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02.06.2014 08:55

Foreign exchange market. Asian session: the Australian dollar slid against the U.S. dollar after the release of the weak building permits data

Economic calendar (GMT0):

00:30    Australia               MI Inflation Gauge, m/m                              May       +0.4%               +0.3%

00:30    Australia               MI Inflation Gauge, y/y                                May       +2.8%               +2.9%

01:30    Australia               Building Permits, m/m                                 April         -4.8%  +2.1%   -5.6%

01:30    Australia               Building Permits, y/y                                   April      +20.0%             +1.1%

01:30    Australia               Company Operating Profits                        Quarter I  +1.7%  +2.6%   +3.1%

06:30    Australia               Commodity Prices, Y/Y                                 May       -12.6%              -12.8%

07:30    Switzerland           Manufacturing PMI                                       May       55.8      55.7       52.5

07:48    France                  Manufacturing PMI (Finally)                           May       51.2      49.3       49.6

07:53    Germany              Manufacturing PMI (Finally)                           May       54.1      52.9       52.3

07:58    Eurozone              Manufacturing PMI (Finally)                           May       52.5      52.5       52.2

08:30    United Kingdom    Purchasing Manager Index Manufacturing     May       57.3      57.1       57.0

08:30    United Kingdom    Net Lending to Individuals, bln                      April       2.9         2.7          2.4

08:30    United Kingdom    Mortgage Approvals                                     April        67          64         62.9

The U.S. dollar traded higher against the most major currencies despite Friday's mixed U.S. economic growth data. The personal spending in the U.S. declined 0.1% in April, after a 0.9% in March. Analysts had expected a rise of 0.2%.

The personal income in the U.S. increased 0.3% in April, meeting expectations, after a 0.5% gain in March.

Reuters/Michigan consumer sentiment index declined to 81.9 in May, from 82.8 in April. Analysts had forecasted the index to climb to 82.9.

The New Zealand dollar traded lower against the U.S dollar. The decline of the kiwi was driven by the weakness of the Australian dollar. Markets in New Zealand were closed on Monday for a public holiday.

The Australian dollar slid against the U.S. dollar after the release of the weak building permits data in Australia. The number of building permits in Australia dropped 5.6% in April, after a decline of 4.8% in March. March’s figure was revised down to 4.8% from a decrease of 3.5%. Analysts had expected a 2.1% gain. On a yearly basis, the building permits in Australia rose 1.1% in April, after a 20.0% increase in March.

Company operating profits in Australia increased 3.1% in the first quarter, after a 1.7% rise the previous quarter. Analysts had forecasted a 2.6% gain.

AIG manufacturing index in Australia climbed to 49.2 in May from 44.8 in April.

The Japanese yen declined against the U.S. dollar after release of the better-than-expected manufacturing purchasing managers' index (PMI) in China. China’s PMI increased to 50.8 in May, beating expectations of a rise to 50.7 from 50.4 in April.

Capital spending in Japan climbed 7.4% in the first quarter, after a 4.0% increase the previous quarter.

EUR/USD: the currency pair traded mixed

GBP/USD: the currency pair declined to $1.6735

USD/JPY: the currency pair climbed to Y102.10

AUD/USD: the currency pair dropped to $0.9258

The most important news that are expected (GMT0):

12:00    Germany    CPI, m/m (Preliminary)  May       -0.2%   +0.1%  

12:00    Germany    CPI, y/y (Preliminary)    May       +1.3%  +1.1%  

14:00    U.S.            ISM Manufacturing        May       54.9      55.7      

23:50    Japan         Monetary Base, y/y       May      +48.5% +51.2%

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