Economic calendar (GMT0):
(Time/ Region/ Event/ Period/ Previous/ Forecast/ Actual)
01:30 Australia Home Loans March 1.1% Revised From 1.2% 1.0% 1.6%
05:00 Japan Leading Economic Index (Preliminary) March 104.7 Revised From 104.8 105.5 105.5
05:00 Japan Coincident Index (Preliminary) March 110.7 109.5
08:00 China New Loans April 1180 903
08:30 United Kingdom Manufacturing Production (YoY) March 1.2% Revised From 1.1% 1.0% 1.1%
08:30 United Kingdom Manufacturing Production (MoM) March 0.5% Revised From 0.4% 0.3% 0.4%
08:30 United Kingdom Industrial Production (YoY) March 0.1% 0.2% 0.7%
08:30 United Kingdom Industrial Production (MoM) March 0.1% 0.0% 0.5%
The U.S. dollar traded lower against the most major currencies ahead of the U.S. job openings figures. Job openings are expected to decline to 5.085 million in March from 5.133 million in February.
The euro traded higher against the U.S. dollar in the absence of any major economic data from the Eurozone. A government bonds selloff on the European markets supported the euro.
Greece yesterday began the transfer of €750 million in loans to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). A payment deadline is today.
According to Reuters, the Greek government used emergency reserves in its holding account with the IMF to repay loans.
Greece has averted a possible default, but there are no reasons for optimism yet. Eurogroup said after yesterday's meeting that it will not unlock the €7.2 billion tranche of loans until the Greek government begins reforms agreed with its creditors. Athens is struggling to meet its payment obligations.
The British pound climbed against the U.S. dollar after the better-than-expected U.K. manufacturing production data. Manufacturing production in the U.K. rose 0.4% in March, exceeding expectations for a 0.3% gain, after a 0.5% increase in February. February's figure was revised up from a 0.4% rise.
Manufacturing output was driven by oil and gas extraction, which jumped 4.9% in March, the biggest rise since February 2014.
On a yearly basis, manufacturing production in the U.K. increased 1.1% in March, after a 1.2% rise in February. It was the largest increase since September 2014. February's figure was revised up from a 1.1% gain.
Industrial production in the U.K. climbed 0.5% in March, beating forecasts of a flat reading, after a 0.1% rise in February.
On a yearly basis, industrial production in the U.K. gained 0.7% in March, exceeding expectations for a 0.2% rise, after a 0.1% increase in February.
For the first quarter as a whole, industrial output was up 0.1%, driven by a 2.7% gain in the utilities sector, while manufacturing output rose 0.1%.
EUR/USD: the currency pair rose to $1.1278
GBP/USD: the currency pair increased to $1.5710
USD/JPY: the currency pair fell to Y119.84
The most important news that are expected (GMT0):
14:00 United Kingdom NIESR GDP Estimate April 0.6%
14:00 U.S. JOLTs Job Openings March 5.133 5.085
16:45 U.S. FOMC Member Williams Speaks
21:00 New Zealand RBNZ Financial Stability Report
21:05 New Zealand RBNZ Governor Graeme Wheeler Speaks