May in Figures

May 31, 2011

Sovereign bond yields fell in many cases significantly for a second straight month, while short-term interest rate changes were minimal during May.  The Swiss franc and kiwi performed well during the month.  Against the euro, the dollar traded in a nearly ten-cent range of $1.4939 to $1.3968, closing 2.9% higher on balance.  Dollar/yen dipped briefly below 80/USD to touch 79.55, but traded slightly above that barrier most of the month with a 0.5% net appreciation.  Equities fell for the most part, but the Swiss bourse managed to hold steady.  Oil prices slid around 10% on balance, and the dollar advanced against the commodity-sensitive currencies of Canada and Australia.  Oil closed above $100 for the month, and gold wound up on the strong side of $1500.

10-Yr Yield 04/29/11 05/31/11 Chg vs End-Apr
U.S. 3.26% 3.05% -23 Basis Points
Germany 3.24% 3.02% -22
Japan 1.21% 1.16% -5
U.K. 3.43% 3.19% -24
Canada 3.20% 3.07% -15
Switzerland 2.04% 1.82% -22
3-month euros     Chg vs End-Apr
U.S. 0.27% 0.25% -2 Basis Points
Euroland 1.39% 1.43% +4
Japan 0.20% 0.20% 0
U.K. 0.82% 0.83% +1
Canada 1.20% 1.20% 0
Swiss 0.19% 0.18% -1
FX     Pct Chg in USD
EUR/USD 1.4806 1.4387 +2.9%
USD/JPY 81.11 81.53 +0.5%
USD/CHF 0.8652 0.8531 -1.4%
GBP/USD 1.6708 1.6446 +1.6%
AUD/USD 1.0964 1.0671 +2.7%
NZD/USD 0.8096 0.8248 -1.8%
USD/CAD 0.9454 0.9694 +2.5%
USD/CNY 6.4920 6.4805 -0.2%
Equities          Pct Change
S&P 500 1364 1345 -1.4%
Nasdaq 2874 2835 -1.4%
Djia 12811 12570 -1.8%
Dax 7514 7294 -2.9%
Nikkei 9850 9694 -1.6%
Ftse 6070 5990 -1.3%
Canada TSE 13945 13805 -1.0%
Swiss SMI 6540 5990 +0.2%
Commodities     Pct Change
Oil, $ per brl 113.93 102.60 -9.9%
Gold, $ per oz 1563.70 1536.80 -1.7%

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