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01:00 Australia Consumer Inflation Expectation April +2.3% +2.2%
01:00 China New Loans March 620 890 1060
01:30 Australia Unemployment rate March +5.4% +5.4% +5.6%
01:30 Australia Changing the number of employed March 74.0 -6.7 -36.1
The yen rose versus 15 of 16 major counterparts as a technical indicator signaled the currency may pare its 6.6 percent loss against the dollar since the Bank of Japan expanded monetary easing on April 4. The 14-day relative strength index of the yen versus the dollar was at 28.3, below the 30 level that some traders use as a signal that a currency has fallen too far, too fast. Versus the euro, the yen’s RSI was at 29.5.
The Australian currency weakened versus the dollar and yen after the statistics bureau said the jobless rate rose to 5.6 percent and employers cut 36,100 jobs in March. Economists surveyed by Bloomberg News had predicted the jobless rate would remain unchanged at 5.4 percent.
The Canadian dollar strengthened against its U.S. counterpart for the third day as investors seek higher-yielding currencies of commodity-exporting nations. The loonie, as the currency is nicknamed, gained on speculation heightened demand from Japan for cross-border assets will result from a stimulus package announced last week by Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda.
EUR / USD: during the Asian session the pair fell to $ 1.3040.
GBP / USD: during the Asian session, the pair traded in the range of $ 1.5315-30.
USD / JPY: during the Asian session the pair fell Y99.35.
Thursday's calendar gets underway at 0600GMT, with the release of the German March final HICP data. Also of note, the Eurogroup finance ministers are set to meet in Dublin. At 0630GMT, the Indonesian Bank Indonesia policy decisionis expected. Further final inflation data is expected at 0645GMT, with the release of the French March HICP numbers. At 0800GMT, the ECB published its latest monthly report, although it isn't expected to vary much from the pressrelease at the monthly press briefing. Also at 0800GMT, the IEA March monthly oil market report will cross the wires.
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