U.S. trade deficit climbs

  • June 2, 2017
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The nation’s trade deficit rose 5.2% in April, keeping the U.S. on track to post a bigger gap in 2017 than in 2016. The deficit climbed to $47.6 billion in April from a revised $45.3 billion in March, the Commerce Department said Friday. Economists polled had forecast a $46.5 billion gap.

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U.S. productivity in first quarter: zero

  • June 5, 2017
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The productivity of American companies and their employees wasn’t as bad in the first quarter as originally reported. The government on Monday said productivity was unchanged in the first three months of 2017 instead of declining at a 0.6% annual rate. The biggest change: The increase in output, or how many goods and services companies

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Factory orders decline 0.2% in April, snapping four-month winning streak

  • June 5, 2017
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Factory orders dipped 0.2% in April, the Commerce Department said Monday. That matched the Econoday consensus forecast and was the first monthly decline after a four-month stretch of increases. March’s 0.2% increase was revised up to a hefty 1.0% rise. For the year to date, orders are 4.4% higher than in the same period a

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American employers added 222,000 jobs in June, beating expectations of 179,000.

  • July 7, 2017
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The U.S. created 222,000 new jobs in June and hiring was stronger in the spring than previously reported, reflecting a labor market with plenty of vigor left in it. Economists polled had predicted a 180,000 increase in nonfarm jobs. The unemployment rate rose to 4.4% from 4.3% as more people entered the labor force in

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April JOLTS Report

  • June 6, 2017
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April JOLTS report shows 6.044M unfilled job openings vs. estimates of 5.650M. This is a huge number and suggests the labor market still has room to run provided that their are qualified people with the corresponding skill set to match up with the open jobs. Not enough to turn the positive move for interest rates

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Fed forecasts gradual rate increases, balance-sheet reduction to start this year

  • July 7, 2017
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The Federal Reserve expects a “gradual” increase in interest rates and for balance sheet normalization to begin this year, according to the monetary policy report released Friday. That’s the same assessment the Federal Open Market Committee gave after its June meeting, and comes ahead of Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen’s testimony on Capitol Hill next

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U.S. jobless claims remain near lowest level in decades

  • June 8, 2017
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Initial jobless claims dropped by 10,000 to 245,000 in the seven days stretching from May 28 to June 3. Initial claims count people who apply for benefits after losing their jobs. New applications for benefits have registered less than 300,000 for 118 straight weeks, the longest run since the early 1970s. The more accurate four-week

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U.S. wholesale inflation eases in May but still elevated, PPI shows

  • April 13, 2017
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Lower costs of gasoline and other fuels kept wholesale U.S. inflation in check in May, but upward pressure on prices persisted in many areas of an economy whose expansion is the third longest in modern times. The producer price index was flat last month following a sharp 0.5% increase in April. Economists had predicted no

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The Fed’s Janet Yellen could use some target practice

  • July 11, 2017
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Ever since the Federal Reserve adopted an explicit inflation target of 2% in 2012, the central bank has had limited success in hitting it. Only once, in fact, in the months between April 2012 and today, did the year-over-year increase in the personal consumption expenditures (PCE) price index breach 2%.

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Inflation falls again in May as CPI recedes from recent high-water mark

  • June 14, 2017
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The cost of goods and services for American consumers fell in May for the second time in three months as inflation continued to recede from a recent high-water mark. The consumer price index, or cost of living, fell by a seasonally adjusted 0.1% last month, the government said Wednesday.. A big drop in gasoline prices

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