There’s a varied week ahead for all of the major economies, and it’s going to be a particularly essential time for the US as the end of the week sees an increasing volume of big economic events. Here, we’ll briefly examine happenings in the UK, Asia and US.
We are due a very quiet week in the UK. The dominant events over the next few days come in the form of emerging PMI figures. These are released on Wednesday with the announcement of the Manufacturing PMI figure. A rise will likely occur, from 48.3 to 48.6. While it’s nice to see that, there will only be a major reaction in the market if sharp changes happen at either end of the scale. Also, the Construction PMI is also due on Thursday, which is predicted to rise from 47.2 to 48.2; not massive and still well below that 50 expansion threshold.
Interestingly enough, the Services PMI number is due on Friday, and that’s set to rise marginally. The services sector has always been a key factor for the UK’s economy and so it will be worthwhile keeping an eye out as this develops as it could yield some very interesting opportunities for traders.
For Asia, the key Chinese Manufacturing PMI figure is due out on Wednesday which will have a subsequent say upon the essential global markets. Meanwhile, in Japan the only particularly notable events occur on Tuesday when the Household Spending and Retail Sales figures are revealed.
Over to the US, and their economy has a more action-packed time ahead; eyes will be on the employment figures that’ll be out later in the week. At the centre of these is the non-farm payroll release which should carry a significant effect on various markets. Indeed, April’s figure is forecast to rise to 146k which is a substantial increase on previous months, though there is a good chance it could be higher due to the growth that’s occurred recently.
To finish off with some good news, it looks like the Employment figures are set to improve as the Unemployment Rate has fallen for the last two months – these figures come out Friday. While the markets are expecting it to remain at 7.6 per cent, given the recent improvement seen across both the unemployment rate and non-farm payrolls, there could be a fall of one per cent occurring.
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From a technical stanpoint, this stock has room to run if it wants. Watching 18.
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