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21 Feb
7:30AMAUDMEDIUMConstruction Work Done q/q
Source Australian Bureau of Statistics (latest release)
Measures Change in the total inflation-adjusted value of construction projects completed;
Usual Effect 'Actual' greater than 'Forecast' is good for currency;
Frequency Released quarterly, about 60 days after the quarter ends;
Next Release May 22, 2018May 22, 2018
FF Notes This release gives insight into the GDP data which is released about a week later;
Why Traders
Care
It's an important gauge of the construction industry, which has a sizable impact on overall employment and spending;
7:30AMAUDMEDIUMWage Price Index q/q
Source Australian Bureau of Statistics (latest release)
Measures Change in the price businesses and the government pay for labor, excluding bonuses;
Usual Effect 'Actual' greater than 'Forecast' is good for currency;
Frequency Released quarterly, about 45 days after the quarter ends;
Next Release May 15, 2018May 15, 2018
FF Notes Source changed series calculation formula as of November 2003;
Why Traders
Care
It's a leading indicator of consumer inflation - when businesses pay more for labor the higher costs are usually passed on to the consumer;
Also Called Wage Cost Index, Labour Price Index;
3:00PMEURMEDIUMFrench Flash Manufacturing PMI
Source Markit (latest release)
Measures Level of a diffusion index based on surveyed purchasing managers in the manufacturing industry;
Usual Effect 'Actual' greater than 'Forecast' is good for currency;
Frequency Released monthly, around 3 weeks into the current month;
Next Release Mar 22, 2018Mar 22, 2018
FF Notes Above 50.0 indicates industry expansion, below indicates contraction. There are 2 versions of this report released about a week apart Flash and Final. The Flash release, which the source first reported in Mar 2008, is the earliest and thus tends to have the most impact;
Why Traders
Care
It's a leading indicator of economic health - businesses react quickly to market conditions, and their purchasing managers hold perhaps the most current and relevant insight into the company's view of the economy;
Derived Via Survey of about 400 purchasing managers which asks respondents to rate the relative level of business conditions including employment, production, new orders, prices, supplier deliveries, and inventories;
Acro Expand Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI);
3:00PMEURMEDIUMFrench Flash Services PMI
Source Markit (latest release)
Measures Level of a diffusion index based on surveyed purchasing managers in the services industry;
Usual Effect 'Actual' greater than 'Forecast' is good for currency;
Frequency Released monthly, around 3 weeks into the current month;
Next Release Mar 22, 2018Mar 22, 2018
FF Notes Above 50.0 indicates industry expansion, below indicates contraction. There are 2 versions of this report released about a week apart Flash and Final. The Flash release, which the source first reported in Mar 2008, is the earliest and thus tends to have the most impact;
Why Traders
Care
It's a leading indicator of economic health - businesses react quickly to market conditions, and their purchasing managers hold perhaps the most current and relevant insight into the company's view of the economy;
Derived Via Survey of about 300 purchasing managers which asks respondents to rate the relative level of business conditions including employment, production, new orders, prices, supplier deliveries, and inventories;
Acro Expand Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI);
3:30PMEURMEDIUMGerman Flash Manufacturing PMI
Source Markit (latest release)
Measures Level of a diffusion index based on surveyed purchasing managers in the manufacturing industry;
Usual Effect 'Actual' greater than 'Forecast' is good for currency;
Frequency Released monthly, around 3 weeks into the current month;
Next Release Mar 22, 2018Mar 22, 2018
FF Notes Above 50.0 indicates industry expansion, below indicates contraction. There are 2 versions of this report released about a week apart Flash and Final. The Flash release, which the source first reported in Mar 2008, is the earliest and thus tends to have the most impact;
Why Traders
Care
It's a leading indicator of economic health - businesses react quickly to market conditions, and their purchasing managers hold perhaps the most current and relevant insight into the company's view of the economy;
Derived Via Survey of about 500 purchasing managers which asks respondents to rate the relative level of business conditions including employment, production, new orders, prices, supplier deliveries, and inventories;
