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  1. Date : 23rd May 2017. MACRO EVENTS & NEWS OF 23rd May 2017.FX News TodayEuropean Outlook: Asian stock markets are narrowly mixed, with the Nikkei down -0.16%, while the Hang Seng managed a 0.24% gain. U.S. stock futures are heading south, while the FTSE 100 futures is managing marginal gains as Sterling slumps following last nights terror attack in Manchester. Greek officials sounded optimist on the progress of the bailout review after yesterday’s Eurogroup meeting and markets are preparing for a very full data round in Europe today, which includes detailed German GDP numbers at the start of the session as well as German Ifo, preliminary PMIs and the U.K. CBI retailing survey. Against that background, U.K. bond and stock markets are likely to continue to outperform, while Eurozone spreads could remain mixed, as markets assess political risks and data ahead of the June ECB meeting.German Q1 GDP was confirmed at 0.6% q/q and 1.7% y/y (wda) – as expected. The breakdown, which was released for the first time, showed broadly balanced growth, with private consumption and government spending expanding below average, but investment picking up strongly. In particular equipment investment, which had continued to contract over the past quarters finally rebounded and surged 1.2% q/q. Construction investment meanwhile rose 2.3% q/q. and investment overall contributed 0.3% points to the quarterly growth rate, private consumption 0.2% points and net exports, which detracted from growth in the second half of last year, contributed 0.4% points, while stock changes detracted -0.4% points. The strong contribution from net exports will add to the ongoing criticism of Germany’s export surplus, but with private consumption also picking up and investment expanding strongly, this is a relatively broadly balanced recovery.EU Commission calls on Germany to accelerate public investment and create conditions for wage growth to pick up. At the same time the country should use fiscal policy to support demand. Given that the German economy is already close or above capacity and that monetary policy remains very expansionary an equally expansionary fiscal policy is a controversial recommendation, but it reflects the prevailing sense that budget surpluses should be used for spending and investment rather than debt reduction, despite the fact that debt levels across the whole of the Eurozone remain high. German wage growth meanwhile remains above the Eurozone average, but admittedly looks rather low considering that the labour market is very tight. German Finance Minstry sees shrinking current account surplus. The ministry said in its latest monthly report that the German current account surplus is set to fall further next year, to a still very high 7% of GDP from an expected 7.5% this year and versus 8.6% in 2015. The report stressed that on a national basis the ground is prepared for a sinking surplus, and that the high surplus is mainly due to market forces.Main Macro Events Today German IFO – German Ifo business confidence is expected to nudge slightly higher to 113.1 from 112.9, with both expectations and current conditions indicators likely to improve. Eurozone PMI – Eurozone PMI readings expected to move sideways in May at high levels, with the manufacturing PMI seen at 56.6, slightly down from the 56.7 in the previous month and the services PMI at 56.5, down from 56.4 in April. UK Public Sector Net Borrowing – The headline realized sales reading of the CBI survey expected to dip to 32 from 44 in the previous month. Meanwhile the GDP data expected to come in unrevised at 0.3% q/q and 2.1% y/y. US New Home Sales – New home sales are expected to drop 4.2% in April to a 595k unit pace after climbing 5.8% in March to 621k. Always trade with strict risk management. Your capital is the single most important aspect of your trading business.Please note that times displayed based on local time zone and are from time of writing this report.Click HERE to access the full HotForex Economic calendar.Want to learn to trade and analyse the markets? Join our webinars and get analysis and trading ideas combined with better understanding on how markets work. Click HERE to register for FREE!Click HERE to READ more Market news. Andria Pichidi Market Analyst HotForex Disclaimer: This material is provided as a general marketing communication for information purposes only and does not constitute an independent investment research. Nothing in this communication contains, or should be considered as containing, an investment advice or an investment recommendation or a solicitation for the purpose of buying or selling of any financial instrument. All information provided is gathered from reputable sources and any information containing an indication of past performance is not a guarantee or reliable indicator of future performance. Users acknowledge that any investment in FX and CFDs products is characterized by a certain degree of uncertainty and that any investment of this nature involves a high level of risk for which the users are solely responsible and liable. We assume no liability for any loss arising from any investment made based on the information provided in this communication. This communication must not be reproduced or further distributed without our prior written permission.
  2. Date : 22th May 2017. MACRO EVENTS & NEWS OF 22th May 2017.FX News TodayIt was a little over eight years ago when then Fed chief Bernanke said he saw signs of “green shoots” of recovery from the Great Recession and financial crisis of 2007-2008. But they didn’t really blossom as annual GDP growth has averaged only 2.1% in the U.S., and even less in OECD countries. Despite the fears that the political tumult since Brexit would be a major headwind to growth, recent data reveal an increasingly upbeat outlook, where the rise in optimism finally could be bearing fruitUnited States: Trading in the U.S. was choppy last week as political uncertainties dominated. This week, the markets will be closely following President Trump’s first overseas trip as leader of the free world as he visits Saudi Arabia, Israel, Italy (for a G7 summit), the Vatican, and Belgium (for a NATO summit). Despite political uncertainties, we have some US data out this week. The data calendar is light and none of the releases will be really crucial to the outlook. The week’s highlights are home sales and home prices, durable goods, consumer sentiment, and the second look at Q1 GDP. New home sales (Tuesday) are expected to drop 4.2% in April to a 595k unit pace. Sales have been up all year so far. April existing home sales (Wednesday) are projected to fall 0.5% to a 5.680 mln clip. Durable orders (Friday) are seen dropping 1.0%, erasing the 0.9% March increase, and ending a string of three straight monthly gains. The final reading on May consumer confidence from the University of Michigan survey (Friday) is seen unchanged at 97.7. Q1 GDP (Friday) is expected to be revised down to a 0.5% rate of growth from the 0.7% Advance report. Other data this week includes April Chicago Fed national activity index for April (Monday), the Richmond Fed index (Tuesday), the flash May Markit PMI (Wednesday), the FHFA home price index (Wednesday), the KC Fed manufacturing index (Thursday), the advance economic indicators (Thursday), jobless claims (Thursday), and the flash May Markit services index.Canada: Canada’s markets are closed Monday for the Victoria Day holiday. The Bank of Canada’s rate announcement (Wednesday) is the main event this week. No change in the 0.50% rate setting expected, alongside a maintenance of a cautiously constructive outlook on growth and inflation that is consistent with no change in rates until next year. Wholesale shipments (Tuesday) are projected to improve 1.0% in March after the 0.2% dip in February. Average weekly earnings for March and the May CFIB small and medium business sentiment survey are both due Thursday. BoC Deputy Governor Sylvain Leduc speaks on Thursday, with the remarks published on the BoC’s website at 11:45 ETEurope: That there are diverging opinions on the ECB’s Governing Council is nothing new. But so far at least the Executive Board has been united in its defense of the central bank’s still very accommodative policy and the insurance policy that the implicit easing bias still provides. However, with confidence indicators showing a more robust economy, labor markets improving, and political risks receding, it seems the discussion about how much gradualism will be needed for the ECB’s path to exit steps has reached the Executive Board. Praet and Coeure as well as ECB President Draghi are all scheduled to speak during the weekand it will be interesting to see whether the two “opponents” will continue their public voicing of opinion and if Draghi will take sides ahead of the June meeting. What is clear is that the discussion is ongoing and political events and market volatility will likely be equally important in the end as confidence data and against that background this week’s round of German Ifo and PMI readings(both Tuesday) will be watched carefully. The manufacturing PMI seen at 56.6 slightly down from the 56.7 in the previous month and the services PMI at 56.5 down from 56.4 in April. The German Ifo Business Climate, meanwhile is expected to nudge slightly higher to 113.1 from 112.9, with both expectations and current conditions indicators likely to improve.UK: Incoming data for April and May have been consistent with growth rebounding from a weak patch in Q1, highlighting that Brexit uncertainties haven’t been taking the economic toll feared. The calendar this week brings government borrowing for April (Tuesday), the May edition of the CBI distributive sales survey (alsoTuesday), and the second estimate of the Q1 GDP report. The headline realized sales reading of the CBI survey expected to dip to 32 from 44 in the previous month. The GDP data expected to come in unrevised at 0.3% q/q and 2.1% y/y.Japan: In Japan, the March all-industry index (Tuesday) is forecast at -0.7% m/m, reversing the 0.7% rise in February. CPI figures (Thursday) should show national prices at a 0.2% y/y rate overall in April, unchanged from March, while core prices should be steady at 0.2% y/y versus February. May Tokyo CPI is expected to drop to a -0.1% y/y clip overall, and -0.1% y/y core, both unchanged compared to April. April services PPI (Thursday) are estimated rising at a 0.8% y/y pace, unchanged from March.Australia: Australia’s calendar is thin this week, with Q1 construction work done (Wednesday) one of the few economic report due. Reserve Bank of Australia Deputy Governor Debelle has a busy week. He presents a speech titled ” How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Basis” at the BIS Symposium: CIP – RIP? onTuesday. Debelle delivers opening remarks and participates in a panel at the Launch of the FX Global Code in London (Thursday). The RBA’s Head of Payments Policy participates in a panel at the Australian Retail Banking Summit (Friday).New Zealand: New Zealand’s calendar has the April trade report (Wednesday), expected to reveal a narrowing in the surplus to NZ$250 mln from NZ$332 mln in March. Reserve Bank of New Zealand Governor Wheeler speaks in Hamilton (Wednesday) but the event is not public.Always trade with strict risk management. Your capital is the single most important aspect of your trading business.Please note that times displayed based on local time zone and are from time of writing this report.Click HERE to access the full HotForex Economic calendar.Want to learn to trade and analyse the markets? Join our webinars and get analysis and trading ideas combined with better understanding on how markets work. Click HERE to register for FREE!Click HERE to READ more Market news. Andria Pichidi Market Analyst HotForex Disclaimer: This material is provided as a general marketing communication for information purposes only and does not constitute an independent investment research. Nothing in this communication contains, or should be considered as containing, an investment advice or an investment recommendation or a solicitation for the purpose of buying or selling of any financial instrument. All information provided is gathered from reputable sources and any information containing an indication of past performance is not a guarantee or reliable indicator of future performance. Users acknowledge that any investment in FX and CFDs products is characterized by a certain degree of uncertainty and that any investment of this nature involves a high level of risk for which the users are solely responsible and liable. We assume no liability for any loss arising from any investment made based on the information provided in this communication. This communication must not be reproduced or further distributed without our prior written permission.
