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Economic calendar (GMT0):
Time/ Region/ Event/ Period/ Previous/ Forecast/ Actual
03:30 Australia Announcement of the RBA decision on the discount rate 2% 2% 2%
03:30 Australia RBA Rate Statement
The euro climbed against the U.S. dollar. Market participants are waiting for euro zone unemployment data due at 10:00 GMT. The index is expected to have remained at 10.5% in December. Euro zone leading economy Germany will publish its unemployment data at 08:55 GMT.
The yen continued climbing against the U.S. dollar amid growing demand for safe-haven assets. The latest weak data on Chinese manufacturing added to investors' concerns over the global economy.
The Australian dollar declined after the Reserve Bank of Australia left its benchmark rate unchanged at 2.0%. This decision was widely expected by economists. The RBA noted that the rate could be cut if economic growth slows down. The bank added that inflation growth remains low and its outlook leaves room for further monetary policy easing.
EUR/USD: the pair rose to $1.0915 in Asian trade
USD/JPY: the pair fell to Y120.35
GBP/USD: the pair fell to $1.4375
The most important news that are expected (GMT0):
(time / country / index / period / previous value / forecast)
08:15 Switzerland Retail Sales Y/Y December -3.1%
08:15 Switzerland Retail Sales (MoM) December -0.8%
08:55 Germany Unemployment Rate s.a. January 6.3% 6.3%
08:55 Germany Unemployment Change January -13 -7
09:30 United Kingdom PMI Construction January 57.8 57.5
10:00 Eurozone Producer Price Index, MoM December -0.2% -0.6%
10:00 Eurozone Producer Price Index (YoY) December -3.2% -2.8%
10:00 Eurozone Unemployment Rate December 10.5% 10.5%
18:00 U.S. FOMC Member Esther George Speaks
21:00 U.S. Total Vehicle Sales, mln January 17.34 17.4
21:45 New Zealand Employment Change, q/q Quarter IV -0.4% 0.8%
21:45 New Zealand Unemployment Rate Quarter IV 6% 6.1%
22:30 Australia AIG Services Index January 46.3
23:50 Japan Monetary Policy Meeting Minutes
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