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Bobbys Corner-Open Market-March.16.2011

bob-slade-forex-trading-6-150x200Good Morning:

We start this morning with news that Japan’s  nuclear reactor meltdown is still being sorted out-as smoke continues to billow out of the Fukushima nuclear plant.  Fears that the containment vessel in the #3 reactor has been breached seems to be the cause of the smoke and increased radiation levels.

Bobbys Corner-Open Market-March.10.2011

bob-slade-forex-trading-5-150x200Good Morning:

Moody’s downgraded Spain from Aa2 to Aa1-with a negative outlook. 

  • Cites concerns over sustainability of Spanish govt finances
  • Sees background of only moderate Spanish growth short-medium term
  • Spain still has high vulnerability to market disruption
  • Total cost of bank restructuring likely around 40-50 blnAs expected the Bank of England left interest rates unchanged.

    World equity markets were and are lower-as are US Futures.

Bobbys Corner-Open Market-March.9.2011

bob-slade-forex-2-150x200Good Morning:

The Euro garnered some support after reports that the ECB has stepped in to buy Greek and Portuguese bonds to calm the jittery markets-this is after the yield on the Portuguese bonds rose..  The unemployment rate in Greece moved up to 14.8% from 13.9% in November , another sign that the periphery economies in the EU are still under pressure. There were also rumors that the ECB has been sniffing around and checking rates on Irish bonds as well.  

Bobbys Corner-Open Market-Feb.17.2011

bob-slade-forex-trading-4-150x200Good Morning:

The Yen took center stage in overnight trading-as speculation that the unrest in the Middle East will continue and spread throughout the region-thus the demand for safer assets will grow.  The nervousness through the Middle East was further increased today-as reports that Iranian warships on their way to Syria are looking to pass through the Suez Canal.  Currencies that are perceived as safe havens will be the winners in the near future-until geopolitical issues calm down.

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