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The Australian dollar traded almost unchanged in spite weaker data from Australia and China. According to data released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the number of approved housing loans in July fell by -4.2% compared to June. At the same time, the June value was revised upward and reached +1.7% instead of 1.2%. It is also worth noting that the July value was much worse than economists forecast (-1.5%). At the same time, the consumer price index published by the National Bureau of Statistics of China, in August was 0.1%, below analysts' expectations of 0.3% and the previous value of 0.2%. In annual terms, the indicator rose by 1.3%, after rising 1.8% in July, a year earlier. The report of the National Bureau of Statistics says that a slowdown in the growth of food prices was the main factor that put pressure on the overall rate of inflation. The growth index of consumer prices was the lowest since October 2015 and well below the maximum target for this year of 3%, which gives Chinese authorities the opportunity to continue easing monetary policy against the backdrop of slowing economic growth.
Today, the markets expects the speech by the President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Eric Rosengren. His comments can be a stimulus to the growth of the dollar.
The euro traded moderately higher after ECB. The central bank that the expansion of the quantitative easing program was not discussed. Draghi confirmed that the Committee decided to maintain the interest rate at a record low 0.0%, in line with market expectations. The central bank also left unchanged the deposit rate at 0.4% and kept the margin rate at around 0.25%. Draghi said that the current monetary policy is still effective, and changes in the bank's forecasts are not so essential to decide on additional measures.
EUR / USD: during the Asian session, the pair was trading in the $ 1.1265-85 range
GBP / USD: during the Asian session, the pair rose to $ 1.3335
USD / JPY: it fell to Y101.95 in the Asian session
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