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07:00 Switzerland UBS Consumption Indicator February 1.18 1.26
07:00 Germany Gfk Consumer Confidence Survey April 5.9 5.9 5.9
07:45 France GDP, q/q (Finally) Quarter IV -0.3% -0.3% -0.3%
07:45 France GDP, Y/Y (Finally) Quarter IV -0.3% -0.3% -0.3%
08:00 Switzerland KOF Leading Indicator January 1.03 1.07 0.99
09:30 United Kingdom Current account, bln Quarter IV -15.1 -12.4 -14.0
09:30 United Kingdom GDP, q/q (Finally) Quarter IV -0.3% -0.3% -0.3%
09:30 United Kingdom GDP, y/y (Finally) Quarter IV +0.3% +0.3% +0.2%
10:00 Eurozone Economic sentiment index March 91.1 90.5 90.0
10:00 Eurozone Business climate indicator March -0.73 -0.77 -0.86
The euro fell to less than $1.28 for the first time in more than four months as a bailout for Cyprus and a political deadlock in Italy undermined demand for the region’s assets.
Europe’s shared currency weakened against most of its major peers after Swiss bank Pictet & Cie. said the Cyprus crisis has “tarnished” the region’s attractiveness. It extended its decline as Italy sold five- and 10-year bonds.
Cyprus may announce what type of capital controls it plans to implement today as its leaders seek to prevent cash outflows when the nation’s banks reopen tomorrow. Lenders have been closed since a plan by the European Union to force losses on some bondholders and depositors in exchange for a 10 billion- euro bailout. European governments vowed that the tax on bank accounts won’t set a precedent for future rescues.
An index of executive and consumer sentiment decreased to 90 from 91.1 in February, the European Commission in Brussels said today. Economists had forecast a drop to 90.5, according to the estimates.
The pound rose to a six-week high against the euro as a funding crisis in Cyprus and a political deadlock in Italy spurred demand for U.K. assets as a haven from Europe’s debt turmoil. Sterling trimmed a quarterly decline versus the common currency even as an Office for National Statistics report confirmed the U.K. economy shrank in the fourth quarter, putting the nation on course for a triple-dip recession. European governments vowed the tax on bank accounts to finance Cyprus’s aid package won’t be a precedent for future rescues. U.K. government bonds advanced, with 10-year securities gaining for a fifth day.
EUR / USD: during the European session the pair fell to a new low of $ 1.2761
GBP / USD: during the European session the pair fell to a new low of $ 1.5094
USD / JPY: during the European session the pair fell to a new low Y94.09
At 12:30 GMT, Canada will release the consumer price index, the main consumer price index from the Bank of Canada in February. At 14:00 GMT the U.S. will change in the volume of outstanding home sales for February, at 14:30 GMT, there are data on stocks of crude oil from the Department of Energy. At 15:00 GMT a speech FOMC member Charles Evans, and 15:30 GMT to make a speech FOMC member Eric Rosengren. At 21:45 GMT New Zealand will publish the change in volume of building permits issued in February. Finish the day at 23:50 GMT Japanese data on Retail Sales for February.
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