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New Overnight Developments Abroad – Daily Update

Bunch of Chinese Data Releases to Start the Week

July 15, 2019

Financial market activity was muted as July’s third week got under way. Japan was closed for Marine Day. The dollar is unchanged from Friday closing levels against the yen and euro. The greenback has slipped 0.4% versus the kiwi, 0.2% relative to the Australian dollar and by 0.1% vis-a-vis the yuan, Swiss franc, peso, and […] More

Softer Dollar as Second Week of July Draws to a Close

July 12, 2019

The dollar fell overnight by 0.5% against the Swiss franc, 0.4% versus the yen, 0.3% relative to the Australian dollar, and 0.2% vis-a-vis the loonie, peso, and sterling. EUR/USD is unchanged, however. The S&P 500, Hang Seng, Nikkei, and German Dax are barely changed, but Chinese equities rose 0.5% after release of Chinese data showing […] More

Dollar Up but Stocks Down on Larger-than-Forecast Rise in U.S. Jobs

July 5, 2019

The dollar has recorded gains today ranging from 0.2% against the yuan and peso to 0.3% versus the loonie, 0.5% vis-a-vis the euro, 0.6% relative to the yen, Aussie dollar and sterling, 0.7% against the Swiss franc and 1.0% versus the kiwi. U.S. nonfarm payroll employment jumped 224k in June, 40% more than projected. Labor […] More

Independence Day 2018

July 4, 2019

Financial markets this Thursday barely moved in the absence of U.S. participation. A few more purchasing managers surveys from June were reported. The global composite PMI stayed at May’s three-year low level. The global services PMI recovered 0.3 points to 51.9 from May’s 33-month low. Hong Kong’s private manufacturing PMI signaled a contractionary trend for […] More

Unorthodox Appointments, Service Sector PMIs, and an Early Market Close in the United States

July 3, 2019

The dollar recorded scant net change Wednesday aside from 0.6% declines against the Australian and New Zealand dollars. Share prices fell 1.1% in China and 0.5% in Japan but were buoyed  in Europe and the United States by some unexpected key appointments that investors are perceiving as a harbinger of more forceful easy money policies. […] More

More Evidence of a Global Slowdown

July 2, 2019

The dollar fell 0.4% against the Australian currency and 0.3% vis-a-vis the Japanese yen but is little changed otherwise. Equity markets in the pacific Rim slid 0.4% in South Korea and 0.3% in Taiwan but advanced 1.1% in China. In Europe, the British Ftse is up 0.5%, but the German Dax is unchanged. The U.S. […] More

Risk Preference Restored after China and U.S. Postpone Tariff Escalation

July 1, 2019

Trump and Xi agreed that their government negotiators would keep talking about trade. Feared jump in tariffs avoided for now. Share prices advanced 2.2% in China, 2.1% in Hong Kong and Japan, and 1.5% in Singapore and Taiwan. The S&P 500 is 1.2% higher. European stock market gains so far amount to 1.3% in Germany, […] More

Trade Showdown and Many Data Releases

June 28, 2019

The Group of Twenty annual summit kicked off in Osaka and looms as a crossroads in the U.S.-Sino dispute over trade. Either the conflict gets diffused here, or retaliatory tariffs are likely to escalate sharply. Being the last business day of the second quarter and June, today’s data menu was plentiful. The dollar eased overnight […] More

Dollar Marking Time Ahead of G-20 Summit

June 27, 2019

There’s been little change  in the dollar, price of oil, or European equities overnight. The Group of Twenty summit in Osaka starts tomorrow. EU leaders will try again to pick the next ECB president by next week. Ten-year sovereign debt yields dipped a basis point in the United States, Germany and Japan. Asian stock markets […] More

Central Banks and Weak European Data in the Spotlight

June 26, 2019

The Central Bank of Iceland’s 7-day term rate has been cut 25 basis points to 3.75% following a 50-basis point reduction at the prior monetary policy review last month. These moves represent a trend reversal from a 25-basis point increase last November.  In a released statement explaining the decision, officials anticipate a contraction of domestic […] More

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