European Morning Wrap: Mundane Monday
Eurozone sentix investor confidence for January -7, demonstrably stronger than -16.8 in December and Reuters' median forecast of -15.0
Berlusconi strikes election deal with Northern League, wants to be economy minister
Here is why USD/JPY big upside move is already behind us - Nomura
Japanese business lobby head Yonekura: Current 88.00 in USD/JPY acceptable. Expects USD/JPY range of 75-90
Swiss December foreign currency reserves 427.2 bln francs, not a million miles from Bloombergs' median forecast of 423 bln
SNB's Zurbruegg: Raising Swiss interest rates unthinkable
Cameron's absurd behaviour over EU membership - Peter Mandelson in The Guardian
Draghi seeks extended calm in 2013 on fading euro economy - Bloomberg
EUR/USD touch firmer at 1.3045 compared to the 1.3033 which greeted me. Early reports had buy orders clustered down at 1.3000/20 and these were tested when Middle Eastern sovereign selling (also sold the EUR/JPY cross as well) pressured the pairing.
We got to session low 1.3017 and then bounced. Talk of LHS interest (sell interest) lined up for the 13:15 GMT fix has helped negate accelerated gains for the single currency so far. Also talk of large 1.3000 option expiry at todays New York cut.
USD/JPY pretty much unchanged at 87.87. This pairing has seen some increasingly choppy trade of late and the one-way ride northwards has now gotten a little more precarious.
Cable up at 1.6055 from early 1.6020. Talk of buy orders clustered down at 1.5990/1.6010, sell stops below there.
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