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Economic calendar (GMT0):
(Time/ Region/ Event/ Period/ Previous/ Forecast/ Actual)
00:00 Australia HIA New Home Sales, m/m November +3.0% +2.2%
00:30 Australia Consumer Inflation Expectation January +3.4% +3.2%
05:00 Japan BoJ monthly economic report
09:00 Switzerland World Economic Forum Annual Meetings
09:30 United Kingdom PSNB, bln December 10.3 Revised From 13.4 9.2 13.1
11:00 United Kingdom CBI industrial order books balance January 5 6 4
12:45 Eurozone ECB Interest Rate Decision 0.05% 0.05% 0.05%
The U.S. dollar traded lower against the most major currencies ahead of the number of initial jobless claims from the U.S. The number of initial jobless claims in the U.S. is expected to decline by 15,000 to 301,000.
The euro traded higher against the U.S. dollar ahead of the European Central Bank's (ECB) press conference. Analysts expect that the ECB President Mario Draghi will announce a 550 billion-euro bond-buying programme.
The ECB released its interest decision today. The central bank kept its interest rate unchanged at 0.05%.
The British pound rose against the U.S. dollar despite the weaker-than-expected economic data from the U.K. The public sector net borrowing in the U.K. rose to £13.1 billion in December from £10.3 billion a year earlier, missing expectations for a decline to £9.2 billion.
The CBI industrial order books balance fell to +4% in January from +5% in December. Analysts expected the CBI industrial order books balance to remain unchanged at +5%.
British factories expect a decline in exports orders in the next three months, the CBI said.
The Canadian dollar traded higher against the U.S. dollar. The loonie dropped against the greenback yesterday as the Bank of Canada cut its interest rate. The BoC lowered its interest rate to 0.75% from 1.0%.
EUR/USD: the currency pair rose to $1.1651
GBP/USD: the currency pair increased to $1.5211
USD/JPY: the currency pair fell to $117.44
The most important news that are expected (GMT0):
13:30 Eurozone ECB Press Conference
13:30 U.S. Initial Jobless Claims January 316 301
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