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Belgium's consumer confidence deteriorated in October after stabilizing at a one-year low in September, survey figures from the National Bank of Belgium showed Monday. The consumer confidence index dropped to -12 from -11 in September. Households grew more pessimistic regarding the overall economic... Read more...
The Philippine central bank on Monday ordered banks to raise their capital and announced enhanced rules on credit-risk taking activities. The Monetary Board of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas decided to raise the capital requirement for large banks called 'universal banks' to up to PHP 20 billion... Read more...
An index measuring consumer confidence in New Zealand slowed in October, the latest survey from ANZ Bank revealed on Monday - falling 3.4 percent to a one-year low score of 123.4. That follows the 1.8 percent monthly increase in September to 127.7. The index for current conditions added 0.3 points... Read more...
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Consumer sentiment in the U.S. has unexpectedly improved in the month of October, according to a report released by Thomson Reuters and the University of Michigan on Friday. Read more...
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New residential construction in the U.S. increased by more than anticipated in the month of September, according to a report released by the Commerce Department on Friday, although the rebound did not completely offset the sharp drop seen in the previous month. Read more...
New residential construction in the U.S. increased by more than anticipated in the month of September, according to a report released by the Commerce Department on Friday, although the rebound did not completely offset the sharp drop seen in the previous month. Read more...
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The Bundesbank is downbeat about the German economic outlook, saying the year would end on a moderate note. The economic outlook should be either on the same level of the second quarter or slightly better than the prior quarter, the bank said in its monthly report on Monday. The largest euro... Read more...
U.K. gross mortgage lending decreased slightly in August from last month, figures from the Council of Mortgage Lenders showed Monday. Gross mortgage lending totaled GBP 17.8 billion, down 1 percent from August. But it grew 10 percent from last September. In the third quarter, gross mortgage lending... Read more...
The monthly lending flow to UK businesses has been volatile on a monthly basis, but on average, it was broadly close to zero over the past six months, the Trends in Lending report from the Bank of England showed Monday. Gross lending by all MFIs to UK non-financial businesses increased by 21 percent... Read more...

Hong Kong's unemployment rate remained unchanged in the July to September period, as expected by economists, labor market statistics revealed Monday. The seasonally adjusted jobless rate came in at 3.3 percent in the July to September period, the same rate as in the June to August period, the Census... Read more...
Taiwan's export orders in September grew at a much faster-than-expected pace from a year ago, led by strong increases in shipments of machinery and electronic products, figures from the Ministry of Economic Affairs showed Monday. Export orders in US dollar terms rose 12.7 percent year-on-year, which... Read more...
The Bank of Japan maintained its economic view of eight regions out of nine and downgraded the assessment of Tohoku region. Compared with the last assessment in July, the bank said the Tohoku region revised its assessment downward by noting that the pace of economic recovery had moderated, but the... Read more...
Italy's industrial orders rebounded in August, figures from the statistical office Istat showed Monday. Total orders recovered by 1.5 percent month-over-month in August, reversing the 1.5 percent drop in July Orders in the domestic market rose 0.7 percent and orders in the international market... Read more...
The Eurozone current account surplus declined in August as the surplus on trade in services decreased notably, data from the European Central Bank showed Monday. The current account surplus fell to a seasonally adjusted EUR 18.9 billion in August from EUR 21.6 billion in July. The surplus on trade... Read more...
Dutch consumer confidence improved unexpectedly in October, survey data from the Central Bureau of Statistics showed Monday. The consumer confidence index rose to -3 in October from -7 in September. The indicator was forecast to fall to -8. This was the highest score since July, when the reading... Read more...
Time (et)
Economic Indicator
Period
Actual
Forecast
Previous
Country
Monday ,Oct.20
01:00
Leading Index
AUG F
104.4
 
105.5 (R)
Japan
02:00
PPI (M-o-M)
SEP
0.0 %
0 %
-0.1 %
Germany
02:00
PPI (Y-o-Y)
SEP
-1.0 %
-0.9 %
-0.8 %
Germany
04:00
Current Account Balance - BoP
AUG
€ 18.9 B
€ 20 B
€ 21.6 (R) B
Eurozone
04:00
Capital Account Balance - BoP
AUG
€ 0.9 B
 
€ -1.2 (R) B
Eurozone
21:30
Monetary Policy Meeting Minutes
-
 
-
Australia
22:00
GDP (Q-o-Q)
Q3
1.8 %
2.0 %
China
22:00
GDP (Y-o-Y)
Q3
7.23 %
7.5 %
China
22:00
Industrial Production (Y-o-Y)
SEP
7.23 %
6.9 %
China
22:00
Retail Sales (Y-o-Y)
SEP
11.8 %
11.9 %
China

The major U.S. index futures are pointing to a mixed opening on Monday, with sentiment reflecting apprehension after last Friday’s run up. With European markets sinking in the wake of some disappointing earnings, the negative sentiment may be contagious. The absence of any major catalysts, save some...