Acro Expand Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI);
3:30PMEURMEDIUMGerman Flash Services PMI
Source Markit (latest release)
Measures Level of a diffusion index based on surveyed purchasing managers in the services industry;
Usual Effect 'Actual' greater than 'Forecast' is good for currency;
Frequency Released monthly, around 3 weeks into the current month;
Next Release Apr 23, 2018Apr 23, 2018
FF Notes Above 50.0 indicates industry expansion, below indicates contraction. There are 2 versions of this report released about a week apart Flash and Final. The Flash release, which the source first reported in Mar 2008, is the earliest and thus tends to have the most impact;
Why Traders
Care
It's a leading indicator of economic health - businesses react quickly to market conditions, and their purchasing managers hold perhaps the most current and relevant insight into the company's view of the economy;
Derived Via Survey of about 500 purchasing managers which asks respondents to rate the relative level of business conditions including employment, production, new orders, prices, supplier deliveries, and inventories;
Acro Expand Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI);
4:00PMEURMEDIUMFlash Manufacturing PMI
Source Markit (latest release)
Measures Level of a diffusion index based on surveyed purchasing managers in the manufacturing industry;
Usual Effect 'Actual' greater than 'Forecast' is good for currency;
Frequency Released monthly, around 3 weeks into the current month;
Next Release Mar 22, 2018Mar 22, 2018
FF Notes Above 50.0 indicates industry expansion, below indicates contraction. There are 2 versions of this report released about a week apart Flash and Final. The Flash release, which the source first reported in Jun 2007, is the earliest and thus tends to have the most impact;
Why Traders
Care
It's a leading indicator of economic health - businesses react quickly to market conditions, and their purchasing managers hold perhaps the most current and relevant insight into the company's view of the economy;
Derived Via Survey of about 3000 purchasing managers which asks respondents to rate the relative level of business conditions including employment, production, new orders, prices, supplier deliveries, and inventories;
Acro Expand Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI);
4:00PMEURMEDIUMFlash Services PMI
Source Markit (latest release)
Measures Level of a diffusion index based on surveyed purchasing managers in the services industry;
Usual Effect 'Actual' greater than 'Forecast' is good for currency;
Frequency Released monthly, around 3 weeks into the current month;
Next Release Mar 22, 2018Mar 22, 2018
FF Notes Above 50.0 indicates industry expansion, below indicates contraction. There are 2 versions of this report released about a week apart Flash and Final. The Flash release, which the source first reported in Jun 2007, is the earliest and thus tends to have the most impact;
Why Traders
Care
It's a leading indicator of economic health - businesses react quickly to market conditions, and their purchasing managers hold perhaps the most current and relevant insight into the company's view of the economy;
Derived Via Survey of about 600 purchasing managers which asks respondents to rate the relative level of business conditions including employment, production, new orders, prices, supplier deliveries, and inventories;
Acro Expand Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI);
9:45PMUSDLOWFlash Manufacturing PMI
Source Markit (latest release)
Measures Level of a diffusion index based on surveyed purchasing managers in the manufacturing industry;
Usual Effect 'Actual' greater than 'Forecast' is good for currency;
Frequency Released monthly, around 3 weeks into the current month;
Next Release Mar 22, 2018Mar 22, 2018
FF Notes Above 50.0 indicates industry expansion, below indicates contraction. There are 2 versions of this report released about a week apart Flash and Final. The Flash release, which the source first reported in May 2012, is the earliest and thus tends to have the most impact;
Why Traders
Care
It's a leading indicator of economic health - businesses react quickly to market conditions, and their purchasing managers hold perhaps the most current and relevant insight into the company's view of the economy;
Derived Via Survey of about 600 purchasing managers which asks respondents to rate the relative level of business conditions including employment, production, new orders, prices, supplier deliveries, and inventories;
