Fed day

Unemployment data released for the Euro Area yesterday showed a continuous improvement of the job market with a new record low at 6.8% in March 2022 (see chart), compared to 6.9% in February 2022. This could provide further upward pressure on wages on the back of another surge in Euro zone producer prices in March 2022 (+5.3% month-on-month for a 36.8% year-on-year jump, slightly above market consensus) with soaring energy prices as well as lingering supply chains disruptions remaining the main drivers.

Energyscan economics news

On the agenda today, the main event will be of course the widely expected decision of the US Fed regarding another interest rate hike. A 50 basis points increase remains the most likely scenario to combat the hottest inflation in the latest four decades. Watch out for a potential move in the EURUSD rate which still sits at a five-year low this morning around the 1.05 mark. Retail sales and services PMI data for April in Europe will be released this morning as well.

Share this news :
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on email

You might also read :

January 19, 2022


Yesterday was a day of transition or “breathing space” on the markets. There was little movement on rates, which even fell slightly in the US…
May 26, 2021

Sharp rise in prices in Europe

European gas prices increased strongly yesterday, mainly supported by the failure (once again) of Ukrainian TSO to sell any of the interruptible capacity it offered at…
Join EnergyScan

Get more analysis and data with our Premium subscription

Ask for a free trial here

Don’t have an account yet?  Sign up here!