Events to Look Out for Next Week

  • Trade Balance (CNY, GMT N/A) – Chinese trade is expected to see a decline in September, at $50.5B from the $58.9B last month.
  • Harmonized Index of Consumer Prices (EUR, GMT 06:00) – The German final HICP inflation for September is anticipated to be at -0.1% y/y.
  • Average Earnings (GBP, GMT 06:00) – Average Earnings excluding bonus are expected to have grown by 0.6% (3Mo/Yr) in August. The ILO unemployment rate is expected to have steadied to 4.1% in the three months to August.
  • Consumer Price Index (USD, GMT 12:30) – Consumer Price Index is seen at 0.2% September gains for both the CPI headline and core, following 0.4% gains for both in August. The headline will be restrained by an estimated -0.3% September drop for CPI gasoline prices.

Wednesday – 14 October 2020

  • Producer Price Index (USD, GMT 12:30) – For September both the headline and the core PPI are forecasted at 0.1%. As expected readings would result in a y/y headline PPI metric of 0.2%, up from -0.2% in August. A modest decline in energy prices will weigh on the headline. The y/y core reading is assumed to remain in the 0.9%-1.2% area over the near future, with a downward hit from reduced aggregate demand but a boost for prices from supply disruptions.

Thursday – 15 October 2020

  • European Council Meeting -Event of the week – With political heavyweights now getting directly involved, we will find out over the next week (into the EU’s October 15th-16th summit) what degree of compromise both sides are willing to make to reach their shared goal of tariff free, quota free trade. Johnson reportedly wants to persuade the EU to enter in “the tunnel” (known as “submarine” in EU parlance), which refers to a media blackout period, to allow the final phase of negotiation to be uninterrupted by media or other criticism. Von de Leyen rejected that this is happening, however. The EU position has been that this would only happen when compromise positions have been established, which has not happened yet, with fishing rights and EU level playing field rules, the latter of which includes the state aid issue, remaining sticking points.
  • Employment Data (AUD, GMT 00:30) – The unemployment rate is an important national priority for RBA, hence the employment change is key for the RBA this week. However, another sign of economic contraction it is expected as the s.a. reading is seen at -50K in September.
  • Consumer Price Index (CNY, GMT 01:30) – Consumer Price Index is seen unchanged for September at 2.4% y/y and 0.4% m/m.

Friday – 16 October 2020

  • IMF Meeting
  • European Council Meeting -2nd day
  • US Presidential Debate – Cancelled and postponed until 22nd of October.
  • Consumer Price Index (EUR, GMT 09:00) – Inflation remains too low and against that background the ECB clearly is on course to strengthen the low for longer message by switching to a fixed inflation target.  Eurozone CPI  is anticipated steady at -0.4% m/m and core at 0.2% m/m for September.

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Andria Pichidi

Market Analyst

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