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Americas Roundup: Dollar index firmer as Tax hopes boosts greenback, Gold heads to first weekly gain in 4 weeks, Oil holds below 2-year highs with focus on U.S. output-December 16th 2017

Market Roundup

• US Nov Industrial Production MM, 0.2%, 0.3% forecast, 0.9% previous 1.2% revised.

• US Nov Capacity Utilization MM, 77.1%, 77.2% forecast, 77.0% previous.

• US Nov Manufacturing Output MM, 0.2%, 0.3% forecast, 1.3% previous, 1.4% revised.

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Pace of U.S. housing starts likely to have slowed slightly in November

The U.S. housing starts rebound in October was strong after the hurricane-induced construction stumble in September. Starts had risen 13.7 percent to 1.29 million-unit pace in October, which is among the strongest months of the current cycle.

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Russian retail sales likely to have grown further in November

The Russian real retail sales data, along with real wages and industrial output for the month of November is set to be released next week. In 2017, Russian retail sales have risen higher as the economy has recovered from a deep recession that occurred in the 2015-2016 period.

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Canadian consumer price inflation likely to have accelerated in November

Canadian consumer price inflation is expected to have accelerated in November. According to a TD Economics research report, the headline inflation is likely to have risen to 1.9 percent year-on-year from 1.4 percent, driven by a sharp rise in gasoline prices.

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Swiss economy likely to accelerate strongly in 2018

Following the sluggish performance in the first half of 2017, the Swiss economic growth accelerated noticeably in the third quarter, growing 0.6 percent sequentially. It was stronger than the average growth over the two previous quarters, and the quickest since the end of 2014, just before the Swiss National Bank raised its currency cap.

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