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Brexit Headed for Photo Finnish and a Lot of Chinese Data Released

October 18, 2019

A debate and vote on British Prime Minister Johnson’s deal with the EU is scheduled Saturday. He needs 318 yes votes for approval, and the outcome figures to be very close to that threshold. Johnson needs only a simple majority win. In a more perfectly designed political system of self-governance, a decision with such profound […] More

Busy Session on Last Business Day of August

August 30, 2019

A heap of economic data have been released, but also the following important geopolitical developments have occurred. A Scottish judge denied a court challenge to block Prime Minister Johnson’s plan to suspend parliament for a couple of weeks and thereby prevent parliament from organizing to prevent a hard Brexit if no deal can be reached. […] More

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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