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New Overnight Developments Abroad – Daily Update

Stocks Depressed by Lessening Global Growth and Inflation

January 14, 2019

It’s been a hard day’s night for stocks. Share prices overnight fell by 1.4% in Hong Kong, 0.9% in India, 0.7% in China, 0.5% in Taiwan and South Korea, and 0.4% in Indonesia. European equities are down 1.1% in Italy and Spain, 1.0% in Switzerland, 0.9% in Greece and Great Britain, 0.7% in France and […] More

Uneasy Financial Markets and Lower Dollar

January 11, 2019

Investors perceive many trouble spots, and none are getting resolved. Talks between President Trump and Congressional democrats have broken down, raising expectations that a border emergency situation will be declared. The federal government shutdown is now the longest on record. Fed Vice Chairman Clarida and Chicago Fed President Evans are the latest to signal fewer, […] More

Global Slowdown Concerns Remain in Play

January 10, 2019

FOMC minutes yesterday revealed less clarity about the future path of the fed funds target. Some committee members had been hesitant to endorse December’s rate hike, the ninth of this tightening cycle, although a consensus persists that a few more increase are probable in the future. Ultimately, policy will be reactive to the data, and […] More

Today’s Menu: Trade Data and Talks, Central Bank Meetings, and a Continuing U.S. Government Shutdown

January 9, 2019

Equity markets continued to rally after U.S.-Sino lower-level trade talks extended to a third day. Although no details about possible progress were revealed, investors took the unexpected third day of negotiations as a good sign that the dispute can be settled by March and avert a re-escalation of mutual big tariffs by the two countries […] More

Some Weak Data from Japan and Germany and No End to U.S. Government Shutdown

January 8, 2019

Consumer confidence in Japan ended 2018 at a 25-month low. A 1.9% plunge in German industrial production in November has raised the risk of a second consecutive quarterly contraction of real GDP in Europe’s largest economy. GDP fell 0.2% in the third quarter, and industrial output posted back-to-back month-on-month declines of 0.8% in October and […] More

Dollar Down as Trump Mulls Declaring Emergency to Fund Wall

January 7, 2019

The dollar began the first full week of 2018 edging moderately lower against most other major currencies. The political stalemate over funding a southern border wall is adding to investor uneasiness as the president claims he doesn’t need congregational approval to fund building a wall and could alternatively just declare an immigration emergency. Equity markets […] More

Several Points of Interest This Friday

January 4, 2019

The U.S. Labor Department’s monthly jobs report was considerably stronger than forecast and counter evidence to the market view that the U.S. economy has slowed abruptly. Non-farm payroll jobs shot up 312K in the final month of 2018. Jobs growth in October-November got revised upward by 58K, bringing the fourth-quarter increase to more than three […] More

China-Sensitive Stocks Falter while Yen and Gold Climb

January 3, 2019

As U.S. stocks tumbled last month, optimists proclaimed that the drop presented a buying opportunity and would prove short-lived because U.S. economic data trends remained solid. Now investors are getting validation that they were right to worry that America’s ill-advised tariff policy imposed on a world economy that already was slowing would generate more damage […] More

Ugly Start to a New Year

January 2, 2019

In the first session of 2019, stock markets slumped 3.1% in Hong Kong, 1.8% in Taiwan, 1.6% in Australia,, 1.5% in South Korea and Vietnam, 1.2% in China, and 1.0% in India and Singapore. There was mercifully no trading in Japan or New Zealand due to holiday closures. In Europe where the Swiss market was […] More

Persistent Volatility as 2018 Winds Down

December 28, 2018

U.S. equities whip-sawed wildly in Thursday’s session, closing high. The upward direction carried into early Friday, with markets gaining 0.9% in Taiwan, 0.8% in India, 1.0% in Australia, 0.6% in South Korean, 0.4% in China and Hong Kong but dipping 0.3% in Japan. Markets in Europe are up so far 2.4% in Switzerland and between […] More

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