Frorex: Monday's review
The euro strengthened after a report showed inflation in the region accelerated to a two-year high this month, signaling policy makers may be moving closer to raising interest rates.
The single currency gained for the sixth time in the past seven days against the dollar. Inflation quickened to 2.4% from 2.2% in December, the European Union’s statistics office said today. That’s the fastest since October 2008.
New Zealand’s dollar weakened after a report showed home- building approvals fell to a 23-month low in December.
The New Zealand dollar depreciated. Home-building permits declined 19% from November to 1,018, the lowest level since January 2009, Statistics New Zealand said today. Excluding apartments, approvals fell a sixth month, dropping 11%.
The Australian dollar traded near a its lowest in more than eight weeks against the yen as Asian stocks declined on concern the unrest in Egypt will spread, damping demand for higher-yielding assets.
Australia’s currency slipped versus the yen as its central bank said loans provided by the nation’s banks and finance companies rose 0.2% in December from the previous month, compared with the median estimate for a 0.3% gain.
EUR/USD: on results of yesterday's session the pair become stronger in area $1.3700.
GBP/USD: on results of yesterday's session the pair become stronger above a mark $1.6000.
USD/JPY: the pair bargained within the limits of Y81.90-Y82.30.
European data starts at 0700GMT with the ILO measure of German unemployment. France PPI data is due at 0745GMT and is expected to post a rise of 0.6% m/m, 5.0% y/y. This morning sees the final manufacturing PMI releases from the main European states, including France at 0848GMT and Italy at 0853GMT. The European state PMI releases through the morning lead up to the release of the EMU final manufacturing PMI data at 0858GMT. The preliminary reading for the EMU data was 56.9. Just before that final EMU manufacturing PMI release, at 0855GMT, the main German unemployment data is expected to see the unemployment rate remain at 7.5%. EMU unemployment data for December is due at 1000GMT, where the unemployment rate is expected to remain at 10.1%.
UK manufacturing PMI data is due at 0930GMT, with the result expected to show a slight decline to 58.0. Also in the UK, at 0930GMT, Bank of England lending data is due, where BoE Mortgage Approvals data is expected to slip slightly.