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01.05.2012 09:04

Asian session: The dollar reached the lowest in almost 10 weeks against the yen

00:00 China Bank holiday -

00:00 Germany Bank holiday -

00:00 France Bank holiday -

01:30 China Manufacturing PMI April 53.1 53.6 53.3

01:30 Australia House Price Index (QoQ) Quarter I -0.1% -0.3% -1.1%

01:30 Australia House Price Index (YoY) Quarter I -4.8% -3.9% -4.5%

04:30 Australia Announcement of the RBA decision on the discount rate - 4.25% 4.00% 3.75%

04:30 Australia RBA Monetary Policy Statement -

06:30 Australia RBA Commodity prices, y/y April +2.7% -4.2%


The dollar reached the lowest in almost 10 weeks against the yen before a U.S. report that economists said will show manufacturing slowed in April, damping demand for the nation’s assets. The Institute for Supply Management’s U.S. factory index fell to 53 last month from 53.4 in March, according to a Bloomberg News survey. Readings greater than 50 signal growth.

Australia’s dollar weakened against all of its major counterparts after the central bank cut interest rates by a bigger-than-expected half percentage point.  The so-called Aussie dropped for a second day against the greenback after the Reserve Bank of Australia lowered its overnight cash rate target to 3.75 percent from 4.25 percent, the deepest cut in three years.

The euro was 0.2 percent from a two-week low against the yen after Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker said he’s stepping down as head of the group of euro-area finance ministers because of Franco-German interference in managing Europe’s debt crisis.


EUR/USD: during the Asian session the pair traded with increase.

GBP/USD: during the Asian session the pair fell.

USD/JPY: during the Asian session the pair fell, updated a week’s low.


Labour Day in Europe with much of core-Europe closed as well as holidays in China and Singapore, so conditions will be thinner than

usual. UK data includes the 0828GMT release of the Markit/CIPS Manufacturing PMI and also the 1000GMT release of Land Registry House

Prices data. US care sales data is due during the US day where domestic-made light vehicle sales are expected to rise to an 11.1 million annual rate in April after slowing to 10.8 million in March.  US data continues at 1400GMT with both the ISM Manufacturing Index and also Construction Spending data. The ISM manufacturing index is expected to fall slightly to a reading of 53.0 in April from 53.4 in March. At 1630GMT, Chicago Fed President Charles Evans & Atlanta Fed President Dennis Lockhart participate on a panel discussion on "The Limits of U.S. Monetary Policy" at the conference, in Beverly Hills, while they will also be interviewed on CNBC. Then, at 1800GMT, Philadelphia Fed President Charles Plosser speaks to the CFA Society of San Diego on the economic outlook. Richmond Fed President Jeffrey Lacker

also speaks at the Bloomberg Washington Summit today.

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