Euroland trade surplus

More Weak Data around the Globe

August 16, 2019

New Zealand’s manufacturing purchasing managers index fell below the neutral threshold of “50” for the first time since September 2012, with a reading of 48.2 in July after 51.1 in June. U.S. housing starts dropped 4.0% in July to a 5-month low of 1,191 million units. This was only 0.6% greater than in July 2018. […] More

Down Goes the British Pound

November 15, 2018

With British Prime Minister Theresa May facing a vote of no confidence and several of her cabinet ministers resigning in protest against her Brexit deal, sterling slumped 1.5% overnight against both the dollar and euro. Weak British retail sales data were also released today, showing an unexpected 0.5% on-month drop in total sales (+2.2% on […] More

U.S. Markets Shut but Dollar Still Slides

January 15, 2018

The United States is observing the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.┬áPresident Trump once again rejected the criticism that he’s a racist. The Bank of Japan has held a quarterly branch managers meeting and published its regional economic report. Three of the nine regions are experiencing improved conditions. Two regions are expanding, four are expanding […] More

Sterling Extends Rally

September 15, 2017

Sterling rose another 1.4% against the dollar overnight, at one point reaching $1.3617, which is the strongest level since the first day following last year’s Brexit referendum on June 23rd. The Bank of England has signaled that its first interest rate hike in a decade is likely to occur within a few months. It’s been […] More

Awaiting Important U.S. Data

July 14, 2017

U.S. statistics will be reported today on consumer prices, retail sales, industrial production and the Reuters/U. Michigan consumer sentiment survey. Market direction on the dollar and stocks awaits those reports. European sovereign debt yields fell overnight by six basis points in Spain, five bps in Italy, 3 bps in France, 2 bps in Germany and […] More

Dollar Up, Stocks Down on MLK Holiday

January 16, 2017

The United States is observing Martin Luther King’s birthday. The stock exchange and banks will be closed. But President-Elect Trump continues to make lots of news. In a wide-ranging interview with the European press, Trump did not back away from well-rehearsed previous themes. NATO is outdated. The U.S. will not remain its prime financier. Radical […] More

Festering Concerns

April 15, 2014

Russia appears to be doing to Eastern Ukraine what it did in Crimea, and the West seems powerless to resolve the crisis. A day ahead of China’s release of first-quarter GDP, analysts anticipate a sub-7.5% growth rate. The ZEW Institute measures of investor sentiment toward Germany and the euro area fell in March. Investors await […] More

Another Tumble in the Price of Gold

May 16, 2013

Commodities continue to lose favor.  Gold dropped 1.7% overnight to $1372.70 per ounce.  Oil fell by 0.9% to $93.43 per barrel. The commodity-sensitive currencies of Australia and New Zealand lost 0.9% and 1.0% against the U.S. currency overnight, which also advanced by 0.3% against the yen and loonie, 0.2% versus the euro, Swissie and sterling […] More

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