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Week commencing 16 May

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Chris Beauchamp’s insight

UK data dominates the week, including employment and inflation figures, along with Australian employment and Japanese GDP numbers. It is a quieter week overall, although full-year earnings from Vodafone and Royal Mail will be worth watching.

Economic reports

  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Weekly view

1.30pm – US Empire state mfg index (May): index to fall to 15.5. Markets to watch: USD crosses

7am – UK employment data (March): unemployment rate to hold at 3.8%, and average earnings to rise 5.7%. Markets to watch: GBP crosses

10am – eurozone employment, GDP (Q1): employment to rise 2.6% YoY and GDP to grow 5% YoY. Markets to watch: EUR crosses

1.30pm – US retail sales (April): sales to rise 0.7% MoM. Markets to watch: USD crosses

12.50am – Japan GDP (Q1, preliminary): economy to contract 0.4% QoQ and 1.8% YoY. Markets to watch: JPY crosses

7am – UK CPI (April): prices to rise 8.9% YoY and 2.5% MoM. Core CPI to rise 6.5% YoY. Markets to watch: GBP crosses

1.30pm – Canada CPI (April): prices to rise 6.8% YoY. Markets to watch: CAD crosses

3.30pm – US EIA crude oil inventories (w/e 13 May): stockpiles rose by 8.4 million barrels in the preceding week. Markets to watch: Brent, WTI

2.30am – Australia employment data (April): rate to hold at 4%. Markets to watch: AUD crosses

1.30pm – US initial jobless claims (w/e 14 May), Philadelphia Fed index (May): claims to fall to 203K Philly Fed index to fall to 17.2. Markets to watch: USD crosses

3pm – US existing home sales (April): sales to rise 2% MoM. Markets to watch: USD crosses

12.30am – Japan CPI (April): prices to rise 1.3% YoY. Markets to watch: JPY crosses

7am – UK retail sales (April): sales to rise 0.2% MoM but fall 1.4% YoY. Markets to watch: GBP crosses

Monday

1.30pm – US Empire state mfg index (May): index to fall to 15.5. Markets to watch: USD crosses

Tuesday

7am – UK employment data (March): unemployment rate to hold at 3.8%, and average earnings to rise 5.7%. Markets to watch: GBP crosses

10am – eurozone employment, GDP (Q1): employment to rise 2.6% YoY and GDP to grow 5% YoY. Markets to watch: EUR crosses

1.30pm – US retail sales (April): sales to rise 0.7% MoM. Markets to watch: USD crosses

Wednesday

12.50am – Japan GDP (Q1, preliminary): economy to contract 0.4% QoQ and 1.8% YoY. Markets to watch: JPY crosses

7am – UK CPI (April): prices to rise 8.9% YoY and 2.5% MoM. Core CPI to rise 6.5% YoY. Markets to watch: GBP crosses

1.30pm – Canada CPI (April): prices to rise 6.8% YoY. Markets to watch: CAD crosses

3.30pm – US EIA crude oil inventories (w/e 13 May): stockpiles rose by 8.4 million barrels in the preceding week. Markets to watch: Brent, WTI

Thursday

2.30am – Australia employment data (April): rate to hold at 4%. Markets to watch: AUD crosses

1.30pm – US initial jobless claims (w/e 14 May), Philadelphia Fed index (May): claims to fall to 203K Philly Fed index to fall to 17.2. Markets to watch: USD crosses

3pm – US existing home sales (April): sales to rise 2% MoM. Markets to watch: USD crosses

Friday

12.30am – Japan CPI (April): prices to rise 1.3% YoY. Markets to watch: JPY crosses

7am – UK retail sales (April): sales to rise 0.2% MoM but fall 1.4% YoY. Markets to watch: GBP crosses

Company announcements

Monday
16 May

Tuesday
17 May

Wednesday
18 May

Thursday
19 May

Friday
20 May

Full-year earnings

Ryanair

Land Securities,
Vodafone,
JD Sports

British Land,
Premier Foods,
Burberry ,
N Brown

Investec,
Royal Mail,
National Grid

Half/ Quarterly earnings

Imperial Brands,
Britvic,
Walmart

Target,
Cisco

easyJet

Trading update

Greggs

Close Brothers

Dividends

Upcoming

FTSE 100: Bunzl, Kingfisher, Pershing Square, Tesco, GlaxoSmithKline, Unilever, Shell

FTSE 250: Murray Income Trust, Spectris, PageGroup, Centamin, FDM Group, Bellway, Virgin Money, Witan Investment Trust, Hipgnosis Songs Fund

Dividends are applied after the close of the previous day’s session for each market. So, for example, the FTSE 100 goes ex-dividend on a Thursday, but the adjustment is applied at the close of the previous day, e.g. Wednesday. The table below shows the days in which the adjustment is applied, not the ex-dividend days.

Index adjustments

Monday
16 May
Tuesday
17 May
Wednesday
18 May
Thursday
19 May
Friday
20 May
Monday
23 May
FTSE 100 15.59
Australia 200 7.7 0.1 0.5
Wall Street 13.4 13.0 7.4
US 500 0.22 0.94 0.42 0.07 0.47 0.08
Nasdaq 3.03 1.58 0.10
Netherlands 25 0.10 2.28 0.4
EU Stocks 50 2.2 4.4 8.9
China H-Shares 4.4 2.4 1.7
Singapore Blue Chip 0.07
Hong Kong HS50 2.7 9.2 8.8 8.1 40.1
South Africa 40
Japan 225

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