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16.12.2014 07:30

Foreign exchange market. Asian session: U.S. dollar trading broadly weeker

(Time/ Region/ Event/ Period/ Previous/ Forecast/ Actual

00:15 Australia RBA Assist Gov Debelle Speaks

00:30 Australia RBA Meeting's Minutes

01:35 Japan Manufacturing PMI (Preliminary) December 52.0 52.3 52.1

01:45 China HSBC Manufacturing PMI (Preliminary) December 50.0 49.8 49.5

07:00 United Kingdom Bank Stress Test Results

07:00 United Kingdom BOE Financial Stability Report

07:00 United Kingdom Publication of the Systemic Risk Survey

The greenback traded weaker against its major peers but could see some support as the two day policy meeting of the FED starts today and U.S. policy makers could open the door for an interest rate hike in the middle of next year. Markets await U.S. Housing starts, building permits and the Manufacturing PMI published from 13:30 to 14:45 GMT.

The Australian dollar hit a four year low after the Chinese HSBC Manufacturing PMI showed that activity in the factory sector declined but the aussie recovered later in the session. The currency was under further pressure after the minutes of the RBA's December meetings stated that the aussie has to weaken in order to achieve balanced growth and that the Australian dollar is overvalued given the significant declines in commodity prices in the last months. The RBA is going to keep the rates stable for a period.

New Zealand's dollar traded positive to stable against the greenback currently quoted at USD0.7755. Markets are looking forward to the release of the Current Account data late in the day and GDP data on Wednesday.

The Japanese yen continued to rise to a five-week high against in the U.S. dollar as investors are seeking for a safe haven after stocks and oil declined. Japan's preliminary Manufacturing PMI for December was below expectations at 49.5 compared to 50 in November and analysts' forecasts of 49.8.


EUR/USD: the euro added against the greenback

USD/JPY: the U.S. dollar traded weaker against the yen

GPB/USD: The British pound traded stronger against the U.S. dollar


The most important news that are expected (GMT0):

(time / country / index / period / previous value / forecast)

07:58 France Manufacturing PMI (Preliminary) December 48.4 48.7

07:58 France Services PMI (Preliminary) December 47.9 48.6

08:28 Germany Manufacturing PMI (Preliminary) December 49.5 50.4

08:28 Germany Services PMI (Preliminary) December 52.1 52.6

08:58 Eurozone Manufacturing PMI (Preliminary) December 50.1 50.5

08:58 Eurozone Services PMI (Preliminary) December 51.1 51.6

09:00 United Kingdom BOE Gov Mark Carney Speaks

09:30 United Kingdom Retail Price Index, m/m November 0.0% +0.1%

09:30 United Kingdom Retail prices, Y/Y November +2.3% +2.3%

09:30 United Kingdom RPI-X, Y/Y November +2.4%

09:30 United Kingdom Producer Price Index - Input (MoM) November -1.5% -1.1%

09:30 United Kingdom Producer Price Index - Input (YoY) November -8.4% -8.3%

09:30 United Kingdom Producer Price Index - Output (MoM) November -0.3% -0.3%

09:30 United Kingdom Producer Price Index - Output (YoY) November -0.5% -0.2%

09:30 United Kingdom HICP, m/m November +0.1% +0.1%

09:30 United Kingdom HICP, Y/Y November +1.3% +1.2%

09:30 United Kingdom HICP ex EFAT, Y/Y November +1.5% +1.5%

10:00 Eurozone ZEW Economic Sentiment December 11.0 20.1

10:00 Eurozone Trade Balance s.a. October 17.7 18.2

10:00 Germany ZEW Survey - Economic Sentiment December 11.5 19.8

10:45 United Kingdom BOE Gov Mark Carney Speaks

13:30 Canada Manufacturing Shipments (MoM) October +2.1% -0.4%

13:30 Canada Foreign Securities Purchases October 4.37 5.21

13:30 U.S. Housing Starts, mln November 1009 1025

13:30 U.S. Building Permits, mln November 1080 1050

14:45 U.S. Manufacturing PMI (Preliminary) December 54.8 56.1

21:30 U.S. API Crude Oil Inventories December +4.4

21:45 New Zealand Current Account Quarter III -1.07 -5.32

23:30 Australia Leading Index November 0.0%

23:50 Japan Adjusted Merchandise Trade Balance, bln November -977.5 -990.0

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