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00:00 Australia Consumer Inflation Expectation December +2.2% +1.8%
00:30 Australia New Motor Vehicle Sales (MoM) November -2.8% 0.0%
00:30 Australia New Motor Vehicle Sales (YoY) November +8.6% +9.7%
06:45 Switzerland SECO Economic Forecasts Quarter I
08:15 Switzerland Producer & Import Prices, m/m November -0.1% -0.3% 0.0%
08:15 Switzerland Producer & Import Prices, y/y November +0.4% +1.0% +1.2%
08:30 Switzerland SNB Interest Rate Decision - 0.25% 0.25% 0.25%
08:30 Switzerland SNB Monetary Policy Assessment -
08:30 Switzerland SNB Press Conference -
09:00 Eurozone ECB Monthly Report December
09:00 Eurozone EU Economic Summit -
09:00 Eurozone Eurogroup Meetings -
11:00 United Kingdom CBI industrial order books balance December -21 -17 -12
The yen fell to its lowest level in nearly nine months against the dollar on speculation that Japan's opposition leader Shinzo Abe, who is a supporter of unlimited easing of monetary policy, will win the elections to be held this weekend. The yen also fell in anticipation of the report of the Bank of Japan Tankan, which is expected to economists shows growing pessimism among manufacturers.
The dollar rose for the first time in four days against the euro after the Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said that the recent stimulus measures of the central bank will not offset the effects of a "financial cliff", which immediately caused increased demand for the dollar.
Franc rose against the euro after the Swiss National Bank left its lower limit for the pair EUR / CHF at 1.20.
The pound fell for the first time in four days against the dollar as a report showed that the majority of UK manufacturers is declining orders. Sterling fell against 12 of its 16 major counterparts on speculation the central bank will resume asset purchases under its quantitative easing program. Note also that the data released today showed that the balance of industrial orders Confederation of British Industry in December rose to -12 from -21 in November.
But in spite of this strengthening of the dollar and the pound, in the last couple of hours are observed to significantly decrease, which was caused by the Eurogroup statement on the allocation of Greek bailout package totaling 49.1 billion euros.
EUR / USD: during the European session, the pair dropped significantly, reaching $ 1.3040, but later recovered to $ 1.3080
GBP / USD: during the European session, fell to $ 1.6110, and then rose to $ 1.6140
USD / JPY: during the European session the pair fell to Y83.25, but now risen to the level of Y83.53
At 13:30 GMT the United States, there are data on retail sales and retail sales excluding auto sales for November. Also during this time will be submitted to the producer price index, producer price index for the base, and become aware of the number of initial claims for unemployment benefits. In addition, Canada will report on the use of production capacity, and publish an index of prices for new homes in October. At 15:00 GMT the U.S. will know about the level of business inventories for October. At 23:50 GMT, Japan will release the index of activity in the non-manufacturing sector Research and Statistics Department of the Bank of Japan, and the index of activity in the large producers and the activity index for large companies from all industries on IV-th quarter.
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