Economic Events: (GMT)
07:45 EUR French Consumer Spending (MoM) 0.3% -0.7%
French Consumer Spending measures the change in the inflation-adjusted value of all goods expenditures by consumers. Consumer spending accounts for the majority of economic activity.
08:00 CHF KOF Leading Indicators -0.11 -0.17
The KOF Leading Indicators Index is designed to predict the direction of the economy over the following six months. The index is a composite reading of 12 economic indicators related to banking confidence, production, new orders, consumer confidence and housing.
08:55 EUR German Unemployment Rate 6.7% 6.7%
08:55 EUR German Unemployment Change -5K -34K
The German unemployment rate measures the percentage of the total work force that is unemployed and actively seeking employment during the reported month. German Unemployment Change measures the change in the number of unemployed people during the previous month.
10:00 EUR CPI (YoY) 2.7% 2.7%
10:00 EUR Core CPI (YoY) 1.8% 1.6%
The Core Consumer Price Index (CPI) measures the change in the price of goods and services purchased by consumers, excluding food, energy, alcohol, and tobacco. The data has a relatively mild impact because overall CPI is the European Central Bank's mandated inflation target.
13:30 USD GDP Price Index (QoQ) 0.4% 0.4%
13:30 USD GDP (QoQ) 2.8% 2.8%
The GDP Price Index measures the annualized change in the price of all goods and services included in gross domestic product. It are the broadest inflationary indicator.
14:30 USD FOMC Member Fisher Speaks
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas President and Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) voting member (2008 and 2011) Richard Fisher is to speak. FOMC members are responsible for setting the benchmark interest rate and their speeches are closely watched for indications on the future possible direction of monetary policy.
14:45 USD Chicago PMI 61.8 60.2
The Chicago Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) determines the economic health of the manufacturing sector in Chicago region. A reading above 50 indicates expansion of the manufacturing sector; a reading below indicates contraction. The Chicago PMI can be of some help in forecasting the ISM manufacturing PMI.
15:00 USD Fed Chairman Bernanke Testifies
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke (February 2006 - January 2014) is to testify on the economic outlook and recent monetary policy actions before the Joint Economic Committee, in Washington DC. The testimony is in two parts; the first is a prepared statement, then the committee conducts a question and answer session. The Q&A portion of the testimony can see heavy market volatility for the duration.
19:00 USD Beige Book
The Federal Reserve's Beige Book is a report on current economic conditions in each of the 12 Federal districts in the U.S. It gives a picture of economic trends and challenges in the U.S. It is released 8 times a year, 2 weeks before each Federal Open Market Committee meeting. The report is used by the FOMC in their decision on short-term interest rates.
Analysis and Recommendations:
The GBP/USD is currently up trading at 1.5878. . The Sterling picked up some strength when the Confederation of British Industry reported that retail sale volumes improved significantly in February. The report showed that the CBI index of realized sales improved to minus 2 from minus 22, beating expectations for a reading at minus 17. The pairs spiked at 1.5901 on the positive news, but soon lost steam.
In the U.S. home prices fell 1.1% in December to bring the year-over-year fall to 4%, according to the Case-Shiller home price index released Tuesday. Also today in the data showing orders for durable goods sank 4% in January, the U.S. Commerce Department said.
In Europe, the Gfk German Consumer Climate Index which measures the level of consumer confidence in economic activity came in slightly under forecast today. 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. Markets were forecasting a 6.1 confidence level when data released showed a 6.0 level.
Adding apprehension is the upcoming announcement from the ECB of the results of its second, and potentially the last, three-year LTRO on Wednesday. The first such operation in December saw more than 500 banks tap the ECB for €489 billion in three-year loans at a rate fixed to the bank's refi rate, which stands at 1%.
A surprise came from Ireland, where the government has decided to put the ratification of the new EU fiscal treaty to a vote.
Economic Data February 28, 2012 actual v forecast
GfK German Consumer Climate
Business and Consumer Survey
Italian 10-Year BTP Auction
CBI Distributive Trades Survey
Chilean Unemployment Rate
Hungarian Interest Rate Decision
Core Durable Goods Orders (MoM)
Durable Goods Orders (MoM)
German CPI (MoM)
S&P/CS Home Price Indices Composite - 20 (YoY)
Sovereign Bond Auction Schedule
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