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Capping a Big Week in Financial Markets Driven By Lower Inflation Readings

July 14, 2023

In the past week, the Dow Jones Industrial Average has jumped 1000 points, the 10-year U.S. Treasury yield has plunged 28 basis points, and the dollar has depreciated 2.7% against the yen and 2.4% against the euro. If inflation continues to recede, the Federal Reserve may not need to lift interest rates as much as […] More

Central Bank Interest Rates Back in the Spotlight

June 20, 2023

Tuesday has been a more active day in financial markets than Monday, with the return of U.S. leadership after yesterday’s Juneteenth holiday. The dollar has been mixed, dropping 0.3% against the yen and 0.1% versus the euro but advancing 1.0% relative to the Australian currency, 0.5% vis-a-vis the kiwi, 0.4% against the Turkish lira, 0.3% […] More

Investors More Hopeful Than Yesterday about Debt Ceiling Talks

May 17, 2023

The dollar rose overnight by 0.8% against the Mexican peso, 0.6% versus the Japanese yen and Swiss franc, and 0.4% relative to the euro. The Japanese Nikkei closed up 0.8%, but share prices in Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea, India and Australia closed lower. Continental European equities are slightly higher, and so are the DOW […] More

Stronger Dollar, Higher Long-Term Interest Rates, and Softer Equities

April 19, 2023

Equities in the United States are down over a half percent in futures trading as investors react to the latest batch of reported corporate earnings. European shares are only marginally lower. In Asia, stocks closed down 1.4% in Hong Kong, 0.7% in China, 0.3% in India and 0.2% in Japan. The Fed Beige Book of […] More

Dollar Well-Bid Ahead of Tomorrow’s FOMC Rate Hike and Today’s PPI Report

June 14, 2022

The weighted dollar is trading just a tad below’s yesterday’s strongest reading since November 2002. Compared to closing levels in NY on Monday, the dollar has strengthened 0.5% against sterling and Mexican peso, 0.4% versus the Australian dollar, 0.3% relative to the Canadian dollar, 0.2% versus the kiwi, and 0.1% vis-a-vis the Japanese yen. The […] More

Sobering Data

October 29, 2021

A round of risk aversion depressed equities but lifted the dollar and 10-year bond yields on Friday. The price of gold dipped below $1,800 per ounce. Ten-year German bund and British gilt yields rose five basis points overnight, and the 10-year Treasury yield is 3 bp higher. Share prices fell 1.3% in South Korea, 1.4% […] More

Heavy Day for Released Data

August 31, 2021

Typical of the final business day of the month, August 31, 2021 has experienced a bunch of reported data around the world. In financial markets, the dollar has slipped back 0.2% against its DXY weighted index but is up 0.5% compared to a month ago. Overnight moves in the dollar include drops of 0.2% versus […] More

Data Evidence of Higher Inflation and a Setback in Industrial Production

July 14, 2021

In overnight currency market action, the weighted dollar touched its highest level (92.83) since very early in April but subsequently settled back to 0.1% below its Monday closing level. Net dollar losses so far today are 0.4% versus the Mexican peso, 0.3% relative to sterling and 0.1% versus the yen, euro, loonie and Australian dollar. […] More

With an Eye Toward Wednesday’s FOMC Meeting, Markets in Pause Mode

June 14, 2021

The dollar is 0.1% softer on a weighted basis, and most key dollar currency pairs have barely moved from Friday closing levels. Not only are investors marking time until Wednesday’s FOMC announcement, but several markets were closed today (China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong for the Dragon Boat Festival and Australia for the Queen’s Birthday holiday). […] More

Quarter-End, a Flood of Reported Data, and an Eagerly Awaited Speech by Biden on His Infrastructure Plans

March 31, 2021

The dollar is trading modestly lower (e.g. -0.1% on the DXY weighted index) on this final day of the first quarter. In overnight equity market action, share prices climbed almost 1% in Australia and New Zealand but have slipped in Asia and, to a lesser degree, in Europe. The S&P 500 and DJIA futures indices […] More