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    EUR/USD. August 21, 2020 – Euro fell below $1.18

    At the end of the week, the euro showed a sharp decline to the level of 1.1780. The strong support for the US dollar was brought by the publication of the minutes of the last meeting of the US Federal Reserve System. The regulator made it clear that in the near future it does not intend to soften monetary policy, despite the risks present.

    The dollar is growing, even despite yesterday's statistics on unemployment in the United States. The number of applications for unemployment benefits for the week unexpectedly rose to 1.106 million against 0.971 million a week earlier. The forecast assumed a reduction to 0.930 million. However, investors still hope for a quick stabilization of the labor market, which gives the greenback additional support.

    Today we should pay attention to the indexes of business activity in the US manufacturing sector, analysts expect growth in indicators. House sales data will also be of interest. The eurozone will present a preliminary calculation of the index of activity in the service sector for August, as well as data on the manufacturing sector of the European region.
     
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    USD/CAD. August 31, 2020 – Canadian dollar at highs

    At the beginning of the week, the quotes of the USD/CAD pair dropped to the area of local minimums of 1.3050 against the background of the weakness of the US dollar after J. Powell's speech last week. The politician announced a new targeting of average inflation and a significant extension of the period around zero interest rates.

    At the same time, the Canadian dollar was supported by Friday's macroeconomic data: although Canada's GDP fell by 38.7% in the second quarter, it turned out to be better than the forecasted fall by 39.6%. On a monthly basis, the Canadian economy showed growth at all by 6.5% against the forecast of 5.6%.

    Today is a relatively calm trading day as the economic calendar is almost empty.
     
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    EUR/USD. September 01, 2020 | Euro approaches 2-year highs in the 1.20 area

    On Tuesday, the euro continues to approach the highs of April 2018 at 1.2000. At the beginning of the new trading week, dollar sales resumed after the publication of data from China: the growth of activity in the service sector in August increased from 54.2 to 55.2 points. The index of business activity in the industrial sector in August was 51.0 against 51.1 in July. The lull in US-China relations has also supported the bullish trend in risky assets.

    Today we should pay attention to the data on inflation in Germany, which turned out to be worse than expected. Labor market statistics turned out to be better than forecasted: the number of unemployed in Germany in August fell by 9 thousand – to 2.915 million people. Unemployment remained at 6.4%, the August 2015 high.

    Consumer prices in the euro zone in August fell by 0.2% in annual terms. The fall in prices in annual terms was recorded for the first time since May 2016. Experts predicted an average growth of 0.2%. Unemployment in 19 eurozone countries rose to 7.9% in July, the highest level since November 2018.

    At the same time, the epidemiological situation in Spain and France continues to deteriorate, which may put pressure on the euro in the short term.

    In the evening hours, data from the US will be of interest: on the index of business activity in the manufacturing sector for August, as well as the ISM manufacturing index for August and data on the change in the volume of expenses in the construction sector for July.

    Brent. September 1, 2020 | Oil trades in different directions

    Oil prices show mixed trading dynamics. Yesterday, Brent quotes rose to the level of $46.50, but in the end the initiative remained with the sellers, who sent the asset to $45.30 per barrel. The current Brent quote is $45.80.

    Local support to prices was provided today by data from China, according to which the index of business activity in the non-manufacturing sector in August rose from 54.2 to 55.2 points. The dynamics of growth has been maintained for the sixth month in a row. The last decline under the 50 level was recorded in February. Additional positive for oil prices is brought by the weakness of the US dollar throughout the Forex market.

    At the same time, the data on the volume of oil production in the USA exerted pressure on prices. According to the EIA, production in June increased by 4.2% and reached 10.4 million barrels per day. However, further increases in production are in question as Hurricane Laura severely damaged a number of refineries in the Gulf of Mexico.

    The further dynamics of oil prices will be influenced by tomorrow's report from the US Department of Energy on crude oil reserves in the country. If the data shows a decrease in volumes, then buyers will have a good reason to renew the highs.
     
