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  • 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
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  • Fri, Jan. 8, 12:01 PM
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  • Mon, Jan. 4, 7:38 AM
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  • 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. 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. 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. 15, 2015, 9:12 PM
    • U.S. stock index futures are all lower by about 0.35%, as are FTSE 100 futures, but the continent is being hit harder, with France (NYSEARCA:EWQdown 1.6% and Germany (NYSEARCA:EWG0.85%.
    • The euro (NYSEARCA:FXE) is off 0.5% vs the dollar at $1.0718.
    • U.S. government paper and gold are seeing bids, with the 10-year Treasury yield down two basis points to 2.25%, and gold (NYSEARCA:GLDhigher by 1% to $1,091.50 per ounce.
    • Previously: French warplanes strike Islamic State targets in Syria (Nov. 15)
    | Nov. 15, 2015, 9:12 PM | 32 Comments
  • Oct. 2, 2015, 9:48 AM
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  • Sep. 8, 2015, 3:34 AM
    • France's exports slipped to €38.9B in July from €39.6B in June.
    • Imports fell to €42.2B from €42.3B.
    • The trade deficit widened to €3.3B from €2.8B and exceeded consensus of €3.2B.
    • France's budged deficit expanded to €79.8B from €58.5B.
    • The CAC 40 is +1.3%.
    • Finance Ministry Web site
    • ETFs: EWQ
    | Sep. 8, 2015, 3:34 AM
  • Sep. 3, 2015, 12:04 PM
    • Speaking at his post-meeting press conference, ECB President Mario Draghi said no "immediate" boost to QE was discussed at today's policy gathering, but he reiterated the bank's willingness to act if necessary.
    • The ECB did boost the percentage of any single issue of bonds it can buy to 33% from 25%.
    • Up ahead of Draghi, European stocks added to gains, with the Stoxx 50 closing higher by 2.2%. Flat ahead of Draghi, the euro sunk 1.1% to $1.1104.
    • Germany (NYSEARCA:EWG+2.7%, France (NYSEARCA:EWQ+2.2%, Italy (NYSEARCA:EWI+2.5%, Spain (NYSEARCA:EWP+1%, U.K. (NYSEARCA:EWU+1.9%.
    • Enjoying the strong dollar today is the leader in currency-hedged ETFs, WisdomTree (WETF +3.1%).
    | Sep. 3, 2015, 12:04 PM | 8 Comments
  • Aug. 21, 2015, 12:19 PM
    • The Stoxx 50 (NYSEARCA:FEZ) tumbled another 3.2% today, bringing its loss to the week to roughly 7%. The gauge is off nearly 12% in just the handful of sessions since August 10, but still  up more than 3% YTD.
    • Leading today's decline was France (NYSEARCA:EWQ) down 3.2%, Germany (NYSEARCA:EWG-2.95%, Spain (NYSEARCA:EWP-3%, Italy (NYSEARCA:EWI-2.8%, U.K. (NYSEARCA:EWU-2.8%.
    • The FTSE 100 is now off 5.5% YTD, and Germany's DAX is down 3.6%.
    • ETFs: VGK, FEZ, HEDJ, IEV, EPV, EZU, FEU, EEA, EURL, FEP, UPV, DBEU, ADRU, HEZU, FEEU, IEUR, FIEU, DBEZ, FEUZ, SBEU, HFEZ, HGEU
    | Aug. 21, 2015, 12:19 PM | 7 Comments
  • Aug. 20, 2015, 12:23 PM
    • 2.2% decline in today's session leaves Europe's Stoxx 50 (NYSEARCA:FEZnearly 10% lower than it stood ten days ago, and within about 2% of taking out the lows hit in early July amid the height of the Grexit panic.
    • Earlier, Greek PM Tspiras announced plans to step down and hold snap elections on Sept. 20 as he's been unable to get enough support from his own party for the country's latest bailout deal.
    • Germany's DAX (NYSEARCA:EWG) fell 2.3% today, and is off more than 10% since major trading partner China devalued the yuan.
