U.S. PPI

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

Intensifying Global Risk Aversion

May 12, 2022

Equities hit an air pocket on Thursday in the Pacific Rim and Europe, closing down 2.2% in Taiwan and Hong Kong, 3.2% lower in Indonesia, and off 1.8% in Japan and Australia, 2.1% in India, 1.6% in South Korea and 1.9% in Singapore. Share price declines of 2.0% or more have so far occurred in […] More

Rising Inflation Lifts Interest Rates, the Dollar and the Price of Gold

April 13, 2022

The hope is that March might see inflation crest, but investors have heard that story before only to be disappointed. Fresh on the heals of yesterday’s U.S. March CPI data (a 483-month high of 8.5% in the total index and a 475-month 6.5% high of core CPI), U.S. producer price data arrive today. The Federal […] More

Stagflation Breezes this Ides of March

March 15, 2022

Concerns that China will pay a price for supporting Russia’s invasion of Ukraine led to a huge rout in the Shanghai equity exchange, which tumbled 5.6% today, as in its vassal Hong Kong, the Hang Seng plunged by a similar 5.7%. Equities also closed down 2.0% in Taiwan, 1.3% in India and 0.7% in Australia. […] 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

Optimism Bumps Up that Recovery Can Withstand Covid, Higher Inflation, and Central Bank Tightening

October 14, 2021

Equities have experienced a better session, with higher closes in Asia of 1.5% in Japan and South Korea and 1.4% in Indonesia. Hong Kong was closed for the Chung Yeung festival. The German Dax, Paris Cac and British Ftse are respectively up 0.9%, 1.0% and 0.7%, and U.S. futures point to similar gains. The move […] More

Numerous Inflation and Industrial Production Reports Released This Friday

September 10, 2021

There were also two central bank policy rate announcements, and each involved an interest rate increase: The Central Reserve Bank of Peru‘s Board of Directors hiked its policy interest rate twice as much as analysts were anticipating to 1.0% from 0.5%. This was the second straight increase after a hike of 25 bps in August, […] More

Yet Another Higher-than-Assumed U.S. Inflation Number and Other Disappointing Data

August 12, 2021

The dollar has edged up 0.1% against the euro, loonie, Swissie, yuan and its weighted DXY index. The dollar climbed 0.5% relative to the Australian and New Zealand dollars but is unchanged so far today versus the Japanese yen. Asian equity markets mostly lost modest ground Thursday, and U.S. share prices are a bit lower […] More

Firmer Dollar as Investors Await U.S. Data Today and FOMC Tomorrow

June 15, 2021

The U.S. dollar‘s largest overnight gains are against the Turkish lira (1.1%), Canadian dollar and sterling (each +0.4). After his meeting with Biden, Turkish President Erdogan didn’t back off his provocative military plans, and that weighed on the lira. In Pacific Rim stock market action, markets in New Zealand, Japan, Australia Taiwan, and Singapore closed […] More

Weaker-than-Forecast European Industrial Production Lifts Dollar

April 9, 2021

The dollar rebounded 0.2% against its weighted index overnight from a 2-week low. One boost came from a five-basis point rise of the ten-year U.S. Treasury yield, even though other comparable sovereign debt yields also advances strongly. The dollar rose 0.4% against the yen, 0.3% versus the Mexican peso, 0.2% vis-a-vis the Swiss franc and […] More

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