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US Equity and Economic Review For the Week of April 20-24: Is This Another False Break-Out?, Edition

By: HaleStewart

After a series of first quarter economic disappointments, last week’s financial news provided much needed ammunition for optimism. The latest new and existing home sales numbers indicated the housing market is healing while the slight uptick in durable goods orders stopped that data series’ recent set of declines. Read more

International Economic Week in Review: More Modest Expansion, Edition

By: HaleStewart

This week, let’s start with Japan, where news continued to point to a modest though uninspiring expansion. Governor Kuroda said as much in his Semiannual Currency and Monetary Control Report: Japan's economy has continued its moderate recovery trend. Read more

Weekly indicators: consumer breakout vs. hiring breakdown edition

By: New_Deal_democrat

Monthly reports for March included a decline in new home sales from an upwardly revised post-recession high in February, and a new post-recession high in existing home sales.  Durable goods as a whole were up, but "core" durable goods were down for the 6th month in a row. Read more

XE Market Analysis: Asia - Apr 24, 2015

By: XE Market Analysis

The dollar was mixed in N.Y. trade on Friday, losing ground to the yen and pound, while rallying versus the CAD, and staying choppy against the euro. Uncertainty over the Greece crisis outcome has been pushed back again, as no agreement was reached at the latest Eurogroup meeting. Read more

US housing market continues slow improvement

By: New_Deal_democrat

With almost all of the March housing data reported, let's take an overall look at this very important leading component of the economy.  As always, the paradigm is: 1.  Interest rates lead new home building 2.  New home building leads house prices Read more

XE Market Analysis: North America - Apr 24, 2015

By: XE Market Analysis

A whipsaw in the euro was the main event during the European AM session. EUR-USD U-turned lower from a 17-day high on Greece news that it took a "hammering" at the Eurogroup meeting in Riga, which postponed any decision on Greece until the May meeting. Read more

XE Market Analysis: Europe - Apr 24, 2015

By: XE Market Analysis

EUR-USD settled around 1.0800 after pushing to a peak at 1.0845 on Thursday, which fell 3 pips short of last Friday's peak. Encouraging talk from Greek officials regarding prospects for a deal by the end of April helped give the euro a lift yesterday, but this optimism isn't being shared by creditors. Read more

XE Market Analysis: Asia - Apr 23, 2015

By: XE Market Analysis

The dollar eased broadly lower in N.Y. trade on Thursday, partly on easing Greece concerns, and partly due to ongoing weakness in incoming U.S. data. Higher jobless claims and soft new home sales dented USD sentiment through the session, as did slightly lower Treasury yields. Read more

Yes, China's Market Is In a Bubble, and No, It Won't End Well

By: HaleStewart

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XE Market Analysis: North America - Apr 23, 2015

By: XE Market Analysis

EUR-USD rebounded over 70 pips from a two-day low at 1.0667 in reaching 1.0740 as the Grexit risk premium unwound some after a Greek government official said they are expecting a positive signal from the Eurogroup meeting in Riga tomorrow, adding that a deal is close. Read more


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