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Approaching Monthend Brings Heavier Flow of Economic Data

August 30, 2016

The dollar remains firm on the anticipation of a federal funds rate hike in September, contingent of course upon a decent U.S. monthly jobs report due this Friday. Fed Vice Chair Stanley Fisher elaborated further on previous hawkish remarks, noting that the labor market is nearing full employment conditions. The dollar is 0.4% stronger against […] More

Dollar Up But Stocks Lower

August 19, 2016

The dollar rose overnight by 0.9% against the Aussie dollar, 0.4% relative to the loonie, yuan and sterling, 0.3% versus the yen and Swiss franc and 0.2% against the kiwi and euro. In European stock market action, share prices have dropped 2.0% in Italy, 1.2% in Spain, 1.0% in Greece, 0.8% in Switzerland, 0.7% in […] More

Sterling Jumps 2%, Naira Plunges 23%, and Rupee Falls, too

June 20, 2016

It looks like the murder of MP Jo Cox, who favored remaining in the EU, may not have been in vain.  A new poll suggests the pendulum of sentiment is swinging toward staying in the European Union, although the margin between the staying versus leaving remains too close to call. Nigeria’s naira hit an air pocket […] More

Stocks and Commodities Show Better Tone

May 20, 2016

Share prices in Europe have thus far recovered today by 2.3% in Greece, 1.3% in the U.K., 1.1% in France and Italy, 1.0% in Switzerland, and 0.9% in both Germany and Spain. Most markets in the Pacific Rim closed higher, too, such as Japan (0.5%), Australia (0.5%), Singapore (0.9%), China (0.7%), Hong Kong (0.7%), and […] More

WTI Oil Extends Rise Above $40 Level

March 18, 2016

West Texas Intermediate oil has climbed another 1.8% to $40.93 per barrel.  There has been a rebound of 56.6% since February 11 when oil touched its lowest level since May 2003. The rebound in oil has maintained a bid tone in share prices.  The DOW is 0.7% higher.  Stocks have risen 0.5% in Spain and […] More

Friday Down-Note to End an Up Week

February 19, 2016

Stock markets and sovereign debt yields overnight followed oil lower. West Texas Intermediate crude oil fell 1.8% to $30.23 per barrel. Ten-year British gilts, German bunds, and Japanese JGB yields dropped by six, two and one basis points. The Japanese Nikkei-225 slumped 1.4%, slipping back under the 16K level. Elsewhere in the Pacific Basin, share […] More

Quiet Start to Holiday-Riddled Week

December 21, 2015

The dollar is unchanged against the euro, yen, loonie and yuan.  The U.S. currency gained 0.2% relative to the Swiss franc and 0.1% versus the Aussie dollar and sterling but edged down 0.1% vis-a-vis the kiwi. Splintered Spanish election results have depressed the Spanish IBEX by 2.5%, but other stock markets are mostly higher after […] More

Greek Election, Japanese Holiday, and Mixed Markets

September 21, 2015

Syriza, the Leftest party of Greek Prime Minister Tsipras will command about 155 of 300 parliamentary seats with its coalition partner after Sunday’s election that drew a low voter turnout.  This was the result the rest of Europe desired, but a potential for the Greek debt crisis to flame anew persists because promised fiscal actions […] More

Another Risk Off Market

August 20, 2015

Stocks are off in North America, Europe and Asia.  The Shanghai Composite slumped 3.4%, and markets in India, Korea, Hong Kong, Australia and Singapore all fell at least 1.0%, while the Japanese Nikkei lost 0.9%.  The German Dax is 2.2%, and the S&P shows a loss of 1.2% so far. Ten-year sovereign debt yields are […] More

Greek Banks Reopen, Share Prices Higher in Europe, and Gold Lower

July 20, 2015

The U.S. dollar fell 0.8% against the kiwi overnight but shows small gains of 0.3% relative to sterling, 0.2% vis-a-vis the Swiss franc and 0.1% against the yen, loonie and Aussie dollar.  The euro and yuan are steady. Equities have risen 1.5% in Italy, 1.0% in Spain and Germany, 0.9% in France, 0.6% in Greece […] More