Japanese trade balance

Softer Equities and No Trade Deal Yet

November 19, 2018

Stocks have begun another week on a downbeat. The DOW is off slightly more than 1.0%. Share prices fell 0.6% in Germany, France and Australia but firmed 0.7% in Japan. The dollar is softer, too, with losses of 0.4% versus the euro, 0.3% vis-a-vis the yen and sterling, and 0.2% against the Canadian dollar. However, […] More

Trump Fighting a Two-Front War Against Fed and Over His Stance on Saudi Arabia

October 18, 2018

Minutes from the FOMC September meeting minutes at which monetary officials again raised interest rates reveal confidence in continuing growth, a view shared by some that the fed funds target is likely to spend a while above the perceived long-run level, and a considerable time allotted to discussion of the ramifications of U.S.-Sino trade tensions. […] More

Stronger Dollar, Weaker Equities, Softer Gold Price But Rebound in Oil

July 19, 2018

The dollar climbed overnight by 0.8% to a one-year high against the Chinese yuan. The greenback also gained 1.0% relative to the kiwi, 0.9% vis-a-vis the peso, 0.8% versus the Australian dollar, 0.6% against sterling, 0.5% versus the loonie and 0.3% against the euro and Swiss franc. Dollar/yen is unchanged. Stocks dropped 0.9% in Hong […] More

Trade War Concerns and Immigration Tensions Rattle Markets Further

June 18, 2018

Share prices fell 1.2% in South Korea and 1.0% in Singapore. In Europe, stocks have thus far dropped 1.4% in Germany, 1.2% in France, 1.1% in Switzerland, 1.0% in Spain, 0.9% in Italy and 0.4% in the U.K.. Markets were closed today in China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong for the Dragon Boat Festival and remained […] More

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

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