U.S. personal income and spending

Concerns about Corporate Earnings

April 29, 2022

Led by the tech sector especially pre-open declines of nearly 10% in Amazon and 2.5% in Apple, U.S. stock futures are lower on this final trading session of the difficult month of April. Amazon reported a quarterly drop in earnings, and Apple warned of persistent supply delays. Having touched a 19-year weighted high on Thursday, […] More

Softer Dollar and Stock Futures.. Russian Troops Closing in on Kyiv and Kharkiv Bombed

February 25, 2022

Stocks had bounced late Thursday when President Biden’s unveiled sanctions failed to include a denial of Russia’s ability to use the SWIFT global payments system or actions directed explicitly against Putin. But with the military conflict near Ukraine’s capital and second largest city, U.S. stock futures are currently down 0.4-0.5%. Ukraine’s stock market remains shut, […] More

Powell Speech in 15 Minutes on a Data-Heavy Day

August 27, 2021

Fed Chairman Powell addresses the Jackson Hole Central Bank Symposium at 10 EDT. Markets have been comparatively flat, awaiting what Powell has to say regarding the tapering of Fed bond purchases and what officials anticipate for U.S. growth and inflation. The trade-weighted dollar has edged 0.1% higher. U.S. personal income in July, which had been […] More

Dollar Up 0.2% Against Euro, yen and Weighted index on Final Business Day of July

July 30, 2021

The U.S. currency also climbed overnight by 0.3% against sterling and 0.1% relative to the Swiss franc. However, equities have dropped, especially in Japan (-1.8%), Hong Kong (-1.4%), New Zealand (-1.2%), Spain and Taiwan (each down 0.9%), but also in Indonesia (-0.8%), the U.S. (Nasdaq -0.6% and S&P 500 down 0.4%), the U.K. (-0.5%) and […] More

Dollar Up and Equities Down After Weak European GDP Data

April 30, 2021

The dollar advanced overnight by 0.8% against the Turkish lira, 0.3% relative to the Mexican peso and kiwi, 0.2% versus the euro, Aussie dollar and weighted dollar index, and 0.1% vis-a-vis sterling. The dollar also slipped 0.2% against the Canadian dollar and 0.1% versus the Japanese yen. Relationships against the Chinese yuan and Swiss franc […] More

February Ends with a Snag in the U.S. Fiscal Package, Plenty of Price and GDP Data, and President Biden’s First Military Action

February 26, 2021

World financial are exiting February in a highly volatile conditions. Share prices tumbled today by 5.0% in Taiwan, 4.0% in Japan, 3.8% in India, 3.6% in Hong Kong, 2.8% in South Korea, 2.4% in Australia, and 2.1% in China. Equity markets in Europe are down 1.5% in the U.K., 0.9% in France and Italy, and […] More

Steep Retreat Resumes in Equities; Lots of Data Reported in Final Session of January

January 29, 2021

Share prices fell 3.0% in South Korea, 2.0% in Indonesia, 1.9% in Japan, 1.8% in Taiwan, 1.3% in India, 0.9% in Hong Kong, and 0.6% in both Australia and China¬† overnight. European markets and U.S. futures are down 1.0% or more. Efforts to halt the¬† meteoric advance of shorted stocks like GameStop worked only briefly. […] More

Dollar Firms…. Trump Wants Big Changes in Pandemic Relief Bill

December 23, 2020

The dollar rose overnight by 0.5% against the Swiss franc, 0.4% versus the euro, Aussie and New Zealand currencies and Mexican peso, and 0.2% relative to the yen, loonie, and sterling. Stocks also rebounded, with Asian gains of 1.0% in India and South Korea, 0.9% in Hong Kong, 0.8% in China, 0.3% in Japan, and […] More

Lots of Monthend Data, Fresh Covid Records, Disappointing Tech Earnings, and Home Stretch of the U.S. Election Campaign

October 30, 2020

Almost 600,000 new Covid cases worldwide have been identified in the past day, and the U.S. count exceeded 90,000 for the day and more than 9 million since the first case was reported. U.S. stock futures are down about 1% after several high tech firms reported weaker-than-forecast earnings for 3Q. Share prices in the Pacific […] More

Dollar Downtrend Accelerates

August 28, 2020

Powell’s speech that formally redefined the Federal Reserve’s inflation target and policy response function implies lower U.S. interest rates for longer and gave the dollar’s pandemic-related downtrend further impetus. Overnight the dollar depreciated by 1.3% against the Mexican peso, 1.7% relative to the Australian dollar, 1.2% versus the yen and kiwi, 0.8% vis-a-vis sterling and […] More

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