Daily monitor 15.02.2013 Friday

2013. febr. 17.

Market news:
Most Asian stocks traded lower Friday, amid some bad earnings reports and profit-taking ahead of the G20 meeting.
The G20 meeting starts today in Moscow, and will continue tommorrow, which will no doubt be dominated by talk of currency wars. Keep an ear out on any announcement coming from the meetings, as the attending officials tend to talk with reporters throughout the day, though major news will probably come out tomorrow.
The EUR has continued to weaken against most of the major currencies this morning, following yesterday’s dismal Gross Domestic Product data across Europe.

Intraday options that are due to expire today at 15:00 GMT.

EUR/USD – 1.3400
USD/JPY – 92.00, 92.25, 93.00
AUD/JPY – 96.00

Important economic data scheduled for today:

09:30 Retail Sales (UK)Previous: -01%, forecast: 0.5%. It measures the change in the total value of inflation-adjusted sales at the retail level. It is the foremost indicator of consumer spending, which accounts for the majority of overall economic activity.
13:30 Empire State Manufacturing Index (US) – Previous: -7.8, forecast: -2.1. The 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.
14:55 Prelim UoM Consumer Sentiment (US) – Previous: 71.3, forecast: 74.8. The University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index rates the relative level of current and future economic conditions. There are two versions of this data released two weeks apart, preliminary and revised. The preliminary data tends to have a greater impact. The reading is compiled from a survey of around 500 consumers.


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