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International Economic Week in Review: A Detailed Look at the EU

By: HaleStewart

This week, I looked at that the ETFs for the six largest European countries. While all have rallied from earlier in the year lows, none indicate a strong underlying economy. I found this odd. Although the EU is certainly not in the economic fast lane, the underlying data doesn’t support these low valuation levels. Topline Growth is Moderate But Consistent The top chart shows the region grew for the last 10 consecutive quarters with the pace of growth increasing from .6% in 1Q14 to the last 4 readings of between 1.5% and 1.6%. Read more

US Equity and Economic Review: Once Again, We're Approaching Record Highs, Edition

By: HaleStewart

This week’s economic news was mildly positive. On Tuesday, the Census released new home sales, which showed a stunning 16.6% M/M increase. This was the strongest pace since 1992 and the highest level since 2008. It’s difficult to overestimate the importance of this release. Read more

US Bond Market Week in Review: Everyone's A Hawk, Edition

By: HaleStewart

Several Fed Presidents gave presentations this week. All argued the U.S. economy was not only at or near full employment but also that prices were rising and would eventually attain the Fed’s 2% price target. This implied that a rate hike within the next few meetings was a foregone conclusion. Read more

Weekly Indicators: is the consumer stumbling? edition

By: New_Deal_democrat

In the rear view mirror, Q1 GDP was revised up slightly. May data included consumer sentiment from the U. of Michigan, down slightly from its preliminary reading but up from April. April new home sales set a new record for this expansion. Durable goods increased. Read more

XE Market Analysis: Asia - May 27, 2016

By: XE Market Analysis

The dollar firmed up through the morning session in light trade, as markets remained close to the sidelines ahead of Yellen's "chat" and the upcoming long weekend in the U.S. and the U.K.. The greenback moved to session highs against the euro and yen following comments from Fed chair, who said it would be appropriate to raise interest rates in the coming months. Read more

XE Market Analysis: North America - May 27, 2016

By: XE Market Analysis

The dollar majors have mostly remained comfortably within Thursday ranges with markets hunkered down ahead of Fed Yellen's speech later today, which precedes the long U.S. holiday weekend. Cable was an exception, logging a two-day low at 1.4620, while sterling posted three-day lows versus both the euro and yen. Read more

XE Market Analysis: Europe - May 27, 2016

By: XE Market Analysis

The major currencies have traded without direction with markets hunkered down into Fed chairwoman Yellen's speech later today, and ahead of the long U.S. holiday weekend. The dollar has lost its rallying impetus, tracking a decline in U.S. Treasury yields as markets take a more circumspect view of Fed tightening prospects. Read more

XE Market Analysis: Asia - May 26, 2016

By: XE Market Analysis

Profit taking on long dollar positions was the feature of the FX market in N.Y. on Thursday, taking the dollar mostly lower. Ahead of Yellen's Friday speech, and the upcoming long weekend in the U.S. and London, traders appeared to think it best to lighten up on greenbacks. Read more

XE Market Analysis: North America - May 26, 2016

By: XE Market Analysis

The dollar has traded softer, with USD-JPY ebbing under 110.00 and EUR-USD lifting to the upper 1.11s. There has been some impetus to square positions ahead of Fed chair Yellen's speech tomorrow, which will be a key determiner for markets with regard to Fed tightening expectations. Read more

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