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Forex Announcements for May 4-5


With 48 hours left in the trading week all eyes will be on Australia for its Thursday morning announcements of new home sales, retail sales and trade balance. Japan is still on holiday but will return to the office on Friday which will make for an interesting end to the week.


Europe will see some action starting with March UK housing  will be released early morning European time. The EU will follow with its monthly economic bulletin release which could give some indication of what the EU will do to increase liquidity. Finally the UK will end Thursday’s European trading day with its services PMI.

North America

Canada will be releasing its building permits for March at the beginning of the North American trading day and at the same time initial jobless claims will be released in the United States. All will remain quiet until the evening when FOMC members Bullard, Kaplan, Lockhart and Williams speak.

Friday will be a big data day in North America where US nonfarm payrolls for April will be released along with the unemployment rate, participation rate private nonfarm payrolls and the average hourly earnings. Canada will also be releasing its major labor statistics along with the Ivey PMI.

Friday will be capped off with the Baker Hughes US rig count. The previous number was 332.



43 min   AUD HIA New Home Sales (MoM) (Mar) -5.3%
21:30   AUD Retail Sales (MoM) (Mar) 0.3% 0.0%
21:30   AUD Trade Balance (Mar) -2.900B -3.410B
21:45   CNY Caixin Services PMI (Apr) 52.6 52.2
Thursday, May 5, 2016
All Day   Holiday Switzerland – Ascension Day
All Day   Holiday Japan – Children’s Day
03:30   GBP Halifax House Price Index (YoY) 9.6% 10.1%
03:30   GBP Halifax House Price Index (MoM) 0.1% 2.6%
04:00   EUR ECB Economic Bulletin
04:30   GBP Services PMI (Apr) 53.5 53.7
08:30   USD Initial Jobless Claims 260K 257K
08:30   CAD Building Permits (MoM) (Mar) -5.0% 15.5%
11:30   USD FOMC Member Bullard Speaks
19:15   USD FOMC Member Bullard Speaks
19:15   USD FOMC Member Kaplan Speaks
19:15   USD FOMC Member Lockhart Speaks
19:15   USD FOMC Member Williams Speaks
21:30   AUD RBA Monetary Policy Statement
Friday, May 6, 2016
08:30   USD Average Hourly Earnings (MoM) (Apr) 0.3% 0.3%
08:30   USD Nonfarm Payrolls (Apr) 202K 215K
08:30   USD Participation Rate (Apr) 63.0%
08:30   USD Private Nonfarm Payrolls (Apr) 193K 195K
08:30   USD Unemployment Rate (Apr) 5.0% 5.0%
08:30   CAD Employment Change (Apr) 1.0K 40.6K
08:30   CAD Unemployment Rate (Apr) 7.2% 7.1%
10:00   CAD Ivey PMI (Apr) 52.5 50.1
13:05   USD Baker Hughes U.S. Rig Count 332
15:30   GBP CFTC GBP speculative net positions -48.7K
15:30   USD CFTC Crude Oil speculative net positions 334.3K
15:30   USD CFTC Gold speculative net positions 220.9K
15:30   USD CFTC S&P 500 speculative net positions 1.5K
15:30   AUD CFTC AUD speculative net positions 59.5K
15:30   JPY CFTC JPY speculative net positions 66.5K
15:30   EUR CFTC EUR speculative net positions -39.7K


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