BOJ Decision-Day Guide: Betting on Economic Rebound This Summer

(Bloomberg) -- The BOJ is forecast to maintain its unprecedented monetary stimulus on Friday, as the economy shows signs of stumbling.

* Governor Haruhiko Kuroda’s take on prospects for a rebound

this summer are in focus; officials see no need for now to

add easing, given an anticipated pickup in consumption and

exports, people familiar with the matter said this week * The BOJ’s policy announcement usually comes early in the

afternoon; Kuroda’s press conference is set for 3:30 p.m. in

Tokyo * Following are key points to watch:

* Policy decision - the central bank will keep policy

unchanged, according to all 37 economists who responded

to a Bloomberg survey

* Kuroda’s take on the economy - economists at Barclays

and JPMorgan Chase are among those forecasting that

Japan’s economy shrank in the three months through June,

with the latest median estimate in a Bloomberg survey

for a 1.8% annualized drop after two quarters of growth

* Inflation gauges - the BOJ’s decision to also highlight

an inflation gauge that strips out the effects of fresh

food as well as energy caused a stir after last month’s

policy meeting

* Impact of oil - oil prices fell to six-month lows this

week and that could be a concern for the central bank

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To contact the reporters on this story: Toru Fujioka in Tokyo at +81-3-3201-2158 or; Masahiro Hidaka in Tokyo at +81-3-3201-3564 or To contact the editors responsible for this story: Brett Miller at +81-3-3201-3528 or Arran Scott

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