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(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
05:00 Japan Eco Watchers Survey: Current March 50.1 50.9 52.2
05:00 Japan Eco Watchers Survey: Outlook March 53.2 53.4
06:00 Germany Factory Orders s.a. (MoM) February -3.9% 1.5% -0.9%
06:00 Germany Factory Orders n.s.a. (YoY) February -0.1% -1.3%
The U.S. dollar is trading broadly lower against its major peers after yesterday's better-than-expected U.S. job openings figures did not lend further support and a possible rate hike delay weighed on the currency. Job openings climbed to 5.133 million in February from 4.965 million in January. It was the highest level since January 2001. January's figure was revised down from 4.998 million. Analysts had expected job openings to rise to 4.978 million. Today at 13:30 GMT FOMC Member Dudley speaks and at 18:00 the FOMC minutes of the last policy meeting will be published.
The Australian dollar continued to add gains against the U.S. dollar after the RBA left rates unchanged at 2.25% yesterday but said that future rate cuts could be necessary and appropriate in order to keep growth and inflation consistent with the target.
New Zealand's dollar booked gains against the greenback during the Asian in the absence of any major economic news.
The Japanese yen traded higher against the greenback in the Asian session. The Bank of Japan left the key interest rate unchanged at 0.10% after an 8 to 1 vote and kept the bank's Monetary Base Target unchanged at 275 billion. One member voted for a lower target but was voted down. The current Eco Watchers Survey for March increased above estimates to 52.2, beating forecasts of an increase to 50.9 from a previous reading of 50.1. The Eco Watchers Outlook rose from 53.2. to 53.4. At 06:30 GMT the Bo J will hold a press conference.
EUR/USD: the euro traded higher against the greenbackUSD/JPY: the U.S. dollar traded lower against the yen
GPB/USD: Sterling booked gains against the U.S. dollar
(time / country / index / period / previous value / forecast)
06:30 Japan BOJ Press Conference
06:45 France Trade Balance, bln February -3.7 -3.8
07:00 United Kingdom Halifax house price index March -0.3%
07:00 United Kingdom Halifax house price index 3m Y/Y March 8.3%
07:15 Switzerland Consumer Price Index (MoM) March -0.3% 0.1%
07:15 Switzerland Consumer Price Index (YoY) March -0.8% 1.0%
08:30 United Kingdom BOE Credit Conditions Survey Quarter I
09:00 Eurozone Retail Sales (MoM) February 1.1% -0.1%
09:00 Eurozone Retail Sales (YoY) February 3.7%
13:30 U.S. FOMC Member Dudley Speak
14:30 U.S. Crude Oil Inventories April 4.8
18:00 U.S. FOMC meeting minutes
23:01 United Kingdom RICS House Price Balance March 14% 15%
23:30 Australia AiG Performance of Construction Index March 43.9
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