August 2010 - Daily Pfennig

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  • FOMC Day ...

    In This Issue..

    * Risk Off Day...

    * Will FOMC bring about new QE?

    * China prints 18-month high Trade Surplus!

    * Sorting out the Asian currencies...

    And Now... Today's Pfennig!

    FOMC Day...

    Good day... And a Terrific Tuesday to you! I had another visit to the dentist last night... My mouth is still pretty sore this morning, so it's a good thing I'm not talking to you, but writing instead! HA!

    Well, that slippage that I was seeing yesterday morning turned into a dollar rally, and has continued throughout the night with the euro losing 1 1/4-cents... It's about the same with Aussie dollars (A$), and the Norwegian krone, which I highlighted yesterday, and gave it the old "Pfennig kiss of death"!

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  • Jobs Jamboree Disappoints... AGAIN!

    In This Issue..

    * Currencies rally on Friday...

    * But show some slippage this morning...

    * FOMC week, will they announce more stimulus?

    * Norwegian krone is best monthly performer!

    And Now... Today's Pfennig!

    Good day... And a Marvelous Monday to you! Well... I'm Baaaaaacccckkkkk! What a great vacation! Any time I get to spend time with my family, is special... And to do when you're camping... Well, if you've ever done that with your family, you know what I'm talking about... And talk about being "away from the markets"...

    So... Yesterday, I got all caught up with what Chris had to say last week, and let me stop here to say a BIG Thank You to Chris, for taking the conn on the Pfennig last week... A great job as usual! Chris did leave me a few notes on the Friday happenings and that helped me get the "motor" started to write this morning!

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  • A fundamental shift in currency strategy.

    In This Issue..

    * Dollar no longer being bought as safe haven...
    * Jobs data in the US will disappoint...
    * Canadian dollar gets the green light...
    * Aussie up, Kiwi down...


    Good day... Friday is finally here. This has been a pretty busy week, and from the looks of things, today is going to be just as busy. The news wires are full of stories this morning, and today is what Chuck calls 'Jobs Jamboree Friday' so we can expect some good volatility in the markets. Lots to get to this morning, so let me get right to it.

    The weekly jobs numbers released yesterday morning showed 25k more people signed up for unemployment last week than the week prior. The number of continuing claims declined slightly, but remains above 4.5 million. The data confirms what everyone outside of CNBC has been saying for quite a while, this is a 'jobless recovery' (if you can even call it a recovery!). What growth we have had has been spurred by government spending, the private sector just isn't expanding, and won't probably expand for some time....
  • Finally some positive news for the US labor mkt.

    In This Issue..

    * Finally some positive labor news...
    * ECB and UK rate decisions...
    * China to stress test banks...
    * Happy Birthday Delaney Grace!!...

    Good day... Thunderstorms are rolling through the St. Louis area this morning, and while we don't need the rain, the cooler temperatures they are bringing with them are certainly welcome.

    The dollar moved a bit higher yesterday as data released here in the US finally contained some positive news for US workers. The ISM's index of non-manufacturing businesses rose to 54.3 in July from last month's 53.8 figure. And more importantly for market psyche, it was well above expectations which had predicted a drop to 53. About 90 percent of the US economy is service related, so this number is more closely watched than the manufacturing reports....
  • Risk Off as US data disappoints…

    In This Issue..

    * Risk is back off on poor US data...
    * Euro pauses at $1.32...
    * China moves by Japan to become #2...
    * Gold moves close to $1,200...

    Good day...and welcome to Wednesday, or as we call it on the desk 'hump day'. Yesterday was another busy day on the desk, it seems like investors are finally figuring out that in spite of the uncertainty in the markets, there are still some good opportunities. But while the flow of trades increased yesterday, the currency markets took a breather from their torrid pace on Monday.

    What movement did occur yesterday was mainly due to a plethora of data releases in the US which mostly disappointed. Personal income and spending in the US were both reported unchanged for the month of June, and May's numbers were revised slightly lower. And while US consumers were feeling the pinch, prices rose a bit more than expected with the PCE Deflator moving 1.4% higher vs. an expected 1.3% increase. So it was no surprise when the ABC Consumer Confidence number came in at -50, again worse than what was expected....
  • Oil spikes up in global confidence.

    In This Issue..

    * Oil surges to a three month high...
    * Bernanke is confident US consumers will spend again...
    * RBA keeps rates on hold...
    * Silver outshines Gold...

    Good day... When you have been in this business as long as I have, certain patterns become apparent; and one of those patterns showed back up yesterday. In the 20+ years that I have been working with Chuck, it always seemed the currencies rally whenever Chuck spends a week or two away from the desk. We call it 'Chuck's vacation rally'. Yesterday we saw the dollar drop and the currencies bounce back up beginning what looks like another leg in the long term trend....
  • Chuck asks 'Where's the money??'

    In This Issue..

    * Chuck's parting shots...
    * Greenspan still demands the spotlight...
    * Asian rally helps the kiwi and Aussie dollar...
    * Gold pauses its recent rally.

    Good day. Chuck is headed down to Springfield with his family for their annual summer camping adventure, so he handed off the responsibilities of the Pfennig to me. But as usual Chuck left me a good bit of information before heading out the door; and here it is:

    Well, folks... Just some parting shots for you before I headed out the door on Friday...

    Right after I hit 'send' on Friday, and had told you the euro has sold off 1-cent, and drug the other currencies (except yen and francs) with it... The euro turned around, and headed north! I felt as though I had sent out some bad information! But, there's always a time to cut off, and when I did, the selling was going on......