After an abbreviated session on Friday, the markets will reopen for a full week of business, featuring a slew of earnings and key economic data, including the Beige Book, ADP employment, and the jobs report.
Fed Chairman Jerome Powell will speak on Monday and Tuesday. Markets will closely monitor whether the head of the Fed speaks about the risks of the pandemic resurgence. If so, it should heighten investor attention to news related to the new strain.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, attention should be paid to the PMI data for China in the manufacturing and services sectors. The state of affairs in Asia’s largest economy will determine optimism about how long the expansion of the world economy, which is based on the rise of the Chinese economy, can last.
On Wednesday and Friday, data on the US labor market will appear to be released—the ADP and Non-Farm Payrolls. Good rates of employment growth are likely to ensure an acceleration in the pace of reducing asset purchases by the Fed, which was mentioned in the minutes of the Fed meeting in November.
In this case, the dollar may open its second wind and its growth will continue. Among the large Central Banks, only the Fed is actively curtailing stimulus, which leads to a widening of the difference in interest rates between the United States and other countries.