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US Dollar Rally Unlikely to Last, UBS Says, Outlining Implications for Major Currencies

The US dollar has surged to near its highest level of the year, but UBS analysts believe this strength is unlikely to be sustained, citing factors such as expected Fed rate cuts and concerns about the US fiscal deficit. The DXY index, which tracks the US dollar against six major

US Oil Companies Under Scrutiny for Possible Price Fixing with OPEC

The US Senate Budget Committee has launched an investigation into domestic oil producers, seeking to determine whether they have illegally coordinated oil prices with the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), as reported by Reuters on Thursday. This probe represents the latest effort by Democratic lawmakers to pressure energy

US Economy Grew at a Slower Pace in Q1 2024, Corporate Profits Decline, BEA Reports

The US economy expanded at an annualized rate of 1.4% in the first quarter of 2024, according to the estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) on Thursday. This represents a slight upward revision from the second estimate of 1.3% growth, but still signals a significant

U.S. Refinery Activity Dips, But Crude Oil Inventories Rise

U.S. crude oil refinery inputs decreased slightly last week, according to the latest weekly report from the Energy Information Administration (EIA). Refinery operations, while still robust, showed a dip in activity, with a 234,000 barrel per day decline in inputs compared to the previous week. Despite this decrease,

China's Lithium Rush: $3.4 Billion Invested in Seven Argentine Projects

Chinese companies are pouring billions of dollars into Argentina's lithium industry, with a total of seven projects under development across the provinces of Jujuy, Salta, and Catamarca, according to a recent report by the Bolsa de Comercio de Rosario (BCR). The report estimates a combined investment of $3.

Leveraged Finance Markets Roar Back to Life in 2024

The high-yield bond and leveraged loan markets have experienced a dramatic resurgence in the first half of 2024, with issuance volumes soaring and spreads tightening to 15-year lows. According to Brian Tramontozzi, JP Morgan’s North American head of Leveraged Finance Capital Markets, this rebound is driven by a confluence

Analysts Predict Double-Digit Earnings Growth for S&P 500 in 2024 and 2025, FactSet Reports

Industry analysts are projecting strong earnings growth for the S&P 500 in both 2024 and 2025, with double-digit growth anticipated in both years, according to a note published by FactSet. Analysts collectively predict that the S&P 500 will report year-over-year earnings growth of 11.3% in

China Needs a Stimulus Package to Boost Consumer Confidence, Says LSE Professor

China’s economic recovery continues to face headwinds, leaving many wondering about the best path forward. In a recent interview with CNBC, Keyu Jin, a professor at the London School of Economics, argued that a government stimulus package is crucial to jumpstart the economy and restore consumer confidence. In an

Oil Prices Set to Moderate as OPEC+ Output Cuts Phase Out, Fitch Ratings Says

Oil prices are expected to moderate in the coming months as OPEC+ phases out additional output cuts, according to a new update from Fitch Ratings. While Brent crude oil prices reached USD90 a barrel in April due to heightened tensions in the Middle East, prices have since declined as those

OPEC Abandons $100 Oil Dream as Production Cuts Wind Down, Moody's Analytics Reports

OPEC+ has agreed to wind down voluntary production cuts, signaling a shift in strategy and potentially sending oil prices lower, Moody's Analytics observes in a note published on Thursday. This decision marks a tacit admission by OPEC that its efforts to prop up oil prices have failed to