U.S. retail sales and industrial production

Equities Down but Dollar Stronger as U.S. Retail Sales Take a Hit

August 17, 2021

Stock markets in the Pacific Rim on Tuesday fell by 2.0% in China, 1.7% in Hong Kong, 1.2% in Taiwan, and 0.9% in Australia, South Korea, and Singapore. Share prices thus far today in Europe are down 0.9% in Italy, o.7% in Spain, 0.4% in France and 0.2% in Germany. The key U.S. equity indices […] More

Spotlight on Central Banks, Fresh Data and, as Always, Covid

April 15, 2021

The uncertain delayed roll-out of the J&J one-shot Covid vaccine is creating consternation, especially in light of high rates of new cases in many places. The National Bank of Ukraine’s policy interest rate was raised a full percentage point to 7.5%. This was the second straight tightening and twice the size of the initial 50-basis […] More

Market’s Initial Reaction to American Rescue Plan Not Favorable

January 15, 2021

U.S. stock futures point to a decline of at least 0.5% at the open. Stock markets closed Friday with losses of 2.0% in South Korea, 1.1% in India, 0.9% in Indonesia, 0.8% in New Zealand, 0.6% in Taiwan and Japan. Equities are currently down about 1% in the U.K., Germany, France and Spain. The 10-year […] More

Much New Data for Investors to Digest

August 14, 2020

Today’s been one of those Friday’s with a significant body of economic data releases both from both a quantitative and qualitative standpoint. Prior to the U.S. contingent of releases, the dollar overnight had dropped 0.4% against sterling and 0.3% relative to sterling but risen by 0.2% against the Canadian and Australian dollars and 0.1% vis-a-vis […] More

Policy Support Overriding Covid-19 and Geopolitical Concerns at Least for Now

June 16, 2020

The weakness of stock markets early Monday dramatically reversed direction when the Federal Reserve announced an expansion of its corporate bond purchases. That turnaround extended overnight into trading in the Pacific Rim, where markets closed up 4.9% in Japan, 5.3% in South Korea, 3.9% in Australia, 2.4% in Hong Kong, 2.0% in Singapore, 1.8% in […] More

Fractious Politics Magnifying Fear Over the Covid-19 Pandemic

May 15, 2020

The Trump Administration’s harsh rhetoric against China has been elevated to trade sanctions. Semiconductor shipments to the Chinese firm Huawei are being prevented. In another disturbing political development, British Prime Minister Johnson reaffirmed and with more force that there will be no post-Brexit negotiations with the EU beyond the end of this year. In 2020, […] More

European GDP, U.S. Retail Sales and Industrial Production, Continuing Coronavirus Spread, and Another Trump Dispute With Own Government People

February 14, 2020

From a news standpoint, Friday has been a very busy day, but financial market movements have been tempered. Mid-morning in NY finds the dollar up 0.2% against the Swiss franc and sterling and plus-or-minus 0.1% relative to other key currencies. Share prices fell 0.6% in Japan and 0.5% in India and New Zealand but up […] More

U.S.-Sino Trade Relations Remains at Center Stage

August 15, 2019

The trade war between China and the United States rumbles on. While scheduled U.S. tariff hikes have been delayed to December, Beijing officials are not inclined to give the Trump Administration what it seeks and instead are preparing to retaliate in kind. A senior officials at the Reserve Bank of Australia expressed reservations about the […] More

Stronger Dollar

July 16, 2019

The dollar strengthened overnight by 0.9% against sterling, 0.6% relative to the peso, 0.4% versus the euro and Swiss franc, 0.3% vis-a-vis the yen, 0.2% against the Aussie dollar and 0.1% versus the kiwi. In other euro cross-rate developments, sterling weakened to a half-year low against the common currency, but the Swiss franc is hovering […] More

Weak Data Intensify Investor Flight from Risky Assets

December 14, 2018

Equities fell 2.0% in Japan, 1.9% in Hong Kong, 1.5% in China, 1.3% in New Zealand and South Korea, 1.1% in Australia and Singapore, and 0.9% in Taiwan. Share prices are also down 1.0% in the U.S. and Switzerland, 0.8% in France, 0.7% in Italy, and 0.6% in Canada and Germany. The flight to safety […] More

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