U.S. retail sales and industrial production

Policy Support Overriding Covid-19 and Geopolitical Concerns at Least for Now

June 16, 2020

The weakness of stock markets early Monday dramatically reversed direction when the Federal Reserve announced an expansion of its corporate bond purchases. That turnaround extended overnight into trading in the Pacific Rim, where markets closed up 4.9% in Japan, 5.3% in South Korea, 3.9% in Australia, 2.4% in Hong Kong, 2.0% in Singapore, 1.8% in […] More

Fractious Politics Magnifying Fear Over the Covid-19 Pandemic

May 15, 2020

The Trump Administration’s harsh rhetoric against China has been elevated to trade sanctions. Semiconductor shipments to the Chinese firm Huawei are being prevented. In another disturbing political development, British Prime Minister Johnson reaffirmed and with more force that there will be no post-Brexit negotiations with the EU beyond the end of this year. In 2020, […] More

European GDP, U.S. Retail Sales and Industrial Production, Continuing Coronavirus Spread, and Another Trump Dispute With Own Government People

February 14, 2020

From a news standpoint, Friday has been a very busy day, but financial market movements have been tempered. Mid-morning in NY finds the dollar up 0.2% against the Swiss franc and sterling and plus-or-minus 0.1% relative to other key currencies. Share prices fell 0.6% in Japan and 0.5% in India and New Zealand but up […] More

U.S.-Sino Trade Relations Remains at Center Stage

August 15, 2019

The trade war between China and the United States rumbles on. While scheduled U.S. tariff hikes have been delayed to December, Beijing officials are not inclined to give the Trump Administration what it seeks and instead are preparing to retaliate in kind. A senior officials at the Reserve Bank of Australia expressed reservations about the […] More

Stronger Dollar

July 16, 2019

The dollar strengthened overnight by 0.9% against sterling, 0.6% relative to the peso, 0.4% versus the euro and Swiss franc, 0.3% vis-a-vis the yen, 0.2% against the Aussie dollar and 0.1% versus the kiwi. In other euro cross-rate developments, sterling weakened to a half-year low against the common currency, but the Swiss franc is hovering […] More

Weak Data Intensify Investor Flight from Risky Assets

December 14, 2018

Equities fell 2.0% in Japan, 1.9% in Hong Kong, 1.5% in China, 1.3% in New Zealand and South Korea, 1.1% in Australia and Singapore, and 0.9% in Taiwan. Share prices are also down 1.0% in the U.S. and Switzerland, 0.8% in France, 0.7% in Italy, and 0.6% in Canada and Germany. The flight to safety […] More

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