U.S. consumer confidence

Stronger Dollar and Stocks

November 28, 2017

Financial markets are in a healthy mood as November winds down. The dollar shows gains of a half percent or less against the euro, yen, Swissie, sterling, and Aussie dollar. The DOW is up 0.3%. Share prices have advanced 0.9% in the U.K., 0.6% in Spain, 0.5% in Switzerland and France, and 0.4% in Germany. […] 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

Further Leap in U.S. Consumer Confidence Lifts Dollar

December 9, 2016

The Reuters/U. Michigan consumer sentiment index leaped to 98.0 in early December from final readings of 93.8 in November and 87.2 in October. The latest score almost matches the greatest optimism since 2004. Excitement about the coming Trump presidency appears responsible for this much greater-than-anticipated upturn. The dollar climbed overnight by 1.0% against the yen […] More

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