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18.12.2014 14:30

Foreign exchange market. Asian session: U.S. dollar stronger after FED policy meeting

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00:30 Australia RBA Bulletin

06:45 Switzerland SECO Economic Forecasts

07:00 Switzerland Trade Balance November 3.23 2.41 3.87

The greenback traded stronger to mixed against its major peers in Asian trade after the FED's policy meeting ended yesterday as FED Chair Janet Yellen stated that rates are going to be raised next year once economic parameters were met - finally removing the "considerable time" from the minutes. She further said "the committee considers it unlikely to begin normalization process for at least the next couple of meetings". The U.S. dollar extended its gains against the euro, the British pound and the Japanese Yen.

The Australian dollar recovered slightly from a four year low after yesterday's slump.

New Zealand's dollar traded positive to stable against the greenback currently quoted at USD0.7707. The GDP on a quarterly basis beat expectations by +0.3% with a reading of +1.0%. Yearly GDP in the third quarter decreased from +3.9% to +3.2%, missing forecasts by 0.1%.

The Japanese yen continued to decline versus the U.S. dollar after the currency hit a monthly high on Tuesday fuelled by fears over falling oil prices and Russia's economic crisis.


EUR/USD: the euro lost against the greenback

USD/JPY: the U.S. dollar traded stronger against the yen

GPB/USD: The British pound traded weaker against the U.S. dollar


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21:45 New Zealand Visitor Arrivals November +3.3%

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