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01:00 Australia Private Sector Credit, m/m March +0.2% +0.3% +0.2%
01:00 Australia Private Sector Credit, y/y March +3.4% +3.1% +3.4%
01:00 New Zealand ANZ Business Confidence February 34.6 32.3
05:00 Japan Housing Starts, y/y March +3.0% +6.3% +7.3%
The dollar traded 0.2 percent from a one-week low versus the euro before the Federal Reserve begins a two-day meeting amid bets it will maintain its quantitative easing bond purchases for the foreseeable future. The greenback is poised for its first monthly drop since January versus the euro ahead of a U.S. report tomorrow forecast to show private employers added the fewest jobs in six months. Private employment rose by 150,000 in April after gaining 158,000 the previous month, data from the Roseland, New Jersey- based ADP Research Institute will probably show tomorrow, according to the median estimate of economists surveyed by Bloomberg News. U.S. payrolls increased by 150,000 workers after an 88,000 gain in March, a separate survey forecasts before a May 3 Labor Department report.
The yen fell against a majority of its most-traded counterparts, adding to monthly declines, as an advance in Asian equities boosted demand for higher-yielding assets. Japanese industrial output grew less than estimated, bolstering the case for continued BOJ action. Data from the trade ministry showed production climbed 0.2 percent in March, less than the median 0.4 percent forecast in a Bloomberg survey.
New Zealand's currency, nicknamed the kiwi, slid against all of its 16 major peers after the statistics bureau said home building approvals fell 9.1 percent in March compared with the median forecast for a gain of 2 percent.
EUR/USD: during the Asian session the pair traded in the range of $ 1.3080-00
GBP/USD: during the Asian session the pair fell to $ 1.5475
USD/JPY: during the Asian session the pair rose to Y98.15
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