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The week ahead: 13/12/21

Interest rates dominate the schedule this week, with monetary policy decisions due in the US, the eurozone, the UK and Japan. UK employment data also catches the eye on Wednesday, while earnings are concentrated on Thursday, when Adobe, Accenture, Lennar, FedEx, Jabil and Hyve report.

Monday 13 December

Late on Sunday night the Tankan summary and outline of economic conditions in Japan was released. While data is otherwise thin on the ground, look out today for OPEC’s latest report on the global oil market. The cartel recently maintained its plan to increase oil production to 400,000 barrels a day in January, after fears that the Omicron Covid variant may prompt a change of course.

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Tuesday 14 December

On Tuesday we’ll get Japanese and eurozone industrial production figures, US PPI and the UK labour market report, including average earnings and the claimant count. In September the unemployment rate fell to 4.3% while annual earnings growth shrank to 5.8%. Meanwhile in Germany, consumer electronics retailer Ceconomy will be announcing annual results.

Take a broad market view by trading stock indices.

Wednesday 15 December

Manufacturing remains in the news on Wednesday with Chinese industrial production data and the Empire State index of manufacturing conditions in New York. Also keep an eye out for UK and French CPI, US retail sales, import and export price indices, business inventories and retail inventories. The highlight of the day will be the FOMC’s latest decision on US interest rates, with accompanying economic projections. Late in the day Japan’s trade balance for November is released.

Thursday 16 December

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Earnings are scheduled on Thursday from software firm Adobe (currently set to acquire UK content marketing start-up ContentCal), IT consultant Accenture, housebuilder Lennar, delivery firm FedEx, manufacturing services provider Jabil and event-management group Hyve. The ECB and the BoE will both announce monetary policy decisions affecting eurozone and UK interest rates respectively. Meanwhile we’ll see Australian employment change data and flash manufacturing and services PMI figures for France, Germany, the eurozone, the UK and the US. Also in the US we’ll get the latest data on building permits, housing starts, industrial production and the Philadelphia Fed manufacturing index.

Take a position on UK, US and European equities.

Friday 17 December

Overnight on Friday the Bank of Japan will make its latest interest-rate decision, while later in the day we’ll see German PPI, eurozone CPI and the Ifo survey of current and future business conditions in Germany. Restaurant group Darden will also be reporting to the market, hoping to show a continuation of last quarter’s recovery as the restaurant sector rebounds from last year’s Covid lockdowns.

Published: 13 December 2021

You should under no circumstances consider the information and comments provided as an offer or solicitation to invest. This is a macro summary of scheduled news announcements and is not investment advice, independent research or an investment recommendation. The information provided is believed to be accurate at the date the information is produced.

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