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Prospects Weekly: isis has not significatly disrupted Iraq's oil production or global oil prices, Growth across the region and in commmodity importers could slow sharply

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The rise of ISIS in the Middle East is a geopolitical risk in a region already facing a multitude of conflicts. Thus far, the economic impacts of the ISIS incursion in Iraq and Syria remain subdued and largely limited to those countries. Over time, however, the potential for global spillovers is likely to rise.
 

Prospects Daily: Developing-country stocks continue to struggle on U.S. rate outlook,U.S. jobless claims falls to lowest in more than decade, China’s house price falls further

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U.S. stocks and dollar surged as the Federal Reserve’s latest rate outlook added to signs that monetary policy spilt between the U.S. and other G3 countries is widening. The S&P 500 index gained 0.4% in morning trade, and the Dow average advanced 0.5% to a record high level. The greenback climbed to highest levels in more than six years versus the yen and four years against other major currencies.

Prospects Daily: Developing-country stocks set for longest decline since November, German investor confidence plunges to weakest since 2012, India’s trade deficit widens as gold import surge

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U.S. Treasury price volatility rose to a 5-month high as the market is concerned about the Fed meeting today and Scotland votes on independence the following day. Bank of America-Merrill Lynch’s Move index, which monitors price movements in U.S. government bonds based on option trading, climbed to 66.09 yesterday, the highest level since April 2.

Prospects Daily: Developing-country stocks and currencies extended losses on China concerns, OECD trims growth outlook for developed nations, Turkey’s unemployment rate rises in June

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Emerging-market benchmark stock index fell for the eighth day and currencies continued to weaken as China’s factory output expanded at the slowest pace since the global financial crisis. The MSCI Emerging Market Index fell 0.8% in afternoon trading, heading for the longest losing streak since last November. A gauge tracking developing-country currencies slid for the sixth day to the lowest level since 2009 with Malaysia’s ringgit and Russia’s ruble depreciating 1% against the dollar.

Prospects Daily: Eurozone industrial production recovers in July,The dollar rallies on Fed rate outlook, Chinese bank lending bounce back in August

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The dollar is heading for its ninth consecutive week of strengthening as robust U.S. retail sales in August bolstered the case for the Federal Reserve to raise interest rate. The dollar index, a measure of the greenback versus a basket of six major currencies, is on course for its longest run of weekly advances since the first quarter of 1997. Meanwhile, the greenback’s gains have pushed dollar-linked commodity prices lower, with oil prices sliding to the lowest levels in two years and gold tumbling to an eight-month low.

Prospects Weekly: Labor market indicators continue to improve in the US, Euro Area labor markets remain weak

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Continued momentum of US economic activity in the third quarter was mirrored in a strengthening labor market, despite a temporary fall in new payroll employment. The Euro Area labor market continues to remain weak amid falling inflation, creating the conditions for additional monetary easing.
 

Prospects Daily: Dollar strengthens while U.S. stocks and bonds fall on rate hike concerns, BoE Chief hints rate increase in spring 2015, South Africa’s current account deficit widens to 9-month high

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The dollar rose to a 14-month high against the euro and surged to nearly a six-year high versus the yen as better U.S. economic data fueled speculation the Federal Reserve may begin raising interest rates earlier than expected, a view that pushed U.S. Treasury prices lower for a fourth day and weighted negatively on stock markets. The greenback has also benefited from diverging economic and monetary policy outlooks.

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