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24.03.2015 13:08

Foreign exchange market. European session: the euro traded higher against the U.S. dollar after the mostly better-than-expected PMIs from the Eurozone

Economic calendar (GMT0):

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

01:15 U.S. FOMC Member Williams Speaks

01:35 Japan Manufacturing PMI (Preliminary) March 51.6 52.1 50.4

01:45 China HSBC Manufacturing PMI (Preliminary) March 50.7 50.5 49.2

04:50 Australia RBA Assist Gov Edey Speaks

08:00 France Manufacturing PMI (Preliminary) March 47.6 48.9 48.2

08:00 France Services PMI (Preliminary) March 53.4 53.1 52.8

08:30 Germany Manufacturing PMI (Preliminary) March 51.1 51.5 52.4

08:30 Germany Services PMI (Preliminary) March 54.7 55.0 55.3

09:00 Eurozone Manufacturing PMI (Preliminary) March 51.0 51.6 51.9

09:00 Eurozone Services PMI (Preliminary) March 53.7 53.9 54.3

09:30 United Kingdom Producer Price Index - Input (MoM) February -3.6% Revised From -3.7% +1.6% +0.2%

09:30 United Kingdom Producer Price Index - Input (YoY) February -14.1% Revised From -14.2% -13.5%

09:30 United Kingdom Producer Price Index - Output (MoM) February -0.4% Revised From -0.5% -0.1% +0.2%

09:30 United Kingdom Producer Price Index - Output (YoY) February +0.5% -1.8%

09:30 United Kingdom Retail Price Index, m/m February -0.8% +0.5%

09:30 United Kingdom Retail prices, Y/Y February +1.1% +0.9% +1.0%

09:30 United Kingdom RPI-X, Y/Y February +1.2% +1.0%

09:30 United Kingdom HICP, m/m February -0.9% +0.3%

09:30 United Kingdom HICP, Y/Y February +0.3% +0.1% 0.0%

09:30 United Kingdom HICP ex EFAT, Y/Y February +1.4% +1.3% +1.2%

12:30 U.S. CPI, m/m February -0.7% +0.2% +0.2%

12:30 U.S. CPI, Y/Y February -0.1% -0.1% 0.0%

12:30 U.S. CPI excluding food and energy, m/m February +0.2% +0.1% +0.2%

12:30 U.S. CPI excluding food and energy, Y/Y February +1.6% +1.6% +1.7%

13:00 U.S. Housing Price Index, m/m January +0.7% Revised From +0.8% +0.3%

13:00 U.S. Housing Price Index, y/y January +5.4% +5.1%

The U.S. dollar traded mixed to lower against the most major currencies after the mixed U.S. consumer inflation data and ahead of the preliminary U.S. manufacturing PMI and new home sales data. The U.S. consumer price inflation rose 0.2% in February, in line with expectations, after a 0.7% decline in January.

The increase was driven by higher gasoline prices. Gasoline prices rose for the first time since June 2014.

On a yearly basis, the U.S. consumer price index climbed to zero in February from -0.1% in January. Analysts had expected the index to remain unchanged at -0.1%.

The U.S. consumer price inflation excluding food and energy gained 0.2% in February, exceeding expectations for a 0.1% increase, after a 0.2% rise in January.

On a yearly basis, the U.S. consumer price index excluding food and energy climbed to 1.7% in February from 1.6% in January. Analysts had expected the index to remain unchanged at 1.6%.

The U.S. preliminary manufacturing PMI is expected to decrease to 54.9 in March from 55.1 in February.

New home sales in the U.S. are expected to decline to 472,000 units in February from 481,000 units in January.

The euro traded higher against the U.S. dollar after the mostly better-than-expected PMIs from the Eurozone. Eurozone's preliminary manufacturing PMI increased to 51.9 in March from 51.0 in February, exceeding expectations for a rise to 51.6.

Eurozone's preliminary services PMI rose to 54.3 in March from 53.7 in February. Analysts had expected the index to climb to 53.9.

Germany's preliminary manufacturing PMI climbed to 52.4 in March from 51.1 in February, beating forecasts of an increase to 51.5.

Germany's preliminary services PMI increased to 55.3 in March from 54.7 in February, beating expectations for a gain to 55.0.

France's preliminary manufacturing PMI was up to 48.2 in March from 47.6 in February, missing forecasts of a rise to 48.9.

France's preliminary services PMI fell to 52.8 in March from 53.4 in February, missing expectations for a decline to 53.1.

The British pound traded mixed against the U.S. dollar despite the weaker-than-expected consumer price inflation data from the U.K. The U.K. consumer price index declined to zero in February from 0.3% in January, missing expectations for a fall to 0.1%. That was the lowest level since 1989.

The drop was driven by lower prices for food and computer goods.

Consumer price inflation excluding food, energy, alcohol and tobacco prices fell to 1.2% in February from 1.4% the month before.

The Retail Prices Index declined to 1.0% in February from 1.1% in January, beating forecasts of a decrease to 0.9%.

The consumer price inflation is below the Bank of England's 2% target.

EUR/USD: the currency pair rose to $1.1029

GBP/USD: the currency pair traded mixed

USD/JPY: the currency pair fell to Y119.21

The most important news that are expected (GMT0):

13:45 U.S. Manufacturing PMI (Preliminary) March 55.1 54.9

14:00 U.S. New Home Sales February 481 472

21:45 New Zealand Trade Balance, mln February 56 355

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