German GDP

Euro Touches $1.3119, Weakest Level since September 6, 2013

September 1, 2014

Today is the 75th anniversary of Germany’s invasion of Poland that ignited the Second World War.  Germany is currently engaged in a philosophical dispute with the ECB and other European nations over the proper course of fiscal policy for the region. U.S. and Canadian markets will be closed today for Labor Day holiday observances. Precarious […] More

Sharp Decline in Chinese Yuan to a Four-Month Low

February 25, 2014

The yuan weakened 0.4% against the dollar, arousing some suspicion that Beijing officials may be orchestrating the slide as a protest against rising strains with the United States over a variety of geopolitical matters.  Share prices in China continued their retreat, falling by a further 2.6%. Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee member Ian McCafferty […] More

Equities Find Better Footing and Dollar Firmer, Too

January 15, 2014

The dollar rose overnight by 0.6% against the Swiss franc, 0.5% relative to the euro, 0.4% against the Aussie dollar, 0.2% vis-a-vis the loonie and kiwi, and 0.1% against the yuan, yen and sterling. Japan’s Nikkei rebounded 2.5% from a 3.1% slump the day before.  Equities also closed up 1.2% in India and Indonesia, 1.0% […] More

Aussie and New Zealand Dollars Weaken while Euro and Swissie Strengthen

November 22, 2013

The U.S. dollar has risen 0.7% and 0.6% against the Oz and kiwi but is 0.3% softer relative to the euro and Swiss franc.  The dollar also climbed 0.3% relative to the loonie and is unchanged vis-a-vis the yen, yuan and sterling. Share prices rose 0.9% in Australia, 0.6% in South Korea, 0.5% in Hong […] More

Revised German and British 2Q GDP Data Released

August 23, 2013

In a pretty nondescript summer Friday, the main development has been an upward revision of U.K. GDP growth of a 0.1 percentage point.  Such went up by 0.7% between the first and second quarters and was 1.5% greater than in the second quarter of 2012.  Quarter-over-quarter gains amounted to 0.4% in personal consumption, 0.9% in […] More

Stronger Tone in Equities

February 22, 2013

Stocks in Europe are up 1.4% in Italy, 1.3% in Spain, 1.7% in France, 1.0% in Germany, and 0.8% in Britain.  Share prices rose 0.7% in Japan, 1.1% in New Zealand, 0.8% in Australia, 0.5% in Hong Kong, 0.4% in Indonesia and 0.2% in South Korea, but China’s market fell by 0.5%. The U.S. dollar […] More

Yen Recovers over 1.0% after Official’s Comment

January 15, 2013

A wave of yen short-covering followed Economics Minister Amari’s warning against an excessive slide of the currency. German GDP growth slowed to 0.7% last year, a shade less than analysts anticipated, from 3.0% in 2011 and 4.2% in 2010.  The Fitch credit rating agency said a downgrade of the U.S. rating could be a consequence […] More

No Breakthrough at EU Summit on Greece

May 24, 2012

EU leaders in Brussels produced no fresh ideas on Greece.  Germany still is resisting euro bonds, yet uncertainty over the status of Greece and the risk of contagion is hurting Germany’s economy more discernibly. Stocks are higher in Europe, nonetheless.  The British Ftse, Paris Cac, and German Dax have so far rebounded by 1.2%, 1.0% […] More

G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bankers Meeting in Mexico City

February 24, 2012

It’s been a decent Friday.  In signs of a risk-on trading sentiment, share prices are higher.  Oil is up, and the yen and dollar is down.  Revised German and British GDP data provided few surprises.  An  important meeting of Group of 20 officials begins today. The dollar rose to as high as JPY 80.67, highest […] More

Even German GDP Contracted Last Quarter

January 11, 2012

The dollar has firmed overnight by 0.6% against the Swiss franc, 0.5% relative to the euro and sterling, 0.3% versus the Aussie dollar, 0.2% against the yen and 0.1% versus the loonie.  The kiwi and yuan are steady. Pacific Rim equities were mixed.  Share prices rose 0.9% in Australia, 1.9% in The Philippines, 1.0% in […] More

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