Softer Dollar

December 28, 2017

The dollar is mostly softer. Stocks show little net movement. Ten-year sovereign debt yields have risen, and gold is firmer.

Japanese industrial production grew 0.6% on month and 3.7% on year in November, prompting the first upgraded assessment in 13 months to “picking up” from “signs of picking up.”

Japanese retail sales leaped 1.9% in November, much more than forecast, and were 2.2% higher than a year earlier. Motor vehicle output registered on-year growth of 0.9% in November, least in at least five months.

Austria’s manufacturing purchasing managers index rose 2.4 points to 64.3 in December, a record high.

Russia’s manufacturing PMI increased 0.5 points to a 5-month high of 52.0.

U.S. jobless insurance claims amounted to 245K last week, same as in the previous week.

China’s current account surplus widened to $40.5 billion in the third quarter from $37.1 billion in 2Q.

In the year to November, South Korean retail sales advanced 6.5%, but industrial output fell by 1.6%.

Sweden recorded a larger trade deficit in November, whereas Hong Kong’s trade gap shrunk a bit.

According to the British Bankers Association, mortgage approvals in the latest reported month slipped below 40K.

Tomorrow is the last business day of 2017,

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