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  • Yesterday, 7:25 AM
    • U.S. stock index futures are lower by more than 2%, with most of the damage being done since Europe opened for business a few hours ago.
    • As for the Continent, it's more than reversed yesterday's big gains, with the Stoxx 50 (NYSEARCA:FEZplunging 3.7%, led by Italy's (NYSEARCA:EWI5.2% fall. Germany (NYSEARCA:EWG) is off 2.7%, France (NYSEARCA:EWQ3.8%, Spain (EWI4.3%. The U.K. (NYSEARCA:EWU) is down 2.2%.
    • Hong Kong fell 3.8% as it returned from a multi-day vacation. China remains closed, and the Nikkei was off overnight as well
    • There's major money flowing into U.S., U.K., and German government paper (and out of places like Spain and Italy), with the 10-year U.S. Treasury yield lower by nine basis points to 1.58% - its lowest level since 2013.
    • An argument can be made that Janet Yellen stubbornly clinging to her rosy economic outlook and forecast for more rate hikes as triggering the renewed rout. Will she change her tune later in day 2 of testimony?
    • Crude oil is lower by 4.3% to $26.27 per barrel, and gold is higher by 3.5% to $1,236 per ounce.
    • ETFs: SPY, QQQ, DIA, SH, SSO, SDS, VOO, IVV, UPRO, SPXU, PSQ, TQQQ, SPXL, RSP, SPXS, QID, SQQQ, QLD, DOG, DXD, UDOW, RWL, EPS, SDOW, VFINX, DDM, BXUB, QQEW, QQQE, SPLX, SFLA, BXUC, QQXT, SPUU, LLSP, UDPIX, OTPIX, RYARX
    | Yesterday, 7:25 AM | 45 Comments
  • Fri, Jan. 29, 6:36 AM
    • France emerged from three years of stagnation in 2015, helped by cheap energy prices and low interest rates, but the growth was still not enough to curb rising unemployment.
    • The eurozone's second-largest economy grew 1.1% last year, despite consumers tightening their purse strings during Q4 in the aftermath of the Paris attacks.
    • Separate data showed that the Spanish economy grew 3.2% in 2015, one of the fastest rates of expansion in the eurozone and a clear sign that the country's economic recovery remains on track.
    • ETFs: EWP, EWQ, QESP, HEWP, DBSP
    | Fri, Jan. 29, 6:36 AM
  • Thu, Jan. 28, 1:01 PM
    • Hit particularly hard during this year's stock slump is the Italian banking sector - off 25% in 2016 vs. a broader index of European lenders' 17% decline.
    • It's gotten so bad in Italy that the former boss of one troubled midsize lender is banned from local restaurants and gets heckled when he shows up in church.
    • The Italian government this week inked a deal with the European Commission allowing its banks to bundle up their bad loans into securities and sell the paper with government protections.
    • The FTSE MIB (NYSEARCA:EWIfell 3.5% today; Germany (NYSEARCA:EWG-2.4%, Spain (NYSEARCA:EWP-1.7%, France (NYSEARCA:EWQ-1.3%. Europe's Stoxx 50 (NYSEARCA:FEZ-2.2%
    • ETFs: VGK, FEZ, HEDJ, IEV, EPV, EZU, FEU, EEA, EURL, FEP, UPV, DBEU, ADRU, HEZU, FEEU, IEUR, FIEU, DBEZ, FEUZ, SBEU, HFXE, HFEZ, HEGE, HGEU
    | Thu, Jan. 28, 1:01 PM | 7 Comments
  • Thu, Jan. 21, 8:38 AM
    | Thu, Jan. 21, 8:38 AM | 28 Comments
  • Wed, Jan. 20, 9:12 PM
    • Having looked into the abyss this afternoon and survived, markets are rallying in overnight trade, with S&P 500 (NYSEARCA:SPY) and Nasdaq 100 (NASDAQ:QQQ) futures each higher by 1%. The S&P 500 now is about 3.5% above where it stood at today's lunchtime low.
    • Oil is also on the move, with the front month WTI contract now at $28.69 - about $1 per barrel above the day's low.
    • German (NYSEARCA:EWG) and French (NYSEARCA:EWQ) futures are higher by more than 1%.
    • Trading's just getting started in Asia and Shanghai is modestly lower, but Hong Kong and Japan are each ahead roughly 1.3%.
    | Wed, Jan. 20, 9:12 PM | 28 Comments
  • Mon, Jan. 18, 5:58 AM
    | Mon, Jan. 18, 5:58 AM | 3 Comments
  • Fri, Jan. 8, 12:01 PM
    | Fri, Jan. 8, 12:01 PM | 5 Comments
  • Mon, Jan. 4, 7:38 AM
    | Mon, Jan. 4, 7:38 AM | 5 Comments
  • Dec. 16, 2015, 3:36 AM
    • French business activity slowed to near-stagnation in December, with the services sector suffering from last month's terrorist attacks in Paris.
    • Putting a halt to a 10-month expansion, Markit's flash services sector PMI dropped to 50.0 from 51.0 in November.
    • The composite PMI index, which combines services and manufacturing, dipped to 50.3 from 51.0 a month earlier, even though the manufacturing figure reached a 21-month high.
    • ETFs: EWQ
    | Dec. 16, 2015, 3:36 AM | 1 Comment
  • Dec. 8, 2015, 4:16 AM
    • Air France-KLM (OTC:AFRAF) estimates the negative effect of the Paris attacks on total November revenue at around €50M ($54.3M), while the Bank of France has cut its forecast for economic growth for the country to 0.3%.
    • Although the airline expects the impact of the attacks to linger this month, management is sticking to its financial forecasts for the full year, CFO Pierre-Francois Riolacci told journalists.
