Manufacturing PMIs

Averted U.S. Government Shutdown Hasn’t Changed Financial Market Dynamics

October 2, 2023

The approved continuing resolution to keep the U.S. government running is only a temporary 48-day remedy. Moreover, it removes a downside short-term risk to U.S. growth and therefore a potential deterrent to Fed officials raising interest rates additionally this quarter. Ten-year sovereign debt yields rose overnight by six basis points in the United States, four […] More

Weighted Dollar Strengthens to Three-Week High, While Bitcoin Weakens to Six-Week Low

August 1, 2023

The dollar strengthened overnight by 1.3% against the Australian dollar, 0.9% versus the New Zealand dollar, 0.6% vis-a-vis the Canadian dollar, 0.5% relative to the Japanese yen, 0.4% against the Swiss franc and sterling, 0.3% versus the Chinese renminbi and Mexican peso, but just 0.2% against the euro. The price of Bitcoin tokens dropped 1.2%. […] More

Factory Purchasing Manager Surveys, An Australian Central Bank Rate Hike, and Much More

May 2, 2023

It’s been a busy Tuesday from an event and data-release standpoint, but financial market movements have been more measured. Drops of 1.0% against the Australian dollar and 0.7% versus the New Zealand dollar followed the Reserve Bank of Australia’s 25-basis point rate hike after having paused tightening in March. Against other currencies, however, the dollar […] More

A Sign Emerges that Supply Constraints May Be Easing, but Investors Remain Bearish

July 1, 2022

Today’s been another fine day for the dollar. Thus far, the greenback shows gains of 1.6% against the Australian dollar, 1.5% versus the Swiss franc, 1.3% relative to the kiwi, 0.8% vis-a-vis sterling, 0.4% against the Canadian dollar but just 0.2% against the euro and zero percent against the Japanese yen and Chinese yuan. Equity […] More

Russia Escalates Military Conflict.. Biden’s State of the Union Address Tonight

March 1, 2022

The fighting in Ukraine was even more intense on Tuesday, as Russian forces try for a quick knockout of that country. Meantime, Western sanctions are paralyzing the Russian economy and financial system. As on Monday, equity markets attempted a rebound in the Pacific Rim, but stocks got clobbered in Europe. Markets closed up 1.2% in […] More

Opening Bell on 2022

January 3, 2022

Some financial markets such as those in Japan, China, Great Britain, Australia, and New Zealand remained closed on this first business day of 2022. But manufacturing sector purchasing managers surveys were reported for many economies, and some price data were released, too. In market activity, the dollar held steady against the Japanese yen and Chinese […] More

Evidence of Two-Speed Post-Pandemic Recovery and Some Encouraging News on the Inflation Front

July 1, 2021

The first day of July brought a slew of manufacturing purchasing manager surveys. Recovery from the Covid recession is developing faster than than the upswing from the Great Recession, but countries that have been forced to reimpose restrictions on social gathering are seeing their recoveries lag others. Currencies are also becoming more aligned with Covid-management […] More

June Opens on Hopeful Note

June 1, 2021

Manufacturing purchasing managers survey results reveal record growth in many cases, robust business optimism, but also inflationary pressure from demand outstripping supply. Euroland’s factory sector PMI was revised even higher to a record reading of 63.1. The Netherlands, Austria, Germany, Ireland, and Italy all scored above 62.0, and the lowest reading in the group — […] More

No Fooling: Today’s Economic Data Show Improvement but Covid Cases on the Rise Too

April 1, 2021

On this opening day of April, the dollar is unchanged against the yen, sterling and New Zealand dollar. The greenback has dipped 0.1% versus the euro and fallen 0.8% against the Turkish lira and 0.5% vis-a-vis the Mexican peso, but the dollar also has risen 0.3% against the Chinese yuan and Canadian dollar, 0.2% versus […] More

2021 Starting the Way 2020 Ended

January 4, 2021

The dollar fell 1.0% against the yuan, 0.7% versus the euro, Swiss franc and Mexican peso, and hit multi-year lows against several currencies. Share price futures point to a higher open in U.S. equity trading after the New Year’s Day holiday. Stock markets rose 2.1% in Indonesia, 2.5% in South Korea, 1.2% in Taiwan, and […] More