Continuing claims 1737K versus 1734K estimate The US initial jobless claims came in at 213K versus 220K estimate.  The 4 week average came in at 220.75K that was down from 221.75k last week. continuing claims came in 1737K versus 1734K estimate. Its 4-week average was 1728.5K vs 1720.5K The largest increases in initial claims for
   •  A modest USD uptick helps build on the recent sharp rebound from over 3-month lows.   •  Technical buying above 200-DMA provides an additional boost and remain supportive.   •  The up-move seemed rather unaffected by the weaker risk sentiment/US bond yields. The USD/CHF pair continued gaining positive traction for the third consecutive session and
Another mixed session for Asian equities as stocks search for direction Most Asian equities are a tad higher, picking up from sentiment in Wall St overnight after US stocks gained on strong earnings yesterday. However, news that US is investigating Huawei on a possible criminal probe is tempering with sentiment a little as it did
The Nomura-coined term, “stealth easing”, covers the current run of Chinese measures meant to encourage growth, and prop up faltering housing markets. Key quotes Bloomberg Intelligence analyst Patrick Wong sees wider easing as possible next quarter, but cautions that officials will be wary of fueling speculation in the biggest cities, where homes are beyond the reach
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USD/JPY daily chart USD/JPY 4-hour chart Bulls are challenging the 109.00 figure along with the 109.00 figure. USD/JPY 30-minute chart The market is set to decline to the 108.55 level and down to 108.30 if the bears gather enough steam. Additional key levels  USD/JPY Overview:    Today Last Price: 108.87    Today Daily change: 20 pips    Today Daily change %: 0.184%    Today Daily Open: 108.67Trends:    Previous Daily
What’s on the economic calendar We would be getting December US retail sales today along with business inventories. It’s a release that covers the most-critical shopping period for the US customer as fresh questions arise about consumer health. I believe Black Friday has pulled forward some spending in a secular trend that boosts November spending
Risk-off action on European equities drags oil lower. Will it retest 52.50 ahead of the EIA crude stockpiles data? WTI (oil futures on NYMEX) stalled its two-day rebound near 52.50 levels and reversed sharply in the European session, as risk-off returned to the markets amid fresh signs of economic slowdown in Asia, US and Europe.
TALKING POINTS – BRITISH POUND, CPI, BREXIT, EURO, YEN Pound may continue higher as PM May survives no-confidence vote Markets likely to cheer progress toward a second Brexit referendum Yen up as Nikkei falls, Euro extends drop on dovish Draghi comments UK CPI data headlines the economic calendar in European trading hours. The headline inflation
US equity close S&P 500 up 28 points to 2610. Up 1.1% DJIA +155 points to 24065. Up 0.65% Nasdaq +117 points to 7023. Up 1.7% 2600 in the S&P 500 is a level many pundits have been watching. It corresponds to the October low and it’s when the index really broke down in mid-December.
Forex news for Asia trading Tuesday 15 January 2019 After yesterday’s poor China data (exports, imports slump) we got supportive comments rolled out of China today from the PBOC, the NDRC, and the Ministry of Finance. The comments were nuanced and perhaps not rippingly bullish, but markets took heart nevertheless and ripped yen crosses higher
Bert Colijn, senior economist at ING, points out that Eurozone’s industrial production declined by -1.7% MoM in November and by -3.3% compared to November last year. Key Quotes “Consumption looks to have performed somewhat better, but concerns about a technical recession in Germany and Italy are nonetheless rising.” “Production declined significantly in France as well,
Following the release of the full 2018 China trade balance data, the China Customs offers additional details on the trade figures. Key Headlines: China’s total trade growth slowed to 8.8% y/y in q4. China’s strong 2018 trade more due to volume increase. China’s imports of iron ore, soybean declined in 2018. China’s trade growth in
A quick look at some of the highlights Monday January 14 Japan markets closed China aggregate yuan financing, new yuan loans, trade surplus and money supply Euro zone industrial production Tuesday January 15 Japan machine tool orders Euro zone trade surplus EBC president Mario Draghi delivers annual report to European Parliament  Canadian new motor vehicle