Next week, the most important data for the US include trade balance, ISM non-manufacturing PMI, JOLTs job openings and consumer credit change. Elsewhere, the Bank of England and the Reserve Bank of Australia will provide an update on their monetary policy. Investors will also be looking for updated worldwide services PMIs; the UK trade balance and industrial output; Germany foreign trade and factory orders; China trade balance, inflation and producer prices; and Australia foreign and retail trade.
In the US, important data to be published include: trade balance; ISM non-manufacturing PMI; JOLTs job openings; consumer credit change; IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism; and final readings of both wholesale inventories and Markit Services PMI.
In the UK, the Bank of England will be deciding on monetary policy, with markets anticipating no changes. The country’s foreign trade, industrial production, construction output, Markit Services PMI and Halifax house prices will also be watched.Elsewhere in Europe, markets will focus on final Services PMI readings for the Euro Area, Germany and France and the first release for Spain and Italy. The Eurostat will also publish December’s retail trade for the Eurozone and Germany will release trade balance, factory orders and industrial output.China will release figures for trade balance, inflation rate, producer prices and Caixin Services PMI; while in Japaninvestors are eyeing the publication of Nikkei Services PMI, average cash earnings, current account, Economy Watchers survey, tertiary industry index and leading indices.In Australia, the RBA will also deliver its latest policy decision, but no changes are expected. Also, key data to watch for will be foreign trade, retail trade, home loans and AIG construction index.Other important releases include: Canada unemployment, trade balance and Ivey PMI; Brazil interest rate decision, inflation, retail sales and Markit Services PMI; Mexico interest rate decision and inflation rate; India interest rate decision and Nikkei Services PMI; Indonesia GDP growth and business morale; the Philippines interest rate decision and inflation; Russia interest rate decision, inflation and trade balance; and Turkey inflation.– Joana Ferreira, Trading Economics
EM FX ended Friday on a weak note, and capped off a week of softness. We felt that more and more EM policymakers were getting uncomfortable with FX strength and are likely welcome this recent weakening. However, that’s only if their stock and bond markets hold up, which they are (for now). Friday was clearly the dollar’s day to shine. What’s more important is how the markets trade Monday. Do they sell into USD strength as we’ve seen the last several weeks or do they try and extend USD gains? To be continued……
Korea reports December current account data Monday. The external accounts are in good shape, with another solid trade surplus reported for January. Price pressures remain low, giving the BOK leeway to hike very cautiously. Next policy meeting is February 27 and rates are likely to be kept steady at 1.5%.
Turkey reports January CPI Monday, and is expected to rise 10.6% y/y vs. 11.9% in December. While this would still be above the 3-7% target range, the bank will be happy inflation decelerates for the second straight month. This will allow the bank refrain from hiking further. Turkey then reports December IP Thursday, which is expected to rise 6.8% y/y vs. 7.0% in November.
Hungary reports December retail sales Monday, which are expected to rise 6.4% y/y vs. 6.7% in November. It then reports December IP Wednesday, which is expected to rise 5.0% y/y WDA vs. 3.4% in November. The economy remains robust, but the central bank is still leaning dovish and may ease further via unconventional measures. December trade will be reported Friday.
Colombia reports January CPI Monday, which is expected to rise 3.77% y/y vs. 4.09% in December. If so, it would be the lowest since July 2017 and back within the 2-4% target range. Central bank minutes will be released Friday. At last week’s meeting, the bank cut rates 25 bp, as expected. Minutes will be studied clues on future policy, but we expect further easing in 2018.
Philippines reports January CPI Tuesday, which is expected to rise 3.6% y/y vs. 3.3% in December. If so, inflation would still be in the 2-4% target range. Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas then meets Thursday and is expected to keep rates steady at 3.0%. Bank officials have stressed that they are in no hurry to hike rates.
Czech Republic reports December industrial and construction output and retail sales Tuesday. Sales are seen rising 3.0% y/y, while industrial output is seen rising 3.7% y/y. The economy remains robust, which is why the central bank continued to normalize policy with a 25 bp hike to 0.75% last week.
Taiwan reports January CPI Tuesday, which is expected to rise 1.0% y/y vs. 1.2% in December. While the central bank does not have an explicit inflation target, low price pressures should allow it to remain on hold for much of this year. Taiwan then reports January trade Wednesday. Exports are expected to rise 17.3% y/y and imports by 11.9% y/y.