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Dollar and U.S. Equity Futures Up After Wednesday’s Coup in Washington Fails

January 7, 2021

The U.S. Congress shortly before 04:00 today confirmed that the ticket of Biden/Harris won the 2020 election and will take office at noon on January 20th. This ordinarily ceremonial act of power transition was anything but ordinary this time after a mob stormed the Capitol building yesterday to prevent the process. Taking his cue from […] More

Disappointing Data and Inflammatory Remarks from Pompeo ahead of U.S. Jobs Report

September 4, 2020

After Thursday’s selloff, financial markets have quieted ahead of the U.S. August labor market report. Share prices in the Pacific Rim fell 3.1% in Australia, 2.0% in New Zealand, 1.3% in Hong Kong, 1.1% in Japan, and 0.9% in China, but European markets bounced up 1.2% in Spain, 0.4% in Italy, and 0.3% in the […] More

Global Stock Market Rally

July 6, 2020

Share prices in Asia overnight leaped 5.7% in China, 3.8% in Hong Kong,1.8% in Japan, 1.7% in South Korea, 1.4% in Singapore and 1.3% in India. Key markets around Europe are currently up by 2.3% in Spain, 1.9% in Italy, 1.8% in Great Britain, 1.6% in France and Germany and 1.0% in Switzerland. A U.S. […] More

Share Prices Up on Hopes that Covid-19 May Be Starting to Lessen

April 6, 2020

Stock markets in the Pacific Rim rallied 4.3% in Australia, 4.2% in Japan and South Korea, 4.1% in Indonesia, 2.2% in Hong Kong, and 1.6% in Taiwan. China and India did not partake in this rebound as those markets were closed Monday for the Ching Ming Festival and Mahavir Jayanti Holiday. Equities in Europe have […] More

China Leads Overnight Selloff in Stocks

March 8, 2019

Downward pressure on global equities caused by evidence of a slowdown had been building this week but intensified overnight. Share prices in the Pacific Rim plunged 4.4% in China, 2.8% in Hong Kong, 2.0% in Japan, 1.3% in South Korea, 1.2% in Indonesia and Australia, and 1.0% in Singapore. In Europe so far, stocks are […] More

Awaiting U.S. Jobs Report and the Kavanaugh Vote and Watching Sino-U.S. Trade Dispute Intensify

October 5, 2018

Wednesday’s ADP estimate of private employment growth and very low jobless insurance claims suggest a very large jump in U.S. non-farm payroll jobs. The Labor Dept announces the figure at 08:30 EDT. A cloture procedural vote on the Kavanaugh debate mid-day should set the stage for a a full senate confirmation vote Saturday. Best guess […] More

Dollar and Treasury Yields Lifted by U.S. Jobs Report

August 4, 2017

The dollar rebounded sharply, advancing 1.0% against the euro, 0.8% relative to the yen and sterling, 0.7% versus the loonie, 0.6% vis-a-vis the Australian dollar, 0.5% against the Swiss franc and kiwi, 0.3% versus the peso and 0.2% relative to the yuan. The 10-year Treasury yield climbed six basis points to 2.28% and exerted coattails […] More

Chinese Trade Data, German Industrial Orders, More Greek Austerity, and an Austrian Political Crisis

May 9, 2016

China reported a wider $45.6 billion current account surplus in April, but that increase was overshadowed by a larger 10.9% on-year drop in imports and a return to on-year slippage in exports which fell by 1.8%.  Chinese reserves increased $6.4 billion on month to $3.219 trillion. German factory orders recovered more strongly than expected in […] More

Global Risk Aversion Ahead of U.S. August Jobs Report

September 4, 2015

Stocks in the Pacific Rim fell 2.2% in Japan and Indonesia, 1.5% in Singapore and South Korea, 0.7% in Hong Kong, 0.5% in New Zealand and 0.2% in China. Stocks in Europe are down 2.4% in Italy, 2.1% in Germany, 2.2% in France, 1.8% in the U.K., 2.0% in Spain, and 1.5% in Switzerland. Today […] More

Greek Voters Send Message

July 6, 2015

The “No” margin of victory, which exceeded 61% of the vote, far surpassed all expectations and has exposed the Achilles Heel of the common European currency experiment, namely its lack of adequate popular mandate ever since the project’s inception.  The Maastricht Treaty upon which EMU is based had to be ratified by all participating nations, […] More

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