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Soft U.S. data U.K. Retail sales in line
|Soft U.S. data U.K. Retail sales in line|
20 December 2013 00:00 gmt
CALENDAR: JP- BOJ. GB- Current Account, GDP, EZ Consumer Confidence. CA- CPI, Retail Sales, US- GDP, Markit SVC PMI, COT Report.
| EURUSD 1.3694
|| U.S. 2.92% +4bp
|| North America: Mixed|
| EURJPY 142.69
|| Bund 1.88% +5bp
|| DAX: Higher|
| GBPUSD 1.6384
|| GILT 2.97% +6bp
|| FTSE: Higher|
| USDJPY 103.97
|| JGB 0.68% +2bp
|| Far East Close: Mixed|
HIGH IMPACT ITEMS: JP- BOJ, GB- Current Account, GDP, EZ- Cons Conf. CA- CPI, Retail Sales, US- GDP, Markit SVC PMI
- Friday sees an active data calendar once again from the U.K. with revised GDP data one of the key features. Canadian data are featured as well.
- U.S. Housing and weekly Jobless Claims data were both weak. The Jobless Claims data were blamed on faulty seasonals, while Home sales are showing a negative pattern.
- November U.K. headline (and ex-fuel) retail sales data came in about as 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.
- A Senate confirmation vote on Janet Yellen for Fed Chair is set for Friday. We expect her to be confirmed. The Senate should be quick to approve her so they can leave on time for their end of year recess. It is possible Chairman Bernanke could step down once Yellen is confirmed.
- 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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