WEEK AHEAD - Fed Meeting, BOE, RBA & US Jobs Report

A preview of the news, earnings, and economic data to expect in the week ahead. This week there is the all-important Fed meeting and monthly non-farm payrolls data - as well as interest rate decisions from the BOE and RBA.

What happened last week

As a reminder, some of the top market news of last week were:

  • The S&P 500, Dow Jones & Nasdaq notched up fresh record highs
  • The DAX led European stocks upwards with a 6-week high
  • Tesla reached a $1 trillion market cap
  • Apple earnings disappointed
  • Microsoft became the world's most valuable company
  • The dollar rallied on Friday following strong US inflation stats
  • US Q3 GDP data missed expectations (2% vs. 2.7% exp and 6.7% prev)
  • The Bank of Canada ended its QE program completely 
  • The ECB stayed dovish - tapering plans set for March '22


5-day performance as of Monday November 1, 9am CET

futures price performance weekly

Source: Finviz.com

Top 5 stories for the coming week:

The 5 events, news stories or market price action that could shape the week ahead:

1.     Fed meeting

The Federal Reserve is finally set to announce it will reduce (taper!) its asset purchases this week - a major turning point away from its pandemic-era stimulus. The huge liquidity the Fed has pumped into the financial system has clearly made its way into financial assets. The question (and source of possible volatility) is how reliant markets have become on this liquidity - and what the affect of  'removing the punchbowl' - even slightly - will be. 

Read our blog Gold & Silver Outlook: Time for the Classic Inflation Hedge? to understand the possible impact of the Fed on precious metals.

2.     US jobs

Will it be three for three of disappointing US jobs reports? The last two months have been atrocious when compared to the high expectations - and US GDP growth forecasts are being downgraded accordingly. This raises the spectre of stagflation - high inflation but rising unemployment. A negative jobs number appears unlikely - the backdrop for the US labour market is one of a slowing recovery constrained by supply shortages. However, should a negative NFP happen while inflation is topping expectations - even if it were a one-off - it could catch markets by surprise and cause a major risk-off moment.

3.     OPEC+

OPEC and its allies including Russia will again decide how to respond to rising oil prices and falling oil inventories as demand remains strong. This time around there is pressure from US President Joe Biden - who has made a direct plea to the cartel to increase production. This might be a difference-maker- and the chance that OPEC speeds up its quota increases through the end of the year has risen. 

4.     BOE & RBA

The Bank of England looks set to join the small ranks of central banks who will have raised interest rates in 2021. It's not as hawkish as it sounds because the bank is still running its quantitative easing (QE) program. 

The Reserve Bank of Australia made a surprise decison to taper its asset purchases in October and may well decide to do so again, in line with better backdrop for Australian industry thanks to higher commodity prices. However, the consensus among economists is the RBA stays on hold this month.

5.     Earnings continue

We are through most of the big tech earnings but many major American and international corporations are set to report Q3 numbers this week. The record highs in US stock indices would suggest investors are looking past disappointing results from behemoths Apple and Amazon. Instead the focus is on the strong earnings growth more broadly, especially among the cyclical sectors that can pass on higher costs with higher prices.

Economic Calendar:

Mon 1 01:45 CNY Caixin Manufacturing PMI(Oct)  50 50
  07:00 GER Retail Sales (MoM)(Sep)  0.6% 1.10%
  14:00 USD ISM Manufacturing PMI(Oct)  60.41 61.1
Tues 2 03:30 AUD RBA Interest Rate Decision  0.10% 0.10%
  08:55 GER Markit Manufacturing PMI(Oct)  58.2 58.2
Wed 3 01:45 CNY Caixin Services PMI(Oct)  50.7 53.4
  12:15 USD ADP Employment Change(Oct)  369K 568K
  14:00 USD ISM Services PMI(Oct)  62 61.9
  18:00 USD Fed Interest Rate Decision  0.25% 0.25%
Thur 4 12:00 GBP BoE Interest Rate Decision  0.10% 0.10%
Fri 5 12:30 USD Nonfarm Payrolls(Oct)  425K 194K
  12:30 CAD Net Change in Employment(Oct)  19.3K 157.1K


Source: FXStreet.com


Corporate earnings:

