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International Economic Week in Review: The EU and Canada Continue Growing at a Solid Pace

By: HaleStewart

            News from the EU continued in its positive vein.  GDP was up .6% Q/Q and 2.7% Y/Y: Read more

US Bond Market Week in Review: The Yellen Era Ends With a Bang

By: HaleStewart

This week was the end of the Yellen era. She was one of the most accomplished economists to rise to the top the Fed and presided over a period of “moderate” adjustment to monetary policy. We now enter the Powell era, which, by all accounts, will be a continuation of the gradual increase of interest rates. On Wednesday, the Fed voted to keep rate hikes on hold at the latest meeting. Read more

US Economic Week in Review: Consumer Spending is Very Strong

By: HaleStewart

This week, the economic news centered on the US consumer’s spending habits. PCEs increased strongly, which is corroborated by recent retail sales figures. Spending on durable goods was remarkably resilient, which was confirmed by this week’s auto sales numbers. Read more

Weekly Indicators: stocks and bonds take center stage edition

By: New_Deal_democrat

January data started out with a strong headline jobs number, and a much touted big increase in average wages for all workers.. But the unemployment rate stalled, and underemployment actually increased slightly. Meanwhile, workers who aren't in management didn't see that big increase in wages at all, as that YoY metric made no headway. Read more

XE Market Analysis: Asia - Feb 02, 2018

By: XE Market Analysis

The dollar rallied sharply on the back of the solid jobs report, and the jump in hourly earnings. Treasury yields soared to trend highs, after the jobs numbers, and the rebound in factory order and Michigan sentiment. Wall Street was not happy with the yield bounce, as stocks were hammered lower. Read more

XE Market Analysis: Dollar Strengthens as Wage Growth Accelerates

By: xemarketanalysis

OVERVIEW UK construction activity almost stalls in January. US consumer sentiment rises in January. Global equity markets are down as interest rates rise. Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are down 20%. HIGHLIGHT The US Dollar is higher against all its major counterparts after the US employment report showed another solid month of job creation last month, and wage growth accelerated more than expected. Read more

XE Market Analysis: North America - Feb 02, 2018

By: XE Market Analysis

The dollar has been directionally mixed since the FOMC earlier this week, gaining mostly notably versus the yen, and the Australian dollar, but losing ground to the main European currencies, including the euro, sterling and Swiss franc. The dollar has also been somewhat mixed against developing-world currencies. Read more

XE Market Analysis: Asia - Feb 01, 2018

By: XE Market Analysis

The dollar was dented by a weak productivity print, though did not recover in the aftermath of a good manufacturing ISM and solid construction spending. EUR-USD bottomed at 1.2343, before rallying to 1.2498 highs. USD-JPY trade to 109.24 lows, though found some support as Wall Street recovered. Read more

XE Market Analysis: North America - Feb 01, 2018

By: XE Market Analysis

The yen and Australian dollar came under pressure, while the dollar traded steady-to-softer versus most other currencies. USD-JPY has forayed to a one-week high of 109.75, extending the recovery from last week's four-month low at 108.28. Yen crosses also gain, with EUR-JPY, for instance, up by 0.7% in the early London PM session. Read more

XE Market Analysis: Europe - Feb 01, 2018

By: XE Market Analysis

The has dollar has traded firmer in the wake of yesterday's FOMC announcement, which brought the expected no-change decision in policy settings but was accompanied by upgrades in the Fed's growth and inflation projections. The narrow trade-weighted USD index (DXY) is up 0.6% from four-session yesterday's low at 88.78, logging a high of 89.31. Read more

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