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April 27, 2017
The dollar is up 0.5% against the kiwi, 0.4% relative to the loonie, and 0.3% against the euru and Aussie dollar but flat against sterling and softer versus the peso. Stocks are slightly lower in the U.S., Europe and Japan. Ten-year sovereign bond yields fell six basis points in Germany, France and Italy and by […] More
April 26, 2017
After sharp advances on the first two days of the week, equities flattened as investors assessed whether so much optimism is really justified. Opinion polls, which point to a comfortable win for Macron over Le Pen in the early May presidential run-off election, have been wrong before as we saw in Britain and the United […] More
April 25, 2017
In the aftermath of the French election and with the risk of a partial U.S. government shutdown still looming, big market moves continued on Tuesday. Better-than-expected U.S. corporate earnings reports from the likes of Caterpillar are extending the U.S. stock market rally. Equities in Asia closed up 1.4% in Hong Kong, 1.3% in Taiwan, 1.1% […] More
April 24, 2017
The centrist candidate, Macron, and not anti-euro Le Pen, won the first round of France’s presidential election on Sunday. Le Pen came in second place with 2.5 percentage points fewer votes than Macron, but initial opinion polls are giving Macron a decisive edge heading into their run-off vote on May 7. In response, the dollar […] More
April 21, 2017
Many of the themes affecting markets of late had new developments this day. The threat of trade wars is one of them. Preliminary purchasing manager survey results for April reported by Markit Economics reflect the beneficial impact in Europe of the euro’s softer tone. Euroland’s composite, manufacturing, and service-sector indices each climbed to a six-year […] More
April 20, 2017
The dollar has rebounded 0.5% against the yen but has traded down 0.5% against the Australian dollar, 0.3% relative to the euro, peso and sterling, and 0.2% vis-a-vis the Swiss franc and kiwi. U.S. share prices opened a bit firmer. Japan’s Nikkei and the Shanghai composite index closed unchanged on Thursday. Stocks climbed 1.0% in […] More
April 19, 2017
European equities recovered 1.0% in Spain, 1.5% in Italy, 0.5% in Greece, 0.4% in France and 0.3% in Germany. Share prices opened a little higher in the United States. Earlier, stocks had fallen 1.1% in Taiwan, 0.8% in China, 0.5% in South Korea, 0.6% in Australia but edged 0.1% higher in Japan. The dollar climbed […] More
April 18, 2017
British Prime Minister Theresa May will reportedly announce a decision tomorrow to hold a snap parliamentary election on June 8. The previous British election was held in May 2015, and another one isn’t required until May 2020. May, who succeeded the resigning David Cameron last July, had previously been opposed to calling snap elections but […] More
April 17, 2017
A slew of markets remained closed including the U.K., Australia, New Zealand, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, The Netherlands, Greece, Switzerland, Hong Kong, South Africa, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, and Hungary. A Turkish referendum over the weekend has given President Erdogan sweeping additional powers. The lira appreciated initially more than 2.0% in response. North Korea’s […] More
April 14, 2017
Most markets around the world are closed for Good Friday. Share prices in those few open markets are lower, with declines of 1.4% in Russia, 0.9% in China, 0.8% in Pakistan, 0.6% in South Korea, 1.1% in Taiwan, and 0.4% in Malaysia, Japan, and Vietnam. Dangerous geopolitics has maintained a sour mood. Russian officials now […] More