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16.01.2015 16:34

Foreign exchange market. American session: the U.S. dollar traded mixed against the most major currencies after the U.S. better-than-expected Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan preliminary consumer sentiment index

The U.S. dollar traded mixed against the most major currencies after the U.S. better-than-expected Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan preliminary consumer sentiment index. The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan preliminary consumer sentiment index rose to 98.2 in January from a final reading of 93.6 in December, exceeding expectations for an increase to 94.2. That was the highest level since January 2004.

The increase was driven by falling gasoline prices and a strengthening labour market.

The U.S. consumer price inflation fell 0.4% in December, missing expectations for a 0.3% decrease, after a 0.3% decline in November. That was largest decline since December 2008.

The declines was driven by lower gasoline prices.

On a yearly basis, the U.S. consumer price index fell to 0.8% in December from 1.3% in November, missing forecasts of a decline to 1.0%.

The U.S. consumer price inflation excluding food and energy was flat in December, missing expectations for a 0.1% gain, after a 0.1% rise in November.

On a yearly basis, the U.S. consumer price index excluding food and energy decreased to 1.6% in December from a 1.7% gain in November. Analysts had expected consumer inflation to remain unchanged at 1.7%.

The U.S. industrial production decreased 0.1% in December, missing expectations for a 0.1% rise, after a 1.3% gain in November.

The decline was driven by lower output of utilities.

Capacity utilisation rate declined to 79.7% in December from 80.0% in November. November's figure was revised up from 80.1%. Analysts had expected a capacity utilisation rate of 80.2%.

The euro traded lower against the U.S. dollar. Eurozone's consumer price index dropped 0.1% in December, beating expectations for a 0.2% decline, after a 0.2% decrease in November.

On a yearly basis, Eurozone's consumer price inflation remained unchanged at 0.2% in December, in line with expectations.

Eurozone's consumer price inflation excluding food, energy, alcohol and tobacco declined to an annual rate of 0.7% in December from 0.8% in November. Analysts had expected inflation to remain unchanged.

Germany's final consumer price index was flat in December, in line with expectations.

On a yearly basis, German final consumer price index remained at 0.2% in December, in line with expectations.

The British pound fell against the U.S. dollar in the absence of any major economic reports from the U.K.

The Swiss franc traded higher against the U.S. dollar. Retail sales in Switzerland decreased at an annual rate of 1.2% in November, missing expectations for a 1.1% rise, after a 0.3% gain in October.

The Swiss Franc plunged against the greenback yesterday as the Swiss National Bank announced today that it will discontinue the 1.20 per euro exchange rate floor. But the SNB added that will remain active in the foreign exchange market.

The New Zealand dollar traded lower against the U.S. dollar in the absence of any major economic reports from New Zealand. In the overnight trading session, the kiwi traded higher against the greenback.

The Australian dollar traded lower against the U.S. dollar in the absence of any major economic reports from Australia. In the overnight trading session, the Aussie rose against the greenback.

The Japanese yen traded lower against the U.S. dollar in the absence of any major economic reports from Japan.

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