August in Figures

August 31, 2011

In August, risk aversion shot up.  Gold soared, while share prices and sovereign bond yields fell sharply.  Most commodity prices including oil fell, and so did commodity-sensitive currencies.  USD/JPY and EUR/USD closed practically unchanged for the month.  Swiss officials took steps to reverse the franc’s strength, enabling the dollar to advance 2.5% against the Swiss currency. 

10-Yr Yield 07/29/11 08/31/11 Chg vs End-Jul
U.S. 2.79% 2.24% -55 Basis Points
Germany 2.54% 2.22% -32
Japan 1.08% 1.04% -4
U.K. 2.86% 2.52% -34
Canada 2.78% 2.40% -38
Switzerland 1.42% 1.14% -28
3-month euros     Chg vs End-Jul
U.S. 0.26% 0.33% +7 Basis Points
Euroland 1.66% 1.54% -12
Japan 0.20% 0.19% -1
U.K. 0.83% 0.88% +5
Canada 1.18% 1.18% -3
Swiss 0.18% 0.18% -17
FX     Pct Chg in USD
EUR/USD 1.4387 1.4379 +0.1%
USD/JPY 76.95 76.56 -0.5%
USD/CHF 0.7865 0.8058 +2.5%
GBP/USD 1.6409 1.6246 +1.0%
AUD/USD 1.0999 1.0698 +2.8%
NZD/USD 0.8792 0.8532 +3.0%
USD/CAD 0.9576 0.9783 +2.2%
USD/CNY 6.4390 6.3792 -0.9%
Equities          Pct Change
S&P 500 1292 1219 -5.7%
Nasdaq 2756 2579 -6.4%
Djia 12143 11614 -4.4%
Dax 7159 5785 -19.2%
Nikkei 9833 8955 -8.9%
Ftse 5833 5395 -7.2%
Canada TSE 12946 12769 -1.4%
Swiss SMI 5785 5529 -4.4%
Commodities     Pct Change
Oil, $ per brl 95.70 89.15 -4.9%
Gold, $ per oz 1628.30 1826.70 +12.2%

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