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New Overnight Developments Abroad – Daily Update

Pause in the Action

January 17, 2018

Stocks show a calmer, healthier tone overnight¬†following Tuesday’s roller-coaster ride that saw the DOW initially soar over 200 points and break above 26K to 26,086 but ultimately crash to a 10-point loss on the day. Share prices eased just 0.5% in Australia, 0.4% in Japan, 0.3% in South Korea and Singapore but firm 0.2% in […] More

Dollar Lifts as U.S. Markets Reopen

January 16, 2018

Following the three-day U.S. holiday weekend, the dollar has recovered 0.4% against the kiwi, 0.3% versus the euro and sterling, 0.2% relative to the yen and Aussie dollar and 0.1% against the Swiss franc. The loonie and yuan are unchanged, and the peso advanced another 0.4%. Share prices rose 1.8% in Hong Kong, 1.0% in […] More

Dollar Slide Accelerates Against Several Key Currencies

January 12, 2018

The dollar dropped overnight by 0.9% against the euro, 0.7% relative to the yuan and sterling, and 0.5% versus the Swiss franc and Mexican peso. The catalyst for this accelerated decline was a tentative political plan in Germany between the center-right Christian Democrats and center-left Christian Socialists to form a new “grand coalition.” Those two […] More

Upbeat ECB Minutes Lift Euro

January 11, 2018

Minutes of the December ECB Governing Council meeting seem to proclaim the beginning of the end of the central bank’s ultra-easy stance. Quantitative settings were not changed, and a continuing determination to complete the current campaign of quantitative stimulus was projected. But the following paragraph initiates a coming shift in forward guidance. ¬†It was argued […] More

Bond Market Slide Weighing on Dollar and Stocks

January 10, 2018

Rising long-term interest rates caused by growing optimism about global growth prospects is now depressing the dollar and stocks. The 10-year Treasury yield is 18 basis points above the end-2017 level just seven business days into 2018. Another Treasury market depressant has been an apparent Chinese decision to suspend purchases of U.S. government debt. The […] More

Firmer Yen

January 9, 2018

The Japanese yen advanced 0.4% overnight against the dollar and by even more versus main European currencies. Investors reacted after the Bank of Japan bought fewer 10-year and longer JGBs in its operations today, which kindled suspicion the quantitative stimulus may be throttled back in 2018. The Japanese Nikkei-225 share price index climbed 0.6%, but […] More

More Evidence of Strong Growth in the Euro Area

January 8, 2018

Economic sentiment in the euro area leaped 1.6 points to a December reading of 116.0, best since October 2000. Sentiment improved across the board — industry, households, services, retail, and construction. A separate measure, the business climate index, rose 1.7 points to the best score ever in this data series dating back to 1985. The […] More

Dollar and Stocks Up and Commodities Down Ahead of U.S. Jobs Report

January 5, 2018

The dollar has advanced overnight by 0.5% against the yen, 0.4% vis-a-vis the peso, 0.3% versus the Aussie dollar, 0.2% relative to the euro and Swiss franc, and 0.1% against the loonie. There’s been a dip of 0.1% versus the yuan. The Nikkei-225 in Japan recovered another 0.9%, and the South Korean Kospi is 1.3% […] More

Leaping Equities

January 4, 2018

The spirited surge in equities was extended in overnight trading, with Japan’s first session of the new year posting a 741-point or 3.3% rise in the Nikkei-225 index. Share prices also climbed 1.1% in Singapore, 0.8% in Hong Kong, 0.7% in Indonesia and 0.5% in India and China. With the baton passing to Europe, stocks […] More

Stocks Keep Rising but Dollar Steadies

January 3, 2018

In overnight trading, the dollar recouped 0.4% against the Swiss franc, 0.3% versus the euro, 0.2% relative to sterling and 0.1% vis-a-vis the loonie, yuan and kiwi. A particularly large 1.1% advance against the Mexican peso followed U.S. President Trump’s renewed call for a southern border wall and tighter restraints on immigration. The dollar dipped […] More

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