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

Fed’s Powell hopeful inflation can be tamed without pain of Volcker era

Federal Reserve Board Chairman Jerome Powell attends a news conference following a two-day meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) in Washington, US, July 27, 2022. REUTERS/Elizabeth Frantz Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com register WASHINGTON, Sept 8 (Reuters) – The Federal Reserve is “strongly committed” to fighting inflation, but there remains … 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

Sterling falls as BoE expects recession, US futures up

Bank of England hikes rates by 50 basis points BoE expects recession throughout 2023 Fed official: 50bp hike in Sept “reasonable” Oil stabilizes after hitting six-month low Lufthansa returns to operating profit LONDON, Aug 4 (Reuters) – Sterling fell on Thursday after the Bank of England followed its counterparts in the United States and euro … 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

US job openings fall to nine-month low; labor market holds tight

Job openings drop 605,000 to 10.7 million in June Retail, wholesale trade account for decline in vacancies Quits little changed at 4.2 million; layoffs decrease WASHINGTON, Aug 2 (Reuters) – US job openings fell by the most in just over two years in June as demand for workers eased in the retail and wholesale trade … Read more

Wall Street ends down after biggest month since 2020

US manufacturing sector slows modestly PerkinElmer rises on $2.45 billion investment End indices: S&P 500 -0.28%, Nasdaq -0.18%, Dow -0.14% Aug 1 (Reuters) – Wall Street ended lower after a choppy session on Monday, with declines in Exxon Mobil (XOM.N) and other energy companies weighing against gains in Boeing (BA.N) as investors digested the US … Read more

Wall St ends up sharply for 2nd day; Amazon, Apple jump after hours

US economy contracts in the second quarter Meta Platforms revenue drops for first time Ford shares gain after results Indexes: Dow up 1%, S&P 500 up 1.2%, Nasdaq up 1.1% NEW YORK, July 28 (Reuters) – US stocks on Thursday rallied for a second day, with all three major indexes ending up more than 1% … Read more