Investing.com - In the week ahead, investors will continue to focus on U.S. economic reports to gauge if the world's largest economy is strong enough to withstand further rate hikes in 2016, with Friday’s revised first quarter growth data in the spotlight.
In addition, there are a handful of Fed speakers on tap, including comments by Fed Chair Yellen on Friday, as traders search for more clues on the timing of the next U.S. rate hike.
Meanwhile, traders will be looking to Monday’s survey data on euro zone business activity for fresh indications on the health of the region’s economy.
Elsewhere, market participants will be looking ahead to U.K. growth data for further indications on the strength of the economy amid uncertainty over a June referendum on whether or not Britain should stay in the European Union.
Currency traders will also be awaiting a central bank decision in Canada on Wednesday.
Ahead of the coming week, Investing.com has compiled a list of the five biggest events on the economic calendar that are most likely to affect the markets.
1. Revised U.S. first quarter growth
The U.S. is to release revised figures on first quarter economic growth at 12:30GMT, or 8:30AM, Friday. The data is expected to show that the economy expanded by 0.9% in the first three months of this year, upwardly revised from a preliminary estimate of 0.5%.
Besides the GDP report, the U.S. is to produce data on manufacturing activity, new home sales, durable goods orders, weekly jobless claims, pending home sales as well as revised consumer sentiment numbers.
2. Fed speakers
Market players will be paying attention to a handful of FOMC member speeches during the week to further judge the balance of opinion among policymakers on the prospect of further rate hikes.
Finally, Fed Chair Janet Yellen is scheduled to participate in a panel discussion at Harvard University on Friday.
Odds of a Fed rate hike for June stood at about 30% on Friday, up from just 4% a week earlier, according to futures markets. July odds were at about 50%.
3. Flash euro zone PMIs for May
Meanwhile, a pair of reports on March German business sentiment will also be in focus. The ZEW Institute will publish its German business climate index at 09:00GMT on Tuesday, while the Ifo research institute will release its own report at 08:00GMT on Wednesday.
4. U.K. Q1 GDP - second estimate
The Office for National Statistics is to produce revised data on U.K. economic growth for the first quarter at 08:30GMT, or 4:30AM ET, on Thursday. The report is forecast to reveal the economy grew 0.4% in the three months ended March 31, unchanged from a preliminary estimate.
5. Bank of Canada rate decision
The Bank of Canada's latest interest rate decision is due at 14:00GMT, or 10:00AM ET, on Wednesday, with most experts expecting the central bank to stand pat on rates.
Some market analysts expect BOC Governor Stephen Poloz to strike a more dovish tone, partly due to a still-raging wildfire in Alberta that has disrupted oil production and recent data which pointed to slowing growth.
Stay up-to-date on all of this week's economic events by visiting: http://www.investing.com/economic-calendar/
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