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FOREX: US inflation softens, deflating the USD and yields
- US CPI data fell below forecast. Both the headline and ex-energy numbers
missed forecast by 0.1ppt, which deflated the greenback slightly. NZD was the
poorest performer after yesterday's building permits numbers, but NZD/USD failed
to find a new 2020 low.
- Despite the risk appetite environment seemingly improving the CHF remains
firm, keeping EUR/CHF close to recent lows and surely outside of the SNB's
comfort band. Sight deposits data out earlier this week, however, suggest the
bank are keeping their powder dry - which may be giving markets an excuse today
to press the EUR/CHF rate lower still. The addition of Switzerland to the US
currency manipulator watchlist also prompted a rebuke from the SNB.
- UK inflation numbers for December, Eurozone industrial production and PPI &
Empire manufacturing data from the US are the data highlights Wednesday.
Speeches are scheduled from BoJ's Kuroda, ECB's Holzmann & Villeroy, a number of
Fed members and BoE's Saunders. Trump is due to host a Chinese delegation to
sign the phase one trade deal.