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    EUR/USD. September 02, 2020 | Euro has suspended the fall at 1.1850

    The euro is showing a corrective decline against the dollar, reaching 1.1850 after yesterday's gains to highs in the 1.20 area. The quotes were pressured by macroeconomic data from Europe: the final index of business activity in the manufacturing sector of the eurozone in August remained at 51.7 points. In Germany, the same indicator was lower than the previous value (52.2 points against 53.0).

    Preliminary data on inflation in the eurozone for August reflected an increase of 0.4% in annual terms. The forecast assumed a decline to 0.9% y/y after July to 1.2%. By itself, inflation in August fell by 0.2% y/y against expectations of growth by 0.2 y/y. Today, the euro was under pressure from data from Germany, according to which retail sales fell 0.9% month-on-month in July, which was worse than expected.

    The statistics from the USA also disappointed the markets: construction costs in July grew by only 0.1% m/m against expectations of growth by 1.0% and the previous decline by 0.5%.

    The 1.1850 level managed to contain the onslaught of dollar bulls. The RSI indicator has stabilized in the neutral zone, which signals the formation of a flat at the current levels.
     
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    Brent. September 03, 2020 – Oil declines despite shrinking US stocks

    Brent crude oil shows a decline on Thursday, weakening to $43.40 a barrel and hitting a new low since early August. Quotes are falling, even despite yesterday's report from the Energy Information Administration of the US Department of Energy, according to which the commercial oil reserves in the country fell by 9.4 million, to 498.4 million barrels. Reduction of stocks of raw materials in the United States has been observed for the sixth consecutive week. Despite this, US oil reserves still exceed the 5-year average by about 14%.

    The asset was under pressure from the data that the demand for gasoline fell, and the recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic is proceeding at a slow pace. According to the EIA, gasoline stocks fell by 4.3 million barrels, to 234.86 million barrels, distillate stocks fell by 1.7 million barrels, to 177.52 million barrels.

    Further dynamics of oil will depend on statistics on the US labor market, which will be released tomorrow. Given that yesterday's ADP report was worse than expected, the official statistics may also disappoint the markets and put pressure on the US dollar.

    USD/CAD. September 03, 2020 – Looney continues to weaken, losing oil support

    The Canadian dollar continues to weaken against the US dollar, reaching 1.31 after strengthening to 1.2990 last week. Earlier, the loonie was supported by the widespread weakness of the American currency and the rise in oil prices to the area of $46.50 per barrel.

    However, it should be noted that the fundamental background has changed slightly, despite the correctional decline of the Canadian. In the US, the debate continues on the adoption of measures to stimulate the economy, and it was reported that the Treasury Department again rejected the proposals of the Democrats.

    Today we should pay attention to the statistics on business activity in the US services sector for August. The US dollar may also be supported by data on the number of applications for unemployment benefits: experts predict a decrease in the indicator from 1.006K to 980K. Labor market reports will be released tomorrow in both the US and Canada.

    In the meantime, the quotation of the USD/CAD pair is growing with a target in the area of 1.3130. Additional pressure on the Canadian dollar is exerted by a decline in the oil market, where Brent quotes weakened to $43.45 per barrel.
     
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    EUR/USD. September 04, 2020 – Dollar is in anticipation of data on the US labor market

    EUR/USD is consolidating at 1.1840 in anticipation of important macroeconomic news. Today the focus of the markets is centered around the statistics on the US labor market for August. And the further rhetoric of the US Federal Reserve will depend on how strong the indicators turn out to be.

    Recently, the dollar exchange rate has been under pressure from expectations of a new stimulus for the American economy, but if today's data are better than expected, then financial injections may not be required.

    So, the forecasts of investors according to statistics are as follows: unemployment may fall to 9.8% from 10.2% in July. Average hourly wages are expected to remain unchanged after an earlier rise of 0.2% m/m. The number of jobs outside the agricultural sector may increase by 1.375 million after rising 1.763 million earlier.

