The Week Ahead: Jan. 17-22, 2012

January 16, 2012 08:24 PM


Tuesday, Jan. 17
Canada: The Bank of Canada is seen holding rates steady, though it may take a softer tone.
China: Fourth-quarter GDP is reported.
Economic reports: Selected Interest Rates (Federal Reserve) | Empire State Mfg. Survey.
USDA reports:
Export inspections (AMS) | Feed Outlook (ERS) | Wheat Outlook (ERS) | Livestock and Meat Trade Data (ERS) | Aquaculture Data (ERS) | US Agricultural Trade Data Update (ERS).

Wednesday, Jan. 18
Volcker rule:
Subcommittee joint hearing. House Financial Services – Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit. A joint hearing on the potential impact of the proposed Volcker Rule, a provision in the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act that prohibits banks from investing in hedge funds and private equity funds. Witnesses include Margin Gruenberg, acting chairman, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; Gary Gensler, chairman, Commodity Futures Trading Commission; Mary Schapiro, chairwoman, Securities and Exchange Commission; Daniel Tarullo, member, Board of Governors, Federal Reserve System; and John Walsh acting comptroller of the currency.
US energy outlook:
The US Energy Association, which represents the interests of the energy sector, holds its "state of the industry" forum in Washington. Speakers include representatives of the oil and gas, electricity, coal and nuclear power sectors.
Mayors hold winter forum:
The US Conference of Mayors stages its Winter Meeting in Washington (until January 20).
Animal feeding:
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service advisory committee meeting. Codex Alimentarius Commission: Meeting of the Ad hoc Intergovernmental Codex Task Force on Animal Feeding.
Economic reports:
ICSC-Goldman Store Sales | Producer Price Index | Treasury International Capital | Industrial Production | Housing Market Index | Weekly mortgage applications (Labor Dept.).
USDA reports:
Broiler Hatchery (NASS) | Sugar and Sweeteners Outlook (ERS).

Thursday, Jan. 19
Spain and France auction bonds.
holds a forum on public debt.
Deputy ministers of finance of the G20 meet in Mexico City.
Sustainable food:
The Global Forum for Food and Agriculture opens in Berlin, where politicians, industry representatives and scientists address the challenge of sustainable global food production.
Economic reports:
Jobless Claims | Consumer Price Index | Housing Starts | Phila. Fed Survey.
Energy reports:
EIA Natural Gas Report | EIA Petroleum Status Report | Weekly ethanol plant production (EIA).
Grain Transportation Report (AMS) | Weekly Traffic of Major Railroads (Assn. of American Railroads).
USDA reports:
Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry Outlook (ERS) | Meat Price Spreads (ERS) | N. American Potatoes (NASS).

Friday, Jan. 20
Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany and President Nicolas Sarkozy of France will meet in Rome with Prime Minister Mario Monti of Italy to discuss the European debt crisis.
Deadline for Italian banks to present recapitalization plans to Bank of Italy.
Banks in the European Union face a deadline to submit plans to meet the European Banking Authority’s new capital requirements.
Greece and Ireland:
Talks over Greek debt are seen ending, while Ireland's lenders issue a quarterly review of the bailout.
Economic reports:
Existing Home Sales.
USDA reports:
Export Sales Report (FAS) | Livestock Slaughter (NASS) | Dairy Product Prices (NASS) | Peanut Prices (NASS) | Cattle on Feed (NASS) | Cold Storage (NASS) | Catfish Feed Deliveries (NASS) | Catfish Processing (NASS).

Saturday, Jan. 21
South Carolina primary.

Sunday, Jan. 22
U.S. postal rates rise,
with first-class stamps rising a cent, to 45 cents.


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