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Turkish Lira continues to crash

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10/08/2018 – 15:00: The collapse of the Turkish lira is going to continue. Only today, Friday, the Lira lost up to 12% in value against the U.S. dollar.

For the current year 2018, the loss in value amounts to 35%. These turbulences are also spreading to the interest rate market. 10-year bonds are now yielding 20%!
The market is increasingly losing faith in the promises made by President Erdogan and his Finance Minister Albayrak, who is also his son-in-law, to boost the economy and “implement a new economic model”. In addition, the ECB is concerned about the exposure of European banks in the Turkish currency. The worries are not entirely unfounded. As reported in the Financial Times, UniCredit (Italy), BNP Paribas (France) and BBVA (Spain) are “significantly exposed” in Turkey. Whether President Erdogan’s appeal helps the lira may be doubted. He suggests “take dollars, euros and gold out of his pillow and bring them to the bank!”

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Rising yields before the US-Fed meeting

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01/08/2018 – 17:00: The Federal Reserve (Fed) is meeting today (Wednesday) to discuss the future of the interest rates in the US.

The US-economy is booming, which is good for corporate profits (see the results of Apple from yesterday as an example), but the boom is less good for the interest rates. Just on the day of the Fed meeting, the 10year yield on US-Notes rose to the “magic” level of 3.0%. This value was last seen in 2013 – but only for a short period of time. Rising yields have an impact on the real economy through the credit channel as financing costs for companies and consumer credits are rising.
But rising yields also impact the financial markets – in absolute and relative terms. They make share prices more expensive, since present values are falling due to the increased discount-factor and a “low” profit/loss ratio (P/E ratio) for shares suddenly no longer appears to be so “low” with rising yields, because the corresponding P/E-ratio in the bond markets suddenly makes an investment in bonds more attractive.

So it will be exciting to listen to the comments of the central bankers this evening. In chart terms, the US-yield could break out to 3.5%. Incidentally, Germany does not currently have these concerns: The federal bond was last quoted at 3% in 2011, currently the yield is 0.6%. Thanks to the ECB!

 

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Trade dispute puts pressure on sentiment – Dax with weaker start

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20/07/2018 – 11:00 am: On the last day of the trading week, the leading German index opened with a slight drop of 0.2 percent and currently stands at 12,665 points.

The reason for the opening is, in addition to the negative targets from the USA and the Asian stock markets, the continuing negative trading dispute between the USA and China as well as between the USA and Europe. The recent statements by US President Trump to impose higher import duties on European cars forced the European Union to take further retaliatory action in this case. The mood on the investor side should therefore be described as tense. The Dow Jones Index dropped 0.5 percent in reaction to yesterday’s trading session. The Japanese Nikkei Index suffered a discount of 0.3 percent.

The European single currency recently gained some ground on the currency markets and is currently trading at the previous day’s level of USD 1.1638. On a weekly basis, the current quotation represents a decline of around 0.3 percent.
On the economic and business news side, the situation remains quiet until the publication of Canadian consumer prices over the course of the day.

 

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Dax with a friendly start to the last trading day of the week

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13/07/2018 – 10:00 am: At the start of trading on the last trading day of the week, the German share index is in good shape. The stock market barometer is currently trading at 12,551 points, an increase of around 0.5 percent.

The background for the friendly start is likely to be good targets from yesterday’s US trading session. The S&P 500 gained around 0.9 percent in yesterday’s trading. This movement was seamlessly absorbed by the Asian stock markets, so that the Japanese Nikkei Index recorded a brilliant 2.0 percent increase at the close of trading.
Today’s dominant theme is likely to remain the dispute over tariffs in global trade. In this context, the forthcoming publication of the quarterly figures of the listed companies and the question of whether the effects of the customs disputes could already be apparent will be of interest. Today, JP Morgan and Citigroup, two heavyweights of the US banks, are providing insights into their books.

On the economic data side, investors and analysts are focusing on the University of Michigan’s US consumer confidence data presented this afternoon. Analysts forecast a value of 98.1 points. A higher than expected figure is likely to indicate greater consumer optimism and good sentiment in the US economy.

 

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Dax can curb the heavy weekly losses

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22/06/2018 – 11:00 am: At the end of a week of selling pressure, the leading German index may slow down its losses. Nevertheless, the Dax ended its worst trading week since March this year. At 12.542 points, the index is currently up by around 0.4 percent.

In addition to the open trade dispute between the USA and China and Europe, the main negative factors are the resurgence of the European single currency. Against this backdrop, investors sold their shares this week and brought the Dax a respectable minus of a good 4 percent. In the previous week, the Dax was still able to pass the 13.000 point mark. At the moment, the 12.500 point mark seems to provide some support.

The Euro can make strong gains on today’s trading day and is up half a percent at USD 1.1645. Such a constellation may cause stomach ache for export-oriented companies from the Euro zone as their products become more expensive abroad. Currently, however, at least the German economy still seems to be stable. Recent economic data in the form of recently published purchasing managers’ indices gave investors and analysts a positive surprise. The purchasing managers’ index for the services sector, for example, rose by 1.8 percent to 53.9 points. A value above the 50 mark is interpreted as a positive signal for an expansion of production activities.

