Economic Events: (GMT)
07:00 EUR GfK German Consumer Climate 6.1 5.9
The Gfk German Consumer Climate Index measures the level of consumer confidence in economic activity. The data is compiled from a survey of about 2,000 consumers which asks respondents to rate the relative level of past and future economic conditions.
08:15 CHF Employment Level 4.03M 4.02M
The Employment Level measures the number of people employed during the previous quarter. Job creation is an important indicator of consumer spending.
A higher than expected reading should be taken as positive/bullish for the CHF, while a lower than expected reading should be taken as negative/bearish for the CHF.
Tent CHF SNB Board Member Jordan Speaks
Swiss National Bank (SNB) Vice Chairman (May 2007 - January 2012) Thomas Jordan is to speak. In January 2010 his title changed from Board Member to Vice Chairman. As a member of the SNB's Governing Board, which sets short term interest rates, he has a major influence over the value of the Swiss franc. Traders watch his speeches closely as they are often used to drop subtle hints regarding future monetary policy and interest rate shifts.
11:00 GBP CBI Distributive Trades Survey -14 -22
The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) Distributive Trades Survey (DTS) measures the health of the retail sector. The reading is compiled from a survey covering 20,000 firms responsible for 40% of employment in retailing. It includes measures of sales activity across the distributive trades. It is a leading indicator of consumer spending. The figure is the difference between the percentage of retailers reporting an increase in sales and those reporting a decrease.
Tent EUR German CPI (MoM) 0.5% -0.4%
The German Consumer Price Index (CPI) measures the changes in the price of goods and services purchased by consumers.
13:30 USD Core Durable Goods Orders (MoM) 0.0% 2.2%
13:30 USD Durable Goods Orders (MoM) -0.8% 3.0%
Durable Goods Orders measures the change in the total value of new orders for long lasting manufactured goods, including transportation items.
A higher than expected reading should be taken as positive/bullish for the USD, while a lower than expected reading should be taken as negative/bearish for the USD.
15:00 USD CB Consumer Confidence 63.0 61.1
Conference Board (CB) Consumer Confidence measures the level of consumer confidence in economic activity. It is a leading indicator as it can predict consumer spending, which plays a major role in overall economic activity. Higher readings point to higher consumer optimism.
GBP/USD Fundamental Analysis February 28, 2012, Forecast
Analysis and Recommendations:
The GBP/USD is currently 1.5836 falling as the US dollar picked up steam on strong data, pending home sales climbed 2% in January to the highest level since April 2010, when buyers were taking advantage of a now-expired tax credit. The pending-home-sales index rose to 97.0 from a downwardly revised 95.1 reading in December, the National Association of Realtors reported Monday. There was little data affecting the Sterling today. Most of the movement was the USD pushing against all of its trading partners.
In Europe, disappointment over the Group of 20 nations' meeting, rising oil prices and trepidation ahead of the European Central Bank's upcoming liquidity boost weighed on sentiment.
The European Central Bank is preparing to launch the second round of its program to support the euro-zone banking system with the offer of unlimited three-year funds.
Private sector loans in the Eurozone rose much as expected in January, while M3 broad money supply surprised to the upside, increasing at its fastest annual pace since October, the European Central Bank reported on Monday. Rising 1.1% on the year, loan growth recovered modestly after
a tough December. Elsewhere in the eurozone the January M3 annual growth was reported at 2.5% well above forecast.
ECB Executive Board member Joerg Asmussen estimated on the sidelines of the G20 summit this weekend that the first three-year LTRO, which injected close to half a trillion euro into the banking system, had had a positive effect.
The German government expects broad majority backing for the second aid package at today's vote in parliament, given that the main opposition parties, the center-left SPD and the ecologist Greens, have signaled their support.
In Italy, the February business confidence fell to 91.5 from 92.1 in January, as a result of worsening current orders and a decline in expected export orders. The index maintained a two-year low, ISTAT said. Also on Monday sold 8.75 billion euro ($11.7 billion) of six-month treasury bills at an average yield of 1.202%, the nation's Treasury said Monday, down from near 1.97% in a January auction. Bids exceeded supply 1.36 times
Today's economic releases actual v. forecast
French PPI (MoM)
M3 Money Supply (YoY)
Private Loans (YoY)
Italian Business Confidence
Sovereign Bond Auction Schedule
Feb 28 01:30 Japan Auctions 2Y JGBs
Feb 28 10:10 Italy BTP/CCTeu auction
Feb 28 10:30 Belgium Auctions 3 & 6M T-bills
Feb 28 15:30 UK Details gilt auctions on Mar 06 & Mar 07
Feb 29 10:10 Sweden Auctions T-bills
Feb 29 10:30 Germany Eur 4.0bn 2.0% Jan 2022 Bund
Feb 29 15:30 Sweden Details nominal bond auction on Mar 07
Mar 01 09:30 Spain Bono auction
Mar 01 09:50 France OAT auction
Mar 01 10.30 UK Auctions 4.0% 2022 conventional Gilt
GBP/USD Pivot Points (Time Frame: 1 Day)
Name S3 S2 S1 Pivot R1 R2 R3