BOE, U.S. Sentiment, Apple IPhone, Tennis: Week Ahead Sept. 5-12

Bank of England policy makers are forecast to leave the benchmark U.K. interest rate at a record-low 0.5 percent, where it has remained for more than six years.

U.S. consumer confidence was probably restrained at the start of September amid recent stock-market turbulence, data in the coming week may show.

Apple Inc. is expected to unveil its latest smartphone, with a look similar to the current iPhone 6 model, a better camera and faster processor.

Brazil, Canada, Malaysia, Russia and South Korea set interest rates.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe faces a party leadership vote and Singapore holds a general election.

The 14th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks is observed in the U.S. and around the globe.

The U.S. Open nears its conclusion as Serena Williams seeks a Grand Slam, making her the first person to win all four tennis majors in a calendar year since Steffi Graf in 1988.


-The G-20 meeting of finance ministers and central bank governors concludes in Ankara, Turkey. Officials attending include U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew and German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble.

-Cernobbio conference. Politicians, policy makers, academics and businessmen gather for a second day on the shores of Italy’s Lake Como to discuss world affairs. Click here for agenda. Through 09/06.

-The Eastern Economic Forum concludes in Vladivostok, Russia. Click here for agenda.

-The U.S. Open tennis tournament continues in Flushing, New York. Click here for schedule.

-The University of Oregon, which lost to Ohio State in the final of the inaugural College Football Playoff in January, hosts Eastern Washington on the first Saturday of the season. 17:00 (20:00 EDT).


-Guatemalans choose the top two candidates to succeed President Otto Perez Molina, who resigned on Sept. 3 amid a bribery scandal. The vote will be followed by an Oct. 25 run-off election. Polls open at 07:00 (09:00 EDT) and close at 18:00.

-The Italian Formula One Grand Prix takes place in Monza. Race starts at 14:00 CET (08:00 EDT).


-U.S. stock and bond markets are closed for Labor Day, the federal holiday recognizing workers’ social and economic contributions and marking the unofficial end to summer. Canadian markets will also be closed.

-U.S. Vice President Joe Biden will participate in Labor Day festivities in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, alongside AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. Biden is expected to announce by Oct. 1 whether he'll seek the 2016 Democratic nomination for president.

-The International Atomic Energy Agency meets in Vienna to discuss how to monitor the Iran nuclear accord and a new report on the Fukushima meltdown in Japan. Starts every day at 10:00 CET (04:00 EDT) through 09/11.

-Trinidad and Tobago election. Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar seeks a second term as head of the Caribbean oil- and gas-producing nation. Polls show her holding a narrow lead over opposition leader Keith Rowley. Balloting opens at 06:00 EDT and closes at 18:00.

-North and South Korea hold their first round of Red Cross talks on resuming family reunions, following their agreement last month to begin improving relations through civilian exchanges. The countries last held reunions of families separated by the Korean War in early 2014.

-The prime ministers of the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Austria meet amid an escalation of Europe’s migrant crisis in which thousands of undocumented individuals from conflict areas in the Middle East and Africa have crossed into the European Union’s visa-free Schengen area. Timing to be determined.

-Romanian prosecutors may officially summon Prime Minister Victor Ponta to court on charges of corruption. Ponta has denied wrongdoing. Timing to be determined.

-The Euromoney Egypt Conference takes place in Cairo with the theme “Financing the Future.” Through 09/08. Click here for agenda.

-French President Francois Hollande holds one of his twice-a-year news conferences. 11:00 CET in Paris (05:00 EDT).

-ECONOMY: SNB foreign currency reserves (Aug.), German industrial production (July), South Africa gross and net reserves (Aug.), Russian may release inflation (Aug.), Czech trade balance (July), Czech industrial output (July), Ukraine inflation and PPI (Aug.).

-CENTRAL BANKS: Bank of Israel minutes.

-Ohio State’s Buckeyes begin the defense of their national title at Virginia Tech. 20:00 EDT.


-U.S. government bond auctions, Fed debt purchases. Click here for schedule.

-U.S. initial public stock offerings. Click here for schedule.

-Japan releases revised gross domestic product figures for the second quarter, with some economists forecasting a downward revision from the preliminary 1.6% annualized contraction. 08:50 in Tokyo (09/07 19:50 EDT).

-Chinese exports may have fallen for a second month in August amid lower global demand, placing pressure on the government to let the yuan weaken further after a devaluation that same month. Imports likely declined for a 10th month. Time not confirmed.

-Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is expected to sail through a party leadership election unchallenged, paving the way for him to become one of Japan’s longest-serving postwar premiers. A recent poll showed public support for his cabinet bouncing back, despite opposition to some policies. Timing to be determined.

-French Finance Minister Michel Sapin holds a press conference. 09:00 CET in Paris (03:00 EDT).

-German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble introduces next year’s draft federal budget with a 40-minute speech to parliament. 10:00 CET in Berlin (04:00 EDT).

-The Czech central bank publishes data for its foreign-exchange intervention in July, when it acted for the first time since 2013 to protect the cap set on koruna gains at about 27 against the euro. 10:00 CET (04:00 EDT).

-Puerto Rico Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla’s administration has until today to deliver a debt-restructuring proposal after the deadline was pushed back from Aug. 30 due to Tropical Storm Erika.

-Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto is due to present his administration’s 2016 budget proposal to lawmakers. The Latin American nation is expected to run a deficit of 0.5 percent of gross domestic product, excluding investment in state energy companies. It may cut spending by 0.7 percent of GDP, according to preliminary fiscal guidelines released in March.

-Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis President Narayana Kocherlakota discusses the outlook for U.S. monetary policy in Evanston, Illinois. 16:15 (17:15 EDT).

-Toyota Motor Corp. unveils its new design for the Prius hybrid, by far the most successful gas-electric vehicle line in the industry’s history. With the same design since 2009, U.S. Prius sales fell 24 percent in August and 17 percent so far this year. In an era of $2.50 gasoline, it isn’t clear whether a new design will revive the model’s demand. 21:00 (00:00 EDT, Sept. 9) in Las Vegas.

-Royal Dutch Shell Plc CEO Ben van Beurden, Schlumberger Ltd. CEO Paal Kibsgaard and Phillips 66 CEO Greg Garland are among scheduled participants in the Barclays CEO Energy-Power Conference. In New York through 09/10. Click here for agenda.

-Citigroup Inc. Chief Executive Officer Michael Corbat, Texas Instruments Inc. CEO Richard Templeton, and ASML Holding NV CEO Peter Wennink are among scheduled participants in the Citi Global Technology Conference. In New York through 09/10. Click here for agenda.

-Danone SA Chief Executive Officer Emmanuel Faber, Colgate-Palmolive Co. CEO Ian Cook and Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc. CE0 John Brock are among scheduled participants in the Barclays Global Consumer Staples Conference. In Boston through 09/10. Click here for agenda.

-U.S. Senate and House of Representatives return to Washington following a summer recess.

-ECONOMY: NFIB U.S. small business optimism (Aug.), U.S. consumer credit (July), Japan current account balance (July), euro-area GDP (second quarter), German trade balance (July), Bank of France business sentiment (Aug.), South Africa business confidence (third quarter), Estonia GDP (second quarter), Czech unemployment (Aug.), Hungary industrial production (July).

-The U.S. Open tennis tournament continues all week in Flushing, New York. Click here for schedule.

-Stephen Colbert debuts as host of “The Late Show” on CBS Corp.’s television network, taking the reins from David Letterman, who stepped down from the job in May after 33 years as a late-night host. Colbert’s first guests include actor George Clooney and Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush. 23:35 EDT.


-European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker gives his first State of the Union speech to the European Parliament, with migration policy expected to be among areas of focus. 09:00 CET in Strasbourg, France (03:00 EDT).

-German Chancellor Angela Merkel delivers remarks to parliament on the 2016 federal budget. The chancellor’s speech usually covers a broad sweep of domestic and foreign-policy issues. 09:00 CET in Berlin (03:00 EDT).

-Czech Republic central bank Governor Miroslav Singer will speak at a round-table discussion on inflation targeting and the bank’s foreign-exchange regime in Pardubice. 14:00 CET (08:00 EDT).

-North Atlantic Treaty Organization Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg meets Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka in Prague. 08:00 CET (02:00 EDT).

-Queen Elizabeth II, on the throne since 1952, becomes the longest-serving monarch in British history, passing the record set by Queen Victoria, who reigned from 1837 to 1901.

-The Eurofi Financial Forum 2015 takes place in Luxembourg, featuring panel discussions and speeches involving European Central Bank Executive Board members Peter Praet, Yves Mersch and Benoit Coeure. Click here for the agenda and speakers. Through 09/11.

