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January 18, 2017
Stock markets continued to stabilise
German HICP confirmed at 1.7% y/y, as expected, with prices up 1.0% m/m. The sharp acceleration from just 0.7% y/y in November was mainly due to base effects from lower energy prices and the breakdown showed that prices for heating oil jumped 21.9% y/y in December...
January 17, 2017
ECB policy was focused on avoiding deflation trap
Asian stock markets were mixed, with Japan and ASX heading south amid reports that U.K. Prime Minister May will announce plans for a hard Brexit at today’s keynote speech. Yen strength is also continuing to put pressure on the Japanese markets...
January 16, 2017
U.S. markets are closed Monday
U.S. markets are closed Monday for Martin Luther King Day. This will be a busy week for traders, with the inauguration of president-elect Trump on Friday headlining...
January 13, 2017
The dollar is trading softer into the London open
Aftershocks from President-elect Trump’s campaign-like press conference, which had weighed on global stock markets and yields started to recede late in the U.S. session and U.S. equities managed to recover part of their losses...
January 11, 2017
Forex markets have been hunkering down
Asian markets managed to move higher, with Hong Kong outperforming as stronger metals boosted miners. The Yen retreated, which helped to underpin gains in Japan, while mainland China underperformed...
January 10, 2017
The dollar has traded steady-to-softer
Asian stock markets were down, with Japan under pressure (closed down -0.79%at 19,301) as the Yen strengthened. The ASX is also in the red, while the Hang Seng outperformed ahead of economic data out of China later in the week...
January 4, 2017
US Stocks and Oil swing wildly
Asian stock markets are mostly higher, led by Japan, where the Nikkei closed with a 2.5% gain after an upward revision to the manufacturing PMI reading and underpinned by catch up trades, after yesterday’s holiday...
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January 3, 2017
Eurozone stock markets already started the year with modest gains
Asian stock markets outside of Japan moved higher after a stronger than expected China Caixin manufacturing PMI. Eurozone stock markets already started the year with modest gains yesterday in very quiet trade...
January 2, 2017
The U.S. data slate is heavy
Final PMI readings are not expected to bring any real surprises and are expected to confirm manufacturing confidence for the Eurozone (Monday) remains healthy with the index at 54.9. ESI economic sentiment indicator (Friday) is expected to rise to 106.9 versus 106.5 in November...
December 29, 2016
Overnight the Yen rose strongly
Asian stock markets were mostly down, led by a slump in Japan, as the Yen rose across the board. The weakness in Asia followed a decline on Wall Street yesterday set off by disappointing U.S. data that sent the USD into retreat...
December 21, 2016
The 2017 Oil-Led U.S. Factory Rebound is Already Underway
Asian stock markets moved mostly higher overnight after gains on Wall Street and in quiet trade. Japan was a notable exception and the Nikkei closing with a -0.26% loss as the Yen bounced back and strengthened across the board...
December 19, 2016
The rally on Wall Street took a breather
The recent decisions by the FOMC to tighten policy and the ECB to extend stimulus reflect the widening divergences of monetary policy. And the uncertainties over the macroeconomic outcomes from government and central bank actions, along with geopolitical tensions...
December 9, 2016
The global stock market rally
The global stock market rally, which was underpinned by further ECB stimulus measures yesterday and a rise in oil prices, continued in Asia overnight, with most markets moving higher...
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December 7, 2016
GBP falls as industrial & manu. production miss
The pound has come under pressure in London trading today. EURGBP buying has been a driver, with the cross rallying some 0.5% to a peak of 0.8510, since ebbing to around 0.8490. Gains failed to sustain above the 20-day moving average, which is at 0.8503...
December 2, 2016
Equities headed broadly south in Asia overnight
Revealed a solid 53.2 November ISM reading and a 0.5% October construction spending rise that followed big upward Q3 revisions, both of which lifted prospects for GDP. We also saw a 17k Thanksgiving week spike in claims that reversed the remarkably tight 333k Veteran's Day figure...
October 27, 2016
U.K. can't have Brexit A La Carte
Asian stock markets headed broadly lower, as investors remain focused on the earnings season, with Canon Inc. the biggest drag on the index...
October 26, 2016
Revealed a larger than expected consumer confidence drop to 98.6
Asian stock markets are mostly down, with Japan a notable outperforming (closing up and indices holding on to modest gains as the Yen continued to decline against the Dollar...
