Market moving info – week starting May 18, 2015

Here’s a summary of last week’s market moving news and a look ahead to the data, events and earnings reports that are likely to move the markets in the week starting May 18.

Last week:

  • Volatility in equities increased, but one strategist said the new market tantrum was temporary. The S&P 500 hit a new record closing high on Thursday.
  • UK household wealth jumped by 19% in a year as house prices surged and stock markets advanced.

This week:

Monday, May 18

Europe:

  • EU Foreign Affairs Council meets.
  • Italy trade balance for March.
  • Belgium trade balance for March.
  • UK Rightmove house prices for May.
  • Switzerland retail sales for April.
  • Hungary current account data for March.
  • Ukraine industrial production data.

US:

  • Chicago Fed President Charles Evans speaks.
  • NAHB Housing Market Index for May.

Rest of the world:

  • Japan industrial production, capacity utilisation for March.
  • Australia new car sales for April.
  • China 70 cities new home prices for April.

Corporate events:

  • Half Year 2015 Future PLC Earnings Release.
  • Babcock International Group PLC Earnings Release.
  • Q4 2014/2015 Kabel Deutschland Holding AG Earnings Release.
  • Q4 2015 LeapFrog Enterprises Inc Earnings Release.
  • Q1 2016 Urban Outfitters Inc Earnings Release.
  • Q2 2015 Agilent Technologies Inc Earnings Release.

Tuesday, May 19

Europe:

  • Eurozone trade balance data.
  • Eurozone consumer price inflation for April.
  • EU 25 new car registrations for April.
  • Germany ZEW sentiment survey for May.
  • Austria consumer price inflation.
  • UK consumer price inflation for April.
  • UK Department for Communities and Local Government House Prices.
  • Poland average gross wages data.
  • Czech export, import prices.

US:

  • Building permits, housing starts for April.

Rest of the world:

  • Japan first-quarter GDP.
  • Japan Tokyo department store sales for April.
  • Japan nationwide department store sales for May.
  • Australian central bank minutes of May policy meeting.
  • South Africa first quarter unemployment.
  • Brazil April inflation second preview.
  • Indonesia central bank monetary policy decision.

Corporate events:

  • Full Year 2014/2015 Land Securities Group PLC Earnings Release.
  • Vodafone Group PLC Earnings Release.
  • Full Year 2014 Bloomsbury Publishing PLC Earnings Release.
  • Full Year 2014 Homeserve PLC Earnings Release.
  • Full Year 2014 Big Yellow Group PLC Earnings Release.
  • Full Year 2014 AVEVA Group PLC Earnings Release.
  • Q1 2015 Merck KGaA Earnings Release.
  • Deutsche Postbank AG Earnings Release.
  • Q4 2015 ViaSat Inc Earnings Release.
  • Home Depot Earnings Release.
  • Wal-Mart Earnings Release.
  • Q4 2015 Apollo Investment Corp Earnings Release.
  • Q1 2016 TJX Companies Inc Earnings Release.
  • Q2 2015 Analog Devices Inc Earnings Release.

Wednesday, May 20

Europe:

  • Eurozone construction output data for March.
  • Germany producer prices for April.
  • Spain trade balance for March.
  • Bank of England minutes for May policy meeting.
  • Sweden first-quarter GDP data.
  • Swedish central bank meeting.
  • Switzerland ZEW survey for May.
  • Turkey central bank interest rate announcement.
  • Poland retail sales, producer prices.

US

  • Weekly mortgage applications data from the Mortgage Bankers Association.
  • Weekly crude inventories.
  • Chicago Fed President Charles Evans speaks.
  • FOMC April meeting minutes released.

Rest of the world:

  • Japan convenience stores same-store sales.
  • Australia consumer confidence for May.
  • South Africa consumer price inflation for April.
  • South Africa retail sales for March.

