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07:00 Germany Producer Price Index (MoM) December +0.1% +0.1% -0.4%
07:00 Germany Producer Price Index (YoY) December +5.2% +4.6% +4.4%
09:30 United Kingdom Retail Sales (MoM) December -0.4% +0.6% +0.6%
09:30 United Kingdom Retail Sales (YoY) December +0.7% +2.4% +2.6%
The euro fell as European stocks fell and Greek officials and private creditors struggled to reach an agreement on a debt-swap plan.
The dollar rallied versus most of its major counterparts as investors sought the relative safety of the U.S. currency.
The euro was still headed for its first five-day gain in seven weeks after Spain and France sold bonds at lower yields yesterday.
European officials and Greece’s private bondholders agreed in October to carry out a 50 percent cut in the face value of the nation’s debt by voluntarily exchanging outstanding bonds for new securities, with a goal of reducing the country’s borrowings to 120 percent of gross domestic product by 2020. An accord with bondholders is essential to a second financing package for Greece, which faces a 14.5 billion-euro ($18.7 billion) bond payment on March 20.
EUR/USD: the pair receded from the high in $1,2900 area.
GBP/USD: the pair has fallen in $1,5450 area, but slightly restored later.
USD/JPY: the pair was limited Y77.05-Y77.30.
US data starts at 1500GMT, when the pace of existing home sales is expected to rise to a 4.67 million annual rate in December after the 4.0% rise in November. The pending home sales index posted sharp gains in each of the last two months.
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