-Canada may leave its benchmark interest rate unchanged at 0.5 percent, according to the median estimate of economists surveyed by Bloomberg. The Bank of Canada’s decision follows the oil exporter’s second straight quarterly contraction in gross domestic product, marking what many economists dub a technical recession. 10:00 in Ottawa.

-Republican U.S. presidential candidate Jeb Bush will unveil his tax plan in a policy speech at Morris & Associates, a small manufacturer near Raleigh, North Carolina. Bush previewed his proposals on Sept. 3 by calling for lower personal and corporate income-tax rates, and eliminating deductions.

-U.S. Comptroller of the Currency Thomas Curry discusses “Current Challenges Facing the Banking Industry” in a speech at the City Club of Cleveland. Noon.

-Apple iPhone. The latest smartphone with a look similar to the current iPhone 6 model, improved camera and faster processor, is expected to be unveiled at an event in San Francisco, people familiar with its plans have said. The release of the flagship device is considered the most important annual product rollout for the Cupertino, California-based company, which is also expected to introduce a new Apple TV set-top box. 10:00 (13:00 EDT).

-The U.S. Energy Information Administration releases its Short-Term Energy Outlook with forecasts for oil, natural gas, power prices and supply. Noon in Washington.

-House Republicans may as early as today unveil a stopgap measure to fund the U.S. government beyond Sept. 30, the deadline for avoiding a shutdown.

CISCO-ARISTA: Cisco Systems Inc.'s patent-infringement claim against Arista Networks Inc. is scheduled to begin at the U.S. International Trade Commission in Washington. Cisco is seeking to block U.S. imports of data-switch products made by Arista.

-Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu travels to London for a three-day visit that will include a meeting with U.K. counterpart David Cameron. Schedule and timings to be determined.

-CAF Conference. Uruguay central bank President Mario Bergara, Brazilian Development Bank President Luciano Coutinho and World Bank Vice President Jorge Familiar are among scheduled speakers at the annual forum hosted by the Development Bank of Latin American (“Corporacion Andina de Fomento”), Inter-American Dialogue and Organization of American States. Through 09/10 in Washington.

-NextGov Prime forum, “Data, Cybersecurity and the Government of Tomorrow.” U.S. Chief Information Officer Tony Scott (invited/ck) and Kathryn Sullivan, administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, are among scheduled speakers at the gathering. 08:00 in Washington. Click here for agenda.

-Edwards Lifesciences Corp. Chief Executive Officer Michael Mussallem and Johnson & Johnson CEO Alex Gorsky are among scheduled speakers at the Wells Fargo Healthcare Conference. Through 09/10 in Boston. Click here for agenda.

-Time Warner Cable Inc. Chief Executive Officer Rob Marcus and CBS Corp. CEO Les Moonves are among scheduled speakers at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Media, Communications & Entertainment Conference. In Los Angeles through 09/10.

-Beirut Energy Forum. Lebanese and Jordanian energy ministers attend the three-day event. Click here for more information.

-North Korea marks the 67th anniversary of its founding, a national holiday that will be closely watched for any remark by leader Kim Jong Un as he moves away from tensions with South Korea. The country usually holds a variety of concerts and exhibitions to commemorate the day on which its socialist constitution was created.

-ECONOMY: MBA U.S. mortgage applications (weekly), JOLTS U.S. job openings (July), Mexico inflation (Aug.), U.K. industrial production (July), Ghana CPI (Aug.), Russian weekly inflation, Czech inflation (Aug.), Romanian trade balance (July), Hungary trade balance (July).

-CENTRAL BANKS: Hungary minutes.


-Chinese factory-gate deflation in August probably worsened to its lowest since 2009, indicating a need for more measures to spur growth. Chinese consumer prices likely rose to their highest in a year, supported by increasing food prices. 09:30 in Beijing (09/09 21:30 EDT).

-The China Association of Automobile Manufacturers releases August car sales figures. About 14:00 in Beijing (02:00 EDT).

-The Bank of England will probably leave its key interest rate at a record low 0.5 percent and its asset purchase target unchanged at 375 billion pounds. Minutes of the meeting, released at the same time, will show how many of the nine policy makers voted to increase borrowing costs. 12:00 in London (07:00 EDT).

-Voting closes in the election for a new leader of Britain’s main opposition Labour Party. Jeremy Corbyn is the favorite to win, according to pollsters and bookmakers. The result will be announced on Sept. 12.

