Fed Minutes Hit Ahead of Earnings Season Kick Off

Jobs and inflation data are also on tap

by Patrick Martin

Published on Apr 5, 2018 at 11:56 AM

Next week will have a little bit of everything for investors. On the economic front, a pair of inflation updates and the release of the minutes from the Federal Open Market Committee's (FOMC) March meeting will be the most anticipated. Additionally, first-quarter earnings season is getting ready to rev up, with big banks JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE:JPM), Citigroup Inc (NYSE:C), and Wells Fargo & Co (NYSE:WFC) kicking things off on Friday.

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, April 9, will be devoid of any economic data. Argan (AGX)
 and Sigma Designs (SIGM) will report earnings.

Wholesale trade data and the producer price index (PPI) will be released on Tuesday, April 10. Delta Air Lines (DAL), MSC Industrial (MSM), and Pier 1 Imports (PIR) will step into the earnings confessional.

Wednesday, April 11, brings the minutes from the March Fed meeting. The consumer price index (CPI), weekly crude inventories update, and the Treasury budget will also be released. Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY) and Fastenal (FAST) will unveil earnings.

Weekly jobless claims, import and export prices, and the Fed's balance sheet are all due out on Thursday, April 12. BlackRock (BLK) and Rite Aid Corporation (RAD) will report earnings.

On Friday, April 13, the University of Michigan consumer sentiment index and the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) will hit the Street. St. Louis Fed President James Bullard will speak in the morning. Earnings from big banks JPMorgan Chase (JPM), Citigroup (C), First Horizon (FHN), PNC Financial Services Group (PNC), and Wells Fargo (WFC) are all due.

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