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Economic calendar (GMT0):
(Time/ Region/ Event/ Period/ Previous/ Forecast/ Actual
00:01 United Kingdom BRC Retail Sales Monitor y/y November 0.0% +0.9%
00:30 Australia National Australia Bank's Business Confidence November 4 1
06:00 Japan Prelim Machine Tool Orders, y/y November +30.8% Revised From +31.2% +36.6%
06:45 Switzerland Unemployment Rate November 3.2% 3.2% 3.1%
07:00 Germany Current Account October 22.3 23.1
07:00 Germany Trade Balance October 18.5 18.1 20.6
The greenback slipped lower against the euro, the British pound and the yen but keeps being supported by upbeat U.S. employment data from Friday. The U.S. economy added new 321,000 jobs in November, beating forecasts of 225,000 new jobs by far which fuelled expectations that the FED my increase benchmark interest rates rather sooner than later. The U.S. unemployment rate remained unchanged at 5.8% in November, in line with expectations.
The Australian dollar delinked sharply after National Australia Bank's Business Confidence dropped from a previous reading of 4 to 1 in November and commodity prices continued to slide. That also weighed the New Zealand dollar further down as both countries heavily depend on sales of raw materials.
The Japanese yen almost recouped Friday's losses trading around USD120.00 again. Japan's Finance Minister Taro Aso welcomed a weak yen in a statement today as it helps to improve the economy and creates jobs. Data on preliminary Machine Tool Orders published earlier today increased to 36.6% in November from +30.8 in October.
EUR/USD: the euro traded stronger against the greenback
USD/JPY: the U.S. dollar weaker stronger against the yen
GPB/USD: The British pound traded higher against the U.S. dollar
The most important news that are expected (GMT0):
(time / country / index / period / previous value / forecast)
07:45 France Trade Balance, bln October -4.7 -4.5
09:30 United Kingdom Industrial Production (MoM) October +0.6% +0.3%
09:30 United Kingdom Industrial Production (YoY) October +1.5% +1.8%
09:30 United Kingdom Manufacturing Production (MoM) October +0.4% +0.2%
09:30 United Kingdom Manufacturing Production (YoY) October +2.9% +3.2%
10:00 Eurozone ECOFIN Meetings
15:00 United Kingdom NIESR GDP Estimate November +0.7%
15:00 U.S. Wholesale Inventories October +0.3% +0.1%
15:00 U.S. JOLTs Job Openings October 4735 4820
21:30 U.S. API Crude Oil Inventories December -6.5
23:30 Australia Westpac Consumer Confidence December +1.9%
23:50 Japan BSI Manufacturing Index Quarter IV 12.7 13.1
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