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The Week Ahead

Read about upcoming market-moving events and plan your trading week

Week commencing 6 February

Chris Beauchamp's insight

After the excitement of last week, things calm down somewhat, but we still have the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) meeting, plus Chinese consumer price index (CPI) and UK gross domestic product (GDP). Meanwhile, after the big tech earnings of last week, which were a distinctly mixed bag, this week we have numbers from BP, British American Tobacco, Disney and Uber.

Economic reports

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

3pm – Canada Ivey PMI (January): expected to rise to 34 from 33.4. Markets to watch: CAD crosses

3.30am – RBA rate decision: rates expected to rise 20bps to 3.3%. Markets to watch: AUD crosses

1.30pm – US trade balance (December): deficit to widen to $68.5 billion. Markets to watch: USD crosses

3.30pm – US EIA crude oil inventories (w/e 3 February): stockpiles rose by 2.6 million barrels in the preceding week. Markets to watch: Brent, WTI

1.30pm – US initial jobless claims (w/e 4 February): claims to rise to 189K from 183K. Markets to watch: USD crosses

1.30am – China CPI (January): prices to rise 2% YoY and 0.6% MoM, from 1.8% and 0% respectively. Markets to watch: CNH crosses

7am – UK GDP (Q4): YoY rate to weaken to -0.1% from 1.9%, and QoQ to rise to 0.1% from -0.3%. Markets to watch: GBP crosses

1.30pm – Canada unemployment rate (January): expected to rise to 5.2%. Markets to watch: CAD crosses

3pm – US Michigan consumer confidence index (February): expected to rise to 65 from 64.9. Markets to watch: USD crosses

Monday

3pm – Canada Ivey PMI (January): expected to rise to 34 from 33.4. Markets to watch: CAD crosses

Tuesday

3.30am – RBA rate decision: rates expected to rise 20bps to 3.3%. Markets to watch: AUD crosses

1.30pm – US trade balance (December): deficit to widen to $68.5 billion. Markets to watch: USD crosses

Wednesday

3.30pm – US EIA crude oil inventories (w/e 3 February): stockpiles rose by 2.6 million barrels in the preceding week. Markets to watch: Brent, WTI

Thursday

1.30pm – US initial jobless claims (w/e 4 February): claims to rise to 189K from 183K. Markets to watch: USD crosses

Friday

1.30am – China CPI (January): prices to rise 2% YoY and 0.6% MoM, from 1.8% and 0% respectively. Markets to watch: CNH crosses

7am – UK GDP (Q4): YoY rate to weaken to -0.1% from 1.9%, and QoQ to rise to 0.1% from -0.3%. Markets to watch: GBP crosses

1.30pm – Canada unemployment rate (January): expected to rise to 5.2%. Markets to watch: CAD crosses

3pm – US Michigan consumer confidence index (February): expected to rise to 65 from 64.9. Markets to watch: USD crosses

Company announcements

Monday
6 February

Tuesday
7 February

Wednesday
8 February

Thursday
9 February

Friday
10 February

Full-year earnings

Micro Focus Unilever,
AstraZeneca,
British American Tobacco

Half/ Quarterly earnings

BP,
Hertz,
Chipotle
Barratt,
SocGen,
Disney,
Uber,
Under Armour
Redrow,
PepsiCo,
Lyft

Trading update

SSE Severn Trent Bellway

Dividends

FTSE 100: None

FTSE 250: Virgin Money, GCP Infrastructure, Impax, Target Healthcare

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
6 February
Tuesday
7 February
Wednesday
8 February
Thursday
9 February
Friday
10 February
Monday
13 February
FTSE 100
Australia 200 0.1 0.5 2.3
Wall Street 13.8 1.5 14.0
US 500 0.07 0.13 0.63 0.84 0.63 0.50
Nasdaq 0.38 1.04 2.46 0.09 1.26
Netherlands 25 1.01
EU Stocks 50 4.2
China H-Shares
Singapore Blue Chip 0.06 0.29 0.27
Hong Kong HS50
South Africa 40
Italy 40
Japan 225

* Dividend adjustments due to be posted on a bank holiday will usually be posted on the previous working day

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