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Economic calendar (GMT0):
(Time/ Region/ Event/ Period/ Previous/ Forecast/ Actual)
00:45 New Zealand Food Prices Index, m/m March -0.7% 0.1%
00:45 New Zealand Food Prices Index, y/y March 1.5% 1.9%
02:30 Australia Westpac Consumer Confidence April -1.2% -3.2%
04:00 China Retail Sales y/y March 10.7% 10.9% 10.2%
04:00 China Industrial Production y/y March 6.8% 6.9% 5.6%
04:00 China Fixed Asset Investment February 13.9% 13.9% 13.5%
04:00 China GDP q/q Quarter I 1.5% 1.4% 1.3%
04:00 China GDP y/y Quarter I 7.3% 7.0% 7.0%
06:30 Japan Industrial Production (MoM) (Finally) February -3.4% -3.1% -3.1%
06:30 Japan Industrial Production (YoY) February -2.6% -2.0%
08:00 Germany CPI, m/m (Finally) March 0.5% 0.5% 0.5%
08:00 Germany CPI, y/y (Finally) March 0.3% 0.3% 0.3%
08:45 France CPI, m/m March 0.7% 0.7% 0.7%
08:45 France CPI, y/y March -0.3% -0.1%
11:00 Eurozone Trade balance unadjusted February 7.6 €20.3B
13:45 Eurozone ECB Interest Rate Decision 0.05% 0.05% 0.05%
The U.S. dollar traded mixed to higher against the most major currencies ahead of the U.S. economic data. The NY Fed Empire State manufacturing index is expected to rise to 7.0 in April from 6.9 in March.
The NAHB housing market index is expected to climb to 55 in April from 53 in March.
The U.S. industrial production is expected to drop 0.2% in March, after a 0.1% rise in February.
The euro traded lower against the U.S. dollar ahead of the European Central Bank's (ECB) press conference. Earlier today, the ECB released its interest decision. The central bank kept its interest rate unchanged at 0.05%.
Eurozone's unadjusted trade surplus jumped to €20.3 billion in February from €7.6 billion in January. January's figure was revised down from a surplus of €7.9 billion.
Exports climbed by 4% due to a weaker euro, while imports were flat.
Concerns over Greece's debt problems continue to weigh on the euro. The Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis is to meet U.S. President Barack Obama in Washington on Thursday.
The British pound traded mixed against the U.S. dollar in the absence of any major economic reports from the U.K.
The Canadian dollar traded lower against the U.S. dollar ahead of the Bank of Canada's (BoC) interest rate decision. Analysts expect the Bank of Canada to keep unchanged its interest rate at 0.75%.
Canada's manufacturing shipments are expected to increase 0.2% in February, after a 1.7% drop in January.
EUR/USD: the currency pair decreased to $1.0570
GBP/USD: the currency pair traded mixed
USD/JPY: the currency pair traded mixed
The most important news that are expected (GMT0):
14:30 Eurozone ECB Press Conference
14:30 Canada Manufacturing Shipments (MoM) February -1.7% 0.2%
14:30 U.S. NY Fed Empire State manufacturing index April 6.9 7.0
15:15 U.S. Industrial Production (MoM) March 0.1% -0.2%
15:15 U.S. Industrial Production YoY March 3.5%
15:15 U.S. Capacity Utilization March 78.9% 78.7%
16:00 Canada Bank of Canada Rate 0.75% 0.75%
16:00 Canada BOC Rate Statement
16:00 Canada Bank of Canada Monetary Policy Report
16:00 U.S. NAHB Housing Market Index April 53 55
17:15 Canada BOC Press Conference
20:00 U.S. Fed's Beige Book
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