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Perspective: Morning Commentary, 02/04/2016

Thursday, February 4, 2016

February 4 – The dollar sustained its plunge overnight as investors rushed to exit the greenback. Economic data continues to suggest that the Federal Reserve will have a difficult time raising interest rates again for quite some time – perhaps not before 2017. Fed funds futures trading currently... Learn More →


Perspective: Midday Commentary, 02/03/2016

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

February 3 – The U.S. dollar index collapsed this morning, dropping thus far to a low of 97.420, down more than 1,400 points and trading to its lowest level since it posted a low of 97.190 on December 15. A violation of that day’s low would leave the greenback vulnerable to a much more substantial... Learn More →


Perspective: Morning Commentary, 02/03/2016

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

February 3 – The big report on the U.S. calendar this week is the monthly employment summary scheduled to be released on Friday. Expectations going into the report are for it to show that the non-farm payroll rose by 188,000 jobs in January, down from 292,000 the previous month as the economy... Learn More →


Perspective: Midday Commentary, 02/02/2016

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

February 2 – The grain and oilseed sector is attempting to differentiate itself from the broader commodity sector this week. Crude oil remains more than 4% lower on the day, although West Texas Intermediate is back above $30 after hitting a low of $29.81 per barrel earlier this morning. That... Learn More →


Perspective: Morning Commentary, 02/02/2016

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

February 2 – China tops the headlines again this morning, but with another twist. Newswires report that China National Chemical Corp. is close to reaching a deal to buy Syngenta, a Swiss pesticide and seeds maker. The reports suggest that the deal would amount to the equivalent of $42.8 billion,... Learn More →


Perspective: Midday Commentary, 02/01/2016

Monday, February 1, 2016

February 1 – The broader commodity sector remains under pressure at midday, led by crude oil that is down 6% at this writing. The sell-off in commodities has its roots in overnight trade when China’s Purchasing Managers Index showed contraction in the manufacturing sector for the sixth consecutive... Learn More →


Perspective: Morning Commentary, 02/01/2016

Monday, February 1, 2016

February 1 – Today is the day when a number of countries report their Purchasing Managers Index for manufacturing. U.S. data is due to be released starting at 9:45 EST, while data overseas thus far has been less than impressive, particularly in China. Commodity prices came under pressure, while... Learn More →


Farmers' mental health survey launched by University of Guelph researchers

Friday, January 29, 2016

A new online survey run by researchers at the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph is asking farmers to open up about their mental health. Andria Jones-Bitton, one of the researchers on the project, told CBC Kitchener-Waterloo's The Morning Edition they're hoping to get a sense... Learn More →


Perspective Morning Comments, 01/29/2016

Friday, January 29, 2016

January 29 – Global stocks rallied overnight after Japan’s central bank moved to negative interest rates. It joins Europe in posting negative rates to stimulate economic activity. Bonds jumped along with stocks, as the world loves stimulus. Later this morning we’ll get a look at U.S. fourth-quarter... Learn More →


Perspective: Morning Commentary, 01/28/2016

Thursday, January 28, 2016

January 28 – The U.S. Federal Reserve acknowledged the late-2015 economic slowdown in its policy statement released Wednesday afternoon, sounding a more dovish tone. It left the door open for a rate hike at its March meeting, but the markets clearly sensed that policy makers had lost confidence in... Learn More →


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