Forex Markets-Weekly Outlook

Major economic events which can affect the forex trading and markets significantly for the week ending Friday, April 20th, 2012 are as follows:

On Monday, April 16th, in euro zone, data on Italian trade balance and government debt was released while the single currency region published its separate figures on trade balance. In United States, data on retail sales, long term TIC flows, business inventories and manufacturing was published. Moreover, US Federal Reserve’s official Bullard addressed at a public event. In Canada, international securities transactions was published

United Kingdom reported its data on house prices by Rightmove while Switzerland released its data on producer and import prices.

Today on Tuesday, data on Germany’s economic sentiment survey by ZEW was published while the single currency region released its separate survey reports on economic sentiment and current situation along with data on consumer price index. In Spain, auction for 12 months and 18 months Treasury bills also took place.

In United States, data on housing starts, building permits, manufacturing production, industrial production and capacity utilization was reported. In Canada data on manufacturing shipments was released while the Bank of Canada announced its decision on key interest rate.

In United Kingdom, data on retail price index and consumer price index was reported. Australia reported its data on motor vehicle sales while the Reserve Bank of Australia published the minutes of its latest policy meeting. Japan released its official data on consumer confidence, industrial production and capacity utilization.

On Wednesday, April 18th, euro zone will report its official figure on the region’s current account and data on construction output. In United States, data on mortgage applications and inventories data on crude oil, gasoline and distillates will be reported by US Department of Energy. Canada is to publish its monetary policy report on Wednesday.

In United Kingdom, official figures on jobless claims, claimant count rate, average weekly earnings and unemployment rate is expected while Bank of England will release the minutes of its latest monetary policy meeting.

On Thursday, April 19th, Italy will report its data on industrial sales and industrial orders in euro zone while in Spain auction on Treasury bonds will take place. The single currency region will report its separate data on consumer confidence.

United States will report several economic indicators including data on weekly jobless claims, continuing claims, economic expectations, consumer comfort, existing home sales, index of leading economic indicators and natural gas supplies by Energy Information Administration.

Australia will report its data on business confidence along with figure on foreign exchange transactions while Japan is to publish data on trade balance trial, trade exports and trade imports.

On Friday, April 20th, in euro zone, data on German producer prices is expected while IFO institute will publish its report on consumer expectations, current assessment and business climate for Germany. In United States, meeting of G-20 finance ministers is to take place while the American Petroleum Institute will publish its monthly report. Canada will release its data on consumer price index and index of leading economic indicators.

In United Kingdom, data on retail sales will be published. Australia is expected to report its import price index and export price index while Japan will report its tertiary industry index and data on convenience store sales.

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