Chinese trade balance

Dollar Up and Some Eye-Catching Data Results

March 8, 2017

The dollar is trading higher, with gains of 0.6% against the Aussie currency, 0.5% relative to the yen, 0.4% versus the kiwi, 0.3% vis-a-vis the euro, loonie, peso and sterling, 0.2% against the Swiss franc, and 0.1% versus the yuan. The ten-year Treasury yield rose another four basis points. At 2.56%, such is 25 basis […] More

Dollar Strengthens against Euro after ECB Announcement

December 8, 2016

The dollar advanced 1.3% against the euro, 1.0% versus the Swiss franc, 0.5% relative to the Aussie dollar, 0.3% vis-a-vis the yen and sterling and 0.2% against the Mexican peso and Chinese yuan. ECB interest rates were left unchanged. The non-standard asset purchase program was extended nine months in duration but reduced to EUR 60 […] More

At Last a Better-Than-Forecast Chinese Economic Data Release

January 13, 2016

Financial markets partly retraced recent trends after Chinese trade statistics for December revealed larger-than-anticipated $60.09 billion surplus and much smaller-than-assumed on-year declines in exports and imports.  The surplus in November had declined to $54.10 billion from $60-something results in the three prior months.  Exports fell just 1.4% following year-on-year losses of 6.8% in November and […] More

Several Trade Reports and an OECD Semi-Annual Outlook

November 9, 2015

The dollar is mostly softer.  Stocks are mostly lower, but gold, oil, and some bond yields are up. The dollar depreciated overnight by 0.4% against the euro and kiwi, 0.3% versus sterling and the Swiss franc, and 0.2% relative to the loonie and Aussie dollar.  The U.S. currency, in contrast, rose 0.2% against the yen […] More

Post-Election Rise in Sterling ahead of U.S. Jobs Report

May 8, 2015

Britain’s election did not result in a hung parliament as had been feared.  The Conservatives were reelected with a majority of 323 seats, gaining 22 on balance.  The Scotch National Party carved support away from Labour, whose seat tota fell by 23 to 229.  The Liberal Democrats lost 85% of its seats to a mere […] More

Softer Kiwi and Dollar

May 8, 2013

In testimony, Governor Wheeler of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand disclosed that the central bank had conducted currency intervention recently to counter a significantly overvalued exchange rate.  It’s been some five years since the bank last intervened.  The kiwi has slipped 0.4% in response against its U.S. counterpart. The U.S. dollar otherwise has lost […] More

Gloom Continues over Euro Debt Problems

April 10, 2012

The Easter break is over, and investors continue to fret about Europe’s debt issues.  The IMF will be releasing a new World Economic Outlook today. The Spanish-German 10-year sovereign debt yield spread widened to 5-month high. Post-holiday opening levels of ten-year German bund and British gilt yields show steep drops of five and eight basis […] More

Greek Austerity Proposals Not Enough

February 10, 2012

A new shock wave of risk aversion hit markets as EU finance ministers rejected the Greek proposed reforms for being insufficient. German Finance Minister Schaeuble projected that Greek debt to GDP would still reach 136% in 2020, 16 percentage points higher than target. Other market depressants overnight stem from disappointing Chinese data and the Reserve […] More

Risk Appetite Attempting to Stage a Recovery

January 10, 2012

Stocks, commodity prices and commodity-sensitive currencies are higher. Share prices rose 3.3% in China, 2.2% in India, 1.3% in Indonesia, and 1.1% in Singapore and Australia. In Europe, the German Dax, Paris Cac and British Ftse have so far risen 2.5%, 2.3%, and 1.2% on the day. Oil and gold prices have climbed 1.6% each […] More

Focus Continues on Greece

May 10, 2011

Dollar movements overnight were moderately positive.  The greenback advanced 0.6% against the Swiss franc, 0.4% relative to the kiwi and sterling, 0.3% versus the yen, 0.2% vis-a-vis the euro and 0.1% against the Australian dollar but fell by 0.2% against the Canadian dollar.  The yuan is unchanged. Stocks have benefited from hopes that Greek debt […] More

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