Chinese CPI and PPI

Optimism Bumps Up that Recovery Can Withstand Covid, Higher Inflation, and Central Bank Tightening

October 14, 2021

Equities have experienced a better session, with higher closes in Asia of 1.5% in Japan and South Korea and 1.4% in Indonesia. Hong Kong was closed for the Chung Yeung festival. The German Dax, Paris Cac and British Ftse are respectively up 0.9%, 1.0% and 0.7%, and U.S. futures point to similar gains. The move […] More

Thursday Spotlight on Central Banks but Attention Also Maintained on Covid and Inflation

September 9, 2021

The dollar fell overnight by 0.3% against the Swiss franc and 0.6% versus sterling but remain unchanged on balance against the euro. Dips of 0.1% occurred against the yen and weighted DXY index. Share prices are higher in the United States and Continental Europe but are down in Great Britain. Earlier in the Pacific Rim, […] More

Stocks Attempt to Bounce but Outlook Uncertain

July 9, 2021

Following Thursday’s wave of risk aversion, equities and sovereign debt yields rose in early Friday trading, and the dollar edged lower. Several Chinese and British data were release. The People’s Bank of China cut reserve requirements by 50 basis points, which is projected to release about one trillion yuan of extra liquidity and hopefully buttress […] More

Equities Open Lower after Big Rise Last Week.. Dollar Recovers on Risk Aversion

January 11, 2021

The dollar climbed overnight by 1.1% against the Mexican peso, 0.7% relative to the Swiss franc, sterling, and Canadian, Australian and New Zealand dollars, 0.5% versus the euro, and 0.3% vis-a-vis the yen (to a 5-week high above 104.0). The trade-weighted dollar move was +0.5%. U.S. equities have fallen 0.6-0.8% in futures trading. Share prices […] More

Covid Concerns, U.S. Political Tensions, Disinflation, and Weak Demand

November 10, 2020

Yesterday’s vaccine news spurred a stock market rally, but pandemic prospects remain poor until vaccines and therapeutic treatments are widely available. The public is being warned of a grim winter just ahead. New global Covid cases topped half a million yesterday, including a fresh record U.S. number exceeding 130k. U.S. hospitalizations are hovering near 60k. […] More

The Cavalry Isn’t Coming… Investors Are on Their Own

October 15, 2020

U.S. Treasury Secretary Mnuchin concedes that a fiscal stimulus deal before the election isn’t going to get done, and there’s little reason to expect the dynamics to shift after November 3rd. Central bankers, whose policies are hitting diminishing returns, have been pleading for more forceful fiscal support. The Dallas Fed President said displaced workers will […] More

Markets Pausing for Next Big Theme

September 9, 2020

Equities recorded further considerable losses in Pacific Rim trading overnight but have stabilized in Europe. Share prices closed down 1.9% in China, 2.2% in Australia, 1.3% in Indonesia, 1.1% in South Korea and 1.4% in New Zealand. But the Swiss and German markets have rebounded 0.6%, and those in the U.K. and France are up […] More

Week Starts Slowly for the Dollar

August 10, 2020

Net dollar changes since the pre-weekend close have been insignificant against other major currencies. Markets are closed today for holiday in Japan and Singapore. Share prices are mostly firmer. So too are the prices of WTI oil (1.5%) and gold (0.7%). But ten-year sovereign debt yields are down two basis points in Germany and the […] More

Markets Unsure of Implications of Reopening Economies

May 12, 2020

Markets seems to have entered an indecisive phase as politicians weigh pros and cons of reopening business activities. The dollar lost modest ground overnight, falling 0.2% against the yuan, yen, euro and sterling and by 0.1% relative to the Swiss franc. The dollar fell more significantly against the kiwi (0.6%) and Australian dollar (0.4%) but […] More

Comparatively Steady Dollar to Start Week

February 10, 2020

The dollar is unchanged from Friday closing levels against the yen, Swiss franc, loonie, and kiwi, and it has edged a mere 0.1% lower relative to the euro, Aussie dollar and peso. Bigger drops can be seen of 0.3% versus the yuan and 0.4% relative to sterling. Share prices fell 0.5-0.8% in a number of […] More

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