Archive for January 7th, 2019

Central Bank Watch

Bank of Israel Leaves Interest Rate Unchanged

January 7, 2019

The Bank of Israel Monetary Committee reviewed its monetary policy stance for the first time since a 15-basis point interest rate hike announced in late November to 0.25%. That increase had been the first change 3-3/4 years and reversed a cut of same size in February 2015, which had culminated a 310-basis point easing cycle […] More

Deeper Analysis

U.S. Non-Manufacturing PMI and Euroland’s Service-Sector PMI Fell in December But Not Below a 50 Reading

January 7, 2019

The ISM’s non-manufacturing U.S. purchasing managers index declined 3.1 points in December to a 5-month low of 57.6. This slowdown in positive growth was led by lessening production/sales, whose subindex retraced 5.3 points. The report also revealed slower employment conditions and less inflation intensity. The IHS service sector PMI fell by 2.2 points last month […] More

New Overnight Developments Abroad - Daily Update

Dollar Down as Trump Mulls Declaring Emergency to Fund Wall

January 7, 2019

The dollar began the first full week of 2018 edging moderately lower against most other major currencies. The political stalemate over funding a southern border wall is adding to investor uneasiness as the president claims he doesn’t need congregational approval to fund building a wall and could alternatively just declare an immigration emergency. Equity markets […] More