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Monday September 29 2014
US Consumer Spending Beats Expectations  
US personal spending increased 0.5 percent in August, after being flat in July and personal income rose 0.3 percent. The saving rate decreased by 20 bps to 5.4 percent.
Friday September 26 2014
US Consumer Sentiment Confirmed at 14-Month High  
The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan's final reading on the overall index of consumer sentiment came in at 84.6 in September, unchanged from the preliminary estimate and up from 82.5 in August. It is the highest figure since July of 2013.
Friday September 26 2014
US GDP Growth Revised Up to 4.6%  
The United States economy advanced an annualized 4.6 percent in the second quarter of 2014, according to the final estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. It is the highest growth rate in 2-1/2 years, as business investment and exports grew more than expected.
Thursday September 25 2014
US Durable Goods Orders Fall Sharply  
New orders for manufactured durable goods shrank 18.2 percent in August, following a revised 22.5 percent surge in July. Excluding transportation, new orders rose 0.7 percent.
Thursday September 25 2014
US Jobless Claims Rise Below Expectations  
In the week ending September 20, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 293,000, an increase of 12,000 from the previous week's revised level. The 4-week moving average was 298,500, a decrease of 1,250 from the previous week's revised average.
Wednesday September 24 2014
US New Home Sales Surge in August  
Sales of new single-family houses increased 18 percent in August of 2014 to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 504,000. It is the highest reading since May of 2008.
Tuesday September 23 2014
US Factory Activity Robust in September  
The seasonally adjusted Markit Flash U.S. Manufacturing PMI came in at 57.9 9 in September, unchanged from August’s fifty-two-month high. Manufacturing employment rose at its fastest pace in two-and-a-half-years, boosted by further strong rises in output and new orders.
Thursday September 18 2014
US Housing Starts Fall Sharply in August  
Privately-owned housing starts in August were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 956,000, 14.4 percent below the revised July estimate of 1,117,000. It is the biggest drop since April of 2013.
Thursday September 18 2014
US Jobless Claims Down to 8-Week Low  
In the week ending September 13, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 280,000, a decrease of 36,000 from the previous week's revised level. It is the lowest figure since late June.
Wednesday September 17 2014
US Fed Renews Zero Interest Rate Pledge  
The Federal Reserve confirmed its commitment to keep interest rates near zero for a “considerable time” after asset purchases are completed and said the economy is expanding at a moderate pace and inflation is below its goal.
Wednesday September 17 2014
US Inflation Rate Falls to 1.7%  
US annual inflation rate slowed for the second straight month to 1.7 percent in August from 2 percent in July, due to falling energy prices. The monthly rate dropped for the first time in sixteen months by 0.2 percent.
Monday September 15 2014
US Industrial Production Falls 0.1% in August  
US industrial output dropped 0.1 percent in August, following a revised 0.2 percent increase in July. It is the first fall since January driven by lower production of motor vehicles.
Friday September 12 2014
US Consumer Sentiment at 14-Month High  
The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan's consumer sentiment increased to a preliminary reading of 84.6 in September from 82.5 in August. It is the highest figure since July of 2013, as consumers are more confident about future economic conditions.
Friday September 12 2014
US Retail Sales Up 0.6% in August  
US retail and food services sales rose 0.6 percent to $444.4 billion in August, as consumers bought more automobiles. The July to June 2014 percent change was revised from 0.0 percent to 0.3 percent.
Thursday September 11 2014
US Budget Deficit Shrinks in August  
The US budget gap reached USD 129 billion in August of 2014, down 13 percent from a year earlier and slightly better than market expectations.
Thursday September 11 2014
US Jobless Claims Up to 10-Week High  
In the week ending September 6th, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 315,000, an increase of 11,000 from the previous week's revised level. It is the highest figure since late June.
Friday September 05 2014
US Unemployment Rate Falls in August  
US jobless rate decreased to 6.1 percent in August from 6.2 percent in July. Over the year, the unemployment rate and the number of unemployed persons were down by 1.1 percentage points and 1.7 million, respectively.
Friday September 05 2014
US Payrolls Growth Disappoints in August  
United States economy added only 142,000 jobs in August, compared with an average monthly gain of 212,000 over the prior 12 months. It was the smallest gain this year. Job growth occurred in professional and business services and in health care.
Thursday September 04 2014
US Service Sector Growth Accelerates in August  
The ISM non-manufacturing index registered 59.6 percent in August, 0.9 percentage point higher than the July reading of 58.7 percent. It is the highest reading since 2005.
Thursday September 04 2014
US Trade Deficit Narrows in July  
US trade gap decreased for the third straight month to USD 40.55 billion in July from USD 40.8 billion in June as exports rose 0.9 percent while imports grew at a slower 0.7 percent.
Thursday September 04 2014
US Jobless Claims Little Changed in Latest Week  
In the week ending August 30, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 302,000, an increase of 4,000 from the previous week's unrevised level of 298,000. The 4-week moving average was 302,750, an increase of 3,000 from the previous week's unrevised average of 299,750.
Tuesday September 02 2014
US ISM Manufacturing PMI Rises in August  
The Institute for Supply Management manufacturing PMI registered 59 percent in August, an increase of 1.9 percentage points from July. It is the highest reading since March of 2011, boosted by an increase in production and new orders.
Tuesday September 02 2014
US Factory Activity Up to 4-Year High  
The final seasonally adjusted Markit U.S. Manufacturing PMI came in at 57.9 in August, up from 55.8 in July and almost unchanged from a flash reading of 58. Export sales recorded the fastest increase in three years and payrolls rose at steepest pace since March 2013.
Friday August 29 2014
US Consumer Sentiment Rebounds in August  
The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan's final reading on the overall index of consumer sentiment came in at 82.5 in August, up from a preliminary 79.2 and 81.8 in July, as consumers were more confident about current economic conditions.
Friday August 29 2014
Consumer Spending in US Decline 0.1% in July  
US personal consumption expenditures dropped by 0.1 percent in July as compared to 0.4 percent increase reported in June. It was the first decline in six months.
Thursday August 28 2014
US Economy Rebounds Stronger Than Expected  
The United States economy advanced an annualized 4.2 percent in the second quarter of 2014, according to the second estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. The new figure comes better than an advance estimate of 4 percent, as business investment and exports contributed more to the growth.
Thursday August 28 2014
US Jobless Claims Little Changed In Latest Week  
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits decreased by 1,000 to 298,000 in the week ending August 23rd. In recent weeks, claims have been near the lowest levels since 2007 as the labor market continues to improve.
Tuesday August 26 2014
US Durable Goods Orders Surge in July  
New orders for manufactured durable goods jumped 22.6 percent in July of 2014 boosted by higher demand for non-defense aircraft. It is the highest growth rate on record and follows a revised 2.7 percent increase in June.
