April 2010 - Daily Pfennig

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  • A down day for the dollar...

    In This Issue..

    * Jobs disappoint...
    * Factory orders hold up...
    * Franc rises to record against euro...
    * Another feather in the hat for Canada...

    Good day and a Terrific Thursday to you...Its always nice to flip the calendar over to April each year, because in my book at least, this is the unofficial start of spring. We were greeted with a picture perfect day yesterday and today should be even better here in St. Louis. There's just a lot to be said about walking outside without a coat, seeing everything turning green, and hearing the birds chirp. Both Chuck and Chris and out today so I have the honor of bringing you today's Pfennig. Since I don't have any jokes to share with you on this April Fools Day, I'll get right to the meat and potatoes (which is probably a good thing since my joke telling abilities aren't exactly at par.)

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  • First week of April...

    In This Issue..

    * Jobs come in higher...
    * This week in data...
    * Will the RBA raise...
    * Is China sold on global recovery...

    Good day...And welcome to the first week of April. Hopefully everybody was able to enjoy the weekend...I know I sure did. Chuck is feeling under the weather today and Chris is still on vacation so I've been called from the bench to Pfill in today. It's always tough to get going on a Monday morning so it will probably be short and sweet today. So, on that note...let's jump right in.

    As Chuck mentioned Friday, we finally saw the color of the March employment figures and, as expected, we saw the jump most were looking for. Although the actual number of 162k was lower than the expected 184k gain, March represented the highest figure in 3 years. All three of the employment categories were in positive territory and each had revisions to the upside from last month's results....
  • RBA raises interest rates...

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  • Investor concern causes a move back to dollars...

    In This Issue..

    * Investor concern causes a move back to dollars...
    * UK elections weigh on the pound...
    * The loonie can't keep the buck...
    * Jim Rogers mirrors Chuck's thoughts...

    Good day, the dollar moved higher throughout the trading day, and the rally continued in overnight trading. Just about all of the major currencies were down, with the Singapore dollar and Japanese yen the only two which saw a positive return vs. the greenback. This would indicate Wednesday was a 'risk off' day, as investors moved money out of higher yielding currencies and back to the carry trade funding favorites of the yen and US$....
  • US$ stuck in a rut...

    In This Issue..

    * US$ stuck in a rut...
    * Australia is rising star...
    * BOE keeps rates on hold...
    * Frank reflects on Olympic boycott...

    Good day, and welcome to Friday!  The dollar kept within the fairly tight range it has established over the past few weeks.  The dollar index has remained between 81 and 82 for the past 15 days, after jumping higher on the Greek financial crisis.  Currency traders are uncertain of where the global economy is heading, and seem to be taking a 'wait and see' approach.  Eventually a clear picture will start to emerge, but for now, the currency markets are stuck in a rut.

    The weekly jobs data released yesterday morning didn't give investors much to go on.  The numbers came in slightly higher than expected, surprising many who thought the improvement we saw in the monthly numbers at the end of last week would carry over to the weekly report.  But it still looks like any improvement in the labor picture here in the US will be slow to come, and pretty sporadic.  The Labor Department blamed the Easter holiday for skewing the numbers, saying the two weeks around the Holiday weekend are traditionally volatile making it difficult to discern an underlying trend.  But the less volatile 4 week moving average of claims, a less volatile measure, also increased to 450,250 last week from 448,000.

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  • Details of Greek aid package boosts the euro...

    In This Issue..

    * Details of Greek aid package boosts the euro...
    * Officially the US recession is still not over...
    * Commodity currencies take a breather...
    * Polish zloty holds steady after tragedy...

    Good day, and welcome to another week. It is a holiday here in St. Louis, as it is the home opener for Cardinal nation. Looks like the fans will have an absolutely perfect day for the celebration, with sunny skies and temps in the upper 70's. Opening day truly is a local holiday, and a big number of workers will be calling in sick in order to go downtown to enjoy the festivities. Let's hope the Cardinals can bring the home crowd a winner!

    The EU gave the euro a big boost over the weekend as they announced the details of a $61 billion aid package for Greece. The announcement of the details calmed the markets and sent the euro shooting up close to $1.37 for the first time since mid March. The plan was hammered out back on March 25th, but details of how the aid package would be structured were not revealed, causing many to question it. Now that the details have been revealed, traders reversed some of their short positions and the euro has recovered....
  • US Dollar drifts, waiting for direction...

    In This Issue..

    * Dollar drifts waiting for direction...
    * How to profit from China's next move...
    * Brazil's real predicted to rise 10%...
    * An update from Chuck...

    Good day, and welcome to Tuesday. The Cardinals brought home a winner for the huge crowds down at Busch Stadium yesterday. As I mentioned, opening day is holiday around St. Louis, and Albert Pujols and his teammates gave the fans a terrific show. Currency traders seemed to take the day off yesterday along with thousands of Cardinal fans. The dollar drifted through the day, and continued to trade sideways in overnight trading in Asia....
  • Singapore announces a revaluation...

    In This Issue..

    * An Asian currency announces a revaluation...
    * Growth in the Asia-region benefits Australia...
    * Brazil to raise rates...
    * US trade deficit widens, pushing the dollar lower...

    Good day, it certainly was a good day here at EverBank yesterday. I will start today's Pfennig off with some good news which Chuck shared with the desk yesterday afternoon. The scans which he underwent last week came back clean, so the cancer is limited to the mass behind his eye, and hadn't spread to any other part of his body. This was just about as good as news as he could receive, and now he heads to the eye doctor to figure out a plan to deal with the mass. He wanted me to let everyone know how much he appreciates your emails of support....
  • US data comes in stronger than expected...

