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Talking Points:

  • British Pound Unlikely to Find Fuel in BOE Minutes, Jobless Claims Figures
  • US Dollar Disproportionally Vulnerable to Drop on FOMC Meeting Minutes
  • See Economic Releases Directly on Your Charts with the DailyFX News App

The release of minutes from this month’s Bank of England policy meeting is unlikely to offer much by way of directional guidance for the British Pound. Last week’s publication of the central bank’s Quarterly Inflation Report already presented markets with the latest on where Mark Carney and company intend to steer in the coming months. That means the Minutes document is unlikely to deliver much that is not already priced into the exchange rate. The same goes for January’s UK Jobless Claims report, where a 25,000 drop in applications for unemployment benefits is expected.

Later in the day, the spotlight turns to minutes from January’s FOMC meeting. The report may carry a disproportionally higher risk of generating US Dollar weakness versus strength. The greenback has struggled to build upside momentum even when high-profile economic data proved decidedly upbeat (such as January’s payrolls print). This likely reflects over-extended positioning, with speculators near their most net-long on record according to data from CFTC. With that in mind, a purely status-quo text may not yield much by way of directional momentum. On the other hand, an expression of worries about an increasingly wobbly global landscape may pour cold water on rate hike speculation and send the benchmark unit downward.

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Asia Session

GMT

CCY

EVENT

ACT

EXP

PREV

23:00

AUD

Conference Board Leading Index (MoM) (DEC)

0.4%

-

0.1%

23:30

AUD

Westpac Lending Index (MoM) (JAN)

0.1%

-

0.0%

2:49

JPY

BOJ Annual Rise in Monetary Base

¥80T

¥80T

¥80T

3:00

JPY

BOJ’s Kuroda Press Conference

-

-

-

6:00

JPY

Machine Tool Orders (YoY) (JAN F)

-

20.4%

European Session

GMT

CCY

EVENT

EXP

PREV

IMPACT

9:30

GBP

Bank of England Minutes

-

-

High

9:30

GBP

Jobless Claims Change (JAN)

-25.0K

-29.7K

High

9:30

GBP

Claimant Count Rate (JAN)

2.5%

2.6%

Medium

9:30

GBP

Avg Weekly Earnings (3M/Y) (DEC)

1.7%

1.7%

Low

9:30

GBP

Avg Weekly Earnings ex Bonus (3M/Y) (DEC)

1.8%

1.8%

Low

9:30

GBP

ILO Unemployment Rate (3mths) (DEC)

5.8%

5.8%

Medium

9:30

GBP

Employment Change (3M/3M) (DEC)

50K

50K

Low

10:00

EUR

Eurozone Construction Output (MoM) (DEC)

-

-0.1%

Low

10:00

EUR

Eurozone Construction Output (YoY) (DEC)

-

2.2%

Low

10:00

CHF

Credit Suisse ZEW Survey Expectations (FEB)

-

-10.8

Low

Critical Levels

CCY

Supp 3

Supp 2

Supp 1

Pivot Point

Res 1

Res 2

Res 3

EURUSD

1.1140

1.1267

1.1339

1.1394

1.1466

1.1521

1.1648

GBPUSD

1.5188

1.5273

1.5313

1.5358

1.5398

1.5443

1.5528

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

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