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Economic calendar (GMT0):
Time/ Region/ Event/ Period/ Previous/ Forecast/ Actual
00:30 Australia Private Sector Credit, m/m November 0.7% Revised From 1.1% 0.6% 0.4%
The yen climbed against the U.S. dollar as declines in oil prices spurred demand for this safe-haven asset. Nevertheless market participants doubt that this tendency will be sustained. Experts believe that the yen will decline against the greenback amid diversion in monetary policies of central banks of Japan and the U.S. According to Bloomberg the yen may lose 4% of its value in 2016. Today is the last trading session of the year and trading volumes are low.
The U.S. Department of Labor will release its initial jobless claims data at 13:30 GMT today. The number of claims is expected to have declined to 270,000 from 267,000 in the previous week.
The closely-watched Chicago Purchasing Managers' Index will be released at 14:45 GMT. This index is published ahead of the PMI from the Institute for Supply Management and may provide clues on the nationwide index. Analysts expect the index to have risen to 49.7 points in December from 48.7 points in November. A reading below 50 suggests contraction.
EUR/USD: the pair fluctuated within $1.0915-35 in Asian trade
USD/JPY: the pair fell to Y120.35
GBP/USD: the pair rose to $1.4825
The most important news that are expected (GMT0):
(time / country / index / period / previous value / forecast)
13:30 U.S. Continuing Jobless Claims December 2195 2201
13:30 U.S. Initial Jobless Claims December 267 270
14:45 U.S. Chicago Purchasing Managers' Index December 48.7 49.8
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