In Australia, the January job report together with estimates of business and consumer confidence are the key indicators in Australia in the coming week. Reserve Bank Governor Philip Lowe appears before the House of Representatives’ Standing Committee on Economics on Friday. An update on monetary policy and recent economic developments is expected.
The main interest in the US in the coming week is inflation data although retail sales, industrial production and housing starts will also compete for investor attention.

By Ryan Felsman, Senior Economist, CommSec