Earnings, Manufacturing PMI and RBA Surprise Pause In Focus

The first day of August finds world markets giving back some of Monday’s gains in what appears to be a normal trading correction following a month-end push by the bulls. US index futures down 0.1% to 0.5%, while in Europe,

Surprise Australia Interest Rate Hike Weighs on World Markets

In a surprise move, the Reserve Bank of Australia raised its benchmark interest rate by 0.25% to 4.10%. A pause had been widely expected by the street. RBA Governor Lowe indicated the move was made to fight persistent inflation and

Steady Markets Digest Surprise RBA Rate Hike and Await Fed Decision

Overnight, the Reserve Bank of Australia stunned the world with the announcement of a surprise 0.25% interest rate increase to 3.85%, resuming tightening after being on hold for its last two meetings. On this news, the Australian Dollar rallied 0.9%

<strong>Market Impasse Continues as Investors Await Powell Testimony</strong>

Coming off a flat to down Monday that saw the Dow, S&P 500 and NASDAQ all finish between -0.1% and +0.1%, the S&P/TSX Composite lose 0.3% and the Russell 2000 drop 1.5% to indicate weakness in small caps, US index

<strong>Steady Markets Await a Day For Big Speeches</strong>

After US indices finished flat to down 1.0% yesterday, US indices have stabilized this morning trading between a decline of 0.1% for Dow Futures and a gain of 0.3% for NASDAQ futures. Market action is mixed in Europe as well

Smaller Australian Rate Hike Sends Stocks Soaring

Building on Monday’s relief rally in North America that saw the three main US indices plus the S&P/TSX jump 2.2%-2.4%, overseas markets have been soaring overnight. Asia Pacific trading saw Sydney soar 3.75% and Tokyo climb 3.0%. European trading finds

Rising Rates and Falling Profits Drag Stocks Downward

Monday’s small stock market gains quickly evaporated overnight. Signs that central banks remain under pressure to tighten faster and do more about inflation as the US 10-year treasury note yield climbed back up above 3.00% and the Reserve Bank of

Stock Rebound Fades Fast as Australia Raises Interest Rates

Yesterday’s US stock market rebound which saw the three main indices claw back morning losses to finish with gains varying between 0.25% for the Dow and 1.6% for the NASDAQ, appears to have been a dead cat bounce. This morning

US Market Declines Extend Into May as FOMC Decision Day Approaches

US index futures have started May just as they ended April, stuck in reverse gear. US index futures are in the red, falling 0.1% to 0.5% with NASDAQ futures leading the way lower just as the NASDAQ did on Friday

US Dollar Rallies as Australia Goes Hawkish

Continuing a trend of recent hawkish moves by central banks in Canada and New Zealand, the Reserve Bank of Australia announced overnight that it is ending its yield curve control program, which previously had frozen 0-3 year rates at 0.10%,