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New Overnight Developments Abroad – Daily Update

Mexican Rate Hike, Some Preliminary PMI Results, and a Trump Revelation

June 23, 2017

Mexico’s key central bank interest rate was hiked by an additional 25 basis points to 7.0%, bringing its cumulative rise to four percentage points from 3% prevailing from October 2014 through the early December 2015. However, Bank of Mexico officials suggested in a statement that no more tightening may be necessary. See review. The peso […] More

Little Change in the Dollar as Oil Stays Low

June 22, 2017

The U.S. dollar has lost 0.4% against the kiwi, 0.2% versus the peso and loonie and 0.1% relative to the yen but risen 0.2% against the Australian dollar and 0.1% vis-a-vis the euro, Swiss franc and yuan. Although 0.6% higher overnight, WTI crude oil remains very depressed at $42.79 per barrel, 21.4% lower than its […] More

Rising Investor Caution

June 21, 2017

With a low of $43.33 per barrel, West Texas Intermediate oil has fallen 20.4% from its February 23 closing high of $54.45. The sliding energy sector weighed especially had on Australian equities, which fell 1.6% today. Stocks also dropped 0.9% in Singapore, 0.8% in New Zealand, and 0.5% in Japan and South Korea. And in […] More

Sterling and Price of Oil Falter

June 20, 2017

Sterling declined 0.6% following delayed Mansion house speeches by Bank of England Governor Carney and Chancellor of the Exchequer Hammond. Carney reiterated warnings that Brexit will damage the British economy, cited anaemic wage growth and slower personal consumption, and expressed opposition to hiking the central bank’s interest rate. Hammond staked out a soft position on […] More

Global Stocks Higher after French Parliamentary Electioon

June 19, 2017

Share prices advanced 1.2% in Hong Kong, 0.9% in Taiwan, 0.8% in India, 0.7% in China, 0.6% in Japan and New Zealand, 0.5% in Australia and Singapore, and 0.4% in South Korea. Equities in Europe have thus far gained 1.5% in Greece, 0.9% in France, 0.8% in Germany and Spain and 0.6% in Great Britain. […] More

Better Tone in Stocks

June 13, 2017

Australian stocks rallied 1.7%, led by financials. A rebound in technology has lifted other stock markets. China and Hong Kong bourses closed up 0.4%. South Korea’s Kospi climbed 0.7%. Indonesian and Singapore markets rose 0.3%. The German Dax, Paris Cac and British Ftse are up 0.5%, 0.4% and 0.1%. Japan’s Nikkei lost 0.1%, however, and […] More

Share Prices Falling

June 12, 2017

There has been a large backlash against populist and extremist politics in both France and Italy over the weekend. In the first round of French parliamentary elections, President Macron’s LREM Alliance appears likely to secure about three-fourths of the seats, the highest percentage for a ruling party in over fifty years. Turnout was marginally lower […] More

Markets Calm Considering What’s Happened

June 9, 2017

Comey’s testimony, in which he basically called Trump a liar and laid out accusations that could be construed as an attempted obstruction of justice, may yet prove very damaging to the Trump Presidency and elicited a fairly rare full six-column headline on page 1 of the New York Times. The Conservatives lost their parliamentary majority […] More

A Day Potentially Fraught with Major Developments

June 8, 2017

First up is ECB President Mario Draghi’s press conference. The Governing Council didn’t change interest rates. No surprise there. But new macro-forecasts will be unveiled, and there are risks that the growth outlook will be made brighter but also that projected inflation may be lowered. Next comes former FBI Director Comey’s testimony before the Senate […] More

Markets Less Fearful

June 7, 2017

The troubled Banco Popular in Spain is being acquired by Banco Santander, easing concerns about the banking system in Euroland’s fourth largest economy. Donald Trump announced the nomination of a former assistant attorney general from the Bush43 administration, Christopher Wray, to be FBI Director. The timing of this revelation one day before the highly awaited […] More

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