What to Watch in the Week Ahead and on Monday, Jan 4
(The Day Ahead is an email and PDF publication that includes the day's major stories and events, analyses and other features. To receive The Day Ahead, Eikon users can register at . Thomson One users can register at RT/DAY/US. All times in ET/GMT) WEEK AHEAD The markets will return with a new year after a middling performance for all of 2015, refocused on the coming jobs report, and armed with new contributions from 401K and pension plans, that should at least help lift stocks in the early going. With the Fed having achieved lift-off, some of the uncertainty around their next move will recede, and investors should take a more calm approach for a bit until key data later in the week. On Tuesday, major U.S. automakers are scheduled to report their sales figures for December, with auto sales expected to decline to 18.10 million from 18.19 million in the previous month. The ADP National Employment Report for December is due on Wednesday. Economists expect a gain of 190,000 jobs this month. On the same day, Commerce Department is scheduled to issue data for November international trade. The trade gap is likely to widen to $44 billion. Wednesday will also see the factory orders data for November. New orders for manufactured goods are estimated to have declined 0.2 percent. Also on Wednesday, the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) will release its index of non-manufacturing activity. Separately, investors will look out for Friday's employment data, with the nonfarm payrolls probably rising 200,000 this month. Meanwhile, the unemployment rate is expected to hold at 5 percent in December. On the same day, the Commerce Department will release wholesale figures for November. On Wednesday, the Federal Open Market Committee will issue minutes from its meeting of Dec. 15-16 where it raised the interest rates for the first time in nearly a decade. On Thursday, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond President Jeffrey Lacker will speak on "Economic Outlook, January 2016" before the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce's 2016 Economic Forecast event, in Raleigh, North Carolina. Lacker will again speak on the topic before the Maryland Bankers Association's First Friday Economic Outlook Forum, in Baltimore on Friday. Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago President Charles Evans speaks on Thursday on current economic conditions and monetary policy before the Wisconsin Bankers Association Economic Forecast Luncheon, in Madison. Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco President John Williams will also be speaking on the economic outlook before the California Association of Bankers, in Santa Barbara on Friday. Monsanto Co, one of the world's largest seed and agrichemical companies, is scheduled to release financial results for its fiscal 2016 first quarter on Wednesday. The company said in November that it expects to lose 23 to 33 cents a share for the quarter, hurt by restructuring costs, pricing pressures on its herbicide glyphosate, slower-than-expected U.S. corn seed sales and a weak Brazilian currency. On Thursday, the largest U.S. drugstore operator, Walgreens Boots Alliance is likely to report first-quarter revenue below analysts' average estimates, according to StarMine. The company, which is awaiting regulatory approval for its proposed $9.4 billion deal to buy its no. 3 rival Rite Aid, received a request for additional information from the U.S. FTC in December. Investors will be looking out for updates on the regulatory approval process. Constellation Brands Inc will release third-quarter results on Thursday. The maker of Corona and Modelo beers had raised its full-year profit forecast in October, citing strong sales of the Mexican beer brands and a strong dollar, which helped cut its production costs in Mexico. Investors will be interested in the company's plans for the craft brew business, which has seen a number of acquisitions in the last few months as bigger players seek to gain share of the fast-growing business. The Consumer Electronics Show officially opens on Wednesday in Las Vegas. General Motors CEO Mary Barra and Chief Business Officer of YouTube Robert Kyncl will be giving the keynote addresses at the event, which is fast becoming as much a showcase of auto technology as it is of consumer technology. On Tuesday, Statistics Canada is scheduled to report producer prices data for November. The data showed a decline of 0.5 percent in October. Trade balance data is expected on Wednesday to show a deficit of C$2.60 billion in November, compared with a deficit of C$2.76 billion in October. On Friday, building permits data from Statistics Canada is expected to have dropped 3.5 percent in November after jumping 9.1 percent in October. Employment data for December is also scheduled for the same day. The economy is expected to have added 10,000 jobs after shedding 35,700 jobs in November. Bank of Canada Governor Steven Poloz will give a speech at the Ottawa Business Journal and Ottawa Chamber of Commerce Mayor's Breakfast Series on Thursday, two weeks before the central bank's January interest rate announcement. On Monday, January 4 Economists predict U.S. construction spending to have risen 0.7 percent in November. (1000/1500) Separately, the Institute for Supply Management's (ISM) index of national factory activity is estimated to have risen to 49 in November. (1000/1500) Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco President John Williams will participate in the panel, "The Implementation of Macroprudential Policies by Central Banks", before the American Economic Association/ASSA annual meeting in San Francisco. The RBC Canadian Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' index for December, a measure of manufacturing business conditions, is scheduled for release. It edged up to a seasonally adjusted 48.6 in November from 48.0 in October. (0930/1430) GMF LIVECHAT - FX WEEK AHEAD with Reuters FX analyst Rob Howard Join Reuters FX analyst Rob Howard at 0600/1100 for a look at the week's top topics and implications for the FX market. To join the Global Markets Forum, click here bit.ly/1kTxdKD (U.S. and Canadian markets will remain closed on Friday, Jan. 1, for New Year's Day.) (Compiled By Nayyar Rasheed in Bengaluru; Editing by Anil D'Silva)
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