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--Rating: *** most market sensitive, * least market sensitive
Date    GMT /Local          Event
18-Dec      -           US  FOMC policy meeting, in Washington.
18-Dec      -      *    CH  GDP forecast
18-Dec  0030/1130  ***  AU  RBA board meeting minutes
18-Dec  0800/0900  *    ES  labour costs
18-Dec  0815/0915       EU  ECB Vice-President Luis de Guindos participation
                              in a panel
discussion at an event in honour of the
                              40th anniversary of the Spanish constitution
                              organised by the Spanish Ministry of Economy, in
18-Dec  0900/1000  ***  DE  IFO Business Climate Index
18-Dec  0900/1000  ***  DE  IFO Business Climate Index Direction
18-Dec  0920/0420       US  Norges Bank Gov. Oystein Olsen speech to the
                              Regional network, region East, in Oslo.
18-Dec  1330/0830  ***  US  housing starts
18-Dec  1330/0830  **   US  NY Fed Business Leaders Survey
18-Dec  1330/0830  ***  CA  Monthly Survey of Manufacturing
18-Dec  1355/0855  **   US  Redbook Retail Sales Index
19-Dec      -           US  FOMC policy meeting, in Washington.
19-Dec  2350/0850  **   JP  Trade
19-Dec  0700/0800  **   DE  PPI
19-Dec  0930/0930  ***  UK  Producer Prices
19-Dec  0930/0930  ***  UK  Consumer inflation report
19-Dec  0930/0930  *    UK  ONS House Price Index
19-Dec  1000/1100  **   EU  construction production
19-Dec  1100/1100  **   UK  CBI Industrial Trends
19-Dec  1200/0700  **   US  MBA weekly applications index
19-Dec  1200/1200       UK  Weekly questions to the Prime Minister
19-Dec  1330/0830  *    US  current account balance
19-Dec  1330/0830  ***  CA  CPI
19-Dec  1400/1500  **   BE  BNB Business Sentiment
19-Dec  1500/1000  ***  US  NAR existing home sales
19-Dec  1530/1030  **   US  DOE weekly crude oil stocks
19-Dec  1900/1400       US  FOMC policy announcement, in Washington.
19-Dec  1930/1430       US  US Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Jerome Powell to
                              hold a news conference following the December 18 -
                              19 FOMC meeting.
20-Dec  0001/0001  *    UK  XpertHR pay deals for whole economy
20-Dec  0030/1130  ***  AU  Labor force survey
20-Dec  0230/1130       JP  BOJ releases outcome of two-day policy board
                              meeting in monetary policy statement
20-Dec  0630/1530       JP  BOJ Governor Haruhiko Kuroda holds a news
                              conference on the meeting results
20-Dec  0800/0900  *    ES  industrial orders
20-Dec  0800/0900  *    ES  services survey
20-Dec  0830/0930       SE  Riksbank policy decision
20-Dec  0900/1000  **   EU  current account
20-Dec  0930/0930  ***  UK  Retail Sales
20-Dec  1100/1100  **   UK  CBI Distributive Trades
20-Dec  1200/1200  ***  UK  Bank Of England Interest Rate
20-Dec  1200/1200  ***  UK  Bank Of England Quantitative Easing
20-Dec  1330/0830  **   US  Jobless Claims
20-Dec  1330/0830  *    CA  Payroll employment
20-Dec  1330/0830  **   CA  Wholesale Trade
20-Dec  1330/0830  **   US  Philadelphia Fed Manufacturing Index
20-Dec  1445/0945  *    US  Bloomberg Comfort Index
20-Dec  1500/1000  **   US  leading indicators
20-Dec  1530/1030  **   US  Natural Gas Stocks
20-Dec  1600/1600       UK  Parliament rises for Christmas recess
20-Dec  2130/1630  **   US  Fed Weekly Money Supply Data
21-Dec  2330/0830  ***  JP  CPI
21-Dec  0001/0001  **   UK  Gfk Monthly Consumer Confidence
21-Dec  0700/0800  *    DE  GFK Consumer Climate
21-Dec  0700/0800  *    DE  construction orders
21-Dec  0700/0800  **   DE  Import/Export Prices
21-Dec  0745/0845  **   FR  Manufacturing Sentiment
21-Dec  0745/0845  *    FR  Business Climate Indicator
21-Dec  0745/0845  *    FR  Services Sentiment
21-Dec  0745/0845  **   FR  Consumer Spending
21-Dec  0745/0845  **   FR  PPI
21-Dec  0745/0845  ***  FR  GDP (f)
21-Dec  0900/1000  **   IT  ISTAT Business Confidence
21-Dec  0900/1000  **   IT  ISTAT Consumer Confidence
21-Dec  0930/0930  *    UK  Quarterly current account balance
21-Dec  0930/0930  ***  UK  GDP Second Estimate
21-Dec  0930/0930  ***  UK  Public Sector Finances
21-Dec  1330/0830  ***  US  GDP (3rd)
21-Dec  1330/0830  **   US  durable goods new orders
21-Dec  1330/0830  **   US  Philadelphia Fed Nonmanufacturing Index
21-Dec  1500/1000  ***  US  Final Michigan Sentiment Index
21-Dec  1500/1000  **   US  Personal Income and Consumption
21-Dec  1500/1000  *    US  BLS State Employment
21-Dec  1500/1000  ***  CA  BOC Business Outlook Survey
21-Dec  1500/1600  **   EU  consumer confidence indicator (p)
21-Dec  1600/1100  **   US  St. Louis Fed Real GDP Nowcast
21-Dec  1615/1115  **   US  NY Fed GDP Nowcast
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