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Persistent Volatility as 2018 Winds Down

December 28, 2018

U.S. equities whip-sawed wildly in Thursday’s session, closing high. The upward direction carried into early Friday, with markets gaining 0.9% in Taiwan, 0.8% in India, 1.0% in Australia, 0.6% in South Korean, 0.4% in China and Hong Kong but dipping 0.3% in Japan. Markets in Europe are up so far 2.4% in Switzerland and between […] More

Market Pessimism Intrudes

October 19, 2017

Yesterday’s stock market optimism swung into reverse. Data showing softer Chinese growth in 3Q hit the Hong Kong market, where the Hang Seng index fell 2.2%. The Spanish government of Prime Minister Rajoy invoked previously unused constitutional powers to revoke Catalonia’s autonomy. In response, stocks in Europe are down 2.2% in Greece, 1.3% in Italy, […] More

Stocks, Commodities, Bond Yields Slip ahead of U.S. Data

May 13, 2016

Markets are ending the week on a risk averse note.  The yen advanced 0.9% against the dollar in spite of Bank of Japan Governor Kuroda’s assertion that the central bank is prepared to ease decisively further. A lower open is indicated in U.S. stock futures.  Downward momentum was fueled by yesterday’s gloomy report from Macy’s.  […] More

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