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U.K. Retail sales were in line. USD 10bln Fed taper
|U.K. Retail sales were in line. USD 10bln Fed taper|
19 December 2013 10:00 gmt
CALENDAR: North America: US- Weekly Jobless, Existing Homes Sales, Philly Fed, LEI, Natural Gas, 7-yr Auction
| EURUSD 1.3694
|| U.S. 2.88% +4bp
|| North America: Lower|
| EURJPY 142.69
|| Bund 1.83% +1bp
|| DAX: Higher|
| GBPUSD 1.6384
|| GILT 2.91% +6bp
|| FTSE: Higher|
| USDJPY 103.97
|| JGB 0.66% 0bp
|| Far East Close: Mixed|
HIGH IMPACT ITEMS: US- Weekly Jobless, Existing Homes Sales, Philly Fed, Natural Gas, 7-yr Auction
- November U.K. headline (and ex-fuel) retail sales data came in about expected. Other UK data have been on an improving path. Unemployment data yesterday improved substantially. The GBPUSD is up on the jobs report Retail Sales are due Thursday. See the FOREX FORUM for latest key data and charts as they are released.
- The Fed finally made its taper a decision yesterday. The central bank announced that it would reduce its monthly asset purchases as of January by $10bln to $75 bln. At the same time, the central bank reiterated that short term monetary policy would be kept accommodative for an extended time period. Once the dust settled,markets took the news in stride.
- A Senate confirmation vote on Janet Yellen for Fed Chair is set for Friday, December 20. It is possible Chairman Bernanke may step down once Yellen is confirmed. There could be a new Fed Chair before year-end.
- Today and Friday see key events into the end of year year-end holiday period. For additional key items and more detail (dates, times, data estimates), be sure to reference our Economic Calendar. See the FOREX FORUM for latest key data and charts as they are released..
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John M. Bland, an author and a founding partner of Global-View.com, has been a corporate FX consultant for a major N.Y. bank, a forex trader for a major N.Y. institution, and an FX analyst for a blue chip Fed watching service.. John has an MBA in International Finance and an A.B. in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley.
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