The Week Ahead: Traders Await Jobs Report, Fed Speeches

The nonfarm payrolls report, a raft of speeches from Fed officials, and earnings from BlackBerry Ltd (BBRY) and Lululemon Athletica inc. (LULU) are among next week's highlights

by Alex Eppstein

Published on Mar 23, 2016 at 1:28 PM
Updated on Jun 24, 2020 at 10:16 AM

Next week will be a busy one on the data front, with the Labor Department's nonfarm payrolls report likely to command the most attention due to its potential impact on the timing of future interest-rate hikes -- a hot topic among central bankers of late. The week is also chock-full of speeches from Fed officials, including Tuesday's address from Fed Chair Janet Yellen. Things will be much quieter when it comes to earnings, with Lululemon Athletica inc. (NASDAQ:LULU) and BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) being the highest-profile companies set to report.

Below is a brief list of some key market events scheduled for the upcoming week. All earnings dates listed below are tentative and subject to change. Please check with each company's respective website for official reporting dates.

Monday, March 28

Due out Monday are the international trade balance, personal income and spending data, the pending home sales index, and the Dallas Fed manufacturing survey. Cal-Maine Foods (CALM) will report earnings.

Tuesday, March 29


The S&P/Case-Shiller home price index and the Conference Board's consumer confidence survey will hit the Street Tuesday. A number of central bank officials will take the podium, too, including Yellen, San Francisco Fed President John Williams, and Dallas Fed President Rob Kaplan. Conn's (CONN), Dave & Buster's (PLAY), Lennar (LEN), and Sonic (SONC) are among the companies set to release earnings data.

Wednesday, March 30

ADP's report on private-sector payrolls and weekly crude inventories are due out Wednesday, while Chicago Fed President Charles Evans will give a speech. Reporting earnings are LULU, Micron Technology (MU), and Paychex (PAYX).

Thursday, March 31

On Thursday's docket are weekly jobless claims and the Chicago purchasing managers index (PMI). Evans will speak once again, as will New York Fed President William Dudley. There are no scheduled earnings reports worth noting.

Friday, April 1

On Friday, the week's lineup will close out with the all-important nonfarm payrolls report. Also scheduled for release are motor vehicle sales, the Markit purchasing managers manufacturing index (PMI), the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) manufacturing index, the Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan consumer sentiment survey, and construction spending data. Plus, Cleveland Fed President Loretta Mester will step behind the mic. Meanwhile, BBRY will report earnings.

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