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Economic calendar (GMT0):
(Time/ Region/ Event/ Period/ Previous/ Forecast/ Actual)
03:00 Japan BoJ Interest Rate Decision 0.10% 0.10% 0.10%
03:00 Japan Bank of Japan Monetary Base Target 275 275
03:00 Japan BoJ Monetary Policy Statement
04:30 Japan All Industry Activity Index, m/m November -0.1% +0.1% +0.1%
06:30 Japan BOJ Press Conference
09:00 Switzerland World Economic Forum Annual Meetings
09:30 United Kingdom Average Earnings, 3m/y November +1.4% +1.7% +1.7%
09:30 United Kingdom Average earnings ex bonuses, 3 m/y November +1.6% +1.9% +1.8%
09:30 United Kingdom Claimant count December -29.6 -24.2 -29.7
09:30 United Kingdom Claimant Count Rate December 2.7% 2.6%
09:30 United Kingdom ILO Unemployment Rate November 6.0% 5.9% 5.8%
09:30 United Kingdom Bank of England Minutes
10:00 Switzerland Credit Suisse ZEW Survey (Expectations) January -4.9 -10.8
The U.S. dollar traded mixed against the most major currencies ahead of the housing market data from the U.S. Housing starts in the U.S. are expected to rise to 1.040 million units in December from 1.028 million units in November.
The number of building permits is expected to increase to 1.054 million units in December from1.050 million in November.
The euro traded slightly higher against the U.S. dollar in the absence of any major economic reports from the Eurozone. Investors are awaiting the European Central Bank's monetary policy meeting tomorrow.
The British pound fell against the U.S. dollar despite the better-than-expected labour market data from the U.K. The U.K. unemployment rate declined to 5.8% in the September to November quarter from 6.0% in the previous three months to August, beating expectations for a decline to 5.9%.
The claimant count decreased by 29,700 people in December, exceeding expectations for a drop of 24,200 people, after a decrease of 29,600 people in November. November's figure was revised from a decline of 26,900.
Average weekly earnings, excluding bonuses, climbed by 1.8% in the September to November period, missing expectations for a 1.9% increase, up from a 1.6% rise in the previous three months.
Average weekly earnings, including bonuses, rose by 1.7% in the September to November period, in line with expectations, after a 1.4% increase in the previous three months.
The Bank of England (BoE) released its last meeting minutes. All members voted to keep the central bank's monetary policy unchanged. During the five previous months, two members, Ian McCafferty and Martin Weale, voted to raise interest rates to 0.75% from 0.5%.
The Canadian dollar traded mixed against the U.S. dollar ahead of the Bank of Canada's interest rate decision. Analysts expect interest rate to remain unchanged at 1.0%.
Wholesale sales in Canada are expected to climb 0.2% in November, after a 0.1% rise in October.
EUR/USD: the currency pair rose to $1.1592
GBP/USD: the currency pair decreased to $1.5075
USD/JPY: the currency pair fell to $117.29
The most important news that are expected (GMT0):
13:30 Canada Wholesale Sales, m/m November +0.1% +0.2%
13:30 U.S. Building Permits, mln December 1.050 Revised From 1.035 1.054
13:30 U.S. Housing Starts, mln December 1.028 1.040
15:00 Canada BOC Rate Statement
15:00 Canada Bank of Canada Rate 1.00% 1.00%
15:00 Canada Bank of Canada Monetary Policy Report
16:15 Canada BOC Press Conference
21:30 New Zealand Business NZ PMI December 55.2
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