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  • Bank of Canada Is First in G-7 To Hike Rates!

    In This Issue..

    * Euro's rally fizzles out...
    * Rates hikes are not over in Australia!
    * Japanese PM quits!
    * Brits offer advice to Greece.

    OK... Yesterday, I told you that the Bank of Canada (BOC) would meet today, and raise rates... Well, I got that 1/2 right! UGH! The BOC did raise rates, but they did it yesterday! Yes, the BOC became the first Central Bank in G-7 to raise rates, 1 1/2 years after the financial meltdown. The BOC tried to play down the move, by saying that they were not entering a rate hike cycle that would yield rate hikes meeting after meeting... But, with GDP, as reported here yesterday, running at 6.1% annualized, there are more rate hikes to come... It just won't be meeting after meeting... The BOC will sprinkle the fairy dust here, and a little there, some for themselves, and a little for us... A little more for them... HA!...
  • Now It's Spain...

    In This Issue..

    * Euro drops 2-cents overnight...
    * All Risk is taken off the table today...
    * Geopolitical problems steady Gold...
    * The Budget Cuts just keep coming!

    Good day... And a Terrific Tuesday to you! Well, it was almost a "perfect ride" to work this morning, as I hit all the green lights until the very end! UGH! See, it doesn't take much to make me happy!

    The euro's green light ended last night too, as 'Now It's Spain' (NIS)... As I was packing up to go home yesterday afternoon, the euro had moved beyond 1.24, and I said, 'I wonder what's got the euro so perky this afternoon'... Well, that 'perky' feeling the euro had at that time was wiped out and more by fears that Spain's problems are now going to take center stage... Greece is an afterthought at this point, now it's Spain......
  • The Euro Short Squeeze Comes To An End...

    In This Issue..

    * Euro drops 2-cents overnight...
    * The Ring of Fire...
    * Euro to be added to Carry Trade?
    * Data Cupboard has housing data this week...

    Good day... And a Marvelous Monday to you! The last week of May! Can you believe that? This weekend is Memorial Day Weekend, and Summer is here! (I know, not officially, but to me, Memorial Day marks the beginning of Summer, and always has!) Summer heat arrived here this weekend... Man, did that hot sun feel good! It was 60 for a high on Thursday, and 90 yesterday... If you don't mind change, then you'll love St. Louis weather!

    Well, the heat returned to the euro overnight... After enjoying a couple of days in the sun, rising from the ashes due to a short squeeze last week, it appears to me as though that sun bathing for the euro is over... Yes, it looks like the selling will return this week, I mean I may only have one eye, but I can see a reversal when there is one! The euro began the overnight sessions climbing to 1.2587, and then turned on a dime! The single unit is now grading below 1.24... Do you see the reversal?...
  • The Hits Just Keep Coming...

    In This Issue..

    * Merkel sends the euro lower...
    * Gold Sells off again!
    * Bond Vigilantes...
    * Aussie Confidence falls 7%...

    Good day... And a Wonderful Wednesday to you! The rain stopped, the sun came out, I got to sit outside and listen to the ballgame on the radio, all was right in Chuck's world again yesterday... The rain is supposed to come back tonight though... UGH! My little river town is watching the river rise to the top of the banks now...

    The hit songs just keep coming for the euro... As often as the Beatles put them out from 1963 to 1970, or Elton John put them out in the 70's...

    Well... It's the same for the euro... Just when it looked as though the euro might survive a day without being taken to the woodshed... The Eurozone officials just couldn't stand the prosperity! ( and I use that word loosely!) German Chancellor Angela Merkel made some proposals to gain control over 'destructive' financial markets... Her first move was to place a ban on naked short-selling......
  • The Twilight Zone...

    In This Issue..

    * Euro bounces off 4-year low...
    * Gold Sells off again!
    * Greek receives first installment...
    * RBA to take a summer vacation...

    Good day... And a Terrific Tuesday to you! I think the rain has stopped, for now at least! I feel like someone picked up St. Louis, and moved it to Seattle! Hey! It rains there a lot, but they know it is going to do so! Me? I begin to feel like I have cabin fever, not having the sunshine... So... Hopefully today, eh?

    OK... The price action in the euro yesterday, which has dominated the currency trading for a month now, was something out of the Twilight Zone... Help I'm slipping into the Twilight Zone, The place is a madhouse, feels like being cloned... Yes... That Twilight Zone... While the other currencies from Norway and Australia, were getting hammered, for no apparent reason I must add, the euro rallied in the early morning to near 1.24... Then turned on a dime, and by the time my turkey sandwich on wheat arrived at my desk, the single unit was back to trading below 1.23... But... Then, by the time I packed up to go home, the euro was back to 1.24... The strange thing about this swing, was that there was nothing, nada, zero, zilch, a big goose egg of news, data, or official slant to trade off of......
  • Waiting On The Norges Bank...