Monday August 25 2014
US New Home Sales Fall in July  
Sales of new single-family houses fell for the second straight month by 2.4 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 412,000 in July. However, the number of new houses for sale increased 4.1 percent to 205,000, the highest in four years.
Friday August 22 2014
Fed May Rise Rates Sooner Than Expected  
In a speech during the Economic Symposium in Jackson Hole, Fed Chair Janet Yellen brought the possibility of raising interest rates earlier than anticipated if progress in the labor market continued or if inflation moves up more rapidly.
Thursday August 21 2014
US Markit Manufacturing PMI Up to 4-Year High  
The seasonally adjusted Markit Flash U.S. Manufacturing PMI registered 58.0 in August, up sharply from 55.8 in July and the highest reading for over four years. Output and new orders both rose at faster rates and employment growth accelerated to strongest since March of 2013.
Thursday August 21 2014
US Jobless Claims Fall in Latest Week  
In the week ending August 16, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 298,000, a decrease of 14,000 from the previous week's revised level. Continued claims fell to 2,500 thousand, the lowest level in seven years.
Wednesday August 20 2014
Fed Exit Strategy May Occur Sooner Than Anticipated  
US Federal Reserve officials said that tightening of monetary policy may happen sooner than expected and would give warning on any changes well before interest rates rise, according to minutes of its last policy meeting.
Tuesday August 19 2014
US Inflation Rate Down to 2%  
US annual inflation rate slowed to 2 percent in July from 2.1 percent in the previous two months, in line with market expectations and driven by a fall in energy cost.
Tuesday August 19 2014
US Housing Starts Beat Expectations in July  
Privately-owned housing starts in July were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,093 thousand. This is 15.7 percent above the revised June rate of 945 thousand. Building permits rose 8.1 percent.
Friday August 15 2014
US Consumer Sentiment Lowest Since November  
The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan's consumer sentiment fell to 79.2 in August from 81.8 reported a month earlier. Yet, the barometer of current economic conditions rose to its highest since July of 2007.
Friday August 15 2014
US Industrial Output Rises 0.4% in July  
US industrial production increased 0.4 percent in July, sixth consecutive monthly gain, as production of auto parts and motor vehicles surged 10.1 percent.
Thursday August 14 2014
US Jobless Claims Rise to Six Week High  
In the week ending August 9, applications for unemployment benefits in the US rose by 311,000, an increase of 21,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 1,000 from 289,000 to 290,000.
Wednesday August 13 2014
US Retail Sales Disappoints in July  
U.S. retail sales were flat in July, after increasing 0.2 percent in June as sales at auto dealers continued to fall and receipts in furniture and electronics and appliances stores weakened.
Tuesday August 12 2014
US Budget Deficit Narrows in July  
US budget gap reached USD95 billion at the end of July, down 3 percent from the same period last year as tax revenue grew at a faster pace than government spending.
Thursday August 07 2014
US Jobless Claims Edge Down to 289K in Latest Week  
In the week ending August 2, 289,000 Americans filed applications for unemployment benefits, a decrease of 14,000 from the previous week's revised level. The 4-week moving average was 293,500, the lowest level since February 25, 2006 when it was 290,750.
Wednesday August 06 2014
US Trade Deficit Narrows in June  
US trade gap shrank to five-month low in June as imports dropped the most in a year and exports increased slightly.
Tuesday August 05 2014
US Service Sector Growth Hits 8-1/2 Year High in July  
ISM non-manufacturing index rose to 58.7 in July from 56 in June, the highest since December 2005. The number was boosted by growth in business activity, new orders and employment.
Friday August 01 2014
US Consumer Sentiment Drops in July  
The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan's consumer sentiment edged down in July to 81.8, below the 82.0 flash estimate and down from the June reading of 82.5.
Friday August 01 2014
US Factory Activity Expands At Fastest Pace in 3 Years  
US manufacturing sector expanded at the fastest pace in 39 months in July boosted by an increase in new orders and employment readings, The Institute for Supply Management data showed.
Friday August 01 2014
US Markit Manufacturing PMI Revised Down in July  
U.S. Manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index slipped to 55.8 in July, down from the 57.3 June reading that was the highest since May 2010. The preliminary read for the index was 56.3.
Friday August 01 2014
US Consumer Spending Picks Up in June  
U.S. consumer expenditure increased 0.4 percent after rising by an upwardly revised 0.3 percent in May, supported by rise in income.
Friday August 01 2014
US Payrolls Rise Less Than Expected in July  
United States added 209,000 jobs in July, the same as its average monthly gain over the prior 12 months. Employment grew in professional and business services, manufacturing, retail trade, and construction.
Friday August 01 2014
US Unemployment Rate Rises to 6.2% in July  
US jobless rate increased to 6.2 percent from 6.1 percent in June as more people entered the labor force. Wages and hours were unchanged from the previous month.
Thursday July 31 2014
US Jobless Claims Rise to 302K in Latest Week  
In the week ending July 26, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 302,000, an increase of 23,000 from the previous week's revised level. The 4-week moving average fell to an 8-Year Low.
Wednesday July 30 2014
US Fed Cuts Bond Buying Program to $25 Billion  
During the meeting held on July 30th, US Federal Open Market Committee reduced monthly asset purchases by another $10 Billion and said slack in the labor market persists even as the economy is improving.
Wednesday July 30 2014
US Economy Rebounds in Q2  
The United States GDP advanced 4 percent in the second quarter of 2014, rebounding from a revised 2.1 percent contraction in the previous period. Upturns in private inventory investment and exports and an acceleration in personal consumption and investment contributed to better than expected results.
Friday July 25 2014
US Durable Goods Rebound in June  
New orders for manufactured durable goods increased 0.7 percent in June of 2014 after a revised 1 percent fall in May, driven by higher demand for machinery, transport, non-defense aircraft and parts and capital goods.
Thursday July 24 2014
US New Home Sales Fall Sharply in June  
Sales of new single-family houses in June 2014 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 406,000, down 8.1 percent from the previous month, the largest decline in a year. May's sales were revised downwards to 442,000 units from an initially reported 504,000 units.
Thursday July 24 2014
US Markit Manufacturing PMI Falls in July  
The seasonally adjusted Markit Flash U.S. Manufacturing PMI came in at 56.3 in July, down from 57.3 in June, marking the slowest improvement for three months. Job creation was the weakest since September of 2013.
Thursday July 24 2014
US Jobless Claims Down to Nearly 8-1/2 Year Low  
In the week ending July 19, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 284,000, a decrease of 19,000 from the previous week's revised level. This is the lowest level for initial claims since February 18, 2006 when they were 283,000.
Tuesday July 22 2014
US Inflation Rate Steady at 2.1%  
US consumer prices rose 2.1 percent year-on-year in June, the same rate recorded in May. On a monthly basis, prices increased 0.3 percent, following a 0.4 percent rise in the previous month, driven by higher gasoline cost.
