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The bullish case for Eni, Schlumberger
Something transformational is happening in Rome’s Piazzale Enrico Mattei, the head office of Eni, Italy’s largest integrated oil and gas colossus.
Foreign exchange ideas
Emerging markets were not immune to the end of the dolce vita in Italian politics and the subsequent rise in volatility across asset classes.
Oil, metal prices mostly drop on Italy, US political strains
LONDON — Commodity prices mostly slid last week on worsening economic sentiment caused by political deadlock in indebted eurozone nation Italy and as the United States braces for $85 billion in budget cuts.
Baht leads weekly advance
SINGAPORE — Asian currencies gained last week, led by Indonesia’s rupiah and the Thai baht, on optimism the region’s economies are improving.
Equities face roadblocks
NEW YORK — If Wall Street needs to climb a wall of worry, it will have plenty of opportunity this week.
Global markets and the risk angst
Beppe grillo and the US sequester ($85 billion in indiscriminate federal budget cuts or a 0.6 per cent hit to growth, as calculated by CBO economists) are not exactly the sort of event risk an ageing bull market 3.5 per cent above its 50-day moving average needs.
What could be next for the American stock market?
The stock market was positioned extreme bullishness and only needed a catalyst to cull the “forced” longs who scrambled to add beta after the New Year melt up on Wall Street.
The euro target of 1.30 gets nearer!
My consistent bearishness on the euro in the past month has been vindicated as it has now fallen below resistance levels below 1.3200, down from its earlier high of 1.37.
Emerging markets shares, local debt
Emerging markets equities did not remain immune to the mini-meltdown on Wall Street last week. Chinese banks, the lodestar of Shanghai’s frenzied bull run since November, have led Asian equities lower, hardly an auspicious omen for the beta trade.
Dollar up as Fed may vary bond purchases
NEW YORK — The dollar gained versus the majority of its 16 most-traded peers after minutes from the Federal Reserve’s last meeting showed several officials favored varying the pace of bond purchases, which debase the currency.
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