Euroland industrial production

Dead Cat Bounce

May 14, 2019

The escalation of trade war hostilities between the U.S. and China rattled global financial markets significantly yesterday, but today’s mood has been more encouraging. Share prices in Europe are up so far by 1.2% in France, 1.0% in the U.K. and Italy, and 0.9% in Germany. In Asia, equities fell 1.8% in Hong Kong, which […] More

Stocks and Oil Firmer but Dollar and Fixed Income Asset Prices Lower

April 12, 2019

The dollar has weakened 0.7% against the Aussie dollar, 0.6% relative to the kiwi, 0.5% versus the euro, 0.4% vis-a-vis the loonie, 0.3% against the yen, peso and sterling and 0.2% versus the Swiss franc and Chinese yuan. The price of WTI oil strengthened nearly 1% overnight and is again above $64.00 per barrel. The […] More

Awaiting Another Key Vote on Brexit

March 13, 2019

Yesterday’s British parliamentary vote on Prime Minister May’s revamped Brexit deal saw around 40 MPs flip from having voted no in January to now accepting the arrangement. The deal was nonetheless easily rejected by 391 nays to 242 yes votes. Today’s key vote asks MPs for approval for the U.K. to leave the EU after […] More

Policies Driving Currency Markets as More Evidence Emerges of Slower Global Growth

February 13, 2019

Industrial Production in the euro area fell 0.9% in December, more than double the expected slide after a 1.7% drop recorded in November. This resulted in a 4.2% 12-month rate of decline, the biggest on-year contraction since November of 20o9. December output among the common currency bloc’s five largest economies fell from end-2017 levels by […] More

Political Spectacles and Some Data of Interest

December 12, 2018

President Trump is in engaged in a last ditch effort this month to attain funding for construction of his promised wall along the Mexican border before the Democrats gain control of the House of Representatives. The peso rose 0.8% overnight against the dollar. Trump is believed to be making more progress in trade talks with […] More

Awaiting China’s Response on Tariffs and Watching Price Data

July 12, 2018

Today saw more hope than on Wednesday that officials in Beijing will take a step back rather than escalate the trade war with the United States following the latest tariff increases proposed by President Trump. Perceptions on this issue remain highly fluid, however, and could turn gloomier very quickly. Share prices advanced 2.2% in China, […] More

Awaiting FOMC Statement and Press Conference

June 13, 2018

The Federal Open Market Committee is widely expected to raise the federal funds target later today and will hold a press conference afterward. Markets will comb the new forecasts and dot-plot indication of individual FOMC member preferences regarding the future path of the interest rate. Market attention will remain on central bank policy. The European […] More

Lots of Data Released and Mostly on the Softer Side

May 15, 2018

The dollar strengthened across the board overnight, rising 0.7% against the peso, 0.4% relative to the euro, Aussie dollar and yuan, 0.3% versus the yen and sterling, and 0.2% vis-a-vis the Canadian dollar, Swiss franc and kiwi. Equity markets in the Pacific Rim mostly fell, a 0.6% rise in China being the main exception. Share […] More

Better Market Tone as Still No U.S. Reprisal on Syria

April 12, 2018

Never said when an attack on Syria would take place. Could be very soon or not so soon at all. Trump’s tweeted clarification regarding Syria has dampened the perceived immediacy of a geopolitical meltdown. Stocks in response have trimmed yesterday’s losses. Euro area industrial production, which had been forecast to hold generally flat in February, […] More

Upbeat ECB Minutes Lift Euro

January 11, 2018

Minutes of the December ECB Governing Council meeting seem to proclaim the beginning of the end of the central bank’s ultra-easy stance. Quantitative settings were not changed, and a continuing determination to complete the current campaign of quantitative stimulus was projected. But the following paragraph initiates a coming shift in forward guidance. ┬áIt was argued […] More

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