Friday July 18 2014
US Consumer Sentiment Falls in July  
The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan's preliminary July reading on the overall index of consumer sentiment came in at 81.3, down from a final 82.5 in June. Consumer expectations fell for the third straight month.
Thursday July 17 2014
US Housing Starts Fall for Second Straight Month  
Privately-owned housing starts in June were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 893 thousand, 9.3 percent below the revised May estimate of 985,000. Building permits fell 4.2 percent.
Thursday July 17 2014
US Jobless Claims Edge Down to 9-Week Low  
In the week ending July 12, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 302,000, a decrease of 3,000 from the previous week's revised level. The 4-week moving average fell to a 7-Year Low.
Wednesday July 16 2014
US Industrial Production Slows in June  
Industrial production increased 0.2 percent in June, following a revised 0.5 percent increase in May, as utilities output marked its fifth consecutive month of declines.
Tuesday July 15 2014
Yellen Warns on Uncertain Economic Outlook  
During semi-annual monetary policy report to Congress, Fed Chairman Yellen signaled that interest rates can rise earlier or later than anticipated as considerable uncertainty surrounds projections for growth, unemployment and inflation.
Tuesday July 15 2014
US Retail Sales Disappoint in June  
Advance estimates of U.S. retail and food services sales for June were $439.9 billion, an increase of 0.2 percent from the previous month. Figures came below market expectations, due to a fall in auto sales.
Friday July 11 2014
US Budget Surplus Narrows in June  
The US budget surplus fell 39 percent year-on-year to USD 71 billion in June of 2014. A year earlier, the country’s surplus amounted to USD 117 billion.
Thursday July 10 2014
US Jobless Claims Down to 6-Week Low  
In the week ending July 5, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 304,000, a decrease of 11,000 from the previous week's unrevised level of 315,000. There were no special factors impacting this week's initial claims.
Wednesday July 09 2014
Fed Likely to End Stimulus in October  
Minutes from its June meeting showed the Federal Reserve plans to end its bond-buying program in October, if the economy progresses as the central bank expects.
Thursday July 03 2014
US Service Sector Slows in June  
The ISM Non-Manufacturing PMI registered 56 percent in June, 0.3 percentage point lower than the May reading of 56.3 percent, as general activity decelerated.
Thursday July 03 2014
US Jobless Claims Rise Slightly in Latest Week  
In the week ending June 28, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 315,000, an increase of 2,000 from the previous week's revised level.
Thursday July 03 2014
US Unemployment Rate Falls to 6.1%  
US jobless rate declined by 0.2 percentage point to 6.1 percent in June. The number of unemployed persons decreased by 325,000 to 9.5 million. Over the year, the unemployment rate and the number of unemployed persons have declined by 1.4 percentage points and 2.3 million, respectively.
Thursday July 03 2014
US Trade Deficit Narrows in May  
US trade gap declined more than forecast in May as exports reached a record and imports decreased.
Thursday July 03 2014
US Non-Farm Payrolls Beat Expectations in June  
United States added 288,000 jobs in June, up from 224,000 in the previous month. Over the past 3 months, job growth has averaged 272,000 per month. Employment growth was widespread, led by gains in professional and business services, retail trade, food services and drinking places, and health care.
Tuesday July 01 2014
US Manufacturing Slows Slightly in June  
The Institute for Supply Management index of national factory activity was 55.3 in June, almost unchanged from May's 55.4 reading. While new orders subindex reported strong growth, the employment gauge was unchanged and the production measure fell slightly.
Tuesday July 01 2014
Markit Manufacturing PMI Strongest in 4-years  
Final U.S. Manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index rose to 57.3 in June, slightly down from a flash release of 57.5 but still the highest reading since May 2010.
Friday June 27 2014
US Consumer Sentiment Beats Expectations  
The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan's final June reading on the overall index of consumer sentiment came in at 82.5, up from a preliminary 81.2 and above market forecasts. Consumers were more confident that first quarter GDP contraction was due to bad weather conditions.
Thursday June 26 2014
US Personal Spending Disappoints in May  
Personal consumption expenditure rose 0.2 percent in May of 2014, after being flat in April and below market expectations. In contrast, personal income gained 0.4 percent.
Thursday June 26 2014
US Jobless Claims Slightly Down to 312K  
In the week ending June 21, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 312,000, a slight decrease of 2,000 from the previous week's revised level. There were no special factors impacting this week's initial claims.
Wednesday June 25 2014
US Durable Goods Fall Unexpectedly in May  
New orders for manufactured durable goods fell 1.0 percent in May of 2014 after a revised 0.8 percent rise in April, driven by a slump in demand for transportation, machinery, computers and electronic products.
Wednesday June 25 2014
US GDP Contracts More Than Expected  
The United States GDP shrank at an annual rate of 2.9 percent in the first quarter of 2014, according to the third and final estimate from the Commerce Department. The figure comes much worse than a 1 percent contraction previously announced, as the increase in personal consumption was smaller than estimated, and the decline in exports was larger than anticipated.
Tuesday June 24 2014
US New Home Sales Up to 6-Year High  
Sales of new single-family houses were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 504,000 in May, 18.6 percent above the revised April rate of 425,000. It is the highest level since May of 2008 and the biggest rise since January of 1992.
Monday June 23 2014
US Manufacturing Activity at 4-Year High  
The Markit Flash U.S. Manufacturing PMI came in at 57.5 in June, up from 56.4 in May. It is the strongest upturn in overall business conditions since May of 2010, driven by fastest output and new orders growth.
Thursday June 19 2014
US Jobless Claims Fall to 312K  
In the week ending June 14, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 312,000, a decrease of 6,000 from the previous week's revised level. There were no special factors impacting this week's initial claims.
Wednesday June 18 2014
US Fed Cuts Bond Buying Program Further  
At its June 18th meeting, The US Federal Reserve pared monthly asset buying to $35 billion, its fifth straight $10 billion cut. The central bank also cut its 2014 GDP growth forecasts from around 2.9 percent to between 2.1 to 2.3 percent.
Tuesday June 17 2014
US Annual Inflation Up to 1-1/2 Year High  
In May, consumer prices in US increased 2.1 percent over the last 12 months. This compares to a 2.0 percent increase for the 12 months ending April and is the largest 12-month increase since October 2012.
Tuesday June 17 2014
US Housing Starts Fall in May  
Privately-owned housing starts in May were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,001,000. This is 6.5 percent below the revised April estimate of 1,071,000, but is 9.4 percent above the May 2013 rate of 915,000.
Monday June 16 2014
US Industrial Production Rises in May  
Industrial production increased 0.6 percent in May after having declined a revised 0.3 percent in April, driven by a rise in manufacturing and mining output.
Friday June 13 2014
US Consumer Sentiment Falls in June  
The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan's preliminary reading on the overall index of consumer sentiment declined to 81.2 in June from 81.9 reported in May as confidence among consumers with the lowest incomes went down.
