The pound regained some ground upon seeing mostly stronger than expected jobs data. Claimant count rose by 1.1K versus the projected 2K increase in joblessness while the average earnings index came in at 2.2% versus the estimated 2.1% increase. The previous reading also enjoyed an upgrade to 2.3% to reflect stronger wage growth than initially reported. UK retail sales data is due today and a 0.1% uptick is eyed.
The franc continued to advance against most of its peers as it raked in safe-haven gains away from the dollar. There were no reports out of the Swiss economy yesterday but the previous ones have been mostly stronger than expected, easing fears of SNB intervention. There are still no reports due from Switzerland today so franc pairs could take their cues from market sentiment.
The yen also took advantage of dollar weakness and was able to get a boost from the upgraded industrial production figure. The reading was revised from a 1.1% decline to just 1.0% for September. There are no major reports due from Japan today so the yen could continue to wait for clues from the dollar or overall sentiment.
The Aussie was one of the weakest performers for the day as it was bogged down by weak wage growth. Earlier today, Australia’s jobs figures turned out weaker than expected as the economy added only 3.7K jobs in October versus the projected 17.8K gain. However, the previous reading was upgraded while the unemployment rate ticked lower. Falling oil prices on rising inventories weighed on the Loonie. New Zealand will release its quarterly PPI next and slower quarterly gains are eyed.