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January 24, 2020

Asian market activity was depressed by Chinese New Year holiday observances. Equity markets were shut in China, Singapore, Hong Kong, Vietnam, South Korea, and Taiwan. That being said, fears and anger related to the coronavirus outbreak have intensified. Some 40 million people in China have been quarantined. In other Asian news, Japanese CPI inflation ended […] More

WTI Oil Extends Rise Above $40 Level

March 18, 2016

West Texas Intermediate oil has climbed another 1.8% to $40.93 per barrel.  There has been a rebound of 56.6% since February 11 when oil touched its lowest level since May 2003. The rebound in oil has maintained a bid tone in share prices.  The DOW is 0.7% higher.  Stocks have risen 0.5% in Spain and […] More

Bad News Delivered in Japan’s Trade Data

August 22, 2012

Asian markets were rattled by a reported 8.1% on-year decline in Japanese customs exports.  Shipments to the EU and China plunged by 25.1% and 11.9%, respectively.  Today’s meeting of EU President Juncker and Greek Prime Minister Samaras added to the nervous undertone of the market. Share prices declined 1.1% in the Philippines and Hong Kong, […] More

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