  3. Date : 19th May 2017. MACRO EVENTS & NEWS OF 19th May 2017.FX News TodayEuropean Outlook: Equity markets started to improve and Wall Street managed to close in positive territory, as “Trump anxiety” eased somewhat. Markets were still mixed in Asia overnight, with Hang Seng and Nikkei posting slight gains, while CSI and ASX are slightly in the red. FTSE 100 and U.S. stock futures are moving higher though and it seems European markets may manage to claw back some of the losses seen over the last couple of days as investors put aside the turmoil in the Trump administration. Bund futures already started to come off highs during the PM and after hour session yesterday and with risk aversion unwinding Eurozone peripherals could outperform today and Eurozone spreads come in. ECB officials will be keeping a close eye on spreads and the impact of political uncertainty as comments from ECB officials show differing opinions on the speed with which the ECB should communicate the exit steps expected for next year. Data releases include German PPI numbers at the start of the session as well as Eurozone current account and BoP data and the U.K. CBI industrial trends survey for May, followed by EMU consumer confidence in the afternoon.US Data: Revealed a surprisingly tight 232k claims reading for the May BLS survey week and a hefty May Philly Fed surge to 38.8 that nearly reached the 33-year high of 43.3 seen in February, alongside a 0.3% leading indicators rise that left an eighth consecutive gain, and an uptick in the Bloomberg consumer comfort index to a lofty 50.2. The employment components of the Philly Fed survey diverged around high levels, leaving upside risk from both this survey and the claims data for our 195k May nonfarm payroll estimate. The solid path for the monthly indicators into Q2, alongside room for an inventory updraft into the second half of 2017 after the big Q1 setback bodes well for GDP, where we expect a growth bounce to 3.2% after a Q1 boost to 0.8% from 0.7%, alongside a robust 6% Q2 clip for industrial production after a 1.8% Q1 pace.Treasury Secretary Mnuchin believes 3% GDP or better is achievable, in his first testimony before the Senate Banking Committee. The acceleration in growth is possible “if we make historic reforms to both taxes and regulation.” The top U.S. priorities he noted are tax overhaul, housing finance and regulatory reforms, and combating terrorist financing.” And he added we are “committed to rethinking our foreign agreements and trading practices to ensure they are both free and fair to American businesses and workers” (remember earlier today USTR Ross notified Congress that the administration is triggering Nafta negotiations). On taxes, Mnuchin repeated that the objective of tax reform is for a cut for middle income earners. Meanwhile, House Leader Ryan attempted to get back on message about tax and regulatory reform, while expressing support for an independent special counsel to “follow where the facts lead” on the Russian probe. Later a video emerged that seemed to back up the White House’s assertion over Comey and let the president off the hook. Cable lost over 100 pips as the USD recovered.Fedspeak: Cleveland Fed hawk Mester expects further Fed hikes will be necessary if the economy evolves as expected, while delaying hikes too long would risk a recession. She’s also comfortable with altering the Fed’s balance sheet policy later this year and once that plan is decided the Fed should stick to it and use rates to respond to the economy. This is totally in character and in keeping with the hawkish non-voter’s track record and prior remarks.Main Macro Events Today CAD Retail Sales – Canadian retail Sales are expected to gain 0.5% in March retail after the 0.6% pull-back in February. The ex-autos sales aggregate is seen improving 0.3% in March following the 0.1% dip in February. Gasoline prices dipped 1.1% m/m in March after the 4.9% plunge in February, according to the CPI. Canada CPI Inflation is expected to expand 0.6% in April versus March after the 0.2% m/m gain in March. Gasoline prices were stronger, shooting 7% higher in April compared to March (average monthly basis). Total CPI is seen accelerating to a 1.8% y/y pace in April from the 1.6% pace in March. The trimmed mean CPI slowed to a 1.4% y/y pace in March from a revised 1.5% rate (was 1.6%) in February. The CPI common grew at a 1.3% y/y rate in March, matching the 1.3% clip in February. The CPI median grew 1.7% y/y following the revised 1.8% (was 1.9%) rate in February. Always trade with strict risk management. Your capital is the single most important aspect of your trading business.Please note that times displayed based on local time zone and are from time of writing this report.Click HERE to access the full HotForex Economic calendar.Want to learn to trade and analyse the markets? Join our webinars and get analysis and trading ideas combined with better understanding on how markets work. Click HERE to register for FREE!Click HERE to READ more Market news. Stuart Cowell Senior Market Analyst HotForex Disclaimer: This material is provided as a general marketing communication for information purposes only and does not constitute an independent investment research. Nothing in this communication contains, or should be considered as containing, an investment advice or an investment recommendation or a solicitation for the purpose of buying or selling of any financial instrument. All information provided is gathered from reputable sources and any information containing an indication of past performance is not a guarantee or reliable indicator of future performance. Users acknowledge that any investment in FX and CFDs products is characterized by a certain degree of uncertainty and that any investment of this nature involves a high level of risk for which the users are solely responsible and liable. We assume no liability for any loss arising from any investment made based on the information provided in this communication. This communication must not be reproduced or further distributed without our prior written permission.
