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New Overnight Developments Abroad – Daily Update

Investor Bottom-Fishing

May 13, 2022

Within bear markets, brief interruptions happen typically as investors pause to take in the carnage and test markets to see if perhaps enough has been lost to secure a trend reversal. Today’s been one such instance. Share prices rose in Pacific Basin markets by 2.7% in Hong Kong, 2.6% in Japan, 2.1% in South Korea, […] More

Intensifying Global Risk Aversion

May 12, 2022

Equities hit an air pocket on Thursday in the Pacific Rim and Europe, closing down 2.2% in Taiwan and Hong Kong, 3.2% lower in Indonesia, and off 1.8% in Japan and Australia, 2.1% in India, 1.6% in South Korea and 1.9% in Singapore. Share price declines of 2.0% or more have so far occurred in […] More

Investors Believe that Today’s U.S. CPI Report Will Show a Lower Inflation Rate

May 11, 2022

Ahead of April CPI figures due at 12:30 GMT (08:30 EDT), U.S. stock futures are pointing to a rise of 1.0% or more. Analysts are predicting that on-year inflation will be closer to 8.0% than March’s 483-month high of 8.5%. It is an act of faith based in part on base effects as high month-on-month […] More

Market Pounding Lets Up but Respite Unlikely to Endure

May 10, 2022

Following Monday’s serious damage that saw the SPX and Nasdaq close 17% and 28.2% below their cyclical highs, U.S. stock futures show overnight gains of ranging from +0.6% in the DOW and 0.7% in the S&P 500 to 1.1% in the Nasdaq. Pac Rim equities today had mostly followed America’s downward lead from Monday, with […] More

Equity Sell-Off Intensifies

May 9, 2022

An investor flight to safety gathered further pace amid inflation fears and expectations that central banks will need to speed up their pace of monetary tightening. When the FOMC after its first meeting in 2022 signaled that interest rate increases were coming soon, the thinking was that the central bank would change the rate in […] More

Reality Sinking In

May 6, 2022

The Federal Reserve is really in a tough spot, and the bump in optimism when Chairman Powell disclosed there had been no discussion of raising rates by more than 50 basis points proved short-lived. It’s going to be very hard to get inflation back to target without at some point steepening the rise of interest […] More

Following the Fed’s Lead to an Extent

May 5, 2022

Wednesday saw a post-FOMC rally in U.S. equities and commodity prices but a drop in the dollar and 10-year Treasury yield. The 50-basis point interest rate hike and the details regarding Fed balance sheet reduction were aligned with market expectations, but Powell’s press conference was more dovish than expected, especially his quelling of the possibility […] More

Central Banks in India and Iceland Jump the Gun on Fed

May 4, 2022

A 50-basis point interest rate hike later today is virtually baked into the Federal Open Market Committee decision. The last hike of more than 25 bps was in May 2000. Analysts anticipate forceful forward guidance language as well. The announcement is set for 14:00 EDT (18:00 GMT), and Chairman Powell’s press conference begins 30 minutes […] More

Shortlived Equity Rally, More Inflationary Reports, and Day One of an Historic FOMC Meeting

May 3, 2022

Tech stocks had rallied in the final hour of Monday trading, but futures point to a likely drop of at least 0.5% at the start of Tuesday’s session. Share prices fell 0.9% in New Zealand, 0.6% in Taiwan, 0.4% in Australia, and are down 0.8% in the U.K., whose market had been closed for holiday […] More

Holiday Closures and Manufacturing Purchasing Manager Indices to Start the Week

May 2, 2022

For a variety of reasons, many countries are observing holiday this Monday. It’s the early spring banking holiday in Great Britain. Islamic countries like Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Kuwait are celebrating Eid-al-Fitr. China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan are shut for Labor Day. Among stock markets that are open for business this Monday, Australia and […] More

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