German industrial production

A Scramble to Tie Up Loose Ends

December 7, 2017

Politicians around the world are in a rush to complete unfinished business. Republicans in the U.S. House and Senate are negotiating a compromise of their separate bills to get a law signed before the Christmas recess. The process is proceeding informally and without Democratic Party involvement to compress the timetable. A risk continues that the […] More

Korea, Saudi Arabia, Central Bank Meetings, and More Data

November 7, 2017

Market Action: The dollar rose overnight by 0.5% against the Australian dollar, 0.4% versus the loonie, peso and euro, 0.3% relative to the yen and sterling, 0.2% against the Swiss franc and 0.1% against the yuan. EUR/USD is at a 4-month low. Stocks climbed 1.7% in Japan on Tuesday, 1.5% in Hong Kong, 1.0% in […] More

Market Spotlight on Turkey and Spain

October 9, 2017

On a day when holiday closures in the United States (Columbus Day), Japan (Health Sports Day), Canada (Thanksgiving), and South Korea (Hanguil Day) ordinarily might be expected to sap the market of leadership and thus depress volatility, there have been big movements affecting Turkey and Spain. A diplomatic dispute between Turkey and the United States […] More

Monday Rundown

August 7, 2017

Comparatively small changes can be seen so far in U.S. and European stocks. Likewise, the dollar shows a dip of 0.1% against the yuan and resilient euro but gains of 0.3% versus the loonie, 0.2% against the Australian dollar and 0.1% relative to the yen, Swissie, and sterling. Bigger dollar advances of 0.7% against the […] More

A Focus on Central Banks

September 7, 2016

Money markets are discounting only a one in four likelihood that the fed funds rate gets hiked on September 21 despite hawkish remarks overnight from San Francisco Fed President John Williams, who voiced confidence in current U.S. economic conditions and opined that moving sooner is better than doing so later. The Fed’s Beige Book of […] More

Post-Jobs Report Rally Extended

August 8, 2016

World stocks, oil, and emerging market currencies rose in further reaction to Friday’s better-than-expected U.S. jobs data that showed a 255K increase in employment last month and marginally stronger wage growth. Share prices advanced 2.4% in Japan, 1.7% in Hong Kong, 0.9% in China, 0.7% in Australia and South Korea, 0.6% in Taiwan and 1.5% […] More

Investors Less Anxious

July 7, 2016

Investor around the world have grown more accustomed to the prospect of the U.K. leaving the EU. Share prices in the Pacific Rim rose 1.2% in Hong Kong, 1.1% in South Korea and 0.8% in Taiwan but slipped 0.7% in Japan. ¬†In Europe, stocks have risen by 1.4% in Britain, 1.3% in France, 1.1% in […] More

Some Better PMI Results but Investor Mood Stays Guarded

April 6, 2016

Stocks in the Pacific Rim fell 1.7% in Taiwan and 0.1% in Japan and China but rose 0.4% in Australia, South Korea and Singapore. Share prices in Europe are mixed, with rises of 0.6% in the U.K. and Switzerland, 0.7% in Italy and 0.3% in France and Spain but drops of 0.7% in Greece and […] More

Different Responses to Terrorism

December 7, 2015

President Obama gave a rare nationwide address Sunday in prime time, stressing the difficulty of combating terrorist acts like the one in California last week but urging calm. ¬†Hysteria and broad characterizations play into enemy’s intent. In the first round of French regional elections, the right-wing National Front claimed the most popular votes and won […] More

Holiday Closures in the United States and Canada

September 7, 2015

Financial markets today will lack the leadership of North American participation due to Labor Day closures in the United States and Canada. The dollar is mixed, dropping 0.6% against sterling, 0.4% versus the Aussie dollar and 0.1% relative to the euro but advancing 0.4% against the kiwi, 0.3% vis-a-vis the yen, and 0.1% relative to […] More

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