Japanese GDP

Risk Aversion Returns

May 18, 2022

It’s not surprising that the investor move back into riskier assets over the prior three sessions proved to be short-lived because the reasons behind this year slide in equities and rise of the dollar hadn’t disappeared. The three main U.S. stock market indices are down 0.5-1.0% in futures trading. Smaller dips have occurred in Europe. […] More

A Day of Bottom-Fishing

March 9, 2022

It’s been a rough period for financial market participants since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24. After large rises in sovereign debt yields, commodity prices, and the dollar juxtaposed against steep drops in equities, investors this Wednesday have taken their cue from the price of oil and pulled back from recent extremes. At $120.80 per […] More

The Fact of Inflation Persistence is More Certain than Russia’s Claim to Be Partially Pulling Troops Back from the Russian Border

February 15, 2022

Stock markets rebounded Tuesday on reports out of Russia that some military forces at the border with Ukraine will be pulled back. President Putin’s real intentions remain to be seen. Nonetheless, Putin wasn’t expected to flinch, so the unexpected nature of his action triggered an initial sigh of relief from investors. Prices of WTI oil […] More

Equities Depressed by Unsettling Monday News on Several Fronts

August 16, 2021

Afghanistan’s government fell to the Taliban in three days, not three months as the U.S. intelligence community had presumed. Washington’s lame attempt to differentiate the fall of Kabul from that of Saigon 46 years earlier is hardly persuading anyone, even among supporters of the Biden Administration. Covid developments over the weekend continued to spiral backwards, […] More

Narrowly Mixed Dollar… Tuesday Data Menu Features GDP

June 8, 2021

The dollar slipped overnight by 0.4% against the Mexican peso, 0.3% relative to the Turkish lira and 0.2% versus the Swiss franc but rose but 0.2% versus the kiwi and sterling and 0.1% relative to the euro, yen, and Australian dollar. There’s been no net change in the Chinese yuan or Canadian dollar. Ten-year sovereign […] More

Dollar Slides to Lowest Level Since Early January

May 18, 2021

The weighted DXY dollar index fell 0.4%, penetrating the key 90.00 threshold and touching an intra-day low of 89.75 versus a 52-week trough of 89.21. Bilateral dollar losses overnight totaled 0.6% against the Swiss franc and kiwi, 0.5% relative to the euro and sterling, 0.4% versus the Australian dollar, 0.3% vis-a-vis the loonie and yuan, […] More

Japanese GDP Reported and Many Holiday Closures

February 15, 2021

It’s President’s Day in the United States, Carnival in Brazil, Family Day in Canada, and the continuing Lunar New Year holiday break in China and several other Asian markets. The dollar is narrowly mixed and down 0.1% on a trade-weighted basis. Ice-cold temperatures in much of the United States have lifted West Texas Intermediate crude […] More

Equities Down and Dollar Weak but Little Changed Overnight

December 8, 2020

Senate Majority Leader McConnell has not yet lent his support to the bipartisan U.S. fiscal stimulus plan. Opinion polls suggest the all-important senate races in Georgia are both close, and unprecedented funds are being poured into both contests. The EU summit begins in two days, with fiscal stimulus and trade relations with the U.K. high […] More

Modestly Softer Dollar

August 17, 2020

The dollar is 0.2% weaker against the yen, Swiss franc and Australian dollar and has also edged 0.1% lower versus the euro, yuan, and sterling. The price of gold rebounded 0.6%, while that of oil changed little as investors await this week’s OPEC meeting. Markets are shut in India for Independence Day and South Korea […] More

Equities and Commodities Open Week on a Rising Note

May 18, 2020

Share prices in Europe are thus far up 2.4% in the U.K. and France, 2.0% in Spain, 1.4% in Germany and Switzerland, and 1.3% in Italy, and U.S. stock futures also point to a higher open. Earlier today, markets in the Pacific Rim closed down 3.4% in India and 0.7% in Taiwan but up by […] More

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