    • France (NYSEARCA:EWQ) -2.1%, Italy (NYSEARCA:EWI-2.6%, Spain (NYSEARCA:EWP-1.8%, U.K. (NYSEARCA:EWU-0.6%.
    • ETFs: VGK, FEZ, HEDJ, IEV, EPV, EZU, FEU, EEA, EURL, FEP, UPV, DBEU, ADRU, HEZU, FEEU, IEUR, FIEU, DBEZ, FEUZ, SBEU, HFEZ, HGEU
    | Aug. 20, 2015, 12:23 PM | 3 Comments
  • Aug. 12, 2015, 7:25 AM
    • China was forced to intervene to support the tumbling yuan overnight, and at day's end set Wednesday's reference rate for the currency based on its closing level today. In the past, Beijing had ignored market moves and set the reference rate higher on days when markets sold it lower.
    • Last night's move is thus - more or less - a 2nd devaluation of the currency (really a freeing up of the currency). The yuan is now lower by 2.8% since Monday's close.
    • The bottom line is that Europe now has competition in the weak currency business - something its shaky economy probably doesn't need at the moment.
    • The Stoxx 50 (NYSEARCA:FEZ) is lower by 2.3%, bringing its losses for the week to about 4%. Germany (NYSEARCA:EWG) is down 2.4%, France (NYSEARCA:EWQ2.3%, Spain (NYSEARCA:EWP1.6%, Italy (NYSEARCA:EWI2%, and the U.K. 1.2%.
    • The euro (NYSEARCA:FXE) is up 1% vs. the dollar to $1.1151.
    • ETFs: FXE, VGK, EUO, FEZ, HEDJ, ERO, IEV, EPV, EZU, DRR, FEU, EEA, EUFX, EURL, ULE, FEP, UPV, DBEU, URR, ADRU, HEZU, FEEU, IEUR, FIEU, DBEZ, FEUZ, SBEU, HGEU, HFEZ
    | Aug. 12, 2015, 7:25 AM
  • Jul. 27, 2015, 12:11 PM
    • Getting a chance to react to the rough Friday afternoon action in the U.S. as well as the 8.5% plunge in China overnight, Europe's Stoxx 50 (NYSEARCA:FEZ) closes Monday with a 2.35% loss. The broad gauge remains higher  by 12% for the year.
    • Germany (NYSEARCA:EWG) and France (NYSEARCA:EWQ) fell 2.5%, Italy (NYSEARCA:EWI3%, Spain (NYSEARCA:EWP1.4%, and the U.K. (NYSEARCA:EWU1.1%. The Athens Stock Exchange looks set to reopen tomorrow. GREK -3.5%
    • ETFs: VGK, FEZ, HEDJ, IEV, EPV, EZU, FEU, EEA, EURL, FEP, UPV, DBEU, ADRU, HEZU, FEEU, IEUR, FIEU, DBEZ, FEUZ, SBEU, HFEZ, HGEU
    | Jul. 27, 2015, 12:11 PM | 2 Comments
  • Jul. 7, 2015, 10:42 AM
    • Greek government officials arrived at today's meeting of European finance ministers without a new proposal, according to the FT, shocking the group and angering some in the room.
    • One Eurogroup source says Greece instead will present its latest gambit tomorrow directly to the Troika. Another source says the Greek officials presented an outline of a plan to the Eurogroup, but written materials were still being worked on. A Greek official says his government presented the same plan from last week that's already been rejected.
    • In any case, the eurocrats don't seem pleased. Europe has taken a new leg down, led by France's (NYSEARCA:EWQ1.5% decline. Germany (NYSEARCA:EWG) is off 1.4%, Italy (NYSEARCA:EWI) and Spain (NYSEARCA:EWP1.3%. The Stoxx 50 (FEZ -2.4%). Greece ETF (GREK -4.6%), National Bank of Greece (NBG -7.8%).
    • The euro (NYSEARCA:FXE) is lower by 1% to $1.0942.
    • Previously: Europe can't hold gains (July 7)
    | Jul. 7, 2015, 10:42 AM | 125 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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