2/11/21 Pfizer Inc. Q3 2021 Earnings
2/11/21 T-Mobile US Inc Q3 2021 Earnings
2/11/21 Amgen Inc. Q3 2021 Earnings
2/11/21 Estée Lauder Companies Inc. (ELC) (Estee Lauder) Q1 2022 Earnings
2/11/21 ConocoPhillips Q3 2021 Earnings
2/11/21 BP plc (British Petrol) Q3 2021 Earnings
2/11/21 Mondelez Q3 2021 Earnings
2/11/21 Activision Blizzard Inc. Q3 2021 Earnings
2/11/21 Thomson Reuters Corp Registered Shs Q3 2021 Earnings
2/11/21 A.P. Moeller - Maersk A-S (B) Q3 2021 Earnings
2/11/21 A.P. Moeller - Maersk A-S (A) Q3 2021 Earnings
2/11/21 Ferrari N.V. Q3 2021 Earnings
2/11/21 Match Group Inc Registered Shs Q3 2021 Earnings
2/11/21 Prudential Financial Inc. Q3 2021 Earnings
3/11/21 Novo Nordisk Q3 2021 Earnings
3/11/21 QUALCOMM Inc. Q4 2021 Earnings
3/11/21 CVS Health Corp Q3 2021 Earnings
3/11/21 Booking Holdings Inc Registered Shs Q3 2021 Earnings
3/11/21 Equinix Inc Q3 2021 Earnings
3/11/21 BMW AG Q3 2021 Earnings
3/11/21 Humana Inc. Q3 2021 Earnings
3/11/21 Intesa Sanpaolo S.p.A. Q3 2021 Earnings
3/11/21 Marriott Inc. Q3 2021 Earnings
3/11/21 Roku Inc. Q3 2021 Earnings
3/11/21 Electronic Arts Inc. Q2 2022 Earnings
4/11/21 Alibaba Group Holding Ltd Registered Shs Q2 2022 Earnings
4/11/21 Toyota Motor Corp. Q2 2022 Earnings
4/11/21 Moderna Inc Registered Shs Q3 2021 Earnings
4/11/21 Barrier Reverse Convertible auf EURO STOXX 50 / Nikkei 225 / S&P 500 / SMI von Credit Suisse bis 31.08.2012 Q3 2021 Earnings
4/11/21 Square Q3 2021 Earnings
4/11/21 Airbnb Q3 2021 Earnings
4/11/21 Zoetis Inc (A) Q3 2021 Earnings
4/11/21 Enel S.p.A. Q3 2021 Earnings
4/11/21 Uber Q3 2021 Earnings
4/11/21 Duke Energy Corp Q3 2021 Earnings
4/11/21 Deutsche Post AG Q3 2021 Earnings
4/11/21 Siemens Healthineers AG Q4 2021 Earnings
4/11/21 MercadoLibre IncShs Q3 2021 Earnings
4/11/21 Cigna Corp Q3 2021 Earnings
4/11/21 Becton, Dickinson & Co. (BD) Q4 2021 Earnings
4/11/21 Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc. Q3 2021 Earnings
4/11/21 SoftBank Corp. Registered Shs Q2 2021 Earnings
4/11/21 Daikin Industries Ltd. Q2 2021 Earnings
4/11/21 ING Group Q3 2021 Earnings
4/11/21 Fortinet Inc Q3 2021 Earnings
4/11/21 Nintendo Co. Ltd. Q2 2021 Earnings
4/11/21 American International Group (AIG) Inc. Q3 2021 Earnings
4/11/21 Monster Beverage Corp Q3 2021 Earnings


Berkshire Hathaway Inc. A Q3 2021 Earnings
5/11/21 Berkshire Hathaway Inc. B Q3 2021 Earnings
5/11/21 Enbridge Inc. Q3 2021 Earnings
5/11/21 Dominion Energy Inc. Q3 2021 Earnings
5/11/21 DBS Group Holdings Ltd. Q3 2021 Earnings
5/11/21 Honda Motor Co. Ltd. Q2 2022 Earnings
5/11/21 Mitsubishi Corp. Q2 2022 Earnings


Source: markets.businessinsider.com/earnings-calendar


Good luck trading this week!