A preview of the news, earnings and economic data to expcet in the week ahead.
On Wednesday, the Fed will release the minutes of its last meeting. While that is viewed as old news, the release will be highly scrutinized for more details on the “tapering” process. The Fed’s move to slow and ultimately end its bond buying is important since it is the first major step away from easy policy and a step toward interest rate hikes.
Fed Chairman Jerome Powell will hold an event for educators and students on the central bank and education Tuesday. Fed officials will be at their annual symposium in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, from Aug. 26 through Aug. 28, and tapering the $120 billion a month bond-buying program is expected to be a big topic on their agenda.
Two central banks meet, the Reserve Bank of New Zealand and Norges Bank, the Norwegian central bank. Both are at the forefront of major central banks shifting monetary policy from supporting growth to achieving their mandates. Recall that a couple years ago, the New Zealand parliament gave the RBNZ a maximum employment mandate alongside price stability. There seems little holding it back from hiking. Unemployment in Q2 fell to 4.0%, where it was in Q4 19, and price pressures are accelerating to move above 3%. The swaps market appears to have a 25 bp rate hike discounted for next week and another 25 bp hike before the end of the year.
A flurry of retail news in the week ahead will put market focus on the consumer, the driver of 70% of the U.S. economy. The Census Bureau will release July’s monthly retail sales report Tuesday morning, and Dow Jones forecast is for a decline of 0.2%. That same day, retail heavyweights Walmart and Home Depot report earnings. Macy’s, Target, TJX and Lowe’s are also among retailers reporting in the coming week.
Tencent Music, Roblox
RBA Monetary Policy Meeting Minutes
Walmart, Home Depot, Agilent, La-Z-Boy, BHP Group
US: Retail Sales, US Industrial Production
US Fed Chair Powell Speech (online)
Target, Nvidia, Lowe’s, Cisco Systems, Tencent, TJX, Bath and Body Works, Analog Devices
Europe: UK CPI
US: Canada CPI, Crude oil inventories
FOMC Meeting minutes
Applied Materials, Macy’s, BJ’s Wholesale, Petco, Estee Lauder, Kohl’s, Ross Stores, Adtalem
Asia: Australia Employment Report
US: Philadelphia Fed Index, Initial jobless claims
Deere, Foot Locker, Buckle
Europe: UK Retail Sales
US: Canada Retail Sales
Sources: Investing.com, CNBC. Bloomberg