    In This Issue..

    * Euro continues to get sold...
    * Will Norges bank get confused?
    * Thoughts on China...
    * Gold gets dragged down by euro...

    Good day... And a Wonderful Wednesday to you! It's getting quite ugly out there in the investing world. Yesterday I tried to draw a line of comparison from the near collapse of Bear Stearns to the problems of the Eurozone... That line became quite a bit more clear yesterday and in the overnight markets... Let's go to the tape!

    Well... It was another day of selling the euro and dragging other currencies along for the ride... This time, Gold and Brazilian real could no longer resist the pull / drag of the euro selling... It has actually become a rout on the single unit, as now, we're not only dealing with the sovereign debt risk of Greece (which I still contend is not that big in the whole scheme of the Eurozone) but now, the euro is sailing into technical trading rough waters......
  • 110 Billion euros For Greece...

    In This Issue..

    * Aid Package for Greece is approved...
    * Aussie Gov't proposes a 40% mining profit tax!
    * ANZ Commodity Price Index rises 14th consecutive month!
    * Jobs reports this week...

    Good day... And a Marvelous Monday to you! Well... I'm back in the saddle today... It's been a long time, now, I'm coming back home. I've been away now, oh how, I'm coming home! Yes... I'm actually here, at my desk, and I'm not squinting, I'm not closing my eyes, and I'm not in pain! YAHOO! I've decided to go 'patchless' for now at least... More later on what's going on with the removed eye...

    Front and center this morning... Greece accepted the bail out terms from the Eurozone yesterday, and Germany says that Greece should have their funds by Friday... After months of hemming and hawing about whether Greece should receive funds, or whether or not Germany would actually release funds to Greece, it looks as though it's all coming to an end.... For now!...
  • Greek crisis is sooo yesterday...

    In This Issue..

    * Merkel urges action on Greece...
    * Brazil raises rates...
    * Sterling rises on UK election polls...
    * Precious metals continue to climb...

    Good day, and what a glorious day we had here in St. Louis. The sun was shining yesterday afternoon as the Cardinals completed their 4 game sweep of the Braves with a big 10-4 win. The day was capped off for Chuck and a bunch of his parrot-head friends with an outdoor concert from one of his faves - Jimmy Buffet. I'm sure they had a great time, as it is hard not to when the weather is perfect and Buffet is up on stage. Investors worldwide seemed to be in a better mood also. The worries of Greek sovereign defaults were in the past, and traders rushed back into currencies which could give them a yield advantage....
  • FOMC Day – 04/28/2010...

    In This Issue..

    * Euro goes into a tailspin...
    * Portugal gets downgraded...
    * Germans talk with IMF today
    * Aussie CPI indicates rate hike...

    Good day... And a Wonderful Wednesday to you... Today marks 1-week since I've been back writing the Pfennig... I simply love writing the Pfennig each day, and boy did I miss it when I was unable to write... Vacation is one thing, those are well deserved breaks, but to not be able to write is another. So... I'm thankful that I'm able to write again...

    Well... The euro went into a tailspin yesterday, and for once it wasn't Greece so much... This time it was a little Greece, and a lot Portugal. The ratings agencies downgraded Greek debt to junk... And they downgraded Portugal's debt from A- to A-2, with a negative outlook. The fear that Greek's debt problems would spread, is coming to fruition... The euro fell to a 1-year low during the day, and the selling didn't stop in the U.S!...
  • Clairvoyant Pundits?

    In This Issue..

    * Euro backs off yesterday's high...
    * More tough talk from Germany....
    * Brazil talks about weakening real...
    * Waiting on Aussie CPI tonight...

    Good day... And a Terrific Tuesday to you! It's still raining here, but forecast to stop today... The temperature dropped big time too, bringing back cold air... Little Delaney Grace, and I were bummed out that we couldn't go outside yesterday!

    Well... As the day went on yesterday, things got more mixed up... I kept reading news stories stating that the euro was falling VS the dollar, but all the while, the currency screen kept showing the euro rising, actually getting very close to 1.34 on the day...

    So, you can't always take what you hear or read as fact... Or... As Marvin Gaye would said years ago... People say believe half of what you see, Son, and none of what you hear....
  • 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......
  • 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......
  • 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....
  • 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.

    ...
  • 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!...