April in Figures

April 30, 2011

April was a volatile month.  The dollar plunged across the board.  Most stocks markets improved, and G7 ten-year sovereign debt yields fell.  A rise in three-month euribor deposit rates as the ECB entered a tightening cycle put added strain on the peripheral members of Euroland, and their bond yields rose.  Commodities soared.  Impressive gains of 8.6% and 6.8% in gold and oil prices were dwarfed by the nearly 30% gain in silver.

10-Yr Yield 03/31/11 04/29/11 Chg vs End-Mar
U.S. 3.46% 3.28% -18 Basis Points
Germany 3.35% 3.24% -11
Japan 1.26% 1.21% -5
U.K. 3.64% 3.43% -21
Canada 3.34% 3.20% -14
Switzerland 1.95% 2.04% +9
3-month euros     Chg vs End-Mar
U.S. 0.30% 0.27% -3 Basis Points
Euroland 0.95% 1.39% +44
Japan 0.20% 0.20% 0
U.K. 0.82% 0.82% 0
Canada 1.20% 1.20% 0
Swiss 0.18% 0.19% +1
FX     Pct Chg in USD
EUR/USD 1.4159 1.4806 -4.4%
USD/JPY 83.23 81.11 -2.5%
USD/CHF 0.9198 0.8652 -5.9%
GBP/USD 1.6031 1.6708 -4.1%
AUD/USD 1.0322 1.0964 -5.9%
NZD/USD 0.7652 0.8096 -5.5%
USD/CAD 0.9703 0.9454 -2.6%
USD/CNY 6.5490 6.4920 -0.9%
Equities          Pct Change
S&P 500 1326 1364 +2.9%
Nasdaq 2781 2874 +3.3%
Djia 12319 12811 +4.0%
Dax 7141 7514 +5.2%
Nikkei 9755 9850 +1.0%
Ftse 5909 6070 +2.7%
Canada TSE 14116 13945 -1.2%
Swiss SMI 6358 6540 +2.9%
Commodities     Pct Change
Oil, $ per brl 106.72 113.93 +6.8%
Gold, $ per oz 1439.90 1563.70 +8.6%

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