Here's your rundown of the big economic data being released throughout the week:
- Monday: The Reserve Bank of Australia releases the minutes from its October meeting two weeks ago at 8:30 pm EST.
- Tuesday: Switzerland releases merchandise trade data while Germany's latest PPI reading comes out, both overnight at 2 am EST. Japan releases its own merchandise trade data later in the evening. U.S. Housing Starts (new construction on homes) is announced at 8:30 am EST. Canadian elections for Parliament and prime minister will be held, as well. Options on crude oil contracts also expire on Tuesday.
- Wednesday: The Bank of Canada will hold its monthly policy announcement at 10 am EST. Half an hour later, the EIA Petroleum Status Report will be released in the U.S.
- Thursday (the busiest day of the week): The U.K. releases retail sales data at 4:30 am EST. The ECB will make its monthly announcement at 7:45 am EST after meeting in Malta, while U.S. weekly jobless claims and retail sales numbers from Canada both come out at 8:30 am EST. Existing home sales in the States will be released later in the morning at 10 am, while Flash PMI in Japan comes out later Thursday night.
- Friday: Flash PMI data will come out in France (3:00 am EST), Germany (3:30 am), the Eurozone as a whole (4:00 am) and from the U.S. (9:45 am). Italy will release its retail sales data and Canada announces its latest CPI earlier in the morning. The Baker-Hughes rig count (as in oil rigs) comes out at 1 pm.
For a bit more detail on each of these bits of data, you can check the Wall Street Journal economic calendar.
For other goings-on this week, there's also always the New York Times "Week Ahead."