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Forex News – Euro rebounds from 11-month low as Italian referendum looms

Posted on November 15, 2016 at 12:11 pm GMT

The euro has come under surprise downside pressure since Donald Trump’s shock victory of the US presidential elections. Voter revolt in the United States and in Britain has generated concerns that a similar anti-establishment sentiment across the European continent could be given a boost ahead of upcoming elections in France and Germany and a constitutional referendum in Italy. In fact, the referendum in Italy on December 4 on proposed changes to the constitution that involves streamlining the country’s legislative process [..]

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Week Ahead – ECB meeting eyed in post-Brexit world; busy UK calendar also in focus

Posted on July 15, 2016 at 2:12 pm GMT

The European Central Bank will hold its first monetary policy meeting next week since the UK’s decision to exit the European Union. The UK will stay under the spotlight though as key economic indicators for the British economy are released. The US and Japan will have a quieter seven days, with the latter closed on Monday for a national holiday. New Zealand CPI to pick-up slightly CPI data out of New Zealand will start the week on Monday. Inflation has [..]

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ZEW survey shows optimism by investors and analysts on German economy

Posted on June 21, 2016 at 1:25 pm GMT

The ZEW European Economic Research Centre showed a high degree of optimism by investors and analysts concerning the prospects of the German economy.  The Economic Sentiment index jumped to 19.2 in June from 6.4 the previous month.  The expectation was for the index to drop to 4.7.  Economic sentiment was at its highest since August 2015.  The current conditions index showed less improvement as it rose from 53.1 to 54.5. The figures were a vote of confidence in the German [..]

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German growth highest since 2014 but may not hold according to ZEW survey

Posted on May 24, 2016 at 11:15 am GMT

Germany’s economy expanded at the fastest pace in two years in the first three months of the year. GDP growth was confirmed at 0.7% quarter-on-quarter during the January-March period according to the second estimate released today. This represents a marked improvement on the average rate of 0.3% seen in 2015. Growth was led by private consumption and construction investment, which contributed 0.2% each to the GDP growth in the first quarter. Also making a strong contribution was higher government spending [..]

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Week Ahead – Busy week for PMI and GDP data; Fed speakers also eyed

Posted on May 20, 2016 at 12:55 pm GMT

Preliminary PMI readings for the Eurozone will be among the main data releases of the coming week along with second estimate GDP for the first quarter for the UK, the US and Germany, as well as Japanese inflation. The US calendar will be the busiest with housing data and durable goods orders also due. However, upcoming speeches from several Fed officials could attract more attention given the recent strong signals coming from the Fed lately on a possible June/July rate hike. [..]

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Week Ahead – Euro and ECB back in limelight; UK jobs also eyed

Posted on April 15, 2016 at 2:36 pm GMT

After falling out of the limelight the past few trading sessions, the focus will turn again on the euro as the European Central Bank meets on Thursday and important sentiment surveys are due on Tuesday and Friday.  UK employment numbers will also attract attention, while some housing data out of the US and more Fed speakers, will likely keep traders busy. Key week for euro with ECB meeting and Markit PMIs In the Eurozone, the action will probably start on [..]

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Week Ahead – Eurozone PMI and UK, Japan inflation to dominate in quiet week

Posted on March 18, 2016 at 3:56 pm GMT

After an intense two weeks of central bank activity, it will be a relatively quieter week ahead of the Western Easter break. Along with Eurozone flash PMI, inflation data for the UK and Japan will be the main data to watch over the coming seven days. Starting the week will be housing data for the United States. Existing home sales are due on Monday and are forecast to show a 2.9% decline over the month in February. New home sales [..]

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Week Ahead – Spotlight on Japan GDP, China trade and US, UK inflation

Posted on February 12, 2016 at 1:00 pm GMT

Data out of Japan and China will be watched closely next week as investors will be anxious to see how well Asia’s two largest economies are riding the latest economic storm. The UK will also be in focus with the release of three key indicators, while inflation data and FOMC minutes out of the US will keep dollar traders busy. With US and Canadian markets closed on Monday for a national holiday, Japanese data will dominate the day with the [..]

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Week Ahead – Fed lift-off could finally arrive; China, Japan and UK also in focus

Posted on December 11, 2015 at 12:44 pm GMT

The US Federal Reserve is expected to take centre stage next week as it meets for its December FOMC meeting and is likely to announce its first rate hike since 2006. However, China, Japan and the UK should not go unnoticed as key economic indicators are released for the respective countries. China will release its latest industrial production and retail sales data on Saturday even before the week has started. Industrial production is forecast to stay unchanged at 5.6% y/y [..]

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Week Ahead – US, UK and Eurozone inflation to be eyed; Japan GDP could point to recession

Posted on November 13, 2015 at 12:51 pm GMT

Inflation data will be the main theme of the coming week as October CPI readings are published for the United States and the United Kingdom, as well as the final CPI numbers for the Eurozone. Japanese GDP data will also be closely watched as it could show that Japan slipped into recession in the third quarter of the year. Japan will start the week with GDP data on Monday. The economy is forecast to have contracted for the second consecutive [..]

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