    Already published statistics from the United States showed an increase in labor productivity by 10.1% in the second quarter of the year. The index of business activity in the US services sector in August from Markit amounted to 55.0 points against the previous value of 54.8. At the same time, official data reflected a decrease in the indicator: to 56.9 points from 58.1 earlier.
     
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    EUR/USD. September 07, 2020 – The pair is consolidating above the level of 1.18

    EUR/USD starts the week with a slight decline towards the 1.1800 level. Today is a public holiday in the United States to celebrate Labor Day, so volatility in the market will be minimal.

    Last Friday, the US released labor market data showing a decline in the unemployment rate from 10.2% to 8.4%. Experts predicted a decline to 9.8%. The number of jobs outside the agricultural sector rose by 1.371 million after expanding in July by 1.734 million. Average hourly wages in the country in August rose by 0.4% m/m. Such strong data was a signal for the recovery of the employment sector and American business.

    However, risks remain in the US economy. Investors expect job growth to slow as the entire support program has already been exhausted. However, politicians have been unable to agree on a new $1 trillion aid package for a long time.
     

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    GBP/USD. September 08, 2020 – The pound continues to weaken against the dollar

    The British pound sterling continues to decline against the dollar, approaching the 1.3100 level. Pressure on the GBP/USD pair is exerted by difficulties in the Brexit negotiations between London and Brussels. A new round of debate starts today, but yesterday it became known that the British Parliament intends to cancel the amendment on the customs space of Northern Ireland, which could violate all preliminary agreements with the European Union.

    Earlier, the pound was under pressure from the statements of the representative of the Bank of England Michael Saunders on the need for further easing of the monetary policy. As a result, the market increased expectations of an expansion in the volume of the quantitative easing program at the next meeting of the British Central Bank.

    Additional support for the «bears» is provided by the strengthening of the US dollar after the release of strong data on the US labor market.

    Today the pair's downward dynamics will continue. However, the RSI indicator is directed towards the support area, which signals a likely trend change in the near future.
     
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    EUR/USD. September 9, 2020 – Euro dipped to the level of 1.1750

    The EUR/USD pair continues to retreat amid risk aversion of investors. The current quote for the pair is 1.1750. Market participants are watching with dismay the rise in the number of new cases of coronavirus, as no economy in the world is ready for new quarantine restrictions.

    The euro was also under pressure from the statistics released earlier: the next calculation of the eurozone's GDP for the second quarter reflected a fall of 11.8% q/q against the initial estimate of -12.1% q/q. In annual terms, the eurozone economy fell by 14.7% in April-June. The data turned out to be better than forecasted, but the decline still looks very sharp and strong.

    The statistics on the level of employment in the region in the second quarter reflected a decrease of 2.9%, which was slightly worse than the initial estimate. In the first quarter, the same indicator decreased by 0.3%. Experts note that the current state of affairs is the most negative since the start of statistics collection in 1995.

    Tonight you should pay attention to the data on the number of open vacancies in the labor market JOLTS for July. Experts predict an increase in the number of vacancies to 6 million.
     
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    EUR/USD. September 10, 2020 – Euro rises in anticipation of ECB meeting

    On Thursday, the euro demonstrates growth to the level of 1.1890 amid expectations of the results of the meeting of the European Central Bank and the speech of Christine Lagarde. Before there were rumors that the regulator's management plans to revise the economic forecast for 2020 towards improvement, which caused the sudden growth of the euro.

    Today, traders are most interested in the ECB's position on the euro exchange rate and its impact on the volume of eurozone exports. Earlier, the chief economist of the central bank Philip Lane said that the euro is too high, which could have an impact on future monetary policy. Whether the head of the ECB will develop this idea during his speech will become known a little later.

    Market participants doubt the regulator's transition to a strategy of targeting the average inflation rate following the example of the US Federal Reserve System. If Lagarde reports that the eurozone economy is recovering rapidly, the regulator will not expand the QE program or apply additional mitigation measures, which will be an excellent factor for further strengthening of the European currency.
     
