China trade balance

China Leads Overnight Selloff in Stocks

March 8, 2019

Downward pressure on global equities caused by evidence of a slowdown had been building this week but intensified overnight. Share prices in the Pacific Rim plunged 4.4% in China, 2.8% in Hong Kong, 2.0% in Japan, 1.3% in South Korea, 1.2% in Indonesia and Australia, and 1.0% in Singapore. In Europe so far, stocks are […] More

Stocks Depressed by Lessening Global Growth and Inflation

January 14, 2019

It’s been a hard day’s night for stocks. Share prices overnight fell by 1.4% in Hong Kong, 0.9% in India, 0.7% in China, 0.5% in Taiwan and South Korea, and 0.4% in Indonesia. European equities are down 1.1% in Italy and Spain, 1.0% in Switzerland, 0.9% in Greece and Great Britain, 0.7% in France and […] More

Equity Market Volatility Picks Up

February 8, 2018

It’s been another difficult day for equities. Today’s session started fine enough, with gains of 1.0% in India, 0.5% in South Korea where the Winter Olympics are getting under way, and 0.4% in Hong Kong. These up-moves balanced declines of 0.4% in Japan and 1.4% in China where a considerably smaller trade surplus for January […] More

Markets Calmer than Yesterday

January 13, 2017

After slumping Thursday, the dollar is unchanged today against the yen, Australian dollar, loonie and sterling. The greenback slipped a mere 0.2% against the euro, Swissie and peso since Thursday’s close and is down 0.1% vis-a-vis the yuan and kiwi. The Japanese Nikkei recovered 0.8%. Elsewhere in the Pacific Rim, equities have fallen 0.8% in […] More

Markets Accepting the Message that Fed Tapering Will Continue

February 12, 2014

Janet Yellen’s message had two parts.  First, the onset of a rising federal funds rate remains far away and the economy remains vulnerable.  Second, a measured pace of quantitative easing will not be halted except in the case that the economy seems to be veering sharply below expectations, that is toward recession.  This message was […] More

Rare Chinese Trade Deficit

April 10, 2013

It’s been a pretty uneventful day so far.  Main data development was news of a $884 million Chinese trade deficit in March that follows surpluses of $15.25 billion in February, $29.15 billion in January and $31.6 billion in December.  On-year export growth slowed to 10.0% from 21.8% in February and 25.0% in January, while imports […] More