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  • Increasing The Ante.

    In This Issue.

    * France & Germany agree to increase in EFSF

    * Spain gets downgraded by two notches!

    * Norges Bank meets today.

    * CFTC votes 3-2 to limit commodity positions.

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  • Will The CFTC Have Teeth?

    In This Issue.

    * German Officials deep six currency rally.

    * Moody's warns France.

    * German Investor Confidence plunges.

    * Bud Conrad for your enjoyment!

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  • Stock markets are up, causing investors to exit their safe havens...

    In This Issue.

    * Stock markets rebound and send the $ lower...

    * Jobs data is positive, but consumer confidence is lower...

    * A slowdown in France puts more pressure on the euro...

    * India's exports rise 82%...

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  • A VERY Disappointing Jobs Jamboree!

    In This Issue.

    * Without "adjustments" jobs would have been negative!

    * Euro rallies as the U.S. economy begins to get questioned.

    * ECB meets this week.

    * Francs and reals continue to be pains in the neck!

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  • Stocks Still Retain Some Pull...

    In This Issue..

    * Profit taking supports the dollar...
    * India posts strong data...
    * Sweden's inflation is above target...
    * Bill Gross, and Puru Saxena on a Tuesday!

    Good day... And a Terrific Tuesday to you! We reached the freezing mark yesterday, YAHOO! The first time this year! OK... So, we've got that going for us, here in St. Louis! A HUGE story going around St. Louis, and the country for that matter, yesterday, regarding the admission by Mark McGwire of taking steroids... Has the town buzzing... What? They didn't already have that Idea before? Hmmm...

    Well, the euphoria around the risk assets of currencies and commodities got watered down as the day went on yesterday, and that continued throughout the overnight and morning sessions in Asia and Europe. The currencies and commodities haven't turned on a dime, they just stopped moving higher VS the dollar... Although, now that I've said that, the euro has dipped below 1.45......
  • Bad GDP numbers are overshadowed by a jump in housing...

    In This Issue..

    * GDP comes in lower, but is overshadowed by housing numbers...
    * IMF predicts debt problems for advanced economies...
    * French consumer spending falls...
    * Gold is cheap below $1,100...

    Good day...The currency markets were a bit more volatile yesterday, as we got some surprising data releases here in the US. But after the dust settled, the dollar closed out the day pretty much right where it had started vs. most of the major currencies. Gold and silver continued to slide, but the price of oil moved up a bit. Today we will get another big round of economic data, which could cause some more volatility in the markets.

    The driver of the currency markets yesterday was the economic releases here in the US. The morning started off with the Commerce Department's final reading of GDP for the 3rd quarter of 2009. The final figure showed an increase of just 2.2% for the third quarter, well below the consensus estimate of 2.8%. The report illustrates just how optimistic (and some feel unreasonably so) the folks at the Commerce department are. Their first estimate of 3rd quarter GDP was 3.5%, but after further evaluation they lowered that figure to 2.8% for their second estimate. And after a further review of the data, they settled on the 2.2% figure, a full 1.3% lower than their original estimate. This is a downward adjustment of close to 40%! I'm sure there wasn't any pressure on the Commerce dept to inflate the first couple of estimates....
  • Germany & France Exit The Recession...

    In This Issue..

    * Currencies rally...
    * Eurozone growth unexpectedly stronger!
    * FOMC extends QE...
    * Norges is the first!

    Good day... And a Tub Thumpin' Thursday to you! Well... Turn-around Tuesday came 24 hours later this week! HA! Yes, the currencies came back yesterday, but not with a lot of conviction... You see... Stocks rallied, but that doesn't mean what I talked about yesterday still won't happen... Be careful there!

    The euro has received some additional love this morning, as the Eurozone's economic growth printed better than expected, albeit still negative... But... Germany and France showed growth, which I must say is very unexpected! That means that both Germany and France have exited the recession... Well, that is at least for now! For those of you keeping score at home, Eurozone GDP fell -.1%, which is far better than the -.5% that was expected... Oh! And this is for the 2nd QTR... You would have to think that data like this would be very good for the euro, and from the looks of it, that's exactly what's happening!...
  • Tax Day!

    * Dollar Bears ignore G-7 warning... * French inflation rises... * Retail Sales surprise! * Net TIC Flows data today......