  4. Date : 18th May 2017. MACRO EVENTS & NEWS OF 18th May 2017. FX News Today European Outlook: The global sell off in equities continued overnight in Asia. Concern over the problems of the Trump administration has been hitting markets hard and Nikkei and ASX lost more than 1%, after a sharp sell off on Wall Street yesterday. Stronger than expected GDP numbers out of Japan failed to lift sentiment. European markets also closed firmly in the red yesterday, with Eurozone peripherals underperforming as risk aversion spiked higher. The FTSE 100 managed to outperform, but also closed with a 0.25% loss and U.K. futures are heading south, even as U.S. futures are managing to move higher. The good news for Draghi and Co is that Eurozone spreads didn’t widen today and that at least so far the spike in risk aversion hasn’t hit peripherals, but increased volatility, will add to the arguments of the doves at the ECB, who want to tread very carefully as the ECB inches towards exit steps. Today’s calendar has French unemployment, U.K. retail sales and the ECB minutes of the last policy meeting. FX Update: The dollar steadied after posting fresh lows as the “Trump trade” unwind continued after the New York close. The main equity indices in Asia fell, taking their cue from Wall Street amid concerns that the Trump growth agenda is in jeopardy. USDJPY losses extended for a second day. A three-week low was made at 110.52 in early Asia-Pacific dealings, with the pair subsequently managing to settle back above 111.00. EURJPY reversed recent gains as the yen outperformed, dropping quite sharply to a low of 123.42, putting in some distance from the two-year high the cross saw on Tuesday. The drop-in EURJPY reflects yen outperformance as the Japanese safe haven premium rises, while EURUSD logged a fresh six-month peak amid dollar outperformance. The high was at 1.1171, with the pair subsequently settling in the lower 1.11s. UK unemployment dipped to a new 12-year low of 4.6%, which was unexpected as the median forecast had been for an unchanged 4.7% reading for official March data. Average incomes were less encouraging, but now below inflation, which in the latest numbers for April rose to 2.7%. The BoE said in its quarterly inflation report last week that it expected wage growth to turn positive again, though on the proviso that the Brexit process goes smoothly. Eurozone April HICP inflation confirmed at 1.9% y/y as expected. The annual rate bounced back in April, after falling to just 1.5% y/y in March, from 2.0% y/y in February. The zigzag course over the March/April period was mainly due to the Easter effect. This also impacted core inflation, which rose to 1.2% y/y from 0.7% y/y in the previous month. Inflation is trending higher as growth strengthens, but less than April numbers suggest as wage growth remains moderate, despite the improving situation on the labour market. Wage moderation in Germany in particular seems puzzling given that the German jobless rate is at record lows and with that in mind the ECB is unlikely to do much more than remove the easing bias in June. Indeed, a stronger EUR and lower oil prices could in fact bring a downward revision to inflation projections with the updated forecasts next month. Main Macro Events Today U.K. Retail Sales – Retail sales are seen bouncing 1.0 % after dropping -1.8% in March, while the ex-Fuel figure should rise 1.0% after the disappointing -1.5% previously. ECB Monetary Meeting Accounts – ECB Monetary Policy Meeting Accounts have be scheduled for 11:30 GMT today, while President Draghi is due to speak at the University of Tel Aviv at 17:00 GMT. US Unemployment Claims – Initial jobless claims may rebound 4k to 240k for the May 13 week and leading indicators are forecast to rise 0.2% in April vs 0.4% in March. Always trade with strict risk management. Your capital is the single most important aspect of your trading business. Please note that times displayed based on local time zone and are from time of writing this report. Click HERE to access the full HotForex Economic calendar. Want to learn to trade and analyse the markets? Join our webinars and get analysis and trading ideas combined with better understanding on how markets work. Click HERE to register for FREE! Click HERE to READ more Market news. Andria Pichidi Market Analyst HotForex Disclaimer: This material is provided as a general marketing communication for information purposes only and does not constitute an independent investment research. Nothing in this communication contains, or should be considered as containing, an investment advice or an investment recommendation or a solicitation for the purpose of buying or selling of any financial instrument. All information provided is gathered from reputable sources and any information containing an indication of past performance is not a guarantee or reliable indicator of future performance. Users acknowledge that any investment in FX and CFDs products is characterized by a certain degree of uncertainty and that any investment of this nature involves a high level of risk for which the users are solely responsible and liable. We assume no liability for any loss arising from any investment made based on the information provided in this communication. This communication must not be reproduced or further distributed without our prior written permission.
  5. Date : 17th May 2017. MACRO EVENTS & NEWS OF 17th May 2017.FX News TodayEuropean Outlook: Asian stock markets headed south after a mixed closed on Wall Street. “Trump anxiety” is blamed for falling risk appetite, while a stronger Yen weighed on Japanese exporters. Chinese stocks trading in Hong Kong as railway and construction companies were under pressure following an infrastructure summit. U.K. and U.S. stock futures are also under pressure, pointing to a correction in the FTSE 100, which outperformed yesterday with a 0.91% gain and a close above 7500. The DAX moved sideways at high levels amid bouts of profit taking but managed to close above 12800. Gilt futures recovered losses as safe haven demand picked up again and Bund futures, which closed marginally in the red moved higher in after hour trade, which against the pressure on stock markets points to early gains and a dip in yields. The European calendar has U.K. labour market data and the final reading of Eurozone inflation numbers for April.FX Update: The dollar is trading softer against most currencies, particularly the yen with USDJPY dropping quite sharply, from levels above 113.50 yesterday to a 12-day low today in Tokyo at 112.34. The narrow USD index has fallen for fourth consecutive session, making its lowest levels since last November’s presidential election. EURUSD rose to a fresh six-month high of 1.1116. Concerns about the about the pro-Trump growth agenda have weighed on the dollar. First the Senate Majority Leader McConnell appeared to downplay aspects of the plans for revenue-neutral tax cuts, Dodd-Frank rollback, among other things, and later news erupted about an alleged existence of a potentially Trump-damaging memo written by ex-FBI director Comey. This rattled Wall Street and led to a mostly negative session across equity bourses in Asia, which in turn let to yen outperformance as market participants sought safe havens.U.S. reports: revealed a robust industrial production report that left good news for the day on net, though we saw disappointing housing starts data with annual revisions that lowered the recent trajectory. For factories, we saw a 1.0% April industrial production surge with gains spread across the manufacturing, mining and utility components, and we expect a robust 6% headline growth clip in Q2 led by mining and utilities. For housing, we saw April drops of 2.6% for starts, 2.5% for permits, and 8.6% for completions.UK April CPI came in perkier than expected in rising to a new cycle high of 2.7% y/y, the highest rate since 2013 and up from 2.3% y/y in March. The core CPI reading came at 2.4% y/y from 1.8% in the previous month. PPI input prices unwound some, dipping to 16.6% y/y from 17.4% y/y in March, itself downwardly revised from 17.9%. Cable has U-turned sharply lower, to a low so far of 1.2865, following a short-lived rally to 1.2958 seen at the prompt of a perkier than expected UK CPI. German ZEW investor confidence rose to 20.6, slightly below expectations, but still up from 19.5 in the previous month. Eurozone Q1 GDP growth was confirmed at 0.5% q/q, in line with the preliminary number and unchanged from Q4 last year. The outcome of the French Presidential election continues to underpin an improved assessment of global political risks, while a fresh rise in German ZEW investor confidence underpinned hopes of stronger growth ahead, even as Eurozone Q1 GDP numbers show a still uneven recovery. The fact that the ECB has signaled a very gradual move towards policy normalization meanwhile is helping to keep Eurozone spreads in. In the U.K. April inflation data came in higher than expected, but still fitted the BoE’s inflation outlook.Main Macro Events Today U.K. Labour Data – March ILO unemployment rate anticipated to remain unchanged at 4.7%. In-line data shouldn’t have too much impact on sterling. The Claimant Count Change expected to fall 7.5K from 25.5K last month. EMU Final April HICP – The final April EMU HICP should confirm the headline rate at 1.9% y/y and core at 1.2% y/y. The pronounced up and down over the March/April period was impacted by the later timing of Easter. EIA Inventories – EIA Crude Oil Stock Change is on tap as well and an improvement is expected at -2.283M from -5.247M last week. Always trade with strict risk management. Your capital is the single most important aspect of your trading business.Please note that times displayed based on local time zone and are from time of writing this report.Click HERE to access the full HotForex Economic calendar.Want to learn to trade and analyse the markets? Join our webinars and get analysis and trading ideas combined with better understanding on how markets work. Click HERE to register for FREE!Click HERE to READ more Market news. Andria Pichidi Market Analyst HotForex Disclaimer: This material is provided as a general marketing communication for information purposes only and does not constitute an independent investment research. Nothing in this communication contains, or should be considered as containing, an investment advice or an investment recommendation or a solicitation for the purpose of buying or selling of any financial instrument. All information provided is gathered from reputable sources and any information containing an indication of past performance is not a guarantee or reliable indicator of future performance. Users acknowledge that any investment in FX and CFDs products is characterized by a certain degree of uncertainty and that any investment of this nature involves a high level of risk for which the users are solely responsible and liable. We assume no liability for any loss arising from any investment made based on the information provided in this communication. This communication must not be reproduced or further distributed without our prior written permission.
