Deeper Analysis

Tuesday Rundown of U.S. Data Results

October 26, 2021

U.S. house price inflation remain high in August but not quite so torrid as in July. Compared to the prior month, the HPI rose 1.2% according to the Case-Shiller index of 20 metropolitan areas and 1.0% according the the FHFA index. The 12-month increase from the Case-Shiller survey was a 2-month low of 19.7%, down […] More

September 2021 and Third Quarter in Figures

September 30, 2021

The summer quarter of 2021 was a volatile one, as it became increasingly apparent to central bankers, economists and investors alike that because of relentless and deepening supply bottlenecks inflation was rising faster and likely to remain very elevated for considerably longer than had been assumed in the first half of the year. Meanwhile, uncertainties […] More

FOMC Statement, Forecasts, and Press Conference

September 22, 2021

Reassured investors reacted bullishly in an initial way. Stocks, which already were higher on the day, rose further. Long-term Treasury yields slid a bit, and so did the dollar. The FOMC statement¬†confirmed “that a moderation in the pace of asset purchases may son be warranted,” which investors believe implies sometime in the coming quarter. But […] More

August 2021 in Figures

August 31, 2021

Ten-year sovereign debt yields and stock market indices advanced during August, whereas the price of oil relinquished some of its gains over prior months. U.S. equities went up only moderately but outperformed share prices in Japan, Germany, Canada and Great Britain. The dollar appreciated against most of the currencies in this feature, exceptions being the […] More

A Steller Jobs Report

August 6, 2021

The U.S. July employment situation improved more rapidly than anticipated, encouraging speculation that Fed tapering will begin sooner and transpire more quickly than monetary officials have been implying. Non-farm payroll jobs jumped 943k last month, and employment rises in May-June was revised 119k higher. That puts the July level of jobs 192k above what analysts […] More

Negative U.S.-Minus-Ezone Manufacturing PMI Spread Widened for Second Straight Month in July

August 2, 2021

The ISM-compiled U.S. purchasing managers survey for manufacturing dropped 1.1 points last month. Declines of 6.4 point in the price component, 2.2 points in production and 1.1 points in orders outweighed a 2.0-point increase in the employment sub-index. The IHS-compiled U.S. PMI rose slightly, in contrast, from 62.1 in June to 63.4 last month. Consequently, […] More

Dollar Now and Where It Might Be Heading

July 15, 2021

By historical standards, the dollar’s trading ranges over the last twelve months have been atypically confined. Similar 52-week high-low spreads against the euro, yen, and Swiss franc respectively have been 8.5%, 8.8%, and 8.2%. Not surprisingly given those widths, the dollar has moved within an 8.1% band against the DXY weighted index. Presently the dollar […] More

Manufacturing Spread that Favors Euroland Widened in June

July 1, 2021

The ISM U.S. manufacturing purchasing managers index settled back to a 5-month low of 60.6 in June, whereas the IHS-compiled euro area PMI rose to another record high. The U.S.-minus-Ezone differential between those two indicators of -2.8¬† in June was the most advantageous to Euroland such has been since January 2016. If the dollar continues […] More

June 2021 and Second Quarter in Figures

June 30, 2021

The dollar was strongly bid against other currencies and gold during June but lost modest ground over the course of the whole second quarter. Although all the central banks highlighted in the feature did not change interest rates during the second quarter, Fed officials signaled that quantitative easing is likely to begin sooner that thought […] More

U.S. ISM PMI in Manufacturing and Euroland’s IHS PMI Compared

June 1, 2021

The ISM-compiled purchasing managers index rose half an index point to 61.2 in May, while the IHS-compiled euro area PMI edged 0.2 points higher to 63.1. The differential between the two compilations became 0.3 points less favorable toward Euroland. Each survey signifies¬† historically robust activity, and so does IHS’s U.S. index, which climbed 0.6 points […] More