Date
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Event Value
Mar, 04 03:35
30-Year JGB Auction
30-Year JGB Auction
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Date: Mar, 04 03:35
Importance: Low
Previous: 0.662%; 3.47
Forecast: -
Actual: -
Period: Mar
Yields are set by bond market investors, and therefore they can be used to decipher investors' outlook on future interest rates. The bid-to-cover ratio represents bond market liquidity and demand, which can be used to gauge investor confidence.
0.662%; 3.47
Mar, 04 05:00
Consumer Confidence
Consumer Confidence
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Date: Mar, 04 05:00
Importance: Low
Previous: 29.6
Forecast: 29.9
Actual: -
Period: Feb

Consumer Confidence is a measure of popular sentiment concerning the Japanese economy. The figure is derived from a survey that asks thousands of Japanese consumers about personal expenditure patterns and inflationary expectations. In general, rising consumer confidence precedes increased consumer spending, which drives both economic growth and inflation. Even though the Japanese economy is heavily driven by its export sector, domestic consumer confidence is an important gauge of overall economic activity and future inflationary pressures.

A headline figure above 50 shows positive consumer sentiment, while a number below 50 shows negative consumer sentiment; the greater the distance, the stronger the sentiment.

29.6
Mar, 04 09:30
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Construction PMI
Construction PMI
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Date: Mar, 04 09:30
Importance: Medium
Previous: 49.2
Forecast: 51.1
Actual: -
Period: Feb

The Construction Purchasing Manager's Index (PMI) measures the level of activity among purchasing managers in the construction sector of the economy. Above 50 signals industry expansion; below 50 indicates a contraction. Construction figures are an important indicator of housing demand.

49.2
Mar, 04 09:30
30-Year Bonds Auction
30-Year Bonds Auction
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Date: Mar, 04 09:30
Importance: Low
Previous: 0.854%; 1.62
Forecast: -
Actual: -
Period: Mar
Bonds with the longest maturity.
0.854%; 1.62
Mar, 04 09:30
10-y Bond Auction
10-y Bond Auction
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Date: Mar, 04 09:30
Importance: Low
Previous: 0.271%; 2.12
Forecast: -
Actual: -
Period: Mar
10-y Bond Auction is a leading market demand and profitability indicator. Profit falls compared to the previous auctions generally have a favourable influence on the currency.
0.271%; 2.12
Mar, 04 10:00
Retail Sales
Retail Sales
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Date: Mar, 04 10:00
Importance: Low
Previous: 2.0% m/m; 0.6% y/y
Forecast: -1.5% m/m; -1.3% y/y
Actual: -
Period: Jan

Gauge for goods sold at retail outlets in the past month. Retail Sales is a leading indicator for the economy. Rising consumer spending fuels economic growth, confirms signals from consumer confidence, and may spark inflationary pressures.

The headline figure is expressed as the percentage change from the same month last year.

2.0% m/m; 0.6% y/y
Mar, 04 10:00
Unemployment Rate
Unemployment Rate
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Date: Mar, 04 10:00
Importance: Low
Previous: 8.3%
Forecast: 8.3%
Actual: -
Period: Jan

The percentage of individuals in the labor force who are without a job but actively seeking one. A higher Unemployment Rate is generally a drain on the economy. Not only does it mean that resources are not being fully utilized, but it also results in lower consumer spending as there are fewer workers receiving paychecks.

The unemployment rate generally moves slowly, so changes of only a few tenths of a percent are still considered significant. Also note that the unemployment rate does not account for discouraged workers. Therefore, in an economically depressed environment, such as that which occurred in Cold War era East Germany, the Unemployment Rate may not accurately reflect the extent of problems.

8.3%
Mar, 04 10:00
10-y Bond Auction
10-y Bond Auction
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Date: Mar, 04 10:00
Importance: Low
Previous: -0.25%; 2.19
Forecast: -
Actual: -
Period: Mar
10-y Bond Auction is a leading market demand and profitability indicator. Profit falls compared to the previous auctions generally have a favourable influence on the currency.
-0.25%; 2.19
Mar, 04 10:00
30-y Bond Auction
30-y Bond Auction
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Date: Mar, 04 10:00
Importance: Low
Previous: 0.50%; 2.21
Forecast: -
Actual: -
Period: Mar
Yields are set by bond market investors, and therefore they can be used to decipher investors' outlook on future interest rates. The bid-to-cover ratio represents bond market liquidity and demand, which can be used to gauge investor confidence.
0.50%; 2.21
Mar, 04 10:30
10-y Bond Auction
10-y Bond Auction
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Date: Mar, 04 10:30
Importance: Low
Previous: 0.441%; 2.95
Forecast: -
Actual: -
Period: Mar
10-y Bond Auction is a leading market demand and profitability indicator. Profit falls compared to the previous auctions generally have a favourable influence on the currency.
0.441%; 2.95
Mar, 04 12:30
Challenger Job Cuts
Challenger Job Cuts
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Date: Mar, 04 12:30
Importance: Low
Previous: 79.552K; 17.4%
Forecast: -
Actual: -
Period: Feb
Change in the number of job cuts announced by employers. It's extremely early data, but historically has limited short-term correlation with overall labor conditions.
79.552K; 17.4%
Mar, 04 13:30
Non-Farm Productivity
Non-Farm Productivity
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Date: Mar, 04 13:30
Importance: Low
Previous: -4.8%
Forecast: -4.8%
Actual: -
Period: 4 quarter

Measures the output produced for each hour of labor worked. Non-farm Productivity is considered the most accurate gauge of overall business health, given farming data's small and volatile contribution to GDP. To businesses, higher productivity indicates efficient use of employees and capital. Given that labor costs make up more than two-thirds of the average businesses expenses, high productivity can allow a firm to fulfill consumer demand with less labor costs, boosting profitability. Thus trends in this report can precede investment spending and business growth. Also if prices for raw materials increase, improved productivity can save a firm from passing higher costs to the end consumer. Given such business effects, healthy productivity growth bodes well for the economy as a whole, signalling increased production capability and business growth.

