Written by Gary
U.S. stock index futures are fractionally lower along with the U.S. dollar as investors await earnings reports from a batch of companies that include Walt Disney Co and Kellogg.
Global stocks are also mixed as sliding earnings hit shares in Europe and fresh measures to curb volatility has prompted a rally in China.
U.S. Markets expected to open fractionally lower and by 11 am be in the green.
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by San Francisco Fed
-- this post authored by Oscar Jorda, Moritz Schularick, and Alan M. Taylor
Policymakers disagree over whether central banks should use interest rates to curb leverage and asset price booms. Higher interest rates make mortgages more expensive and could prevent borrowers from bidding up house prices to create a boom. However, rough calculations show that the size of rate increase needed to do so might also boost unemployment and push down inflation. Thus, using this type of policy tool may cause the central bank to deviate significantly from its goals of full employment and price stability.
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FOREX NEWS by DailyForex
Looks like there’s trouble in paradise. If economists have it right, Australia’s current property boom which has zoomed 11% so far this year, could be coming to an end.
Last week saw the final trading session for July; a month when Greece went to the very edge of leaving the Euro before turning back.
The U.S. Dollar is just beginning to gain some positive momentum in the trading week. Earlier, it had been broadly after Friday’s U.S. employment costs report seems to have clouded the outlook for the Federal Reserve Bank.
Greece seems to be walking on egg shells on its way to recovery. After months of heady negotiations that saw the country on the verge of bankruptcy and a near “Grexit,” Athens is making its moves cautiously.
This can be expected to be a busier week than recent weeks, with a lot more going on and more volatility. It will be an especially important week for the USD, the AUD, and the GBP, with key central bank input also due regarding the JPY.
by Dimitris Sotiropoulos, The Conversation
The Greek government was forced into accepting a third bailout under very difficult circumstances on July 13. The dramatic euro summit of July 12 lasted 17 hours before a new bailout package of euro 86 billion was agreed by eurozone prime ministers. Conditional on a new recessionary policy mix, negotiations are now underway to determine the specifics.
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by Michael Pettis, China Financial Markets
By the time I published my latest (July 17) blog entry Beijing had managed to stop the panic with the use of what I called 'brute force', by which I meant that there was never likely to be much impact from interest rate moves, regulatory changes, margin relaxation, and so on. This is because there had been such a remarkable convergence among investors, almost all of who were purely speculative, on how to interpret information, and because any interpretation was likely to be self-consciously skeptical, that any regulatory response had to be completely unambiguous.
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Econintersect: CoreLogic's Home Price Index (HPI) shows that home prices in the USA are up 6.5% year-over-year year-over-year (reported up 1.7% month-over-month). There is considerable backward revision in this index which makes monthly reporting problematic. CoreLogic HPI is used in the Federal Reserves's Flow of Funds to calculate the values of residential real estate.