Tag: Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC)

Dollar softer ahead of G7 Summit

Thursday June 7: Five things the markets are talking about G6 + 1 Despite global equities extending gains overnight on growing investor confidence in global growth, the markets attentions is turning towards the G7 conference that begins tomorrow in Quebec, Canada. Expect this summit to be an intensive affair amidst heightened trade tensions between the […]

US equity markets defy gravity.

US equity markets defy gravity. Equity Markets US equity markets continue to defy gravity and extending the recent winning streak to four straight sessions. It was all about the financials as a series of coordinated hawkish comments from ECB members,  that the end of QE will be top of the to-do list with some suggesting […]

A hawkish ECB backs up yields and supports EUR

Wednesday June 6: Five things the markets are talking about Global equities have extended their limited gains overnight on signs that major economies will avoid a fallout trade war. An outlier was Euro equities, which have stalled as the ‘single’ unit strengthened and government bonds declined amid some ‘hawkish’ messages from the ECB. Note: The […]

U.S. job openings hit record high in April

U.S. job openings rose to a record high in April, but hiring continued to lag, pointing to a worsening shortage of workers. Job openings, a measure of labor demand, increased to a seasonally adjusted 6.7 million from 6.6 million in March, the Labor Department said on Tuesday in its monthly Job Openings and Labor Turnover […]

Dollar Moves Confined as Investors Look for Clues

Tuesday June 5: Five things the markets are talking about The risk rally remains afloat despite last week’s geopolitical concerns and pending global tariff fall out. Capital markets seem content to regroup after recent developments. However, with President Trump stepping up his aggressive trade policies and the ‘populists,’ who are poised to start, governing in […]

Investors utterly unfazed by trade tariffs

  Investors utterly unfazed by trade tariffs Stock market investors remain utterly unfazed by the prospects of trade tariffs or even higher interest rates as consecutive monthly payroll numbers continue to support the Goldilocks economy sweet spot scenario. Employers are aggressively ramping up staff, but wages are rising much less dramatically. So far, investors remain […]

U.S. Factory Orders Fall

New orders for U.S.-made goods fell more than expected in April, weighed down by declines in demand for transportation equipment and machinery, but the underlying trend continued to suggest strong momentum in the manufacturing sector. Factory goods orders decreased 0.8 percent, the Commerce Department said on Monday. Data for March was revised up to show […]

Dollar Dips on Trade Worries

Monday June 4: Five things the markets are talking about Last week, geopolitical events again captured the attention of capital markets even though critical economic data had been released. With political concerns about the eurozone having somewhat eased by week’s end – in Italy, nationalist parties finally took power, while in Spain, the Socialist led-opposition […]

Chasing One’s Tail

Chasing one’s tail There’s a lot less drama to start the week but still plenty of possible noisemakers in play to keep things interesting. Global trade war tensions are on the rise again so on the heels of the latest US administrations salvo of metal import tariffs, the market’s focus will be directed at trade […]

May Non-farm Payroll (NFP) by the Numbers

It’s another strong U.S employment report US Labor May Nonfarm Payrolls +223K; Consensus +190K US May Unemployment Rate 3.8%; Consensus 3.9% US May Average Hourly Earnings +0.3%, or +$0.08 to $26.92; Over Year +2.7% US May Private Sector Payrolls +218K and Government Payrolls +5K US May Average Workweek Unchanged at 34.5 Hours US May Labor-Force […]