British industrial production

More Euro Weakness as Draghi Hails Initial Success of Quantitative Easing

March 11, 2015

The euro fell another 1.1% against the dollar overnight, touching a low of $1.0560 and bringing the cumulative year-to-date depreciation to 12.5%.  It’s become even more apparent that the real intent of quantitative easing is to substantially depreciate the external value of currency.  The Bank of Japan did that in 2013, and now it is […] More

Setback Extended in Share Prices

December 9, 2014

Monday’s slide in equities continued overnight in Europe and Asia.  Stocks slumped 4.5% in China, 2.3% in Hong Kong, 1.7% in Australia, 1.2% in India and 0.7% in Japan.  Equities are so far down 1.5% in Spain, 1.4% in Italy, 1.2% in France, 1.1% in Britain and 0.9% in Germany. Also consistent with the risk […] More

Stronger Yen and Kiwi

June 10, 2014

The dollar fell 0.1% relative to the Australian dolar, 0.2% against the yen and 0.3% versus the the kiwi but shows overnight gains of 0.3% relative to the euro and Swiss franc and 0.1% vis-a-vis the loonie and sterling.  Ten-year Japanese JGB and British gilt yields are unchanged, while the 10-year German bund has dipped […] More

Euro Weakens Further in Post-Draghi Reaction

May 9, 2014

The takeaway from yesterday’s ECB press conference is that it’s a matter of what kind of stimulus the ECB will announce next month, rather than whether something is going to be introduced then.  A big part of this preparation stems from mounting frustration with the euro’s prior appreciation and how the currency’s strength could promote […] More

Disappointing British and Chinese Data ahead of U.S. Jobs Report

January 10, 2014

British industrial production and factory output each stagnated in November, cutting the former’s 12-month rate of increase to 2.5% from 3.2%.  Construction output dropped 4.0% on month, and same-store British retail sales posted an on-year 0.4% increase last month, the smallest such gain in eight months. China’s trade surplus contracted 24% last month to $25.64 […] More

Slightly Softer Dollar and Yen

November 6, 2013

The dollar edged 0.1% higher against the yen but is otherwise down 0.5% against the kiwi, 0.4% versus the euro, 0.3% relative to the Swiss franc, sterling and Australian dollar, and 0.1% against the loonie.  The yuan is unchanged on a day that saw Chinese share prices drop 1.3%. In other stock markets, share price […] More

Difficult Tuesday for Stocks and Sovereign Debt Instruments

June 11, 2013

Markets reacted with disappointment to the Bank of Japan statement and press conference.  Investors wanted but didn’t get any new initiatives to address the rise of JGB yields since the current policy was launched a bit over two months ago.  The 1-year period for the fund-supplying operations was not extended, and Governor Kuroda explained that […] More

Fresh Signals Regarding the Yen

April 9, 2013

An amber light on yen depreciation was flashed by a key advisor to Japanese Prime Minister Abe.  Mr. Hamada suggested that 100 per dollar is a much more appropriate and competitive level. The dollar has fallen back 0.4% against the yen.  It has also dropped 0.4% relative to sterling as well as 0.5% versus the […] More

Sterling Exhibited a Heavy Tone

March 12, 2013

Sterling sank to a low of $1.4832, its weakest dollar level in about 2-1/2 years.  The trigger for today’s decline was the announced 1.2% plunge of British industrial production in January that erased December’s 1.1% advance and left production in November-January 0.9% below the August-October level.  Production in January was 2.9% weaker than a year […] More

Focus on Bank of England and ECB

February 7, 2013

The dollar is narrowly mixed with gains of 0.4% against the kiwi, 0.2% versus the euro and yen, and 0.1% against the Australian dollar but declines of 0.3% versus the Swiss franc and sterling and 0.1% relative to the loonie.  The yuan is steady. After Wednesday’s 3.8% leap, the Nikkei settled back 0.9%.  Elsewhere in […] More

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