The Economic Week Ahead

The hand-off to November may not be a smooth one judging by the recent swings in sentiment and determination by the Fed to continue tightening. US employment data will take top billing with a week to go until the FOMC meeting, though it is expected to bounce back from hurricane-depressed levels. The earnings calendar remains a full one, with potential tricks or treats hiding in the weeds of the corporate reports. And there are midterm elections lurking just ahead. Asia will digest a heavy dose of month-end data from Japan, along with the BoJ meeting, though no change is expected there. China PMIs could highlight slowdown risks in the region as well. Budget struggles in Italy and rising tension with the EU remain in the spotlight, along with the potential for leadership showdowns in Germany and the UK, as Brexit negotiations, terms and approval remain far from certain. Similar to the more cautious tone from ECB’s Draghi, who is facing a lorry load of political risks, BoE MPC is expected to hold its repo and QE settings intact.

United States: The markets will absorb a slew of top tier US releases just ahead of the November 7-8 FOMC meeting. Top of the economic calendar will be the October Payrolls report (Friday), estimated to rise 200k, after a hurricane-depressed 134k reading in September. Personal income is expected to reach a 0.3% gain in September (Monday) after a similar pace in the prior two months and in line with the implied gain in wages from the September employment report. Case-Shiller home prices for August are due (Tuesday), along with consumer confidence. MBA mortgage market data (Wednesday) is due, the ADP Employment survey is seen +215k for October vs +230k and the Employment Cost Index (ECI) is expected to rise 0.8% in Q3, shifting up from a gain of 0.6% in Q2. Chicago PMI is seen in a holding pattern (Wednesday) near 60.5 in October.

Initial jobless claims are estimated to slip 2k to 213k in the week ended October 27 (Thursday), following a 5k rise to 215k in the week of October 20, while nonfarm productivity is expected to slow to a 2.4% pace in Q3, following a firm 2.9% gain in Q2 that should be revised up to 3.0%. The ISM index is estimated to slip to 59.4 in October (Thursday), from 59.8 in September and a 14-year high of 61.4 in August. Vehicle sales are forecast to slow to a still-strong 17.2 mln pace in October (Thursday), after a 4.5% surge to 17.4 mln in September. Rounding out the week will be trade deficit (Friday), forecast to widen to -$54.1 bln in September from -$53.2 bln and factory orders, expected to rise 0.5% in September, after a 2.4% jump in August.

Canada: August GDP (Wednesday) is expected to expand 0.1% (m/m, sa) after the 0.2% gain in July, which would keep growth on track for the 2.0% pace. October employment (Friday) is projected to expand 25.0k after the 63.3k surge in September. The Trade Balance (Friday) is expected at C$0.4 bln from the C$0.5 bln surplus in August. The Industrial Product Price Index for October is due on Wednesday. The Markit Canada manufacturing PMI for October is scheduled for release on Thursday. Bank of Canada Governor Poloz and Senior Deputy Governor Wilkins appear at the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance (Tuesday). Poloz and Wilkins address the Standing Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce (Wednesday).

Europe: The data calendar is very busy. Despite the mixed confidence data the flash reading of Eurozone Q3 GDP growth (Tuesday) is expected to come in at 0.4% q/q, unchanged from Q2, largely thanks to a recovery in France. Widespread strike action had cut French GDP growth to just 0.2% q/q in Q2, and with peace restored the economic expansion is expected at 0.4% q/q in Q3, which should help to compensate for the likely weaker number out of Germany, which will be released later in the month. Looking ahead, PMI and Ifo surveys are pointing to weaker conditions in Q4 and against that background, the European Commission’s October ESI Economic Confidence Indicator (Tuesday) is expected to fall back to 110.3  from 110.9 in September.

Growth momentum may be slowing, but against that background a further decline is expected in the seasonally adjusted German jobless number of -10K, which should leave the October jobless rate at a record low of 5.1%. The overall Eurozone rate for September (Wednesday) meanwhile is seen falling back to 8.0% (8.1%) from 8.1% in the previous month. Wage growth is also finally picking up, thanks to higher negotiated wages. The preliminary reading of October German HICP (Tuesday) is anticipated to come in at 2.3% y/y, a little faster than September’s 2.2% y/y clip, while overall Eurozone HICP (Wednesday) seen lifting to 2.2% y/y from 2.1% y/y in September. Underlying inflation is also expected to rise as base effects from changes to education charges in Italy that have kept the Italian rate low over the past year, will finally fall out of the equation with the October number.

UK: The BoE’s Monetary Policy Committee gathers this week for its November meeting (announcing Thursday), where no changes to either the repo rate or QE settings are widely expected. The central bank’s quarterly Inflation Report will provide updated projections on inflation and growth, which are expected to be little changed from the previous report in August.

The data calendar this week is busy, featuring September reports from the BoE on lending and money supply (Monday), the October CBI’s distributive sales survey (Tuesday), October Gfk consumer confidence (Wednesday), Markit’s October surveys for Manufacturing and Construction (due Thursday and Friday, respectively). The data carries little market-impacting potential at the current juncture with sentiment formation hinging on Brexit and global events.

Japan: BoJ concludes its 2-day meeting on Wednesday, and is expected to keep policy unchanged. Governor Kuroda’s press conference will be monitored for his outlooks and guidance. As for data, September unemployment (Tuesday) is expected steady at 2.4%, while the job offerers /seekers should be unchanged at 1.63. September industrial production (Wednesday) is forecast contracting to a -1.5% y/y clip from 0.2%. October Consumer Confidence, September Housing Starts, and September Construction Orders (Wednesday) round out the month’s reports. The October manufacturing PMI will be released on Thursday, along with October auto sales.

Australia: Building approvals (Tuesday) are expected to rebound 6.0% in September after the 9.4% drop in August. CPI (Wednesday) is seen expanding at a 0.6% pace in Q3 (q/q) after the 0.4% rise in Q2. CPI is projected at a 2.0% y/y growth rate in Q3, slowing slightly from the 2.1% clip in Q2. The trimmed mean and weighted median CPI, both measures of “core” inflation, are expected to repeat the 1.9% y/y growth rates seen in Q2. The trade surplus (Thursday) is projected to narrow to A$1,400 mln in September from the A$1,604 mln surplus in August. Retail sales (Friday) are expected to grow 0.4% in September (m/m) after the 0.3% rise in August. The import and export price indexes for Q3 are due Thursday, while Q3 PPI is due Friday. Reserve Bank of Australia Assistant Governor (Financial System) Michele Bullock speaks at the 10th Annual Commonwealth Bank Global Markets Conference in Sydney (Tuesday).

New Zealand: The calendar has September building permits (Wednesday). There is nothing from the RBNZ this week. The next meeting is November 8.

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