Welcome to our weekly agenda, our briefing of all the key financial events globally. Following another cautious week, after trade jitters and the prospect of further protests in Hong Kong weighed on sentiment, two interest rate decisions and NFP data stand out in the announcement schedule next week. The US-China trade tensions, upcoming UK elections and OPEC meeting in Vienna continue to dominate the week.
Monday – 02 December 2019
- Building Permits (AUD, GMT 00:30) – Building permits are a known leading indicator of the housing and the overall market. Following the moderatıon of decline in dwelling approvals in September for Australia, it will be interesting to observe whether permits will increase or pullback once again. The consensus for October is at -4.0% m/m, compared to the spike at 7.6% last month.
- Manufacturing PMIs (EUR, GBP, USD, GMT 08:55-14:45) – The UK manufacturing PMI is expected to hold below neutral at 48.1. The Euro Area PMI is expected to remain at the same levels as last month, at 46.6 and German number at 43.8, while the US ISM PMI in November is expected to increase to 50.5 compared to 48.3. The sentiment surveys have been erratic in recent months likely due to competing perspectives on the trade war, troubles abroad, and stock price gyrations.
Tuesday – 03 December 2019
- Interest Rate Decision (AUD, GMT 03:30) – No surprises are expected even though in the last RBA statement Governor Lowe admitted that there are downside risks and admitted that the bank could ease again if necessary. He also suggested that previous easing steps are already supporting the economy and while the bank is monitoring developments there was nothing to signal immediate moves.
Wednesday – 04 December 2019
- Gross Domestic Product (AUD, GMT 00:30) – Third quarter GDP for Australia is expected to have settled at 1.4% y/y.
- Employment Data (USD, GMT 13:15) – US ADP Employment Change is anticipated to grow by 138K in November from 125K last month.
- ISM Non-Manufacturing PMI (USD, GMT 15:00) – The ISM-NMI index is expected to rise to 55.0 in November from 54.7 in October. Sentiment has received ongoing support, however, from tight labor markets, high consumer confidence levels, and firm GDP and consumption growth. We should see at least some November updraft following the settlement of the UAW-GM strike.
- Interest Rate Decision (CAD, GMT 15:00) – In October, the Bank of Canada maintained the 1.75% rate setting, matching widespread expectations. However, the announcement was overall dovish and the Bank seems like it has opened the door wide open to a rate cut if the resilience of the domestic economy shows signs of faltering.
Thursday – 05 December 2019
- OPEC meeting in Vienna
- Gross Domestic Product (EUR, GMT 10:00) – Third quarter GDP s.a. for Europe is expected to have settled at 0.2% q/q, unchanged from the second quarter.
- Trade balance (USD, GMT 13:30) – The trade deficit is expected to widen in October to -$53.5 bln from -$52.5 bln in September. The exports are anticipated to hold steady at $206.0 bln, while imports should rise 0.4% to $259.6 bln. Both exports and imports face headwinds from a decline in vehicle trade with the UAW-GM strike, as well as a drop in petroleum prices following the Saudi drone bombing in September.
Friday – 06 December 2019
- Event of the Week – Non-Farm Payrolls (USD, GMT 13:30) – A 190k November nonfarm payroll rise has been forecasted, following a 128k increase in October. This reflects a November reversal of the UAW-GM strike impact that left a restrained 128k October rise, with an estimated 40k November bounce in factory jobs after the -36k October drop.
- Labour Market Data (CAD, GMT 13:30) – October employment revealed a 1.8k drop in jobs, contrary to expectations for a measured gain (median 15k), following the 53.7k jump in September. However, the November reading is anticipated to jump back to 15.9K while the unemployment rate is expected to rise as well at 5.6% m/m from 5.5% last month.
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