Analysis and Recommendations:
The GBP/USD is currently down at 1.5670. The pound fell today as the USD gained on positive data and the pound lost on negative jobs reports.
But the surprise of the day was the number of British workers seeking jobless benefits rose by 7,200 in February to 1.61 million, the Office for National Statistics reported Wednesday. Economists had forecast a rise of 5,000. The number of unemployed persons rose by 28,000, rising well above forecasts, surprising lawmakers and economist.
Today, the first-ever release of GDP data covering all the Group of 20 countries showed the world economy slowed to a quarter-on-quarter growth rate of 0.7% in the fourth quarter from 0.9% in the third quarter.
U.S. Fed Chairman Bernanke today said again that the pace of the economic recovery has been frustratingly slow. Bernanke said that the condition of community banks is improving despite economic uncertainties. Profits of smaller banks were considerably higher in 2011 than in the previous year, nonperforming assets were lower, provisions for loan losses fell appreciably, and capital ratios improved, In his address Bernanke said. The Fed is trying to listen and understand small banks' concerns about regulation.
The U.S. current account deficit, on trade in goods and services, income, and donations, widened to $124.1 billion in the fourth quarter, or 3.2% of gross domestic product, much larger than expected. Import prices rose 0.4% in February due to oil, the Labor Department reported. It's the first increase in since December and biggest gain since April 2011.
U.S. consumers' pushed up retail sales rose 1.1% to $407.8 billion.
In the FOMC statement released yesterday, the minutes stated. The recent increase in oil and gasoline prices will push up inflation temporarily, but the FOMC anticipates that subsequently inflation will run at or below the rate it judges most consistent with its dual mandate, and continued But the labor market has improved at a faster pace than expected, given the current pace of growth. First-quarter gross domestic product is expected to decelerate to roughly 2% from the 3% pace in the fourth quarter.
Business inventories climbed in January as car dealers correctly anticipated a strong pickup in demand, according to data released Tuesday.
Inventories rose a seasonally adjusted 0.7% to $1.57 trillion, the largest increase since October, the Commerce Department said. Economists polled by MarketWatch had anticipated a 0.5% gain.
Economic Reports and Events March 14, 2012 actual v. forecast
Westpac Consumer Sentiment
BSI Large Manufacturing Conditions
Industrial Production (MoM)
BoJ Monthly Report
Average Earnings Index +Bonus
Claimant Count Change
Industrial Production (MoM)
Core CPI (YoY)
Import Price Index (MoM)
Economic Events Scheduled for March 15, 2012
09:30 CHF Interest Rate Decision 0.00% 0.00%
Swiss National Bank (SNB) governing board members come to a consensus on where to set the target range for the rate. Traders watch interest rate changes closely as short term interest rates are the primary factor in currency valuation.
10:00 EUR ECB Monthly Report
The European Central Bank's (ECB) monthly report contains the statistical data that policymakers evaluate when setting interest rates. The report also provides detailed analysis of current and future economic conditions from the bank's perspective.
11:00 EUR Employment Change (QoQ) -0.2% -0.1%
Employment Change measures the change in the number of people employed. Job creation is an important indicator of consumer spending.
13:30 USD Core PPI (MoM) 0.2% 0.4%
13:30 USD PPI (MoM) 0.5% 0.1%
The Core Producer Price Index (PPI) measures the change in the selling price of goods and services sold by producers, excluding food and energy. The PPI measures price change from the perspective of the seller. When producers pay more for goods and services, they are more likely to pass the higher costs to the consumer, so PPI is thought to be a leading indicator of consumer inflation.
13:30 USD Initial Jobless Claims 356K 362K
13:30 USD Continuing Jobless Claims 3416K
Initial Jobless Claims measures the number of individuals who filed for unemployment insurance for the first time during the past week. This is the earliest U.S. economic data, but the market impact varies from week to week. Continuing Jobless Claims measures the number of unemployed individuals who qualify for benefits under unemployment insurance.
13:30 USD NY Empire State Manufacturing Index 17.4 19.5
The Empire State Manufacturing Index rates the relative level of general business conditions New York state. A level above 0.0 indicates improving conditions, below indicates worsening conditions. The reading is compiled from a survey of about 200 manufacturers in New York State.
14:00 USD TIC Net Long-Term Transactions 29.3B 17.9B
Treasury International Capital (TIC) Net Long-Term Transactions measures the difference in value between foreign long-term securities purchased by U.S. citizens and U.S. long-term securities purchased by foreign investors. Demand for domestic securities and currency demand are directly linked because foreigners must buy the domestic currency to purchase the nation's securities.
15:00 USD Philadelphia Fed Manufacturing Index 11.4 10.2
The Philadelphia Federal Reserve Manufacturing Index rates the relative level of general business conditions in Philadelphia. A level above zero on the index indicates improving conditions; below indicates worsening conditions. The data is compiled from a survey of about 250 manufacturers in the Philadelphia Federal Reserve district.
Government Bond Auction Schedule (this week)
Mar 15 09:30 Spain Obligacion auction
Mar 15 09:50 France BTAN auction
Mar 15 10.30 UK Auctions 4.5% 2042 conventional Gilt
Mar 15 10:50 France OATi auction
Mar 15 16:00 US Announces auction of 10Y TIPS on Mar 22
GBP/USD Pivot Points (Time Frame: 1 Day)
Name S3 S2 S1 Pivot R1 R2 R3