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00:30 Australia Producer price index, q / q Quarter III +0.1% +0.3% +1.3%
00:30 Australia Producer price index, y/y Quarter III +1.2% +1.9%
01:00 China Manufacturing PMI October 51.1 51.2 51.4
01:45 China HSBC Manufacturing PMI (Finally) October 50.9 50.7 50.9
05:30 Australia RBA Commodity prices, y/y Quarter III -3.1% -1.0%
The euro declined to the lowest level in two weeks against the dollar and the yen as signs of economic weakness in the currency bloc fueled speculation the European Central Bank will cut interest rates.
The 17-nation currency extended its biggest drop in more than a year versus the greenback before data forecast to show manufacturing contracted in France. An index based on a survey of French purchasing managers in manufacturing fell to 49.4 in October, the lowest since June, according to a separate poll for the Nov. 4 data. That would confirm the initial reading released on Oct. 24. Reports yesterday showed the euro region’s inflation slowed and unemployment climbed to a record. The euro area’s annual consumer-price index declined to 0.7 percent last month, the least since November 2009, from 1.1 percent in September, the European Union’s statistics office said yesterday. Euro-area unemployment stood at a record 12.2 percent in September, separate data showed.
The Australian dollar pared declines after data showed Chinese manufacturing expanded at the fastest pace in 18 months, boosting trade prospects. China’s Purchasing Managers’ Index rose to 51.4 in October, the highest since April 2012 and up from 51.1 in September, National Bureau of Statistics and China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing said in Beijing today. China is Australia’s biggest export market.
EUR / USD: during the Asian session the pair fell to $ 1.3540
GBP / USD: during the Asian session, the pair fell to $ 1.6015
USD / JPY: during the Asian session the pair fell to Y97.80
UK manufacturing PMI data due at 0928GMT and will provide the main domestic focus (f'cast 56.4 vs last 56.7). For the afternoon, US PMI and ISM data will provide interest. Fed Bullard speaks at 1310GMT.
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