Daily Comment

Daily Comment (May 10, 2017)

by Bill O’Grady, Kaisa Stucke, and Thomas Wash [Posted: 9:30 AM EDT] The story dominating this morning’s headlines is the Trump administration’s decision to fire FBI Director Comey.  There is much speculation surrounding what is going on with the decision; our focus will remain on the impact on financial markets.  So far, it hasn’t had much… Read More »

Daily Comment (May 9, 2017)

by Bill O’Grady, Kaisa Stucke, and Thomas Wash [Posted: 9:30 AM EDT] There isn’t a lot of economic or market news this morning.  Most of the market talk is swirling around the low level of the VIX.  Our contention is that the Fed is actively trying to suppress financial stress; in doing so, the need for… Read More »

Daily Comment (May 8, 2017)

by Bill O’Grady, Kaisa Stucke, and Thomas Wash [Posted: 9:30 AM EDT] Emmanuel Macron won a resounding victory in Sunday’s French presidential elections, winning 66.1% to 33.9%, an even bigger landslide than polls suggested.  Le Pen did do well in the de-industrializing north and in the anti-immigrant south, but she struggled elsewhere.  To win, Le Pen… Read More »

Daily Comment (May 5, 2017)

by Bill O’Grady, Kaisa Stucke, and Thomas Wash [Posted: 9:30 AM EDT] It’s employment day!  We cover the data in detail below.  The report was mostly strong, although wage growth continues to disappoint. On Sunday, the French go to the polls for a runoff election between Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen.  The latest polls show… Read More »

Daily Comment (May 4, 2017)

by Bill O’Grady, Kaisa Stucke, and Thomas Wash [Posted: 9:30 AM EDT] The Federal Reserve did just about what we expected; it did acknowledge Q1 economic weakness but expressed no serious concern about slowdown, suggesting that it isn’t all that concerned about future growth.  We note that fed funds futures are placing the odds of a… Read More »

Daily Comment (May 3, 2017)

by Bill O’Grady, Kaisa Stucke, and Thomas Wash [Posted: 9:30 AM EDT] It’s another quiet day in world markets, but the FOMC does conclude its meeting today and is widely expected to make no moves.  The item of interest will be the statement.  We expect it to acknowledge the recent slowdown, but we expect the weakness… Read More »

Daily Comment (May 2, 2017)

by Bill O’Grady, Kaisa Stucke, and Thomas Wash [Posted: 9:30 AM EDT] May Day is over and markets have reopened.  There wasn’t any market-moving news overnight, although there were some interesting items that provide some background for issues that will concern us in the coming months.  Here is a roundup: China’s credit slowdown: Yesterday, we noted… Read More »

Daily Comment (May 1, 2017)

by Bill O’Grady, Kaisa Stucke, and Thomas Wash [Posted: 9:30 AM EDT] It’s May Day, the international labor day.  As noted above, a large number of financial markets are closed today, including China and most European markets.  Direct news flow is less than normal due to the closed markets.  Here are the items of note: See… Read More »

Daily Comment (April 28, 2017)

by Bill O’Grady, Kaisa Stucke, and Thomas Wash [Posted: 9:30 AM EDT] Markets were fairly quiet overnight.  The biggest mover was the EUR, which rose after Eurozone CPI came in at 1.9%, a bit higher than forecast.  The financial markets are starting to discount a reduction in stimulus from the ECB, although Draghi’s comments yesterday suggest… Read More »

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