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21.01.2015 07:30

Foreign exchange market. Asian session: U.S. dollar traded lower against its major peers during the Asian

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

03:00 Japan BoJ Interest Rate Decision 0.10% 0.10% 0.10%

03:00 Japan Bank of Japan Monetary Base Target 275 275

03:00 Japan BoJ Monetary Policy Statement

04:30 Japan All Industry Activity Index, m/m November -0.1% +0.1% +0.1%

06:30 Japan BOJ Press Conference

The U.S. dollar traded lower against its major peers during the Asian session. Market participants are looking forward to data on Building permits and Housing Starts.

The Australian dollar traded stronger against the greenback as Asian stocks climbed and China reported better-than-expected economic data - fuelling demand for higher yielding assets. Australia's Westpac Consumer Confidence rose from -5.7% in the previous period to +2.4%.

New Zealand's dollar rebounded against the greenback after declining earlier as Consumer Prices for the fourth quarter went in to negative territory for the first time in 2 years with a reading of -0.2% compared to forecasts of 0.0% and a previous reading of +0.3%. Market participants expect the Reserve Bank to leave benchmark interest rates on hold for a longer period.

The Japanese yen traded higher against the greenback after the Bank of Japan held off on further expanding its massive stimulus program and kept the monetary base target unchanged. The BoJ cut its inflation forecast to 1.0% from 1.7% projected 3 months ago. Growth forecast for 2016 was raised from 2.1% to 2.2%. The All Industry Activity Index was in line with forecasts at +0.1%. At the press conference BOJ Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said consumer inflation will slow due to lower oil prices. The time when the BoJ will reach 2% inflation may vary as oil prices are very volatile. Consumption is firm and the economy is recovering moderately.

EUR/USD: the euro traded lower 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)

09:00 Switzerland World Economic Forum Annual Meetings

09:30 United Kingdom Average Earnings, 3m/y November +1.4% +1.7%

09:30 United Kingdom Average earnings ex bonuses, 3 m/y November +1.6% +1.9%

09:30 United Kingdom Claimant count December -26.9 -24.2

09:30 United Kingdom Claimant Count Rate December 2.7%

09:30 United Kingdom ILO Unemployment Rate November 6.0% 5.9%

09:30 United Kingdom Bank of England Minutes

10:00 Switzerland Credit Suisse ZEW Survey (Expectations) January -4.9

13:30 Canada Wholesale Sales, m/m November +0.1% +0.2%

13:30 U.S. Building Permits, mln December 1.050 Revised From 1.035 1.054

13:30 U.S. Housing Starts, mln December 1.028 1.040

15:00 Canada BOC Rate Statement

15:00 Canada Bank of Canada Rate 1.00% 1.00%

15:00 Canada Bank of Canada Monetary Policy Report

16:15 Canada BOC Press Conference

21:30 New Zealand Business NZ PMI December 55.2

21:30 U.S. API Crude Oil Inventories January +3.9

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