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  • FOMC Meeting Minutes Deep Six The Risk Assets.

    In This Issue.

    * Risk assets have a deep slide .

    * Fed gives parameters for additional stimulus.

    * Australia prints a Trade Deficit!

    * Norway considers a cap for euro cross.

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  • A New & Improved Deal For Greece!

    In This Issue.

    * Eurozone plan calms the markets.

    * No deal yet in the U.S. though.

    * Changing views in Australia.

    * Asian currencies soar to 14-year high!

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  • Whispering Campaign Begins To Get Traction.

    In This Issue.

    * Stocks fall is this Déjà vu?

    * Euro rallies, dragging the Scandis with it.

    * Australia prints a strong Retail Sales report!

    * Gold reaches for the stars once again.

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  • Kiwi Reaches A Post-Float High!

    In This Issue.

    * Germany to push aid to Greece.

    * Bank of Canada to meet today.

    * Australia to print a negative growth report?

    * Recession has ended?

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  • Waiting On Trichet.

    In This Issue.

    * The lender of last resort to the World!

    * ECB press conference is key for euro today.

    * Spain's bond auction is well received.

    * Australia posts Trade Surplus for October!

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  • China & Australia Team Up!

    In This Issue..

    * Risk is back ON!

    * Aussie GDP prints strong!

    * Home Prices rise in June...

    * Canadian GDP weakens...

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  • Chuck asks 'Where's the money??'

    In This Issue..

    * Chuck's parting shots...
    * Greenspan still demands the spotlight...
    * Asian rally helps the kiwi and Aussie dollar...
    * Gold pauses its recent rally.

    Good day. Chuck is headed down to Springfield with his family for their annual summer camping adventure, so he handed off the responsibilities of the Pfennig to me. But as usual Chuck left me a good bit of information before heading out the door; and here it is:

    Well, folks... Just some parting shots for you before I headed out the door on Friday...

    Right after I hit 'send' on Friday, and had told you the euro has sold off 1-cent, and drug the other currencies (except yen and francs) with it... The euro turned around, and headed north! I felt as though I had sent out some bad information! But, there's always a time to cut off, and when I did, the selling was going on......
  • Consumer Confidence Tumbles...

    In This Issue..

    * Currencies range trade
    * Aussie CPI prints soft...
    * RBNZ to hike rates tonight...
    * Oil drop pushes loonies lower...

    Good day... And a Wonderful Wednesday to you! I'm writing from home again this morning, as I have to deal with my car again. They told me it was fixed, I drove it about 10 miles to find out it wasn't! UGH! I must have the guy that failed 'car repairs' 10 times before passing...

    OK... The currency action yesterday was, while range traded, up and down, and all around. Yesterday morning I told you that the euro had broken above 1.30, and I would check it to see how long it remained there... Well, this time it was more than 10 minutes, and the euro rose to 1.3040... But then the rug was pulled from under the single unit, and it was back below 1.30 it went... In fact, it fell to just above 1.29, before then turning around once again and heading higher, eventually ending the day at 1.30....
  • Judgment day has arrived for Euro banks…

    In This Issue..

    * Judgment day for European banks...
    * US data beats estimates, but is still bad...
    * South Africa leaves rates unchanged...
    * Fannie and Freddie still in limbo.

    Good day. And welcome to what hopefully will be a fabulous Friday for everyone. I know it will be a good one for me, as I am heading out the door as soon as I get this written. My son is playing in the Show Me Tournament this weekend which is Missouri's little league state championship. Should be a fun weekend of baseball, but a bit hot as temperatures are expected to stay right around the triple digits...
  • US housing starts suffer…

    In This Issue..

    * Housing starts suffer...
    * Stressful times in Europe...
    * Aussie dollar moves higher...
    * Canada to raise rates...

    The news which drove the markets yesterday was no big surprise for the desk. Homebuilder confidence here in the US dropped to the lowest level since April 2009 as the homebuyer credits expired. Today we will get additional data on the housing market which is expected to show US housing starts continue to fall while foreclosures climb. While prices steadied over the past couple of months there is still a backlog of homes facing foreclosure which will equate to a very slow recovery for the housing markets. And in the US, as the housing goes so does the economy; so the data is not a good sign for our nascent recovery....
  • Risk Assets Rally!

    In This Issue..

