Weekly Outlook: June 11-15

Release Time:2018-06-11 01:27

Policy meetings by the Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank are set to dominate the economic calendar in the coming week, with the U.S. central bank widely expected to raise interest rates, in what would be its second hike this year. With a rate hike already priced in investors will be watching out for any indications on the path of interest rates for the rest of the year. The ECB is expected to leave rates unchanged after its meeting on Thursday, but markets may get an update on its plans for phasing out quantitative easing. The U.S. - North Korea summit in Singapore on Tuesday will also be in focus, along with concerns over trade tensions after President Donald Trump said the U.S. wouldn’t endorse the final communique released at the end of a contentious weekend G7 summit. The communique said the G7 leaders agreed on the need for "free, fair, and mutually beneficial trade" and the importance of fighting protectionism. The week will also bring updates on U.S. inflation, retail sales and industrial production.

The UK is to release what will be closely watched reports on employment and wage growth, inflation and retail sales, while British Prime Minister Theresa May is facing a parliamentary vote that could challenge her Brexit policy on Tuesday. The dollar ticked higher against a currency basket on Friday, while the safe haven yen also rose as investors turned cautious ahead of the G7 summit meeting in Canada after Trump vowed to deal with “unfair trade practices” by Canada and the European Union. The U.S. dollar index, which measures the greenback’s strength against a basket of six major currencies, hit a high of 93.83 before pulling back to 93.54 late Friday. For the week, the dollar was down 0.67%, its largest weekly decline since late March. The dollar was lower against the yen, with USD/JPY off 0.14% at 109.54 in late trade. The euro was weaker against the dollar and the yen, with EUR/USD down 0.25% to 1.1769 from a three week high of 1.1839, while EUR/JPY lost 0.4% to trade at 128.92. The single currency gained 0.92% against the dollar last week after hawkish ECB comments fueled expectations that it will soon start scaling back its monetary stimulus program.