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Jobs Friday: Asymmetrical Risks?

January 10, 2020
Overview:  The first full week of 2020 is ending on a quiet note, pending the often volatile US jobs report.  New record highs US equities on the back of easing geopolitical anxiety is a reflection of greater risk appetite that is evident across the capital markets.  Asia Pacific equities mostly rose today, though Chinese shares and a few of the s…
Jobs Friday: Asymmetrical Risks? Jobs Friday: Asymmetrical Risks? Reviewed by Marc Chandler on January 10, 2020 Rating: 5
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Animal Spirits Roar Back

January 09, 2020
Overview:  The S&P 500 recovered from a 10-day low to reach a new record high, which set the tone for the Asia Pacific and European markets today.   The MSCI Asia Pacific Index jumped by the most in a month with the Nikkei's 2% advance leading the way.  More broadly, the markets in Taiwan, South Korea, Hong Kong, India, and Thailand all ro…
Animal Spirits Roar Back Animal Spirits Roar Back Reviewed by Marc Chandler on January 09, 2020 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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Geopolitical Angst Eases, Helps Equities and Underpins the Greenback

January 07, 2020
Overview: Without fresh escalation, investors cannot maintain a heightened sense of geopolitical anxiety.  The recovery of US shares yesterday set the tone for today's rebound in Asia and Europe. All the equity markets in the Asia Pacific region rallied today, led by a 1.6% rally in Japan and a nearly 1.4% advance in Australia, with the except…
Geopolitical Angst Eases, Helps Equities and Underpins the Greenback Geopolitical Angst Eases, Helps Equities and Underpins the Greenback Reviewed by Marc Chandler on January 07, 2020 Rating: 5
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Markets Struggling to Stabilize to Start the New Week

January 06, 2020
Overview: The global capital markets have yet to stabilize amid heightened geopolitical tension. Even though the US stock market finished last week off its lows, the sell-off continued in the Asia Pacific region. Japan's markets re-opened after an extended holiday, and the yen, at three-month highs, saw the Nikkei sell-off nearly 2%. Several m…
Markets Struggling to Stabilize to Start the New Week Markets Struggling to Stabilize to Start the New Week Reviewed by Marc Chandler on January 06, 2020 Rating: 5
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The Charts: Corrective Pressures are Building

January 05, 2020
What was a good week for risk assets, albeit in thin holiday markets soured ahead of the week as geopolitical fears escalated between the US and Iran.  Also, North Korea's Kim Jong Un was particularly provocative, and Turkish troops will enter Libya, clearly as US President Trump said, "complicating the situation." The markets freque…
The Charts: Corrective Pressures are Building The Charts: Corrective Pressures are Building Reviewed by Marc Chandler on January 05, 2020 Rating: 5
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High-Frequency Data may Underscore Four Thematic Points

January 04, 2020
Full liquidity returns to the markets gradually in the coming days, and the week ahead culminates with the US December employment report.  The highlights include the service and composite PMI readings,  and December eurozone and China's CPI.  The UK reports December PMIs, November GDP, and industrial output figures.
While the economic reports m…
High-Frequency Data may Underscore Four Thematic Points High-Frequency Data may Underscore Four Thematic Points Reviewed by Marc Chandler on January 04, 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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Equities Start New Year with a Pop

January 02, 2020
Overview:  Equities have begun New Year like, well, last year, with most Asia Pacific markets advancing, led by more than 1% gains in China, Hong Kong, and Thailand.  Only South Korea and Indonesian markets fell.  In Europe, the Dow Jones Stoxx 600 is up almost 1% in late morning turnover.  US shares are trading higher as well, and the S&P 500…
Equities Start New Year with a Pop Equities Start New Year with a Pop Reviewed by Marc Chandler on January 02, 2020 Rating: 5
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