Yesterday the ECB cut its interest rate from 0.15% to 0.05% and introduced new stimulus measures causing the Euro to fall to 14 month lows against the dollar. During Mario Draghis speech yesterday he stated that QE had been discussed following the pressure to kick-start the Eurozone economy, as manufacturing output slowed, unemployment fell and inflation fell to just 0.3%.
It is expected that around 500 Billion Euros could be pumped into the markets in the next three years.
Jobless claims rose by 4,000 to 302,000 in the week ended Aug. 30, according to Labour Department data. The total number of people on benefit rolls fell to the lowest level in more than seven years.
The trade deficit in the U.S. unexpectedly narrowed in July to the lowest level in six months as exports climbed to a record high. The trade gap shrank 0.6 percent to $40.5 billion, the smallest since January, from a revised $40.8 billion in June that was narrower than previously estimated, the Commerce Department reported.
ISM figures showed exports climbed to $198 billion from $196.2 billion in June. Shipments of goods, including autos and non-petroleum products, were the highest on record. Imports increased 0.7 percent to $238.6 billion from $237 billion in the prior month as Americans bought more autos and crude oil. Sales of U.S. petroleum products swamped purchases of foreign crude, leaving the trade gap on the fuel at the lowest level since May 2009.
13:30 - USD – Non-Farm Payroll (Aug) – Expected to increase to 224k from 209K
13:30 – USD – Unemployment Rate (Aug) – Expected to drop to 6.1% from 6.2%
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