US weekly jobless claims at 3-month high; equipment spending resilient

Weekly jobless claims increase 17,000 to 240,000 Continuing claims rise 48,000 to 1,551 million Core capital goods orders rebound 0.7% in October Shipments of core capital goods surge 1.3% WASHINGTON, Nov 23 (Reuters) – The number of Americans filing new claims for jobless benefits increased to a three-month high last week amid rising layoffs in … Read more

China’s exports gain steam but outlook cloudy as global growth cools

China July exports grow at faster pace, beat forecast Imports again disappoint, highlighting weak domestic demand Trade balance hit record high in July Weak foreign demand adds stress to trade, economic outlook BEIJING, Aug 7 (Reuters) – China’s export growth unexpectedly picked up speed in July, offering an encouraging boost to the economy as its … Read more

US labor market failures recession fears as job growth surges in July

Nonfarm payrolls increase 528,000 in July Unemployment rate falls to 3.5% from 3.6% in June Average hourly earnings rise 0.5%; up 5.2% year-on-year Participation rate falls to 62.1% from 62.2% in June WASHINGTON, Aug 5 (Reuters) – US job growth unexpectedly accelerated in July, lifting the level of employment above its pre-pandemic level and pouring … Read more

Fed officials beat inflation drum; 50-basis-point rate hike ‘reasonable’ next month

Aug 3 (Reuters) – Federal Reserve officials voiced their determination again on Wednesday to rein in high inflation, although one noted a half-percentage-point hike in the US central bank’s key interest rate next month might be enough to march toward that goal. “I start from the idea that 50 (basis points) would be a reasonable … Read more

OPEC+ agrees tiny output rise in setback for Biden

OPEC to raise output target by 100,000 bpd from Sept OPEC faces output problems to meet existing targets US seeking higher OPEC production to counter Russia Biden trip, US arms sales failed to persuade DUBAI/LONDON, Aug 3 (Reuters) – OPEC+ is set to raise its oil output goal by 100,000 barrels per day, an amount … Read more

GLOBAL ECONOMY Factories squeezed by higher prices, weak demand

Staff work inside a non woven filter fabric factory, where the fabric is used to make surgical face masks, in Taoyuan, Taiwan, March 30, 2020. REUTERS/Ann Wang/File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com register WASHINGTON/LONDON, Aug 1 (Reuters) – Factories across the United States, Europe and Asia struggled for momentum in July … Read more