China's Industrial Production Rises More than Expected

Ibeth Rivero

Fixed Asset Investment stood at 1.8 percent, higher than analysts' prediction of 1.6 percent and September's 0.8 percent.

ChinaAccording to data released by China's National Bureau of Statistics, industrial production rose more than analysts' expectation of 6.5 percent, though remaining unchanged from the previous month's 6.9 percent. On the other hand, retail sales went up less than expected, climbing 4.3 percent in October (year-to-year), an improvement from the previous month's 3.3 percent.

The Bureau also reported that Foreign Direct Investment went up by 6.4 percent, higher than analysts' expectation of 2.5 percent, and over the previous month's 5.2 percent. The House Price Index stood at 4.3 percent, after being at 4.6 percent in the previous month. Fixed Asset Investment stood at 1.8 percent, higher than analysts' prediction of 1.6 percent and September's 0.8 percent.

“The latest data suggest that the broad-based acceleration of China’s economy continued in October,” said an analyst at Capital Economics. “Policy stimulus continued to boost investment and industrial output while growth in real retail sales and services activity returned to pre-virus levels.”

By 6:49 GMT the Australian dollar gained 0.20 percent against the greenback, hitting the 0.7282 level. Similarly, the New Zealand dollar went up by 0.41 percent against the dollar, hitting the 0.6872 level.

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Japan's Industrial Production Shrinks, Government Pledges More Stimulus

Japan's industrial production shrank by 9 percent (year-to-year), remaining in line with the surveyed analysts' expectations and unchanged from the previous month's figure.

In monthly terms, industrial production went up less than expected at 3.9 percent, after being at 4 percent in the previous month.

The Bank of Japan's board member Takako Masai commented that the Japanese economy is likely to improve, though remains cautious about the forecast. He also highlighted that the bank should play a supporting role in boosting the country's productivity.

Economy Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura said that the government will set up a comprehensive stimulus package in order to aid the Japanese economy's performance.

"We can't make up for all of the output gap just with public works spending. We also need to spur private investment. But the size (of the output gap) is something we'll look at," he said during a news conference.

By 7:23 GMT the US dollar went down by 0.08 percent against the Japanese yen, falling to the 104.54 level.

Ibeth Rivero

Ibeth contributes daily market commentary in both English and Spanish (both of which she speaks fluently) and she also manages the DailyForex mobile app to ensure that traders around the world are getting important market updates in real time.

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