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The day begins slowly with European figures, but ends with a speech by Ben Bernanke. Let’s see what’s up for the last day of the week:

European PMI figures pour in throughout the morning. France begins with  Flash Manufacturing PMI and  Flash Services PMI at 7:00 GMT. Half an hour later, the exact figures from Germany are released, and half an hour after that, the all-European data is due.

All the PMI figures are expected to be better than last month, but to be shy of the 50 point mark signaling expansion. For more on the Euro, read the EUR/USD Outlook.

At 14:00 GMT,  Existing Home Sales are predicted to pass the 5 million mark, and stand on 5.03 million. This is an important figure, and comes quite close to the market’s close.

At the same time, Ben Bernanke will deliver a speech called  “Reflections on a Year of Crisis”. This will also impact the forex market.

That’s it for this week. Happy forex trading!