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    EUR/USD. September 11, 2020 – Euro demonstrates strengthening after ECB meeting

    The EUR/USD currency pair demonstrates increased trading volatility after yesterday's meeting of the ECB. Yesterday, at the moment, the pair managed to renew the high of early September at 1.1915, falling almost immediately to 1.1800. The current quote for the euro is 1.1860.

    At the end of the meeting, it was decided to keep the monetary policy unchanged, and the rate at zero. The head of the regulator Christine Lagarde also noted that the PEPP program, designed for the purchase of assets in the amount of 1.35 billion euros, will continue its work, but over time the regulator intends to switch to a flexible system of asset repurchase.

    Today, you should pay attention to the data on inflation in the United States, which should rise from 1.0% to 1.1%. And in comparison with Europe, which has already faced deflation, statistics from the United States can give the dollar strength. Perhaps it is these data that will entail the long-awaited correction in the EUR/USD pair.
     
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    GBP/USD. September 14, 2020 – Pound is weakly correcting after falling the day before

    On Monday, the GBP/USD pair is recovering after falling to local lows last week. The pound dropped to 1.2760 on Thursday, recovering to 1.2850 today.

    The pressure on the British currency continues to be exerted by the growing likelihood of the UK leaving the EU in a «tough» scenario, without a trade deal. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson continues to criticize the European authorities, only exacerbating the situation.

    For example, today it became known that the politician accused the EU of a food blockade of Great Britain. Moreover, last week the British authorities passed a law on the border of Northern Ireland, which cancels last year's agreements with Brussels. All this uncertainty around Brexit is putting strong pressure on the sterling exchange rate, and the currency is unlikely to be able to recover to its recent highs in the near future.
     
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    GBP/USD. September 15, 2020 – Pound recovers moderately after long decline

    Although the GBP/USD pair remains in a downward trend, it has been showing signs of recovery since the beginning of this week, responding to the positive British statistics. The current quote for the pair is 1.2890.

    The UK released several economic reports this morning to support the pound. In particular, in July the growth of the average wages amounted to -1.0% against the forecast of -1.3%. The number of applications for unemployment benefits also fell in August. The actual number of requests was 73.7 thousand, while the forecasts assumed an increase to 100 thousand. Unemployment remained at the same level of 4.1%.

    At the same time, the US dollar is under pressure from the protracted dispute in the US Congress over the issue of an additional package of monetary stimulus measures. In the evening hours, you should pay attention to the data on industrial production in the United States. Experts predict a slowdown in the decline in production from -8.2% to -6.1%, which may support the dollar.

    The RSI indicator continues to rise towards the resistance zone, which signals the continued growth of the pound to the level of 1.29 and subsequent consolidation in this area.
     
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    Brent. September 16, 2020 – Oil market is growing again

    Oil prices are rising for the second day in a row. The current Brent quotation is $41.40 per barrel.

    The reason for the strengthening was the suspension of oil and gas production in the United States due to hurricane Sally in the Gulf of Mexico. The current estimate for the total loss of production is between 3 and 6 million barrels of oil in about 11 days.

    Additional support to prices was provided by yesterday's report from the American Petroleum Institute (API), which showed a decrease in oil reserves in the United States by 9.5 million barrels, to 494.6 million. Analysts predicted an increase in reserves by 1.3 million barrels.

    The dynamics of the oil market also depends on the results of the two-day meeting of the US Federal Reserve System. If the event provides support for the dollar, oil prices are expected to show a correction.

    USD/CAD. September 16, 2020 – Canadian dollar rises moderately in anticipation of inflation data

    On Wednesday, the USD/CAD pair is moderately declining from the level of 1.3200. The current quote of the pair is 1.3160.

    Statistics released yesterday from the US and Canada turned out to be weak. In the United States, data on industrial production were presented, the volume of which fell from 3.5% to 0.4% in August. The forecast assumed a reduction to 1.0%. Canada shared data on manufacturing sales, which fell from 23.0% to 7.0%.

