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Last Week of July Starts with Equities and Bond Yields Rising and Dollar and Bitcoin Falling

July 25, 2022

The dollar fell overnight by 0.6% against the peso and sterling, 0.4% versus the ruble and Australian and Canadian dollars, 0.3% relative to the euro but rose 0.3% against the yen, 0.2% versus the Swiss franc and 0.6% vis-a-vis the Turkish lira. The weighted DXY dollar index is 0.4% softer. U.S. equity futures point to […] More

Softer Dollar and Yen

June 24, 2022

The dollar firmed 0.2% overnight against the yen but otherwise slipped 0.3% against the Swiss franc, peso, and kiwi, 0.2% relative to the loonie and sterling, and 0.1% versus the euro and on a weighted DXY basis. Equity markets are headed for a weekly advance, which has been a rare occurrence in 2022. The street […] More

Macron Wins with 58.6% of the Vote but Recessionary Fears Extend Equity Losses Around the World

April 25, 2022

Although less than the 66.1% to 33.9% margin of victory in 2017, French President Macron was reelected, beating Le Pen by a greater margin than expected. His margin this time was still comfortable at 17.2% — 58.6% to 41.1%. Had Le Pen’s far-right National Rally captured the government, the unity of NATO against Russian aggression […] More

Stock Markets Drop in Wake of Week’s Spotlight on Central Banks and World Inflation

December 17, 2021

Other factors weighing on investor appetite for riskier assets include Omicron, whose true threat to public health and economic growth remains uncertain, and congressional paralysis over President Biden’s Build Back Better Bill. Two more central banks hiked their interest rates. The Bank of Mexico‘s increase late Thursday of 50 basis points to 5.5% reflected a […] More

Evergrande Misses Payment and Some Disappointing Data Reported

September 24, 2021

The dollar rose against most currencies overnight, including gains of 0.7% against the Aussie dollar, Mexican peso and Turkish lira, 0.6% relative to the New Zealand dollar, 0.3% vis-a-vis the loonie and sterling and 0.2% against the Japanese yen. But dips of 0.2% versus the euro and 0.1% against the Swissie suppressed net movement in […] 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

Nine-Week High in Trade-Weighted Dollar Despite Adverse U.S. News

September 24, 2020

The dollar rose overnight to a nine-week trade-weighted high of 94.55. The U.S. currency touched a three-month high of NOK 9.5974 against the Norwegian krone, two-month highs of 1.1633 per euro and CHF 0.9269, and 1-month highs of $0.6516 against the New Zealand dollar and ZAR 17.2230 versus the South African rand. Gold, which tends […] More

Some Encouraging U.S.-Sino Trade News Fans Investor Sentiment Further

August 25, 2020

Equity markets had rallied strongly on Monday and then received a further lift overnight from the news that U.S. and Chinese trade negotiators reported progress and reaffirmed that the Phase I trade deal remains effective. In other overnight developments, The Republican Party National Convention kicked off with loads of fear-mongering directed at the Democratic Party […] More

Dollar Falters Further and Price of Gold Blows Past its Historic High

July 27, 2020

The dollar weakened to a 22-month trade-weighted low overnight, with losses of 1.0% against the Swiss franc, 0.7% relative to sterling and the euro, 0.8% versus the peso, 0.6% vis-a-vis the yen, kiwi and Australian dollar, and 0.3% against the loonie. The Covid pandemic intensified over the weekend both globally and in the United States, […] More

Holiday Closures Hit Pause Button

May 25, 2020

Markets on Monday lacked direction due to holiday observances in the United States for Memorial Day, Great Britain for its late Spring bank holiday, and many Islamic countries where Ramadan’s end is being celebrated. The dollar is unchanged from Friday’s close against the euro, Swiss franc, loonie and kiwi, while changes versus the yen, sterling, […] More

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