The Morning Morsel-Japan and the New Carry Trade

European markets opened on a flat theme before rotating lower. Markets in Europe are coming off three consecutive positive sessions and showed hesitation ahead of final Q4 Euro-zone GDP numbers. With a pull back in metal and commodity prices, the basic resources related shares have taken a breather, despite commentary from BHP Billiton  securing at 99.7% iron ore price increase for the April-June quarter.Iron ore is en fuego, check out BHP, CLF and ZALE.

Is Japan making a comeback? The BOJ chief commented that the recovery trend in Japan was becoming clearer with signs of a sustainable recovery taking form. He noted that the risk of double dip recession in Japan had receded and the BOJ economic view was now somewhat more positive. He added that the central bank would know by the end of the month if the economic outlook would be upgraded. He stressed that it would maintain an extremely accommodative monetary policy but added that it was important to check side effects of low rates. Monetary policy was not dictated by fiscal stance. He believed that a Yen carry trade was growing in major way at this time. He believed deterioration of the job market has come to an end.

Have a great day.

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

08:30 Chile March Exports
10:30 DoE Crude Oil/Gasoline/Distillate Inventories
13:00 US Treasury to auction $21B in 10-yr notes
15:00 Feb Consumer Credit
12:00 Fed’s Dudley speaks in New York, NY. 13:00 Fed Chairman Bernanke to speak in Dallas, TX. 14:00 Fed’s Hoenig to speak on US economic outlook. Bank of America Megawatt Roundup Conference. 07:00 MBA Mortgage Applications. Same Store Sales after the close. Trades Ex-dividend: T $0.42, BBT $0.15, DRI $0.25, GD $0.42, JCP $0.20, MMC $0.20, MA $0.15.
Before the Open: FDO, GBX, MON, MSM. After the Close: MDRX, APOG, BBBY, LWSN, MIND, PBY, RT, SCHN, WDFC.
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