Analysis and Recommendation: (close of the Asian session)
NZD/USD fell most of the session, ending the day at 0.8180 after opening at 0.8232. Yesterday most of the commodity currencies were pushed upwards as the USD moved down as investors positioned themselves for the FOMC rate decision and minutes. The rate was held as expected and the minutes were short and to the point, with nothing new announced but stating that the economy was continuing to recover and that the job situation was improving. Immediately after the release the greenback sought its earlier levels.
The FOMC members held their course today, taking no new actions and offering few hints about their eagerness to start on future programs to strengthen the recovery. In their appraisal of the U.S. Economy, the central bank officers recognized increase in the employment market, but warned that business hazards remain and that inflation could rise briefly due to the current increase in gas and oil costs. All but one member voted to keep the central bank's easy-money policies in place after a one-day meeting of the Fed. Open Market Council, the Federal Reserve's policy-making body. The Federal Reserve repeated its goal to keep short term interest at low levels thru late 2014.
The BoJ announced yesterday, Overseas economies still have not emerged from a deceleration phase on the whole but some improvement has recently been observed in the U.S. economy and the sluggish European economy has stopped deteriorating, the central bank said. The BoJ kept key rates and also announced it would increase the amount of loans available through its growth supporting facility by 2 trillion yen ($24.35 billion)
Japanese exporters are once again making ground as the dollar bought increased to 83.17 yen, Japanese exported need the dollar to remain at 82.00 to be profitable.
US Retail sales climbed to a five-month high in February, as rising gasoline prices weren't enough to choke off demand for cars, clothing and other goods. The Commerce Department said Tuesday that retail sales rose a seasonally adjusted 1.1%
March 13 after Asian Session and March 14, 2012 Asian Events actual v. forecast
German ZEW Economic Sentiment
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Core Retail Sales (MoM)
Retail Sales (MoM)
10-Year Note Auction
Interest Rate Decision
South Korean Unemployment Rate
Westpac Consumer Sentiment
BSI Large Manufacturing Conditions
Industrial Production (MoM)
There are no significant economic events scheduled in Australia, New Zealand or Japan today.
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
NZD/USD Pivot Points (Time Frame: 1 Day)
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