7pm – FOMC decision (press conference 7.30pm): no change in policy is expected, but watch for any indications that the outlook for rates is shifting, or whether the committee is still looking to raise rates once more this year. Markets to watch: US indices, USD crosses

Thursday

4am – BoJ rate decision: no change in policy expected, watch for any commentary regarding further easing. Markets to watch: Nikkei, JPY crosses

1.30pm – US initial jobless claims (w/e 16 Sept): expected to fall to 236K from 284K as the impact of hurricane-related disruption recedes. Markets to watch: US indices, USD crosses

3pm – eurozone consumer confidence (September, flash): expected to fall to -1.7 from -1.5. Markets to watch: eurozone indices, EUR crosses

Friday

8am – 9am – French, German, eurozone PMIs (September, flash): watch for further signs of improvement in the services and manufacturing sectors, which could be positive for the euro. Markets to watch: eurozone indices, EUR crosses

1.30pm – Canada CPI (August): expected to rise to 1.5% YoY from 1.2%. Market to watch: CAD crosses

2.45pm – US services & mfg PMI (September, flash): mfg expected to rise to 53.8 from 52.8, while services to fall to 52.4 from 56. Markets to watch: US indices, USD crosses

Weekly view

Monday

8am – speech from BoE governor Mark Carney: watch for any further comments on the outlook for monetary policy following on from the BoE meeting, at which policymakers expressed a view that rates should begin to rise in ‘coming months’. Market to watch: GBP crosses

10am – eurozone inflation (August, final): expected to rise to 1.5% YoY from 1.3%, while core CPI holds at 1.2%. Market to watch: EUR crosses

Tuesday

2.30am – RBA meeting minutes: these should help provide some more colour on future policy direction. Market to watch: AUD crosses

10am – German ZEW index (September): economic sentiment index expected to fall to 9.1 from 10. Markets to watch: eurozone indices, EUR crosses

Wednesday

12.50am – Japan trade balance (August): previous figure was a surplus of ¥419 billion. Market to watch: JPY crosses

9.30am – UK retail sales (August): sales expected to grow 1.1% YoY from 1.3%, while the MoM figure falls to 0.2% from 0.3%. Market to watch: GBP crosses

3pm – US existing home sales (August): expected to rise to an annual rate of 5.5 million from 5.4 million. Market to watch: USD crosses

3.30pm – US EIA crude inventories (w/e 15 Sept): previous week’s figure was a rise of 5.9 million barrels. Markets to watch:  Brent, WTI

7pm – FOMC decision (press conference 7.30pm): no change in policy is expected, but watch for any indications that the outlook for rates is shifting, or whether the committee is still looking to raise rates once more this year. Markets to watch: US indices, USD crosses

Thursday

4am – BoJ rate decision: no change in policy expected, watch for any commentary regarding further easing. Markets to watch: Nikkei, JPY crosses

1.30pm – US initial jobless claims (w/e 16 Sept): expected to fall to 236K from 284K as the impact of hurricane-related disruption recedes. Markets to watch: US indices, USD crosses

3pm – eurozone consumer confidence (September, flash): expected to fall to -1.7 from -1.5. Markets to watch: eurozone indices, EUR crosses

Friday

8am – 9am – French, German, eurozone PMIs (September, flash): watch for further signs of improvement in the services and manufacturing sectors, which could be positive for the euro. Markets to watch: eurozone indices, EUR crosses

1.30pm – Canada CPI (August): expected to rise to 1.5% YoY from 1.2%. Market to watch: CAD crosses

2.45pm – US services & mfg PMI (September, flash): mfg expected to rise to 53.8 from 52.8, while services to fall to 52.4 from 56. Markets to watch: US indices, USD crosses

Company announcements

 

 

Monday 18 Tuesday 19 Wednesday 20 Thursday 21 Friday 22
Full-year earnings

 

 

 

Kier

Smiths Group

Half/Quarterly earnings

 

French Connection,

Faroe Petroleum,

FedEx

Kingfisher

Capita

Lamprell,

Saga

Trading update

Dairy Crest

Mitie

Northgate

Ocado

Diageo

Babcock

Majestic Wine

Electrocomponents

Mitchells & Butlers

Firstgroup

 

Upcoming dividens

FTSE ex-dividend dates (24 September)

FTSE 100: Taylor Wimpey, Old Mutual

FTSE 250: Crest Nicholson, Drax, Weir, Renishaw, Dignity, Rank Group, Playtech, Petrofac, Ladbrokes, Coral, Redrow, Bovis, John Laing

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CFDs are a leveraged product and can result in losses that exceed deposits. Trading CFDs may not be suitable for everyone, so please ensure you fully understand the risks and take care to manage your exposure.
CFDs are a leveraged product and can result in losses that exceed deposits. Trading CFDs may not be suitable for everyone, so please ensure you fully understand the risks and take care to manage your exposure.