Euroland current account

Dollar Climbs on Likelier U.S. Tax Reform

October 20, 2017

The dollar benefited from several factors on Friday, climbing 0.7% against the yen, kiwi and Swiss franc, 0.6% versus the peso, 0.4% relative to the euro and Australian dollar, 0.2% against the loonie and 0.1% vis-a-vis the yuan. The greenback edged 0.1% lower against sterling. The Republican-controlled senate approved a filibuster-proof budget that enhances prospects […] More

Japanese Nikkei Plays Catch-Up after Holiday

September 19, 2017

As Japanese markets reopened following a 3-day holiday weekend, the Nikkei-225 leaped 390 points or 2.0%, moving back up the 20K level. But other stock markets did not follow suit. Equities elsewhere in the Pacific Rim closed down 0.5% in Singapore and Taiwan, 0.3% in Hong Kong, 0.2% in China and 0.1% in Australia, New […] More

Markets Remain Rattled by Concerns over the Political Direction of the United States

August 18, 2017

The dollar lost 0.5% overnight against the yen, loonie, kiwi and Aussie dollar. The greenback also dipped 0.1% versus the euro, Swissy, yuan and sterling. Japan’s Nikkei dropped 1.2% or 232 points overnight. In other selected markets around the Pacific Rim, stocks lost 1.0% in Hong Kong, 0.9% in India, 0.6% in Australia and 0.5% […] More

Sterling and Price of Oil Falter

June 20, 2017

Sterling declined 0.6% following delayed Mansion house speeches by Bank of England Governor Carney and Chancellor of the Exchequer Hammond. Carney reiterated warnings that Brexit will damage the British economy, cited anaemic wage growth and slower personal consumption, and expressed opposition to hiking the central bank’s interest rate. Hammond staked out a soft position on […] More

A Somewhat Calmer Session

May 19, 2017

In Europe, stocks have risen 0.8% in Switzerland and Spain, 0.7% in Italy, 0.6% in Greece, 0.5% in France, 0.4% in the U.K., and 0.3% in Germany. China’s market closed unchanged. Japan’s Nikkei rose 0.2%, and Australia’s bourse slipped 0.2%. The erosion of the dollar’s external value continues. The euro climbed another 0.5%, capping its […] More

Commodities, Bond Yields, Stocks and Sterling Lower

February 17, 2017

The dollar gained 0.5% against sterling, which was depressed by a poor report on British retail sales. The greenback also rose 0.4% versus the kiwi, 0.3% vis-a-vis the Australian dollar, 0.2% relative to the euro, Swiss franc, yuan, and peso. But it lost 0.4% against the Japanese yen. Prices for copper and other industrial metals […] More

Japanese Satisfaction Evident with a Weakening Yen

December 20, 2016

The yen fell 0.8% against the dollar after the Bank of Japan left its accommodative monetary stance unchanged despite a sharply lower yen. Governor Kuroda dispelled any thought of a possible rate hike, noting that depreciation lifts import prices, overall inflation, growth and expected inflation. The dollar also advanced 0.5% against the pound, 0.3% versus […] More

Constructive Start to a Holiday-Shortened Week

March 21, 2016

The Shanghai Composite Chinese equity index advanced 2.2% in response to a relaxation of government curbs there on margin lending. Japanese markets were closed for the Vernal Equinox holiday. Other stock markets in the Pacific Rim rose 1.3% in India, 0.5% in New Zealand and 0.3% in Hong Kong.  In Europe, equities are mixed, with […] More

The Fed Has Spoken, and Now Markets React

September 18, 2015

The ten-year Treasury in futures trading slid another 4 basis points overnight and is 11 bps below its level at the time of the FOMC announcement yesterday. Ten-year British gilts, German bunds and Japanese JGB yields fell overnight by 11, 8, and 2 basis points. The dollar is especially weak against commodity-sensitive currencies, falling 1.4% […] More

A Difficult Day for Stocks in China and Hong Kong

January 19, 2015

Global financial markets last week were convulsed by a profound and unexpected change in Swiss currency policy.  With the United States closed for Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday, another policy-induced bout of turmoil hit the stock markets of China and Hong Kong, which respectively tumbled 7.7% and 1.5%.  The former drop was the greatest since […] More

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