Japanese trade balance

Dampened Activity Due to Holidays in Asia and North America

February 19, 2018

The U.S. dollar is unchanged against the euro, peso, sterling and Canadian and New Zealand dollars.The greenback slipped 0.2% relative to the Aussie dollar and 0.1% vis-a-vis the Swiss franc but edged up 0.1% versus the yen. Several Asian markets remained closed for the Lunar New Year holiday, including those in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, […] More

Firmer Stock Markets and a Softer Dollar

December 18, 2017

With passage of a U.S. tax cut at mid-week looking increasingly probable, equities rallied in Asia and Europe overnight, and the dollar eased a bit. Dollar declines amount to 0.3% relative to sterling, the euro, Swiss franc loonie and peso, 0.2% against the Australian and and New Zealand dollars, and 0.1% versus the yen. Share […] More

Chinese, Japanese and German Trade Figures Reported Plus Several Second Tier Other Releases

August 8, 2017

China’s $46.74 billion trade surplus in July was the widest since $51.35 billion last January. Japan recorded a JPY 935 billion current account surplus in June, 4.3% less than a year earlier, the the seasonally adjusted surplus rose 8.7% on month to JPY 1.523 trillion. The settlements trade surplus was 32% smaller than a year […] More

Global Stocks Higher after French Parliamentary Electioon

June 19, 2017

Share prices advanced 1.2% in Hong Kong, 0.9% in Taiwan, 0.8% in India, 0.7% in China, 0.6% in Japan and New Zealand, 0.5% in Australia and Singapore, and 0.4% in South Korea. Equities in Europe have thus far gained 1.5% in Greece, 0.9% in France, 0.8% in Germany and Spain and 0.6% in Great Britain. […] More

A Different Trump on the Road

May 22, 2017

The first leg in Saudi Arabia of President Trump’s nine-day foreign trip went well. Gone was the xenophobic tone as his anti-terrorism message focused on Iran instead of Islam as a religion. There weren’t major cultural slips, and large business deals were consummated. Absent, too, were the usual Saturday tweets to add fuel to the […] More

North American Holidays Dull Activity

February 20, 2017

The U.S. and Canada are closed for Presidents Day and Family Day. The dollar fell overseas by 0.4% against sterling. Britain’s House of Lords will be discussing whether to amend how Article 50, which will govern the Brexit process, is to be triggered. The dollar climbed half a percent against the rand. South African Finance […] More

Yen Strengthens as Markets Begin Yearend Positioning

December 19, 2016

The U.S. electoral college votes today and is widely expected to make Donald Trumps victory last month official. The dollar fell 0.9% against the yen. Japan reported another set of robust trade data. The customs trade surplus widened to JPY 536 billion in November, highest so far this year. Seasonally adjusted exports and imports posted […] 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

Expressions of Concern

February 18, 2016

St. Louis Fed President Bullard, who had previously been urging interest rate normalization, gave a speech warning that further rate hikes would be risky in light of the continuing decline of market-based indicators of expected inflation and because a buildup of unhealthy asset bubbles has become less probable. A member of the Bank of Japan’s […] More

Investor Resilience in the Face of Weak German, British and Japanese Data and a 3% Drop in Oil

January 25, 2016

The Japanese yen rose 0.4% against the dollar, and the Nikkei-225 index of Japanese share prices climbed 0.9% in spite of customs clearance data showing an 18.0% on-year plunge in imports and a 8.0% drop in exports.  From November to December, exports dived 3.8%, and imports plunged 4.0%.  The trade balance was in surplus by […] More

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