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01.04.2015 06:30

Foreign exchange market. Asian session: U.S. dollar traded broadly higher against its major peers – aussie gains on China data

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

00:30 Australia Building Permits, m/m February 7.9 -3.7% -3.2%

00:30 Australia Building Permits, y/y February 9.1% 14.3%

01:00 China Non-Manufacturing PMI March 53.9 53.7

01:00 China Manufacturing PMI March 49.9 49.7 50.1

01:35 Japan Manufacturing PMI (Finally) March 50.4 50.4 50.3

01:45 China HSBC Manufacturing PMI (Finally) March 49.2 49.3 49.6

The U.S. dollar is trading broadly higher against its major peers, only the Australian dollar booked gains against the greenback on better-than-expected data from Australia and China. Yesterday's mostly better-than-expected U.S. economic data supported the U.S. currency. The Conference Board's consumer confidence index for the U.S. jumped to 101.3 in March from 98.8 in February, beating expectations for a decline to 96.6. The Institute for Supply Management released its Chicago purchasing managers' index on Tuesday. The index climbed to 46.3 in March from 45.8 in February, missing expectations for a rise to 52.5. The S&P/Case-Shiller home price index increased 4.6% in January, in line with expectations, after a 4.4% gain in December.

The Australian dollar jumped against the U.S. dollar after a six-day decline on solid data from Australia and China, Australia's biggest trade partner. Building permits for February declines less than expected from a revised previous reading of +5.9% to -3.2%. Analysts expected permits to decline by -3.7%. Year on year Building Permits rose +14.3% with a previous reading of +9.1%.

China reported data on Non-Manufacturing PMI with a decline from 53.9 to 53.7. The Manufacturing PMI for March rose from 49.9 to 50.1, beating estimates for a decline to 49.7. Final data on the HSBC Manufacturing PMI came in at 49.6, above the estimated 49.3 and above the previous reading of 49.2. The PMI data shows signs of an economic recovery of the world second largest economy.

New Zealand's dollar booked losses against the greenback during the Asian It's the seventh day of straight losses.

The Japanese yen is trading higher against the greenback in the Asian session. The BoJ Tankan Manufacturing Index for the first quarter came in unchanged from a previous reading at 12, below estimates of an increase to 14. The BoJ Tankan Non-Manufacturing Index rose from 16 to 19, beating estimates of an increase to 17. Final data on the Japanese Manufacturing PMI came in lower at 50.3, below the previous reading of 50.4. Analysts expected an unchanged reading.

EUR/USD: the euro traded higher against the greenback

USD/JPY: the U.S. dollar traded lower against the yen

GPB/USD: Sterling booked gains against the U.S. dollar

The most important news that are expected (GMT0):

(time / country / index / period / previous value / forecast)

07:30 Switzerland Manufacturing PMI March 47.3 47.2

07:50 France Manufacturing PMI (Finally) March 48.2 48.2

07:55 Germany Manufacturing PMI (Finally) March 52.4 52.4

08:00 Eurozone Manufacturing PMI (Finally) March 51.9 51.9

08:30 United Kingdom Purchasing Manager Index Manufacturing March 54.1 54.5

12:15 U.S. ADP Employment Report March 212 231

13:00 U.S. FOMC Member Williams Speaks

13:45 U.S. Manufacturing PMI (Finally) March 55.3 55.3

14:00 U.S. Construction Spending, m/m February -1.1% -0.1%

14:00 U.S. ISM Manufacturing March 52.9 52.5

14:30 U.S. Crude Oil Inventories March 8.2

14:30 U.S. FOMC Member Dennis Lockhart Speaks

19:30 U.S. Total Vehicle Sales, mln March 16.2 16.5

23:30 Australia MI Inflation Gauge, m/m March 0.0%

23:30 Australia MI Inflation Gauge, y/y March 1.3%

23:50 Japan Monetary Base, y/y March 36.7% 35.3%

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