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The Week Ahead On The Markets



The Week Ahead

Read about upcoming market-moving events and plan your trading week

Week commencing 1 April

Chris Beauchamp's insight

Another shortened week lies ahead, though the quiet start gives way to a busier period with the release of the monthly US payrolls data, as well as the ISM purchasing managers indices (PMIs) in the US and the Caixin PMIs in China. Eurozone inflation will also be worth watching as the European Central Bank (ECB) edges closer to rate cuts in the summer. Corporate data is almost non-existent, but US earnings season is just around the corner, starting on 14 April.



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Easter Monday – UK, French & German markets closed

2.45 am – China Caixin manufacturing PMI (March): 
index to rise to 51 from 50.9. Markets to watch: CNH crosses

3pm – US ISM manufacturing index (March): 
index expected to rise to 48.3 from 47.8. Markets to watch: USD crosses


1.30 am – Australia RBA meeting minutes. Markets to watch: AUD crosses

1 pm – German inflation (March, preliminary): 
YoY rate to slow to 2.4% from 2.5% and MoM to rise to 0.7% from 0.4%. Markets to watch: EUR crosses


2.45 am – China Caixin services PMI (March): index to fall to 52 from 52.5. Markets to watch: CNH crosses

10 am – eurozone inflation (March):
 prices are expected to rise 2.6% YoY and 0.9% MoM, from 2.6% and 0.6% respectively. Core CPI to rise 2.8% YoY from 3.1%. Markets to watch: eurozone indices, EUR crosses

1.15 pm – US ADP employment report (March): 
payrolls are expected to rise by 125K, from 140K last month. Markets to watch: USD crosses

3 pm – US ISM services PMI (March):
 index forecast to fall to 52.4 from 52.6. Markets to watch: USD crosses

3.30 pm – US EIA crude oil inventories (w/e 29 March): 
stockpiles rose by 3.2 million barrels in the preceding week. Markets to watch: Brent, WTI


1.30 pm – US initial jobless claims (w/e 30 March) Markets to watch: USD crosses


1.30 pm – US non-farm payrolls (March): payrolls to rise by 200K from 275K last month, and the unemployment rate to hold at 3.9%. Average hourly earnings to rise 0.3% MoM and 4.1% YoY, from 0.1% MoM and 4.3%. Markets to watch: US indices, USD crosses

1.30 pm – Canada employment report (March): 
unemployment rate to hold at 5.8%. Markets to watch: CAD crosses

3 pm – Canada Ivey PMI (March):
 index to fall to 51.6 from 53.9. Markets to watch: CAD crosses


Company announcements



1 April

2 April

3 April

4 April

5 April

Full-year earnings

    Hilton Food    

Half/ Quarterly earnings

      Conagra Brands  

Trading update*

    Topps Tiles    




FTSE 100: InterContinental Hotels, Mondi, IMI, Rentokil, Smiths Group

FTSE 250: Hammerson, RIT Capital, Domino's Pizza, Empiric Student Property, OSB, Breedon, Direct Line, Games Workshop

Dividends are applied after the close of the previous day’s session for each market. So, for example, the FTSE 100 goes ex-dividend on a Thursday, but the adjustment is applied at the close of the previous day, e.g. Wednesday. The table below shows the days in which the adjustment is applied, not the ex-dividend days.

Index adjustments


1 April
2 April
3 April
4 April
5 April
8 April
FTSE 100     2.23      
Australia 200 0.2   0.1     0.1
Wall Street   2.6 12.1     4.4
US 500 0.15 0.25 0.64 0.02 0.08 0.75
Nasdaq 1.62 2.14 0.11     0.33
Netherlands 25            
EU Stocks 50         3.2  
China H-Shares   4.4        
Singapore Blue Chip       0.95    
Hong Kong HS50   8.2   1.6    
South Africa 40   125.8        
Italy 40            
Japan 225            



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