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Perspective: Morning Commentary, 02/19/2016

Friday, February 19, 2016

February 19 – Unwinding of the “carry” trades appeared to be in vogue again overnight, although not with the sense of panic seen earlier this month. Stocks were down more than 1% in Japan with the yen rallying once again. That pressured the dollar, although the greenback regained some strength late... Learn More →


Perspective: Morning Commentary, 02/18/2016

Thursday, February 18, 2016

February 18 – Global stocks were mixed overnight as traders try to see through the fog. That’s not necessarily a good thing, as the markets traditionally do not like uncertainty, and that is what they continue to face this morning. Crude oil is firmer again this morning on “hopes” that an agreement... Learn More →


Perspective: Morning Commentary, 02/17/2016

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

February 17 – Crude oil posts modest gains this morning, despite bearish news from Iran. Iran’s representative to OPEC reportedly stated it would be “illogical” for Iran to participate in a production freeze. This makes an agreement unlikely without concessions to Iran to allow them to ramp up... Learn More →


Perspective: Morning Commentary, 02/16/2016

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

February 16 – The markets are breathing easier this morning as global economic concerns ease; at least for now. The problems still exist, but the markets are a bit more confident that intervention will reduce risks, at least in the near-term. European Central Bank Chair Mario Draghi commented... Learn More →


Perspective: Midday Commentary, 02/12/2016

Friday, February 12, 2016

February 12 – The stock market is strong this morning, with the DOW taking out Thursday’s high. It’s doing so despite modestly bearish economic news out mid-morning. Business inventories showed an unhealthy build relative to sales, which dropped a sharp 0.6% in December. Furthermore, consumer... Learn More →


Perspective: Morning Commentary, 02/12/2016

Friday, February 12, 2016

February 12 – Panic eased and the bears took a break overnight. Many Asian stocks remained under pressure, with the Nikkei 500 down nearly 5% after being closed the previous day. China will reopen Monday following its week-long Lunar New Year celebration. Even so, European stocks bounced amid... Learn More →


Perspective: Morning Commentary, 02/11/2016

Thursday, February 11, 2016

February 11 – The global rout gained momentum overnight after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen sounded a note of caution on Wednesday. Yellen testified before the House Financial Services Committee Wednesday and will follow that with testimony before the Senate Banking Committee today. Her... Learn More →


Perspective: Morning Commentary, 02/10/2016

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

February 10 – Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen tops the headlines today as she prepares to address Congress. Yellen appears before the House Financial Services Committee today, prior to taking questions from the Senate Banking Committee tomorrow. Many on Wall Street would like to see a rate cut... Learn More →


Perspective: Morning Commentary, 02/09/2016

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

February 9 – Stocks pulled well off their lows before the close Monday, but that didn’t ease fears overseas overnight. Japan’s market led the way lower on global economic concerns, with the Nikkei 500 down 5.6% on the day. Money actively flowed to the relative safety of government securities,... Learn More →


Perspective: Midwest July Outlook

Monday, February 08, 2016

February 8 – The European forecast model releases a monthly update looking deep into the future. This morning’s monthly release provided a look into the critical pollination month of July. The outlook is actually a compilation of many ensemble members, with forecasters looking for tendencies where... Learn More →


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