French business sentiment

Chinese and Ezone Flash PMI Surveys Highlight Weakness

April 23, 2013

HSBC reported a 1.1 decline in China’s manufacturing purchasing managers index.  At 50.5 in April, the second quarter began with just marginal growth and reversed an encouraging improvement in March. Preliminary readings on the German, French and Ezone composite, manufacturing and service-sector PMI surveys also were released overnight, and they suggest that the region’s downturn […] More

Eye on the U.K.

January 23, 2013

Sterling hasn’t reacted much to news out of Britain, edging 0.1% higher against the dollar. Prime Minister Cameron’s delayed speech on Britain’s relationship to the EU promised an in/out referendum by December 2017 if Conservatives are reelected.  He like Britain to stay in the EU but only if the rules of its relationship to the […] More

Stocks Falter in Europe

October 23, 2012

Share prices have dropped 0.9% in Germany, 0.8% in Britain, 0.6% in Italy and France and 0.5% in Spain.  In the Pacific Rim earlier, equities declined by 1.3% in China, 0.8% in South Korea, 0.5% in Taiwan, 0.4% in India and 0.3% in Indonesia but rose 0.7% in Hong Kong, 0.4% in New Zealand and […] 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

Euro Trading Back Above $1.4000 But Greek Problem Persists

May 24, 2011

The euro, which touched a low of $1.3969 on Monday, recovered to $1.4108, 0.4% stronger than Monday’s close.  The dollar is also down overnight by 1.0% against the kiwi, 0.6% versus the Aussie dollar, 0.4% relative to the Swiss franc, 0.3% against the yen and sterling, and 0.1% versus the Chinese yuan. Stocks have stabilized […] More

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