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18.05.2016 13:01

Foreign exchange market. European session: the British pound traded higher against the U.S. dollar on the mixed labour data from the U.K.

Economic calendar (GMT0):

(Time/ Region/ Event/ Period/ Previous/ Forecast/ Actual)

01:00 Australia RBA Assist Gov Debelle Speaks

01:30 Australia Wage Price Index, q/q Quarter I 0.5% 0.5% 0.4%

01:30 Australia Wage Price Index, y/y Quarter I 2.2% 2.2% 2.1%

08:30 United Kingdom Average Earnings, 3m/y March 1.9% Revised From 1.8% 1.7% 2.0%

08:30 United Kingdom Average earnings ex bonuses, 3 m/y March 2.2% 2.3% 2.1%

08:30 United Kingdom ILO Unemployment Rate March 5.1% 5.1% 5.1%

08:30 United Kingdom Claimant count April 14.7 Revised From 6.7 4.3 -2.4

09:00 Eurozone Harmonized CPI ex EFAT, Y/Y (Finally) April 1% 0.7% 0.7%

09:00 Eurozone Harmonized CPI April 1.2% 0.0% 0%

09:00 Eurozone Harmonized CPI, Y/Y (Finally) April 0.0% -0.2% -0.2%

11:00 U.S. MBA Mortgage Applications May 0.4% -1.6%

12:30 Canada Foreign Securities Purchases March 15.94 17.17

The U.S. dollar traded mixed against the most major currencies ahead of the release of the latest Fed's minutes. Market participants will closely analyse the minutes for hints for further interest rate hikes. The minutes will be released at 18:00 GMT.

The euro traded mixed against the U.S. dollar after the release of the final consumer price inflation data from the Eurozone. Eurostat released its final consumer price inflation data for the Eurozone on Wednesday. Eurozone's harmonized consumer price index was flat in April, in line with expectations, after a 1.2% increase in March.

On a yearly basis, Eurozone's final consumer price inflation decreased to -0.2% in April from 0.0% in March, in line with the preliminary reading.

Eurozone's final consumer price inflation excluding food, energy, alcohol and tobacco fell to an annual rate of 0.7% in April from 1.0 in March, in line with the preliminary reading.

The British pound traded higher against the U.S. dollar on the mixed labour data from the U.K. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) released its labour market data on Wednesday. The U.K. unemployment rate remained unchanged at 5.1% in the January to March quarter, in line with expectations.

The claimant count fell by 2,400 people in April, beating expectations for a rise by 4,300, after an increase of 14,300 people in March. March's figure was revised up from a 6,700 increase.

Average weekly earnings, excluding bonuses, climbed by 2.1% in the January to March quarter, missing expectations for a 2.3% rise, after a 2.2% gain in the December to February quarter.

Average weekly earnings, including bonuses, rose by 2.0% in the January to March quarter, exceeding expectations for a 1.7% gain, after a 1.9% increase in the December to February quarter. The previous quarter's figure was revised up from a 1.7% rise.

EUR/USD: the currency pair traded mixed

GBP/USD: the currency pair rose to $1.4563

USD/JPY: the currency pair traded mixed

The most important news that are expected (GMT0):

14:30 U.S. Crude Oil Inventories May -3.41 -3.16

18:00 U.S. FOMC meeting minutes

23:50 Japan Core Machinery Orders, y/y April -0.7% 0.8%

23:50 Japan Core Machinery Orders March -9.2% 0.5%

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