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September 2010

Prospects Daily: Europe debt concerns Persist

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Important developments today:

1.  Debt concerns on some European countries persist

2.  Japanese export growth continues deceleration


Debt concerns on some European countries persist. Investor concerns about the fiscal health of selected eurozone economies has deepened, as worsening debt problems for Ireland and Portugal are pushing interest costs higher across the region.

Global Commodity Watch

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Non-energy commodity prices in August jumped for the second straight month, up 4.6 percent, in part due to a weak U.S. dollar—down 0.7 percent versus the euro. The increases were again led by strong gains in base metals and food prices, the latter generated by weather-related production losses in Canada and the former Soviet Union.