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The Week Ahead in the Global Financial Markets

From the desk of Joe Rios

The S&P 500 rose to record highs during the week but with very little momentum until midday Friday, rallying higher following positive news from Greece. The agreement with the 19 Euro members extends bailout funds for four months, Greece now has until the end of Monday to complete a list of policies in return for the continued funding. Finance chiefs will then decide whether the proposals go far enough or trigger another round of emergency negotiations this week. The step forward removed the threat of the ECB pulling the plug on Greek banks, a risk that may have sent Greece crashing out of the Euro.

The NASDAQ led the stock indices higher closing the week 1.5% higher. In the Commodity market Natural Gas led higher by 4.8% followed by Soybeans gaining 1.2%. The bearish leaders included Silver dropping – 6.1%, Wheat -5.0% and Crude Oil – 3.8%.

In the Currency market the US dollar traded slightly higher against both the Euro and the Japanese Yen but in a very choppy and range bound trading environment.

We have a busy economic calendar in the week ahead with plenty of housing data including new sales, existing sales, pending sales, Case-Shiller and the mortgage index. Traders will also focus on testimony from Fed Chair Yellen before two congressional committees.

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4:00 AM        EUR    German Ifo Business Climate

10:00 AM     USD    Existing Home Sales



9:00 AM        EUR    ECB President Draghi Speaks

10:00 AM     USD    CB Consumer Confidence

10:00 AM     USD    Fed Chair Yellen Testifies

2:00 PM        CAD    BOC Gov. Poloz Speaks

8:45 PM        CNY    HSBC Flash Manufacturing PMI



10:00 AM     USD    Fed Chair Yellen Testifies

10:00 AM     USD    New-Home Sales

10:30 AM                 Crude Oil Inventories

11:30 AM     EUR    ECB President Draghi Speaks

4:45 PM        NZD    Trade Balance

7:30 PM        AUD   Private Capital Expenditure



4:30 AM        GBP    Second Estimate GDP

5:15 AM        EUR    Targeted LTRO

8:30 AM        CAD    CPI

8:30 AM        USD    CPI And Unemployment Claims

10:30 AM                 Natural Gas Storage

7:00 PM        NZD    ANZ Business Confidence



All Day           EUR    German Preliminary CPI

8:30 AM        USD    Preliminary GDP

9:45 AM        USD    Chicago PMI

10:00 AM     USD    Pending Home Sales