Sheraz Mian's picture

Stocks started today’s session on a positive note, with another strong labor market reading reconfirming the improved U.S. economic picture. The weak inflation data out of Europe is helping sentiment as well, as it is interpreted as increasing the odds of...

John Butler's picture

Recent dollar strength has been a surprise to many but a strong dollar was also a key component of the Asian currency crises of 1997-98. These contributed to sharply lower oil prices, which in turn helped to trigger the 1998 Russian debt default...

Doug Short's picture

Today the Institute for Supply Management published its latest Non-Manufacturing Report. The headline NMI Composite Index is at 56.2 percent, down from last month's 59.3 percent. Today's number came in below the Investing.com forecast of 58.0.

Jeffrey D Saut's picture

The transition from one year to the next is always accompanied by a whole host of traditions intended to help people celebrate this annual new beginning. The resolutions, parades, fireworks, football games, food, furniture sales...

Sheraz Mian's picture

We don’t have much on the data front today, but plenty of economic data the rest of this week will occupy the market’s attention. These range from minutes of the Fed’s last meeting coming out Wednesday afternoon to the December non-farm...

Marc Chandler's picture

1. De-synchronized global business cycle with the U.S. ahead of the pack; 2. The prospects of sovereign bond purchases by the ECB, amid political uncertainty sparked by Geece's snap election; 3. The continued drop in energy prices...

Charles Hugh Smith's picture

After two years of bubble-type price increases, the big question for housing in 2015 is: will the Echo Bubble continue expanding, or will it follow its 2002-2007 sibling's epic bubble pop and decline? To answer the question, we first need to identify the key trends...

Marc Chandler's picture

The US dollar is beginning the New Year with strong gains against both major and emerging market currencies. The divergence between the US and the other high income countries has been underscored by comments from the BOJ's Kuroda and ECB's Draghi...

Michael Shedlock's picture

Those looking for hyperinflation can find it in Venezuela. Here's the question of the day: How bad is Venezuelan inflation and how bad can it get? The black market rate of 172-per-dollar vs. the official rate of 6.3-per-dollar is a decline of 96.34%. That's not not as bad as...

Robert Rapier's picture

There was an energy story that stood head and shoulders above all the rest in 2014, but no clear runner-up. After the #1 entry on the list below, the rest of the Top 10 is highly debatable. I don’t think there is a consensus #2 story, and I don’t believe there is a well-defined...

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