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Market Eyes on Wyoming, Texas and D.C.

August 25, 2017

Speeches by Yellen at 14:00 GMT and Draghi at 19:00 GMT highlight today’s agenda at the central banking summit in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The big economic mystery is the apparent disconnection between better growth yet continuing subdued global price and wage inflation. The questions surrounding monetary policy are whether the Fed sanctions another rate hike […] More

Tough Session for Stocks and Dollar

July 28, 2017

Equities in the Pacific Rim dropped 1.7% in South Korea, 1.4% in Australia, 1.2% in New Zealand, 0.9% in Hong Kong, 0.8% in Singapore, 0.7% in Singapore and 0.6% in Japan. Stocks in Europe thus far are down 1.3% in France, 1.1% in Italy, 0.9% in Spain, 0.8% in the U.K., and 0.4% in Germany. […] More

Big Day for Data, Dollar and Stocks Mixed

June 30, 2017

It’s the end of the month, end of the quarter, middle of the year and the eve of a long U.S. holiday weekend. That means a flood of data are getting released. For many organizations, its the end of a fiscal year. Stocks fell in the Pacific Rim but are recovering in Europe. Share prices […] More

Soft Tone in Sterling, Sovereign Debt Yields, Oil and Stocks

May 26, 2017

Sterling fell 0.7% against the dollar overnight in response to a new poll showing just a 5-point spread between Prime Minister May’s Conservatives and the Labor Party; the spread earlier had been over 20 points. Britain’s parliamentary election is scheduled for June 8. Sterling declined more sharply against several other currencies, as the dollar is […] More

A Week to Remember

January 27, 2017

It’s been a memorable first week of the Trump presidency. He will be meeting today with British Prime Minister Theresa May, who hopes to make giant strides in securing a bilateral trade accord between the two countries. Mexican President Nieto cancelled his trip to Washington amid mounting tensions over immigration, trade, and who pays for […] More

Japanese and U.S. Data Dominate Tuesday News

December 27, 2016

Core Japanese consumer price inflation remained at -0.4% in November, but Tokyo’s core rate of deflation was -0.6% in December, a new extreme for 2016. Energy price deflation is lessening, but overall price data are not responding commensurately. The Japanese jobless rate edged up 0.1 percentage point to 3.1% in November. Employment grew 1.1% on […] More

Nervous Market Undertone

October 28, 2016

With the fast-approaching monthend, the usual heavy flow of data releases is being digested. Investors are in a guarded mood with just over a week left before the U.S. election. The Fed is widely expected to raise interest rates soon. The BOJ, meeting Monday and Tuesday is not expected to modify its stance. The first […] More

Waiting for Yellen

May 27, 2016

Markets await clarification of FOMC policy when Chair Yellen speaks today at Harvard. The dollar rose 0.5% against the loonie but is otherwise very narrowly mixed. West Texas Intermediate oil and Comex gold fell by 0.7% to $49.12 per barrel and 0.2% to $1,217.80 per ounce. The 10-year German bund yield is two basis point lower […] More

Little Happening on Good Friday 2016

March 25, 2016

Markets are closed for Good Friday in the U.K., Germany, Spain, Switzerland, Italy, Portugal, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Singapore, India, Brazil, Canada and the United States.  Greece is shut for Independence Day.  The Good Friday/Easter Monday holiday period tends to be one of the quietest market times of the year. Sure enough, the dollar […] More

Christmas Day, Little Else to Say

December 25, 2015

Outside of Japan, where several indicators were reported, Christmas 2015 has been a quiet day in the marketplace. The dollar recorded dips of 0.3% overnight against the loonie and 0.1% versus the kiwi, Aussie dollar and sterling.  The yen and yuan are unchanged.  The euro and Swissie are 0.1% softer against the greenback. Japan’s Nikkei […] More

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