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New Overnight Developments Abroad – Daily Update

Stocks Rally and Dollar Fell Overnight

June 5, 2020

Even before the release of today’s U.S. jobs data, stock market participants accept that it will be likely very weak as part of horrific second-quarter growth, and investors are acting upon an expectation that recovery in the second half of 2020 and beyond will be sustained. But is this enough to explain the impressive continuing […] More

Strong Equity Rally and Dollar Downtrend Pause

June 4, 2020

Stock markets mostly rose in the Pacific Rim and Europe but only modestly for the most part in contrast to yesterday’s sharp advance. Just prior to the release of U.S. data this morning, U.S. stock futures were suggesting a downtick at the open. The dollar is unchanged from Wednesday closing levels against the euro, yen, […] More

Dollar Down, Equities Up, as American Street Protests Intensify

June 2, 2020

President Trump ramped up the confrontational rhetoric against store looting, promising to dominate urban streets with military force if need be. This threat of an American Tiananmen only riled up protesters further overnight, with cops injured in Las Vegas and St. Louis and the Macy’s NYC flagship store vandalized. If nothing else, the standoff has […] More

More Street Protests Rock U.S. Cities, Adding Uncertainty to Economy’s Reopening

June 1, 2020

It’s been an up-day for equities in Asia and Europe, but that trend may not extend to the United States where several cities (including NY, Chicago, Seattle, L.A., Atlanta and Philadelphia) experienced continuing racial protests with violence on Sunday. U.S.-Sino tensions remain very elevated. In lifting Hong Kong’s special trade status and threatening actions against […] More

Month-End Flood of Data Paints May 2020 as Anything But Merry

May 29, 2020

During May, roughly 2.69 new cases of Covid-19 were identified worldwide, and over 133,000 died from the disease. The U.S. share of the total 362,829 identified deaths related to the pandemic remains at 28.5% even though the United States has just 4.3% of the world’s population. The racial protests in Minneapolis have spread to other […] More

U.S.-Sino Tensions Mount but Dollar Steady and Equities Mostly Higher

May 28, 2020

The Chinese National People’s Congress passed the proposed Hong Kong security bill, disregarding President Trump’s warnings against doing that. Secretary State Pompeo said America will no longer consider the former British colony as autonomous, and the Trump Administration is mulling a range of sanctions against Beijing and had its call for a special UN Security […] More

Reopening Fuels Optimism But Escalating U.S./Chinese Political Tensions Introduce Caution

May 27, 2020

Movements overnight in the dollar were mixed, with gains of 0.3% against the yuan, 0.4% relative to the Swiss franc, and 0.1% versus the yen but declines of 0.5% relative to the kiwi, 0.4% versus the euro, 0.3% against the loonie and Australian dollar and 0.1% relative to the peso. European stock markets advanced in […] More

Broadly Softer Dollar amid More Hopeful Investor Mood

May 26, 2020

The evolution of the Covid-19 pandemic remains highly uncertain, but investors have chosen hope over fear at least for a day or so. Economies are being reopened at varying speeds, and there has been some encouraging news regarding vaccine development. Released economic data have confirmed improvement in many cases, meaning a slower implosion rather than […] More

Holiday Closures Hit Pause Button

May 25, 2020

Markets on Monday lacked direction due to holiday observances in the United States for Memorial Day, Great Britain for its late Spring bank holiday, and many Islamic countries where Ramadan’s end is being celebrated. The dollar is unchanged from Friday’s close against the euro, Swiss franc, loonie and kiwi, while changes versus the yen, sterling, […] More

Provocations by Chinese National People’s Congress and Special Central Bank Meetings in Japan and India

May 22, 2020

China’s government has decided to crack down on Hong Kong dissonance with a series of new security laws. Protesters will have fewer liberties and will be punished more severely. Hong Kong’s stock market plunged 5.6% in response. At China’s National People’s Congress, the tradition of setting an annual growth target was abandoned in a sign […] More

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