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The Week Ahead

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


Week commencing 23 August

Chris Beauchamp's insight

Flash PMIs from around the globe will provide some insight into the global economy, but the main event will be the Jackson Hole Economic Symposium, at which the Fed is expected to provide more details of its tapering outlook. Corporate data is mostly quiet, with little in the way of big name earnings, as might be expected for the final full week of August. Video


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8.15am – 9am – French, German & eurozone mfg & services PMI (August, flash): German mfg PMI to fall to 62.5, eurozone mfg PMI to fall to 62.4 and services PMI to hold at 59.8. Markets to watch: eurozone indices, EUR crosses

9.30am – UK mfg & services PMI (August, flash): mfg PMI to fall to 58.7 and services PMI to hold at 59.6. Markets to watch: GBP crosses

1.30pm – US Chicago Fed national activity index (July): index to rise to 0.1. Markets to watch: USD crosses

2.45pm – US mfg & services PMI (August, flash): mfg PMI to fall to 63. Markets to watch: USD crosses

3pm – eurozone consumer confidence (August, flash): index to fall to -4.7. Markets to watch: EUR crosses

3pm – US existing home sales (July): expected to rise 1.5% MoM. Markets to watch: USD crosses



3pm – US new home sales (July): sales to rise 1% MoM. Markets to watch: USD crosses


9am – German IFO business climate index (August): index to fall to 100.4 from 100.8. Markets to watch: EUR crosses

1.30pm – US durable goods orders (July): orders to fall 0.8% MoM overall, and rise 0.5% excluding transportation. Markets to watch: USD crosses

3.30pm – US EIA crude oil inventories (w/e 20 August): stockpiles fell by 3.2 million barrels in the preceding week. Markets to watch: Brent, WTI


Jackson Hole Economic Symposium: speeches from central bankers, including Jerome Powell, will affect currency and stock markets. Markets to watch: global indices & major FX pairs, gold, oil.

1.30pm – US initial jobless claims (w/e 21 August): claims to fall to 336K. Markets to watch: USD crosses


Jackson Hole symposium continues

1.30pm – US personal income & spending (July): income to rise 0.2% and spending to rise 0.5%. Markets to watch: USD crosses


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FTSE 100: Auto Trader, Land Securities, St James’s Place, Diageo, Mondi, Aviva

FTSE 250: Ultra Electronics, HICL Infrastructure, Capital & Counties, RHI Magnesita, Drax, 4Imprint, Plus500


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

23 August
24 August
25 August
26 August
27 August
30 August
FTSE 100  


Australia 200 0.3 3.8 (3.8) 3.8   2.9 3.0
Wall Street       1.8 4.6 21.7
US 500 0.02 0.06 0.18 0.15 0.28 0.52
Nasdaq 0.06 0.23 0.27   0.22 0.95
Netherlands 25         0.1 0.14
EU Stocks 50            
China H-Shares   11.7       2.2
Singapore Blue Chip            
Hong Kong HS50 12.1 25.9       2.7
South Africa 40   17.3        
Italy 40            
Japan 225         12.5  




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