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Week Ahead
Investors will continue to assess the impact of the rapid spread of Covid-19 on the global economy, while the FOMC meeting minutes will also dominate the news. In addition, major oil producers are expected to agree on a crude output cut on Monday, to stabilize the market, and European finance ministers are set to unveil a coordinated fiscal response to the coronavirus crisis. Elsewhere, the RBA and the BoK will be deciding on interest rates. Other important releases include the US inflation rate and Michigan consumer sentiment; UK monthly GDP and trade balance; Germany factory orders; China consumer and producer prices; Japan machinery orders, household spending and consumer morale; and Australia foreign trade.
Apr 4, 2020 13:33 (GMT)
Week Ahead
Market volatility is set to continue in the coming week, as investors monitor the rapid spread of Covid-19 and eye any fresh policy responses to stem the negative impact on the economy. On the economic data front, PMI surveys across the globe are expected to signal record pace contractions in private sector activity, with focus turning to the last updates from Italy and Spain. In addition, US non-farm payrolls are seen falling for the first time since 2013 and weekly jobless claims will likely increase by another three million, after hitting an all-time high the week before. Other important releases include US foreign trade and factory orders; UK consumer morale; Eurozone business sentiment and inflation; Japan tankan survey; and Australia retail sales.
Mar 28, 2020 13:33 (GMT)
US GDP Growth Steady at 2.1%
The US economy grew 2.1 percent in Q4, the same as in Q3 and matching figures from the second estimate. Upward revision to personal consumption expenditures (PCE) was largely offset by downward revisions to federal government spending and nonresidential fixed investment. Considering full 2019, the economy advanced 2.3 percent, the least since 2016 and missing Trump administration's 3 percent target for the 2nd year.
Mar 26, 2020 14:16 (GMT)
Week Ahead
The novel coronavirus will continue to dominate the headlines, with investors monitoring the spread of Covid-19 and hoping for more stimulus measures from central banks and governments worldwide. On the economic data front, the US jobless claims are seen jumping to a record high, while flash PMI surveys for the US, UK, Eurozone, Japan and Australia will provide an insight into the early impact of the pandemic on the global economy. Other key data to follow include the US final Q4 GDP, personal income and outlays, and durable goods orders; the UK interest rate decision and inflation rate; and the Eurozone consumer morale.
Mar 21, 2020 12:47 (GMT)
Week Ahead
Investors will continue to monitor the spread and impact of Covid-19 on the global economy amid hopes of a coordinated stimulus package from world policymakers. G7 leaders will hold a video conference on Monday, while EU finance ministers meet to discuss budgetary action. In addition, central banks around the world are seen easing monetary policy, including the Fed, PBoC and BoJ. Important data include industrial output and retail sales figures for the US and China, alongside UK jobs report, Japan trade and inflation, and Australia employment figures.
Mar 13, 2020 22:10 (GMT)
Week Ahead
Next week, focus will again remain on coronavirus developments. As the virus hit transport, travel and tourism sectors all over the world, investors will be waiting for more stimulus measures from central banks and governments. The ECB holds monetary policy meeting on Thursday and UK will publish Spring Budget for 2020 on Wednesday. In the US, main releases include inflation and consumer confidence data. Other important events to be followed are UK monthly GDP, Eurozone and Japan final Q4 GDP figures; Germany industrial output; China consumer and producer inflation; Australia business and consumer morale; and India inflation and industrial production.
Mar 9, 2020 10:56 (GMT)
China Posts First Trade Gap Since March 2018
China unexpectedly posted a trade deficit of USD 7.09 billion in January-February 2020 combined, missing market expectations of a surplus of USD 24.6 billion and swinging from a surplus of USD 47.21 billion in the previous period. This was the first trade gap since March 2018, reflecting the severe impact of the rapid spread of COVID-19 outbreak on the country's economy.
Mar 7, 2020 05:55 (GMT)
Week Ahead
Investors will continue to assess the impact of coronavirus on the global economy next week, while the US Democratic primaries and the UK-EU trade negotiations will also dominate the news. Meanwhile, central banks in Australia, Malaysia and Canada will be deciding on interest rates, while important data to follow include the US jobs report, ISM PMI and trade balance; China foreign trade and Markit PMI; Germany factory orders; Japan consumer morale; and Australia Q4 GDP and trade.
Feb 28, 2020 18:19 (GMT)
India GDP Growth Remains the Weakest Since 2013
The Indian economy expanded 4.7% yoy in Q4 2019, matching market expectations. It follows an upwardly revised 5.1% expansion in Q3 (4.5% earlier reported). It is the weakest growth rate since Q1 2013 considering the upward revision for the previous quarter. The government expects GDP growth to fall to 5 percent in the 2019-20 fiscal year, the least since fiscal 2008-09 but to pick up to 6-6.5 percent in the fiscal year starting on April 1st 2020.
Feb 28, 2020 14:44 (GMT)
US GDP Growth Unrevised at 2.1%
The US economy grew 2.1 percent in Q4, the same as in Q3 and matching the advance figures. In the second estimate, the contribution from net trade was revised higher and the drag from inventories was smaller while PCE rose less than initially estimated and nonresidential investment shrank faster. Considering full 2019, the economy advanced 2.3 percent, the least since 2016 and missing Trump administration's 3 percent target for the 2nd year.
Feb 27, 2020 14:10 (GMT)

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