    In This Issue..

    * US data comes in stronger than expected...
    * Worries over Greece pushes dollar higher...
    * China grows at 11.9%...
    * Australia may look to pause?...

    Good day, it is tax day which is not usually a happy day for the 51% of the folks who have to pay the taxman. Chuck would take the opportunity to break into the Beatles song right now, but I'm not as good with lyrics, so you will just have to hum it in your head. The dollar was down in trading yesterday, as most of the data released was positive and emboldened traders to move money out of safe havens. But overnight the Asian markets decided to take the dollar higher, and the Europeans are continuing to buy greenbacks. I'll get to what caused the big change in a second, but first I will review all of the data we got yesterday morning....
  • An update on Chuck...

    In This Issue..

    * An update on Chuck...
    * Greek crisis continues to weigh on the euro...
    * US data is mixed...
    * Rand sells off due to new market rules...

    Good day, I am going to start right out this morning with an update from Chuck Butler, as he got some pretty big news yesterday and wanted me to share the following with you.

    To my dear readers and friends...

    About the time you receive this Pfennig and read it, I will be heading to the hospital, to have my left eye removed. There's nothing they can do to save the vision any longer, and since it has cancer, and is causing me so much pain, this is the only option left. I could go into all the medical descriptions of what happened, but it doesn't matter any longer. All I ask is that you all say a quick prayer for me, and my surgeon.

    I believe I will bounce back from this quickly, and with new vigor, for I no longer will have the cancer pain in my eye. So... On this Fantastico Friday, let's get this done, and over with, and begin to live pain free! Onward and Upward!...
  • Goldman accused of fraud...

    In This Issue..

    * Goldman accused of fraud...
    * Euro drops on Greek questions...
    * India may raise rates to quell inflation...


    Good day, I'll start the week off with a piece of good news regarding Chuck. His surgery went well on Friday, and he got to go home from the hospital on Saturday. I exchanged several emails with him yesterday, and he said the pain is dramatically better and he was able to make it through Sunday without the help of pain medication. The doctors want him to rest for a while, but the prognosis sounds good. Thanks again to everyone for all the emails of support, your prayers and words of encouragement are appreciated.

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  • Tale of two trading sessions...

    In This Issue..

    * Tale of two trading sessions...
    * Commodities rally overnight...
    * India raises rates, Sweden next?...
    * Happy Birthday Frank...

    Good day, we have had two very different trading sessions in the past 24 hours, with the dollar benefitting from continued worries about Greece and Goldman Sachs in yesterday's US trading session; but Asia saw things a bit differently and started moving money back into 'risk' assets. Early trading in Europe mirrors the moves in Asia, so the dollar is heading lower as I turn the screens on this morning.

    Only one piece of data was released yesterday here in the US, with the Leading Economic Indicators index climbing 1.4%, the most in 10 months. The index beat economists estimates, and February's figure was revised up to .4%. This data indicated the US economy is on track to continue to recover, but the markets seemed to just ignore this data as they focused on the lawsuit against Goldman Sachs....
  • Hitting Parity!

    In This Issue..

    * BOC removes the interest rate governor...
    * The loonie passes parity...
    * Euro succumbs to renewed Greek pressure...
    * RBI raises interest rates!

    Good day... And a Wonderful Wednesday to you! Who's that? Who's that writing the Pfennig this morning? Well... It's our old Pfennig writer himself! I thought I would give this a try to see how it feels to concentrate and write... So... Here I am!

    Hello everyone! I want to start today with a great big THANK YOU to everyone that sent along prayers, thoughts, good wishes, and everything else to me last week... Yes, it's me! I'm going to take a stab at writing again after two weeks... It's been a turn on Mr. Toad's Wild Ride the past two weeks, but I'm here... I'm out of cancer pain... And... Ready for life's next fork in the road....
  • Counting Flowers On The Wall...

    In This Issue..

    * A non-movement day in currencies...
    * Euro gets hit again by Greek debt levels...
    * Asia is bellwether for global growth...
    * Gold rallies!

    Good day... And a Thunderin' Thursday to you! I hear that the "rains" are coming today, and will be around until next Tuesday! We'll be water logged, eh? I want to thank everyone who sent along the 'welcome back' notes yesterday. I need to make something clear... I'm not at the office... Not yet, they won't let me... So, I'm writing from home, and I have to pat myself on the back because I didn't complain one iota about writing from home yesterday! HA!

    Talk about counting flowers on the wall, playing solitaire till dawn with a deck of 51, and all those other things that fall under the category of being bored, and dull... That was the day in currencies yesterday......
  • Germany Talks Tough!

    In This Issue..

    * Euro's big rally stalls...
    * Problems with Greek Aid Package?
    * A U.S. debt update... (you're not going to like it!)
    * What about the $53 Billion?

    Good day... And a Marvelous Monday to you! It was a wet, and sometimes dangerous weather wise weekend here in St. Louis, as a couple of tornados touched down on Saturday. It's still raining outside, and even though the euro got to get out of the rain for a bit on Friday, it's raining on the euro's parade once again this morning.

    Yes... As I left you on Friday, Greece had announced the activation of an aid package, and momentarily, things looked up for the beleaguered Eurozone. The euro continued to gain throughout the day on Friday, and well, looked like it was about to 'break out'... But that was Friday, and today is Monday... And all the euphoria surrounding Greece on Friday has been thrown out with the bathwater, and it's back to euro bashing this morning......

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