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00:30 Australia Westpac Consumer Confidence April 96.1 94.5
01:30 Australia Home Loans February -1.2% -3.7% -2.5%
05:00 Japan BoJ monthly economic report April
The euro traded 0.4 percent from a three-week low against the greenback after a jump in Italian borrowing costs stoked concern that Europe’s debt crisis is worsening. The 17-nation currency earlier touched the least in seven weeks versus the yen before Italy sells 11 billion euros ($14.4 billion) of bills today and longer-term debt tomorrow. Ten-year yields in Italy, Europe’s third-biggest economy, rose 23 basis points to 5.69 percent yesterday, the highest level since Feb. 17 and the biggest increase since Dec. 19. The nation will sell as much as 3 billion euros of 91-day bills and 8 billion euros of 361-day bills today, followed by auctions tomorrow of debt due in 2015, 2020 and 2023. Spain’s 10-year yields touched 5.99 percent yesterday, the most since Dec. 12. Economy Minister Luis de Guindos declined to rule out a rescue for Spain and central bank Governor Miguel Angel Fernandez Ordonez said the nation’s lenders may need additional capital if the economy weakens more than expected.
The Australian and New Zealand dollars rallied as Standard and Poor’s 500 Index futures advanced, signaling the underlying gauge may halt a five-day drop, supporting demand for riskier assets.
New Zealand’s dollar rebounded from a one-month low against the yen after data showed business confidence improved in the first quarter, adding to signs the country’s economy remains resilient. In New Zealand, a net 13 percent of 797 companies surveyed expect the economy will improve over the next six months, from zero percent in the fourth-quarter survey, the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research Inc. said today in Wellington. The net figure subtracts the proportion of pessimists from optimists.
The Australian dollar’s 14-day relative strength index versus the yen yesterday touched the 30 level that some traders see as signaling an asset may reverse direction.
EUR/USD: during the Asian session the pair gain to $1.3100.
GBP/USD: during the Asian session the pair gain to $1.5900.
USD/JPY: during the Asian session the pair restored after yesterday's falling.
US data starts at 1230GMT, the US Import Price Index data is due. Both the weekly EIA crude oil and gas stocks data are due at 1430GMT. Also at 1430GMT, Boston Fed President Eric Rosengren will speak at the Atlanta Fed's Financial Markets Conference, chairing a discussion of Money Market Mutual Funds, in Stone Mountain. The US 10-year auction is due at 1700GMT, while at 1800GMT both the latest FOMC Beige Book survey and also the Treasury Dept Monthly Budget Statement are due. Later on, at 2330GMT, Federal Reserve Vice Chair Janet Yellen speaks to the New York University Money Marketeers on "The Economic Outlook and Monetary Policy".
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