  6. Date : 15th May 2017.MACRO EVENTS & NEWS OF 15th May 2017.FX News TodayIt was a swing and a miss on U.S. CPI Friday, following Thursday’s below forecast PPI report. Headline retail sales also undershot estimates, though upward revisions to February and March improved the complexion of that report. Meanwhile, consumer sentiment continued to beat expectations to extend the gap between “soft” and “hard” data. The data resulted in modest lessening in the risk of a Fed tightening next month, though the probability is still over 70%. Yet, the chances for another hike in September were trimmed to about 40% from around 50-50 previously.United States: Despite the weakness in some of the recent U.S. reports, data are still consistent with a rebound in Q2 GDP after a sluggish 0.7% clip for Q1, and upcoming reports on manufacturing, production, and housing should burnish that relatively bullish outlook. Specifically, the economic calendar is a fairly limited this week with a smattering of housing, production, Philly Fed, claims and LEI data on tap. The Empire State index is forecast to rebound (Monday) to 9.0 in May from 5.2 in April. Housing starts should increase to a 1,260k pace in April from 1,215 in March (Tuesday), though risk is downward as construction employment slips in May. Industrial production is expected to rise 0.4% (Tuesday) in April from 0.5% in March, while capacity utilization may increase to 76.3% from 76.1%. MBA mortgage applications (Wednesday) will have to account for the swings in yields between the uptick in PPI and slump in CPI the week prior, while EIA energy inventories are on tap as well. Data rounds out (Thursday) with a rash release, including the Philly Fed index seen slipping to 20.0 for May from 22.0. Initial jobless claims may rebound 5k to 241k for the May 13 week and leading indicators are forecast to rise 0.2% in April vs 0.4% in March.Canada: In Canada, the end of the week brings March retail sales (Friday) and April CPI (Friday). The lead up to those key releases is rather less exciting, with a choppy calendar that has March manufacturing (Wednesday) and April existing home sales (Monday). Total CPI expected to rise 0.5% in April, driven by the run-up in gasoline prices, after the 0.2% gain (m/m, nsa) in March. The CPI is expected to accelerate to a 1.8% growth rate in April on an annual comparable basis from the 1.6% y/y pace in March. Retail sales are expected to bounce 1.0% m/m in March after the 0.6% drop in February. The ex-autos aggregate is seen improving 0.7% on the heels of the 0.1% dip in February. Manufacturing shipments are projected to recover 1.0% m/m in March after the 0.2% decline in February. The international transactions in securities for March will be released Thursday. The Bank of Canada is silent this week. Next week sees the rate announcement (May 24), which is expected to result in no change to the current 0.50% rate setting or the cautiously constructive outlook on growth and inflation that backs our projection for no change in rates through year-end.Europe: Political risk has receded with Macron’s election victory, and while this is unlikely to be the last challenge to the unity of the Eurozone or the EU, it paves the way for Draghi to move to a neutral stance on rates at the June meeting. ECB speak from Draghi (Thursday), Constancio, Praet and others will likely confirm this, but also stress once again that the Eurozone still needs substantial monetary support and the current QE schedule will be implemented as planned. The data highlight this week is German ZEW Investor Confidence (Tuesday), which is seen increasing to 21.0 from 19.5 reflecting reduced political uncertainty, improving growth and rising stock markets. Other data are mainly backward-looking. Eurozone Q1 GDP (Tuesday) is expected to be confirmed at 0.5% q/q and 1.7% y/y, in line with the preliminary number. March trade data (also Tuesday), will add background information amid the lack of a full breakdown. Meanwhile final April EMU HICP (Wednesday) should confirm the headline rate at 1.9% y/y and core at 1.2% y/y. The data calendar also includes Eurozone current account and balance of payment numbers for March, as well as German producer price inflation for April. Supply comes from Germany, which will issue 30 year Bunds on Wednesday. Spain and France follow with bond auctions on Thursday.UK: The calendar is highlighted by April inflation data (Tuesday), labor market figures covering March and April (Wednesday), and the official retail sales report for April (Thursday). CPI expected to spike to a new cycle high of 2.6% y/y from the 2.3% print seen in the month prior. The 15%-odd y/y decline in sterling and the approximate 10% gain in the y/y oil price comparison underpins this forecast. The BoE last week in its quarterly inflation report said that CPI should come back down to its 2.0% target over the next year, and highlighted the disinflationary effects of recent currency gains. As for the labour data, the March ILO unemployment rate anticipated to remain unchanged at 4.7%. In-line data shouldn’t have too much impact on sterling.Japan: Japan’s docket kicks off on Monday with April PPI, which expected to rise to 1.6% y/y from 1.4% previously. The March tertiary industry index (Tuesday) should fall 0.1% m/m versus the 0.2% increase in February. Revised March industrial production is also due Tuesday. March machine orders (Wednesday) are penciled in at up 5.0% m/m versus the 1.5% rise seen previously. Preliminary Q1 GDP (Thursday) should rise 1.6% q/q as compared to the 1.2% increase in Q4.Australia: Australia’s calendar is headlined by the employment report (Thursday), expected to reveal a 15.0k job gain in April after the 60.9k surge in March. The unemployment rate is projected at 5.9%, matching the 5.9% in March. The wage price index for Q1 (Wednesday) is projected to expand 0.4% in Q1 (q/q, sa) after the 0.5% rise in Q4. That would leave the annual growth rate at 1.8% versus the 1.9% pace in Q4 and Q3 that were the slowest since the great recession. The measure peaked at a 4.3% y/y growth rate in Q2 of 2008.The minutes to the Reserve Bank of Australia’s May meeting will be released on Tuesday.New Zealand: New Zealand’s calendar has both Q1 PPI input and Q1 PPI output will be released on Tuesday. There is nothing from the Reserve Bank of New Zealand this week. Last week saw the Bank hold rates steady at 1.75%, as expected, but leave a dovish tone in place amid the “numerous uncertainties” that remain. A somewhat more balanced outlook was anticipated from the Bank.Always trade with strict risk management. Your capital is the single most important aspect of your trading business.Please note that times displayed based on local time zone and are from time of writing this report.Click HERE to access the full HotForex Economic calendar.Want to learn to trade and analyse the markets? Join our webinars and get analysis and trading ideas combined with better understanding on how markets work. 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  7. Date : 12th May 2017. MACRO EVENTS & NEWS OF 12th May 2017.FX News TodayEuropean Outlook: Asian markets were mixed overnight. Shares in Japan declined from a 17-month high amid a wealth of earnings reports today. Electronics and auto makers were under pressure as the Yen held gains and markets are taking stock after the recent rally. The Nikkei is down -0.54%, the Hang Seng managed a marginal 0.9% gain as stocks mainland markets moved higher, and the CSI 300 gained 0.63%, while the ASX was down -0.71%. U.S. futures are also heading south, while the FTSE 100 future is little changed. Yesterday’s BoE report may have hinted that markets are underestimating the BoE’s willingness to tighten policy, but with investors focusing on warnings of challenges for households and not buying into the assumption of a smooth Brexit Sterling declined and yields slipped while the FTSE 100 managed to outperform Eurozone markets. Today’s calendar has German GDP and inflation data at the start of the session as well as EMU production data.U.S. reports: revealed a hot round of April PPI gains after yesterday’s firm trade price data and a surprisingly low 236k initial claims figure at the start of May that further solidifies Fed tightening expectations for June. For PPI, the expected big 0.5% goods price rise accompanied a solid 0.4% service price increase to leave a pop in the y/y rise to 2.5%, though gasoline price declines in early May should allow a 0.2% headline drop this month that leaves a drop-back in the y/y climb to a still-firm 2.1%. Claims tightness signals upside risk for our 195k May payroll estimate, alongside upside risk from firm consumer, producer, and small business confidence, a solid 237k average monthly ADP rise thus far in 2017, and a likely vehicle sales and assembly bounce in Q2 that accompanies a GDP growth bounce to 3.2%, after weak Q1 performances for both.The BoE did the expected and kept policy unchanged, leaving the repo rate at 0.25% and QE totals unaltered (GBP 435 bln for government bond purchases, GBP 10 bln for corporate bonds). As last time, one member voted for an immediate hike in Bank Rate, and the updated Inflation Report noted that for some it would take relatively little further upside news on the prospects for activity or inflation to vote for a hike. Its 2017 growth forecast was trimmed to 1.9% from 2.0%, though the central bank’s projections for 2018 and 2019 were both upwardly nudged by 0.1 of a percentage point. At the same time the bank noted that the centrals scenarios of the May inflation report suggest that monetary policy could need to be tightened by a somewhat greater extent over the forecast period than the very gently rising path implied by the market yield curve. However, the underlying assumption is a smooth Brexit transitionto the new trading arrangements with the EU and that is a big if markets obviously disagree with. Markets though focused on the downside risks and didn’t buy into the assumption of a smooth Brexit transition so Sterling dropped and Gilt futures recovered losses on the back of the report.Germany: Q1 GDP growth accelerated to 0.6% q/q in the first quarter of the year, from 0.4% q/q in Q4 last year and in line with expectations. The stats office reported that both domestic and external demand underpinned the quarterly growth rate and highlighted in particular that investment growth strengthened. Consumption growth was modest meanwhile and net exports improved. The annual rate rose 2.9% y/y. German Apr HICP confirmed at 2.0% y/y. The acceleration from just 1.5% y/y in March, was largely explained by the Easter effect, which lifted holiday related prices in April this year, rather than March as in 2016. All in all, pretty much as expected and confirming that the German recovery remains on track.Main Macro Events Today US CPI – April CPI is projected to rebound 0.2% for both the headline and the core, following respective declines of 0.3% and 0.1% in March. Weakness in energy prices was a major reason for the March declines and that should turn around for the April data. US Retail Sales – Retail sales are seen bouncing 0.5% after dropping 0.3% in March, while the ex-auto figure should rise 0.4% after the 0.2% gain previously. Fedspeak – FOMC Member Evans goes to Dublin to speak on economic conditions and monetary policy, while Harker speaks at Drexel University. Always trade with strict risk management. 