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Perspective: Morning Commentary, 01/15/2016

Friday, January 15, 2016

January 15 – Crude oil is down nearly 6% this morning and well-below the benchmark $30 per barrel level. Selling came hard and fast overnight as global economic fears intensified, sending prices to a new 12-year low. Furthermore, traders fear that Iranian sanctions may be lifted as early as Monday,... Learn More →


Perspective Morning Commentary, 01/14/2016

Thursday, January 14, 2016

January 14 – It was a positive day for the Chinese markets overnight, with the closely-watched Shanghai Composite Index up roughly 2% for the session. Yet, the gains are not providing a great deal of confidence to the global markets on the whole. European stocks are weaker, although we are seeing a... Learn More →


Perspective: Morning Commentary, 01/13/2016

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

January 13 – China’s Shanghai Composite Index dropped 2.4% overnight, keeping the spotlight on its economic problems. The world’s largest importer of raw commodities continues to struggle, with regulators frantically working to earn the trust of investors, but thus far failing to do so. Its economy... Learn More →


Perspective: Morning Commentary, 01/12/2016

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

January 12 – China effectively closed the gap between offshore and onshore yuan exchange rates. It did so by apparently encouraging state banks to buy up yuan in Hong Kong, which in turn drove up the overnight deposit rate fixing to 66.8%. However, the question remains, is this sustainable? China’s... Learn More →


Perspective: Morning Commentary, 01/11/2016

Monday, January 11, 2016

January 11 – China captures the headlines once again this morning, with its Shanghai Composite Index down 5.3% to extend last week’s 10% losses. The lack of circuit breakers probably kept the losses from being more significant, but that’s little solace for a market that appears that have lost... Learn More →


Perspective: Morning Commentary, 01/08/2016

Friday, January 8, 2016

January 8 – China removed the circuit breakers for its stock market overnight, after seeing them bring a halt to trade in two of the first four trading sessions of the new calendar year. The circuit breakers were believed to be set too tight – U.S. circuit breakers kick in at 20% versus China’s 7%... Learn More →


Perspective: Morning Commentary, 01/07/2016

Thursday, January 7, 2016

January 7 – It took just 29 minutes this time for China’s stock market to shut down. Circuit breakers closed the markets for the day as the China’s benchmark CSI 300 Index tumbled 7% in early trading. The reason for the tumble was a mystery for some, but all too clear for others. There wasn’t that... Learn More →


Perspective: Morning Commentary, 01/06/2016

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

January 6 – Stocks fell around the world as economic fears returned overnight, led by a weaker yuan. China lowered its daily fixing for the yuan by 0.22% to its lowest level since April 2011 as it attempts to jump-start its economy. The yuan is at its weakest level since September 2010 in Hong... Learn More →


Perspective: Morning Commentary, 12/30/2015

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

December 30 – Traders still remaining active in the market are thinking more about their New Year’s Eve parties than the economy as we end the year. The markets will be open on Thursday, but closed on Friday for the New Year’s Day holiday. However, I want to take this opportunity to bid farewell to... Learn More →


Perspective: Morning Commentary, 12/29/2015

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

December 29 – There are just three trading days left in 2015, with most traders still off for the holiday break. The Case-Shiller index showed a 0.9% rise in home prices in October, beating expectations of a 0.6% rise. Look for consumer confidence data at 10 a.m. CST. Otherwise the news front is... Learn More →


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