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...

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Fears of Russia’s declining ruble led Belarus’ government to impose a 30 percent commission on the purchase of foreign currency on December 19th. It comes just weeks before both former Soviet states are set to upgrade the current customs union into the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU).

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...

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The Middle East is one of the most volatile regions in the world — it is no stranger to upheaval. The 2009 uprisings in Iran and the brinksmanship of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's government were followed by the chaos of the Arab Spring,

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.

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The dollar continues to climb higher as capital floods to the U.S. This means lower commodity prices and lower inflation. Marc Chandler, well known foreign exchange analyst and frequent guest to the show, explained to us in 2014 why this may be a long-term trend...

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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...

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With all the focus on falling crude oil prices as well as sharp reductions in the cost of gasoline (including retail), jet fuel, and heating oil, it's easy to miss the fact that prices of other energy products have been hit quite hard as well...

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...

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