    Today you should pay attention to the results of the two-day meeting of the US Federal Reserve. Investors do not expect changes in interest rates or the course of monetary policy, policy, but the subsequent press conference of Jerome Powell will be of interest. The head of the Fed should comment on the issue of further interest rate cuts.

    In Canada, a block of data on the dynamics of consumer prices will be published today. Market participants expect inflation to rise from 0.1% to 0.3%, which may provide some support to the Canadian dollar.
     

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    EUR/USD. September 17, 2020 – The dollar strengthened after the meeting of the US Federal Reserve, but not for long

    Yesterday, the results of the two-day meeting of the US Federal Reserve became known, which provided significant support to the dollar. In the evening hours, the quotes of the EUR/USD pair fell to the level of 1.1735. However, on Thursday the euro managed to make up for all the losses and return to the level of 1.1800.

    The Open Markets Committee of the Federal Reserve System decided to leave the parameters of monetary policy unchanged. The key rate was kept at the historically minimal level – in the range of 0-0.25% per annum. At the same time, most Fed leaders expect the rate to remain in the current range until the end of 2023.

    The ultra-soft monetary policy will continue until unemployment drops to estimated levels and inflation accelerates to 2%.

    The Central Bank also improved its forecasts for GDP and unemployment for 2020: from -6.5% to -3.7% and from 9.3% to 7.6%. Jerome Powell noted that over the past two months, the US economy has been recovering faster than expected.

    Today you should pay attention to the data on inflation in the euro area. Experts forecast a decline from 0.4% to -0.2%. And this will already become the official recognition of Europe's slide into deflation. The states will provide data on the number of applications for unemployment benefits. Experts expect further growth in the number of applications.
     
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    GBP/USD. September 18, 2020 – The pound is recovering from yesterday's decline

    The pound sterling is showing signs of strengthening and is trading just below the 1.3000 level. Yesterday, after the release of the minutes of the Bank of England, the British currency came under pressure and fell to 1.2860. The regulator decided to keep the base interest rate at 0.1%, and the program of asset repurchase from the market – at 745 billion pounds.

    At the same time, the Central Bank noted that it is ready to consider the possibility of reducing rates to the negative area, if necessary.

    The pair changed direction after the release of data on the number of applications for unemployment benefits in the United States. Fresh numbers turned out to be worse than forecast: the figure fell to 860 thousand against expectations of a reduction to 850 thousand.

    Additional support to the pound today was provided by the report on retail sales, the volume of which increased by 0.8% in monthly terms (better than expected) and by 2.8% in annual terms.

    The RSI indicator is moving almost horizontally, which means that it will be difficult for the pound to overcome the resistance level of 1.30. During the day, the GBP/USD pair will continue to fluctuate at current levels.
     
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    Brent. September 21, 2020 – The oil market began to recover

    Oil prices recovered more than 10% last week and Brent quotes returned to the area above $42 per barrel. The current quotation of the asset is $42.40. The weekly high was $43.78 per barrel. Experts believe that the «bullish» rally to the $45 area may resume.

    The prices were supported by data on changes in oil reserves in the United States, as well as restrictions on production in the Gulf of Mexico caused by the hurricane season. According to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA), oil reserves in the United States fell 4.4 million barrels, exceeding the forecast for a decline of 1.8 million barrels.

    In the US, the active hurricane season continues. To date, due to the threat of Hurricane Sally in the Gulf of Mexico, the work of 27.48% of oil production capacities has been suspended.

    An additional driver of price growth was the outcome of the OPEC + meeting, during which the participants in the energy pact reaffirmed their commitment to the current agreement. Earlier, the organization reduced the production cut from 9.7 million barrels per day to 7.7 million, starting in August. At the same time, countries that had not previously completed the deal in full, pledged to compensate for excess production in the coming months.
     
