Week of April 1, 2012 thru April 7, 2012
CHICAGO (MNI) - Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank President Narayana Kocherlakota late Saturday said members of the Federal Reserve's policymaking committee hold varying views "on what inflation looks like," but stressed that a 2% rate remains the target.
Speaking to a meeting of the Midwest Economics Association, Kocherlakota reiterated in prepared remarks his point made earlier this month that there are limits to what the Fed can achieve on its own to reduce to reduce unemployment.
Kocherlakota in a March 20 speech that used the same econometric models that he discussed Saturday said the Fed can, by lowering the real interest rate, influence demand for goods and services and indirectly help reduce unemployment in that way.
--Meetings & Events of Interest to Subscribers
DATE GMT / EST EVENT
31-Mar 2230/1830 Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank Pres. Narayana Kocherlakota speaks to the Midwest Economics Association in Evanston, Ill. and answers questions from the audience. His prepared text will be similar to that delivered March 20. http://web.grinnell.edu/mea/
02-Apr 1230/0830 Dallas Federal Reserve Bank Pres.
NEW YORK, March 30 (MNI) - March indeed came in like a lion and out like a lamb, with market players modestly hopeful Friday about what the second quarter might bring.
--White House: Iran Concerns Fueling Demand For Non-Iran Crude Oil
--White House: Tightness Remains In Oil Market
--Obama Says Enough Oil Supply To Proceed With Iran Penalties
--Sr Admin Offl: Increased US Oil Production A Factor In Obama Decision
WASHINGTON (MNI) - The Obama administration is confident that tough new sanctions that will take a significant chunk of Iranian crude off the oil market are being implemented and assessed in a manner that will ensure there is no adverse impact on the global economy.
Source: U.S. Treasury, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac Amounts in billions of U.S.
WASHINGTON (MNI) - The U.S. Treasury welcomed the Eurogroup's move Friday to strengthen the financial firewall, and praised the efforts to reinforce the monetary union.
"Today's announcement by the Eurogroup reinforces a trajectory of positive efforts to strengthen confidence in the euro area," Treasury spokeswoman Natalie Wyeth said in a statement. "Over the last several months, European leaders have made significant progress in addressing the crisis, and we welcome their unequivocal commitment to reinforcing their currency union.
CHICAGO, March 30 (MNI) - The benchmark index on U.S. investment grade was little changed on the week, but sources say risks remain in the marketplace.
Investment-grade $250M+ Deals Announced/Launched(#)/Priced(*)/Pass(X) Date $MM Issuer/CR/Descr Mat Yield Lead(s) 3/30 750 *Weatherford Intl Ltd (Baa2/BB 10 T+230 JPM/MS 3/30 550 *Weatherford Intl Ltd (Baa2/BB 30 T+265 JPM/MS 3/29 400 *Flowers Foods, Inc (Baa2/BBB) 10 T+225 BAML/DB 101 CoC Put 3/29 1250 *Barrick Gold Corp (Baa1/A-) 10 T+170 C/JPM/MS/RBC 101 CoC Put, 144A Reg S 3/29 750 *Barrick Gold Corp (Baa1/A-) 30 T+200 C/JPM/MS/RBC 101 CoC Put, 144A Reg S 3/29 750 *Heineken NV (Baa1/BBB+) 10 T+127 BAR/C/JPM 101 CoC Put, 144A Reg S 3/29 500 *MassMutual Global Funding II 5 T+110 C/CS (Aa2/AA+) 144A Reg S Secured by Fundin
NEW YORK, March 30 (MNI) - The dollar was able to rack up modest gains over the yen while holding about steady over the euro Friday as the first quarter of 2012 ended with a whimper, in currency terms.
Dollar-yen was changing hands at Y82.80 in afternoon dealings, the greenback in the upper reaches of the day's Y81.97-82.86 range after beginning the session near Y82.00.
Euro-dollar meantime was holding at $1.3335, the euro just slightly below its early $1.3340 level of the session after traversing a narrow $1.3310-67 range during U.S. hours.
Afternoon trading was at a slow pace as the first quarter wound down, the date also marking the end of the financial year for most Japanese companies.
NEW YORK, March 30 (MNI) - The U.S. Treasury market was well behaved for much of Friday, but it took a large nosedive in the afternoon.