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  8. Date : 11th May 2017. MACRO EVENTS & NEWS OF 11th May 2017.FX News TodayEuropean Outlook: Asian markets managed modest gains as higher oil prices underpinned energy producers and indices near multi-year highs. Mainland China underperformed once again amid official efforts to curb leverage. New Zeeland benchmarks meanwhile led the move higher after the central bank said it will keep rates at record lows for an extended period of time. U.S. futures are heading south but FTSE 100 futures are moving higher after already outperforming yesterday ahead of today’s BoE announcement. Expectations are for a steady policy decision, leaving the minutes and the inflation report in focus. In the Eurozone, Draghi managed to bring some calm into spreads, as he signaled that the forward guidance may be changed in June, but that real tapering is still a way off and won’t start before next year. The calendar today also has U.K. production data as well as inflation numbers out of Switzerland and Sweden, the ECB’s latest economic bulletin and the EU Commission’s updated set of forecasts.ECB Outlook: Risk to price stability is “by and large gone” as President Draghi stated.He added that the forward guidance was meant to address tail risk and that some tail risks are less and less probable. The clearest sign yet from the ECB President that the easing bias will be scrapped in June and Bund futures are coming off intraday highs on the comments. With the risk of the French election out of the way the ECB is firmly on course to tweak the forward guidance in June, with Draghi following up Mersch’s comments from Monday, which show the central bank moving towards a more balanced view on growth and inflation and laying the ground for dropping the easing bias, that is still in place and adopting a neutral stance. The QE schedule for this year, which has already been announced, will remain in place and real tapering won’t start before 2018 and will be announced in September at the earliest. The key issue then for June is whether the statement tweaks the guidance in a way that would allow to lift the deposit rate out of negative territory even before asset purchases have been phased out. Given recent comments that seems increasingly likely, although it may not yet be announced in June, as Draghi and Co will be eager to move very gradual on policy normalization amid concerns that it could put undue pressure on peripherals.RBNZ Rate Statement: RBNZ held rates steady at 1.75%, as expected. The statement by Governor Wheeler was similar to March, which was similar to February. Measured optimism remains in place, but with a recognition of ongoing uncertainties. Notably, Wheeler said developments since the February Monetary Policy Statement on balance are considered to be neutral for the stance of monetary policy. And a dovish bias was retained, as the Governor concluded that “Numerous uncertainties remain, and policy may need to adjust accordingly.” In March he said “Numerous uncertainties remain, particularly in respect to the international outlook, and policy will need to adjust accordingly.” But with “numerous uncertainties” remaining, is possible that an easing bias will remain in place at the RBNZ. But absent any downside surprises, the Bank should hold steady through year end.Main Macro Events Today BOE Rate Decision & Monetary Policy – No change to prevailing policy settings is widely anticipated. This will leave the focus on the minutes and the latest inflation report, which will likely feature the recent signs of accelerating economic activity after a relative soft patch in Q1, along with robust global growth. UK Production Data – Industrial production data for March are also up today, which expected to improve to a -0.4% m/m figure after -0.7% in February. Trade data will be released at the same time. US PPI & Unemployment Claims – PPI for April will highlight inflation developments from the producer side, and it is forecasted with gains of 0.1% and 0.2% for the headline and core, following a 0.1% overall decline in March and an unchanged reading on the ex-food and energy component. Unemployment Claims expected at 245K from 238K last week. Always trade with strict risk management. Your capital is the single most important aspect of your trading business.Please note that times displayed based on local time zone and are from time of writing this report.Click HERE to access the full HotForex Economic calendar.Want to learn to trade and analyse the markets? Join our webinars and get analysis and trading ideas combined with better understanding on how markets work. 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  9. Date : 10th May 2017. MACRO EVENTS & NEWS OF 10th May 2017.FX News TodayEuropean Outlook: Asian stock markets moved higher, led by shares in Hong Kong, which rose to a 21 month high led by financials. Strong leads from the U.S. underpinned markets, although elsewhere gains were more muted and U.S. and FTSE 100 futures are heading south, indicating a correction from yesterday’s surge higher that saw the DAX climbing further above the 12700 mark and the FTSE 100 closing above 7300. European yields moved higher yesterday as investors flocked into stocks, with the Bund still outperforming Gilts, as Eurozone markets price in tapering and rate steps amid strong growth indicators and receding political risks. Mersch all but confirmed the expected change in guidance on Monday and Draghi will have a further chance to clarify the central bank’s stance at his speech to Dutch lawmakers today. In the U.K. the BoE starts its two day meeting, with expectations for an unchanged policy stance. The European data calendar has production data out of Italy and France as well as Norwegian inflation numbers and French trade.FX Update: The dollar has traded modestly lower so far today, which some market narratives link with Trump’s firing of FBI Director Comey. USDJPY settled back under 114.00 after clocking a two-month peak at 114.33 yesterday. The high caps an impressive winning streak, with the pair having climbed in every session bar three over the last three weeks as it lifted out of the 108.12 six-month low posted on April 17. EURUSD settled in the upper 1.08s after logging a 12-day low yesterday at 1.0863. The narrow USD index is down by 0.2%, correcting some after logging a 19-day high yesterday. Oil prices have continued to see relatively steady price action, near $46.0 in the case of the WTI future, while most Asian stock markets have gained today following a flat session on Wall Street yesterday.US reports: report revealed divergent surprises, with a disappointing flat figure for March wholesale sales after a 0.7% February increase, but a 0.2% inventory rise that beat the 0.1% drop in the advance indicators report, after a 0.3% February rise. Sales undershot inventories after beating inventories for three consecutive months, hence slowing the downtrend in the inventory-to-sales (I/S) ratio to leave a 1.28 ratio for a third consecutive month. Now a Q1 GDP growth boost expected to 0.9% from 0.7%, with a $7 bln boost in wholesale inventories that accompanies an $8 bln downward factory inventory revision, U.S. JOLTS showed March job openings rose 61k to 5,743k from a downwardly revised 5,682k (was 5,743k). But the job openings rate was steady at a solid 3.8%. Hirings rebounded 11k to 5,260, also from a downward revision to 5,249k (was 5,314k). The rate was flat at 3.6%. Quitters, a favorite stat of Chair Yellen, increased 80k to 3,116k from 3,036k, with the rate holding at 2.1%. Data aren’t new and will be taken in stride, though they continue to show a tight labor market.Fedspeak: Fed hawk Rosengren warned that the jobless rate at 4.4% is below “natural full employment” estimates at 4.7% and a further drop below 4.0% “would likely be accompanied by higher inflation, overheating the economy and prompting higher rates.” Also, balance sheet shrinkage shouldn’t be disruptive, said the non-voting Fed president, in post speech Q&A. The market can absorb balance sheet shrinkage, if it’s done gradually. It should be highly tapered, and part of the intent is to let mortgage rates rise. The Fed is still discussing its portfolio strategy, it’s still pretty “speculative,” he admitted, but he hopes to normalize the balance sheet will begin relatively soon, repeating recent comments. He also said the Fed is likely to hit zero rates again in future recessions.Main Macro Events Today ECB Speech – ECB President Draghi speaks at the Dutch House of Representatives, in Netherlands, about the impact of Monetary policy. US Imports and Exports & Budget Statement – April trade price data is out today and expected at 0.1% increase for exports with a matching 0.1% increase for imports. This would follow March data which had exports up 0.2% and imports down 0.2%. Oil prices rebounded in April after a dip in March which should help support the data. Also, April’s Treasury budget is out and will give a more complete view on the important tax season inflows and outflows. RBNZ Rate Statement & Press Conference – Reserve Bank of New Zealand meeting. No change in the 1.75% rate setting is anticipated, along with a statement that is consistent with steady rates through year-end. Always trade with strict risk management. Your capital is the single most important aspect of your trading business.Please note that times displayed based on local time zone and are from time of writing this report.Click HERE to access the full HotForex Economic calendar.Want to learn to trade and analyse the markets? Join our webinars and get analysis and trading ideas combined with better understanding on how markets work. Click HERE to register for FREE!Click HERE to READ more Market news. Andria Pichidi Market Analyst HotForex Disclaimer: This material is provided as a general marketing communication for information purposes only and does not constitute an independent investment research. 