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Fed minutes hints roil markets. BOE minutes see a growing minority for additional QE. U.K. jobs data better. RBNZ talks down kiwi

Fed minutes hints roil markets. BOE minutes see a growing minority for additional QE. U.K. jobs data better. RBNZ talks down kiwi
 21 February 2013  00:00 gmt

CALENDAR-  Far East: No Major Data. Europe: CH-  Trade, EZ- flash Mfg/Svc PMI's, GB- CBI Trends. North America: US- CPI, Weekly Jobless, Markit flash PMI, Philly Fed. Existing Homes Sales, LEI, Natural Gas, Weekly Crude

  • HIGH IMPACT ITEMS: EZ- flash PMIs, US- CPI, weekly Jobs, Phiily Fed, Existing Homes Sales, Weekly Crude.
  • Fed Minutes unexpectedly roiled the markets again this cycle as the FOMC sent a subtle signal that QE will not last forever. When it runs out remains to be seen, but this was the first shot across the bow for the markets.
  • CURRENCY WARS: BOE meeting Minutes from two weeks ago saw support for an  additional increase to QE, although the vote was only 6-3  in favor vs. 8-1 at the previous meeting. The GBPUSD fell on the news. January employment data released at the same time improved.Yesterday, S&P refused comment on market rumors about an impending downgrade of U.K. sovereign debt.
  • The RBNZ talked down its currency  on Wednesday and thus joined a long list of nations trying to manipulate the value of its unit. The NZDUSD was sharply lower on the day.
  • In Europe, German Chancellor Merkel sounded  off on the value of the EUR and sounded very similar to  ECB President Draghi who seems at ease with current EURUSD levels.
  • Thurs sees a number of key pieces of data from the various sources (see above).
  • Mixed signals have been coming from Japan as PM Abe and his FinMin Aso do not appear to be on the same page on JPY policy. It may take a while to get the two on the same page. Perhaps that will come once the next BOJ is named after this coming weekend.
  • Italy sees national elections on Sunday/Monday. Discontent with the status quo has seen a large number of undecided voters and a fragmentation of the electorate. Key is where austerity programs are headed.
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