Economic calendar (GMT0):
Time/ Region/ Event/ Period/ Previous/ Forecast/ Actual
04:30 Japan All Industry Activity Index, m/m December -1.0% -0.3% -0.9%
The euro climbed ahead of consumer confidence data due later today. Analysts expect the index to come in at -6.7 points in February compared to -6.3 in the previous month. The survey is based on answers from about 2,300 respondents from all euro zone states.
The yen rose against most major currencies amid greater safe-haven demand. Lower oil prices and a selloff in Japanese stocks persuaded investors to secure their funds and turn to the yen.
The Australian dollar fell after Reserve Bank of Australia Board member John Edwards said the national currency was "a bit too high". According to the Wall Street Journal, the policymaker also said he would be more comfortable with a level around 65 U.S. cents, though he's not sure the AUD would drop so much. The Australian economy depends on exports and a stronger national currency could undermine exporters' interests.
EUR/USD: the pair rose to $1.1130 in Asian trade
USD/JPY: the pair fell to Y112.70
GBP/USD: the pair traded within $1.4310-40
The most important news that are expected (GMT0):
(time / country / index / period / previous value / forecast)
07:00 Germany Producer Price Index (MoM) January -0.5% -0.3%
07:00 Germany Producer Price Index (YoY) January -2.3% -2%
09:30 United Kingdom PSNB, bln January -6.87 13.95
09:30 United Kingdom Retail Sales (MoM) January -1% 0.8%
09:30 United Kingdom Retail Sales (YoY) January 2.6% 3.6%
13:00 U.S. FOMC Member Mester Speaks
13:30 Canada Retail Sales, m/m December 1.7% -0.6%
13:30 Canada Retail Sales YoY December 3.2%
13:30 Canada Retail Sales ex Autos, m/m December 1.1% -0.5%
13:30 Canada Consumer Price Index m / m January -0.5% -0.1%
13:30 Canada Consumer price index, y/y January 1.6% 1.7%
13:30 Canada Bank of Canada Consumer Price Index Core, y/y January 1.9% 1.9%
13:30 U.S. CPI, m/m January -0.1% -0.1%
13:30 U.S. CPI, Y/Y January 0.7% 1.3%
13:30 U.S. CPI excluding food and energy, m/m January 0.2% 0.2%
13:30 U.S. CPI excluding food and energy, Y/Y January 2.1% 2.1%
15:00 Eurozone Consumer Confidence (Preliminary) February -6.3 -6.7
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