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New Overnight Developments Abroad – Daily Update

European GDP, U.S. Retail Sales and Industrial Production, Continuing Coronavirus Spread, and Another Trump Dispute With Own Government People

February 14, 2020

From a news standpoint, Friday has been a very busy day, but financial market movements have been tempered. Mid-morning in NY finds the dollar up 0.2% against the Swiss franc and sterling and plus-or-minus 0.1% relative to other key currencies. Share prices fell 0.6% in Japan and 0.5% in India and New Zealand but up […] More

Coronavirus Takes Turn for the Worse, and British Cabinet Reshuffled Significantly

February 13, 2020

Thursday has been a difficult day in world financial markets, absorbing the news of an exponential increase in suspected coronavirus cases, as well as the unexpected quitting of British Chancellor of the Exchequer Javid and departure of several other members of Prime Minister Johnson’s cabinet. Share prices tumbled 1.6% in Great Britain, 1.2% in Spain, […] More

Equity Markets Rise and Dollar Narrowly Mixed

February 12, 2020

Fed Chairman Powell will reprise yesterday’s upbeat Humphrey Hawkins testimony today before the Senate Banking Committee. He characterized the U.S. economy as “in a very good place” and said policy would react to the coronavirus impact only if such proves “persistent and material.” Recent remarks by other Fed officials such as Harker, Daly, and Bullard […] More

Beijing Promises Stimulus for Smaller Firms, and Investors Await Fed Chairman Powell’s Humphrey Hawkins Testimony

February 11, 2020

A pledge by China’s government to counteract any drag on growth from the coronavirus outbreak with fiscal support aimed at small and midsized companies boosted share prices in the Pacific Rim by 1.3% in Hong Kong and New Zealand, 1.0% in South Korea, 0.8% in Taiwan, 0.6% in India and 0.4% in Singapore and China. […] More

Comparatively Steady Dollar to Start Week

February 10, 2020

The dollar is unchanged from Friday closing levels against the yen, Swiss franc, loonie, and kiwi, and it has edged a mere 0.1% lower relative to the euro, Aussie dollar and peso. Bigger drops can be seen of 0.3% versus the yuan and 0.4% relative to sterling. Share prices fell 0.5-0.8% in a number of […] More

Dollar Extending Gains Against Commodity-Sensitive Currencies

February 7, 2020

The dollar rose overnight by a further 0.7% against the kiwi, peso, Russian ruble, and Aussie dollar and by 0.5% relative to the Chinese yuan. The dollar dropped 0.3% versus the yen and 0.1% vis-a-vis sterling but is unchanged against the euro. Intensifying concern about the spreading coronavirus epidemic provided an excuse for profit-taking in […] More

Stocks and Dollar Up in Spite of Continuing Coronavirus Worries

February 6, 2020

Share prices today by 2.6% in Hong Kong, 2.4% in Japan, 1.7% in China, 1.5% in Taiwan, 1.0% in Singapore, 1.1% in Australia and 0.9% in South Korea and New Zealand. The German, French and Spanish stock markets are 0.7-1.0% higher. Although up just 0.3%, the U.S. market indices have set record highs. Today’s dollar […] More

Continuing Resurgence of Equities and a Moderately Stronger Dollar, Too

February 5, 2020

Share prices climbed overnight by another 1.3% in China, 1.2% in Japan, 1.4% in Singapore, 1.0% in Indonesia and 0.9% in India and New Zealand. European gains thus far amount to 1.4% in Germany, 1.5% in Spain, 0.9% in France, and 0.6% in Great Britain. In the U.S., the DJIA is 1.1% higher, currently, and […] More

China’s Central Bank to the Rescue

February 4, 2020

Stock markets around the world rebounded sharply after the People’s Bank of China ease its monetary stance to counter the growth impact of the coronavirus epidemic, where cases now exceed 20k and include over 425 deaths. The PBOC on Monday reverse repo rates by 10 basis points and injected CNY 1.2 trillion of liquidity. That […] More

PMI Surveys, Post-Brexit Britain, and Coronavirus Concerns Vie for Market’s Attention

February 3, 2020

The dollar advanced today by 1.5% against sterling and 1.2% against China’s renminbi. The European Union’s lead trade negotiator expressed doubt that a trade deal with the U.K. similar to what Britain shares with Canada can be reached this year. China’s stock market dived 7.7% on the first trading day after the New Year holiday […] More

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