As far as commodities are concerned, investors are concentrating on today’s meeting of the OPEC nations. Today’s meeting could focus on the decision to increase production. In the run-up to the meeting, the oil price of WTI (West Texas Intermediate) rose by 1.1 percent, so that one barrel is currently traded at 66.24 US dollars.

 

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Dax with weaker start into the week – trade disputes weigh on earnings

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18/06/2018 – 10:00 am: At the beginning of the week, the German stock market barometer is showing little momentum and is currently down by around 0.5 percent at 12,949 points. The most recent trade disputes between the USA and China are disruptive fires.

The development of recent trade sanctions between the US and China may put global investors in a nervous mood. Unfortunately, there currently seems to be a spiral of sanctions and countermeasures, so that investors in the Asian markets are exercising restraint at the beginning of the week. The Japanese Nikkei Index has dropped by 0.8 percent to around 22,680 points.

Against this backdrop, the common European currency has fallen back below the 1.16 USD mark, so that one euro costs 1.1576 dollars at the moment. The main influencing factors for the euro today could be the disputes within the German government on the current issue of asylum policy.

On the side of the economic and business reports, things remain rather quiet over the course of the day. Another speech by ECB President Mario Draghi this evening could be interesting.

 

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Dax in the profit zone despite G7 scandal – central bank week on the horizon

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11/06/2018 – 11:00 am: The leading German index starts the new trading week with a successful start and is currently up 0.5 percent at 12,837 points. This is all the more remarkable looking at the current news situation. The main topics of the week are likely to be the G7 scandal surrounding US President Trump last weekend and the upcoming meeting between Trump and North Korean head of state Kim Jong Un. In addition, two central bank meetings will take place during the week, which are also likely to be the focus of investors and analysts worldwide.
After the US President left the G7 Summit in Canada last weekend early and, after his departure, rejected the summit’s Community declaration, global trade relations are likely to deteriorate further. Trump’s “America first” policy is likely to cast further doubt on the reliability of the US as a trading partner.
Against the background of tomorrow’s meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un in Singapore, investors exercised restraint on the Asian stock markets at the beginning of the week. Although the Asian stock markets recorded slight gains, market players seem to be cautious with larger positions in the run-up to the meeting.
The markets are looking forward to the two important meetings of the central bank during the week. On Wednesday the US Federal Reserve announces the current key interest rate and analysts expect interest rates to rise from 25 basis points to 2.0 percent. The following Thursday, the President of the European Central Bank, Mario Draghi, will discuss the situation regarding the European Economic Area and monetary policy. At the subsequent press conference, Draghis statements on the ECB’s investment purchases are likely to attract particular attention.

 

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G7 meetings in focus – Dax with weaker opening

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08/06/2018 – 10:00 am: On the last trading day of this week, the leading German index currently stands at 12,665 points, around 1.1 percent lower than the previous day. Investors and analysts are focusing on the G7 Summit in Canada this weekend.

Against the backdrop of negative specifications from both the American and Asian stock markets, investors seem to be separating from their securities. Among other things, perhaps to avoid being mistakenly positioned by possible disputes at the forthcoming G7 meeting.

Another shadow is cast by the ECB’s monetary policy discussions starting next week. European monetary watchdogs may be discussing an imminent end to the ECB’s current bond purchases next week. Such a scenario is likely to cause worry among investors and analysts.

The European single currency is currently trading below the 1.18 USD mark, so that one euro currently costs 1.1770 USD.

 

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German Dax starts the trading day unchanged

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05/06/2018 – 10:45 am: After the Dax recorded a small plus at the beginning of the week, the leading index remained unchanged at 12,770 points on the previous day’s level at the start of trading today. Investors are likely to be reluctant to trade ahead of next weekend’s G7 meeting.

Investors and analysts are likely to focus throughout the week on the preparations for the upcoming G7 meeting in Canada this weekend. There are, of course, fears that a new escalation stage could be initiated with regard to punitive tariffs and other trade barriers.

Against this background and additionally by the new government in Italy, the European single currency continues to be on shaky ground. The euro is currently unchanged at USD 1.1693.

With regard to the global economic data, investors expect the latest European Purchasing Managers’ Indices this morning before this afternoon’s data from the U.S. is released.

 

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Dax continues its slide – focus on Italy

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29/05/2018 – 11:00 am: After a weak start to the new trading week, the German stock market barometer continues to increase its losses today. At 12,675 points, the Dax is currently down about 1.4 percent.
Due to yesterday’s Memorial Day, the US stock markets remained closed, but the Asian markets also fell against the backdrop of the European targets, so that the Nikkei Index fell by 0.8 percent.
Investors around the world are worried about the current difficult situation in Italy. During the Italian election campaign, the discussion about a possible “Italexit” was of central importance. This tension can be clearly seen in the exchange rate of the European single currency. Today, Tuesday, the euro continues its slide from the beginning of the week and is currently trading at 1.1541 US dollars, at the same level as last summer. This corresponds to a minus of around 0.7 percent.
On the economic news side, investors and analysts expect the latest U.S. consumer confidence data to be released this afternoon.

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