October 25, 2016
US flash Markit PMI jumped 1.7 points to 53.2 in October
Asian stock markets are mostly down, as the positive confidence indicators out of Europe and the U.S. yesterday were overshadowed by weak GDP numbers from South Korea, which weighed on most markets. Topix and Nikkei outperformed, with a weaker Yen underpinning exporters...
October 21, 2016
Decisions on QE Postponed until December
Asian stock markets are narrowly mixed, with Japanese bourses managing marginal gains as the Yen falls against the Dollar. Stock futures in the U.S. are down...
October 20, 2016
Asian stock markets mostly moved higher
Governor Poloz said they actively discussed adding more monetary stimulus before deciding to leave the policy rate unchanged...
October 19, 2016
Year on Year GDP confirmed at 6.7%
Better earnings reports from the likes of Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, Netflix, and Johnson & Johnson bolstered Wall Street overnight. European bourses rallied upwards of 1.25% as well, expecting no let up anytime soon of central bank stimulus...

October 18, 2016
Low rates could threaten financial stability
Asian stock markets are broadly higher, with Hong Kong outperforming as developers and casinos rebound. Japanese markets are slightly higher after fluctuating through the session as investors mull the U.S. rate outlook and await corporate earnings reports...
October 17, 2016
Gold little change near 4-month minimums
On Monday, gold prices were little changed close to four-month minimums, as a broadly stronger American dollar kept dampening demand for the precious metal...
October 17, 2016
Earnings will be important this week
The economic calendar is a relatively light one this week, but does include an important inflation update, a rash of housing data and the Philly Fed survey. The Empire State index is forecast to rebound to 1.0 in October (Monday)...
October 14, 2016
September retail sales data is out today
Asian stock markets are mixed, with Japanese markets and Hang Seng managing to move higher after yesterday’s dip, but investors continue to eye China nervously as weak trade data yesterday was followed by higher than expected inflation data on Friday...
October 12, 2016
Asian stock markets headed south
Cable made a 31-year closing low in London at 1.2226. Notably this was also the low of the day, which can be taken as a technically bearish indication...
October 11, 2016
The dollar continued to trade firmer
Asian stock markets are mostly higher, (Nikkei 225 closed up 0.97%) underpinned by a weaker Yen and the renewed uptick in oil prices yesterday after Russia signalled willingness to join the OPEC output cut...
October 7, 2016
The pound saw a dramatic dive
Asian stock markets are broadly lower, with mainland Chinese bourses the notable exception. The Yen strengthened ahead of today’s U.S. jobs data, which weighed on exporters and the ongoing rise in oil prices failed to lift sentiment. the front end WTI future is now trading above USD 50 per barrel...
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October 6, 2016
The main dollar pairings have eked out narrow ranges
Asian stock markets moved broadly higher, (Nikkei closed up 0.47% 16,899) with the recent pick up in oil prices is adding support and the front end WTI future may be down slightly on the day, but remains comfortably above USD 49 per barrel...
October 4, 2016
Asian stock markets are broadly higher
US. stock futures are also up, but FTSE 100(UK100) futures are in the red as the Pound managed to claw back some of yesterday sharp losses seen in the wake of May’s confirmation of a hard Brexit...
September 30, 2016
Rally on stock markets didn't last long
Wall Street closed with losses and in Asia, lenders were also under pressure, with Nikkei and Hang Seng down more than 1.4% and only mainland Chinese markets managing to carve out gains...
January 18, 2017
Stock markets continued to stabilise
German HICP confirmed at 1.7% y/y, as expected, with prices up 1.0% m/m. The sharp acceleration from just 0.7% y/y in November was mainly due to base effects from lower energy prices and the breakdown showed that prices for heating oil jumped 21.9% y/y in December...
January 18, 2017
Pound Sterling soars on PM May's Brexit speech
The British pound posted strong gains yesterday with the Prime Minister Theresa May outlining her vision for Brexit and the parliamentary approval of the Brexit deal...
January 18, 2017
Sterling remains in the spotlight
The Sterling/Dollar exploded into extreme gains on Tuesday with prices clipping above 1.2400 after Prime Minister Theresa May’s optimistic Brexit speech signaled that the United Kingdom was seeking a deal which would satisfy both parties...