Corporate events:

  • Half Year 2014/2015 Thomas Cook Group PLC Earnings Release.
  • Preliminary 2014/2015 Burberry Group PLC Earnings Release.
  • Marks and Spencer Group PLC Earnings Release.
  • Q1 2015 Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co KGaA Earnings Release (IFRS).
  • Q1 2015 GSW Immobilien AG Earnings Release.
  • Q1 2015 American Eagle Outfitters Inc Earnings Release.
  • Q1 2015 Staples Inc Earnings Release.
  • Sears Holdings Corp Earnings Release.
  • Lowes Companies Inc Earnings Release.
  • Q1 2015 Target Corp Earnings Release.
  • Q1 2016 Salesforce.com Inc Earnings Release.
  • Q1 2015 Williams-Sonoma Inc Earnings Release.

Thursday, May 21

Europe:

  • Eurozone current account data for March.
  • Eurozone composite, services, manufacturing PMI for May.
  • European Commission consumer confidence indicator for the eurozone.
  • ECB releases minutes of its latest monetary policy meeting.
  • Germany composite, services, manufacturing PMI for May.
  • France composite, services, manufacturing PMI for May.
  • Italy hourly wages, current account balance.
  • Netherlands house price index for April.
  • Portugal current account data.
  • UK retail sales for April.
  • Sweden first-quarter total number of employees.
  • Turkey consumer confidence for May.
  • Polish central bank publishes meeting minutes.
  • Central and Eastern Europe ZEW indicator for May.

US:

  • Weekly natural gas inventories.
  • Weekly jobless claims.
  • Chicago Fed activity index.
  • Philadelphia Fed business outlook survey.
  • Conference Board leading indicators for April.
  • Existing home sales for April.
  • Kansas City Fed composite index.

Rest of the world:

  • Japan manufacturing PMI, industrial activity index.
  • South African central bank interest rate decision.
  • Brazil unemployment for April.
  • China HSBC flash manufacturing PMI for May.

Corporate events:

  • Full Year 2014 Royal Mail PLC Earnings Release.
  • National Grid PLC Earnings Release.
  • Daily Mail and General Trust PLC Earnings Release.
  • Full Year 2014 Booker Group PLC Earnings Release.
  • Full Year 2015 Investec PLC Earnings Release.
  • Half Year 2015 Shaftesbury PLC Earnings Release.
  • Full Year 2014 Assura Group Ltd Earnings Release.
  • Q1 2015 Coats Group PLC Trading Update Release.
  • Q1 2015 Affimed NV Earnings Release.
  • Q1 2016 Best Buy Co Inc Earnings Release.
  • Q2 2015 Hewlett-Packard Co Earnings Release.
  • Q1 2015 Aeropostale Inc Earnings Release.
  • Q1 2015 Gap Inc Earnings Release.
  • Q4 2015 Lions Gate Entertainment Corp Earnings Release.

Friday, May 22

Europe

  • ECB President Mario Draghi speaks at ECB annual forum in Portugal.
  • ECB Chief Economist Peter Praet speaks at ECB annual forum in Portugal.
  • Germany IFO business climate for May.
  • France business confidence indicator for May.
  • France production outlook for May.
  • Netherlands consumer spending for March.
  • Belgium consumer confidence for March.
  • Greece current account data.
  • UK public sector net borrowing for April.
  • Italy industrial orders, retail sales.
  • Denmark retail sales for April.
  • Russia retail sales, wages, disposable income for April.
  • Turkey industrial confidence for May.

US

  • San Francisco Fed President John Williams and former Philadelphia Fed President Charles Plosser speak.
  • Consumer price inflation for April.
  • Real average earnings for April.

Rest of the world:

  • Bank of Japan monetary policy statement.
  • Canada consumer price inflation for April.

Corporate events:

  • Quintain Estates And Development PLC.
  • Severn Trent PLC Earnings Release.
  • Q1 2015 Foot Locker Inc Earnings Release.