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

As Musk focuses on Twitter, his $56 billion Tesla pay goes to trial

WILMINGTON, Del., Nov 7 (Reuters) – As Elon Musk is engulfed in his overhaul of Twitter, the entrepreneur is headed to trial to defend his record $56 billion Tesla Inc pay package against claims it unjustly enriches him without requiring his full-time presence at the carmaker. Tesla (TSLA.O) shareholder is seeking to rescind Musk’s 2018 … Read more

US grocer Kroger carts away Albertsons for $25 bln but faces antitrust test

Oct 14 (Reuters) – Kroger Co (KR.N) snapped up Albertsons Cos Inc (ACI.N) in a $25 billion deal on Friday, creating a US grocery behemoth to better compete with leader Walmart Inc (WMT.N) on prices while bracing for potential antitrust roadblocks. The mega merger between the No. 1 and 2 standalone grocers in the United … 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

Berkshire Hathaway posts massive $43.8 billion loss; operating results improve

Berkshire Hathaway Chairman Warren Buffett walks through the exhibit hall as shareholders gather to hear from the billionaire investor at Berkshire Hathaway Inc’s annual shareholder meeting in Omaha, Nebraska, US, May 4, 2019. REUTERS/Scott Morgan//File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com register Aug 6 (Reuters) – The slide in US stock prices … 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

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

BP boosts dividend after profit hits 14-year high

Profits soar to $8.45 bln, far exceeding forecasts BP boosts dividend by 10% BP to boost spending on oil and gas, CEO says Profits driven by strong oil trading, hit by LNG LONDON, Aug 2 (Reuters) – BP’s (BP.L) second quarter profit soared to $8.45 billion, its highest in 14 years, as strong refining margins … Read more

US manufacturing slows modestly; excess inventories a major concern

Manufacturing index dips to 52.8 in July from 53.0 in June New orders contracting, supplier deliveries improving Price increases for slowing inputs; inventories piling up WASHINGTON, Aug 1 (Reuters) – US manufacturing activity slowed less than expected in July and there were signs that supply constraints are easing, with a measure of prices paid for … Read more

US considers crackdown on memory chip makers in China

WASHINGTON, Aug 1 (Reuters) – The United States is considering limiting shipments of American chipmaking equipment to memory chip makers in China including Yangtze Memory Technologies Co Ltd (YMTC), according to four people familiar with the matter, part of a bid to halt China’s semiconductor sector advances and protect US companies. If President Joe Biden’s … Read more