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Week commencing 21 May

Chris Beauchamp, market analyst

Purchasing managers index (PMIs) from around the globe, but especially from the eurozone and the US, dominate the week, while UK watchers get consumer price index (CPI) and retail sales data.

It is a mixed week for earnings, but big UK numbers include Marks & Spencer full-year earnings, and updates from DIY firm Kingfisher and homebuilder Bovis Homes

Economic reports

Week commencing 21 May

Monday

12.50am – Japan trade balance (April): surplus expected to narrow to Y498 billion. Market to watch: JPY crosses

1.30pm – US Chicago Fed index (April): forecast to rise to 0.256 from 0.1. Markets to watch: US indices, USD crosses

Tuesday

None

Wednesday

8am – 9am – French, German, eurozone PMIs (May, flash): these flash PMIs for the services and manufacturing sectors will be crucial for the euro and eurozone indices. Markets to watch: eurozone indices, EUR crosses

9.30am – UK CPI (April): CPI to rise 2.6% YoY from 2.5% and 0.2% MoM from 0.1%. Core CPI to rise 2.4% YoY from 2.3%. Market to watch: GBP crosses

2.45pm – US mfg & services PMI (May, flash): services expected to be 54.3 from 56.5, and mfg 54.8 from 54.9. Markets to watch: US indices, USD crosses

3pm – eurozone consumer confidence (May, flash): expected to fall to -1.4 from 0.4. Markets to watch: eurozone indices, EUR crosses

3pm – US new home sales (April): previous month saw a rise of 4%. Market to watch: USD crosses

3.30pm – US EIA crude inventories (w/e 18 May): stockpiles forecast to rise by 110,000 barrels, from a 1.4 million barrel drop a week earlier. Markets to watch: Brent, WTI

7pm – Fed minutes: these will provide insight into the FOMC’s latest thinking. Markets to watch: US indices, USD crosses

Thursday

7am – German GfK consumer confidence (June): expected to fall to 10.7 from 10.8. Market to watch: EUR crosses

9.30am – UK retail sales (April): forecast to rise 1% MoM from a -1.2% drop, and 1.7% YoY from a 1.17% rise. Market to watch: GBP crosses

3pm – US existing home sales (April): expected to fall 1% YoY. Market to watch: USD crosses

Friday

9am – German Ifo index (May): business climate index to fall to 101.9 from 102.1. Market to watch: EUR crosses

9.30am – UK GDP (Q1, 2nd estimate): expected to be 0.1% from 0.4% QoQ, and 1.2% from 1.4% YoY. Market to watch: GBP crosses

1.30pm – US durable goods orders (April): expected to rise 1.6% MoM from 2.6%, and 0.5% MoM from 0% excluding transportation orders. Markets to watch: US indices, USD crosses

3pm – US Michigan consumer confidence (May, final): expected to hold at 98.8. Market to watch: USD crosses

Weekly view

Monday

12.50am – Japan trade balance (April): surplus expected to narrow to Y498 billion. Market to watch: JPY crosses

1.30pm – US Chicago Fed index (April): forecast to rise to 0.256 from 0.1. Markets to watch: US indices, USD crosses

Tuesday

None

Wednesday

8am – 9am – French, German, eurozone PMIs (May, flash): these flash PMIs for the services and manufacturing sectors will be crucial for the euro and eurozone indices. Markets to watch: eurozone indices, EUR crosses

9.30am – UK CPI (April): CPI to rise 2.6% YoY from 2.5% and 0.2% MoM from 0.1%. Core CPI to rise 2.4% YoY from 2.3%. Market to watch: GBP crosses

2.45pm – US mfg & services PMI (May, flash): services expected to be 54.3 from 56.5, and mfg 54.8 from 54.9. Markets to watch: US indices, USD crosses

3pm – eurozone consumer confidence (May, flash): expected to fall to -1.4 from 0.4. Markets to watch: eurozone indices, EUR crosses

3pm – US new home sales (April): previous month saw a rise of 4%. Market to watch: USD crosses

3.30pm – US EIA crude inventories (w/e 18 May): stockpiles forecast to rise by 110,000 barrels, from a 1.4 million barrel drop a week earlier. Markets to watch: Brent, WTI

7pm – Fed minutes: these will provide insight into the FOMC’s latest thinking. Markets to watch: US indices, USD crosses

Thursday

7am – German GfK consumer confidence (June): expected to fall to 10.7 from 10.8. Market to watch: EUR crosses

9.30am – UK retail sales (April): forecast to rise 1% MoM from a -1.2% drop, and 1.7% YoY from a 1.17% rise. Market to watch: GBP crosses

3pm – US existing home sales (April): expected to fall 1% YoY. Market to watch: USD crosses

Friday

9am – German Ifo index (May): business climate index to fall to 101.9 from 102.1. Market to watch: EUR crosses

9.30am – UK GDP (Q1, 2nd estimate): expected to be 0.1% from 0.4% QoQ, and 1.2% from 1.4% YoY. Market to watch: GBP crosses

1.30pm – US durable goods orders (April): expected to rise 1.6% MoM from 2.6%, and 0.5% MoM from 0% excluding transportation orders. Markets to watch: US indices, USD crosses

3pm – US Michigan consumer confidence (May, final): expected to hold at 98.8. Market to watch: USD crosses

Company announcements

Upcoming dividends (24 May)

FTSE 100: Bunzl, WM Morrison, Carnival, Whitbread, Imperial Brands, DCC

FTSE 250: Spectris, Howden Joinery, FDM Group, Hill & Smith, Bellway, Diploma, Marston's, Brewin Dolphin, HICL Infrastructure

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 21 May Tuesday 22 May Wednesday 23 May Thursday 24 May Friday 25 May Monday 28 May
FTSE 100

 

 

3.2

 

 

 
Australia 200

0.6

  0.2   0.2 0.4
Wall Street

 

    6.2   7.0
US 500 0.05 0.08 0.10 0.38   0.21
Nasdaq   0.30       0.81
France 40 9.0       7.7 2.5
Netherlands 25 0.25       0.55  
EU Stocks 50 0.9     0.3 5.8 0.8
China H-Shares     4.5 44.2   12.0
Singapore Blue Chip   0.13        
Hong Kong HS50   28.8 31.2 40.4    
South Africa 40   20        
Italy 40            
Japan 225          

 

 

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