The Week Ahead – 6th March 2023

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US non-farm payrolls US unemployment report

FOCUS ON: Non-Farm Payrolls US Unemployment Report

  • The US Non-Farm Payrolls jobs number is due on Friday.
  • Major milestone of the month’s reporting calendar will be closely monitored.
  • US interest rate policy and asset prices are closely linked to the crucial employment data point.

The main event of the week, and possibly the whole month, is the US Non-Farm Payrolls jobs report, due to be released at 1.30 pm GMT on 10th March. All eyes will be on whether the actual number beats expectations (again) or suggests that hawkish monetary policy is effectively taking some of the heat out of the US economy.



Friday 10th is the date of the all-important US Jobs numbers report, but traders of sterling currency pairs will also be watching the UK GDP report for January, which is released at 7 am (GMT) on the same day. Analysts currently predict the UK economy will post a 0.00% increase. A contraction, even a small one, opens the door to the UK being confirmed in a technical recession.

Some big names in the UK stock markets will be providing updates to investors. Investor sentiment has cooled since the FTSE 100 index broke the psychologically important 8,000 price level in February, and those earnings updates could trigger another rally in UK stocks.

Daily Price Chart – GBPUSD Chart – Daily Price Chart – Sideways Trading Pattern

gbpusd daily price chart sideways trading pattern march 06 2023

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GBPUSD Chart – Hourly Price Chart

gbpusd hourly price chart march 06 2023

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UK earnings updates:

  • Tuesday 7th March: Just Group, Greggs, Foxtons.
  • Wednesday 8th March: Tullow Oil, Legal & General, Admiral.
  • Thursday 9th March: Hammerson, Aviva.


With minimal euro-specific news due for release in the coming week, traders of the EURUSD currency pair could be left waiting for the NFP jobs report to trigger price volatility. Price currently sits at key pivot points, and with the RSI trading mid-range, there is room for a move in either direction.

EURUSD Chart – Daily Price Chart –SMA Break

eurusd daily price chart sma break march 06 2023

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EURUSD Chart – Hourly Price Chart

eurusd hourly price chart march 06 2023

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S&P 500

Jerome Powell’s regular testimony to US lawmakers starts on Tuesday 7th March and continues into Wednesday. The comments of the Chair of the US Federal Reserve could offer clues on how hawkish or dovish his stance currently is. Still, like many, he can be expected to wait until Friday’s US employment data is released before acting with much conviction.

S&P 500 Chart – Daily Price Chart –SMA Support

sp500 daily price chart march 06 2023

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S&P 500 – Hourly Price Chart

sp500 hourly price chart march 06 2023

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  • Tuesday 7th and Wednesday 8th – 3 pm GMT – Fed chair Powell testimony: the Fed’s chairman will appear before US lawmakers.
  • Wednesday 8th March: 1.30 pm GMT – US trade balance (January): Analysts forecast the deficit to widen to $68.8 billion.
  • Friday 10th March – 1.30 pm GMT – US non-farm payrolls (February): Analysts forecast payrolls to fall to 200K from 517K last month.

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