Thursday June 12 2014
US Retail Sales Rise Less Than Expected  
US retail sales rose 0.3 percent in May of 2014, down from a revised 0.5 percent increase in the previous month. The figure comes below expectations as consumers bought mainly automobiles.
Thursday June 12 2014
US Jobless Claims Rise Slightly in Latest Week  
Initial claims for state unemployment benefits climbed 4,000 to a seasonally adjusted 317,000 for the week ended June 7. The 4-week moving average was 315,250, an increase of 4,750 from the previous week's revised average.
Wednesday June 11 2014
US Budget Deficit Shrinks in May  
U.S. budget deficit declined 6.5 percent from a year earlier to $130 billion in May as a stronger economy bolstered revenue. Year-to-date deficit reached $436 billion, compared with $626 billion in the same period last year.
Friday June 06 2014
US Unemployment Rate Stable in May  
US jobless rate held at 6.3 percent in May, following a decline of 0.4 percentage point in April. The number of unemployed persons was unchanged at 9.8 million.
Friday June 06 2014
US Payrolls Rise in Line With Expectations in May  
United States added 217,000 jobs in May following a 282,000 increase in April. The biggest gains were reported in professional and business services, health care and social assistance and food services and drinking places.
Thursday June 05 2014
US Job market Continues to Strengthen  
The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits increased last week, but four-week moving average for new claims declined to the lowest level since June 2007.
Wednesday June 04 2014
US Service Sector Rises Further in May  
The Institute for Supply Management index of non-manufacturing activity increased for the third straight month to 56.3 in May from 55.2 in April, as new orders and business activity surged.
Wednesday June 04 2014
US Trade Deficit Widens to 2-Year High  
US trade gap increased to USD 47.2 billion in April of 2014 from a revised USD 44.2 billion in March, as imports recorded the highest value on record. Purchases of automobiles, capital goods, food and consumer goods all hit record highs in April.
Monday June 02 2014
US Manufacturing Accelerates in May  
The Institute for Supply Management national factory activity index has increased to 55.4 in May from 54.9 in April. The ISM had earlier mistakenly reported the index fell to 53.2 in May. While new orders, production and customer inventories reported strong gains, factory job growth slowed.
Monday June 02 2014
US Markit Manufacturing PMI Rises More Than Expected  
The final Markit US Manufacturing PMI picked up to 56.4 in May, from 55.4 in April and a flash reading of 56.2. Output growth reached its highest since February of 2011 and new export orders increase at fastest pace since July of 2013.
Friday May 30 2014
US Consumer Sentiment Drops in May  
The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan's final May reading on the overall index of consumer sentiment came in at 81.9, almost unchanged from a preliminary 81.8, but down from 84.1 in April, hurt by lower wage expectations.
Friday May 30 2014
US Personal Spending Falls in April  
Personal consumption expenditure dropped for the first time in a year by 0.1 percent in April, following a revised 1 percent increase in the previous month, due to lower purchases of motor vehicles. However, the personal consumption price index increased 0.2 percent.
Friday May 30 2014
US Economy Contracts 1% in Q1  
United States GDP shrank at an annual rate of 1.0 percent in the first quarter of 2014, according to the second estimate released by the Commerce Department. It is the worst performance in three years and comes lower than a preliminary estimated 0.1 percent expansion, due to a sharper fall in private inventory investment and a bigger trade deficit.
Thursday May 29 2014
US Jobless Claims Fall in Latest Week  
In the week ending May 24, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 300,000, a decrease of 27,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 1,000 from 326,000 to 327,000. There were no special factors impacting this week's initial claims.
Tuesday May 27 2014
US Durable Goods Orders Beat Expectations  
New orders for manufactured durable goods increased 0.8 percent in April of 2014 after a revised 3.6 percent rise in March, driven by a surge in orders for defense capital goods.
Friday May 23 2014
US New Home Sales Surge in April  
Sales of new single-family houses rose 6.4 percent in April of 2014 following two straight months of declines. Sales increased to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 433,000, up from a revised 407,000 in March.
Thursday May 22 2014
US Markit Manufacturing PMI Up to 3-Month High  
The US Markit Manufacturing PMI improved to a flash reading of 56.2 in May, from April’s 55.4, due to strong rises in production and output complemented by further payroll growth.
Thursday May 22 2014
US Jobless Claims Rise in Latest Week  
In the week ending May 17, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 326,000, an increase of 28,000 from the previous week's revised level. There were no special factors impacting this week's initial claims.
Friday May 16 2014
US Consumer Sentiment Falls in May  
The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan's preliminary May reading on the overall index of consumer sentiment came in at 81.8, down from 84.1 in April, hurt by lower wage expectations.
Friday May 16 2014
US Housing Starts Surge in April  
Privately-owned housing starts in April were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,072,000. This is 13.2 percent above the revised March estimate of 947,000 and is 26.4 percent above the April 2013 rate of 848,000.
Thursday May 15 2014
US Industrial Production Falls in April  
US industrial output decreased 0.6 percent in April 2014 after rising around 1 percent in both February and March. It is the biggest fall since August of 2012 caused by decline in both manufacturing and utilities output.
Thursday May 15 2014
US Jobless Claims Down to 7-Year Low  
In the week ending May 10, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 297,000, a decrease of 24,000 from the previous week's revised level. This is the lowest level for initial claims since May 12, 2007 when they were 297,000. There were no special factors impacting this week's initial claims.
Thursday May 15 2014
US Annual Inflation Rate Surges to 2% in April  
Over the last 12 months, consumer prices in US increased 2.0 percent, this compares to a 1.5 percent rise in March, and is the largest increase since July of 2013.
Tuesday May 13 2014
US Retail Sales Disappoint in April  
US retail sales rose 0.1 percent in April of 2014, down from a revised 1.5 percent increase in the previous month, due to lower receipts in the furniture, electronic and appliance stores, restaurants, bars and online retailers.
Thursday May 08 2014
US Jobless Claims Fall in Latest Week  
In the week ending May 3, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 319,000, a decrease of 26,000 from the previous week's revised level. There were no special factors impacting this week's initial claims.
Wednesday May 07 2014
Yellen Raises Concerns over Housing Market  
Federal Reserve Chairman Janet Yellen gave her assessment of the US economic outlook in a testimony before Congress, saying the economy was still in need of lots of support from the central bank. Yellen cited the slowdown in the housing market, geopolitical tensions and a return of financial stress in emerging markets as risks to growth.
Tuesday May 06 2014
US Trade Deficit Narrows in March  
U.S. trade gap fell 3.6 percent to $40.4 billion in March from $41.9 billion in February as exports rebounded to the second highest level on record supported by increase in shipments of gas, oil, commercial aircraft, cars and farm goods.
Monday May 05 2014
US Service Sector Up to 8-Month High  
The Institute for Supply Management index of non-manufacturing activity rose to 55.2 in April, up from 53.1 in March, as new orders surged and overall activity rose the most since early 2008.
