Next Week

April 4, 2010

The United States and Japan are among the few countries with open markets on Monday.  Europe, Australia and Canada are shut for Easter Monday, and several Asian markets observe regional holidays like the Ching Ming Festival.  Central bank meetings are scheduled in Australia, Euroland, Japan, Britain, South Korea and Indonesia.  Only in Australia is a chance seen of a rate change.  Minutes from the last FOMC meeting get published as does the Swiss National Bank annual report.  The Bank of Japan reports its new monthly assessment.  Several Federal Reserve officials have speaking engagements including Bernanke, Dudley, Hoenig and Kocherlakota.  BOJ Governor Shirakawa and ECB President Trichet hold press conferences on Wednesday and Thursday.

PMI-service reports will be released in Europe, Japan, and the U.S..  The British construction PMI and Canadian PMI-IVEY also get published.  Australian, South African and Canadian monthly labor statistics are due.

Other U.S. data arrivals in the week ahead will be pending home sales, consumer credit, wholesale turnover, The JOLTs index, and the usual weekly stuff like jobless insurance claims, chain store sales, mortgage applications, energy stocks, consumer confidence and money and credit growth.

Industrial production, car sales, producer prices, the Halifax house price index, March GDP, and the Nationwide gauge of consumer confidence are other scheduled British releasesSwitzerland releases consumer prices and unemployment.  Norway and Sweden report industrial production.  Norway also announces consumer and producer prices.

Euroland producer prices, revised GDP, and retail sales are due.  So are German trades,  industrial output and industrial orders.  French industrial production, business sentiment, trades, and budget figures arrive as well.  Some scheduled data further to the east are Czech trades, retail sales and industrial production as well as Hungarian and Romania industrial output.

Japan as several significant releases such as the trade and current accounts, the economy watchers index, machinery orders and machine tool orders.  The indices of leading and coincident economic indicators are scheduled, too.  China and Taiwan report trade figures.  South Korea releases its PPI.

New Zealand reports its commodity price index.  Building permits are another Canadian release.  South Africa announces auto sales and factory output, while Turkey releases consumer prices and industrial production.

Latin American releases in the near future include Mexican consumer confidence, CPI and auto sales and consumer prices in both Chile and Colombia.

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