The number of unemployment claims in the US rose to 382K. Expectations stood on 370K after the initial report about 365K last week. This was now revised to 367K. Continuing claims are on the rise as well: 3.283 million is the fresh number.
PPI rose by 1.7% – it was expected to rise by 1.1%. Core PPI was predicted to edge up by 0.2% and met expectations.
EUR/USD is a bit higher: 1.2911 at the moment, while USD/JPY is steady at around 77.61.
Markets are awaiting the Fed decision later today. Will we see QE? Not so fast.
A not so good result in jobless claims could boost the QE3 camp. However, this isn’t a huge change.
Note that USD/JPY is at a 7 month low and is pricing in QE3 quite heavily. We could see a reversal regardless of the result.