The Week Ahead

Markets will home in on local employment numbers, while Ten Network and Bank of Queensland earnings reports are on tap.

Local employment numbers will be keenly watched this week, after a surprise spike in the number of jobs created last month. Official data on home loans is also expected, as are private surveys on business and consumer confidence.

Earnings reports from Ten Network and the Bank of Queensland are due, while key speakers at business events include St George Bank boss George Frazis and Caltex chair Elizabeth Bryan.

Offshore, the United States Federal Reserve will unveil its March meeting minutes, while the US monthly budget statement and Chinese CPI numbers are due out.

Reserve Bank

At this stage, the Reserve Bank of Australia is set for a quiet week.

On Monday the central bank will publish its official reserve assets.

Local news

Official data on employment and home loans will be on the wires this week, as will private surveys of business and consumer confidence.

On Monday the Australian Industry Group will release its March performance of construction index, while ANZ job advertisements numbers for the same month are due.

The TD Inflation Gauge for March is also expected.

On Tuesday National Australia Bank will publish its March survey of business confidence and conditions.

On Wednesday the Westpac consumer confidence index for April is due out, while the Australian Bureau of Statistics will divulge February data on housing finance.

On Thursday the ABS will publish March employment data, and economists expect an increase of 11,000 jobs.

The Westpac-Melbourne Institute Consumer Inflation Expectation survey is also due.

On Friday, official lending finance figures for February will print.

Corporate

Investors may be pleased to know Rio Tinto has its date payable this week, while earnings are due from Ten and Bank of Queensland.  

On Wednesday, Ten Network will reveal its first-half earnings.

On Thursday, Rio Tinto has its date payable and Brickworks will hold its extraordinary general meeting.

On Friday, Bank of Queensland will publish its first-half results.

Overseas

Investors will be watching the release of the United States Federal Reserve’s March meeting minutes, as well as the US monthly budget statement and Chinese CPI data.

On Tuesday, in the US, February consumer credit figures are tipped to lift to $14.15 billion.

In Japan, the Bank of Japan will hold its meeting.

On Thursday, the US Federal Reserve will release minutes from its March Federal Open Markets Committee meeting.

February wholesale inventories are expected to fall to 0.5 per cent, while weekly MBA mortgage applications figures are due out.

In China, the March trade balance will be released, as will foreign reserves and new yuan loans for the same month.

On Friday, in China, the March consumer price index and producer price index will be revealed.

In the United States, the monthly budget statement for March will be divulged.

The Bloomberg consumer comfort survey and weekly jobless claims data are expected, while the March import price index is forecast to fall to 0.2 per cent.

Late Friday, the March producer price index is expected to rise by 0.1 per cent, compared with a fall of 0.1 per cent in February.

Wrapping up

Speakers to watch this week include St George Bank boss George Frazis, Caltex chair Elizabeth Bryan and Australia Post chairman John Stanhope.

On Tuesday, in Sydney, St George Banking Group chief executive officer George Frazis, Assistant Employment Minister Luke Hartsuyker and Australia Workplace and Productivity Agency CEO Robin Shreeve will speak at a lunch hosted by the Committee for Economic Development of Australia.

In Perth, OZ Minerals chairman Neil Hamilton will speak at an Australian Institute of Company Directors evening.

On Wednesday, in Brisbane, Regional Australia Institute CEO Su McCluskey will speak at a CEDA lunch.

In Canberra, Australian Human Rights Commission president Gillian Triggs will speak at the National Press Club.

In Sydney, Brambles chief executive officer Tom Gorman will speak at an American Chamber of Commerce in Australia lunch.

On Thursday, in Sydney, Caltex chair Elizabeth Bryan will speak at a CEDA lunch.

In Hobart, Australia Post chairman John Stanhope will speak at an AICD breakfast.