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XE Market Analysis: North America - Feb 09, 2016

By: XE Market Analysis

A strong risk-off sentiment in Asia briefly tempered during the Europe AM session, though risk aversion reappeared in the early PM session, which weighted on stocks. The haven yen outperformed after Japan's Nikkei 225 closed with a 5.4% loss. Other markets in Asia that weren't closed for the Lunar New Year holiday also finished in the red, while Europeans also slumped after giving up intraday gains. Read more

XE Market Analysis: Europe - Feb 09, 2016

By: XE Market Analysis

The haven yen has surged amid untampered risk-off sentiment in global equity markets. Financial and energy stocks led sharp declines in Japan, Australia and other Asia-Pacific markets that aren't closed for the Lunar New Year celebrations. Japan's Nikkei 225 closed with a 5.4% loss, and Australia's ASX with a 2.9% decline. Read more

XE Market Analysis: Asia - Feb 08, 2016

By: XE Market Analysis

The dollar was mostly lower in N.Y. trade on Monday, as another risk-off session weighed on sentiment. Oil prices dipped under $29, as equities took yet another dive, which saw USD-JPY fall to 15-month lows of 115.18. EUR-USD opened at session lows under 1.1090, and rallied to 1.1197 highs into the London close. Read more

XE Market Analysis: North America - Feb 08, 2016

By: XE Market Analysis

The yen rallied under an advancing cloud of risk-off sentiment in global markets as investors digest weekend data showing the third straight month of depleting Chinese foreign reserves. This refocused attention on capital outflows in China, the consequences of souring confidence as the pace of growth abates. Read more

XE Market Analysis: Europe - Feb 08, 2016

By: XE Market Analysis

The dollar and commodity currencies have been outperformers today, and the yen an underperformer as most stock markets rallied in Asia. The legacy of Friday's U.S. jobs report continued to impact markets, and while it wasn't very satisfying in terms of clues on the FOMC's policy trajectory, investors are seeing it as an encouraging sign of economic momentum without implying a need for the Fed to rush back to the policy tightening spigot. Read more

International Economic Week in Review: No Central Theme, Edition

By: HaleStewart

Once again, negative Chinese news started the week, with Markit reporting a 48.2 PMI. Production dropped; orders and prices were weak. The service sector expanded, with the PMI rising from 50.2 to 52.4. The composite index was a barely positive 50.1. Read more

US Equity and Economic Review: This Is Not A Market That Wants to Move Higher, Edition

By: HaleStewart

The Institute for Supply Management (ISM) released its monthly manufacturing and non-manufacturing report this week. Although manufacturing increased .2% to 48.2, this was the fourth consecutive month of contraction. But new orders and production were both above 50, indicating we could see slightly higher numbers next month. Read more

US Bond Market Week in Review: The Bond Market Sees Weak Growth, Edition

By: HaleStewart

    This week’s column will focus exclusively on various yields and segments of the treasury market for one reason: the bond market does not think the economy will grow meaningfully in the foreseeable future. Read more

Weekly Indicators: the US$ slides towards parity against major currencies edition

By: New_Deal_democrat

January 2016 reports started out with a continuation of job gains, including big positive moves in hours, hourly wages, and participation. Vehicle sales were positive, although still below their late 2015 peak. ISM manufacturing was less negative (but new orders turned positive), and ISM services were less positive. Read more

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