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18.02.2014 13:15

European session: The yen declined significantly against the U.S. dollar

Data

00:30 Australia RBA Meeting's Minutes

03:00 Japan BoJ Interest Rate Decision 0.10% 0.10% 0.10%

03:00 Japan Bank of Japan Monetary Base Target 270 270 270

03:00 Japan BoJ Monetary Policy Statement

07:30 Japan BOJ Press Conference

09:00 Eurozone Current account, adjusted, bln December 23.3 Revised From 23.5 19.8 21.3

09:00 Eurozone ECOFIN Meetings

09:30 United Kingdom Retail Price Index, m/m January +0.5% -0.5% -0.3%

09:30 United Kingdom Retail prices, Y/Y January +2.7% +2.7% +2.8%

09:30 United Kingdom RPI-X, Y/Y January +2.8% +2.8%

09:30 United Kingdom Producer Price Index - Output (MoM) January 0.0% +0.2% +0.3%

09:30 United Kingdom Producer Price Index - Output (YoY) January +1.0% +0.8% +0.9%

09:30 United Kingdom Producer Price Index - Input (MoM) January +0.1% -0.4% -0.9%

09:30 United Kingdom Producer Price Index - Input (YoY) January -1.2% -2.9% -3.1%

09:30 United Kingdom HICP, m/m January +0.4% -0.6% -0.6%

09:30 United Kingdom HICP, Y/Y January +2.0% +2.0% +1.9%

09:30 United Kingdom HICP ex EFAT, Y/Y January +1.7% +1.9% +1.6%

10:00 Eurozone ZEW Economic Sentiment February 73.3 73.9 68.5

10:00 Germany ZEW Survey - Economic Sentiment February 61.7 61.3 55.7


The euro exchange rate rose slightly against the U.S. dollar . After the initial reaction to the mixed results of ZEW, the pair was able to gain momentum and growth in the area to recover the maximum values. Analysts say that in recent years to assess the current situation has become a good leading indicator of GDP. In this sense, today's sharp rise in this component was the good news for the economy, which increases the likelihood that in the first months of this year, it should gain momentum. Recall that the report showed that the index of sentiment in the business environment fell in February to the level of 55.7 points compared to 61.7 points in January . Experts expect that the value of this indicator reduced only to the level of 61.3 points. However , despite the decline , the index remained well above its historical average level of 24.5 points. In addition , the data showed that the rate that evaluates opinion on the current economic situation , rose to 50 points in February from 41.2 in January , reaching its highest level since August 2011 . Expectations were at 44 points. We also add that for the eurozone sentiment index fell in the business environment 4.8 points and reached the level of 68.5 points. Meanwhile, the index of the current situation in the euro zone improved by 8 points - to the level of 40.2 points.

It should also be noted that many market participants are waiting for the U.S. data. Experts expect that the index of activity in the manufacturing sector of the New York Fed declined in February , after the rose in January to its highest level since May 2012 .

Pound dropped significantly against the dollar after data showed that the UK inflation rate last month fell below the target value of the Bank of England , which is fixed for the first time in the last four years. The latter result confirms the message from the Bank of England, there is no reason to raise interest rates .

According to the report , consumer prices rose by 1.9 per cent per annum in January, compared with an increase of 2.0 percent in December , while showing the weakest growth since November 2009 . Economists had expected inflation to remain at 2.0 percent . Add that up to December last year, the annual inflation rate exceeded the target of the Bank of England at the level of 2 percent every month since December 2009 , undermining the purchasing power of households and making greater decline in living political issue ahead of elections next year.

The main measure of inflation , which excludes prices of energy , food, alcohol and tobacco increased by 1.6 percent in January compared with the same month last year and an increase of 1.7 percent in December , recording the smallest increase since June 2009 . Compared with the previous month , the CPI fell in January by 0.6 percent, which was unchanged compared to December , and it turned out as expected .

The yen fell sharply against the U.S. dollar, which was associated with the Bank of Japan's decision to increase the monetary base by 60-70 trillion yen ( 686 billion dollars). Central Bank doubled lending program until 7 trillion . yen to support the economy. This doubling of lending is seen as dovish signal. Ie regulator is likely to further weaken the ready and their policy as it seeks to maintain liquidity volumes . In addition, the Bank of Japan extended periods of both programs for the year. Thus , the central bank kept the asset purchases unchanged, but decided to implement additional stimulus in the coming months . Regulator still aims to achieve the inflation target of 2 % and intends to achieve an economic breakthrough . The decision was taken by the members of the Monetary Policy Committee unanimously.

In a subsequent speech, the Central Bank Mr. Kuroda said that the program will continue buying bonds in the amount of 6.8 trillion . yen monthly .

"We have dramatically increased the efficiency of our mechanism through programs of qualitative and quantitative easing, and we just stocked it with wheels for improved movement," - he said. He also expressed confidence that the latest GDP figures show an improvement in the economy (even though they are not significantly short of expectations ) , and said that in the case of risks materializing the Central Bank has the potential to modify the necessary monetary policy.


EUR / USD: during the European session, the pair rose to $ 1.3735

GBP / USD: during the European session, the pair fell to $ 1.6653

USD / JPY: during the European session, the pair rose to Y102.73, then retreated slightly


At 13:30 GMT , Canada declares volume of transactions with foreign securities in December. At 13:30 GMT the U.S. manufacturing index will be released Empire Manufacturing for February. At 14:00 GMT the United States will announce on net purchases of long-term U.S. securities by foreign investors and the total net purchases of U.S. securities by foreign investors in December. At 15:00 GMT the United States will present housing market index from the NAHB for February. At 23:00 GMT Australia will release the index of leading economic indicators from the Conference Board in December.

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