Asian session: The yen fell
04:30 Japan Industrial Production (MoM) (Jan) 1.3%
04:30 Japan Capacity Utilization (Jan) 3.6%
04:30 Japan Industrial Production (YoY) (Jan) 3.5%
The yen fell against the dollar, erasing its earlier advance to a four-month high, after the Bank of Japan pumped record funds into an economy reeling from the nation’s strongest earthquake.
The yen declined as the central bank said it will add 15 trillion yen ($183 billion) to the financial system and increase its asset-purchase program.
The euro rose for a second day after European leaders agreed to widen the scope of a rescue fund aimed at resolving the sovereign-debt crisis and cut the cost of loans to Greece.
The BOJ kept its benchmark interest rate at a range of zero to 0.1 percent. Borrowing costs were already cut near zero last year as officials sought to revive growth and end deflation. Finance Minister Yoshihiko Noda said earlier today that he’s closely watching the foreign exchange, stock and Japanese bond markets.
Europe’s common currency advanced after euro-area leaders negotiated an accord to allow primary-market bond purchases that will offer a lifeline to aid recipients in return for austerity commitments. The agreement broke a deadlock as policy makers sought to extinguish a crisis that has raged for more than a year and forced Greece and Ireland to seek financial aid.
EUR/USD: pair the beginning the tenders in the field of $1,3960 then decreased.
GBP/USD: the pair decreased in around $1,6040.
USD/JPY: the pair shown low in the field of Y80,50 then returned to around Y82,10.
EMU industrial output data is due at 1000GMT and is expected to rise by a reading of +0.5% m/m, +6.4% y/y.