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  • Mixed data in the US keeps the $ in a tight range ...

    In This Issue..

    * Mixed US data keeps the $ in a tight range...

    * Sovereign debt worries ease a bit...

    * Will Japan intervene?...

    * Gold attracts some big buyers...

    And Now... Today's Pfennig!

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  • China Is Number 2!

    In This Issue..

    * Retail Sales Are Soft...

    * TIC data today...

    * A$ hangs on to 89...

    * Gold adds another $6...

    And Now... Today's Pfennig!

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  • The Flight To Safety Returns...

    In This Issue..

    * Dollar, yen, francs & Gold rally...

    * Yen hits 15-year high VS dollar...

    * Will the BOJ intervene?

    * Aussie job data gets revised down...

    And Now... Today's Pfennig!

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  • 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....
  • Retail Sales Disappoint! – 7/15/10

    In This Issue..

    * China's GDP moderates...
    * Spain has successful bond auction...
    * Fed's FOMC minutes disappoint...
    * euro returns to 1.28!

    Good day... And a Tub Thumpin' Thursday to you! It's July the 15th, so the month is already half-over... Unbelievable! Day 80-something with the Oil leak... I know the Russian scientists' claims about the Gulf sea bed being damaged are pretty scary and unfounded at this point, but, when the plans to put a cap on the well get delayed, you have to wonder a bit, eh?

    OK... No need to spend a day on that! Hey! The currencies are in rally mode again this morning, after a strong, but not a as strong GDP report from China last night. Chinese 2nd QTR GDP printed at 10.3%, which is quite a drop from the 11.9% they printed in the 1st QTR of this year... But, I've got two things to say about this......
  • ‘For Much Longer’...

    In This Issue..

    * Aussie PM resigns!
    * Aussie mining tax is dead!
    * New Home Sales plummet 33%!
    * Fed is not so "cocky" any longer...

    Good day... And a Tub Thumpin' Thursday to you! It's Tub Thumpin' because of some good, no great news from Australia overnight! It certainly isn't because of the Housing data that printed yesterday! And the Fed isn't so 'cocky' about the economy suddenly... Hmmm... These things and more, as we explore our Tub Thumpin' Thursday, so let's go!

    Front and Center this morning, Julia Gillard became Australia's first female prime minister after Kevin Rudd stepped aside as leader of the governing Labor Party, paving the way for the government to drop a controversial new 40% levy on mining profits that has damaged its standing in voter polls.

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  • FOMC Day – 06/23/2010...

    In This Issue..

    * A tight trading range day...
    * High yielders underperform...
    * Franc at all-time high VS euro...
    * Gold gets back on rally tracks...

    Good day... And a Wonderful Wednesday to you! It's also a BIG DAY for the U.S. Men's soccer team... Yes, I know they call it football in all corners of the world but here... Our Soccer legend, Ty Keough, calls the U.S. version of football, 'the gridiron'! Any way, it's a Big Day for the Men's team... Win and they are assured of moving on.

    Yesterday, after the currencies had sold off in the overnight sessions, they traded throughout the U.S. session in a tight range, with a bias to move higher, but not being able to mount any kind of sustained move against the dollar....
  • The Fed Keeps The "Extended Period" Wording...

    In This Issue..

    * Spain gets downgraded...
    * Fed keeps rates unchanged...
    * Interest rate differentials are back in play!
    * RBNZ keeps rates unchanged...

    Good day...And a Tub Thumpin' Thursday to you! What a great evening of jazz music last night, with my little buddy having two guitar solos in two of the 4 songs played...

    Well... No amount of soothing words from Germany was going to stop the tailspin of the euro yesterday, after S&P downgraded Spain's debt now... It's a European debt pandemic according to the people selling the euro like funnel cakes at a State Fair.

    The Euro states have to feel like they are getting treated like a red headed stepchild... (Ok, it's just a saying folks) by the ratings agencies... The PIIGS (Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Greece and Spain) are falling like dominoes that were all lined up......
  • 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!...
  • US consumer confidence on the rise...

    In This Issue..

    * US consumer confidence on the rise...
    * Improved labor markets could bring higher US rates...
    * Norway has a good day...
    * Frank heads to Vancouver and begins his blog...

    Good day, the last day of March is finally here. March was a good month, but I like the sound of April as it brings us warmer weather and the opening day of the baseball season. While there was a lot of talk about the fall of the Euro during the past month, March actually turned out to be a good month for currency investors. The Euro was down slightly (.58% v.s the US$) but it was only one of 4 currencies which dropped vs. the dollar. The biggest loser in March was the Japanese yen, which was down 4.52%; but none of the other 4 currencies were down more than .6%. The top performers were the high yielders of the South African rand and Mexican Peso, both of which were over 3% higher vs. the US$ during past month. March was also a good month for the commodity based currencies of Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.

