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00:01 United Kingdom BRC Retail Sales Monitor y/y January -0.4% +0.2%
00:30 Australia National Australia Bank's Business Confidence January 2 3
00:30 Australia House Price Index (QoQ) Quarter IV +1.4% Revised From +1.5% +2.0% +1.9%
00:30 Australia House Price Index (YoY) Quarter IV +9.1% +6.8%
01:30 China PPI y/y January -3.3% -3.7% -4.3%
01:30 China CPI y/y January +1.5% +1.1% +0.8%
06:45 Switzerland Unemployment Rate January 3.2% 3.2% 3.1%
The U.S. dollar traded lower against most major currencies but the greenback remained supported and losses were limited by Friday's labour market data. The U.S. economy added 257,000 jobs in January, exceeding expectations for a rise of 231,000 jobs, after a gain of 329,000 jobs in December. December's figure was revised up from a rise of 252,000 jobs. The upbeat jobs report is seen as a strong indication that the Federal Reserve is on track to hike benchmark interest rates in the middle of the year.
The euro traded almost flat after Friday's slump and yesterday's weak recovery on worries over Greek debt negotiations. On late Friday S&P downgraded Greece from B- to B, only one notch higher than "default" and kept the outlook for Greece negative.
The Australian dollar rose versus the greenback in Asian trade after data showed moderate housing and business conditions. The National Australia Bank's Business Confidence rose for January to 3 points with a previous reading of 2. The House Price Index quarter on quarter grew less-than-expected by +1.9%in the IV quarter compared to revised +1.4% in the III quarter. Analysts expected a reading of +2.0%. On a yearly basis the Index grew +6.8% in the fourth quarter. In the previous quarter the index grew by +9.1%.
Weak data from China, Australia's biggest trade partner, fuelled expectations on further monetary easing by the People's Bank of China. China's consumer inflation hit a five-year low and factory deflation deepened. The Chinese PPI declined more-than-expected by -4.3% in January. Economists expected a reading of -3.7%. In December the PPI was at -3.3%. CPI for January came in at +0.8%, lower than the estimated +1.1% further slowing compared to +1.5% in December.
New Zealand's dollar added gains against the greenback in Asian trade. The RBNZ Governor Graeme Wheeler said on Wednesday last week that interest rates will remain on hold "for some time".
The Japanese yen traded flat against the greenback on Tuesday. Japan's Tertiary Industry Index came in lower than expected at -0.3% for December. Analysts expected the index to rise by +0.1% compared to +0.2% in the previous month.
EUR/USD: the euro traded slightly higher against the greenbackUSD/JPY: the U.S. dollar almost flat against the yen
GPB/USD: Sterling traded higher against the U.S. dollar
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07:45 France Industrial Production, m/m December -0.3% +0.3%
07:45 France Industrial Production, y/y December -2.6%
08:00 G20 G20 Meetings
08:15 Switzerland Consumer Price Index (MoM) January -0.5% -0.4%
08:15 Switzerland Consumer Price Index (YoY) January -0.3% -0.6%
09:30 United Kingdom Industrial Production (MoM) December -0.1% +0.3%
09:30 United Kingdom Industrial Production (YoY) December +1.1% +0.8%
09:30 United Kingdom Manufacturing Production (MoM) December +0.7% +0.3%
09:30 United Kingdom Manufacturing Production (YoY) December +2.7% +2.0%
13:20 U.S. FOMC Member Laker Speaks
15:00 United Kingdom NIESR GDP Estimate January +0.6%
15:00 U.S. Wholesale Inventories December +0.8% +0.2%
15:00 U.S. JOLTs Job Openings December 4970 4992
17:45 Canada Gov Council Member Wilkins Speaks
21:30 U.S. API Crude Oil Inventories February +6.1
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