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  10. Date : 9th May 2017. MACRO EVENTS & NEWS OF 9th May 2017.FX News TodayEuropean Outlook: Asian stock markets outside of Hong Long slipped after yesterday’s rally, which saw Japan’s Topix rising to the highest level since December 2015. The Nikkei is little changed on the day and Chinese stocks fluctuated. Weak retail sales data from Australia weighed on forex and equity markets and investors are taking stock while waiting for a catalyst before making further headway. In Europe FTSE 100 futures are moving higher, despite a stronger Pound ahead of the BoE meeting and as PM May is heading for a convincing victory in the June election. The DAX may have risen above 12700 for the first time ever last Friday, but is struggling to keep that level amid bouts of profit taking as the Macron rally peters out and the focus turns to ECB tapering. Mersch yesterday all but confirmed that the ECB will change its forward guidance in June and tapering announcements are now being expected for September. With that in mind Eurozone spreads are likely to remain volatile, as markets try to assess what the withdrawal of the ECB’s support measures means for peripherals. Today’s calendar has Italian retail sales data. Already released U.K. BRC retail sales were much stronger than anticipated, but March/April are likely to have been impacted by the different timing of Easter this year.Fedspeak: Fed’s Mester discussed yesterday the economic outlook before the Chicago Council of Global Affairs. As she stated, she wants rate action taken before the Fed’s goals are met as she’s worried about falling behind the curve, according to her prepared remarks on the economic outlook. It’s important for the FOMC to remain “very vigilant against falling behind.” If price pressures become excessive as the labor market becomes unsustainably tight, policymakers may have to “move rates up steeply,” and that could risk recession. And she believes the Fed has achieved its maximum employment goal. She would also like the Fed to start normalizing its balance sheet this year. She is a hawk, but doesn’t vote this year. Fed’s Bullard on the other hand, believes the current rate setting is appropriate, according to a speech on the natural rate at an Atlanta Fed conference. He stated that the “natural rate of interest, and hence the appropriate policy rate, is low and unlikely to change very much over the forecast horizon.” And he added the U.S. seems to be in a low-growth state, though “a case could be made that some recent observations have been more consistent with the high-growth state.” Bullard is not a voter this year.Germany: posted a sa trade surplus of 19.6 bln in March, down from EUR 21.2 bln in the previous month. Exports dropped 0.4% m/m , while imports surged 2.4% m/m, the latter after falling -1.6% m/m in February. March data brought the total for the first quarter of the year to EUR 59.7 bln, down from EUR 60.0 bln in the previous quarter. These are nominal numbers, that do not account for fluctuations in exchange rates and oil prices. And with import prices picking up that suggests real data will look somewhat better. Overall though net exports actually detracted from overall growth last year, and are still pretty subdued. The current account surplus widened in March, and rose 1.2% y/y in Q1, thus adding further ammunition to the critics of Germany’s large surplus.Main Macro Events Today US NFIB & JOLTS – Today, the April NFIB Small Business Optimism Index is out, which has improved significantly since the Trump election. Also, we will see JOLTS job openings for March will give the markets another angle on the labor market. Canadian Building Permit – Building permit values are projected to expand 5.0% m/m in March after the 2.5% drop in February. Looking back, the 2.5% decline in building permit values in February came after a revised 5.8% gain in January (was +5.4%). Fedspeak – St Louis Fed’s Bullard will be on a panel discussing interest rates today. The dove Kashkari will speak at a high-tech conference. Rosengren speaks at an NYU conference on risk management. Kaplan will speak at an interest rate summit. AU Budget Report – Australia’s calendar has Annual Budget Release today. 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  11. Date : 8th May 2017. MACRO EVENTS & NEWS OF 8th May 2017.FX News TodayGlobal growth has become less of a worry, even though there are still plenty of challenges ahead. The solid U.S. April jobs report supports the view that Q1 weakness was transitory. And it adds to the growing body of evidence that shows the smaller Eurozone economies are catching up to Germany’s drive such that the expansion is deepening and broadening. The U.K. has been surprisingly resilient to Brexit fallout. And though Asia is more of a question mark with some slowing in China and still weak consumption in Japan, the region looks to remain rather robust.United States: The U.S. employment report went a long way toward restoring confidence in the expansion, and even hinted that the Trump bump and rise in producer sentiment might be working their way into the real sector given the broad-based nature of the gains. There are a couple of important indicators due out this week, including CPI and retail sales, though neither are likely to materially change the view that the weakness in Q1 was temporary. Along with data, the $62 bln May refunding is on tap. Some concessions were made into the weekend, but the offerings could prove difficult amid rising risk appetite. Earnings reports will remain a factor too, but the calendar is considerably lighter this week as the season dies down. Other data reports out this week include the April NFIB Small Business Optimism Index (Tuesday), which has improved significantly since the Trump election. JOLTS job openings for March (Tuesday) will give the markets another angle on the labor market. Then trade prices (Wednesday) will provide another view on inflation parameters. The April Treasury budget (Wednesday) will give a more complete view on the important tax season inflows and outflows. PPI for April (Thursday) will highlight inflation developments from the producer side.Canada: The Canadian calendar has a limited amount of economic data and nothing from the Bank of Canada this week. Housing starts (Monday) are expected to moderate to a still elevated 220.0k pace in April from the 253.7k pace in March. Building permit values (Tuesday) are projected to expand 5.0% m/m in March after the 2.5% drop in February. The March new home price index (Thursday) is seen rising 0.3% m/m in March after the 0.4% gain in February. The next event on the BoC calendar is the policy announcement (May 24), which no change to the current 0.50% rate setting expected alongside a still cautiously constructive outlook for growth and inflation that maintains our ongoing view that no change in rates will prevail through year end.Europe: With markets digesting the French election, German manufacturing orders for March (Monday) may attract less attention than usual at least if there is no major negative surprise in the wings. The German orders data will be the most forward looking of this week’s data round, which otherwise focuses mostly on Q1. German industrial production (Tuesday) is expected to have corrected -0.4% m/m in March, after expanding strongly in February, while French production should rebound from the drop-in February and rise 1.0% m/m. This should leave the Eurozone number up 0.4% m/m. German trade data for March will complete the German Q1 cycle ahead of the preliminary GDP release (Friday). After the robust Eurozone release, the German growth number is expected to come in at 0.6% q/q, up from 0.4% q/q in Q4 last year.UK: The stellar set of April PMI surveys of last week showed that the UK economy remains resilient in the face of Brexit uncertainties. The UK calendar this week includes the May BoE MPC meeting and publication of the central bank’s latest quarterly Inflation Report (Thursday). No change to prevailing policy settings is widely anticipated, while the recent signs of accelerating economic activity after a relative soft patch in Q1, along with robust global growth, should feature in both the policy meeting’s minutes and the inflation report narrative. Data include the April BRC retail sales report (Tuesday), where expected to rise by 0.4% y/y after the -1.0% figure in the month prior. The late timing of Easter this year has messed with seasonal adjustments somewhat, so markets will be looking at the underlying three-month figure for better clarity. Industrial production data for March are also up (Thursday), which expected to be improved to a -0.4% m/m figure after -0.7% in February. Trade data will be released at the same time.Japan: In Japan, April consumer confidence (Monday) should slip back to 43.5 from 43.9, while the March current account surplus (Thursday) is expected to narrow to JPY 2,400 bln from 2,813.6 bln. April bank loan figures are also due Thursday.Australia: Calendar has retail sales (Tuesday), expected to improve 0.1% m/m in March after the 0.1% dip in February. Building approvals (Monday) are seen falling 4.0% in March following the 8.3% bounce in February. ANZ job ads for April are also due (Monday). There is nothing on the docket from the Reserve Bank of Australia this week.New Zealand: New Zealand’s calendar has the Reserve Bank of New Zealand meeting (Thursday).Always trade with strict risk management. 