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

Wall Street rallies on economic data, crude falls as stockpiles jump

NEW YORK, Aug 3 (Reuters) – US stocks jumped to a sharply higher close and Treasury yields touched two-week highs on Wednesday as robust economic data, upbeat corporate guidance and easing geopolitical concerns boosted investor risk appetite. Front-month crude futures dropped following a report that US stockpiles of crude and gasoline unexpectedly surged last week. … Read more

Stocks and bond yields fall on Taiwan tensions

A man wearing a protective face mask, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, walks past a screen showing Shanghai Composite index, Nikkei index and Dow Jones Industrial Average outside a brokerage in Tokyo, Japan, February 14, 2022. REUTERS/ Kim Kyung-Hoon Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com register MSCI World Index falls 0.4% Bond … 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