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The dollar traded near a two-week high against the yen as signs of improvement in the U.S. job market added to evidence the recovery in the world’s largest economy is building momentum.
The greenback strengthened against most major counterparts before a report tomorrow that may show U.S. payrolls rose for a third month, increasing the appeal of American assets.
The Australian dollar reached a two-week low amid concern flooding will hamper the South Pacific nation’s economy.
Company employment increased by 297,000 in December, almost triple the median economist estimate, after a revised gain of 92,000 in the previous month, ADP Employer Services reported yesterday. Ten-year Treasury yields climbed 14 basis points to 3.47 percent yesterday in New York.
EUR/USD: the pair decreased in aroun $1,3100.
GBP/USD: the pair was fixed above a mark $1,5500.
USD/JPY: the pair slightly receded from the high reached yesterday.
There is a raft of EMU data at 1000GMT with the economic sentiment index expected to edge up to 105.4 for December, the business climate indicator due at the same time and also retail trade for November expected to come in at 0.1% m/m, 1.8% y/y. At 1100GMT, German manufacturing orders are expected to show a rise of 0.8% m/m, 16.1% y/y.
The UK calendar starts at 0930GMT with UK Official Reserves and also the CIPS Services PMI release, which is expected to remain steady at 52.9 from 53.0 in November.
US data sees monthly store sales data but scheduled data starts at 1330GMT, when the weekly initial jobless claims are expected to rebound 24,000 to 412,000 in the January 1 holiday week after falling sharply in the previous week after seasonal adjustment. Claims usually jump sharply in early-January prior to seasonal adjustment. US data then continues with the 1530GMT release of the weekly EIA Natural Gas Stocks data, while late data sees weekly money supply data at 2130GMT.
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