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Week Ahead: FTSE companies post their quarterly results

George Walker, Friday, 12 February 2021


It’s a quiet start to the new week with US markets closed Monday in recognition of President’s Day, while Industrial Production figures out of Japan and later the Eurozone are all the data we expect.

Slow start with data trickling in

Meeting minutes from the Reserve Bank of Australia’s latest monetary policy meeting could grab the attention of Aussie traders overnight into Tuesday. While unlikely to have any immediate effect on interest rates any subtle change in language could see volatility in the Australian dollar.

Preliminary Eurozone data, in the form of Employment and Gross Domestic Product numbers, has potential to cause volatility for both the Euro and European indices; traders should watch these markets closely in Tuesday’s morning session. In the evening, keep an eye on Japan’s Import and Export data.


Mid-week market pick-up

Things heats up Wednesday as the day begins with UK CPI inflation data, followed by US Retail Sales figures and Canada’s CPI before US market open. In the evening we follow the FOMC meeting minutes. While the Fed’s stance has been clear so far – which is that there is no planned change to the current monetary policy for the foreseeable future – traders will still be following along for any hints we may get.

Worth following overnight going into Thursday is Australia's Unemployment data. As always, Initial Jobless Claims data out of the US is expected in the afternoon, helping us gauge the improvements in the US job market and overall strength of the US economy. We wrap the day up with US CPI data.

Friday, we expect preliminary Manufacturing and Services PMI data from Germany and the Eurozone, followed by the UK and the US. Although only preliminary readings, combined, these figures create an economy’s GDP, and markets have been reactive to indicators of economic strength, so markets could see volatility at the end of the week.


UK earnings take focus

With the bulk of US companies earnings behind us, UK blue chips take focus this week. Among those reporting their latest quarterly earnings are Vodafone, British American Tobacco, Barclays, Rio Tinto, and NatWest. Along with moving their individual share prices, many of the companies expected to post earnings have enough weight to move the FTSE100, so index traders will be following along.


All times indicated are GMT.


Monday, 15th February

00:00 EUR Eurogroup Meeting
04:30 JPY Industrial Production
04:30 JPY Capacity Utilisation
10:00 EUR Industrial Production
10:00 EUR Trade Balance
13:30 CAD Manufacturing Sales

UK Company Announcements:


US Company Announcements:

Liberty Global

Tuesday, 16th February

00:30 AUD RBA Meeting Minutes
02:00 CNY Imports
02:00 CNY Exports
02:00 CNY Trade Balance
04:30 JPY Tertiary Industry Index
07:00 EUR EcoFin Meeting
10:00 EUR Employment Change Preliminary
10:00 EUR Gross Domestic Product Preliminary
10:00 EUR ZEW Survey – Economic Sentiment
10:00 GER ZEW Survey – Current Situation
10:00 GER ZEW Survey – Economic Sentiment
13:15 CAD Housing Starts
13:30 USD NY Empire State Manufacturing Index
23:30 AUD Westpac Leading Index
23:50 JPY Imports
23:50 JPY Exports
23:50 JPY Machinery Orders
23:50 JPY Merchandise Trade Balance

UK Company Announcements:

BHP Group
Petra Diamonds

US Company Announcements:

CVS Health Corporation
Palantir Technologies

Wednesday, 17th February

01:00 AUD RBA’s Kent Speech
07:00 GBP Consumer Price Index
07:00 GBP Core Consumer Price Index
07:00 GBP Retail Price Index
07:00 GBP PPI Core Output
08:00 EUR Non-Monetary Policy ECB Meeting
10:00 EUR Construction Output
13:30 USD Producer Price Index
13:30 USD Producer Price Index ex Food & Energy
13:30 USD Retail Sales
13:30 USD Retail Sales ex Autos
13:30 CAD Consumer Price Index
13:30 CAD Consumer Price Index – Core
13:30 CAD BoC Consumer Price Index Core
13:55 USD Redbook Index
14:15 USD Industrial Production
14:15 USD Capacity Utilisation
15:00 USD Business Inventories
16:00 GBP BoE’s Ramsden Speech
19:00 USD FOMC Minutes
21:30 USD API Weekly Crude Oil Stock

UK Company Announcements:

British American Tobacco
Plus 500
Rio Tinto

US Company Announcements:

Analog Devices
Hilton Worldwide Holdings

Thursday, 18th February

00:30 AUD Unemployment Rate
00:30 AUD Employment Change
00:30 AUD Fulltime Employment
00:30 AUD Part-Time Employment
00:30 AUD Participation Rate
07:00 CHF Imports
07:00 CHF Exports
07:00 CHF Trade Balance
11:00 GBP BoE’s Saunders Speech
12:30 EUR ECB Monetary Policy Meeting Accounts
13:30 USD Building Permits
13:30 USD Housing Starts
13:30 USD Initial Jobless Claims
13:30 USD Continuing Jobless Claims
13:30 USD Import Price Index
13:30 USD Export Price Index
13:30 USD Philadelphia Fed Manufacturing Survey
13:30 CAD ADP Employment Change
13:30 CAD New Housing Price Index
15:00 EUR Consumer Confidence Preliminary
15:30 USD EIA Crude Oil Stocks Change
15:30 USD EIA Natural Gas Storage Change
22:00 AUD Commonwealth Bank Services PMI
22:00 AUD Commonwealth Bank Manufacturing PMI
22:00 AUD Commonwealth Bank Composite PMI
23:30 JPY National Consumer Price Index
23:30 JPY National CPI ex Fresh Food
23:30 JPY National CPI ex Food & Energy

UK Company Announcements:

Smith & Nephew

US Company Announcements:

Applied Materials
Southern Company
Newmont Corporation
Marriott International
Barrick Gold

Friday, 19th February

00:30 JPY Jibun Bank Manufacturing PMI
00:30 AUD Retail Sales
07:00 GBP Retail Sales
07:00 GBP Retail Sales ex-Fuel
07:00 GER Producer Price Index
07:30 CHF Industrial Production
08:30 GER Markit Manufacturing PMI Preliminary
08:30 GER Markit Services PMI Preliminary
08:30 GER Markit PMI Composite Preliminary
09:00 EUR Markit Manufacturing PMI Preliminary
09:00 EUR Markit Services PMI Preliminary
09:00 EUR Markit PMI Composite Preliminary
09:30 GBP Markit Manufacturing PMI Preliminary
09:30 GBP Markit Service PMI Preliminary
13:30 CAD Retail Sales
13:30 CAD Retail Sales ex Autos
14:45 USD Markit Manufacturing PMI Preliminary
14:45 USD Markit Services PMI Preliminary
14:45 USD Markit PMI Composite Preliminary
15:00 USD Existing Home Sales
15:00 USD Existing Home Sales Change
18:00 USD Baker Hughes US Oil Rig Count

UK Company Announcements:

Natwest Group

US Company Announcements:

Deere & Company
DTE Energy Company

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