Productivity is reported as output per hour per worker, categorized into industry figures.

On a Technical Note: The Non-Farm Productivity number is generated by comparing the number of hours worked (Employment Situation report) to Gross Domestic Product data.

-4.8%
Mar, 04 13:30
Labor Cost
Labor Cost
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Date: Mar, 04 13:30
Importance: Low
Previous: 6.8%
Forecast: 6.8%
Actual: -
Period: 4 quarter

The indicator reflects the quarterly changes in salaries and other income received by working population.

6.8%
Mar, 04 13:30
Labor Productivity
Labor Productivity
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Date: Mar, 04 13:30
Importance: Low
Previous: -10.3%
Forecast: -
Actual: -
Period: 4 quarter

The average productivity level of Canadian workers. Labour Productivity is calculated by dividing the gross domestic product (GDP) by the number of hours worked, yielding output per hour, which is the key measure of productivity growth. The availability of better technology and higher levels of education among the workforce are factors commonly attributed to increased productivity. Growth in labour productivity is usually seen as a sign of a healthy economy because higher productivity allows higher output for a fixed population. Rising Labour Productivity can also offset inflationary pressures associated with economic growth and spending. Economic expansion attributed to increased Labour Productivity will not result in inflation, meaning that central banks will not need to increase interest rates during times of high growth.

The headline figure is the percentage change in output per hour.

-10.3%
Mar, 04 13:30
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Unemployment Claims
Unemployment Claims
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Date: Mar, 04 13:30
Importance: Medium
Previous: 730K
Forecast: 758K
Actual: -
Period: Feb

The indicator shows the number of unemployed people in the USA.

730K
Mar, 04 13:30
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Continuing Claims
Continuing Claims
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Date: Mar, 04 13:30
Importance: Medium
Previous: 4419K
Forecast: 4300K
Actual: -
Period: Feb

Continuing claims refers to unemployed workers that qualify for benefits under unemployment insurance. In order to be included in continuing claims, the person must have been covered by unemployment insurance and be currently receiving benefits. Data on unemployment claims is published by the Department of Labor on a weekly basis, allowing for frequent updates on the levels of unemployment.

4419K
Mar, 04 15:00
Factory Orders
Factory Orders
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Date: Mar, 04 15:00
Importance: Low
Previous: 1.1% m/m; 1.4% m/m
Forecast: 1.0% m/m
Actual: -
Period: Jan

Dollar volume of new orders, shipments, unfilled orders and inventories as reported by domestic manufacturers. Factory Orders is not a widely watched economic release. The Advance Release on Durable Goods Activity reported one week earlier tends grab more market attention, given that durable goods make up more than half of factory orders.

Factory Orders does provide a comprehensive look at the manufacturing sector. Specifically, the New Orders figure can act as a gauge of demand across industries while Shipments are indicative of supply. The Unfilled Orders and Inventory figures reconcile the balance between New Orders and Shipments; high Shipments are indicative of an excess of demand relative to supply, high Inventories signal an excess of supply over demand.

Figures are reported in billions of dollars and also in percent change from the previous month.

On a Technical Note: The New Orders figure measures the value of orders received by manufacturers for new products from both domestic and foreign sources. The total value of products shipped is calculated in Shipments while Unfilled Orders measures the value of goods backlogged for order but not yet shipped. Lastly, Inventories gauges the amount of unsold goods held by manufacturers.

1.1% m/m; 1.4% m/m
Mar, 04 15:30
EIA Natural Gas Storage Change
EIA Natural Gas Storage Change
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Date: Mar, 04 15:30
Importance: Low
Previous: -338bln
Forecast: -
Actual: -
Period: Feb

Weekly report about natural gas storage change in the USA.

-338bln
Mar, 04 17:05
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Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell Speaks
Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell Speaks
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Date: Mar, 04 17:05
Importance: High
Previous: -
Forecast: -
Actual: -
Period: -
Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell. Fed Chair Feb 2018 - Feb 2022. Fed Governor May 2012 - Jan 2028. The testimony usually comes in 2 parts: first he reads a prepared statement (a text version is made available on the Fed's website at the start), then the committee will hold a question and answer session. Since the questions are not known beforehand they can make for some unscripted moments that lead to heavy market volatility. As head of the central bank, which controls short term interest rates, he has more influence over the nation's currency value than any other person. Traders scrutinize his public engagements as they are often used to drop subtle clues regarding future monetary policy.
Mar, 04 21:30
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AIG Performance of Service Index
AIG Performance of Service Index
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Date: Mar, 04 21:30
Importance: Medium
Previous: 54.3
Forecast: -
Actual: -
Period: Feb

Tracks monthly developments in the Australian services sector, condensing data into an overall boom or bust index. The composite index is based on the surveys for sales, new orders, employment, inventories and deliveries, compiled by American International Group. The AIG Performance of Service Index excludes industrial manufacturing sectors that tend to be volatile and seasonal, giving a clean picture of Australia's service sector that accounts for a majority of Aussie GDP. The headline number uses a 50 baseline; readings above 50 signify growth, while those below 50 show contraction in the services sector.

54.3
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