ECB meeting on Thursday in focus Yen weakens on U.S.-China trade...

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    • ECB meeting on Thursday in focus
    • Yen weakens on U.S.-China trade optimism
    • U.S. producer prices rose in August

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    The euro fell to a one-week low against the greenback on Wednesday, a day before the European Central Bank is expected to add further stimulus in a bid to boost the region's economy.

    ECB policymakers are leaning toward a package that includes a rate cut, a beefed-up pledge to keep rates low for longer and compensation for banks over the side-effects of negative rates, five sources familiar with the discussion said last week.

    Many also favor restarting asset buys, but opposition from some northern European countries is complicating this issue.

    “The mere thought of easing is probably keeping the euro on the defensive at the moment,” said Shaun Osborne, chief currency strategist at Scotiabank in Toronto. However, “we’re not completely on side with expectations of an aggressive ease… we think there may be a rebound in the euro after the policy meeting tomorrow.”

    The euro EUR= was last down 0.43% on the day at $1.0995. The yen was the weakest since Aug. 1 as optimism over U.S.-China trade talks boosted risk sentiment and reduced demand for safe havens.

    China announced its first batch of tariff exemptions for 16 types of U.S. products, days ahead of a planned meeting between the two countries to try and de-escalate their bruising tariff row.

    The dollar gained 0.20% to 107.74 yen JPY= . Sterling also dipped after a Scottish court ruled on Wednesday that Prime Minister Boris Johnson's suspension of the British parliament was unlawful, prompting immediate calls for lawmakers to return to work as the government and parliament battle over the future of Brexit.

    The British pound GBP= fell 0.19% to $1.2322. U.S. data on Wednesday showed that U.S. producer prices unexpectedly rose in August and underlying producer prices rebounded, but that data will not change financial market expectations that the Federal Reserve will cut interest rates again next week to support a slowing economy.

    This week’s major economic focus will be consumer price inflation data on Thursday and retail sales data on Friday.

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     Description	  RIC		 Last		   U.S. Close  Pct Change	 YTD Pct	 High Bid	Low Bid 
    											  Previous				   Change				  
    											  Session											
     Euro/Dollar	  EUR=		$1.0995		$1.1043	 -0.43%		 -4.13%	  +1.1055	 +1.0994 
     Dollar/Yen	   JPY=		107.7400	   107.5300	+0.20%		 -2.29%	  +107.8400   +107.5100 
     Euro/Yen		 EURJPY=	 118.47		 118.75	  -0.24%		 -6.14%	  +119.1700   +118.4600 
     Dollar/Swiss	 CHF=		0.9936		 0.9919	  +0.17%		 +1.24%	  +0.9943	 +0.9913 
     Sterling/Dollar  GBP=		1.2322		 1.2346	  -0.19%		 -3.41%	  +1.2370	 +1.2323 
     Dollar/Canadian  CAD=		1.3152		 1.3149	  +0.02%		 -3.56%	  +1.3160	 +1.3140 
     Australian/Doll  AUD=		0.6859		 0.6859	  +0.00%		 -2.70%	  +0.6884	 +0.6849 
     ar																							  
    
     Euro/Swiss	   EURCHF=	 1.0928		 1.0953	  -0.23%		 -2.90%	  +1.0970	 +1.0925 
     Euro/Sterling	EURGBP=	 0.8921		 0.8939	  -0.20%		 -0.70%	  +0.8951	 +0.8908 
     NZ			   NZD=		0.6410		 0.6423	  -0.20%		 -4.57%	  +0.6439	 +0.6408 
     Dollar/Dollar																				   
    
     Dollar/Norway	NOK=		8.9781		 8.9543	  +0.27%		 +3.93%	  +8.9819	 +8.9393 
     Euro/Norway	  EURNOK=	 9.8728		 9.8878	  -0.15%		 -0.34%	  +9.9013	 +9.8701 
     Dollar/Sweden	SEK=		9.6956		 9.6839	  -0.31%		 +8.16%	  +9.6987	 +9.6649 
     Euro/Sweden	  EURSEK=	 10.6607		10.6940	 -0.31%		 +3.87%	  +10.6987	+10.6520                    
 
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