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The euro little changed against the U.S. dollar ahead of a Fed meeting, which starts later today. Most market participants expect the Fed to hold onto soft monetary policy and postpone a rate increase till 2016. Such expectations are likely to weigh on the greenback and support the euro in the short-term outlook. Tomorrow the Federal Reserve will only publish its monetary policy statement, there will be no conference. Investors will study the statement to see clues on the timing a rate hike.
The yen gained due to its safe-haven status as sources reported that a U.S. warship sailed near China's artificial islands in the South China Sea.
The New Zealand dollar is under the pressure amid a weak report on the country's trade balance. The indicator came in at -Nz$1,222 million compared to expectations for -Nz$825 million. Exports fell to Nz$3.69 billion, while imports rose to Nz$4.91 billion.
EUR/USD: the pair fluctuated within $1.1035-70 in Asian trade
USD/JPY: the pair fell to Y120.45
GBP/USD: the pair traded within $1.5345-60
The most important news that are expected (GMT0):
(time / country / index / period / previous value / forecast)
07:00 Switzerland UBS Consumption Indicator September 1.63
09:00 Eurozone Private Loans, Y/Y September 1.0% 1.1%
09:00 Eurozone M3 money supply, adjusted y/y September 4.8% 5%
09:30 United Kingdom GDP, q/q (Preliminary) Quarter III 0.7% 0.6%
09:30 United Kingdom GDP, y/y (Preliminary) Quarter III 2.4% 2.4%
12:30 U.S. Durable Goods Orders September -2.3% -1.2%
12:30 U.S. Durable Goods Orders ex Transportation September 0.0% 0%
12:30 U.S. Durable goods orders ex defense -1%
13:00 U.S. S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices, y/y August 5.0% 5.1%
13:45 U.S. Services PMI (Preliminary) October 55.1 55.1
14:00 U.S. Richmond Fed Manufacturing Index October -5
14:00 U.S. Consumer confidence October 103 103
16:20 Canada Gov Council Member Lane Speaks
23:50 Japan Retail sales, y/y September 0.8% 0.4%
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