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21.08.2014 12:17

Foreign exchange market. European session: the British pound traded mixed against the U.S. dollar after the weaker-than-expected UK retail sales

Economic calendar (GMT0):

(Time/ Region/ Event/ Period/ Previous/ Forecast/ Actual)

00:00 Australia Conference Board Australia Leading Index June +0.2% +0.4%

01:35 Japan Manufacturing PMI (Preliminary) August 50.5 51.5 52.4

01:45 China HSBC Manufacturing PMI (Preliminary) August 51.7 51.5 50.3

03:00 New Zealand Credit Card Spending July +6.0% Revised From +7.0% +4.5%

06:00 Switzerland Trade Balance July 1.41 Revised From 1.38 1.91 3.98

06:58 France Manufacturing PMI (Preliminary) August 47.8 47.9 46.5

06:58 France Services PMI (Preliminary) August 50.4 50.3 51.1

07:28 Germany Manufacturing PMI (Preliminary) August 52.4 51.8 52.0

07:28 Germany Services PMI (Preliminary) August 56.7 55.5 56.4

07:58 Eurozone Manufacturing PMI (Preliminary) August 51.8 51.4 50.8

07:58 Eurozone Services PMI (Preliminary) August 54.2 53.6 53.5

08:30 United Kingdom Retail Sales (MoM) July +0.1% +0.4% +0.1%

08:30 United Kingdom Retail Sales (YoY) July +3.6% +2.6%

08:30 United Kingdom PSNB, bln July 9.5 10.1 -1.1

12:00 U.S. Jackson Hole Symposium

The U.S. dollar traded mixed to lower against the most major currencies ahead of the U.S. economic data. The number of initial jobless claims in the U.S. is expected to decline by 12,000 to 299,000.

The U.S. preliminary manufacturing purchasing managers' index (PMI) is expected to fall to 55.7 in August from 55.8 in July.

The existing home sales in the U.S. are expected to decrease to 5.01 million units in July from 5.04 million units in June.

The euro traded slightly higher against the U.S. dollar after flash PMIs from the Eurozone. Eurozone's preliminary manufacturing purchasing managers' index (PMI) declined to 50.8 in August from 51.8 in July, missing expectations for a fall to 51.4.

Eurozone's preliminary services purchasing managers' index (PMI) fell to 53.5 in August from 54.2 in July, missing expectations for a decline to 53.6.

Germany's preliminary manufacturing purchasing managers' index (PMI) decreased to 52.0 in August from 52.4 in July, beating expectations for a fall to 51.8.

Germanys' preliminary services purchasing managers' index (PMI) fell to 56.4 in August from 56.7 in July, beating expectations for a decline to 55.5.

French preliminary manufacturing purchasing managers' index (PMI) declined to 46.5 in August from 47.8 in July, missing forecasts of a rise to 47.9.

French preliminary services purchasing managers' index (PMI) rose to 51.1 in August from 50.4 in July, beating expectations for a fall to 50.3.

The British pound traded mixed against the U.S. dollar after the weaker-than-expected UK retail sales. U.K. retail sales increased 0.1% in July, missing expectations for a 0.4% rise, after a 0.2% gain in June. June's figure was revised up from a 0.1% increase.

On a yearly basis, U.K. retail sales climbed 2.6% in July, after a 3.4% rise. June's figure was revised down from a 3.6% gain.

The U.K. public sector net borrowing posted a deficit of £1.1 billion in July, after a surplus of £9.79 billion in June. June's figure was revised from a surplus of £9.51 billion. Analysts had expected a surplus of £10.1 billion.

The Swiss franc traded slightly higher against the U.S. dollar after the better-than-expected trade data from Switzerland. Switzerland's trade surplus rose to 3.98 billion Swiss francs in July from a surplus 1.41 billion Swiss francs in June, exceeding expectations for an increase to a surplus of 1.91 billion Swiss francs. June's figure was revised up from a surplus of 1.38 billion Swiss francs.

EUR/USD: the currency pair rose to $1.3277

GBP/USD: the currency pair traded mixed

USD/JPY: the currency pair traded mixed

The most important news that are expected (GMT0):

12:30 U.S. Initial Jobless Claims August 311 299

13:45 U.S. Manufacturing PMI (Preliminary) August 55.8 55.7

14:00 U.S. Consumer confidence August -8 -9

14:00 U.S. Existing Home Sales July 5.04 5.01

14:00 U.S. Philadelphia Fed Manufacturing Survey August 23.9 20.3

21.08.2014 12:00

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