Forex Weekly Outlook Sep. 3-7 – Non-Farm Payrolls and tariffs on China stand out

The US Dollar suffered some losses on an improving market mood in the last week of August. What’s next? The Non-Farm Payrolls report is the primary event of a busy week. Here are the highlights for the next week.

Markets cheered the deal reached between Mexico and the US. While Canada’s participation is still in the air, the risk-on atmosphere already sent the US Dollar down. It is going to be a different story with China in the upcoming week. Brexit negotiations continue without any major breakthrough and contingency plans for a no-deal Brexit are being drawn.


  • Australian rate decision: Tuesday, 4:30. The Reserve Bank of Australia has not changed the interest rate in the past two years. This time will unlikely be different. Phillip Lowe and his colleagues are set to maintain the rate at 1.50%. The Australian economy is doing well, despite the risks to growth coming from trade. Housing in Sydney may be a worry and could be mentioned in the statement.
  • US ISM Manufacturing PMI: Tuesday, 14:00. The forward-looking purchasing managers’ dropped last month. Trade worries weighed on sentiment in July. The 58.1 still represents robust growth, but weaker than beforehand. Apart from the headline, it is important to note the Prices component. The Fed watches inflationary pressures.
  • Australian GDP: Wednesday, 1:30. The Australian economy enjoyed a solid growth rate of 1% in Q1 2018, the best since Q4 2016. Q2 will probably see upbeat figures as well. The impact of US tariffs on China was implemented only in Q3, and the preparations may have hastened economic activity beforehand.
  • UK Services PMI: Wednesday, 8:30. The third and last of the series of Markit’s PMI’s is for the largest sector, the services one. A disappointing score of 53.5 points was recorded in July, with Brexit concerns playing a role in the downturn in sentiment. Another not-so-great growth number may lower Q3 growth expectations.
  • Canadian rate decision: Wednesday, 14:00. The Bank of Canada raised the interest rate in its July meeting, as they had telegraphed well in advance. The surprise back then was that they maintained their hawkish bias, despite repeatedly warning about the uncertainty resulting in US tariffs. This time, Governor Poloz and his colleagues are unlikely to move on the rates, leaving it to a meeting that also consists of a press conference. Nevertheless, they will express themselves in the statement which will likely discuss trade and also recent GDP numbers.
  • ADP Non-Farm Payrolls: Thursday, 12:15 ADP’s report for private sector jobs surprised to the upside in July with a gain of 219K positions, above the recent averages. A slower pace of hiring is likely now.
  • ISM Non-Manufacturing PMI: Thursday, 14:00. The services sector saw slower growth than the manufacturing one back in July, with a score of 55.7 points. Growth is still OK according to this but businesses are less-optimistic than they sued to be. A similar figure is likely for August. The report serves as a hint towards the Non-Farm Payrolls publication.
  • US Non-Farm Payrolls: Friday, 12:30. The monthly jobs report always gains traction and moves markets. July’s NFP saw a weaker than expected increase in jobs, only 157K, but OK wage growth ate 0.3% m/m and 2.7% y/y. Slightly better figures are likely now. Markets focus on wages but another weak gain in positions could shift the attention back to the headline change in jobs. This is the last NFP report before the Fed convenes later in September.
  • Canadian jobs report Friday, 12:30. Canada reported a whopping gain of 54.1K jobs in July, but this concealed a loss of full-time jobs and a leap in part-time jobs. In addition, wages disappointed by reverting back down after two good months. The unemployment rate stood at 5.8%. In August, we can expect a more modest increase in positions.
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