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    EUR/USD. September 22, 2020 – Euro continues to weaken

    The European currency continues to weaken against the US dollar, falling to the level of 1.1690. The current quote for the EUR/USD pair is 1.1700. The main pressure on the European currency is exerted by the increase in the number of cases of coronavirus in Europe, which creates a risk for the introduction of new quarantine measures in the region.

    Additional pressure on the euro rate came from the speech of the head of the European Central Bank Christine Lagarde. She stated the need to carefully study the macroeconomic reports of the euro area, as the economic recovery is uneven and unstable. In the evening hours today, you should pay attention to the speech of the head of the Fed D. Powell.

    The RSI indicator maintains momentum for further decline. The forecast for tomorrow assumes attempts to consolidate the dollar below the level of 1.17.
     
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    GBP/USD. September 23, 2020 – Pound weakly strengthens from 1.2700

    The GBP/USD pair continues to decline against the dollar, falling to 1.2670 for the first time since late July. The current quote for the pair is 1.2730.

    The main pressure on the British pound comes from the uncertainty over Brexit. The date of the country's withdrawal from the EU is approaching, but the parties have failed to reach agreements on many issues, and a «hard» Brexit scenario is becoming more and more likely.

    Additional pressure on the British currency is exerted by a sharp deterioration of the epidemiological situation in the UK. Prime Minister Boris Johnson yesterday announced new restrictive measures and advised companies to move their employees to work remotely. Most likely, the country will face a new lockdown with the shutdown of enterprises, which will once again cause huge damage to the British economy.

    Bank of England Governor Andrew Bailey made a speech yesterday. He stated that negative rates are an important tool in the regulator's arsenal, but that their introduction will take time and technical preparatory work. Thus, the head of the Bank of England signaled a possible transition of monetary policy from zero to negative rates.

    EUR/USD. September 23, 2020 – Euro is recovering after yesterday's fall

    During yesterday's day, the EUR/USD pair dipped to the level of 1.1670, the current quote of the pair is 1.1710. The pressure on the European currency is exerted by the worsening epidemiological situation with regard to Covid-19 in the eurozone and the UK. The British Prime Minister announced new restrictive measures and invited companies to transfer as many workers as possible to remote work.

    In addition, the dynamics of the pair is also affected by the strengthening of the dollar, which rose after the statement of Charles Evans about the possibility of moving to raising rates earlier than planned.

    Yesterday's speeches by J. Powell and C. Lagarde increased the volatility in EUR/USD trading. Powell noted that the US banking system is holding up well during the pandemic, but there is much work to be done to restore the economy in the future and the prospects for the banking sector have not been determined. Today the head of the Fed will speak in the House of Representatives, and on Thursday – in the Senate Banking Committee.

    The head of the ECB, in turn, said at yesterday's speech that the regulator is closely monitoring the rate of the single European currency. Today, the euro was supported by data from Germany, where the index of business activity in the manufacturing sector rose better than expected – to 56.6 points (the forecast assumed that the indicator would remain at the level of 52.2).
     
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    EUR/USD. September 24, 2020 – Euro is trading in the area of local lows

    On Thursday, the euro remains in a weak position and hovers around 1.1640. The pressure on the currency is exerting strong demand for the dollar as a «safe» asset amid a rise in the number of new cases of coronavirus in the world. According to experts, in Germany, Spain, Portugal and other countries, daily incidence records are being updated.

    The dollar rallies even as the preliminary September Markit index of US services PMI declines. The indicator was 54.6 points against the previous value of 55.0. At the same time, the official data on this indicator reflected a slight improvement and showed an increase to 53.5 points from the previous 53.1.

    At the same time, the euro was under pressure today from the data on the business climate from IFO in Germany. The index rose to just 93.4 points, while the forecasts assumed growth to 93.8. In the afternoon, you should pay attention to the data on applications for unemployment benefits in the United States. The number of applications is expected to decrease from 860 thousand to 845 thousand. If the forecasts justify themselves, the dollar will receive additional support, since such data signal a further recovery of the labor market.
     

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