Friday May 02 2014
US Unemployment Rate Down to 5-1/2 Year Low  
In April of 2014, the jobless rate fell from 6.7 percent to 6.3 percent, the lowest rate since September of 2008, as both unemployed reentering the labor market and new entrants into the labor force fell.
Friday May 02 2014
US Payrolls Rise More Than Expected in April  
Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 288K in April. Employment growth was widespread, led by gains in professional and business services, retail trade, food services and drinking places, and construction.
Thursday May 01 2014
US ISM Manufacturing PMI Up to 4-Month High  
The Institute for Supply Management national factory activity index accelerated to 54.9 percent in April, an increase of 1.2 percentage points from March's reading of 53.7 percent, as employment grew for the tenth consecutive month.
Thursday May 01 2014
Markit Manufacturing PMI Slows Slightly in April  
US Manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index was 55.4 in April, down slightly from 55.5 in March, according to the final release from Markit.
Thursday May 01 2014
US Consumer Spending Surges in March  
US consumer spending increased $107.2 billion or 0.9 percent in March, the biggest jump in almost 5 years, after a 0.5 percent gain in February.
Thursday May 01 2014
US Jobless Claims at Nine-Week High  
In the week ending April 26, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 344,000, an increase of 14,000 from the previous week's revised level. There were no special factors impacting this week's initial claims.
Wednesday April 30 2014
Fed Trims Bond Buying Further  
At its April 30th meeting, US Federal Reserve pared monthly asset buying to $45 billion, its fourth straight $10 billion cut and said the economy is gaining momentum as consumers spend more.
Wednesday April 30 2014
US Economy Stalls in Q1  
United States GDP increased at an annual rate of 0.1 percent in the first quarter as exports dropped and inventories climbed at a slower pace.
Friday April 25 2014
U.S. Consumer Sentiment At 9 Month High in April  
The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan's final April reading on the overall index of consumer sentiment came in at 84.1, up from 80.0 the month before and above preliminary reading of 82.6.
Monday May 26 2014
US Durable Goods Orders Surge in March  
New orders for manufactured durable goods increased 2.6 percent to $234.8 billion in March following a 2.1 percent growth in February.
Thursday April 24 2014
US Jobless Claims Rise in Latest Week  
In the week ending April 19, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 329,000, an increase of 24,000 from the previous week's revised level. There were no special factors impacting this week's initial claims.
Wednesday April 23 2014
US New Home Sales Fall Sharply in March  
Sales of new single-family houses dropped 14.5 percent in March of 2014 to their lowest level in eight months. Sales were recorded at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 384,000, below the revised February rate of 449,000.
Wednesday April 23 2014
US Markit Manufacturing PMI Steady in April  
At 55.4 in April, the Markit Flash U.S. Manufacturing PMI was down fractionally from 55.5 in March, but still well above the neutral 50.0 value. Sharper rates of output and new business growth boosted the Manufacturing PMI during April, while the main negative influence on the headline index was a rise in the suppliers’ delivery times component.
Thursday April 17 2014
US Jobless Claims Rise Slightly  
In the week ending April 12, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 304,000, an increase of 2,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 2,000 from 300,000 to 302,000. There were no special factors impacting this week's initial claims.
Wednesday April 16 2014
US Industrial Production Slows in March  
Industrial production increased 0.7 percent in March after having advanced 1.2 percent in February. Yet, manufacturing output rose for the second straight month.
Wednesday April 16 2014
US Housing Starts Rise Below Forecasts  
Privately-owned housing starts in March were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 946,000. This is 2.8 percent above the revised February estimate of 920,000, but down 5.9 percent year-on-year.
Tuesday April 15 2014
US Inflation Rate Up to 1.5% in March  
US annual consumer prices accelerated to 1.5 percent in March, boosted by higher shelter and food cost. On a monthly basis, the inflation rate edged up to 0.2 percent, following a 0.1 percent increase in February.
Monday April 14 2014
US Retail Sales Beat Expectations in March  
Retail sales increased 1.1 percent over the previous month in March of 2014, up from a revised 0.7 percent rise in February. It is the biggest growth rate in 1-1/2 years.
Friday April 11 2014
US Consumer Sentiment Up to 9-Month High  
The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan's consumer sentiment index increased to a preliminary reading of 82.6 in April of 2014, up from March’s final 80.0. It is the highest level since July of 2013, as current conditions and expectations surged.
Thursday April 10 2014
US Jobless Claims Down to Nearly 7-Year Low  
In the week ending April 5, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 300,000, a decrease of 32,000 from the previous week's revised level. The last time initial claims were this low was May 12, 2007 when they were 297,000. There were no special factors impacting this week's initial claims.
Friday April 04 2014
US Unemployment Rate Steady at 6.7%  
In March of 2014, the number of unemployed persons was essentially unchanged at 10.5 million, and the unemployment rate held at 6.7 percent. Over the year, the number of unemployed persons and the jobless rate were down by 1.2 million and 0.8 percentage point, respectively.
Friday April 04 2014
US Non-Farm Payrolls Rise 192K in March  
In March, total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 192,000, down from 197,00 in the previous month. Job growth averaged 183,000 per month over the prior 12 months. In March, employment grew in professional and business services, in health care, and in mining and logging.
Thursday April 03 2014
US Service Sector Accelerates in March  
The Institute for Supply Management index of non-manufacturing activity rose to 53.1 in March, up from February’s reading of 51.6, as employment increased.
Thursday April 03 2014
US Trade Deficit Widens 7.7% in February  
Total February exports of $190.4 billion and imports of $232.7 billion resulted in a goods and services deficit of $42.3 billion, up from a revised $39.3 billion in January. Exports decreased 1.1 percent over the previous month to their lowest level since September of 2013.
Thursday April 03 2014
US Jobless Claims Rise by 16K in Latest Week  
In the week ending March 29, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 326,000, an increase of 16,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 310,000. The 4-week moving average was 319,500, an increase of 250 from the previous week's revised average of 319,250.
Tuesday April 01 2014
US ISM Manufacturing PMI Accelerates for a Second Consecutive Month  
In March of 2014, the ISM PMI registered 53.7 percent, an increase of 0.5 percentage point from February's reading of 53.2 percent, indicating expansion in manufacturing for the 10th consecutive month, due to a rebound in the production subindex and a rise in new orders.
Tuesday April 01 2014
US Markit Manufacturing PMI Slows in March  
The final Markit U.S. Manufacturing PMI registered 55.5 in March of 2014, unchanged from the earlier ‘flash’ reading, but down from 57.1 in the previous month. The main factor behind the drop was the suppliers’ delivery times component, and to a lesser extent the moderation in new order growth from February’s recent high.