Acro Expand Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI);
9:45PMUSDLOWFlash Services PMI
Source Markit (latest release)
Measures Level of a diffusion index based on surveyed purchasing managers in the services industry;
Usual Effect 'Actual' greater than 'Forecast' is good for currency;
Frequency Released monthly, around 3 weeks into the current month;
Next Release Mar 22, 2018Mar 22, 2018
FF Notes Above 50.0 indicates industry expansion, below indicates contraction. There are 2 versions of this report released about a week apart Flash and Final. The Flash release, which the source first reported in Nov 2013, is the earliest and thus tends to have the most impact;
Why Traders
Care
It's a leading indicator of economic health - businesses react quickly to market conditions, and their purchasing managers hold perhaps the most current and relevant insight into the company's view of the economy;
Derived Via Survey of about 400 purchasing managers which asks respondents to rate the relative level of business conditions including employment, production, new orders, prices, supplier deliveries, and inventories;
Acro Expand Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI);
10:00PMUSDMEDIUMExisting Home Sales
Source National Association of Realtors (latest release)
Measures Annualized number of residential buildings that were sold during the previous month, excluding new construction;
Usual Effect 'Actual' greater than 'Forecast' is good for currency;
Frequency Released monthly, about 20 days after the month ends;
Next Release Mar 21, 2018Mar 21, 2018
FF Notes While this is monthly data, it's reported in an annualized format (monthly figure x12);
Why Traders
Care
It's a leading indicator of economic health because the sale of a home triggers a wide-reaching ripple effect. For example, renovations are done by the new owners, a mortgage is sold by the financing bank, and brokers are paid to execute the transaction;
Also Called Home Resales;
10:30PMAUDLOWCB Leading Index m/m
Source The Conference Board Inc. (latest release)
Measures Change in the level of a composite index based on 7 economic indicators;
Usual Effect 'Actual' greater than 'Forecast' is good for currency;
Frequency Released monthly, about 50 days after the month ends;
Next Release Mar 19, 2018Mar 19, 2018
FF Notes This index is designed to predict the direction of the economy, but it tends to have a muted impact because most of the indicators used in the calculation are released previously;
Derived Via Combined reading of 7 economic indicators related to money supply, building approvals, profits, exports, inventories, and interest rate spreads;
Also Called Leading Indicators;
Acro Expand The Conference Board (CB);
22 Feb2:00AMUSDHIGHFOMC Meeting Minutes
Source Federal Reserve (latest release)
Usual Effect More hawkish than expected is good for currency;
Frequency Scheduled 8 times per year, 3 weeks after the Federal Funds Rate is announced;
Next Release Apr 11, 2018Apr 11, 2018
Why Traders
Care
It's a detailed record of the FOMC's most recent meeting, providing in-depth insights into the economic and financial conditions that influenced their vote on where to set interest rates;
Acro Expand Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC);
12:15PMUSDMEDIUMFOMC Member Quarles Speaks
Description Due to deliver a speech titled "10 years after the Global Financial Crisis: How has the world economy changed and where will it go?" at the International Financial Symposium, in Tokyo;
Source Federal Reserve (latest release)
Speaker Federal Reserve Governor Randal Quarles;
Usual Effect More hawkish than expected is good for currency;
FF Notes FOMC voting member Oct 2017 - Jan 2032;
Why Traders
Care
Federal Reserve FOMC members vote on where to set the nation's key interest rates and their public engagements are often used to drop subtle clues regarding future monetary policy;
Acro Expand Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC);
2:45PMEURLOWFrench Final CPI m/m
Source INSEE (latest release)
Measures Change in the price of goods and services purchased by consumers;
Usual Effect 'Actual' greater than 'Forecast' is good for currency;
Frequency Released monthly, about 13 days after the month ends;
Next Release Mar 13, 2018Mar 13, 2018
FF Notes The 'Previous' listed is the 'Actual' from the Preliminary release and therefore the 'History' data will appear unconnected. There are 2 versions of CPI released about 15 days apart - Preliminary and Final. The Preliminary release, which the source first reported in Jan 2016, is the earliest and thus tends to have the most impact. This is one of the few non-seasonally adjusted numbers reported on the calendar, as it's the primary calculation for this indicator;