    • The report came shortly after an "anonymous" bomb threat diverted an Air France passenger jet - traveling to Paris from San Francisco - to Montreal's Trudeau Airport.
    • ETFs: EWQ
    | Dec. 8, 2015, 4:16 AM
  • Dec. 3, 2015, 9:06 AM
    • Ten-year government bond yields in Italy and Spain are each up by about 20 basis points after the ECB extended, but did not boost QE. The German 10-year Bund yield is up eleven basis points to 0.58%.
    • Do remember, yields had fallen sharply in the weeks leading up to this meeting, so today's move higher is just giving back some of those declines. Italian 10-year money is still at the low rate of 1.51%, and Spain at 1.68%. At the shorter end of the curve, there are a number of European countries (including at the periphery) with yields in negative territory.
    • Spanish stocks (NYSEARCA:EWP) are lower by  1.4%, Italy (NYSEARCA:EWIby 1.2%, France (NYSEARCA:EWQby 1.8%.
    | Dec. 3, 2015, 9:06 AM
  • Nov. 20, 2015, 4:08 AM
    • In the past few days, clear signs have emerged showing that the murderous attacks have had a big economic impact on Paris - one of the most visited cities in the world.
    • A survey by Synhorcat, the French hotel and restaurant operators' union, suggests that sales in the city's cafes and bars during the past week are down 44% on the same period last year, while hotels have suffered a 57% drop in business.
    • Air France (OTCPK:AFLYY) has so far refused to comment on passenger numbers and cancellations bound for Paris, but low-cost airline easyJet (OTCQX:ESYJY) said that travel to the French capital has plummeted.
    • ETFs: EWQ
    | Nov. 20, 2015, 4:08 AM | 8 Comments
  • Nov. 17, 2015, 7:15 AM
    • The wave begun by yesterday's strong move in the U.S. has rolled around the globe and U.S. stock index futures are higher by another 0.45%.
    • In earnings news, Wal-Mart and Home Depot are both surging in premarket action after strong results and guidance.
    • Shanghai was flat overnight, but Hong Kong and Tokyo each gained more than 1%. Europe's up more than 2% at midday, led by France's (NYSEARCA:EWQ2.4% advance.
    • The 10-year Treasury yield is up two basis points to 2.29%, gold is down $6 per ounce to $1,078, and oil is off $0.48 per barrel to $41.25.
    • ETFs: SPY, QQQ, DIA, SH, SSO, SDS, VOO, IVV, UPRO, PSQ, SPXU, TQQQ, SPXL, RSP, SPXS, QID, SQQQ, QLD, DOG, DXD, RWL, UDOW, EPS, SDOW, DDM, VFINX, BXUB, QQEW, QQQE, SPLX, SFLA, BXUC, QQXT, SPUU, LLSP, UDPIX, OTPIX, RYARX
    | Nov. 17, 2015, 7:15 AM | 1 Comment
  • Nov. 17, 2015, 6:18 AM
    • Italy, Lithuania, Austria and Spain risk breaking European Union rules with their 2016 budget plans, the European Commission declared today, stating that France might also come short of its fiscal targets.
    • The Commission checks draft budget plans of eurozone countries every year to see if they are in line with the Stability and Growth Pact, which sets rules for EU budgets.
    • Costs associated with Europe's migrant and refugee crisis are being treated as a special case.
    • ETFs: EWP, EWI, EWQ, EWO, QESP, HEWI, HEWP
    | Nov. 17, 2015, 6:18 AM
  • Nov. 16, 2015, 7:00 AM
    • Stock index futures, particularly those in Europe knee-jerked lower overnight following Friday's terrorist attacks and France's weekend response. CAC-40 futures were off by more than 1%, but the French index (NYSEARCA:EWQ) is now modestly higher in midday action. Also sharply lower at one point, Germany (EWQ) is up 0.3%.
    • U.S. stock index futures are at their session highs, up 0.2%.
    • The 10-year Treasury yield is down one basis point to 2.26%, gold is up $10 per ounce to $1,090, and oil is up $0.68 per barrel to $41.42.
    • ETFs: SPY, QQQ, DIA, SH, SSO, SDS, VOO, IVV, UPRO, PSQ, SPXU, TQQQ, SPXL, RSP, SPXS, QID, SQQQ, QLD, DOG, DXD, RWL, UDOW, EPS, SDOW, DDM, VFINX, BXUB, QQEW, QQQE, SPLX, SFLA, BXUC, QQXT, SPUU, LLSP, UDPIX, OTPIX, RYARX
    | Nov. 16, 2015, 7:00 AM | 15 Comments
  • Nov. 16, 2015, 4:43 AM
    • Markets across the globe are still processing the weekend's coordinated terrorist attacks in Paris that left at least 132 people dead and more than 350 wounded.
    • The events sent Asian bourses lower overnight, while U.S. futures inched higher, erasing earlier losses as they tracked moves in Europe.
    • Among the biggest casualties in the financial markets is the euro, which shed 0.5% to $1.0717, as investors scrambled for safe-havens like the U.S. dollar and gold.
    • The attacks are also likely to hit France's economy, which has the largest number of tourists in the world. The sector accounts for almost 7.5% of the country's GDP.
    • In Asia: Japan -1%; Hong Kong -1.8%; China +0.7%.
    • In Europe: London +0.3%. Paris flat. Frankfurt flat.
    • U.S. futures: Dow +0.1%. S&P +0.2%. Nasdaq +0.2%.
    | Nov. 16, 2015, 4:43 AM | 29 Comments
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The iShares MSCI France Index Fund seeks to provide investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield performance, before fees and expenses, of publicly traded securities in the French market, as measured by the MSCI France Index.
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