The Week Ahead

Full-year earnings releases from the National Australia Bank and ANZ will dominate corporate news, while US inflation data and manufacturing data from China will also be of interest.

Earnings reports from two of the nation’s big four banks will loom large over the week ahead, though a slew of important AGMs – including Crown, Tatts and Tabcorp – will also garner attention.

Locally, a pair of surveys on the state of the Australian housing sector will draw interest, as will the release of September quarter producer prices out the ABS.

On the RBA front, an address by governor Glenn Stevens will be the highlight, though the latest read on private sector credit will also be of note.

Offshore, it's inflation in America and manufacturing data in China that will be most telling.


On Tuesday, RBA governor Glenn Stevens speaks at Citi's fifth annual Australian and New Zealand Investment Conference in Sydney.

Thursday will deliver the September read on private sector credit as part of the central bank’s monthly financial aggregates.


Domestically, the key reads for the week ahead will be the September quarter read on producer prices as well as a pair of important reads on the housing sector.

Thursday delivers the HIA new home sales index for September, as well as building approvals out of the ABS for the same month.

On Friday, the September quarter producer price index will be unveiled by the ABS.

Elsewhere, the Australian Industry Group lifts the lid on its performance of manufacturing index for October, and the RP Data/Rismarck house price index for the month is also set for release.


Full-year earnings releases from National Australia Bank and ANZ will dominate the week in company news, but quarterly sales reports from David Jones and Woolworths will also be of interest.

Monday will see Bendigo and Adelaide Bank convene its annual general meeting in Bendigo.

On Tuesday, ANZ will unveil its full-year results, while Dexus, UGL and Stockland Group will all hold their AGMs in Sydney.

Wednesday will see JB Hi-Fi convene its annual general meeting in Abbotsford, Victoria, while Insurance Australia Group and Crown Limited will hold their respective AGMs in Sydney and Melbourne.

On Thursday, Woolworths will release its first quarter sales, while National Australian Bank will unveil its full-year earnings.

Boral will hold its annual general meeting in Sydney, Tabcorp will convene its AGM in Melbourne, while Tatts and Flight Centre will hold their respective meetings in Brisbane.

Friday will see David Jones lift the lid on its first-quarter sales, while Macquarie Group will unveil its first-half earnings.


The September read of inflation in the United States will be a key driver this week, as will a selection of manufacturing data out of China.

Tuesday will deliver the September read on industrial production out of the United States, as well pending home sales for the same month.

On Wednesday the producer price index will be released in the US, with economists expecting a 0.2 per cent increase month-on-month.

The S&P/CaseShiller home price index for August will be unveiled, as will consumer confidence index for October.

Thursday will deliver the latest read on consumer inflation through the consumer price index for September. Economists expect the annual rate of core consumer inflation to hold at 1.8 per cent.

On Friday, the official manufacturing purchasing managers’ index out of China, will be followed quickly by the HSBC/Markit PMI for the month of October.

Late on Friday, Markit will release its final PMI read for the US, while personal income and spending data will be released for September.

Wrapping up

Tuesday will see Wesfarmers chief executive officer Richard Goyder address an American Chamer of Commerce in Australia event in Sydney.

On Wednesday, National Secretary of the Australian Labor Party George Wright will address the National Press Club of Australia in Canberra.

Elsewhere, Rosemary Vilgan, chief executive officer of QSuper Limited and Dr Matthew Peter, chief Economist of QIC, will address a Committee for the Economic Development of Australia event in Brisbane entitled ‘Investment markets and financial outlook’.

In Perth, John Brumby, Chairman of the COAG Reform Council, addresses a CEDA event entitled ‘COAG: Five years of education and skills reform’.

Thursday will see Tasmanian Premier Lara Giddings and state opposition leader Will Hodgman deliver the 2013 Tasmanian State of the State.

In Sydney, ANZ chief executive officer Phil Chronican will address a Trans-Tasman Business Circle event.

In WA, Wesfarmers director Diane Smith-Gander will take part in an Australian Institute of Company Directors Leaders’ Edge lunch in Bunbury.

In Brisbane, Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea Peter O'Neill will also take part in an AICD Leaders’ Edge lunch.

In Canberra, chief executive of the Australian Food and Grocery Council Gary Dawson will address the National Press Club of Australia on the topic of “Dining Boom or Bust: Challenges and Opportunities for Australia’s Food and Grocery Sector.”

On Friday, Arrow CEO Andrew Faulkner will address an American Chamber of Commerce in Australia business briefing in Brisbane.

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