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Economic calendar (GMT0):
01:30 Australia Retail sales (MoM) March +0.3% +0.4% +0.1%
01:30 Australia Retail Sales Y/Y March +4.9% +5.7%
01:45 China HSBC Services PMI April 51.9 51.4
05:45 Switzerland Unemployment Rate April 3.2% 3.2% 3.2%
06:00 Germany Factory Orders s.a. (MoM) March +0.9% +0.5% -2.8%
06:00 Germany Factory Orders n.s.a. (YoY) March +6.5% +4.3% +1.5%
06:45 France Trade Balance, bln March -3.4 -4.0 -4.9
06:45 France Industrial Production, m/m March +0.1% +0.4% -0.7%
06:45 France Industrial Production, y/y March -0.5% -0.8%
07:00 Switzerland Foreign Currency Reserves April 437.9 438.4 438.9
The U.S. dollar traded mixed against the most major currencies ahead of the testimony from Fed Chair Janet Yellen later in the day.
The New Zealand dollar dropped against the U.S. dollar after the speech of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) Governor Graeme Wheeler. He said the New Zealand remains strong and the central bank could intervene to lower the domestic currency.
New Zealand's unemployment rate remained unchanged at 6.0% in the first quarter. Analysts had forecasted the decrease to 5.8%.
The number of employed people in New Zealand climbed 0.9% in the first quarter (4. quarter 2013: +1.0% (revised down from 1.1%). The projected figure was an increase of 0.7%.
The Australian dollar traded little changed against the U.S. dollar. Retail sales in Australia increased 0.1% in March. February’s figure was revised up to 0.3% from 0.2%. Analysts had expected an increase of 0.4%.
The Japanese yen climbed against the U.S. dollar due to increasing demand for the safe haven yen. The Bank of Japan released the monetary policy meeting minutes. Most members of the central agreed to keep easing monetary policy until inflation target of 2% is reached.
EUR/USD: the currency pair traded mixed
GBP/USD: the currency pair traded mixed
USD/JPY: the currency pair declined to Y101.55
NZD/USD: the currency pair declined to $0.8687
The most important news that are expected (GMT0):
12:30 Canada Building Permits (MoM) March -11.6% +4.2%
12:30 U.S. Nonfarm Productivity, q/q (Preliminary) Quarter I +1.8% -0.5%
12:30 U.S. Unit Labor Costs, q/q (Preliminary) Quarter I -0.1% +2.3%
14:00 U.S. Fed Chairman Janet Yellen Speaks
19:00 U.S. Consumer Credit March 16.5 15.4
23:01 United Kingdom RICS House Price Balance April 57% 55%
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