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20.08.2015 12:20

Foreign exchange market. European session: the euro traded higher against the U.S. dollar as the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) has approved the first tranche for Greece

Economic calendar (GMT0):

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

06:00 Switzerland Trade Balance July 3.51 Revised From 3.58 3.74

06:45 U.S. FOMC Member Williams Speaks

08:30 United Kingdom Retail Sales (MoM) July -0.1% Revised From -0.2% 0.4% 0.1%

08:30 United Kingdom Retail Sales (YoY) July 4.2% Revised From 4.0% 4.4% 4.2%

10:00 United Kingdom CBI industrial order books balance August -10 -10 -1

The U.S. dollar traded mixed against the most major currencies ahead the release of the U.S. economic data. The number of initial jobless claims in the U.S. is expected to decline by 2,000 to 272,000.

The Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank' manufacturing index is expected to rise to 7.0 in August from 5.7 in July.

The existing home sales in the U.S. are expected to decrease to 5.44 million units in July from 5.49 million units in June.

Yesterday's release of the Fed's July monetary policy meeting weighed on the greenback. Fed officials agreed at the July monetary policy meeting that the economy is approaching the point when the central bank needs to increase interest rates, but they were concerned about the weak inflation and a slowdown in the global economy.

The euro traded higher against the U.S. dollar as the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) has approved the €26 billion first tranche of the third bailout for Greece on Thursday. The ESM said that it transferred €13 billion immediately.

Greece has repaid €3.2 billion to the European Central Bank (ECB) after receiving the first tranche.

German PPI producer prices were flat in July, after a 0.1% decline in June.

On a yearly basis, German PPI dropped 1.3% in July, after a 1.4% fall in June.

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

The slower growth was partly driven by higher sales of electrical appliances, furniture and other household goods.

Sales of household goods climbed 3.6% in July, while sales at department stores rose 1.6%.

Food sales fell 0.2% in July, while sales of clothing and footwear slid 1.5%.

On a yearly basis, retail sales in the U.K. climbed 4.2% in July, missing forecasts of 4.4% increase, after a 4.2% rise in June. June's figure was revised up from a 4.0% gain.

The CBI industrial order books balance rose to -1% in August from -10% in July, beating expectations for -10%.

The Canadian dollar traded mixed against the U.S. dollar ahead of the Canadian wholesale sales data. Canadian wholesale sales are expected to climb 1.0% in June, after a 1.0% decline in May.

The Swiss franc traded higher against the U.S. dollar. The Swiss trade surplus climbed to CHF3.74 billion in July from CHF3.51 billion in the previous month. June's figure was revised down from a surplus of CHF3.58 billion.

Exports dropped 1.7% in July, while imports were down 2.5%.

EUR/USD: the currency pair rose to $1.1184

GBP/USD: the currency pair traded mixed

USD/JPY: the currency pair traded mixed

The most important news that are expected (GMT0):

12:30 Canada Wholesale Sales, m/m June -1.0% 1.0%

12:30 U.S. Initial Jobless Claims August 274 272

14:00 U.S. Existing Home Sales July 5.49 5.44

14:00 U.S. Philadelphia Fed Manufacturing Survey August 5.7 7

14:00 U.S. Leading Indicators July 0.6% 0.2%

17:00 U.S. Jackson Hole Symposium

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