Friday March 28 2014
US Consumer Sentiment Down to 4-Month Low  
The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan's consumer sentiment index came in at a final reading of 80.0 in March, marginally up from a preliminary 79.9, and down from 81.6 in February. It is the lowest rate since November of 2013, hurt by lower future expectations.
Friday March 28 2014
US Personal Spending Rises in February  
U.S. consumer spending rose $30.8 billion, or 0.3 percent in February of 2014, after increasing by a revised 0.2 percent in January, due to higher demand for services, mainly health care and utilities.
Thursday March 27 2014
US Jobless Claims Down to 4-Month Low  
In the week ending March 22, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 311,000, a decrease of 10,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 321,000. The 4-week moving average was 317,750, a decrease of 9,500 from the previous week's revised average of 327,250.
Thursday March 27 2014
US GDP Growth Revised Up to 2.6% in Q4  
U.S. economy grew more rapidly in the fourth quarter than previously estimated, according to the "third" estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. While personal consumption expenditures climbed by the most in three years, private investment in inventories and in intellectual property products were revised down.
Wednesday March 26 2014
US Durable Goods Orders Rise More Than Expected on Aircrafts  
In February of 2014, orders for long-lasting manufactured goods surged 2.2 percent over the previous month after contracting in the previous two months, boosted by aircraft orders.
Tuesday March 25 2014
US New Home Sales Fall More Than Expected  
Sales of new single-family houses in February of 2014 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 440 thousand. This is 3.3 percent below the revised January rate of 455,000 and is 1.1 percent below the February 2013 estimate of 445,000.
Monday March 24 2014
US Manufacturing Activity Slows in March  
The Markit Flash U.S. Manufacturing PMI was recorded at 55.5 in March of 2014, down from 57.1 in February, but still the second highest since January of 2013. The new orders component fell to 58.0 from 59.6 in the previous month, output edged down to 57.5 from 57.8 while firms hired workers for a ninth consecutive month.
Thursday March 20 2014
US Jobless Claims Rise in Latest Week  
In the week ending March 15, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 320,000, an increase of 5,000 from the previous week's unrevised figure of 315,000. The 4-week moving average was 327,000, a decrease of 3,500 from the previous week's unrevised average of 330,500.
Wednesday March 19 2014
FED Cuts Bond Buying Program and Changes Forward Guidance  
At its March 19th meeting, the U.S. Federal Reserve decided to drop the 6.5 percent unemployment threshold and pledged it would rely on a wide range of measures in deciding when to raise interest rates. The Fed also announced a further $10 billion cut in its monthly bond purchases.
Tuesday March 18 2014
U.S. Housing Starts Fall 0.2% in February  
U.S. Housing starts were little changed in February after declining less than previously estimated a month earlier pointing to the stabilization in the home-building industry after winter weather disruptions.
Tuesday March 18 2014
US Inflation Rate Slows to 4-Month Low  
US consumer inflation slowed to an annual 1.1 percent in February of 2014 from 1.6 percent in the previous month. On a monthly basis, prices rose 0.1 percent, unchanged from January's rate, as a drop in gasoline prices offset an increase in the cost of food.
Monday March 17 2014
US Industrial Production Up to 3-Month High  
Industrial production increased 0.6 percent in February of 2014 after having declined 0.2 percent in January. Manufacturing output rose 0.8 percent and nearly reversed its decline of 0.9 percent in January, which resulted, in part, from extreme weather. The gain in factory production in February was the largest since last August.
Friday March 14 2014
US Consumer Sentiment Falls in March  
The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan's consumer sentiment index dipped slightly to a preliminary reading of 79.9 in March, from 81.6 in February, hurt by lower future expectations.
Thursday March 13 2014
U.S. Retail Sales Rebound in February  
U.S. retail and food services sales grew 0.3 percent in February, led by a surge in purchases of sporting and entertainment goods. It was the first increase in three months.
Thursday March 13 2014
US Jobless Claims Fall in Latest Week  
In the week ending March 8, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 315,000, a decrease of 9,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 324,000. The 4-week moving average was 330,500, a decrease of 6,250 from the previous week's revised average of 336,750.
Friday March 07 2014
US Trade Deficit Widens Slightly In January  
Total January exports of $192.5 billion and imports of $231.6 billion resulted in a goods and services deficit of $39.1 billion, up from $39.0 billion in December, revised. January exports were $1.2 billion more than December exports of $191.3 billion. January imports were $1.3 billion more than December imports of $230.3 billion.
Friday March 07 2014
US Unemployment Rate Rises Slightly in February  
US jobless rate increased to 6.7 percent in February of 2014 from 6.6 percent in the previous month. Over the year, the number of unemployed persons and the unemployment rate were down by 1.6 million and 1.0 percentage point, respectively.
Friday March 07 2014
U.S. Payrolls Rise Above Expectations in February  
Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 175,000 in February. Job growth averaged 189,000 per month over the prior 12 months. In February, job gains occurred in professional and business services and in wholesale trade, while information lost jobs.
Thursday March 06 2014
US Jobless Claims Down to 3-Month Low  
In the week ending March 1, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 323,000, a decrease of 26,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 349,000. The 4-week moving average was 336,500, a decrease of 2,000 from the previous week's revised average of 338,500.
Wednesday March 05 2014
US Services Sector Slows to 2-Year Low  
The Institute for Supply Management index of non-manufacturing activity fell to 51.6 in February, 2.4 percentage points lower than January's reading of 54 percent. Employment and prices decreased while new orders slightly improved.
Monday March 03 2014
US Manufacturing Sector Accelerates in February  
The Institute for Supply Management index of national factory activity rose to 53.2 in February after slumping to 51.3 in January, which was the weakest reading since May. New orders, supplier deliveries, inventories and order backlogs bounced back while production fell.
Monday March 03 2014
US Markit Manufacturing PMI Rises More Than Expected  
In February of 2014, the final seasonally adjusted U.S. Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index stood at 57.1, it was the strongest improvement in business conditions for 45 months. The earlier ‘flash’ reading for February was 56.7.
Monday March 03 2014
US Personal Spending Rises in January  
Personal consumption expenditures increased $48.1 billion, or 0.4 percent in the first month of 2014, after advancing by a revised 0.1 percent in December.
Friday February 28 2014
US Consumer Sentiment Improves in February  
The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan's consumer sentiment index rose to 81.6 in February, up from a preliminary reading of 81.2.
Friday February 28 2014
US GDP Growth Revised Down to 2.4% in Q4  
Real gross domestic product in the United States increased at an annual rate of 2.4 percent in the fourth quarter of 2013 compared with the 3.2 percent gain issued last month as consumer spending and exports grew less than initially thought.
Thursday February 27 2014
U.S. Durable Goods Orders Decline 1% in January  
Orders for U.S. durable goods fell 1.0% in January as demand fell in almost every major category except military hardware.
Thursday February 27 2014
US Jobless Claims Surprisingly Up in Latest Week  
In the week ending February 22, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 348,000, an increase of 14,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 334,000. The 4-week moving average was 338,250, unchanged from the previous week's revised average.
