Greece received the green light for the next installment of its 110 billion euro ($150 billion) bailout package. Representatives of the IMF, ECB and EU said they were recommending that the country receive the third batch of loans under the program, The Associated Press said. The loans are worth 9 billion euros.
Investors should stay focused on the dynamics within European politics that shaped the rescue. Other indebted economies -- like Spain, Portugal and Italy -- could find themselves in a similar situation, after all. And politics will again guide market moves.
Ireland officially applied for a rescue package worth tens of billions of dollars from the EU and IMF in a bid to stabilize its banking system and avoid economic meltdown. The exact value of the rescue package isn%u2019t clear. Goldman Sachs Group (GS) estimated that it may total 95 billion euros, ($135 billion), Bloomberg News reported.
Stocks closed slightly higher Friday after fluctuating most of the session as some better-than-expected quarterly earnings helped offset anxiety over China's move overnight to curb inflation. Ireland made progress on a possible aid package with the European Union, but like the equity markets, the dollar, gold and oil were little changed by day's end.
Ireland headed into a confrontation Tuesday with leaders of the European Union and other struggling members of the eurozone on whether to seek a financial bailout as jitters continued to disrupt the continent's financial markets.
Ireland is in talks with European officials about "market conditions" amid widespread speculation that the country will accept some form of bailout. "Ongoing contacts continue at official level with international colleagues in light of current market conditions," a Finance Ministry spokesman said in an email late yesterday, Bloomberg News reported.
Economic growth in the eurozone slowed sharply in the third quarter as austerity measures aimed at cutting budget deficits dented the Continent's recovery. Meanwhile, a growing divergence in the economic performance of EU nations is likely to make it tough for the European Central Bank to set its monetary policy.
For a host of reasons, other countries would love to free their economies from the stranglehold of the U.S. dollar's influence, especially now, when the Fed's stimulus actions are pushing the dollar lower, and everything else higher. Global finance expert Peter Cohan has a simple answer: The Mondo.
As the G-20 meets in South Korea, many world leaders have stepped up their complaints about the Fed's $600 billion quantitative easing program, as well as the rapid flow of capital into emerging markets. Some countries are installing capital controls in response, but those won't be enough, says global finance expert Peter Cohan.
For a host of reasons, when the dollar spikes, stocks drop, and when the dollar falls, stocks soar. Right now, with dollar sentiment reaching maximum bearishness, contrarians are preparing for the next seesaw shift. If the dollar rises again, stocks could reverse.
Consumer goods company Unilever NV (UL) reported third quarter earnings of 0.43 euros per diluted share, up from 0.36 euros a year earlier. Sales rose 13.2% to 11.5 billion euros ($16.4 billion), driven by a strong performance in emerging markets, the company said in a statement.
Swiss antitrust authorities are investigating BMW for allegedly blocking vehicle sales to Swiss citizens in some parts of Europe. The Swiss Competition Commission said it has information that BMW distribution branches in the European Economic Area are barring sales of BMW and Mini brand vehicles to Swiss citizens, Bloomberg News said.
To hear the pundits tell it, Greece's debt woes and accompanying civil disturbances signaled the end of the euro, or worse. Yet, the country's rebound gets little attention. This pattern gets repeated over and over, much to investors' detriment.
The dollar fell to a 15-year low against the yen and the weakest since January against the euro on speculation that the Federal Reserve will ease monetary policy. The dollar slipped 0.8% to 81.13 yen at 6:37am in New York, from 81.81 yen on Wednesday. Earlier, it fell to 80.89 yen, the weakest since 1995. The dollar fell to as low as $1.4122 against the euro, the weakest since Jan. 26.
The euro has posted its biggest quarterly gain in eight years, but billionaire investment guru Warren Buffett is worried about Europe's common currency. Despite the E.U.'s trillion-dollar bailout fund, he's not sure the Continent will be able to avert a sovereign debt meltdown.
The U.S. dollar traded near an eight-month low against the euro on bets that the Federal Reserve will signal it is willing to buy more government debt in order to stimulate the economy. The U.S. dollar traded at $1.3940 per euro as of 11:08 a.m. in London, Bloomberg News reported. It fell to $1.4012 earlier today and reached $1.4029 on Oct. 7, the weakest since Jan. 28.
Investors take note: Despite the calls for order, national policymakers are dealing with an increasingly haphazard scenario loaded with counterproductive results and unintended consequences. The result could be a slide toward protectionism.
The U.S. dollar and U.S. stocks have a see-saw relationship: When one is up, the other is down. If the dollar is now bottoming out and ending its long decline, that could spell bad news for equities going forward.
Allied Irish Banks (AIB), the lender being taken over the Irish government, will raise roughly $2 billion by selling its 22.4% stake in M&T Bank Corp (MTB). The Dublin-based bank will offer 26.7 million notes for a price of $77.50 each, Bloomberg News said. The notes will be exchanged for shares in M&T by Nov. 15.
Chinese premier Wen Jiabao said his country will support European bonds and the euro currency. "I have made clear that China supports a stable euro," he said, according to BBC News.
The Irish government is working to take majority control of one troubled lender, Allied Irish Banks (AIB), and to inject yet more cash into another, Anglo Irish Bank Corp. The moves could take the cost of Ireland%u2019s bank bailout to as much as 50 billion euros ($68 billion), according to Bloomberg News.
The Swiss franc has been the second-best performing major currency over the past six months, outpacing the dollar by 8.9% and the euro by 7.8%, thanks to shaky conditions elsewhere in Europe. But a broad range of signs suggest the Swiss currency is due for at least a short-term correction.
The European Commission presented plans to punish countries whose excessive debt levels pose a potential risk to the euro. The proposals include automatic fines for countries that mismanage their finances and economies, BBC News said.
Irish borrowing costs fell from a record high as concerns about the country%u2019s fiscal problems eased. Ireland sold a total of 1.5 billion euros ($2 billion) of bonds Tuesday, paying a yield of 6.02% on 8-year bonds and 4.77% on 4-year bonds, The Associated Press reported.
"We see the economy improving, but the strength of the recovery in individual markets has been uneven," said John Fleming, head of Ford's global manufacturing in London on Thursday. He said demand could rise by as much as 10%.
Euro-zone countries should prepare to implement more measures aimed at cutting "excessive deficits" if economic growth disappoints, the European Central Bank said. The 16 members of the euro-zone should "be prepared to accelerate consolidation where necessary to correct their excessive deficits," the ECB said, according to The Wall Street Journal. "If previously overly optimistic macroeconomic forecasts fail to materialize, countries should swiftly adopt additional consolidation measures to ensure that commitments are fulfilled."
Gold is wavering Wednesday after closing at a record high in the previous session. Prices have risen sharply over the past three weeks as the euro has come under pressure.
Greece's economy contracted more than previously thought in the second quarter, according to new figures. The country%u2019s statistics agency said that the economy shrank at an annual rate of 3.7% in the second quarter, compared with an initial estimate of a 3.5% decline, The Wall Street Journal reported. The economy contracted 1.8% from the previous quarter, rather than the initial estimate of 1.5%.
German exports fell in July, suggesting that Europe%u2019s largest economy may be slowing after record growth in the second quarter. Exports, adjusted for working days and seasonal changes, fell 1.5% from June, Bloomberg News reported. A survey of economists by Bloomberg News had forecast unchanged exports.