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Fed eyes September debt drawdown; some want ‘patient’ on rates

  • August 16, 2017
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Most senior Federal Reserve officials wanted to wait until an “upcoming” meeting to unveil a long-awaited selloff of the central bank’s $4.5 trillion in bond holdings, hinting at an announcement in September, according to minutes of the Fed’s meeting in July. The Fed also engaged in a deep debate over surprisingly low inflation readings, with

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Housing starts stumble in July as new-home construction churns gradually higher

  • August 16, 2017
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Builders broke ground on fewer homes in July, but new-home construction continues to grind slowly and steadily higher, supporting a gradually improving housing market. Housing starts ran at a 1.16 million seasonally adjusted annual rate, the Commerce Department said Wednesday. That’s 4.8% below June’s pace, and 5.6% lower compared to a year ago.

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Home builder sentiment roars back as buyers turn out in force

  • August 15, 2017
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Sentiment among homebuilders rebounded in August after tumbling to an 8-month low in the prior month, according to an industry report out Tuesday. The monthly confidence gauge from the National Association of Home Builders jumped four points to a reading of 68.

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U.S. retail sales soar in July to 7-month high

  • August 15, 2017
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Sales at retailers nationwide jumped 0.6% last month, the government said Tuesday. Economists polled by MarketWatch had forecast a 0.4% increase. A mysterious decline in spending at the end of the second quarter, meanwhile, vanished after fresh government revisions based on newly incorporated sales data. Retail sales actually rose 0.3% in June instead of falling

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Empire State factory index throttles to highest in nearly three years

  • August 15, 2017
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The New York Fed’s Empire State manufacturing index surged 15 points to 25.2, its highest in nearly three years. Economists had forecast an unchanged reading, to 9.8, on a scale in which any reading over zero indicates improvement in business conditions. The index’s sub-gauges were also strong. The shipments gauge rose 1.9 points to 12.4,

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Fed officials want the Fed to pause

  • August 11, 2017
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St. Louis Fed President James Bullard said Wednesday that Fed officials have been surprised by the low inflation readings this year. He and a minority of other Fed officials want the Fed to pause from its gradual rate hikes until inflation moves higher. Fed officials had been confident that inflation would hit the 2% target

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U.S. consumer inflation remains soft in July, CPI shows

  • August 11, 2017
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U.S. consumer prices remained soft for the fifth straight month in July, raising more questions about whether inflation will eventually rise to hit the Federal Reserve’s 2% annual rate target. The consumer price index rose a seasonally adjusted 0.1% in July, the Labor Department said Friday. Food prices rose 0.2% in July while energy prices

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Treasury yields fall after reports on jobless claims, wholesale inflation

  • August 10, 2017
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Treasury yields lost further ground on Wednesday, as a weak reading for wholesale inflation clouded the third-quarter economic outlook and the picture for one more rate hike this year, which can be bearish on bonds.

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U.S. wholesale inflation fall 0.1% in July, first decline in almost a year

  • August 10, 2017
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Lack of price pressure in the pipeline saw U.S. wholesale prices declined in July for the first time in almost a year, further evidence of soft inflation that is bedeviling the Federal Reserve. The producer price index fell 0.1 in July, the Labor Department said Thursday, the first drop since last August. The core rate, which

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Number of Americans losing jobs remains low

  • August 10, 2017
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Initial claims for U.S. unemployment-insurance benefits inched higher in the latest week but continued to signal a healthy labor market, according to government data released Thursday. The number of people who applied for U.S. unemployment-insurance benefits rose by 3,000 to 244,000 in the week that ended August 5, the Labor Department reported.

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