Global financial markets will focus on a big batch of U.S. economic data in the week ahead, with Friday’s inflation report in the spotlight, for further clues on the timing of the next Federal Reserve rate hike. Investors will also keep an eye out on a number of Fed speakers for any new insight on when and how the central bank plans to pare back its massive balance sheet. Elsewhere, China is to release monthly trade and inflation data amid recent signs that momentum in the world’s second largest economy remains strong.
In the U.K., traders will be awaiting a report on manufacturing production for further indications on the continued effect that the Brexit decision is having on the economy. Meanwhile, market players await monthly reports from the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Counties and the International Energy Agency to assess global oil supply and demand levels.
1. U.S. inflation data
2. Fed speakers
3. China trade figures
4. U.K. manufacturing production
5. OPEC/IEA monthly reports