It will be a busy week for the markets as investors await US jobs report and further developments in the Sino-US trade war, Saudi-Iran tensions, the Brexit process, and the US House impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. The calendar below is also filled with a new batch of important data coming from the major economies.

American employment data

The US Department of Labor is set to release its monthly report on jobs additions to the economy, unemployment rate and changes in hourly wages on Friday. The jobs data will help us partly figure out what course the Federal Reserve might take at its two-day policy meeting, October 29–30.

The unemployment rate still standing at its lowest is largely expected to remain at 3.7% in September whereas jobs additions are anticipated to come out at a better figure than the disappointing 130 thousand back in August.

Powell et al speak

Fed Chairman Jay Powell will be participating at a Washington DC event dubbed “Fed Listens” on Friday. His speech comes at a time of high tensions between the Fed and President Trump as the latter keeps attacking the former for not aligning its monetary policy with his politics, particularly the foreign trade policy.

Other Fed officials set to speak in the days ahead are Fed governor Michelle Bowman, Chicago Fed President Charles Evans, New York Fed President John Williams, Philadelphia Fed President Patrick Harker, and St Louis Fed President James Bullard.

RBA cut expected

The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) is meeting on Tuesday to decide on its interest rate decision. The Governor of RBA Philip Lowe already gave signals of a cut when he addressed the Armidale Business Chamber on September 24.

“The Board is prepared to ease monetary policy further if needed to support sustainable growth in the economy, make further progress towards full employment, and achieve the inflation target over time,” Lowe told business leaders.

Market expectations widely tilt for another cut of 25 basis points in the RBA rate decision after the July and August slashings.

Data calendar

Monday: China Manufacturing PMI, China Caixin Manufacturing PMI, Germany Unemployment Change, Germany Retail Sales, Germany Unemployment Rate, Eurozone Unemployment Rate, UK GDP, Japan Tankan Large Manufacturers Index, Japan Tankan Large Non-Manufacturers Index

Tuesday: Australia RBA Interest Rate Decision, RBA Rate Statement, Germany Manufacturing PMI, UK Manufacturing PMI, Eurozone CPI, Eurozone Manufacturing PMI, Canada GDP, US ISM Manufacturing PMI

Wednesday: UK Construction PMI, US ADP Nonfarm Employment Change, US Crude Oil Inventories

Thursday: Germany Unification Day holiday, UK Composite PMI, UK Services PMI, US ISM Non-Manufacturing PMI

Friday: Australia Retail Sales, US Nonfarm Payrolls, US Unemployment Rate, Canada Ivey PMI, US Federal Chair Jay Powell Speaks

*All weekdays, except Monday, is National Day holiday in China in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the Communist Revolution.

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