Federal Reserve Loans an Additional $25 B for U.S. Banks
U.S. Pending Home Sales Fall 3.2% in July
The National Association of Realtors reports that pending sales of existing homes fell 3.2% for the month of July – nearly 7% lower than a year ago.
Crude Falls on Hint that OPEC will Maintain Current Output Levels
Saudi Arabia’s oil minister referred to the market as “well-supplied” following a meeting of OPEC producers this morning.
Aussie and Kiwi Dollars Down on as the Unwinding of Carry-Trades Continues
More bad news regarding stock losses and a drop in home loans have investors worried that interest rates may be cut in Australia and New Zealand to boost the economy. Currently, much of the demand for both currencies is for use in carry-trades – typically crossed with the yen – and any reduction in interest rates reduces the profitability of a carry-trade strategy.
Gold Drops Below $800 an Ounce
As the price of crude falls and worries of inflation spurred by energy costs eases, demand for gold as an inflation hedge also ease.
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