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New Overnight Developments Abroad – Daily Update

Sino-U.S. Trade Dispute Evolves Into Deeper Conflict and Rattles Markets

April 4, 2018

As a presidential candidate, Trump prioritized the U.S. trade imbalance, which he blamed on unfair practices of America’s trading partners. But as president, he acted initially on many other issues, while doing little about trade. Then came the U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum, which by themselves affected only a sliver of commerce. A month […] More

Continuing Parade of March Purchasing Managers Surveys

April 3, 2018

While many markets had remained shut for Easter Monday, U.S. equities plunged yesterday, led by technology issues. Today in earlier trading, markets have paused comparatively speaking. Stocks closed down only 0.8% in China, 0.6% in Taiwan, and 0.5% in Japan and Singapore, and the Hang Seng rose 0.8%. Likewise, stocks in Europe have fallen 0.9% […] More

Snow, Dollar, Stocks and Bonds Falling on Easter Monday

April 2, 2018

A rare April snow storm is hitting the U.S. Northeast. Market volume even without the snow would have been thin because of numerous Easter Monday closures, for instance in Australia, New Zealand, Spain, Switzerland, Great Britain, Germany, Spain, Norway and Hong Kong. South Africa is observing Family Day. As a new calendar quarter kicks off, […] More

First Quarter Ends with a Holiday and Released Japanese Data

March 30, 2018

Numerous markets around the world are closed for Good Friday/Easter, and many of these will not open again until Tuesday. The Jewish celebration of Passover begins tonight as well. The Japanese Nikkei ended the quarter with a 1.4% advance but still lost 5.8% for the quarter. Share price gains in China, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand […] More

Dollar Down a Bit, Stocks Go a Little Higher

March 29, 2018

The dollar has slipped 0.4% against the yen, 0.3% relative to the Aussie currency, 0.2% versus the peso, yuan and loonie, and 0.1% vis-a-vis the euro and Swiss franc. The dollar also edged up 0.1% against sterling overnight. British real GDP growth last quarter was confirmed to have risen 0.4%, down from a 0.5% increase […] More

Investors Not Sure What to Think

March 28, 2018

Although stocks traded mostly lower overnight, U.S. futures point to a rise around the open. However, a pattern seems to be forming of early resilience giving way to sell-offs in the final part of each session. This is reminiscent of 2008-09, when much of the markets steep decline occurred in the final 30 minutes of […] More

Monday Rebound of Stocks Extended and Dollar Higher Too

March 27, 2018

Share prices closed up 2.7% in Japan, 1.2% in in Hong Kong, 1.4% in Taiwan, 1.1% in China,  1.0% in New Zealand, 0.8% in Singapore and 0.7% in Australia. In European trading, equities have risen between 1.5% and 2.0% in the U.K., Germany and Switzerland and between 1.0% and 1.5% in France, Spain and Italy. […] More

Stocks Up… Dollar and Yen Down

March 26, 2018

Equities recouped some of last week’s heavy losses in early trading. Share prices closed higher by 0.7% in Japan, 1.4% in India, and 0.8% in Hong Kong and South Korea. Equities in Europe so far show gains of 1.0% in Switzerland, 0.7% in Germany, 0.6% in Spain, 0.5% in the U.K. and 0.4% in France. […] More

Move Out of Risk Assets Extended

March 23, 2018

Stocks slumped 974 points, or 4.5%, overnight in Japan. Equities in the Pacific Rim also lost 3.4% in China, 3.2% in South Korea, 2.8% in Hong Kong, 2.0% in Australia and Singapore, 1.7% in Taiwan, 1.2% in India, and 1.0% in New Zealand. The sell-off continued in Europe with drops thus far today of 1.6% […] More

Trade War Fear Takes Center Stage

March 22, 2018

While Fed Chairman Jay Powell downplayed the risk to growth from trade restraints at least insofar as any influence on U.S. monetary policy is concerned, global financial markets are taking the danger of a trade war very seriously, particularly as President Trump seems poised to slap $50 billion of tariffs on imported Chinese goods. There’s […] More

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