FOCUS ON: Banking Sector Concerns
- With a few major announcements due this week, news flow from the finance sector can be expected to drive price changes.
- Price volatility is expected to remain high following collapse of SVB and Credit Suisse.
- Forex markets poised for a move in either direction, with currency pairs forming short-term consolidatory price patterns.
The focus on the banking sector has turned to German giant Deutsche Bank. Following the demise of SVB and Credit Suisse, concerns about a bank the size of Deutsche have left markets treading water while investors wait for an update on the health of the financial system.
The decision by the Bank of England last week to raise interest rates by 25 basis points was in line with the majority of analyst expectations, but also triggered a debate on how the hawkish policy is impacting the economy. This line of discussion has room to run, with many pointing this could be the time the BoE pivots towards a more ‘dovish’ policy.
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UK company reports:
- Tuesday 28th March – AG Barr full-year earnings, Ocado trading update.
- Wednesday 29th March – Next Plc full year earnings.
- Thursday 30th March – Moonpig trading update.
Further concern about the health of Eurozone banks could trigger a move into other currencies, which are often seen as a safe haven. EURJPY and EURUSD currency pairs can be expected to experience higher than average levels of price volatility this week.
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Eurozone economic data:
- Monday 27th March – 9am (GMT) – German IFO index (March), analysts expect business climate index to fall to 90.9.
- Thursday 30th March – 1pm (GMT) – German CPI (March, preliminary) analysts expect prices to rise 8.4% year-on-year and 1.5% month-on-month, from 8.7% and 0.8% respectively.
- Friday 31st March – 9am (GMT) – 10am – eurozone CPI (March), analysts expect CPI growth to fall to 7.8% from 8.5% year-on-year.
- Friday 31st March – 9am (GMT) – 10am – eurozone unemployment rate (March), analysts expect unemployment levels to be unchanged at 6.7%
US stock prices can be expected to react to the release of consumer confidence data on Tuesday. The PCE (Personal Consumption Expenditure) index data released on Friday will also offer an insight into how the US economy is holding up in the face of continued interest rate rises.
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US economic data:
- Tuesday 28th March – 3pm (GMT) – US consumer confidence (March), analysts expect index to fall to 101.
- Friday 31st March – 1.30pm (GMT) – US core PCE price index (February) analysts expect index to fall to 0.4% from 0.6%.
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