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  12. Date : 4th May 2017. MACRO EVENTS & NEWS OF 4th May 2017.FX News TodayEuropean Outlook: Bund futures headed south in after hour trade yesterday and yields spiked in the wake of the FOMC announcement, which saw the Fed reiterating plans for gradual rate hikes. Asian stock markets were mostly down, the CSI managed to hang on to marginal gains however, and Japan remained closed for this week’s holidays. Metals dragged markets down as iron ore futures tumbled amid inventory concerns. U.S. and U.K. stock futures are moving higher though, pointing to opening gains, while the drop-in Bund futures late yesterday suggests opening losses on bond markets. Today’s calendar has services PMIs from the Eurozone and the U.K. as well as the Norges Bank decision. The U.K. also has lending data and the Eurozone retail sales numbers for March.U.S. reports: revealed a solid round of April ISM-NMI figures that highlighted the upside risk for our 190k April payroll estimate, though we also saw a restrained round of April ADP figures after an outsized March gain. For sentiment, a 57.5 April reading sat just below the 16-month high of 57.6 in February, versus an interim 55.2 figure in March, while the ISM-adjusted measure similarly returned to the 18-month high of 56.5 from February, versus an interim 53.9 figure in March. For ADP, a 177k April rise slightly above expectations, though the March ADP surge was only modestly trimmed to 255k from 263k, leaving substantial room for “catch up” in Friday’s jobs data. The March payroll data may have been depressed by bad weather in the BLS survey week, and ADP figures aren’t impacted by weather disruptions as inactive workers generally remain on company’s payrolls, so the big net-rise for ADP over the March-April period suggests upside risk on Friday.FOMC left policy unchanged with a 0.75% to 1.00% target band. The Fed’s statement acknowledged the slowing in Q1 growth but said it was “likely to be transitory.” There was no new information on the balance sheet. For more of the guts of the statement, the Fed added that the labor market continue to strengthen, even as the economy slowed. Household spending rose only modestly but the fundamentals underpinning the continued growth of consumption remained solid. Business fixed investment firmed. Meanwhile, annual inflation has been “running close to the Committee’s 2% longer-run objective,” said the Fed, which was a small but important shift from March where the Fed said “inflation was “moving close to the…2% target.” It looks like price pressures are even nearer the goal. Near term risks to the economic outlook remain in balance. The vote was a unanimous 9-0. The outcome is as was expected. The door was left wide open for a tightening in June if the data tracks the expected Q2 rebound.Europe: EMU Q1 GDP growth came in at 0.5% q/q, while the annual rate fell back to 1.7% y/y from 1.8% y/y. There was no breakdown with the preliminary release but in any case, it is likely that the different timing of Easter this year has led to some distortions, as the services sector will have gotten a boost in April this year, rather than in March, while production will have been stronger without the holiday period in March this year compared to 2016. Hence it is widely expected to see the ECB removing its easing bias at the June meeting, when the updated set of staff forecasts are also due. The UK April construction PMI beat expectations in rising to a headline reading of 53.1. Residential construction and civil engineering activity drove the uptick in expansion in the sector. Both construction and the manufacturing PMI’s have beaten expectations, rebounding from a recent soft patch and showing once again that the UK economy is performing resiliently as the sharp end of the Brexit process draws closer. Attention will now fall on the services PMI release today, as this sector accounts for nearly 80% of the economy.Main Macro Events Today US Data – The March trade deficit is set to widen to -$44.5 bln from -$43.6 bln and Q1 productivity is seen flat down from 1.3% in Q4. Initial jobless claims may dip 10k to 247k for the week ended April 29, while March factory goods are expected to be at 0.4% vs 1.0%. Canadian Trade balance and BoC Governor Speech – The March trade report is projected to show a trimming in the deficit to -C$0.8 bln from the -C$1.0 shortfall in February that ended the upbeat run of trade surpluses that lasted from November of 2016 to January of this year. Also, BoC Governor Poloz delivers a speech in Mexico City to the CanCham Mexico and Club de industrials. ECB’s Draghi Speech – There is plenty of ECB speak from Lautenschlaeger, Praet and Draghi among others, but comments are likely to focus on Draghi’s main message from last Thursday, namely that nothing has changed so far. Always trade with strict risk management. Your capital is the single most important aspect of your trading business.Please note that times displayed based on local time zone and are from time of writing this report.Click HERE to access the full HotForex Economic calendar.Want to learn to trade and analyse the markets? 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  13. Date : 3rd May 2017. MACRO EVENTS & NEWS OF 3rd May 2017.FX News TodayEuropean Outlook: Asian markets were thinned out by holidays with Japan, South Korea and Hong Kong closed, CSI and ASX are in negative territory ahead of the Fed announcement. Poor Apple Inc earnings results weighed on sentiment but this didn’t prevent Taiwan markets to move slightly higher. No surprises are expected from the FOMC — not any change in rates nor any clear hint of the timing of the next move, but surveys suggest another rate hike in June. There’s no press conference or release of estimates this time around, thus the only update on Fed thinking will be via the policy statement, and that shouldn’t be too revealing. U.K. and U.S. stock futures are also down, pointing to a correction in European markets, which managed to extend gains into the close on Tuesday. The DAX cleared the 12500 mark yesterday and was at new all-time highs. The European calendar has German unemployment data for April as well as the first reading of Eurozone Q1 GDP, a German 10-year Bund sale and the U.K. Construction PMI for April.FX Update: The dollar majors have been plying narrow ranges into the Fed’s policy announcement later today, where Bloomberg calculates there is a 12.8% chance for a 25 bp rate hike. EURUSD eked out a three-session peak at 1.0936, and is presently settled near net unchanged on the day at 1.0921 bid. USDJPY has settled to an orbit of the 112.00 level, below the one-month peak seen yesterday at 112.30. Sterling has come under pressure heading into the London open, with Cable have shed over 50 pips in making a 1.2884 low. This follows yesterday’s failure to test last week’s six-month high in the wake of a strong UK manufacturing report, and with all the signs suggesting that the Britain and the EU are heading into tough Brexit negotiations. Market conditions have been thin so far today, with Japan and Hong Kong out.U.S. ACA repeal update: “very good progress” is being made on Obamacare repeal, said House Speaker Ryan, following remarks from Majority Whip Scalise that the modified healthcare plan would still protect those with pre-existing conditions. A vote on the bi-partisan intermediate government funding bill is scheduled for tomorrow, while a vote on ACA repeal has yet to be set. Meanwhile stocks and yields are heading lower after soft initial auto sales figures for April.Main Macro Events Today EU GDP – Eurozone GDP growth of 0.5% q/q, from 0.4% of Q4. In the past, variations in the timing of Easter have had an impact on quarterly growth rates and maybe it’s better to see Q1 and Q2 in conjunction to better assess the underlying trend. US ADP Employment & ISM Services – The April ADP Employment report should post a 180k gain, below the March figure of 263k. April ISM services may bounce to 55.8 from 55.2, while EIA energy inventory data is due. FOMC Statement – FOMC began its meeting and will announce its decision today. No change is widely expected. There’s no press conference this time around, or release of economic and dot-plot forecasts, so the statement will be scrutinized for hints on the normalization path. Always trade with strict risk management. Your capital is the single most important aspect of your trading business.Please note that times displayed based on local time zone and are from time of writing this report.Click HERE to access the full HotForex Economic calendar.Want to learn to trade and analyse the markets? Join our webinars and get analysis and trading ideas combined with better understanding on how markets work. Click HERE to register for FREE!Click HERE to READ more Market news. Andria Pichidi Market Analyst HotForex Disclaimer: This material is provided as a general marketing communication for information purposes only and does not constitute an independent investment research. Nothing in this communication contains, or should be considered as containing, an investment advice or an investment recommendation or a solicitation for the purpose of buying or selling of any financial instrument. All information provided is gathered from reputable sources and any information containing an indication of past performance is not a guarantee or reliable indicator of future performance. Users acknowledge that any investment in FX and CFDs products is characterized by a certain degree of uncertainty and that any investment of this nature involves a high level of risk for which the users are solely responsible and liable. We assume no liability for any loss arising from any investment made based on the information provided in this communication. This communication must not be reproduced or further distributed without our prior written permission.
