Economic Events: (GMT)
09:00 EUR German Ifo Business Climate Index 108.8 108.3
09:00 EUR German Current Assessment 116.5 116.3
09:00 EUR German Business Expectations 102.0 100.9
The German Ifo Business Climate Index rates the current German business climate and measures expectations for the next six months. It is a composite index based on a survey of manufacturers, builders, wholesalers and retailers. This report includes Current Assessment and Business Expectations. The index is compiled by the Institute for Economic Research.
09:30 GBP BBA Mortgage Approvals 37.3K 36.2K
The British Bankers' Association (BBA) Mortgage Approvals measures the number of new mortgages approved by BBA-backed banks during the previous month. It includes more than half of the total U.K. mortgage market. It provides information about the buyers in the housing market in the U.K.
11:00 GBP CBI Industrial Trends Orders -13 -16
The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) Industrial Trends Orders measures the economic expectations of the manufacturing executives in the U.K. It is a leading indicator of business conditions. A level above zero indicates order volume is expected to increase; a level below zero indicates expectations are for lower volumes. The reading is compiled from a survey of about 550 manufacturers.
13:30 USD Initial Jobless Claims 354K 348K
13:30 USD Continuing Jobless Claims 3460K 3426K
Initial Jobless Claims and Continuing Jobless Claims measure the number of unemployed individuals who qualify for benefits under unemployment insurance.
A higher than expected reading should be taken as negative/bearish for the USD, while a lower than expected reading should be taken as positive/bullish for the USD.
GBP/USD Fundamental Analysis February 23, 2012, Forecast
Analysis and Recommendations:
The GBP/USD is currently trading at 1.5678 down from 1.5814 on negative comments from the BoE King and positive economic data on housing sales in the US.
Bank of England Governor Mervyn King said the BOE was expecting a zigzag pattern of the quarterly growth this year and the detailed forecasts underpinning the quarterly Inflation Report, published Wednesday, bear this out.
Sales of U.S. existing homes rose 4.3% in January and inventories fell to nearly seven-year lows, as lower prices, unusually warm weather and an improving economy all lifted demand.
The National Association of Realtors said Wednesday that January sales were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.57 million, compared to economist forecast of 4.7 million. Sales rose in all four major regions, including an 8.8% pop in the West.
Eurozone Nov Industrial orders revised to -1.1% from -1.3%, y/y revised to -2.5% from -2.7% A much stronger set of numbers including the revisions.
Eurozone Feb Flash composite PMI 49.7 from 50.4 - expected 50.6
German February flash manufacturing PMI 50.1
French February flash manufacturing PMI 50.2
In Italy final January HICP fell -1.8% m/m and rose 3.4% y/y, down from +3.7% y/y in December and the weakest y/y gain since August 2011, ISTAT said. -The main domestic index (NIC) rose 0.3% m/m, +3.2% y/y, down from +3.3% y/y in December and the strongest y/y gain since last summer.
Wednesday February 22, 2012 Economic Reports actual v. forecast
Wage Price Index (QoQ)
Credit Card Spending (YoY)
French CPI (MoM)
French Manufacturing PMI
French Services PMI
German Manufacturing PMI
German Services PMI
Taiwanese GDP (YoY)
Italian CPI (MoM)
MPC Meeting Minutes
Industrial New Orders (MoM)
German 2-Year Schatz Auction
MBA Mortgage Applications
Spanish Trade Balance
Belgium NBB Business Climate
Sovereign Bond Auction Schedule
Feb 20-24 n/a UK 0.375% 2062 I/L Gilt syndication
Feb 22 16:30 Italy Details CTZ/BTPei on Feb 24 & BOT on Feb 27
Feb 23 10:10 Sweden Sek 0.75bn I/L bond auction
Feb 23 16:30 Italy Details BTP/CCTeu on Feb 28
Feb 23 18:00 US Auctions 7Y Notes
Feb 24 10:10 Italy Auctions CTZ/BTP
GBP/USD Pivot Points (Time Frame: 1 Day)
Name S3 S2 S1 Pivot R1 R2 R3