In the US, the most important releases will be inflation rate, retail trade, industrial production and the preliminary reading of Michigan consumer sentiment. Also, investors will be waiting for: building permits and housing starts; producer prices; business inventories; foreign trade prices; NFIB Business Optimism Index; NY Empire State Manufacturing Index; Philadelphia Fed Manufacturing Index; NAHB Housing Market Index; overall net capital flows; and the government’s budget statement.
The UK will publish inflation rate, producer and retail prices, and retail trade. Elsewhere in Europe, several countries will publish preliminary figures for fourth quarter GDP, including Germany and Italy. Markets will also focus on: the Eurozone second estimate of GDP growth, industrial output, and trade balance; Germany consumer prices; Franceunemployment rate; Italy foreign trade; and Ireland inflation. Sweden‘s Riksbank will be deciding on monetary policy.
In Japan, analysts are eyeing the publication of fourth quarter GDP growth, alongside machinery orders, producer prices, machine tool orders and the final reading of industrial production. Meanwhile in Australia, key data to watch for will be Westpac consumer confidence, NAB business confidence, employment change and unemployment rate.
Other important releases include: India inflation rate, industrial production, trade balance and wholesale prices; MalaysiaGDP growth; Indonesia interest rate decision and foreign trade; and South Africa unemployment rate
Markets in China will be closed from February 15th to 21st due to Chinese New Year Holiday. In Hong Kong, markets will close from February 16th to 19th.