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  • FOMC keeps rates low...

    In This Issue..

    * FOMC keeps rates low...
    * Carry trade is back on...
    * Senators try to legislate a higher renminbi...
    * An Irish toast...

    Top of the mornin to ye... Happy St. Patrick's Day to all of the Irish readers, and all of those who are Irish for the day! Both Chuck and I have pretty deep Irish roots, and St. Patrick's Day is always one of our favorites. Chuck will be spending the day enjoying baseball in the sunshine of Florida; and I will be heading to Florida myself later today. Speaking of which, I have to catch a plane in a couple of hours, so I better get going on today's Pfennig.

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  • Another roller coaster day in the US...

    In This Issue..

    * Another roller coaster day in the US...
    * TIC data shows China and Japan losing their appetite...
    * Eurozone members support Greece...
    * Precious metals rise...

    Good day... We had a pretty busy day in the currency markets yesterday, with the dollar rising sharply in the morning only to sell off again after lunch. The selling continued in Asian trading, and the dollar index is back down to levels it was at this time yesterday morning. These roller coaster rides will probably continue as the markets just don't seem to know where to take the currencies. Short term moves will continue to be exaggerated, but the long term dollar continues to be in place.

    As I pointed out yesterday, this is a very busy week for data here in the US, and yesterday started us off with a bang. The volatile Empire manufacturing number showed a slight tick up but pretty much came in where it was expected. The more important Industrial Production and Capacity Utilization numbers followed, and both confirmed the US economy is continuing to recover; albeit at a slow pace. Industrial production increased .1% in February, and Capacity Utilization also increased to 72.7%. This data got the day started off right for dollar bulls, and the greenback shot up.

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  • Exceptionally Low For An Extended Period...

    In This Issue..

    * Old Trading Theme rises up again...
    * Currencies sell off then rebound overnight...
    * U.S. New Homes Sales Decline...
    * It's somebody's birthday today!

    Good day... And a Tub Thumpin' Thursday to you! Yes, it's me... I thought it best to cancel my San Antonio trip, so Jen can get to Florida to be with her family. This is the second time that I've backed out of speaking engagement with this private group, I sure hope they don't think I'm avoiding them!

    Front and Center this morning... It's Chris Gaffney's Birthday! So... This will be the 'Chris Gaffney Birthday Edition of the Pfennig'! Chris is 10 years younger than me, so yesterday when he said 'I'm an old man now' I about fell out of my chair! He's not even 50! Oh well...

    For Chris' Birthday, I'm going to buy him lunch, and... Talk briefly about the State of the Union Address, only to the extent of how it affected the currencies, and the FOMC statement yesterday, and other things... Just for Chris' Birthday! HA!...
  • FOMC Day Today!

    In This Issue..

    * Markets in 'lock-down' mode...
    * Aussie Consumer inflation rises...
    * Brazilian Central Bank meets today...
    * David Galland and Bill Bonner together!

    Good day... And a Wonderful Wednesday to you! We're back to the frigid temps here in St. Louis, but, Shoot Rudy, IT IS January! So, I'm going to warm you up today with a collection of thoughts, not only mine, but a couple of my fave writers... David Galland, and Bill Bonner! WOW! A Dynamic Duo of writers if there ever was one! So... Let's get to the goings on in the currencies and then hit the collection of thoughts!

    When I signed off yesterday, the dollar was swinging the hammer, and all the non-dollar currencies, except Japanese yen, were getting nailed... That hammer swinging ended in the morning session here in the U.S., and the currencies did rebound a bit VS the dollar as I headed out the door for home... Overnight, we've seen no movement at all... Nothing, nada, zero, zilch, a great big goose egg, for currency movement......
  • Brazil To Benefit From New Carry Trade?

    In This Issue..

    * The dollar fights back...
    * Government deficit spending deep sixes us...
    * Brazilian rate hikes on the table...
    * Round Two of the PPT thoughts...

    Good day... And a Thunderin' Thursday to you! Well... It's not really Thunderin' outside, but it is snowing, with about 3-4 inches on the ground already, and the snow coming down so thick that seeing is difficult. I made it here, but then I drive a car that was made to go in stuff like this! Pretty soon, my phone will begin to ring, with colleagues calling to ask me how the roads were...

    Well... We had more probing higher in the non-dollar currencies only to see the gains wipe away at the end of the day yesterday. Still, as I told a radio audience in Oregon yesterday, traders, investors, etc. still believe the euro is worth more than the dollar by quite a bit... Gold also gave back some gains overnight......