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Macroeconomic Calendar

Daria Bulanova, Analyst, Global Markets (Finam)

A modest flow of important stats is expected on Thursday, April 5.

Swiss franc investors are reminded to keep an eye on Switzerland’s March consumer prices at 7.15 GMT. On the whole, the market expects the index to rise 0.4% m-o-m after February’s 0.3% increase.

We advise pound investors to keep an eye on the UK’s January manufacturing due out at 8.30 GMT. As expected, Britain’s industrial production rose 0.4% m-o-m after a 0.4% m-o-m drop the prior month, which could prop up the pound.

February industrial production numbers will also come out of Germany at 10.00 GMT.  Analysts expect industrial output to have fallen 1% m-o-m after January’s 1.6% m-o-m increase, which could put pressure on the euro.

The Bank of England will announce its rate decision at 11.00 GMT. On the whole, investors do not expect the BoE to revise the current 0.5% rate. However, Swiss franc investors may be interested to hear statements by BoE officials about the economic situation in the country.

The weekly report on initial jobless claims will be released in the US at 12.30 GMT. For the record, a week ago the metric amounted to 359,000. If initial jobless claims go up, this could exert an adverse impact on the greenback.

A speech by Saint Louis Fed president James Bullard will begin at 13.10 GMT.