Chinese retail sales and industrial production

Disappointing Chinese Data to Kick Off the Week

May 16, 2022

Investors got some bad news from April Chinese economic data and the European Union’s spring forecast. Equity markets closed down 0.3% in China, South Korea, and India but up 0.5% in Japan and 0.3% in Australia. The German Dax and Paris Cac are down 0.6% and 0.4%, and U.S. stock futures have dropped, too. Ten-year […] More

Stagflation Breezes this Ides of March

March 15, 2022

Concerns that China will pay a price for supporting Russia’s invasion of Ukraine led to a huge rout in the Shanghai equity exchange, which tumbled 5.6% today, as in its vassal Hong Kong, the Hang Seng plunged by a similar 5.7%. Equities also closed down 2.0% in Taiwan, 1.3% in India and 0.7% in Australia. […] More

Watching China and Central Banks

July 15, 2021

The U.S. dollar edged slightly higher overnight, with gains of 0.4% against the Australian and New Zealand currencies, 0.3% versus the euro, and 0.1% relative to the Swiss franc, loonie, and DXY weighted index. Alternatively, the dollar slipped 0.2% against the Chinese yuan and 0.1% versus sterling, while dollar/yen stayed steady. Share prices had climbed […] More

Ten-Year U.S. Treasury Stays Firm but Dollar and Equity Moves Have Been Muted

March 15, 2021

The ten-year U.S. Treasury yield is unchanged on balance at 1.62% after touching a 13-month high of 1.635%. The price of a Bitcoin moved briefly above $60,000 but also has settled back. The dollar has risen 0.5% against the Aussie dollar and 0.3% relative to the euro but only 0.1% against the yen, sterling, and […] More

Chinese Data, MLK Day and First Central Bank Rate Change of 2021

January 18, 2021

Financial markets this Monday will lack U.S. leadership due to the observance of MLK Day. In the wake of aroused racial strains that culminated in the 1/6 domestic terrorism attack on the nation’s capitol, there is extra poignancy to this year’s observance and uneasiness that more violence may mar this day. The National Bank of […] More

Electoral College Honors Voters’ Choice and Picks Biden; Data Focus on China

December 15, 2020

The dollar is little changed today. It’s biggest move, a 0.4% decline against sterling, comes as trade talks were extended past the deadline and as British labor market data revealed a full return of average wage earnings growth to the pre-pandemic pace but also a larger-than-forecast 64.3k jump in jobless insurance claims due to a […] More

Chinese Data Dominate Monday Newswire

October 19, 2020

Chinese real GDP expanded at a solid, albeit less-than-forecast 2.7%, rate in the third quarter, supported by strengthening exports, consumption and business expenditures. This lifted the year-on-year growth rate to 4.9% from 3.2% in 2Q and negative 6.8% in 1Q when many activities were locked down. Chinese industrial production and retail sales in September were […] More

Further Erosion of Dollar’s Value

September 15, 2020

The dollar dropped 0.6% to a 16-month low against the Chinese yuan overnight and also lost 0.5% relative to the Australian dollar, 0.4% vis-a-vis the Mexican peso, 0.3% versus the kiwi, Swiss franc, loonie, euro and sterling, as well as 0.1% against Japan’s yen. The latest declines bring the dollar’s trade-weighted depreciation over the past […] More

Attack on Saudi Refinery and Oil Field Sends Price of Oil Up Nearly 10%

September 16, 2019

More than 15 drone and cruise missile attacks against the largest oil refinery and an oil field in Saudi Arabia on Saturday is likely to impede over half that country’s production. The attack is believed to have been orchestrated by Iran or perhaps Iraq, but culpability hasn’t been firmly established. U.S. President Trump has threatened […] More

A Fresh Worry: Chinese Growth Slowed Last Month

May 15, 2019

Asian stock markets had taken the North America upward cue, posting gains on Wednesday of 1.9% in China, 0.6% in Japan and Hong Kong, 0.4% in Taiwan, and 0.5% in South Korea but that was before news of soft Chinese industrial production, retail sales, and business investment. In European trading, stocks are down 1.0% in […] More

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