Important in the course of the week | reporting season: In the USA, General Motors and the Walt Disney Company, among others, will open their books; in Europe, corporate figures will follow from Total, Air Liquide and ThyssenKrupp, among others.
Monday, Feb. 8, 2021
Eurozone | December industrial production in Germany; data for Italy will be published on Tuesday and for France on Wednesday. Industrial production in the eurozone is expected to remain robust overall, confirming the positive message from the manufacturing purchasing managers’ indexes.
Eurozone | Sentix Investor Confidence in February. Despite the slow progress of the vaccination campaign in Europe, investor sentiment is likely to have brightened.
Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021
Germany | December trade data. After strong monthly growth in November, imports and exports are now expected to decline month-on-month.
U.S. | NFIB index of U.S. small business sentiment in January. Sentiment may have improved as the economy remains robust.
Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021
USA | January inflation data. In recent months, inflation has been very weak due to the pandemic. No significant price pressure is expected this time either, although this could change quickly as the economy normalizes over the course of the year.
China | January inflation data. In China, too, prices are not expected to rise significantly. On the contrary, consumer prices may even show deflationary tendencies again.
Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021
USA | Weekly Initial Jobless Claims. After last Friday’s disappointing labor market report, the data point is likely to receive special attention; a slight decline in claims compared with the previous week is expected.
Friday, Feb. 12, 2021
U.K. | December industrial production and foreign trade data, as well as economic growth figures for the final quarter of 2020. The U.K. economy is expected to be weak again overall. However, the rapid pace of vaccine issuance offers potential for a strong economic recovery later in the year.
USA | University of Michigan Consumer Confidence Index for February. Due to the importance of U.S. consumption for the local economy, consumer sentiment remains an important leading indicator. The expected increase in February is likely to boost market participants’ confidence in a continued normalization of the economy.
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