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Weekly Indicators: Credit spreads and Jobless claims shine as positive trend continues edition

By: New_Deal_democrat

This was a very light week for monthly data. March import, export, and producer prices were up more than expected. February consumer credit increased substantially. The preliminary consumer confidence reading for April improved. My weekly report on the high frequency weekly indicators is meant to provide an up-to-this-week snapshot of the economy. Read more

XE Market Analysis: Asia - Apr 11, 2014

By: XE Market Analysis

The dollar attempted to rally in morning trade in N.Y. on Friday, following a week of persistent USD selling. The pre-weekend position paring didn't last terribly long however, and the unit make its way lower in light afternoon dealings. EUR-USD managed to print 1.3900, though was capped just over the figure. Read more

A long term historical look at stock margin debt

By: New_Deal_democrat

You've probably seen, as I have, one of several recent graphs proclaiming that levels of margin debt are dangerous, usually showing that margin debt now is at a level similar to what it was in 2000 and 2007. Read more

XE Market Analysis: North America - Apr 11, 2014

By: XE Market Analysis

The dollar continued to trade on the soft side. EUR-USD rose to a 22-day high of 1.3905, making this the fifth consecutive higher high on the daily chart. The pair subsequently dipped to 1.3881 before rebounding toward 1.3900 once more. EU's Gettinger said that there is no reason for panic over Russian energy supplies. Read more

XE Market Analysis: Europe - Apr 11, 2014

By: XE Market Analysis

USD-JPY recovered from a three-week low. The symbiotic relationship between the yen and stock markets continued, with Japanese stocks once again exacerbated by the strength of the yen. The Nikkei was dove over 2.5% in what has been the worst week of the Tokyo exchange since June. Read more

XE Market Analysis: Asia - Apr 10, 2014

By: XE Market Analysis

The dollar was mixed in N.Y. trade on Thursday, losing ground to the euro, yen and CHF, holding steady against sterling, and posting modest gains versus the CAD. Jobless claims data were the lowest in years, while import prices crept up in March. The tech heavy NASDAQ dragged Wall Street sharply lower, with the major indices giving up all of Wednesday's post-FOMC minute gains. Read more

XE Market Analysis: North America - Apr 10, 2014

By: XE Market Analysis

The USD saw fresh lows against the EUR, JPY, AUD, and other currencies, extending declines seen in the wake of the FOMC minutes yesterday. EUR-USD logged a 17-day high of 1.3875, USD-JPY made a three-week low of 101.42, AUD-USD hit a fresh four-month of 0.9462, and Cable made a two-month peak of 1.6620. Read more

XE Market Analysis: Europe - Apr 10, 2014

By: XE Market Analysis

The USD came under pressure against the AUD, which rallied on a stellar Australian jobs report, the JPY, which gained on hawkish sounding BoJ-speak, and the EUR, which extended to a 17-day high of 1.3870 in the early Asia session before settling under 1.3850. Read more

XE Market Analysis: Asia - Apr 09, 2014

By: XE Market Analysis

The dollar remained under pressure in N.Y. on Wednesday, with EUR-USD spending a good bit of time over the 1.3800 level. USD-JPY slipped to 101.75, though avoided stops reported under the overnight low of 101.55. There was little data to guide markets, though the FOMC minutes later took the dollar to new session lows, as the Fed jettisoned its jobless target, and sounded more dovish overall. Read more

Japan's Slow Growth Continues

By: HaleStewart

Earlier this week, Japan voted to maintain their current interest rate and asset purchase policy. Contained within their statement was an assessment of Japan's current economic environment. In this post, I'll look at the data specifically mentioned in the BOJ's assessment of Japan's economy which highlights the continued slow upward slog of Japanese growth. Here are the salient points: Exports have recently leveled off more or less. Read more

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