The oil traders will be on alert for the private inventory stocks data due at the bottom of the hour

And Apple traders too - earnings coming up around the same time - Greg has a preview here

From Asia today the excitement surrounds Australian inflation data - I did a preview here

OK, from the top:

2350GMT - Japan - Services PPI, September. Not gonna move the market. Expected +0.2% y/y, prior +0.2% also

0015GMT - RBA speaker, its Sarv Girn, Chief Information Officer so will not be on the economic outlook nor monetary policy

0030GMT - Australia Q3 CPI:

From my earlier preview (there is more at the link, above)

Headline q/q CPI:

  • expected is +0.5%,
  • prior was +0.4%
  • For the y/y, expected is 1.1%, prior 1.0%

Trimmed mean (the measure the RBA pays most heed to, the 'core' figure where the RBA target band is 2 -%)

For the q/q:

  • expected 0.4%,
  • prior 0.5% q/q
  • For the y/y, expected is 1.7%, prior 1.7

And, finally the 'weighted median':

  • For q/q: expected is 0.4%, prior was 0.4%
  • For y/y: expected is 1.4%, prior was 1.3%

I'll be back with more on this.

0145GMT - China - Wespac / MNI Consumer Sentiment for October, prior 115.2