Next Week

January 6, 2012

Next week begins with a Japanese closure for Coming of Age Day and ends with an early U.S. closure ahead of the Martin Luther King Day holiday.  The ECB, Bank of England, Bank Indonesia, and National Bank of Poland hold interest rate policy meetings.

The week is filled with second-tier data releases, many devoted to trade figures, retail sales, consumer or producer prices, and industrial production.

Reports of industrial production will arrive from Turkey, Germany, Finland, Greece, Romania, France, Spain, Britain, Denmark, Italy, South Africa, The Netherlands, Euroland, and Hungary.

Current account and/or trade numbers are due from China, New Zealand, Romania,the United States, Germany, Japan, Great Britain, Hungary, Denmark, Turkey, France, Euroland, Canada, Portugal, and Finland.

Denmark, Romania, Portugal, France, Germany, Mexico Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic, Norway, and Greece release CPI, PPI or both sets of price data.

Retail sales results will get reported by Switzerland, Denmark, the Czech Republic, Australia, The Netherlands, Brazil and Singapore.  The BRC releases same-store sales.

Other scheduled U.S. reports involve the monthly budget, consumer credit, the IBD/TIPP optimism index, the NFIB small business sentiment measure, import prices, wholesale and business inventories, the U. Michigan consumer sentiment index for early January, and weekly figures on jobless insurance claims, chain store sales, mortgage applications, consumer confidence, and energy inventories.

Some of the other noteworthy data coming out of Euroland will be the Sentix barometer of investor sentiment, Greek import prices and unemployment and, perhaps most significantly, German GDP growth in 2011 from which fourth-quarter changes can be inferred. 

The British Retail Consortium will announce shop prices, while the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors reports its monthly house price balance indicators.  Switzerland releases unemployment.

Australia’s data calendar includes job ads, new home sales, building permits, consumer confidence and business confidence and conditions.  New Zealand and Canada also release building permits.  Two other Canadian data reports will cover housing starts and new home sales.  Chinese money and lending growth figures are due, too.

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