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European March Purchasing Manager Surveys Show Healthier Growth than Expected but Perhaps Outdated Due to Worsening Covid There

March 24, 2021

The dollar strengthened in Asian trading, reaching its strongest trade-weighted level since Thanksgiving, but it has subsequently trimmed those gains. Compared to Tuesday closings, the dollar is up 0.3% relative to the Turkish lira and sterling and by 0.1% versus the euro, Swiss franc and DXY effective value. Dollar/yen is unchanged, and so are the […] More

Little Overnight Change in Dollar as Long-Term Rates Rise Further

February 3, 2021

Aside from declines of 0.6% and 0.3% against the New Zealand and Australian dollars, the U.S. currency’s net overnight movements have been minuscule including zero change versus the yen and yuan and upticks of 0.2% relative to the euro and a 0.1% versus the Swiss franc and sterling. Ten-year sovereign debt yields increased two basis […] More

Dollar Firms…. Trump Wants Big Changes in Pandemic Relief Bill

December 23, 2020

The dollar rose overnight by 0.5% against the Swiss franc, 0.4% versus the euro, Aussie and New Zealand currencies and Mexican peso, and 0.2% relative to the yen, loonie, and sterling. Stocks also rebounded, with Asian gains of 1.0% in India and South Korea, 0.9% in Hong Kong, 0.8% in China, 0.3% in Japan, and […] More

Covid News Proceeding on Two Tracks, While Dollar Slipping but Slows

November 18, 2020

There’s been more good news regarding Covid vaccine developments as Pfizer’s product, like Moderna’s, has been shown to be 95% effective. Before vaccines can be distributed widely, however, current spikes in cases and deaths point to a very difficult winter ahead for public health and economic activity. New U.S. cases and deaths yesterday approached 160,000 […] More

Firmer Tone Wednesday in Equities and the Dollar

September 23, 2020

European share prices so far today show gains of 2.1% in the U.K., 1.6% in Spain, 1.5% in France, 1.4% in Germany and 1.1% in Italy. Equities also rebounded 2.4% in Australia, 1.1% in New Zealand, and 0.7% in Singapore but dipped 0.1% in Japan whose market was closed Monday and Tuesday for holidays. U.S. […] More

Price of Oil Jumps and Dollar Falters

August 5, 2020

Overnight declines in the dollar amount to 1.0% against the Mexican peso, 0.9% versus the Australian dollar, 0.6% relative to the euro, Swiss franc and loonie, 0.5% vis-a-vis the kiwi, yuan and sterling and 0.2% against the yen. The price of WTI oil leaped 3.2%, partly in response to an enormous explosion at the port […] More

Investors Spooked by Faster Proliferation of New Covid-19 Cases in the United States

June 24, 2020

The year-to-date number of reported U.S. infections, 2.424 million, has climbed somewhat more than 36k in the past 24 hours and 216 thousand from a week ago. This has created doubt that economic reopening can proceed as planned, and even supporters of President Trump are starting to lose patience that he has the right stuff […] More

Thailand Gets Another Central Bank Interest Rate Cut

May 20, 2020

The Bank of Thailand has implemented its third 25-basis point policy interest rate cut of 2020 and fifth such move since August 2019. The one-week repo rate now becomes 0.50%. There were three dissenters on the policy-deciding 7-person committee who didn’t want this change. A released statement sets the context for this additional easing: ” […] More

More Central Bank Rate Cuts, Mixed Global Economic Data and a Weaker Dollar

May 20, 2020

The dollar traded down overnight by 1.2% against the peso, 1.0% relative to the kiwi, 0.9% vis-a-vis the Australian dollar, 0.6% versus the Swiss franc, 0.4% against the euro, 0.3% relative to the loonie and 0.1% against sterling. Against the yen, the dollar inched 0.1% higher, but the U.S. currency in trade-weighted terms is close […] More

U.S. Fiscal Deal Gives Stocks Only Brief Lift

March 25, 2020

Today will be a very important day to watch U.S. stocks. There has yet to be two consecutive up sessions since the market peaked in mid-February. The big overnight news was a tentative accord between President Trump and the U.S. senate on a $2 trillion fiscal stimulus, which moves next to a full-senate vote today. […] More

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