Economic Events: (GMT)
09:30 GBP Construction PMI 52.9 53.2
The Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) Construction Purchasing Manager's Index (PMI) measures the activity level of purchasing managers in the construction industry. A reading above 50 indicates expansion in the construction industry; a reading below indicates contraction. It gives an indication about the health of the construction section in the UK. Traders watch these surveys closely as purchasing managers usually have early access to data about their company's performance, which can be a leading indicator of overall economic performance.
A higher than expected reading should be taken as positive/bullish for the GBP, while a lower than expected reading should be taken as negative/bearish for the GBP
10:00 EUR PPI (MoM) -0.1% 0.2%
The Producer Price Index (PPI) measures the change in the price of goods sold by manufacturers. It is a leading indicator of consumer price inflation, which accounts for the majority of overall inflation.
A higher than expected reading should be taken as positive/bullish for the EUR, while a lower than expected reading should be taken as negative/bearish for the EUR.
13:30 USD Nonfarm Productivity (QoQ) 1.0% 2.3%
Nonfarm Productivity measures the annualized change in labor efficiency when producing goods and services, excluding the farming industry. Productivity and labor-related inflation are directly linked-a drop in a worker's productivity is equivalent to a rise in their wage.
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.
13:30 USD Initial Jobless Claims 373K 377K
13:30 USD Unit Labor Costs (QoQ) 0.9% -2.5%
13:30 USD Continuing Jobless Claims 3565K 3554K
Initial Jobless Claims measures the number of individuals who filed for unemployment insurance for the first time during the past week. This is the earliest U.S. economic data, but the market impact varies from week to week. Continuing Jobless Claims measures the number of unemployed individuals who qualify for benefits under unemployment insurance.
USD/CHF Fundamental Analysis Feb. 2, 2012, Forecast
Analysis and Recommendations:
The ADP report came in under forecast, but did have some positive information, there seems to be hiring in both the private and public sectors. The ADP report is compiled by payroll processor ADP who does most payroll for the large companies in the US but not all companies and not the medicum and small so their figures can be off sometimes. If small and medium companies in the private sector are hiring it does not reflect in this report.
Employment in the U.S. nonfarm private business sector increased by 170,000 from December to January on a seasonally adjusted basis. The estimated advance in employment from November to December was revised down to 292,000 from the initially reported 325,000. Employment in the private, service-providing sector rose 152,000 in January
In Switzerland the data released today for retail sales and PMI were all unexpected drops below forecasts casting a shadow on the Franc.
Today's Economic Reports Results
GBP Nationwide HPI (MoM) -0.2% -0.1% -0.2% Unexpected Drop
CHF Retail Sales (YoY) 0.6% 1.6% 1.8% Unexpected Drop
CHF SVME PMI 47.3 51.8 49.1 Unexpected Drop
EUR French Manufacturing PMI 48.5 48.5 48.5
EUR German Manufacturing PMI 51.0 50.9 50.9 Above Forecast
EUR Manufacturing PMI 48.8 48.7 48.7 Above Forecast
GBP Manufacturing PMI 52.1 50.1 49.7 Above Forecast
EUR CPI (YoY) 2.7% 2.7% 2.7%
Scheduled Sovereign Bond Sales
Feb 01 15:30 Sweden Details nominal bond auction on Feb 08
Feb 01 16:00 US
Announces details of 3Y Notes on Feb 07, 10Y Notes on Feb
08 & 30Y Bonds on Feb 09
Feb 02 09:50 France OAT Auction
Feb 02 10.30 UK Auctions 0.125% 2029
USD/CHF Pivot Points (Time Frame: 1 Day)
Name S3 S2 S1 Pivot R1 R2 R3