March 10, 2016 / 8:19 PM / 2 years ago

What to Watch in the Day Ahead - Friday, March 11

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The U.S. Labor Department's February import prices report is expected to show dollar strength
and weak global demand kept imported inflation pressures subdued. According to a Reuters survey
of economists, import prices are expected to have fallen 0.6 percent in February after declining
1.1 percent in January. The report is also expected to show a drop of 0.5 percent in export
prices for February after they slid 0.8 percent in January. (0830/1330)
Canada's labor market report is expected to show the economy added 9,000 jobs in February,
offsetting the loss seen the month before. That is expected to keep the unemployment rate at a
two-year high of 7.2 percent. Analysts will look for details on how energy and related sectors
are faring in light of the renewed downturn in oil prices. (0830/1330)
Statistics Canada will release figures on Canadian household debt for the fourth quarter.
Canadians have increased their debt burden in the years since the financial crisis, boosted in
part by cheap borrowing costs, and analysts will watch the numbers for signs whether consumers
are overextending. The ratio of total household debt to disposable income was at a record in the
previous quarter.
New Canadian Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, fresh from his first day's talks in the Oval
Office with U.S. President Barack Obama and a state dinner in his honor, wraps up his first
official visit to Washington with a trip to Arlington Cemetery, a question and answer session
with students at American University, and then a lunch hosted by the Canada 2020 thinktank.
Mexico's industrial output is expected to have increased in January after the gauge fell for a
third straight month in December. Industrial output is expected to have increased 0.15 percent
in January from December. (0900/1400) Separately, economists expect Peru's central bank to raise
the benchmark interest rate for a third straight month, to 4.50 percent from 4.25 percent. 
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 (Compiled by Sourav Bose in Bengaluru; Editing by Kirti Pandey)
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