Acro Expand Consumer Price Index (CPI);
4:00PMEURMEDIUMGerman Ifo Business Climate
Source Ifo Institute for Economic Research (latest release)
Measures Level of a composite index based on surveyed manufacturers, builders, wholesalers, and retailers;
Usual Effect 'Actual' greater than 'Forecast' is good for currency;
Frequency Released monthly, around 3 weeks into the current month;
Next Release Mar 22, 2018Mar 22, 2018
FF Notes This survey is highly respected due to its large sample size and historic correlation with German and wider Eurozone economic conditions. It tends to create a hefty market impact upon release. Source changed series from a base year of 2000 to a base year of 2005 as of May 2011;
Why Traders
Care
It's a leading indicator of economic health - businesses react quickly to market conditions, and changes in their sentiment can be an early signal of future economic activity such as spending, hiring, and investment;
Derived Via Survey of about 7,000 businesses which asks respondents to rate the relative level of current business conditions and expectations for the next 6 months;
Acro Expand Information and Forschung (Ifo);
7:30PMEURHIGHECB Monetary Policy Meeting Accounts
Source European Central Bank (latest release)
Usual Effect More hawkish than expected is good for currency;
Frequency 8 times per year, 4 weeks after the Minimum Bid Rate is announced;
Next Release Apr 5, 2018Apr 5, 2018
FF Notes Source first released in Feb 2015;
Why Traders
Care
It's a detailed record of the ECB Governing Board's most recent meeting, providing in-depth insights into the economic conditions that influenced their decision on where to set interest rates;
Acro Expand European Central Bank (ECB);
8:30PMCADHIGHCore Retail Sales m/m
Source Statistics Canada (latest release)
Measures Change in the total value of sales at the retail level, excluding automobiles;
Usual Effect 'Actual' greater than 'Forecast' is good for currency;
Frequency Released monthly, about 50 days after the month ends;
Next Release Mar 23, 2018Mar 23, 2018
FF Notes Automobile sales account for about 20% of Retail Sales, but they tend to be very volatile and distort the underlying trend. The Core data is therefore thought to be a better gauge of spending trends;
Also Called Retail Sales Ex Autos;
8:30PMCADMEDIUMRetail Sales m/m
Source Statistics Canada (latest release)
Measures Change in the total value of sales at the retail level;
Usual Effect 'Actual' greater than 'Forecast' is good for currency;
Frequency Released monthly, about 50 days after the month ends;
Next Release Mar 23, 2018Mar 23, 2018
Why Traders
Care
It's the primary gauge of consumer spending, which accounts for the majority of overall economic activity;
8:30PMCADLOWCorporate Profits q/q
Source Statistics Canada (latest release)
Measures Change in the total value of profits earned by corporations;
Usual Effect 'Actual' greater than 'Forecast' is good for currency;
Frequency Released quarterly, about 55 days after the quarter ends;
Next Release May 24, 2018May 24, 2018
Why Traders
Care
It's a leading indicator of economic health - businesses are quickly affected by market conditions, and changes in their earnings can be an early signal of future economic activity such as spending, hiring, and investment;
8:30PMUSDMEDIUMUnemployment Claims
Source Department of Labor (latest release)
Measures The number of individuals who filed for unemployment insurance for the first time during the past week;
Usual Effect 'Actual' less than 'Forecast' is good for currency;
Frequency Released weekly, 5 days after the week ends;
Next Release Mar 1, 2018Mar 1, 2018
FF Notes This is the nation's earliest economic data. The market impact fluctuates from week to week - there tends to be more focus on the release when traders need to diagnose recent developments, or when the reading is at extremes;
Why Traders
Care
Although it's generally viewed as a lagging indicator, the number of unemployed people is an important signal of overall economic health because consumer spending is highly correlated with labor-market conditions. Unemployment is also a major consideration for those steering the country's monetary policy;
Also Called Jobless Claims, Initial Claims;
9:00PMEURLOWBelgian NBB Business Climate
Source National Bank of Belgium (latest release)
Measures Level of a composite index based on surveyed manufacturers, builders, services, and trade-related firms;
Usual Effect 'Actual' greater than 'Forecast' is good for currency;
