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For the short week ending Thursday, March 20, 2008 the US Markets ended up. Market moving events include the JP Morgan Chase takeover of Bear Stearns and a Fed rate cut of 75 basis points. The Dow gained 420 points on Tuesday, only to give back 293 points the next day. A rally today kept the Dow, S&P, and NASDAQ up 3.43%, 3.21%, and 2.06% for the week, their best performance in 7 weeks. Next week, the markets will watch for the economic data including Durable Goods, GDP, and Personal Income numbers. Earnings from Lennar (LEN) will give another read on the housing sector.
The dollar made its biggest gain since mid-December against the euro Thursday as investors sold oil, gold and other commodities and repatriated their cash back into the beleaguered U.S. currency.
The dollar briefly reversed losses against the euro on Wednesday in volatile trading, drawing support from losses in gold futures.
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The dollar posted gains against the yen and the euro on Tuesday after the Federal Reserve slashed benchmark interest rates by 75 basis points.
The dollar tumbled to a 12-1/2 year low against the Japanese yen on Monday and record levels against the euro and the Swiss franc as emergency liquidity-boosting measures by the Federal Reserve over the weekend failed to ease worries about the U.S. financial sector.
For the week ending Friday, March 14, 2008 the US Markets ended mixed. Market moving events include the Fed's $200B expansion of its securities lending program and the Bear Stearns bailout, amongst others leading to extreme market volatility. The Dow gained 417 points on Tuesday, only to lose the majority of its gains to close up only 0.48% for the week. The VIX crossed 30 for the first time since January. Next week, the markets will watch for the the FOMC announcement on interest rates Tuesday, the Visa IPO on Wednesday, and a slew of brokerage earnings including Goldman Sachs, Lehman Brothers, Morgan Stanley and possibly Bear Stearns.
New talk from the Bush Administration about wanting a strong dollar, has fueled speculation that Washington will intervene in the markets to support the U.S. currency, but analysts say such a move is both unlikely and impractical at this time.
The dollar fell below 100 yen for the second straight day and hit a record low against the euro after Bear Stearns said a worsening cash position had forced the Wall Street firm to secure emergency financing.
The dollar plunged below 100 yen Thursday for the first time in more than a decade and hit a record low against the euro as worries deepened on Wall Street that the United States had entered a recession.
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The dollar tumbled to a record low against the euro Wednesday as doubts grew about the long-term impact of recent Federal Reserve efforts to pump money into cash-starved credit markets.
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The dollar rose sharply Tuesday after the Federal Reserve announced new measures to inject liquidity into the financial system, easing concern about a deepening credit crisis and a U.S. recession.
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The dollar tumbled against the yen Monday as fears of a U.S. recession hit stock prices but steadied versus the euro after Europe's top monetary official said he was worried about recent exchange rate moves.
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For the week ending Friday, March 07, 2008 the US Markets all ended the week down close to 3% or greater. The Dow closed below 12,000, the NASDAQ breached its 52-week low, and the S&P 500 closed below 1300 for the first time since September 11, 2006. In contrast commodities continue to hit new record highs, and the US dollar fell to record lows on a weak economy. Bernanke hinted at further rate cuts, the ECB held rates steady, and jobs unexpectedly fell, heightening fears that the US economy has hit a recession. Many economists are no longer questioning a recession, but how long it will last.Next week, the markets will watch for Retail Sales on Thursday and earnings from some of the smaller retailers, while inflation watchers await the CPI report on Friday, seen rising again in February. If consumer prices rise beyond comfort levels, the spectre of stagflation, price inflation amidst weak economic growth, will again rear its head.
The dollar rebounded from record lows triggered by a surprise contraction in U.S. payrolls for a second straight month as attention shifted to moves by the Federal Reserve to ease tight liquidity conditions.
The European Central Bank holds rates steady on Thursday and Bernanke suggests further rate cuts in the US, all sending the US dollar lower, and the euro and pound higher. According to Reuters, Bernanke indicated in his testimony before congress that he was more concerned about US economic growth than inflation, which erodes confidence in US assets and the demand for dollars to buy them.