-Ercan Findikoglu, the accused mastermind of a scheme to drain more than $50 million from automated teller machines worldwide, is due in U.S. District Court. In July, Findikoglu’s lawyer told a judge that plea discussions were under way. 10:30 in Brooklyn.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration releases its weekly natural gas storage report. 10:30 in Washington.

-The U.S. Energy Information Administration releases its weekly crude oil inventory report. 11:00 in Washington.

-ECONOMY: U.S. initial jobless claims (Aug.), Bloomberg Consumer Comfort index (weekly), U.S. import prices (Aug.), U.S. wholesale inventories (July), Brazil IPCA inflation index (Aug.), Australia unemployment rate (Aug.), U.K. RICS house price balance (Aug.), Egypt CPI (Aug.), Israel trade balance (Aug.), South Africa manufacturing production (July)

-CENTRAL BANKS: New Zealand rate decision, Serbia repurchase rate, Peru rate decision, Brazil minutes (Sept.).

-EARNINGS: Sun Hung Kai Properties Ltd., Next Plc, Manchester United Plc.

-The 2015 National Football League season begins with the defending Super Bowl XLIX champion New England Patriots hosting the Pittsburgh Steelers at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. 20:30. Click here for Week 1 schedule.


-The U.S. marks the 14th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the worst strike on American soil since Pearl Harbor. Ceremonies are planned at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in Lower Manhattan, in Washington and in Pennsylvania.

-Consumer sentiment in the U.S. probably held close to a three-month low in September, restrained by less optimism about the economy in wake of recent stock-market turbulence. The University of Michigan’s index will be issued at 10:00 in Washington.

-Britain’s House of Commons will probably vote on the Assisted Dying Bill, which would allow doctors to prescribe lethal medicine upon request to terminally ill patients. If the vote passes, the bill would face final approval by the Commons at a later stage before going to the upper House of Lords. The debate starts at 09:30 in London (04:30 EDT).

-Ukrainian billionaire Victor Pinchuk’s annual conference takes place in Kiev. President Petro Poroshenko, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, central bank Govenor Valeriya Gontareva, Finance Minister Natalie Jaresko and NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow are among officials due to attend. Through 09/12.

-Catalan separatists hold a national day of demonstration in Barcelona. The protest marks the start of campaigning for the Sept. 27 regional election that Catalan President Artur Mas is framing as a referendum on independence. Timing to be determined.

-German Chancellor Angela Merkel takes part in a debate on the digital economy. Starts at about 18:30 CET in Berlin (12:30 EDT).

-Statistics Canada publishes the second-quarter ratio of household debt to disposable income. The measure’s climb to records in recent years has sparked warnings about a housing-market crash. 8:30 in Ottowa.

-Alstom SA deadline. The European Commission has until today to rule on the sale of Alstom’s energy unit to General Electric Co. GE is poised to win approval for the deal in coming days after agreeing to sell assets to an Italian rival, according to people familiar with the matter on Sept. 1. An announcement on the 12 billion-euro ($13.3 billion) tie-up could come before the deadline, the people said.

FISH-FINDERS: The U.S. International Trade Commission is scheduled to announce the next stage in a patent-infringement dispute Johnson Outdoors Inc. filed against Garmin Ltd. over devices to help track items under water, including fish. A judge

-Bank of Korea monetary policy meeting. The central bank has made four interest-rate cuts since August of last year to put the country’s benchmark at an unprecedented low of 1.5 percent. 10:00 in Seoul (09/10 21:00 EDT).

-Singapore will hold a general election with the ruling People’s Action Party seeking to continue its more than 50 years in power. Polling closes at 20:00 in Singapore (08:00 EDT).

-The U.S. Department of Agriculture releases its World Agricultural Supply & Demand Estimates report. Noon in Washington.

-Baker Hughes rig count for oil and gas rigs in the U.S. 13:00 EDT.

-ECONOMY: U.S. producer prices (Aug.), U.S. monthly budget statement (Aug.), Mexico industrial production (July), Colombia GDP (second quarter), Italian industrial production (July)

-CENTRAL BANKS: Russia rate decision, Malaysia rate decision.

-EARNINGS: Kroger Co.

-SOVEREIGN RATING UPDATES: Belgium (DBRS), Bosnia and Herzegovina (S&P), Finland (DBRS), Greece (S&P), Ireland (DBRS & Moody’s), Kazakhstan (S&P), Lebanon (S&P), Poland (Moody’s), Rwanda (S&P).


-The U.S. Open women’s tennis final is played in Flushing, New York, at noon, followed by the men’s final at the same time tomorrow. Click here for event statistics.