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Weekly Indicators: the good jobs report hid weakness edition

By: New_Deal_democrat

Monthly news for February was highlighted by the employment report, with a moderate increase in jobs and wages, but a decline in hours and an increase in the unemployment rate. ISM manufacturing was up, but services were down to a multiyear low, although they still showed expansion. Read more

XE Market Analysis: Europe - Mar 20, 2014

By: XE Market Analysis

The USD has consolidated modestly lower after surging across-the-board on the FOMC, after Fed boss Yellen said there will be about a six-month period between the time when the Fed's bond buying program ends (late this year) and when the first rate hike will be seen. Read more

Fed Acknowledges Potential Deflation Problem

By: HaleStewart

There are already many commentaries regarding Chairman Yellen's first Federal Reserve press conference. I simply want to highlight a point that will probably be overlooked: the heightened deflationary threat to the US. Consider the second paragraph from the Fed's policy announcement: Consistent with its statutory mandate, the Committee seeks to foster maximum employment and price stability. Read more

XE Market Analysis: Asia - Mar 19, 2014

By: XE Market Analysis

FX trade was very light in the lead up to the FOMC announcement, with major dollar pairings idling inside of familiar ranges. EUR-USD travelled a 1.3900-25 band, while USD-JPY traded 101.50-60. USD-CAD was bid up in early dealings, posting a 1.1199 peak, keeping 1.1200 barrier options intact. Read more

XE Market Analysis: North America - Mar 19, 2014

By: XE Market Analysis

Sterling outperformed following solid U.K. data, the CNY sank to fresh lows, while the USD traded moderately firmer against most of the other main currencies, with most pairings remaining well within their respective Tuesday ranges. EUR-USD saw a low of 1.3904 before settling around 1.3920. Read more

XE Market Analysis: Europe - Mar 19, 2014

By: XE Market Analysis

The CNY made fresh lows while the USD majors posted inside ranges in uneventful trade as market participants sat on their collective hands ahead of the FOMC. The yuan dropped below 6.2000 for the first time since last April after the PBoC cut the reference rate to 6.1351, with the currency trading just over 1% below here, the biggest gap since 2007 (after the PBoC doubled the maximum daily trading band to 2% this week). Read more

XE Market Analysis: Asia - Mar 18, 2014

By: XE Market Analysis

The dollar was firmer versus the European majors in N.Y. trade on Tuesday, though lost modest ground to the yen. Equities rallied as Putin said he did not want to tangle with the West, and had no ambitions to invade the remainder of the Ukraine. Wall Street appeared to take him at his word, though oil rallied over $1/bbl, even as gold slipped back for the second day. Read more

The Russina Central Bank Faces A Nightmare Scenario

By: HaleStewart

With the situation in the Ukraine getting worse -- and with the threat of increased western economic sanctions against Russia an increasing possibility -- this appears to be a good time to take a look at the Russian economy to see if it could withstand increased trade problems. Read more

XE Market Analysis: North America - Mar 18, 2014

By: XE Market Analysis

News that Russian parliament approved a draft bill on absorbing Crimea seemed to elicit a return to a more world-wary market sentiment. This saw the euro decline and the yen outperform. EUR-USD ebbed to the 1.3900 area during the European AM after flat-lining around 1.3903-40 in Asia. Read more

XE Market Analysis: Europe - Mar 18, 2014

By: XE Market Analysis

Another fairy subdued session. USD-JPY eked out a new rebound high of 101.94, but subsequently ebbed lower, toward the mid-101s. EUR-JPY also ebbed back while EUR-USD flat-lined around 1.3903-40. The AUD briefly lifted in the wake of the RBA minutes to the March policy meeting, which said that a stable period of interest rates is likely, backing up Westpac's well flagged decision yesterday to remove its call for the RBA to cut rates in 2014. Read more


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