British retail sales

Friday Down-Note to End an Up Week

February 19, 2016

Stock markets and sovereign debt yields overnight followed oil lower. West Texas Intermediate crude oil fell 1.8% to $30.23 per barrel. Ten-year British gilts, German bunds, and Japanese JGB yields dropped by six, two and one basis points. The Japanese Nikkei-225 slumped 1.4%, slipping back under the 16K level. Elsewhere in the Pacific Basin, share […] More

Many Factors for Investors to Digest

June 18, 2015

After the Fed’s decision and press conference, the dollar and sovereign debt yields fell, while share prices and commodities rose.  The dollar lost further ground overnight, dropping 1.0% against the Australian dollar, 0.7% versus the yen, 0.6% vis-a-vis the loonie, euro and Swissie, and 0.5% relative to sterling.  Against the pattern, the dollar also rose […] More

Weaker-than-Expected PMIs and a Market-Moving Comment from John McDermott

April 23, 2015

The kiwi slumped 1.4% after Reserve Bank of New Zealand Assistant Governor McDermott said that policymakers are not currently contemplating a further rise in the official cash rate. Otherwise the U.S. currency fell overnight by 0.6% against the Swiss franc and 0.1% versus the euro but rose by 0.4% relative to the Australian dollar, 0.2% […] More

Abundance of Data, Some Central Bank Decisions, and a Saudi-Led Air Attack on Islamic Rebels in Yemen

March 26, 2015

In quickening activity, the dollar lost 0.8% overnight against the Swissie, 0.6% relative to the yen and loonie, 0.5% vis-a-vis the kiwi, 0.4% versus sterling, 0.3% against the euro, and 0.2% versus the Australian dollar.  The yuan slipped 0.1%. After Wednesday’s North American sell-off, stocks in the Pacific Rim and Europe are significantly lower.  Stocks […] More

Little Growth and Even Less Inflation

October 23, 2014

As on Wednesday, data released today have accentuated subdued growth and disinflation. The kiwi fell 1% against the U.S. dollar, which otherwise shows no change against the loonie, Australian dollar or yuan, downticks of 0.2% relative to the euro and Swiss franc, and rises of 0.3% vis-a-vis the yen and 0.2% against sterling. Share prices […] More

Firmer Dollar and European Share Prices

June 19, 2014

Investors perceived a dovish message in Janet Yellen’s press conference yesterday.  The Swiss and Norwegian central bank statements fortified that risk on mood. Share prices have climbed 1.6% in Japan and Australia, 1.1% in Italy, 0.9% in Spain and France, and 0.8% in Britain and Germany.  China’s market fell another 1.5%, however. The dollar has […] More

Stocks Down but Dollar Pretty Steady

April 25, 2014

Share prices fell 1.9% in Taiwan, 1.5% in Hong Kong, 1.3% in South Korea, 1.0% in China, 0.8% in India and 0.5% in Singapore.  Equities firmed 0.2% in Japan.  European stocks so far show losses of 0.9% in Germany and Italy, 0.8% in Spain, 0.4% in France and 0.2% in Switzerland and Great Britain.  U.S. equities […] More

Kiwi Climbs 0.8% against USD to 29-Month High of $0.8682

March 27, 2014

The U.S. dollar also slipped overnight by 0.2% against sterling and 0.1% versus the loonie but has advanced by 0.3% against the euro and Swiss franc, 0.2% relative to the yen and 0.1% versus the yuan.  The Aussie dollar touched a four-month high of USD 0.9246 but is currently unchanged on balance.  Trading yesterday afternoon […] More

Canadian Dollar, Australian Dollar and Chinese Yuan Are Weaker

February 21, 2014

The loonie has traded 0.6% lower against its U.S. counterpart ahead of the release of Canadian retail sales later today, which probably did poorly.  Canadian consumer prices also arrive. The yuan, off 0.2% today, will post its greatest weekly slide in a few years.  Chinese stocks fell 1.0% on concerns about the growth outlook in […] More

Sterling Boosted by Robust U.K. Retail Sales Data

January 17, 2014

British retail sales leaped 2.6% on month in December, lifting the 12-month increase threefold to 5.3%.  Non-auto sales went up 2.8% from November and by 6.1% from a year earlier. The Japanese cabinet upgraded its assessment of the economy to “recovering at a moderate pace” from December’s view that the “economy is on the way […] More