Euroland construction PMI

China Delivers Two Disappointments to Investors

November 7, 2022

Officials in China announced that for now there is to be no change in the government’s zero Covid objective, quelling rumors last week that a modification would soon be forthcoming to promote faster growth. Also China’s October trade surplus of $85.2 billion was $10 billion smaller than street estimates. A 0.7% year-on-year dip in imports […] More

Marking Time Ahead of Friday’s U.S. Employment Situation Report… Bank of England Projects Recession

August 4, 2022

The dollar edged 0.1% lower against the euro, Swiss franc, and on a weighted DXY basis. The dollar also fell 0.5% versus the New Zealand dollar and 0.3% relative to the Australian dollar. There was no net dollar movement overnight versus the Japanese yen, Chinese yuan or Canadian dollar. The weakest major currency has been […] More

Dollar Back Close to 52-Week High Ahead of U.S. October Jobs Report

November 5, 2021

The weighted DXY dollar index is presently trading almost back at its one-year high. It rose overnight by 0.2% against the euro and 0.1% relative to the yen and loonie and scored even larger gains of 0.5% against the Swiss franc and Australian dollar and 0.4% relative to the New Zealand dollar, Mexican peso and […] More

Lower Dollar

May 6, 2021

The dollar settled back 0.4% on a weighted basis and against the euro overnight. The dollar also lost 0.5% relative to the Swiss franc, 0.3% versus the loonie, and 0.1% relative to the New Zealand and Australian currencies. The dollar alternatively edged 0.1% higher against the peso and sterling and held steady on balance versus […] More

Strong Equity Rally and Dollar Downtrend Pause

June 4, 2020

Stock markets mostly rose in the Pacific Rim and Europe but only modestly for the most part in contrast to yesterday’s sharp advance. Just prior to the release of U.S. data this morning, U.S. stock futures were suggesting a downtick at the open. The dollar is unchanged from Wednesday closing levels against the euro, yen, […] More

Risk Back Off after California Declares State of Emergency

March 5, 2020

Yesterday’s U.S. stock market rally extended into Pacific Rim trading hours overnight, with markets advancing 2.1% in Hong Kong, 2.0% in China and New Zealand, 1.3% in South Korea, and 1.1% in Japan, Australia, and Taiwan. But the covid-19 virus continues to extend its tentacles, and investor fear abruptly overtook hope in Europe where equity […] More

Investors Uneasy Awaiting U.S. Jobs and Trade Data

October 4, 2019

Today’s big question is whether the U.S. jobs statistics due in an hour corroborate other weak data released during the past month. Yesterday brought stunning news that the non-manufacturing purchasing managers index slumped 3.8 points in September to a 3-year low and embodied drops of 6.3 points in production and 6.6 points in new business. […] More

Problems Deepen in Europe But Appetite for Riskier Assets Returns

September 5, 2019

German industrial orders slumped 2.7% in July, almost twice as steeply as forecast. This wiped out June’s recovery and left orders 5.6% below their year earlier level. Demand weakness was broadly based across industrial sectors but more concentrated exports than domestic demand. The construction purchasing managers index in Euroland sank 1.5 points in August, sliding […] More

Dollar Gives Back Part of Monday’s Sharp Gain against the Yuan

August 6, 2019

The yuan yesterday had slumped to 7.0525 per dollar, its weakest level since May 2008. In response, the U.S. Treasury released a protest, labeling Beijing a “currency manipulator.” This is the first such designation since 1994. By law, the Treasury reviews the currency policies of foreign governments every six months. The most recent review was […] More

Independence Day 2018

July 4, 2019

Financial markets this Thursday barely moved in the absence of U.S. participation. A few more purchasing managers surveys from June were reported. The global composite PMI stayed at May’s three-year low level. The global services PMI recovered 0.3 points to 51.9 from May’s 33-month low. Hong Kong’s private manufacturing PMI signaled a contractionary trend for […] More

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