Wednesday February 26 2014
US New Home Sales Jump to 5-1/2-Year High  
Sales of new single-family houses in January 2014 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 468 thousand. This is 9.6 percent above the revised December rate of 427 thousand.
Thursday February 20 2014
US Factory Activity Accelerates in February  
U.S. Manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index rose to 56.7 in February, its highest since May 2010, compared to 53.7 in the final reading for January according to the flash report released by Markit.
Thursday February 20 2014
US Annual Inflation Rate Up 1.6% in January  
Over the last 12 months, the all items consumer price index rose by 1.6 percent before seasonal adjustment, the most since July. Increases in the cost of household energy, medical care and shelter accounted for most of the growth.
Thursday February 20 2014
US Jobless Claims Fall to 336K  
In the week ending February 15, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 336,000, a decrease of 3,000 from the previous week's unrevised figure of 339,000. The 4-week moving average was 338,500, an increase of 1,750 from the previous week's unrevised average of 336,750.
Wednesday February 19 2014
US Housing Starts Tumble in January  
Privately-owned housing starts in January were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 880,000. This is 16.0 percent below the revised December estimate of 1,048,000 and is 2.0 percent below the January 2013 rate of 898,000.
Friday February 14 2014
US Consumer Sentiment Resilient in February  
The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan's consumer sentiment index remained steady in February. The preliminary reading stood at 81.2, the same as January’s final reading.
Friday February 14 2014
US Industrial Production Falls 0.3% in January  
US industrial production decreased 0.3 percent in the first month of 2014, after having risen 0.3 percent in December, as manufacturing was hurt by severe weather conditions.
Thursday February 13 2014
U.S. Retail Sales Down 0.4% In January  
U.S. retail and food services sales for January fell 0.4 percent, led by a drop in automobile sales. It was the biggest decline in 10 months.
Thursday February 13 2014
US Jobless Claims Rise to 339K in Latest Week  
In the week ending February 8, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 339,000, an increase of 8,000 from the previous week's unrevised figure of 331,000. The 4-week moving average was 336,750, an increase of 3,500 from the previous week's revised average of 333,250.
Tuesday February 11 2014
Yellen Confirms Fed to Keep Trimming Stimulus  
Federal Reserve Chairman Janet Yellen pledged to maintain her predecessor’s policies by scaling back stimulus in “measured steps” and pledged that only a domestic slowdown will influence US monetary policy.
Friday February 07 2014
US Unemployment Rate Down to 6.6% in January  
US unemployment rate hit a new five-year low of 6.6 percent in January of 2014. Since October, the jobless rate has decreased by 0.6 percentage point.
Friday February 07 2014
U.S. Payrolls Rise Less Than Forecast  
Total nonfarm payroll employment increased only by 113,000 in January. Job gains occurred in construction, manufacturing, wholesale trade, and mining while retailers and government agencies cut payrolls.
Thursday February 06 2014
US Trade Deficit Widens In December  
December exports of $191.3 billion and imports of $230.0 billion resulted in a goods and services deficit of $38.7 billion, up from $34.6 billion in November, revised. December exports were $3.5 billion less than November exports of $194.8 billion. December imports were $0.6 billion more than November imports of $229.4 billion.
Thursday February 06 2014
US Jobless Claims Fall in Latest Week  
In the week ending February 1, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 331,000, a decrease of 20,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 351,000. The 4-week moving average was 334,000, an increase of 250 from the previous week's revised average of 333,750.
Monday February 03 2014
US Manufacturing Sector Slows for Second Straight Month  
In January of 2014, the US ISM Manufacturing PMI registered 51.3 percent, a decrease of 5.2 percentage points from December's seasonally adjusted reading of 56.5 percent, due to a sharp fall in new orders.
Friday January 31 2014
US Consumer Sentiment Falters in January  
The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan's consumer sentiment index fell in January to a final reading of 81.2, from 82.5 in December, but went up from a preliminary reading of 80.4. The sentiment index was hurt by lower expectations among lower and middle-income households.
Friday January 31 2014
US Personal Spending Beats Expectations in December  
In December of 2013, US consumer spending rose 0.4 percent over the previous month, above market expectations, but down from a revised 0.6 percent growth in the previous month.
Thursday January 30 2014
U.S. Economy Expands 3.2% in Q4  
Real GDP in the United States grew at an annualised 3.2 percent pace in the fourth quarter of 2013, as consumer spending grew the most in three years. The "advance" estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis matched the expectations.
Thursday January 30 2014
US Jobless Claims Up to 6-Week High  
In the week ending January 25, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 348,000, an increase of 19,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 329,000. The 4-week moving average was 333,000, an increase of 750 from the previous week's revised average of 332,250.
Wednesday January 29 2014
Fed Cuts QE to $65 Billion  
The U.S. Federal Reserve on January 29th announced a further $10 billion reduction in its monthly bond purchases sticking to its plan for a gradual withdrawal of unprecedented easing policy.
Tuesday January 28 2014
US Durable Goods Orders Fall in December  
In December of 2013, US durable goods orders, a proxy for business investment, dropped 4.3 percent over the previous month. It is the worst rate in the last five months.
Monday January 27 2014
US New Home Sales Fall for the Second Straight Month  
Sales of new single-family houses in December 2013 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 414,000. This is 7.0 percent below the revised November rate of 445,000, but is 4.5 percent above the December 2012 estimate of 396,000.
Thursday January 23 2014
US Jobless Claims Rise Modestly in Latest Week  
In the week ending January 18, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 326,000, an increase of 1,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 325,000. The 4-week moving average was 331,500, a decrease of 3,750 from the previous week's revised average of 335,250.
Friday January 17 2014
US Consumer Sentiment Falls in January  
The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan's consumer sentiment index fell in January to a preliminary reading of 80.4, from 82.5 in December, hurt by lower expectations among lower and middle-income households.
Friday January 17 2014
US Industrial Production Slows in December  
In December of 2013, US industrial production slowed to 0.3 percent, down from a revised 1 percent in November. For the fourth quarter as a whole, industrial production advanced at an annual rate of 6.8 percent, the largest quarterly increase since the second quarter of 2010.
Friday January 17 2014
US Housing Starts Fall 9.8% in December  
Privately-owned housing starts in December were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 999,000. This is 9.8 percent below the revised November estimate of 1,107,000, but is 1.6 percent above the December 2012 rate of 983,000.
Thursday January 16 2014
US Annual Inflation Rate up to 1.5% in December  
The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers increased 1.5 percent over the last 12 months to an index level of 233.049. On a seasonally adjusted basis, the inflation rate rose 0.3 percent, led by gains in fuel and rents.
Thursday January 16 2014
US Jobless Claims Fall For the Second Consecutive Week  
In the week ending January 11, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 326,000, a decrease of 2,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 328,000. The 4-week moving average was 335,000, a decrease of 13,500 from the previous week's revised average of 348,500.
