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14.01.2015 14:30

Foreign exchange market. Asian session: U.S. dollar trading mixed against its major peers

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06:00 Japan Prelim Machine Tool Orders, y/y December +36.6% +33.8%

The U.S. dollar traded mixed against its major peers and declined versus the euro, after trading close to a nine-year high yesterday as investors are speculating on new stimulus measures, sovereign quantitative easing, by the ECB to help the lagging euro-zone economy. The upcoming Greek elections and falling oil prices also weigh on the single-currency. The Deutsche Bank revised its forecast for the euro down to USD1.10, UDS1 and 90 cents in the next three years.

The Australian dollar was hit by a plunge of copper prices. Copper futures declined by 6.2%. The aussie dropped the most since January 2nd amid the weakening demand for the countries commodities.

New Zealand's dollar traded lower further retreating from monthly highs against the greenback reached on January 9th. Today market participants await data on New Zealand's Food Price Index.

The Japanese yen booked gains against the U.S. dollar amid growing risk aversion for a fourth consecutive day as Japanese stocks declined, oil continued to slump and commodities weakened. Preliminary Machine Tool Orders declined to +33.8% in December from a previous reading of +36.6% in November. Japan's finance Minister Taro Aso called for a drastic fiscal reform to balance budget by 2021. Markets await data on Core Machinery Orders due late in the day at 23:50 GMT.

EUR/USD: the euro traded stronger against the greenback

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

GPB/USD: The British pound added gains against the U.S. dollar

The most important news that are expected (GMT0):

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07:45 France CPI, m/m December -0.2% 0.0%

07:45 France CPI, m/m December +0.3% -0.1%

10:00 Eurozone Industrial production, (MoM) November +0.1% 0.0%

10:00 Eurozone Industrial Production (YoY) November +0.7% -0.9%

10:00 Eurozone European Court of Justice Ruling for ESM and Fiscal Compact

13:30 U.S. Retail sales December +0.7% +0.2%

13:30 U.S. Retail sales excluding auto December +0.5% +0.1%

13:30 U.S. Import Price Index December -1.5% -2.7%

15:00 U.S. Business inventories November +0.2% +0.2%

15:30 U.S. Crude Oil Inventories January -3.1

19:00 U.S. Fed's Beige Book

21:45 New Zealand Food Prices Index, m/m December -0.5%

21:45 New Zealand Food Prices Index, y/y December +0.6%

23:50 Japan Core Machinery Orders November -6.4% +4.8%

23:50 Japan Core Machinery Orders, y/y November -4.9% -5.8%

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