Corn Avoids Commodity Selloff After Strong USDA Export Data

Commodities sold off across the board after the new Covid variant Omicron caused fear and uncertainty in Friday’s shortened session. Corn prices were in the red most of the day but turned green after better-than-expected export data from USDA took hold. Corn’s late-session rally helped prices jump more than 1% higher by the close, December futures added 6.5 cents to $5.8625, with March futures up 6.25 cents to $5.9175. Preliminary volume estimates were for 296,804 contracts, falling well below Wednesday’s … Continue reading “Corn Avoids Commodity Selloff After Strong USDA Export Data”

European Industrial Companies See Strong Demand But Supply Chain Pressuring Revenue says Fitch

Supply chain disruptions continue to hamper Europe, diversified industrial companies with revenue crimped by semiconductor shortages and longer shipping times. Fitch Ratings sees this as a short term event with demand strong, and likely to continue

Europe Postpones Free Trade Agreement Negotiations with Australia

The European Union has postponed the next round of negotiations for a free trade agreement with Australia for a month. The move clearly is in retribution for the cancellation of the French $90 billion submarine contract.

France CAC 40 Bourse Closed Down 7.1% in 2020 on Fear and Uncertainty

The French Blue Chip stock index the CAC 40 closed the last day of the year down 0.9% to 5,565 and down 7.1% for 2020. The CAC recovered from the panic selling in March to a 4-year low on the back of the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent lockdowns. France’s stocks were well off the record highs seen in Germany and the US in 2020 but performed better than the UK and Spain.

European €500 Billion Coronavirus Reconstruction Plan Devised By France and Germany

Germany’s Angela Merkel and France’s Emmanuel Macron have propesed a €500 billion European coronavirus reconstruction plan. The aim is the recovery fund that should give grants, not loans to EU member states.

Resiliant European Service Sector Contrasts With Weak Manufacturing Output

The European services sector strength contrasts with weak manufacturing conditions. Growth was led by Germany and Spain. Suggesting that the domestic economies aren’t as burdened by the global trade war and Brexit drama. Resilient rate of growth that has lost some momentum.

Spanish, Italian and French Banks Are Most Exposed to Turkey

The Turkish crisis escalated over the past week and has sent flight risk contagion ripples through emerging markets. The fallout extends to those that are Turkey’s biggest lenders. There are five banks most exposed with Spains BBVA the most at risk