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New Overnight Developments Abroad – Daily Update

Another Record Daily High in New Covid-19 Infections

June 26, 2020

Over the past 24 hours, new coronavirus cases and deaths in the United States rose by 41,735 and 2,491. Total reported U.S. cases moved marginally above 2.5 million, but in a chilling portent of the possible future trend, medical officials believe that outstanding U.S. infections may be as much as ten times greater than the […] More

Distress Persists that Runaway U.S. Outbreak Will Constrain Recovery

June 25, 2020

America’s bad Covid-19 numbers continue to dominate world financial markets this Thursday. China, Hong Kong and Taiwan are closed for the Dragon Boat Festival, but in other stock markets in the Pacific Rim, share prices closed with losses of 2.5% in Australia, 2.3% in South Korea, 1.5% in Singapore, 1.4% in Indonesia and 1.2% in […] More

Investors Spooked by Faster Proliferation of New Covid-19 Cases in the United States

June 24, 2020

The year-to-date number of reported U.S. infections, 2.424 million, has climbed somewhat more than 36k in the past 24 hours and 216 thousand from a week ago. This has created doubt that economic reopening can proceed as planned, and even supporters of President Trump are starting to lose patience that he has the right stuff […] More

Preliminary Purchasing Manager Readings for June Beating Expectations

June 23, 2020

PMI readings for Euroland, Germany, France, and Great Britain show a V-shaped pattern. Other themes of today include A further disturbing rise in the Covid-19 numbers. Global cases rose about 145,000 in the past 24 hours, 31k of which were reported in the United States. U.S. President Trump’s opinion poll approval ratings continue to erode. […] More

Softer Dollar, Share Prices, and Sovereign Debt Yields

June 22, 2020

The upswing of global and U.S. Covid-19 infections accelerated over the weekend. Global cases moved above 9 million people, and U.S. deaths from the disease climbed above 122 thousand. The Trump rally in Oklahoma attracted fewer people than anticipated, in part reflecting fear of catching the virus. Street protests in American cities continued. The dollar […] More

Good Trade News but Unsettling Covid Developments

June 19, 2020

Share prices got a boost from an overnight report that China will step up purchases of U.S. agricultural goods. This comes after Thursday’s revelation in the Bolton tell-all book that Trump had solicited a boost in Chinese purchases to voter reelection support from the mid-west. Several populous U.S. states like California, Florida, and Texas continue […] More

More Concern than Hope in Thursday’s Marketplace

June 18, 2020

It’s been a busy day for central bank watchers, as monetary policy was reviewed in the U.K., Norway, Switzerland, Brazil, Taiwan, and Indonesia. Released statements and some new data adhere to the baseline view that economic activity contracted even more sharply in the second quarter than the first but that the rate of slide began […] More

Dollar Little Changed Overnight

June 17, 2020

The dollar is narrowly mixed this Wednesday. In spite of concerns that attempts to reopen social activities could intensify the Covid-19 pandemic, stock markets mostly rose, with the notable exception of a 0.6% slide in Japan’s Nikkei-225. New Zealand’s market shot up 3.9%, and European bourses show gains today so far of 1.3% in Switzerland, […] More

Policy Support Overriding Covid-19 and Geopolitical Concerns at Least for Now

June 16, 2020

The weakness of stock markets early Monday dramatically reversed direction when the Federal Reserve announced an expansion of its corporate bond purchases. That turnaround extended overnight into trading in the Pacific Rim, where markets closed up 4.9% in Japan, 5.3% in South Korea, 3.9% in Australia, 2.4% in Hong Kong, 2.0% in Singapore, 1.8% in […] More

Third Week of June Starts with Virus-Driven Risk Aversion

June 15, 2020

The attempted reopening of business activity is happening with a critically missing element, and that is the public’s confidence that doing so is safe from a health standpoint. This is particularly true in the United States where many politicians and the medical experts are saying different things and after a four-year propaganda war to destroy […] More

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