On Monday November 26, General Motors announced its restructuring plan for the next year, to decrease production at several factories in the US and Canada and close down another two outside North America, meanwhile laying off more than 14,000 employees.
On Tuesday November 27, Italy was reported to offer a concession budget proposal to the EU, which lowers the planned budget deficit from 2.4% to 2.2% of the GDP for 2019. However, it was rejected again by the European Commission on Wednesday, which claimed that a more substantial correction is needed.
In the speech delivered by Jerome Powell on Wednesday November 28, Mr Powell stressed that the current US benchmark interest rate (2.25%) is just below the neutral level, in contrast to his remarks in October when he said the rate is “a long way off neutral”.
Oil price extended the loss during the past week with the US crude oil falling below $50 a barrel on Thursday November 28, the lowest level since October 4, 2017.
US trade balance for October will be announced on Thursday November 6, with an expected deficit at $54.0bn.
On Friday December 7, Eurozone GDP growth will be released, at an expected rate of 1.7% YoY.
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*as at latest realignment 19/11/18
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