09:00 EU(17) PPI (July) 0.5%
09:00 EU(17) PPI (July) Y/Y 6.1%
The Swiss franc rose against all its major counterparts, and headed for the biggest weekly gain versus the euro since the single currency’s introduction, before a report forecast to show U.S. job growth slowed last month.
The yen also rallied versus major peers after the New York Times said the U.S. may sue companies including Bank of America Corp. for misrepresenting the quality of securities backed by home loans.
U.S. payrolls rose by 90,000 in August, down from a 117,000 increase in July, according to economist estimates before today’s Labor Department report. The unemployment rate probably held at 9.1 percent, marking 26 out of the last 28 months where it has been at or above 9 percent.
The U.S. Federal Housing Finance Agency is likely to file a lawsuit against more than a dozen large banks in coming days, seeking billions of dollars in compensation, the New York Times said, citing three people briefed on the matter that it didn’t identify. Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS) are among firms that will be targeted, the newspaper said.
EUR/USD: the pair showed low in area of $1,4200 then receded.
GBP/USD: the rate grown slightly above $1,6200.
USD/JPY: the pair decreased in area of Y76,70 but later restored in area of Y76,80.
At 1230GMT, US non-farm payrolls are forecast to rise only 70,000 for August after the 117,000 increase in July, while the unemployment rate is expected to stay at 9.1%. The strike at Verizon should have a large impact on payrolls this month. Hourly earnings are seen rising 0.2% after see-sawing sharply in the last three months. The average workweek is expected to hold steady at 34.3 hours for another month.