British labor statistics

Some Weaker-Than-Expected European Data

February 21, 2018

Preliminary February purchasing manager survey estimates from the euro area and the latest British labor statistics were softer than forecast. The next significant market-moving event will be the release of FOMC minutes at 19:00 GMT today. The dollar rose 0.4% against the Aussie dollar and sterling, 0.2% relative to the loonie and 0.1% versus the […] More

International Tensions Over Trade Deepen

January 24, 2018

Former U.S. Secretary of Treasurer Robert Rubin famously said in 1995 that a “strong dollar is in the best interest of the United States” because it promotes price stability, lowers interest rates, and attracts productive foreign capital. That thinking went on to characterize U.S. policy for more than 20 years until the election of President […] More

Dollar Slips and Stocks Rise Ahead of Last FOMC Decision of the Yellen Era

December 13, 2017

The dollar fell overnight by 0.7% against the kiwi, 0.6% versus the Aussie dollar, 0.4% relative to sterling, 0.3% vis-a-vis the yen and 0.1% against the euro, Swiss franc and loonie. Core U.S. CPI inflation in November was 0.1 percentage point less than forecast with a rise of 0.1% from October and a 1.7% 12-month […] More

Dollar Climbs Further

October 18, 2017

The dollar was buoyed by negative European factors (Catalonia, Brexit and a weak construction output report) and expectations of a widening U.S. interest rate premium. Yellen is generally expected not to be reappointed as Fed Chair, and that suggests a steeper incline in the federal funds target especially if U.S. tax reform is enacted. The […] More

Lots of U.S. Data and a Yellen Press Conference This Ides of March

March 15, 2017

The Federal Reserve will release new macroeconomic forecasts and ┬áis expected to raise the fed funds target at 18:00 GMT, and the press conference begins a half hour later. The dollar softened overnight by 0.6% against the peso, 0.5% versus sterling, 0.4% relative to the New Zealand and Australian dollars, 0.3% vis-a-vis the loonie and […] More

Broad Dollar Gains and Sovereign Debt Price Losses… Oil Lower Too

November 16, 2016

Nothing about the Donald Trump phenomenon is playing out as pundits expected. The political talking heads repeatedly underestimated his victory chances through the Republican primaries and general election. And now market developments are fooling the economic prognosticators. The dollar is super-charged, rising overnight by 1.7% against the ruble, 1.2% against the Australian dollar and Polish […] More

Dollar Little Affected by Risk Aversion in Other Markets

April 20, 2016

Stocks in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan slumped 2.3%, 1.5%, and 1.4%.  A Chinese central bank official implied lessening inclination to ease. West Texas Intermediate crude oil dropped 2.3% to $40.14 per barrel on news that Kuwaiti workers called off their strike. The 10-year Japanese JGB yield dipped another basis point to a record low […] More

Mixed Chinese Data on a Holiday-Dampened Wednesday

November 11, 2015

The Armistice ending the First World War was reached 97 years ago today.  Markets in the U.S. (Veterans Day), France (Armistice Day) and Canada (Remembrance Day) are shut. China reported October industrial production, retail sales, fixed asset investment, and net foreign direct investment statistics. A 5.6% on-year rise in industrial production was the smallest gain […] More

New Zealand Dollar Volatility and Some Interesting Data Reports

October 14, 2015

A speech by Governor Wheeler of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand whip-sawed the kiwi.  The currency initially fell 0.4% to as low as USD 0.6619 when the central bank head indicated that the Official Cash Rate probably will fall further, contingent on future economic news, but it then roared back to USD 0.6726, a […] More

China Stocks Up, OECD Growth Forecasts Revised, and U.S. and Eurozone CPI Data Released

September 16, 2015

A 5% jump in China’s stock market led equities higher overnight, with other gains amounting to 2.3% in Hong Kong, 2.0% in South Korea, 1.6% in Australia, 1.0% in India, 0.8% in Japan, 0.9% in Taiwan, and so far 1.5% in Spain, 1.0% in Italy, 2.1% in Greece, 0.7% in Germany, 0.8% in Switzerland, and […] More

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