• Inflation and rate hikes grabbed last week’s economic headlines
  • Euro CPI will be a key data release this week
  • Two stocks expected to make their ASX debut this week

Major economic headlines last week

The main economic headline last week was the US inflation rate, which has soared to a 40-year high.

Year on year, consumer prices in the US surged by 8.5%, representing the largest annual gain since December 1981.

The main culprit? A double-digit rise in energy prices driven mainly by the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

In addition to consumer inflation, prices the market pays to US producers (also called the PPI index), also leapt by 11% to a 12-year high. 

And of course it’s not just the US that’s battling this inflation phenomenon.

A procession of central banks around the world have been hiking rates over the last week or so to combat higher prices.

Last week, the Bank of Canada and NZRB raised their rates by 0.5%. NZ is currently struggling from the highest inflation since the 1990s.

Other central banks to have increased their rates recently include the Bank of Korea, which sprung a surprise 0.25% hike.

The Reserve Bank of India didn’t hike, but the bank changed its language to set the scene for tightening. In the UK, the bond market is pricing in another 0.25% BoE tightening in early May after a 0.25% hike back in March.

Meanwhile, Australia’s RBA has adjusted its statement language to set the scene for a potential hike this year. 

So far, the RBA has defied the bond market by keeping the cash rate at 0.1%.

But persistently low unemployment rate (currently at 4%, Albo..), may force the RBA to shift gears in the coming board meeting set for 3 May.

via: Shore Financial


Economic calendar for this week

Sources: Commsec.


Reserve Bank board meeting minutes (held on 1 April).


Weekly consumer confidence.


S&P global purchasing manager’s index for April.


International calendar



US housing starts and building permits.


US Fed Reserve beige book. This is an update on economic conditions in US districts.


US S&P global purchasing managers index for April. 

Europe (AEDT)


Industrial production for February.


Euruzone CPI release.

Euro Central Bank President will speak.


Eurozone manufacturing PMI.


ASX IPO calendar for this week

As Stockhead’s Emma Davies reports, these are the stocks that are expected to float this week:

Osmond Resources (ASX:OSM)

Expected listing: 19 April

IPO: $5m at $0.20

The explorer and developer is targeting gold and base metals discoveries.

In SA, the company has the Yumbarra Project (nickel and mineral sands), along with the Fowler, Coorabie Shear Zone, and Tallacootra projects (nickel/copper and gold)

The Sandford Project in Victoria is prospective for gold and base metals (copper, lead, silver, and zinc), as well as ionic REE clays and heavy mineral sands.


Listing: 20 April

IPO: $10m at $0.20

RLF is focused on the manufacture and sale of technology-based plant nutrition products.

Plant Proton Delivery Technology (PPD Tech) aims to solve some of the world’s biggest agricultural, environmental, and human challenges and enables farmers to grow higher yielding, better quality, and more nutritious produce, while massively reducing atmospheric carbon.