1. The US eco calendar only contains second tier releases. Initial claims are expected to have fallen somewhat, but are still well above the pre-storm levels. ECB Praet and Coueré speak at an ECB conference. They have spoken many times recently, meaning chances are slim they would unveil market sensitive info
2. Yesterday, USD traders faced several conflicting issues including strong EU data, uncertainty on Catalonia and the US debate on who will succeed Yellen at the helm of the Fed. EUR/USD and USD/JPY hovered up and down. The US non-manufacturing ISM was very strong and helped the dollar to regain some ground. However, at the end of the day, EUR/USD (1.1759 from 1.1744) and USD/JPY (112.76 from 112.85) closed the session little changed.
3. Uncertainty about May’s Brexit strategy is taking its toll on the GBP, down to a near 1-month low against the USD. A break below 1.3160 would open up downside towards 1.3136 and 1.3111.
4. Australia retail sales have posted their biggest fall in about four-and-a-half years, plunging 0.6 percent in August. The AUDUSD came under heavy selling pressure falling from 0.7863 to 0.7820. Support lies at 0.7800
5. Gold prices rose on Wednesday after marking a seven-week low the previous session, as the dollar dipped on talk that a dovish Federal Reserve chair would be appointed next year. The metal trades at 1276 while big resistance comes at 1289.