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New Overnight Developments Abroad – Daily Update

Markets Remain Rattled by Concerns over the Political Direction of the United States

August 18, 2017

The dollar lost 0.5% overnight against the yen, loonie, kiwi and Aussie dollar. The greenback also dipped 0.1% versus the euro, Swissy, yuan and sterling. Japan’s Nikkei dropped 1.2% or 232 points overnight. In other selected markets around the Pacific Rim, stocks lost 1.0% in Hong Kong, 0.9% in India, 0.6% in Australia and 0.5% […] More

Market Moved By ECB Minutes

August 17, 2017

The “Account” of the ECB Governing Council Meeting on July 19-20 expresses concern about the euro, which has been rising in response to fundamental improvement in the economy, possibly strengthening too much, which could dull the recovery and delay a return to the inflation target. Although the risk of deflation has receded, inflation remains below […] More

Growth Optimism Crowds Out Geopolitical Worries in Wednesday’s Session

August 16, 2017

Markets have turned a deafer ear to geopolitical concerns,¬†but such is likely only a temporary lull. A Korean war seems less imminent, but world alarm about changes happening in the United States continues to mount. The title of a Tuesday Op-Ed article in the Financial Times — America is now a dangerous nation¬†— would have […] More

Reduced Fear of Korean War

August 15, 2017

Today is the 72nd anniversary of Korea’s liberation from Japan, and markets there are closed. Reported remarks by the leaders of both Korean nations dispelled fear of an imminent resumption of war. Markets were also closed today in India for a holiday commemorating the 70th anniversary if independence and Italy for Assumption Day. The dollar […] More

Cross-Currents: U.S./Asian Political Tensions Versus Continuing Low U.S. Inflation

August 11, 2017

Concerns about a U.S./North Korean war continue to weigh on investor minds, but lower-than-forecast U.S. CPI data for July kept U.S. stocks stable and at the open following Thursday’s sell-off. Trump declared America’s military options “locked and loaded” in the event that North Korea fires a missile near Guam. U.S. total consumer prices ticked up […] More

Risk Off Investor Mood

August 10, 2017

Gold has inched closer to $1,300 per ounce, climbing 1.0% overnight to $1,292.60 per ounce. The dollar fell another 0.6% against the yen, touching an 8-week low against that currency. The dollar also dropped 0.4% relative to the yuan but booked marginal gains versus the euro, Swissy, loonie, and Aussie dollars. A bigger advance was […] More

U.S./North Korean Tensions Lift the Swiss franc, Yen, Yuan and Gold

August 9, 2017

President Trump’s warning to North Korea of fire and fury has captured market attention. The dollar fell 0.8% against the franc, 0.5% versus the Chinese yuan, 0.3% relative to the yen, and 1.2% against gold. Sovereign debt is in demand, meanwhile, with 10-year yields down 4 basis points in the United States and France, six […] More

Chinese, Japanese and German Trade Figures Reported Plus Several Second Tier Other Releases

August 8, 2017

China’s $46.74 billion trade surplus in July was the widest since $51.35 billion last January. Japan recorded a JPY 935 billion current account surplus in June, 4.3% less than a year earlier, the the seasonally adjusted surplus rose 8.7% on month to JPY 1.523 trillion. The settlements trade surplus was 32% smaller than a year […] More

Monday Rundown

August 7, 2017

Comparatively small changes can be seen so far in U.S. and European stocks. Likewise, the dollar shows a dip of 0.1% against the yuan and resilient euro but gains of 0.3% versus the loonie, 0.2% against the Australian dollar and 0.1% relative to the yen, Swissie, and sterling. Bigger dollar advances of 0.7% against the […] More

Dollar and Treasury Yields Lifted by U.S. Jobs Report

August 4, 2017

The dollar rebounded sharply, advancing 1.0% against the euro, 0.8% relative to the yen and sterling, 0.7% versus the loonie, 0.6% vis-a-vis the Australian dollar, 0.5% against the Swiss franc and kiwi, 0.3% versus the peso and 0.2% relative to the yuan. The 10-year Treasury yield climbed six basis points to 2.28% and exerted coattails […] More

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