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Week ahead: US non-farm payrolls and ECB in focus

Fri 31st Oct 14, 15:24

The coming week will see the flow of economic data ramp-up. As always, the latest US non-farm payrolls figures, which are set for release on Friday, will focus traders' attention above all else. This is particularly true in the aftermath of the latest FOMC meeting, which put the state of the labour market front-and-centre in terms of determining their policy moves.

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