Asian session: The euro strengthened
The euro strengthened to a three- week high against the dollar on speculation European Central Bank officials will signal they are contemplating raising interest rates to combat inflationary pressure.
The single currency headed for a second weekly gain versus the greenback before a report today that economists said will show German consumer prices rose the most in two years.
New Zealand’s dollar advanced after Standard & Poor’s said the earthquake in Christchurch would have no immediate effect on the nation’s credit rating.
New Zealand’s dollar strengthened against all of its major counterparts after S&P said the nation’s credit ratings were not “immediately affected” by the deadliest earthquake in 80 years.
EUR/USD: on results of yesterday's session the pair become stronger in around $1,3800.
GBP/USD: on results of yesterday's session the pair decreased in around $1,3800.
USD/JPY: on results of yesterday's session the pair decreased below mark Y82,00.
In the UK, the first revision of Q4 GDP data is due at 0930GMT and while there is some talk of it being revised higher, the median forecast at -0.5% q/q, 1.7% y/y.
Friday sees the flash HICP releases from the German states for February, where the main pan-German number is expected to come in at 0.6% m/m, 2.2% y/y.
US data starts at 1300GMT with the latest Building Permits Revision, while at 1330GMT, Q4 GDP is expected to be revised up to a 3.4% rise on slightly stronger non-residential fixed investment, offset by modestly weaker PCE. The remaining components should be roughly unrevised. The chain price index is expected to be unrevised at +0.3%. US data continues at 1455GMT, when the Michigan Sentiment index is expected to be unrevised at a reading of 75.1 in February, still above the 74.2 January reading. Later on, at 1830GMT, Fed Vice Chair Janet Yellen delivers a speech on unconventional monetary policy to the University of Chicago forum in New York.