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XE Market Analysis: British Pound Outperforms in Quiet Markets

By: xemarketanalysis

OVERVIEW Markets are quiet with the U.S. closed for President's Day. Japanese exports rose just 1.3% in January due to a decline in shipments to the U.S. ECB board member Sabine Lautenschlaeger said they need to wait to see if inflation stabilizes. HIGHLIGHT The British Pound is higher by 0.5% versus the US Dollar today recovering from a drop below 1.24 on Friday following poor retail sales data. Read more

XE Market Analysis: North America - Feb 20, 2017

By: XE Market Analysis

The main movers in a subdued European AM session were the yen, which retreated as stock markets in Asia and Europe rebounded from recent weakness, and the pound, which bounced back some of the ground lost during last week's underperformance. GBP-JPY was consequently showing a 0.8% gain, as of the early European PM. Read more

XE Market Analysis: Europe - Feb 20, 2017

By: XE Market Analysis

The dollar has traded mixed relative to the main currencies so far today, lifting versus the yen and consolidating Friday's gains versus the euro and other currencies. USD-JPY has traded at moderately firmer levels today after three consecutive down sessions though to Friday last week. Read more

International Economic Week in Review: A Rise in Commodity Prices Brings Inflation

By: HaleStewart

After several years of almost non-stop deflation talk, inflation is now back. Both U.S. CPI measures – core and overall – are over 2%. And the UKs inflation is clearly accelerating. Energy prices are the primary reason for the resurgence. After OPEC increased production in 2014, oil prices dropped sharply. Read more

US Equity and Economic Review: A Solid Week of Economic and Earnings News Move the Market Higher

By: HaleStewart

This week’s U.S. economic news was bullish. A rise in retail sales indicates the consumer continues to spend while industrial production held its own. Industrial production held its own. Building permits – a long-leading indicator – increased. Read more

US Bond Market Week in Review: The Fed Doesn't Want to Fall Behind the Curve

By: HaleStewart

     Fed presidents generally agree that the economy is at or near full employment.  In Fed chair Yellen’s semi-annual Congressional testimony this week she made the following observations about the labor market: Read more

Weekly Indicators: negative noise (?) from tax withholding edition

By: New_Deal_democrat

Monthly data for January included a big jump in the Index of Leading Indicators, fed in part by positive housing starts and permits. Both producer and consumer prices also jumped higher, which means that even though retail sales were positive, real retail sales were slightly negative. Read more

XE Market Analysis: UK Consumer Stops Buying

By: xemarketanalysis

OVERVIEW The Pound is sharply lower across the board after UK retail sales slow rapidly in January. The US Dollar is stable yet vulnerable after Donald Trump's hour long press conference yesterday. Marine Le Pen gathers momentum as latest opinion poll shows a sharp rise to 40% in round two. Read more

XE Market Analysis: North America - Feb 17, 2017

By: XE Market Analysis

The dollar picked up modest ground in N.Y. morning trade on Friday, though as was the case in London, USD-JPY did not participate in the rally. That pairing remained capped by the 113.00 level, posting 112.62 lows early in the session. EUR-USD eased under 1.0620 at the London close, while USD-CAD topped 1.3125 after trading over its 20-day moving average of 1.0599. Read more


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