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Forex: Markets to Look Past SNB Rate Decision, Focus on US Retail Sales

Forex: Markets to Look Past SNB Rate Decision, Focus on US Retail Sales

Ilya Spivak, Head Strategist, APAC

Talking Points:

  • SNB Rate Decision Unlikely to Yield Change in Monetary Policy Stance
  • US Dollar May Rise if Upbeat Retail Sales Data Drives Fed “Taper” Bets
  • Aussie Dollar Looks Past Upbeat Jobs Data, Follows Asian Stocks Lower

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A monetary policy announcement from the Swiss National Bank headlines the economic calendar in European hours. Chairman Thomas Jordan and company are not expected to introduce any changes into the policy mix, keeping the baseline rate lending rate as-is and reiterating a commitment to the EURCHF floor at 1.20.

Indeed, while the headline year-on-year CPI inflation rate has come a long way since bottoming at -1.1 percent in June 2012, last month’s print at 0.1 percent seems hardly strong enough to pull back on accommodation. Furthermore, data from Citigroup suggests inflation readings have increasingly underperformed relative to expectations over the past four months.

Later in the day, the spotlight shifts to the US economic calendar, where the week’s first bit of top-tier event risk comes in the form of November’s Retail Sales report. Expectations call for an increase of 0.6 percent, an outcome that would mark the strongest performance in five months. Investors continue to view US news-flow through the prism of Fed QE “taper” expectations.

In that context, a strong result stands to boost the US Dollar while weighing on risk appetite. A preview of this dynamic was on display overnight as the sentiment-geared Australian Dollar looked past a supportive Employment data set to trade lower, mirroring a selloff in Asian equities that reflected fears of an imminent pullback in Fed stimulus after a US budget deal reduced fiscal drag concerns for the next two years.

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Asia Session:

GMT

CCY

EVENT

ACT

EXP

PREV

20:00

NZD

RBNZ Interest Rate Decision

2.50%

2.50%

2.50%

21:30

NZD

REINZ House Price Index (MoM) (NOV)

1.2%

-

1.6%

21:30

NZD

REINZ House Sales (YoY) (NOV)

-6.6%

-

2.1%

21:30

NZD

REINZ House Price Index (NOV)

3885.5

-

3839.8

21:45

NZD

Food Prices (MoM) (NOV)

-0.2%

-

-1.0%

0:00

AUD

Consumer Inflation Expectation (DEC)

2.1%

-

1.9%

0:30

AUD

Credit Card Purchases (A$) (OCT)

23.0B

-

22.0B

0:30

AUD

Credit Card Balances (A$) (OCT)

48.9B

-

48.8B

0:30

AUD

Employment Change (NOV)

21.0K

10.0K

-0.7K

0:30

AUD

Unemployment Rate (NOV)

5.8%

5.8%

5.7%

0:30

AUD

Full Time Employment Change (NOV)

15.5K

-

-31.1K

0:30

AUD

Part Time Employment Change (NOV)

5.5K

-

30.4K

0:30

AUD

Participation Rate (NOV)

64.8%

64.8%

64.8%

2:00

JPY

Tokyo Avg Office Vacancies (NOV)

7.52

-

7.56

Euro Session:

GMT

CCY

EVENT

EXP/ACT

PREV

IMPACT

8:30

CHF

Swiss National Bank Rate Decision

0.0%

0.0%

High

9:00

EUR

ECB Publishes Monthly Report

-

-

Medium

10:00

EUR

Eurozone Industrial Production (MoM) (OCT)

0.3%

-0.5%

Medium

10:00

EUR

Eurozone Industrial Production (YoY) (OCT)

1.1%

1.1%

Medium

Critical Levels:

CCY

SUPP 3

SUPP 2

SUPP 1

Pivot Point

RES 1

RES 2

RES 3

EURUSD

1.3639

1.3709

1.3748

1.3779

1.3818

1.3849

1.3919

GBPUSD

1.6155

1.6273

1.6323

1.6391

1.6441

1.6509

1.6627

--- Written by Ilya Spivak, Currency Strategist for DailyFX.com

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