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Trump Has Covid and Goes Into Quarantine.. Markets Gripped by Uncertainty

October 2, 2020

Late last evening, President Trump himself broke the news that his wife and he tested positive for the lethal coronavirus. This news comes on a day when some key markets are shut for holiday like China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and India) and when the last U.S. monthly labor statistics prior to November’s election are to […] More

Dollar and Oil Price Down but Stock Markets Mostly Up

April 28, 2020

The dollar fell broadly overnight, with the biggest declines coming against the Mexican peso (1.5%), Norwegian krone (1.4%), and Swedish krona (1.2%). (The Swedish Riksbank released a dovish statement, but the Executive Board did not cut the zero percent repo rate as some had been expecting). The dollar also dropped by 0.6% relative to the […] More

Share Prices Firm but Dollar Softer

December 27, 2019

The dollar recorded overnight declines of 0.6% against sterling, 0.5% versus the Australian dollar and Swiss franc, 0.4% relative to the euro and kiwi, 0.3% against the loonie and 0.1% versus the yen and peso. Most stock markets firmed. In Japan and China whose markets remained open all week, by contrast, share prices fell 0.4% […] More

Several Japanese Data Reported but Investors Marking Time Ahead of U.S. Figures

April 26, 2019

Shortly before the first release of U.S. first-quarter GDP, the dollar showed no net overnight change against the euro, loonie or sterling. There were 0.1% upticks relative to the yen, Swiss franc and peso, a 0.1% downtick vis-a-vis the yuan and drops of 0.5% against the kiwi and 0.3% versus the Australian dollar. European share […] More

More Evidence That European Growth Is Slowing

October 30, 2018

The first reported estimate of third-quarter GDP growth in the euro area was a lower-than-forecast 0.2% quarter-on-quarter uptick, which is only half as much as the pace in the first two quarters of this year. On-year growth slowed to 1.7% from 2.2% in the second quarter and 2.8% in the summer quarter of 2017. Italian […] 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

Approaching Monthend Brings Heavier Flow of Economic Data

August 30, 2016

The dollar remains firm on the anticipation of a federal funds rate hike in September, contingent of course upon a decent U.S. monthly jobs report due this Friday. Fed Vice Chair Stanley Fisher elaborated further on previous hawkish remarks, noting that the labor market is nearing full employment conditions. The dollar is 0.4% stronger against […] More

Manufacturing PMIs, U.S. Presidential Primaries, and the Start of a New Month

March 1, 2016

Today is Super Tuesday in America, with primaries in Texas, Virginia, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Massachusetts, Minnesota and Vermont for both Democrats and Republicans and also Colorado for the Democrats and Alaska for Republicans. A slew of February manufacturing purchasing managers surveys were released already.  In 22 reporting countries, conditions worsened, i.e. growth slowed […] More

U.S. Jobs Day and More PMI Reports

May 2, 2014

Ahead of the U.S. Labor Department monthly report in which analysts look for a 6.6% jobless rate with about 220K more jobs created, the dollar is marking time.  The greenback is unchanged against the euro, Swissie, loonie and yuan, up 0.2% versus the yen, Australian dollar and sterling, and 0.1% firmer vis-a-vis the kiwi. Share […] More

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