French business confidence

European Consumer Confidence Taking a Hit from Putin’s War

April 21, 2022

Irish consumer sentiment sunk 9.3 index points in April to an 18-month low on top of a 10-point slide in March. At 57.7, the index has fallen from 86.8 a half year earlier. Danish consumer confidence printed at a 403-month low of minus 20.9 in April versus readings of -14.4 in March, -3.2 in February […] More

A Market Pause While Waiting for Other Shoes to Drop

February 23, 2022

Continental European share prices are up 0.6-0.9% so far today in Germany, France, Italy, Spain and Switzerland. Futures trading in the S&P 500 and Nasdaq point to rebounds of 0.6% and 1.0%. In Pac Rim stock market trading, China and Indonesia closed up 0.9%, Hong Kong and Australian recovered 0.6%, and Japan didn’t trade due […] More

Considerable Central Bank News and a Whole Lot More

September 23, 2021

The takeaways from Fed Chairman Powell’s press conference yesterday are that a tapering of Fed bond purchases could begin as soon as right after the next scheduled FOMC meeting and should be drawn down to zero by mid-2022, plus the lift-off date for the fed funds target could occur next year rather than in 2023. […] More

Marking Time as Drama at Jackson Hole and Kabul Unfold

August 26, 2021

The St. Louis and Kansas City Federal Reserve District presidents, who represent predominately Republican regions of the United States, publicly expressed their personal desires to see quantitative tapering begin this autumn, and Bullard of St. Louis added his hope that an interest rate hike be done before the end of 2022. The annual central banking […] More

Some Central Bank Developments and a Displeasing U.S. Labor Market Development

July 22, 2021

New U.S. jobless insurance claims last week totaled 419K, 51k greater than in the prior week, roughly 70k above street expectations, and the most in nine weeks. The news dampened the stock market euphoria of recent sessions. The dollar is little changed from its closing Wednesday levels, with dips of 0.1% against the euro, yen […] More

Investor Mood Lifted by Vaccine Hopes and U.S. Transition Go-Ahead

November 24, 2020

The U.S. dollar is grinding lower but slowly and in an orderly fashion. The currency dropped 0.8% and 0.7%, respectively, overnight against the New Zealand and Australian dollars overnight but by only 0.2% relative to the euro and loonie, and it held steady versus the yen and sterling. Favorable vaccine news has created a sense […] More

Continuing Dichotomy Between Equities and Covid Spread

July 23, 2020

In the past 24 hours, the number of identified Covid-19 infections soared by 284,408 worldwide and 10,738 in the United States, and the number of associated deaths totaled 72,575 and 1,234. All four changes were greater than in the previous 24-hour period. Japanese markets are closed today and tomorrow for Marine Day and Sports Day, […] More

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