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The Greenback Continues to Trade Heavily

April 14, 2021
Overview:  US officials called for a pause in the J&J vaccine, and the company has delayed the roll out in Europe.  The market seems to be looking past what appears to be an abundance of caution that now looks to last a few days.  Risk-taking appetites have barely been impacted.  Most equity markets are firmer today.  In the Asia Pacific regio…
The Greenback Continues to Trade Heavily The Greenback Continues to Trade Heavily Reviewed by Marc Chandler on April 14, 2021 Rating: 5
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Greenback Remains Heavy

February 16, 2021
Overview: The equity rally appears undeterred by the rise in interest rates or the surge in oil prices.  Led by Tokyo and Hong Kong, Asia Pacific equities advanced.  China, Taiwan, and Vietnam markets remain closed. After gapping higher yesterday and extending the gains in early turnover today, the Dow Jones Stoxx 600 is consolidating.  US shares …
Greenback Remains Heavy Greenback Remains Heavy Reviewed by Marc Chandler on February 16, 2021 Rating: 5
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Hopes of De-Escalation Help Markets Stabilize

January 08, 2020
Overview: The Iranian retaliatory missile strike on Iraqi-bases housing US forces initially sparked a dramatic risk-off response throughout the capital markets. The muted response by the US coupled with signals from Tehran that it had "concluded" its proportionate measures saw the markets retrace the initial reaction. It was too late for…
Hopes of De-Escalation Help Markets Stabilize Hopes of De-Escalation Help Markets Stabilize Reviewed by Marc Chandler on January 08, 2020 Rating: 5
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Geopolitics Saps Risk Appetite

January 03, 2020
Overview:    Iran's Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has threatened "severe retaliation" for the US attacked that killed an important head of a force within the Islamic Revolutionary Guard.  At the same time, reports indicate that North Korea's Kim Jong Un is no longer pledging to halt its nuclear weapons testing and has threatened to unve…
Geopolitics Saps Risk Appetite Geopolitics Saps Risk Appetite Reviewed by Marc Chandler on January 03, 2020 Rating: 5
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Heightened Political Risks Weigh on Sentiment

June 25, 2019
Overview:  It is far from clear that the US sanctions against nine Iranian officials, with the foreign minister to be added later brings negotiations any closer.  At the same time, US officials trying to keep expectations low for the weekend meeting between Trump and Xi.  The heightened political anxiety will have to make room for Fed Chairman Pow…
Heightened Political Risks Weigh on Sentiment Heightened Political Risks Weigh on Sentiment Reviewed by Marc Chandler on June 25, 2019 Rating: 5
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Slow Start to Important Week

June 24, 2019
Overview:  The Trump-Xi meeting at the G20 this coming weekend and heightened tensions in the Gulf, with the US set to impose new sanctions on Iran's crippled economy are keeping investors on edge.  News the opposition won the re-do of the Istanbul mayoral election has lifted the Turkish lira.  Most of the major Asia Pacific equity markets, in…
Slow Start to Important Week Slow Start to Important Week Reviewed by Marc Chandler on June 24, 2019 Rating: 5
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Tropical Storm Gordon Helps Extend Oil's Rally

September 04, 2018
A tropical storm is headed for the Gulf of Mexico, and this is helped oil prices extend last week's 5.4% rally.   Light sweet crude oil for October delivered is about 1.6% higher at $70.80.  It has been up to $71.40.  The multi-year peak on the continuation futures contract was set in early July near $75.25.  
The Gulf area accounts for about a…
Tropical Storm Gordon Helps Extend Oil's Rally Tropical Storm Gordon Helps Extend Oil's Rally Reviewed by Marc Chandler on September 04, 2018 Rating: 5
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The World Cup and Oil

June 12, 2018
Russia and Saudi Arabia play each other to open the World Cup on June 14.  Soccer may not explain the world as well as Foer traces in his famous 2004 book (How Soccer Explains the World), but it may set the stage for the oil producers' meeting next week.  Neither country's football team are regarded highly, and Russia is the odds-on favori…
The World Cup and Oil The World Cup and Oil Reviewed by Marc Chandler on June 12, 2018 Rating: 5
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