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Week commencing 14 January

Chris Beauchamp, market analyst

It is a busy week, as US earnings season kicks off with the usual round of updates from the big US banks. This comes in addition to the ongoing barrage of trading statements from UK firms regarding their Christmas trading.

Meanwhile, economic data sees important events like Chinese exports and UK consumer price index (CPI), but the key event will be the vote on the Withdrawal Agreement in parliament.

Economic reports

Week commencing 14 January

Monday

3am – China exports (December): forecast to rise 2.1% YoY. Markets to watch: China indices, CNH crosses

1.30pm – US trade balance (November): deficit to narrow to $54 billion. Market to watch: USD crosses

3pm – US new home sales (November): forecast to rise 2.9% MoM from an 8.9% fall a month earlier. Markets to watch: US indices, USD crosses

Tuesday

1.30pm – US NY Empire State mfg index (January): previous reading 10.9. Market to watch: USD crosses

Evening – UK Parliament to vote on Brexit deal: the House of Commons will vote on the PM’s Withdrawal Deal. It is still unclear whether it will pass, and the future is uncertain if it does fail. Market to watch: GBP crosses

Wednesday

7am – Germany inflation (December, final): forecast to rise 1.7% YoY from 2.3%. Market to watch: EUR crosses

9.30am – UK CPI (December): prices expected to rise 2.2% YoY, from 2.3%, and 0.3% MoM from 0.2%. Core CPI to rise 2.2% YoY from 1.8%. Market to watch: GBP crosses

1.30pm – US retail sales (December): sales to rise 0.5% MoM from 0.2%. Market to watch: US indices, USD crosses

3.30pm – US EIA crude inventories (w/e 11 January): stockpiles fell by 1.7 million barrels last week. Markets to watch: Brent, WTI

Thursday

10am – eurozone CPI (December): expected to rise 1.6% YoY and 0.4% MoM. Market to watch: EUR crosses

1.30pm – US housing starts & building permits (December):

11.30pm – Japan CPI (December): prices to rise 1.3% YoY from 0.8%. Market to watch: JPY crosses

Friday

9.30am – UK retail sales (December): forecast to rise 2.2% YoY from 3.6%. Market to watch: GBP crosses

1.30pm – Canada CPI (December): forecast to rise 2.3% YoY from 1.7%. Market to watch: CAD crosses

3pm – Michigan consumer confidence (December, preliminary): confidence to fall to 96.7 from 98.3. Market to watch: USD crosses

Weekly view

Monday

3am – China exports (December): forecast to rise 2.1% YoY. Markets to watch: China indices, CNH crosses

1.30pm – US trade balance (November): deficit to narrow to $54 billion. Market to watch: USD crosses

3pm – US new home sales (November): forecast to rise 2.9% MoM from an 8.9% fall a month earlier. Markets to watch: US indices, USD crosses

Tuesday

1.30pm – US NY Empire State mfg index (January): previous reading 10.9. Market to watch: USD crosses

Evening – UK Parliament to vote on Brexit deal: the House of Commons will vote on the PM’s Withdrawal Deal. It is still unclear whether it will pass, and the future is uncertain if it does fail. Market to watch: GBP crosses

Wednesday

7am – Germany inflation (December, final): forecast to rise 1.7% YoY from 2.3%. Market to watch: EUR crosses

9.30am – UK CPI (December): prices expected to rise 2.2% YoY, from 2.3%, and 0.3% MoM from 0.2%. Core CPI to rise 2.2% YoY from 1.8%. Market to watch: GBP crosses

1.30pm – US retail sales (December): sales to rise 0.5% MoM from 0.2%. Market to watch: US indices, USD crosses

3.30pm – US EIA crude inventories (w/e 11 January): stockpiles fell by 1.7 million barrels last week. Markets to watch: Brent, WTI

Thursday

10am – eurozone CPI (December): expected to rise 1.6% YoY and 0.4% MoM. Market to watch: EUR crosses

1.30pm – US housing starts & building permits (December):

11.30pm – Japan CPI (December): prices to rise 1.3% YoY from 0.8%. Market to watch: JPY crosses

Friday

9.30am – UK retail sales (December): forecast to rise 2.2% YoY from 3.6%. Market to watch: GBP crosses

1.30pm – Canada CPI (December): forecast to rise 2.3% YoY from 1.7%. Market to watch: CAD crosses

3pm – Michigan consumer confidence (December, preliminary): confidence to fall to 96.7 from 98.3. Market to watch: USD crosses

Company announcements

Upcoming dividends (17 January)

FTSE 100: Intercontinental Hotels (14 Jan), SSE, Compass, Ashtead

FTSE 250: CYBG, Shaftesbury

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 dividend adjustments

Monday 14 January Tuesday 15 January Wednesday 16 January Thursday 17 January Friday 18 January Monday 21 January
FTSE 100

2.91

Australia 200

Wall Street

4.9 5.8
US 500 0.06 0.07 0.26 0.07 0.10
Nasdaq
France 40 1.2
Netherlands 25
EU Stocks 50 0.7 1.5
China H-Shares
Singapore Blue Chip
Hong Kong HS50
South Africa 40
Italy 40 83.8
Japan 225

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