Japanese Tankan survey

Market Strains in Spite of Some Better-than-Feared Economic Data

April 1, 2020

The second quarter and Japan’s new fiscal year began on a difficult note for world financial markets. The Japanese Nikkei slumped 4.5%, while markets in India, South Korea, Hong Kong, Indonesia, and Singapore closed down 4.1%, 3.9%, 2.2%, 1.6% and 1.4%. The German Dax and Paris Cac are currently each 4.1%, while share price losses […] More

British Election Lifts Sterling… U.S.-Sino Phase I Progress Boosts Stocks

December 13, 2019

Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party won 365 parliamentary seats, clearing the majority threshold by 39 seats. The Conservatives won 43.6% of the votes to Labour’s 32.2% share. Sterling in response catapulted to an 18-month high of $1.3515 but has settled back to a still impressive 1.3% net overnight advance against the dollar. The greenback also touched […] More

Japanese Tankan and a Slew of Manufacturing PMIs Reported

April 3, 2017

The dollar gained over 1% further against the South African Rand and rose 0.6% overnight versus the kiwi. Other dollar advances thus far today amount to 0.4% relative to the loonie, 0.2% vis-a-vis sterling, and 0.1% against the euro, peso and Swiss franc. China is closed for the Ching Ming Festival and will remain shut […] More

Upbeat Japanese Corporate Mood Before the Earthquake

March 31, 2011

11,101 companies participated in the latest quarterly survey by Japan’s central bank.  In the table below which documents the evolution of results, abbreviations used in the first four columns of data stand for big manufacturers (Bm), big non-manufacturer (Bnm), small manufacturers (Sm) and small non-manufacturers (Smn).  Where no “a” or “f” suffix is shown after […] More

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