US GDP and the Fed in focus
Mark Jensen, FBS
Market volatility was pretty low at the beginning of the trading week: investors stayed cautious ahead of the news scheduled for the end of the week.
The US intrigue will be partially disclosed on Wednesday. Pay special attention to the nonfarm payrolls by ADP at 12:15 GMT. The April report is expected to show a solid 215K increase in private payrolls.
US will release its advance Q1 GDP (forecast: + 1.2%; Q4: revised down to 2.6%) at 12:30 GMT. The U.S. economy probably grew at the slowest pace in a year as the untypically cold winter weather lowered consumer and business confidence.
Later in the day FOMC will announce its monetary policy decision (18:00 GMT). The April meeting should provide few surprises: the QE taper is expected to continue at a pace of $10 billion. There will be no press conference or new projections in April. The market will likely focus on when interest rates might begin to rise and at what pace.