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08.05.2014 09:07

Foreign exchange market. Asian session: the Australian dollar climbed to 3-week highs against the U.S. dollar

Economic calendar (GMT0):

01:30    Australia                Changing the number of employed  April      21.9     7.5          14.2

01:30    Australia                Unemployment rate                         April      5.8%    5.9%       5.8%

02:20    China                    Trade Balance, bln                            April      7.7       13.1         18.5

05:45    Switzerland            SECO Consumer Climate                 Quarter I    2          3             1

06:00    Germany               Industrial Production s.a. (MoM)       March   +0.6%  +0.2%     -0.5%

06:00    Germany               Industrial Production (YoY)               March   +4.0%                 +3.0%

07:00    United Kingdom     Halifax house price index                  April     -1.1%   +0.8%     -0.2%

07:00    United Kingdom     Halifax house price index 3m Y/Y      April    +8.7%   +9.1%    +8.5%

07:15    Switzerland            Consumer Price Index (MoM)            April     +0.4%   +0.1%    +0.1%

07:15    Switzerland            Consumer Price Index (YoY)             April      0.0%     +0.1%     0.0%

The U.S. dollar remained under pressure against the most major currencies after the testimony from Fed Chair Janet Yellen. Ms. Yellen said the Fed will keep interest rates at their historically low levels after the central bank closes out its bond purchasing program. She added that too many Americans remain unemployed and inflation is below the Fed’s 2% target.

The New Zealand dollar traded higher against the U.S. dollar. The kiwi was supported by the good Chinese trade data. China is New Zealand's second biggest export partner.

Chinese trade surplus rose to $18.46 billion in April, from $7.71 billion in March, beating expectations of an increase to $13.1 billion.

The Australian dollar climbed to 3-week highs against the U.S. dollar. The Australian currency was supported by the stronger-than-expected labour market figures and the good Chinese trade data. China is Australia's biggest export partner.

The number of employed people in Australia increased by 14,200 in April. Analysts had forecasted a 7,500 rise. March's figure was revised up to a 21,900 rise from 18,100.

Australia's unemployment rate remained unchanged at 5.8% in April. Analysts had expected an increase to 5.9%.

The Japanese yen traded mixed against the U.S. dollar. No economic data was published in Japan.

EUR/USD: the currency pair climbed to $1.3920

GBP/USD: the currency pair traded mixed

USD/JPY: the currency pair traded mixed

AUD/USD: the currency pair increased to $0.9374

The most important news that are expected (GMT0):

11:00    United Kingdom    BoE Interest Rate Decision                 0.50%   0.50%   

11:00    United Kingdom    Asset Purchase Facility                       375        375        

11:00    United Kingdom    MPC Rate Statement                                                 

11:45    Eurozone             ECB Interest Rate Decision                 0.25%   0.25%   

12:15    Canada                Housing Starts                      April      157        177        

12:30    Eurozone             ECB Press Conference                                               

12:30    Canada                New Housing Price Index       March   +0.2%   +0.2%  

12:30    U.S.                     Initial Jobless Claims                May       344        328

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