Euro and Yen gain after risk off appetite

Yesterday’s markets

12th February 2016

  • EUR Eurogroup Meetings
  • USD Unemployment Claims: 269K
  • USD Fed Chair Yellen Testifies
  • AUD RBA Gov Stevens Speaks
  • AUD Home Loans m/m: 2.6%

The Euro and Yen gained against the Dollar yesterday as a risk averse mood was seen throughout the markets. It seems as though the Fed is currently in a situation where it can do little to counteract the risk aversion in markets currently being seen after Yellen’s relatively hawkish tone on Wednesday. 

Yesterday’s economic docket was relatively light. The highlight was from the US labour market where the Weekly Jobless figure was released. Unemployment claims in the US exceeded market expectations posting at 269k, its lowest reading since December this year. 

Today’s markets

11th February 2016

  • EUR German Prelim GDP q/q
  • EUR Flash GDP q/q
  • EUR ECOFIN Meetings
  • USD Core Retail Sales m/m
  • USD Retail Sales m/m
  • USD Import Prices m/m
  • USD Prelim UoM Consumer Sentiment
  • USD FOMC Member Dudley Speaks

The Eurozone post their first reading of Q4 GDP, where growth is expected to remain at 0.3%. Following this in the afternoon the Retail Sales figures from the US are set to hit the wires, where the main gauge is forecasted to post a positive reading.