Monday, November 11, 2013

Morning Memo: Monday, November 11, 2013

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"Morning Memo" begins below this "NOTE for  NEWCOMERS" to "Morning Memo"...... Each morning, we post a short bullet-point list of noteworthy events, data, etc that find their way into the assessment of global markets.  It's far from complete and is not meant to be an exhaustive reconciliation of all things that could possibly impact stocks, bonds, currencies and commodities!  Rather, it's best viewed as a cryptic memo of "highlights", noteworthy items that took place in Asia, European and US hours.....and color-coded 'Red' for seemingly negative impact on equity markets, 'Green' for positive.
This will also serve as a useful review mechanism, as scrolling through the series of "Morning Memo" posts over time ought to summarily highlight what generally drove price action.  

We hope you find this useful and informative....and as always, that you'll share feedback!!

5:00am ET...
  • Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines leaving devastation and massive death in its wake.  Over 10,000 feared dead in the Philippines with several million people left without power, food and shelter.  Our prayers are with the victims of this tragedy!!

  • Asia....Last Friday's stronger than expected employment report in the US and the subsequent market rally pushed the dollar up, Yen down, and in turn, helped the Nikkei rally over 1%.
  • surplus expanded, beating expectations and showing strength in exports.
  • China...lots of data released over the weekend point to renewed economic growth and sets a more positive economic backdrop to the Communist Party Plenum that began on Saturday and will continue until Tuesday.  The data included Industrial Production rising 10.3% and inflation ticking up to a still comfortable 3.2%.  Retail Sales grew 13.3% and output of electric power rose 8.3%.  All data beating expectations.
  • open mixed, but relatively quiet.
  • Iran...talks with world powers re nuclear program end without agreement!  Next date set for later this month to continue talks.
  • US...Equity market open.  Bond markets closed.
  • US...later this week, Janet Yellen will be questioned by the Senate Banking Committee on Thursday at 10am.  The markets sights will be laser focused on any hints she gives about tapering, especially on the heels of last weeks employment and GDP data that beat expectations.
  • Of interest:

  • more later... 
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