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XE Market Analysis: Europe - May 11, 2015

By: XE Market Analysis

The biggest mover today was the NZD, which dove to eight-week lows under 0.7400 against the dollar. This followed a number of bank calls for the RBNZ to cut rates, and soft NZ retail sales data. The USD, meanwhile, continued to hold generally firm. EUR-USD extended Friday's losses in making a six-day low of 1.1133. Read more

US Equity and Economic Review For the Week of May 4-8; Mid-Caps Break Trend, Edition

By: HaleStewart

Hale Stewart is a former bond broker who has been writing about economics and financial markets since 2006 on the Bonddad Blog. He is also a tax attorney with a domestic and international practice while also forming and managing captive insurance companies for US companies. Read more

Weekly Indicators: watch interest rates! edition

By: New_Deal_democrat

Monthly data for April was dominated by the jobs report, showing a return to 200k+ growth, a decline in the unemployment rate, and a slight increase in wage growth. A big increase in construction jobs after a poor March showed that winter did indeed have an impact. Read more

XE Market Analysis: Asia - May 08, 2015

By: XE Market Analysis

After some choppy price action in the aftermath of the April jobs report, the dollar settled in a slightly lower levels overall. The headline NFP print was close to market expectations, though downwardly revised prior months weighed some. The dollar initially fell, then rallied back, before falling again, largely as the employment data took a June Fed hike completely off the table. Read more

International Economic Week in Review: A General Tenor of Malaise, Edition

By: HaleStewart

Before looking at country level information in detail, here are quick summaries of the countries that reported this week: The EU continues to show weak improvement. The US, after several months of weaker than desired data, had some decent numbers. Read more

XE Market Analysis: North America - May 08, 2015

By: XE Market Analysis

EUR-USD has been holding steady after earlier declining to a 1.1182 low, which was posted in early London trade. The euro has since settled in the low-to-mid 1.12s. The decline over the last day was pretty big, just over two big figures from the 10-week high that was made at 1.1392. Read more

XE Market Analysis: Europe - May 08, 2015

By: XE Market Analysis

EUR-USD lower in the wake of the encouraging U.S. jobless claims data on Thursday, which sparked dollar short covering ahead of the April payrolls report. The low so far has been 1.1191, down almost two big figures from Thursday's peak. Wednesday's low at 1.1174 provides the next downside marker. Read more

XE Market Analysis: Asia - May 07, 2015

By: XE Market Analysis

The dollar clawed back some recent losses in N.Y. on Thursday, as much better jobless claims data helped sentiment. The major driver however, was likely a round of dollar short covering ahead of Friday's key jobs report. Given the greenback's steep losses suffered over the past couple of session, some position paring dame as not much of a surprise. Read more

The strong US dollar and recessions

By: New_Deal_democrat

In the past, has a sudden move towards a strong dollar been associated with recessions?  With some qualifications, the answer is "yes." Let's start with a few graphs from XE's currency section.  First, here is the Japanese Yen vs. the dollar: Read more

XE Market Analysis: North America - May 07, 2015

By: XE Market Analysis

EUR-USD cracked to a new 10-week high at 1.1392, subsequently settling around 1.1350. The move was driven by an acceleration in the narrowing of the U.S. T-note versus Bund spread, which dropped below 155 bp -- more than 10 bp narrower than a day ago, and over 20 bp lower than levels seen last week. Read more


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