Japanese consumer prices

Dollar and Equities Strengthened Overnight

May 21, 2021

Preliminary May purchasing manager survey findings for Euroland show a 39-month composite index high despite marginally slower growth in manufacturing due to intensifying supply chain delays. Service sector activity is benefiting from a relaxation of Covid restrictions, and overall optimism regarding the one-year outlook remained high in May in spite of higher inflation. The French […] More

Trump Fans Political Chaos but Dollar Slippage Stays Orderly

November 20, 2020

The Trump campaign is continuing to try to discredit election results in several states. If it can persuade some key states not to certify Biden’s win, the President-Elect could fall short of the needed 270 electoral votes, throwing the election decision back to state legislatures, the House of Representatives, and perhaps the Supreme Court. The […] More

Good Trade News but Unsettling Covid Developments

June 19, 2020

Share prices got a boost from an overnight report that China will step up purchases of U.S. agricultural goods. This comes after Thursday’s revelation in the Bolton tell-all book that Trump had solicited a boost in Chinese purchases to voter reelection support from the mid-west. Several populous U.S. states like California, Florida, and Texas continue […] More

Dollar Trims its Thursday Losses

June 21, 2019

Today’s session illustrates America’s challenge sustaining a depreciating trend the dollar, which recovered overnight by 0.4% against the kiwi and sterling, 0.3% relative to the peso, 0.2% versus the yuan and Australian dollar and 0.1% vis-a-vis the yen and Swiss franc. But the dollar managed to lose another 0.2% against the euro and 0.1% versus […] More

Good Friday 2019

April 19, 2019

Due to Good Friday, Easter, and the approaching first night of Passover, financial market activity has ground to a near halt. Markets shut today in Germany, France, Italy, Greece, Spain, the U.K., Switzerland, the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Singapore, Norway, Brazil, South Africa, and Mexico. The released redacted Mueller Report […] More

Firmer Dollar and Equities as Summer Turns to Autumn

September 21, 2018

The dollar strengthened this Friday by 1.4% against the Turkish lira, 0.7% relative to the Russian ruble and sterling, 0.6% vis-a-vis the South African rand, 0.4% versus the Mexican peso, 0.2% against the yen and Brazilian real, and 0.1% relative to the euro, loonie, Australian and New Zealand dollars. The Hong Kong dollar was an […] More

Move Out of Risk Assets Extended

March 23, 2018

Stocks slumped 974 points, or 4.5%, overnight in Japan. Equities in the Pacific Rim also lost 3.4% in China, 3.2% in South Korea, 2.8% in Hong Kong, 2.0% in Australia and Singapore, 1.7% in Taiwan, 1.2% in India, and 1.0% in New Zealand. The sell-off continued in Europe with drops thus far today of 1.6% […] More

Markets Watching G20 Meeting… More Low Inflation News

February 26, 2016

Finance Ministers and central bank chiefs from the Group of Twenty economies began a two-day conference in Shanghai.  The Governor of the Peoples Bank of China denied the yuan will be devalued and said other tools are available to support demand in the world’s second biggest economy.  Chinese property prices rose 2.5% in January.  More […] More

Market Catches Breath After Volatile Thursday

September 26, 2014

Overnight dollar movements amount to no net change against the euro, Swissie, sterling and kiwi, a gain of 0.3% versus the yen and 0.1% against the yuan and a dip of 0.1% relative to the Canadian and Australian dollars. Share prices in Europe rebounded 0.7% in France and Italy and 0.5% in Spain.  Stocks are […] More

In Search of Market Clarity

September 27, 2013

No single market theme stands out.  Quarter-end is fast approaching.  Another U.S. fiscal showdown looms.  Overnight data have been mixed.  Esther George, K.C. Federal Reserve President, criticized the FOMC’s backtrack on tapering; she favored a cut to $70 billion in monthly asset purchases.  Japanese Finance Minister Aso did some backtracking of his own, indicating the […] More