Date : 26th October 2020.
Events to Look Out for This Week.
A gigantic week is coming with FAANGs reporting their Q3 earnings, along with the rate decisions and monetary policy statements from three key Central Banks (ECB, BoJ, and BoC) as the second wave of Covid-19 is hitting the world with full force. Across the Atlantic, all eyes will be also on what emerges from the Brexit talks and how markets will reform in the final week prior to the US Elections. Focus will be on inflation data from the biggest economies in the world, including the US, China and Europe.
Monday – 26 October 2020
German IFO (EUR, GMT 09:00) – German IFO business confidence is expected to slip slightly to 92.9 in October after the jump seen in September to 93.4.
New Home Sales (USD, GMT 14:00) – New home sales are seen at -1.1% in September after a drop-back to a 1,000k pace from a 14-year high of 1,011k in August, versus a prior high of 965k in July. With the economy’s reopening, the recovery for new home construction and sales is proving much faster than for the rest of the economy, partly due to solid fundamentals going into the crisis, and even lower mortgage rates now.
Tuesday – 27 October 2020
ECB Bank Lending Survey (EUR, GMT 09:00).
Durable Goods (USD, GMT 12:30) – Durable goods orders are expected to drop -0.7% in September with a 3.0% decline in transportation orders. The durable orders rise ex-transportation is pegged at 0.4%. A defense orders gain is pegged at 4.0%, following a -3.6% August correction. Boeing orders fell back to zero planes in September from 8 in August and zero in July.
Wednesday – 28 October 2020
Consumer Price Index (AUD, GMT 00:30) – Australian inflation data in Q2 was moderate but in line with projections and remained within the average rate of increase between 2% and 3% that the RBA targets over the medium term. The RBA trimmed mean CPI for Q3 is seen at 0.1% q/q.
Interest Rate Decision and Conference (CAD, GMT 14:00) – In September, the Bank of Canada maintained an aggressive stimulus posture, reiterating forward guidance and the continuation of its QE program until “the recovery is well underway.” However, the BoC removed its promise to “provide further monetary stimulus as needed,” keeping its commitment to hold rates at current levels and maintain the asset purchase program at the current pace. The policy rate was held steady at 0.25%, and it is expected to be maintained in this meeting as well.
Thursday – 29 October 2020
Interest Rate Decision and Conference (JPY, GMT 03:00) – The Bank of Japan remains pledged to do whatever it takes to support the recovery. The BoJ minutes last time highlighted that some council members are becoming concerned that virus developments will negatively impact the recovery. On the political front, PM Suga is expected to maintain policy continuity.
Gross Domestic Product (USD, GMT 12:30) – Gross Domestic Product should advance in Q3 and reveal headline growth of 33.5%, with a reversal in the inventory trajectory from a record-liquidation rate of -$287 bln in Q2 to a $12 bln accumulation rate in Q3, as the inventory figures begin a long rebuild into early-2021.
Interest Rate Decision and Conference (EUR, GMT 12:45 & 13:30) – More than data releases, it is developments on the virus front that will have strengthened the dovish camp at the ECB. The number of new infections, but also hospital admissions and deaths, continues to rise across Europe, with Ireland just announcing a full lockdown until early December. Developments are adding to pressure on the central bank to act sooner rather than later, and the debate at next week’s ECB meeting will likely be lively, although on balance Lagarde is expected to hold fire for now and focus on a dovish presser that will lay the ground for a PEPP extension in early December.
Friday – 30 October 2020
Retail Sales and GDP (EUR, GMT 07:00) – The German Retail sales are seen at 4.2% y/y in September from 3.7% y/y last month. The final Gross Domestic Product in Germany for Q3 is seen at -8.9% q/q from 9.7%.
Gross Domestic Product and Consumer Price Index (EUR, GMT 10:00) – Fears of a double dip recession are on the rise, with preliminary Q3 GDP s.a. numbers likely to show the index down to 16.9% y/y from -14.7%. The Euro Area preliminary CPI is anticipated at -0.4% y/y in October with core reading at 0.5% y/y from 0.2% y/y last month.
Personal Income/Consumption (USD, GMT 12:30) – A 0.3% increase in personal income in September is anticipated after a -2.7% decrease in August, alongside a 1.1% climb in consumption after a 1.0% bounce in August.
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