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New Overnight Developments Abroad – Daily Update

Investors Selling Just About Everything for Dollars

September 23, 2022

The weighted DXY dollar index rose 0.8% overnight and is trading currently near its intra-day level. At that high, DXY was a mere 5.5% below its peak going back to 1985 and 55.5% above its 2008 low. The dollar shows overnight gains of 1.8% against sterling, 1.1% versus the New Zealand dollar, 1.0% relative to […] More

Thursday Central Bank Derby Results in Japanese Forex Intervention, Many Interest Rate Hikes, and One Bizarre Cut

September 22, 2022

Net overnight movements in the dollar have ranged widely from a 1.8% plunge against the yen to a 1.1% rise versus the Swiss franc. In between, the dollar fell 0.3% versus the euro, Australian dollar, and sterling. After numerous rhetorical complaints by officials about the weakness of the yen, Japanese officials sold foreign currency directly […] More

FOMC Meeting and Putin’s Reservist Mobilization Overhang an Edgy Day

September 21, 2022

The FOMC announcement at 14:00 EDT will be accompanied by updated macroeconomic forecasts and followed by Chairman Powell’s press conference starting at 14:30 (18:30 GMT). Officials are expected to raise the federal funds target by 75 basis points, bringing the increase since June to 225 bps and establishing the highest target level (3.0-3.25%) since a […] More

Large Jump in European Long-Term Interest Rates

September 20, 2022

Today is the Astart of the FOMC’s sixth scheduled policy review in 2022.  A third straight 75-basis point hike to a range of 3.0-3.25%  is anticipated, with the announcement due Wednesday at 14:00 EDT (18:00 GMT). Meantime, officials at the Swedish Riksbank today exceeded street expectations with a policy interest rate hike of a full […] More

Risk Aversion Fueled by This Week’s FOMC Meeting and Hawkish Remarks from ECB Officials

September 19, 2022

The rout in equities retains plenty of momentum today even though Japan and Great Britain are respectively closed in observance of Respect for the Aged Day and Queen Elizabeth’s state funeral. Share prices closed down 1.4%, 1.1%, 1.0% and 0.9% in China, South Korea, Hong Kong and Taiwan, and losses have occurred thus far in […] More

Intensifying Exodus from Equities

September 16, 2022

Led by a nearly 21% overnight plunge in Fed Ex shares, key U.S. stock market indices are down about 1%. Stock markets in the Pacific Rim had closed down 2.3% in China, 2.3% in China, 1.9% in Indonesia, 1.8% in India, 1.3% in Australia and 1.1% in Japan. The German Dax and Paris Cac are […] More

Marking Time Ahead of U.S. Data and Xi/Putin Meeting

September 15, 2022

There’s been little financial market reaction from data released overnight. Investors are looking ahead to a slew of U.S. releases later today, including retail sales, import prices, industrial production, the Empire State and Philly Fed monthly manufacturing surveys, and weekly jobless insurance claims. Markets will also be keeping an eye on face-to-face talks later today […] More

Inflation Remains the Paramount Market Driver

September 14, 2022

U.S. equities on Tuesday experienced their largest selloff in two years, triggered by a disappoint consumer price report that showed the U.S. core inflation rate jump 0.4 percentage points to 6.3%, food price inflation of 11.4% (most since 1976), and a higher-than-forecast 12-month increase in total CPI inflation of 8.1%. The move out of riskier […] More

Dollar Starts Week on Back Foot

September 12, 2022

News from the war between Russia and Ukraine has taken an unexpected turn favoring the victim, not the aggressor. The weighted dollar index dropped 0.8% overnight and is 2.4% weaker than last week’s 20-year peak. The dollar this Monday is down by 0.9% against the euro, Swiss franc and sterling, by 0.7% relative to the […] More

Weeks’ End Finds Investors Willing to Take Some Risk

September 9, 2022

Early in the U.S. trading day, the rises in key U.S. stock market indices range from 0.5% in the DOW to 1.2% in the Nasdaq. Share prices in the Pacific Rim had closed up 2.7% in Hong Kong, 1.2% in Taiwan, 0.9% in Singapore, 0.8% in China, 0.7% in Australia and 0.5% in Japan, and […] More