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Economic calendar (GMT0):
Time/ Region/ Event/ Period/ Previous/ Forecast/ Actual
01:30 Australia RBA Bulletin
The euro climbed slightly against the U.S. dollar amid a weak inflation report from the U.S. However the single currency was also weighed by euro zone inflation data. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on Wednesday that consumer prices declined slightly in August marking their first decline since January. Prices were generally dragged down by low energy costs. The consumer price index fell by 0.1% in August after a 0.1% rise in July. The core index rose by 0.1%. Economists expected the CPI to stay unchanged, while the gain in the core CPI was in line with forecasts.
At the beginning of this session the New Zealand dollar declined against the greenback amid disappointing GDP data. New Zealand's GDP rose by 0.4% in the second quarter compared to +0.2% reported previously, but it fell short of expectations for a 0.5% rise. On an annualized basis the index came in at 2.4% vs 2.7% previous and 2.5% expected. However later on the NZD recovered amid the greenback's general weakness.
Investors are cautious ahead of the end of the FOMC's meeting. A survey by the Wall Street Journal showed that approximately 46% of the economists surveyed last week expect the Fed to raise rates in September. 35% of economists said the Fed would raise rates in December and 9.5% said they expect a liftoff in 2016. At the same time Barclays surveyed 700 investors last week and only 36% of the respondents believe that the central bank of the U.S. will raise rates in September.
EUR/USD: the pair fluctuated within $1.1285-15 in Asian trade
USD/JPY: the pair fluctuated around Y120.60
GBP/USD: the pair traded within $1.5495-15
The most important news that are expected (GMT0):
(time / country / index / period / previous value / forecast)
06:35 Japan BOJ Governor Haruhiko Kuroda Speaks
07:30 Switzerland SNB Interest Rate Decision -0.75% -0.75%
07:30 Switzerland SNB Monetary Policy Assessment
08:30 United Kingdom Retail Sales (MoM) August 0.1% 0.2%
08:30 United Kingdom Retail Sales (YoY) August 4.2% 3.8%
12:30 U.S. Continuing Jobless Claims September 2260 2260
12:30 U.S. Current account, bln Quarter II -113.3 -111.3
12:30 U.S. Housing Starts August 1206 1170
12:30 U.S. Building Permits August 1130 1160
12:30 U.S. Initial Jobless Claims September 275 275
14:00 U.S. Philadelphia Fed Manufacturing Survey September 8.3 6.0
18:00 U.S. Fed Interest Rate Decision 0.25% 0.25%
18:00 U.S. FOMC Economic Projections
18:00 U.S. FOMC Statement
18:30 U.S. Federal Reserve Press Conference
23:30 Australia RBA's Governor Glenn Stevens Speech
23:50 Japan Monetary Policy Meeting Minutes
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