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Market Week Ahead: FOMC, Crude Oil and Retail Sales

The range of Retail Sales and Monetary Policy Statements, along with Unemployment Claims and Crude Oil Inventories, will control the direction of the market.

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Here’s what you need to know this week:

Minutes of the Monetary Policy Meeting  – Tuesday – 2:30 GMT

The minutes of the Reserve Bank of Australia meetings are usually released two weeks after the interest rate decision.

US Retail Sales (MoM) – Tuesday – 13:30 GMT

Previous Release
ACTUAL: 0.6 %
DEV: 0.37
CONS: -0.4 %

The US Census Bureau publishes this data. It is a survey of goods sold by retailers, based on a sampling of retail stores of different types and sizes.

RBNZ Interest Rate Decision – Wednesday – 3:00 GMT:

The Reserve Bank of New Zealand declares this interest rate decision. 

Crude Oil Inventories – Wednesday – 15:30 GMT

Previous Release
ACTUAL: -0.447M
DEV: 0.18
CONS: -1.271M

The EIA Crude Oil stockpiles report released by the Energy Information Administration is a weekly measure of the change in the number of barrels of crude oil and its derivatives in stock.

Minutes of the FOMC Meeting  – Wednesday – 19:00 GMT

The minutes of the FOMC Meeting are typically issued three weeks after the day of the policy decision.

AUD – Employment Rate – Thursday – 02:30 GMT

Previous Release
DEV: -0.02
CONS: 30 K

AUD – Employment Change – This data is generally released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. It measures the change in employment levels in Australia

AUD – Employment Rate – Thursday

Previous Release
ACTUAL: 4.9 %
DEV: -3.44
CONS: 5.5 %

ii) – Unemployment Rate – This data is typically released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. It measures the number of unemployed workers, divided by the total civilian labor force.

United Kingdom Retail Sales (MoM) – Friday – 7:00GMT

Previous Release
ACTUAL: 0.5 %
DEV: 0.03
CONS: 0.4 %

National Statistics typically releases this data. It aims to measures the total receipts of retail stores. The monthly changes in percentages reflect the rate of changes in retail sales.

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