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Economic calendar (GMT0):
(Time/ Region/ Event/ Period/ Previous/ Forecast/ Actual)
01:00 Australia Consumer Inflation Expectation May 3.4% 3.2%
05:00 Japan Eco Watchers Survey: Outlook March 46.7 45.5
05:00 Japan Eco Watchers Survey: Current April 45.4 44.9 43.5
09:00 Eurozone Industrial production, (MoM) March -1.2% Revised From -0.8% 0% -0.8%
09:00 Eurozone Industrial Production (YoY) March 1.0% Revised From 0.8% 1.1% 0.2%
11:00 United Kingdom BoE Interest Rate Decision 0.5% 0.5% 0.5%
11:00 United Kingdom Bank of England Minutes
11:00 United Kingdom Asset Purchase Facility 375 375 375
11:00 United Kingdom BOE Inflation Letter
11:45 United Kingdom BOE Gov Mark Carney Speaks
The U.S. dollar traded mixed against the most major currencies ahead initial jobless claims data from the U.S. The number of initial jobless claims in the U.S. is expected to decrease by 4,000 to 270,000 last week.
The euro traded lower against the U.S. dollar on the negative economic data from the Eurozone. Eurostat released its industrial production data for the Eurozone on Thursday. Industrial production in the Eurozone fell 0.8% in March, missing expectations for a flat reading, after a 1.2% drop in February. February's figure was revised down from a 0.8% decrease.
Non-durable consumer goods output dropped 1.9% in March, capital goods output decreased 1.1%, while energy output increased 2.0%.
Intermediate goods output fell 0.8% in March, while durable consumer goods declined 0.4%.
On a yearly basis, Eurozone's industrial production rise 0.2% in March, missing expectations for a 1.1% rise, after a 0.8% increase in February.
Durable consumer goods climbed by 1.1% in March from a year ago, capital goods rose by 1.6%, non-durable consumer goods slid by 3.0%, while intermediate goods output increased by 1.1%.
Energy output declined by 0.7% in March from a year ago.
The British pound traded mixed against the U.S. dollar after the Bank of England's (BoE) interest rate decision. The BoE kept its interest rates unchanged at 0.5% and its asset purchase program unchanged at £375 billion. This decision was widely expected. All members voted to keep the central bank's monetary policy unchanged.
The central bank downgraded its growth forecasts. The economy is expected to expand 2.0% in 2016, down from its previous forecast of a 2.2% rise, and 2.3% in 2017, down from its previous forecast of a 2.4% gain.
The Canadian dollar traded higher against the U.S. dollar ahead of the release of the Canadian economic data. Canada's new housing price index is expected to rise 0.1% in March, after a 0.2% gain in February.
EUR/USD: the currency pair declined to $1.1377
GBP/USD: the currency pair traded mixed
USD/JPY: the currency pair climbed to Y109.39
The most important news that are expected (GMT0):
12:30 Canada New Housing Price Index, MoM March 0.2% 0.1%
12:30 U.S. Initial Jobless Claims May 274 270
12:30 U.S. Import Price Index April 0.2% 0.5%
15:45 U.S. FOMC Member Rosengren Speaks
22:45 New Zealand Retail Sales YoY Quarter I 5.3%
22:45 New Zealand Retail Sales, q/q Quarter I 1.2% 1.0%
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