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  • RBA Disappoints...

    In This Issue.

    * Eurozone Manufacturing rises...

    * Japan goes negative with rates!

    * A$ gets hammered after RBA decision...

    * Food prices are rising...

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  • Filling In The Gaps...

    In This Issue..

    * Currencies sell off lofty levels...

    * Swiss francs trade above parity again!

    * Gold & Silver remain strong...

    * Saber Rattling between the U.S., China, and Japan...

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  • Japan Spoils The Party!

    In This Issue..

    * Currency rally is stopped by BOJ...

    * Gold reached new all-time record high!

    * U.S. Retail Sales better than expected...

    * a "death spiral" for pensions?

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  • 13% increase in mortgage applications, but no help for housing.. .

    In This Issue..

    * Double digit increase in mortgage apps, but no impact on housing...

    * Euro is in a rut...

    * Pound surges higher...

    * Japan complains about weaker currencies...

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  • 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....
  • Moodys Again...

    In This Issue..

    * Currencies are mixed VS dollar...
    * Canadian credit & economy on the mend!
    * China to print a very strong GDP number?
    * Gold is back above $1,200....

    Good day... And a Terrific Tuesday to you! I'm writing from home this morning, because I go back to the Ocularist this morning to have more work done on my new 'eye'... I didn't sleep worth a darn last night, and I think I just had this visit on my mind.

    Well.. Speaking of something on one's mind.. Or, more like a case of too much too little too late, Moodys announced overnight that they were downgrading Portugal's debt rating, 2 levels to A1... I don't want to get started on these ratings agencies again, they have become as useless as a pay toilet in a diarrhea ward! Ok... That probably wasn't too good to start off today's letter with a saying like that, but... It's what my fat fingers typed, so it stays!...
  • Central Banks Diversify...

    In This Issue..

    * Currencies soften VS the dollar...
    * Another look at Canadian job data...
    * China has Super month of exports!
    * Yen gets rocked by Upper House election...

    Good day... And a Marvelous Monday to you! Congratulations to Spain... The fiesta is on in Spain, as their football (soccer to us) team won the World Cup yesterday. Personally, I think Holland, got the bad end of the stick on two calls that would have turned that game their way. But, it was not to be, and Spain hoisted the cup!

    OK... Well, thanks to Chris for taking over the Pfennig on Friday. I was busy with other things for the day. I sent a note to Chris Friday morning about the Canadian Job report, and he replied that he had already written about it! WOW! Quick on the draw! He beat me to the punch... But, the report was so good it's worth talking about some more! Canadian employment skyrocketed again in June rising by 93,200, almost four times the amount expected by forecasters (+20,000). Add this to the 133,000 jobs created in April/May And you've got the ingredients for a strong quarter of job creation! The unemployment rate fell back to 7.9%, lower than forecasts for an 8.1% print.

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  • Questioning China... Again!

    In This Issue..

    * Risk Aversion takes over...
    * Gold fails to reach all-time high...
    * Debasing is good?
    * Treasury yields plummet!

    Good day... And a Terrific Tuesday to you! Well, it looks like the hurricane in the Gulf will veer left, and avoid the 'spill area'... So, those guys working in the Gulf finally catch a break! The bias to sell dollars didn't last too long yesterday, about as long as it takes for an Albert Pujols home run to leave the park! This back and forth stuff is really beginning to give me a rash, folks...

    Yesterday, the selling of the currencies and metals began with Gold... The shiny metal had climbed to just above $1,260, but could not go further, and apparently, traders threw in the towel because Gold couldn't go past its all-time high of $1,266... Gold began to sell off and in the blink of an eye, it went from being up $8, to being down $14! OUCH!...
  • Big Al Talks Deficit Financing...

    In This Issue..

    * Currencies hold gained ground VS dollar...
    * Swiss franc really shines!
    * Japan borrows a line from the U.S....
    * The Labor problem grows...

    Good day... And a Happy Friday to one and all! A Fantastico Friday, especially if you are a Los Angeles Lakers fan! Me? I've always been a fan of the Celtics, but since it's a long distance directory assistance relationship, it's not that big of a deal to me that they lost. When I was a kid, the Hawks were in St. Louis, and we won a championship, with Bob Pettit... OK, I was only 3... But my dad loved to talk about it!

    Well... We've had a day where the currencies gained VS the dollar, and then held their ground, for the most part... No profit taking, no debt crisis fears trading, just held their ground VS the dollar... Now, some would say... 'that's a sign that they've hit resistance and can't overtake it, which is not good for a rising asset'... But, me? Well, I would say, and will say... 'I find this to be refreshing. The last thing you want to see is an asset, which in this case is a currency like the euro, run up too much, too fast, for that WILL give the markets reason to sell. I prefer the slow gradual, stealth-like moves in currencies, so that they don't gain any attention, until the rally is well established.'

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  • Jobs Disappoint Again!

    In This Issue..

    * Euro falls below 1.20...
    * Did we have negative "real" job creation?
    * Canada's labor market is strong...
    * G-20 yields nothing...

    Good day... And a Marvelous Monday to you! It was a wonderful jam-packed weekend for yours truly, and when the alarm went off this morning, I had a greater appreciation for 3-day weekends!

    Well... Friday, when I was signing off, I said that suddenly the currencies were getting sold... At that time, it looked as if it might be short-lived... But NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! This was an all-out assault on risk, folks... At when the dust settled in the early afternoon, the euro had fallen below 1.20, for the first time since 2005, and everything other currency was getting whacked too... For the first time all week though, Gold rallied......
  • Let's Talk Deficits...

    In This Issue..

    * A$, kiwi, and C$'s outperform...
    * Yen gets what is deserved!
    * Deficit to reach 100% of GDP?
    * Don't they work for us?

    Good day... And a Thunderin' Thursday to you! It has been Thunderin' here most of the night, so it was quite fitting to call our Thursday, Thunderin'! It's been a week of pop-up Thunder Showers for us here in the Midwest... If summer plays out the way most summers play out, we'll be pining for rain come August!

    The Japanese have a new Prime Minister (Kan), and the currency markets don't like it! The once so-called 'safe haven' of yen, is getting sand kicked in its face, and rightly so, as the new PM has previously stated his goal of a weaker yen...

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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!...
  • SNB Is Wrong!

    In This Issue..

    * Euro rallies...
    * Risk returned during Tuesday's U.S. session...
    * Gold rises above $1,200 again...
    * Italy announces Budget Cuts...

    Good day... And a Wonderful Wednesday to you! I go back to the eye surgeon today... If it all looks good, then I go to see the Ocularist, who will hand paint a shell to go over the prosthesis that replaced my eye. The shell will match my right eye, and I won't look so 'creepy' as my beautiful bride says, anymore... Funny? Yes, but creepy... No!

    OK... What a strange pattern we seem to be in the past few days of trading... It used to be the overnight markets would run the currencies up VS the dollar, and the U.S. session would knock them back down... That's reversed these days. Yes, the overnight markets have been pushing the currencies down, and the U.S. session has been picking them up......
  • 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......
  • 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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