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New Overnight Developments Abroad – Daily Update

Three Central Bank Meetings, Weaker Oil, and Several Data Releases

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

Market Pause

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

Volatile Markets

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

Super-Charged Euro and Other Big Market Changes after French Election

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

Much to Ponder This Friday

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

Softer Dollar and Yen

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

Geopolitical Risks Persist but Market Risk Aversion Pauses

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

Sterling Lifted by Decision to Hold Early British Election

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

Important Developments on Easter Monday

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

Bad Vibrations

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