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Economic calendar (GMT0):
Time/ Region/ Event/ Period/ Previous/ Forecast/ Actual
04:30 Japan Industrial Production (MoM) (Finally) October 1.4% Revised From 1.1% 1.4% 1.4%
04:30 Japan Industrial Production (YoY) (Finally) October -0.8% -1.4% -1.4%
04:30 Japan Tertiary Industry Index October -0.4% 0.9%
The U.S. dollar rose amid expectations of a Fed rate hike this week. Several times Fed Chair Janet Yellen pointed to a possibility of a liftoff in interest rates at December meeting in case of sustained economic growth and lower unemployment rate. Last week data showed that the unemployment rate remained at record-low 5% in November, while the number of employed outside the farming sector rose by 211,000. Higher rates would boost the dollar.
The euro traded range-bound ahead of today's industrial production data. A median forecast suggests the industrial production rose by 0.3% in October after a flat reading in September. Analysts believe that European producers and exporters took advantage of the euro's weakness and increased sales.
The yen declined after the Bank of Japan released mixed Tankan report. The Tankan index for large producers came in at 12 in the fourth quarter exceeding expectations for 12 points and matching its previous reading. However the outlook for business activity of large manufacturers declined to 7 from 10 reported previously. Thus the updated reading was better than the one before it, but prospects disappoint.
EUR/USD: the pair fluctuated within $1.0950-85 in Asian trade
USD/JPY: the pair rose to Y121.20
GBP/USD: the pair traded within $1.5180-00
The most important news that are expected (GMT0):
(time / country / index / period / previous value / forecast)
10:00 Eurozone Industrial production, (MoM) October -0.3% 0.3%
10:00 Eurozone Industrial Production (YoY) October 1.7% 1.3%
11:00 Eurozone ECB President Mario Draghi Speaks
12:00 United Kingdom MPC Member Shafik Speaks
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