Japanese consumer confidence

Intensifying Concern that Euro Area Is Drifting Into a Fresh Debt Crisis over Italy

October 2, 2018

A quote from European Commission President Jean-Claude Junker set the tone for trading today: “I would not wish that, after having really been able to cope with the Greek crisis, we’ll end up in the same crisis in Italy.” Ten-year sovereign debt yields, while dropping today by 3 basis points in France, Germany, The Netherlands, […] More

An FOMC Announcement and Lots of Data Releases

May 2, 2018

In this second day of the third FOMC policy review of 2018, a statement will be released at 14:00 EDT (18:00 GMT). No rate changed is expected, and no subsequent press conference is scheduled. The fed funds target was last raised at the prior March 21-22 meeting. In light of further evidence of rising inflation, […] More

Upbeat Investor Mood in Spite of Vegas Tragedy

October 3, 2017

The dollar rose overnight by 0.3% against the yen and kiwi, 0.2% relative to the peso and 0.1% vis-a-vis the Australian dollar. The dollar also drifted 0.2% lower against the euro and 0.1% versus the loonie and Swiss franc. Both gold and oil slipped 0.2% overnight. The Chinese, German and South Korean markets are closed. […] More

Investors Confident Today’s U.S. Jobs Report Will Be Solid

June 2, 2017

There’s also been an out-sized 3.1% drop in the price of West Texas Intermediate crude oil to $46.86 per barrel. Metal prices including gold are down as well. The dollar and stocks continue to shrug off Trumpian meshugas. The dollar is unchanged against the euro, Swiss franc and loonie and 0.2% higher versus the yuan, breaking […] More

Greater Calm

January 10, 2017

Not much is happening this Tuesday. Several data releases corroborate other recent indications of improving global growth, mounting confidence, and rising inflation around the world. The dollar is unchanged against the euro and Swiss franc, up 0.1% versus the Australian and Canadian monies as well as sterling but down 0.2% relative to the yuan and […] 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

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