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00:00 China Bank holiday
00:30 Australia Westpac Consumer Confidence June -7.0% +4.7%
05:00 Japan BoJ monthly economic report June
The euro was less than 0.1 percent from its highest in 3 1/2 months before European Central Bank executive board member Benoit Coeure speaks as expectations for lower benchmark interest rates in the region decline. The ECB's Coeure is due to speak in Berlin on the role of central banks in managing crisis and growth. In a speech on June 10, he said policy makers have the ability to provide additional stimulus to aid the currency bloc's economy. ECB President Mario Draghi said June 6 the euro-area economy will return to growth by the end of the year as policy makers held back further stimulus measures. The ECB's Governing Council left its main refinancing rate at 0.5 percent after reducing it by a quarter point last month.
The yen fell against all its major counterparts, trimming its biggest gain against the dollar since 2010.
The dollar gained versus the yen before tomorrow's retail sales report which economists forecast will show 0.4 percent growth in May, following a 0.1 percent gain in April, according to a Bloomberg News survey.
Australia's dollar rebounded from the lowest in almost three years as consumer confidence rose. "There's probably quite a few people who've got short the Australian dollar near the lows yesterday, and they're now suffering a painful squeeze," said Ray Attrill, the global co-head of foreign-exchange strategy in Sydney at National Australia Bank Ltd. "At the moment, there's the potential for a squeeze up to 95 or 96" U.S. cents, he said. A short position is a bet that an asset's price will fall.
EUR / USD: during the Asian session the pair traded in the range of $ 1.3305/20
GBP / USD: during the Asian session the pair traded in the range of $ 1.5630/50
USD / JPY: during the Asian session the pair rose to Y96.65
There is a full calendar Wednesday, although data is largely skewed towards Europe. The calendar gets underway from 0530GMT, with the release of the French first quarter job creations data. At 0600GMT, Germany's May final HICP numbers are due for release. French data at 0645GMT sees the release of the May HICP numbers and the April current account data. At 0700GMT, in Brussels, EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso is slated to discuss economic policy and preparations for the EU leaders Summit. Also at 0700GMT, Spain's May final HICP is set for release. At 0800GMT, the IEA monthly oil market report numbers are set to cross the wires. Rate, Apr ILO Unemployment Rate and pay data. At 0900GMT, Italy's May final HICP and EMU Apr industrial output numbers will be released. Portugal President Anibal Cavaco Silva is to address the European Parliament, in Strasbourg, France, from 1000GMT.
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