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Germany economic data mixed in session; Trading subdued into month-end   
Thu, 31 Jan 2013 05:41 AM EST/10:41 AM GMT
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Notes/Observations
- FOMC reiterated its condition of 6.5% unemployment and repeated to buy USTs at $45B a month and MBS at $40B per month; Growth in economic activity had paused in recent months
-US Senate reaches deal to vote on debt ceiling extension today and is expected to pass
- German Chancellor Merkel might not have majority support from her own coalition to approve possible Cyprus aid; SPD opposition will probably vote against it
- Japan Dec Industrial Production data below expectations but did rise by fastest pace in 18 months
-BoE's Weale: Would not rule out further QE at some stage
- Germany Dec Retail Sales come in well below expectations
- Germany's Jan Unemployment data comes in better than expected (at a 4-month low) with back month improvement


Economic Data
- (DE) Germany Dec Retail Sales M/M: -1.7% v -0.1%e; Y/Y: -4.7% v -1.5%e
- (UK) Jan Nationwide House Prices M/M: 0.5% v 0.2%e; Y/Y: 0.0% v -0.3%e

- (DE) Germany Dec ILO Employment: 41.65M v 41.55M prior; Unemployment rate: 5.3% v 5.3% prior
- (FI) Finland Nov Final Trade Balance: €180M v €210M prelim
- (TH) Thailand Dec Current Account: +730M v -$700Me; Total Trade Balance: $283M v $627M prior; Overall Trade Balance: $0.8B v $1.2B prior
- (TH) Thailand Dec Business Sentiment Index: 50.6 v 52.0 prior ...
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