08:30 UK HICP (August) 0.6%
08:30 UK HICP (August) Y/Y 4.5%
08:30 UK HICP ex EFAT (August) Y/Y 3.1%
08:30 UK Retail prices (August) 0.6%
08:30 UK Retail prices (August) Y/Y 5.2%
08:30 UK RPI-X (August) Y/Y - 5.0%
08:30 UK Trade in goods (July), bln -8.9
08:30 UK Non-EU trade (July), bln -5.5
The euro fell toward its weakest level in a decade against the yen on speculation Greece is nearing default and as Italy’s borrowing costs rose at a sale of 3.9 billion euros ($5.3 billion) of bonds.
The 17-nation currency reversed yesterday’s gain versus the dollar amid uncertainty China will buy Italian assets.
Italy’s Treasury sold 3.9 billion euros of a new benchmark five-year bond at an average yield of 5.6 percent, compared with 4.93 percent on July 14, the last time securities of a similar maturity were sold. Demand was 1.28 times the amount on offer, compared with a bid-to-cover ratio of 1.93 at the previous sale. The Treasury had aimed to sell a maximum of 4 billion euros.
The euro was boosted yesterday after an Italian government official said talks had been held with Chinese counterparts about potential investments in Europe’s third-largest economy. The purchase of Italian bonds was not the focus of the meetings, which took place in the past few weeks, the official said on condition of anonymity, without specifying which assets may be involved.
EUR/USD: holds at $1.3550-$ 1.3700.
GBP/USD: the pair showed low in $1.5760 area, later returned above $1.5800.
USD/JPY: the pair holds Y77.00 area.
US data starts at 1230GMT with the Import/Export Price Index. Increases in import prices may be moderate due to only a small change in petroleum costs, and smaller increases in items like foods and motor vehicles. Export prices should benefit from favorable exchange rates and demand for
agricultural products. Finally, at 1800GMT, the US Treasury is expected to post a $130.0 bn budget gap in August.