  14. Date : 2nd May 2017. MACRO EVENTS & NEWS OF 2nd May 2017. FX News Today European Outlook: Asian stock markets tried to move higher after the holidays, but Hang Seng and ASX are now slightly in the red, as is the CSI 300, while the Nikkei outperforms and is posting a 0.58% gain, helped by a weaker Yen and testing the ceiling that has been in place since December ahead of the holidays. The RBA left the cash rate unchanged, while highlighting the high level of debt in China as a medium term risk. FTSE 100 futures are moving higher after yesterday’s holiday, while U.S. futures are down, with investors looking ahead to the FOMC decision. Today’s European calendar has the final readings of Eurozone manufacturing PMIs, which are expected to confirm preliminary numbers, while the U.K. manufacturing PMI is expected to dip slightly to 54.0 from 54.2 in the previous month. The Eurozone also has Eurozone unemployment data for March and there is ECB speak from Noy and Nowotny. FX Update: USDJPY has lifted for a second consecutive day, this time logging a new six-month peak at 112.10. EURJPY and other yen crosses are also up quite sharply, reflecting general underperformance of the Japanese currency. EUR-PY clocked a seven-week high at 122.46. The reflects rising global investor risk appetite, which has been weighting on the safe haven yen in accordance with the normal pattern. This comes with various bellwether Wall Street and global indexes trading at or near record highs, with the CBOE implied vols “fear gauge” tipping to the lowest level since 2007 yesterday. News that Greece reached a deal with the IMF and EU, along with a continued strong lead in French opinion polls for pro-EU presidential candidate Macron, have helped maintain a general risk-on vibe, though stock markets have been mixed in Asia today, while U.S. and European equity indexes are slightly lower. The RBA did the expected and left monetary policy unchanged following its latest meeting, and upgraded the language on its outlook for employment in the statement, noting unemployment should “decline gradually over time” while saying that it expects a “gradual further increase in underlying inflation” as the economy strengthens. AUDUSD rallied to an eight-day high of 0.7556 in the wake of the statement, since ebbing to the 0.7530 area. U.S. reports revealed weaker headlines than expected, but massive upward revisions in the January and February construction spending data left a stronger than expected data mix that lifted our Q1 GDP growth forecast to 0.9% from 0.7%. For construction, a 0.2% March drop followed boosts in the nonresidential, public, and home improvement components, with a firm new home construction trajectory. This accompanied a 0.2% personal income rise with flat consumption that modestly undershot assumptions, alongside a big 0.3% “real” increase thanks to weather-led firmness in service consumption and an expected 0.2% headline PCE chain price drop. An ISM drop to a 4-month low of 54.8 from 57.2 in March and a 30-month high of 57.7 in February still left a firm level, and the ISM-adjusted average of the major surveys is still on track for a solid 56 reading from a 57 cycle-high in February and March. Main Macro Events Today UK Manufacturing PMI – The manufacturing PMI expected to reveal a fractional ebb to a 54.0 reading after the 54.2 outcome in March. EU Manufacturing PMI and Unemployment Rate – The final round of April PMI readings should confirm the Eurozone Manufacturing PMI at 56.8, while March’s unemployment rate expected to fall at 9.4% from 9.5% last time, although developments remain uneven across countries and the high rate of youth unemployment remains a key challenge for politicians going ahead. NZD employment report – New Zealand’s calendar has the Q1 employment report, projected to show a 0.8% gain (q/q, sa). The unemployment rate is seen to be unchanged at 5.2%. Always trade with strict risk management. Your capital is the single most important aspect of your trading business. Please note that times displayed based on local time zone and are from time of writing this report. Click HERE to access the full HotForex Economic calendar. Want to learn to trade and analyse the markets? Join our webinars and get analysis and trading ideas combined with better understanding on how markets work. Click HERE to register for FREE! 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  15. HotForex Upcoming May 2017 Webinars! Dear Client, Analysis is the focus of our webinars this week. Alvaro’s doing tomorrow’s live analysis, then on Wednesday Andria’s going to be looking at Andrews’ Pitchfork for channel and trend traders. Finally on Thursday Kay will be studying how the markets have been and might be affected by the French elections. It’s an exciting lineup of topics: join in to broaden your analytical knowledge and expand the scope of your trading strategy. Live analysis tomorrow sees Alvaro looking critically at recent developments in the markets and suggesting how this might affect activity in the week ahead. He’ll also be answering your questions on trading and analysis. Registration is FREE but you need to hurry up because places are limited! By joining our webinars you can: *Watch our experts analyse the markets live. *Strengthen your trading skills and knowledge. *Ask questions and get the answers you need. *Access past webinars to refresh your memory. *Get valuable training that is not readily available online. *Discover industry tips and tricks from the pros. Places are limited*, so book your free place now! View our webinar lineup till 17th May 2017: 02 May, 11:00 AM GMT: Live Analysis In this live analysis forex webinar, our market expert will analyze forex, commodity and stock markets. This is a great learning opportunity for both new and proficient traders as you can ask all your analysis, trading and risk management related questions, as well as find trading setups for the coming days. * Watch as Alvaro analyzes forex, commodity and stock markets in real time * Learn how professional traders approach analysis and trading * Get your trading questions answered live Instructor: Alvaro Marinho, HotForex’s FX Education and Webinar Specialist 03 May, 11:00 AM GMT: Andrews Pitchfork Do you like channel and trend trading? Do you have problems identifying the end and start of trends ? – Andrews Pitchfork could be for you – Join our Technical Analysts Andria as she demonstrates and explains this powerful technique. Instructor: Andria Pichidi, HotForex’s Analyst 04 May, 1:00 PM GMT:French elections and their impact on the market The much-awaited French elections have come and especially now after Brexit, the outcome is set to have a big impact on the future of EUR and possibly of the EU itself. In this webinar, we will discuss the latest updates and how they may influence your FX trading. Instructor: Kay, BlueSkyForex 09 May, 11:00 AM GMT: Live Analysis with Alvaro Marinho In this live analysis forex webinar, our market expert will analyze forex, commodity and stock markets. This is a great learning opportunity for both new and proficient traders as you can ask all your analysis, trading and risk management related questions, as well as find trading setups for the coming days. * Watch as Alvaro analyzes forex, commodity and stock markets in real time * Learn how professional traders approach analysis and trading * Get your trading questions answered live Instructor: Alvaro Marinho, HotForex’s FX Education and Webinar Specialist 11 May, 1:00 PM GMT: Money Management in Forex Learn how to manage your capital and risk effectively in this essential webinar with senior trader and forex researcher, Kay. This webinar will cover: * Price action vs. mean reversion in risk management * Setting risk levels in forex * Currency trading dangers Instructor: Kay, BlueSkyForex 16 May, 11:00 AM GMT: Live Analysis with Stuart Cowell In this live analysis forex webinar, our market expert will analyze forex, commodity and stock markets. This is a great learning opportunity for both new and proficient traders as you can ask all your analysis, trading and risk management related questions, as well as find trading setups for the coming days. * Watch as Stuart analyzes forex, commodity and stock markets in real time * Learn how professional traders approach analysis and trading * Get your trading questions answered live Instructor: Stuart Cowell, HotForex’s Senior Analyst If you have any questions, comments or feedback, please do not hesitate to contact our dedicated Customer Support Team via myHotForex, live chat, or by email [email protected] Best Regards, The HotForex Support Team *Please Note: Places are limited and we cannot guarantee availability. On the day of the Webinar, make sure to dial in or login on time using the instructions in the confirmation email you receive following registration. When the maximum number of attendees is reached, no further registrants will be able to join.

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