Frequency Released monthly, around 3 weeks into the current month;
Next Release Mar 22, 2018Mar 22, 2018
FF Notes Above 0.0 indicates improving conditions, below indicates worsening conditions. This survey is highly respected due to its source and large sample size. Source changed series calculation formula as of April 2009;
Why Traders
Care
It's a leading indicator of economic health - businesses react quickly to market conditions, and changes in their sentiment can be an early signal of future economic activity such as spending, hiring, and investment;
Derived Via Survey of about 6,000 businesses which asks respondents to rate the relative level of current business conditions and expectations for the next 6 months;
Also Called Business Confidence Gross Synthetic Curve;
Acro Expand National Bank of Belgium (NBB);
10:00PMUSDLOWCB Leading Index m/m
Source The Conference Board Inc. (latest release)
Measures Change in the level of a composite index based on 10 economic indicators;
Usual Effect 'Actual' greater than 'Forecast' is good for currency;
Frequency Released monthly, about 20 days after the month ends;
Next Release Mar 22, 2018Mar 22, 2018
FF Notes This index is designed to predict the direction of the economy, but it tends to have a muted impact because most of the indicators used in the calculation are released previously. Source changed series calculation formula as of Jan 2012;
Derived Via Combined reading of 10 economic indicators related to employment, new orders, consumer confidence, housing, stock market prices, credit trends, and interest rate spreads;
Also Called Leading Indicators;
Acro Expand The Conference Board (CB);
10:00PMUSDLOWFOMC Member Dudley Speaks
Description Due to speak about the economic situation in Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands following Hurricanes Irma and Maria at a press briefing hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Audience questions expected;
Source Federal Reserve Bank of New York (latest release)
Speaker Federal Reserve Bank of New York President William Dudley;
Usual Effect More hawkish than expected is good for currency;
Next Release Feb 23, 2018Feb 23, 2018
FF Notes FOMC voting member Jan 2009 - Jan 2020;
Why Traders
Care
Federal Reserve FOMC members vote on where to set the nation's key interest rates and their public engagements are often used to drop subtle clues regarding future monetary policy;
Acro Expand Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC);
10:30PMUSDLOWNatural Gas Storage
Source Energy Information Administration (latest release)
Measures Change in the number of cubic feet of natural gas held in underground storage during the past week;
Usual Effect No consistent effect - there are both inflationary and growth implications;
Frequency Released weekly, 5 days after the week ends;
Next Release Mar 1, 2018Mar 1, 2018
FF Notes While this is a US indicator, it most affects the loonie due to Canada's sizable energy sector;
Also Called Nat Gas Stocks, Nat Gas Inventories, Working Gas;
Acro Expand Energy Information Administration (EIA);
11:00PMUSDHIGHCrude Oil Inventories
Source Energy Information Administration (latest release)
Measures Change in the number of barrels of crude oil held in inventory by commercial firms during the past week;
Usual Effect No consistent effect - there are both inflationary and growth implications;
Frequency Released weekly, 4 days after the week ends;
Next Release Feb 28, 2018Feb 28, 2018
FF Notes While this is a US indicator, it most affects the loonie due to Canada's sizable energy sector;
Why Traders
Care
It influences the price of petroleum products which affects inflation, but also impacts growth as many industries rely on oil to produce goods;
Also Called Crude Stocks, Crude Levels;
Acro Expand Energy Information Administration (EIA);
23 Feb12:10AMUSDMEDIUMFOMC Member Bostic Speaks
Description Due to speak at the Banking Outlook Conference hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. Audience questions expected;
Source Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta (latest release)
Speaker Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta President Raphael Bostic;
Usual Effect More hawkish than expected is good for currency;
FF Notes FOMC voting member 2018;
Why Traders
Care
Federal Reserve FOMC members vote on where to set the nation's key interest rates and their public engagements are often used to drop subtle clues regarding future monetary policy;
Acro Expand Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC);

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