The biggest single event of the week is the release of U.S Consumer Price Index data at 7:30 am CT Wednesday. The Core CPI read, which excludes food and energy, may not be known as the Federal Reserve’s preferred inflation gauge but it is arguably the most important. December’s read in January was a bright spot with a month over month increase of 0.3%.
Chinese data shrugged off as equity markets edge slightly lower; sterling under pressure as pressure on May mounts; central banks event sees Fed, ECB, BoJ and BoE heads join panel discussion; German GDP and inflation data get us off to an underwhelming start.
The EUR/GBP took its sweet time but has now finally reverted back to its mean around the 200-day average circa 0.8750, as we had highlighted the possibility when it was still trading around the 0.92 handle at the end of the summer.
It’s been a relatively calm start to trading on Monday but that isn’t likely to last long with the rest of the week packed full of major economic and political events that should ensure markets remain quite volatile.