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U.S. Consumer Price Index and Retail sales, US, Consumer Sentiment and Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas President Thomas Hoenig’s speech in Nebraska are the major events closing another trading week. Here is an outlook on today’s market moving events.

In the US, Consumer Price Index, the main measure of inflation and  U.S. Retail Sales, an important measure of consumer spending expected to increase by 0.2% from a reading of -0.1% in the previous month. The U.S. retail sales are also forecasted to pick up by 0.5% m/m in July from -0.5% in June.

More in the US, Consumer Sentiment, the University of Michigan’s monthly survey of 500 households on their financial conditions and outlook of the economy forecasted to further improve could resume with a reading of 69.4, up from 67.8 in the previous month.

Later in the US, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas President Thomas Hoenig delivers a speech titled “Too Big to Fail or Too Big to Succeed? Wall Street, Main Street and America’s Security” at the Mary Riempa Ross Media Center, in Nebraska. Likely to affect interest rates and provide info regarding future monetary policy.

Finally in the US, Business Inventories expected 0.3% rise following 0.1% rise in May could indicate increased future business spending and Preliminary UoM Inflation Expectations reached 2.9% in June and is likely to rise similarly in July.

In Canada, New Motor Vehicle Sales, a sign of consumer confidence, expected to climb 2.1% following 0.2% rise in the previous month.

For more on USD/CAD, read the  Canadian dollar forecast.

In Europe, Gross Domestic Product, the main measure of economic activity and growth is expected to confirm expectations that the Euro-zone grew faster by 0.7% in Q2 2010 compared with the first quarter growth of 0.2% and the Flash GDP predicted 0.7% rise from 0.2% rise in the previous quarter
More in Europe, French Preliminary Non-Farm Payrolls measuring the change in the number of employed people, excluding the farming industry and government is foreseen a 0.3% rise, 0.1% more than in the previous quarter and French Preliminary GDP the broadest measure of economic activity and the primary gauge of the economy’s health predicted 0.4% rise following a mere rise of 0.1% in the previous quarter.

Finally in Europe, Trade Balance deficit expected to decrease to 2.3B from 3.0B in May.
For more on the Euro, read the  EUR/USD forecast and Casey Stubbs’  latest analysis.

In Switzerland, Producer Price Index expected to increase by 0.2% following an unpredicted dip of 0.4% returning to positive values.

That’s it for today. Happy forex trading!

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