    * Currencies have strong rally VS the dollar...
    * Gold returns to $1,210...
    * Rosengren talks deflation...
    * Aussie Confidence soars!

    Good day... And a Wonderful Wednesday to you! WOW! The National League won for the first time since the Wizard of OZ (Ozzie Smith) played in 1996! Being a National League guy, I grew up watching the National League win these games every year, but that changed and it's been an American League affair for some time. But not this year! YAHOO!

    Another Big WOW! Goes to the currencies and metals yesterday! What a rally! The currencies, led by the Big Dog euro, left the porch and chased the dollar dog down the street all day! The euro returned to the 1.27 handle, moving through the 1.26 handle like a hot knife goes through butter! By the time I made it into the office from the doctor's office yesterday morning, the damage to the dollar was a done deal... Last night, before I went to bed, I checked the currencies just to see if there had been profit taking in Asia... And what to my surprise did I see? But no profit taking, what glee!

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  • Aussie Job Creation Soars Again!

    In This Issue..

    * Currencies rally on Wednesday...
    * And hold on to gains overnight!
    * Loonies outperform on the day...
    * More 'an inconvenient debt'...

    Good day... And a Tub Thumpin' Thursday to you! It sure has been a Tub Thumpin' Thursday so far, as the Asian and European markets are hopping, and in Australia, the jobs just keep coming! All that and more on this Tub Thumpin' Thursday, that, as our little Christine would tell me is 'my Friday'!

    OK... Front and Center this morning, yesterday I told you, well, let's just go to the archives and see what I told you word for word... Pfennig 7/7/10: 'Today, we'll see the latest labor report from Australia. In recent months, the jobs data has consistently surprised to the upside each month, so it's not like going out on a limb to say that I expect the job creation to be better than the +15,000 that's forecast.'...
  • Gold Falls Below $1,200...

    In This Issue..

    * A Risk Off day...
    * Currencies rally on Tuesday...
    * Chinese bank has strong IPO...
    * Kicking the can down the street...

    Good day... And a Wonderful Wednesday to you! It was a Terrific Tuesday for the currencies VS the dollar, it was not a Terrific Tuesday for Gold, and the Cardinals!

    Front and Center this morning, Gold is retreating again today and has fallen well below $1,200... Here's the skinny... Yesterday, it was announced that China's Agricultural Bank of China reported a very successful public offering, raising more than $22 Billion. Now, what does this have to do with a Gold sell off I hear you saying? Ahhh grasshopper... Come, sit, let's discuss...

    Basically, it's like this... If a Chinese Bank can pull off a very successful IPO without breaking a sweat, then the daggers can be put away on a global risks, and that could be seen in the performance of equities all across the board yesterday....
  • Questioning China... Again!

    In This Issue..

    * Risk Aversion takes over...
    * Gold fails to reach all-time high...
    * Debasing is good?
    * Treasury yields plummet!

    Good day... And a Terrific Tuesday to you! Well, it looks like the hurricane in the Gulf will veer left, and avoid the 'spill area'... So, those guys working in the Gulf finally catch a break! The bias to sell dollars didn't last too long yesterday, about as long as it takes for an Albert Pujols home run to leave the park! This back and forth stuff is really beginning to give me a rash, folks...

    Yesterday, the selling of the currencies and metals began with Gold... The shiny metal had climbed to just above $1,260, but could not go further, and apparently, traders threw in the towel because Gold couldn't go past its all-time high of $1,266... Gold began to sell off and in the blink of an eye, it went from being up $8, to being down $14! OUCH!...
  • G-20, Schmee 20!

    In This Issue..

    * No clear direction from G-20...
    * A bias to sell dollars this morning...
    * Those guys are wrong, and I'm right!
    * Riksbank to hike rates this week?

    Good day... And a Marvelous Monday to you! A weekend that feels like it went by in a flash! WOW! Don't know how that happened, but it did... This coming weekend will be a 3-day Holiday weekend, so hopefully that 'went by in a flash' feeling doesn't repeat itself!

    Well... This past weekend was the G-20 meeting, and the anticipated brawl between the U.S. and Germany on spending VS cost cutting... Well, the brawl didn't happen, instead they agreed to say that they will 'tackle deficits once economic recoveries are assured'... Which here in the U.S. means... NEVER! Not that the economic recovery won't eventually come along, but that our lawmakers aren't going to stop spending... However, there are elections that might just change their minds, eh?

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