Tuesday January 14 2014
US Retail Sales Rise More Than Forecast in December  
In December of 2013, US retail sales increased 0.2 percent, down from a revised 0.4 percent in November but above market expectations. Retail sales excluding automobiles, gasoline, building materials and food services, increased 0.7 percent last month after a 0.2 percent rise in November.
Monday January 13 2014
U.S. Posts Budget Surplus In December  
U.S. federal government posted the largest budget surplus for any December on record, boosted by higher payroll taxes and nearly $40 billion dividend payments from government-controlled Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
Friday January 10 2014
United States Unemployment Rate Down to 5-Year Low in December  
In December, US unemployment rate eased from 7.0 percent to 6.7 percent, the lowest level since October of 2008. The number of unemployed persons declined by 490,000 to 10.4 million. Over the year, the number of unemployed persons and the unemployment rate were down by 1.9 million and 1.2 percentage points, respectively.
Friday January 10 2014
US Non-Farm Payrolls Rise 74K in December  
U.S. economy added only 74,000 jobs in December, the slowest pace since January of 2011. Job gains occurred in retail trade and wholesale trade, while employment declined in information.
Thursday January 09 2014
US Jobless Claims Down to 330K  
In the week ending January 4, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 330,000, a decrease of 15,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 345,000. The 4-week moving average was 349,000, a decrease of 9,750 from the previous week's revised average of 358,750.
Tuesday January 07 2014
US Trade Deficit Shrinks in November  
U.S. trade gap fell 12.9 percent to $34.3 billion in November, the smallest in four years. Exports hit a record high of $194.9 billion and imports declined to $229 billion.
Thursday January 02 2014
US ISM Manufacturing PMI Falls Slightly in December  
The PMI™ registered 57 percent, the second highest reading for the year, just 0.3 percentage point below November's reading of 57.3 percent. Hiring hit a 2-1/2-year high and the volume of new orders rose to its highest since early 2010.
Thursday January 02 2014
US Jobless Claims Down to 339K in Latest Week  
In the week ending December 28, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 339,000, a decrease of 2,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 341,000. The 4-week moving average was 357,250, an increase of 8,500 from the previous week's revised average of 348,750.
Thursday December 26 2013
US Jobless Claims Fall in Latest Week  
In the week ending December 21, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 338,000, a decrease of 42,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 380,000. The 4-week moving average was 348,000, an increase of 4,250 from the previous week's revised average of 343,750.
Tuesday December 24 2013
US New Home Sales Fall From 5-Year High  
In November of 2013, sales of new single-family houses in the US were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 464,000. This is 2.1 percent below the revised October rate of 474,000, the highest in 5 years, but is 16.6 percent above the November 2012 estimate of 398,000.
Tuesday December 24 2013
US Durable Goods Orders Rise in November  
In November of 2013, US durable goods orders increased 3.5 percent, up from a revised 0.7 percent fall in October, as demand rose for several goods from aircraft to machinery and computers.
Monday December 23 2013
US Consumer Sentiment Rises in December  
In December of 2013, the Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan's final consumer sentiment index rose to 82.5, from 75.1 in November and unchanged from the preliminary reading. It is the highest value since July.
Monday December 23 2013
U.S. Consumer Spending Rises to 5-month High in November  
In November of 2013, US consumer spending accelerated for the third straight month to 0.5 percent mom, the highest growth rate in five months.
Friday December 20 2013
US Final GDP Growth Beats Expectations in Q3  
In the third quarter of 2013, the US economy expanded at its fastest pace in almost two years. The GDP advanced by an annual 4.1 percent, according to the third estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. In the second estimate, the increase in real GDP was 3.6 percent. In the second quarter, the GDP advanced 2.5 percent.
Thursday December 19 2013
US Jobless Claims Surge to Near 9-Month High  
In the week ending December 14, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 379,000, an increase of 10,000 from the previous week's figure of 369,000. The 4-week moving average was 343,500, an increase of 13,250 from the previous week's revised average of 330,250.
Wednesday December 18 2013
US Fed Cuts Bond Buying Program  
The US Federal Reserve said it would reduce its monthly asset purchases by $10 billion to total $75 billion on December 18th. The Committee also confirmed its key interest rate would stay close to zero “well past the time that the unemployment rate declines below 6.5 per cent”.
Wednesday December 18 2013
U.S. Housing Starts Near 6-Year High in November  
Privately-owned housing starts in November were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,091,000. This is 22.7 percent above the revised October estimate of 889,000 and is 29.6 percent above the November 2012 rate of 842,000.
Tuesday December 17 2013
U.S. Inflation Rate Up to 1.2% in November  
In November of 2013, US inflation rate accelerated to 1.2 percent, after slowing to a four-year low in October. On a monthly basis, prices remained unchanged, due to lower gasoline and natural gas prices.
Monday December 16 2013
US Industrial Production Beats Expectations in November  
Industrial production increased 1.1 percent in November after having edged up 0.1 percent in October; output was previously reported to have declined 0.1 percent in October. The gain in November was the largest since November 2012, when production rose 1.3 percent.
Thursday December 12 2013
US Retails Sales Rise the Most in Five Months  
U.S. retail and food services sales for November were up 0.7 percent from the previous month boosted by a 1.8 percent increase in receipts at auto and parts dealers.
Thursday December 12 2013
US Jobless Claims Rise in Latest Week  
In the week ending December 7, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 368,000, an increase of 68,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 300,000. The 4-week moving average was 328,750, an increase of 6,000 from the previous week's revised average of 322,750.
Friday December 06 2013
US Consumer Sentiment Jumps in December  
The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan's consumer sentiment index rose in December to a preliminary reading of 82.5, from 75.1 in November. It is the highest value since July, due to an improved outlook on the economy and employment.
Friday December 06 2013
US Nonfarm Payrolls Slightly Up to 203K in November  
Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 203,000 in November, slightly up from a revised 200,000 in October. Job growth averaged 195,000 per month over the prior 12 months. In November, job gains occurred in transportation and warehousing, health care, and manufacturing.
Friday December 06 2013
US Unemployment Rate Lowest in Five Years  
US unemployment rate declined from 7.3 percent to 7.0 percent in November, and total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 203,000, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on December 6th. Employment increased in transportation and warehousing, health care, and manufacturing.
Thursday December 05 2013
US Jobless Claims Down to 12-Week Low  
In the week ending November 30, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 298,000, a decrease of 23,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 321,000. The 4-week moving average was 322,250, a decrease of 10,750 from the previous week's revised average of 333,000.
Thursday December 05 2013
US GDP Growth Revised up to 3.6% in Q3  
Real gross domestic product in the United States increased at an annual rate of 3.6 percent in the third quarter of 2013 (that is, from the second quarter to the third quarter), according to the "second" estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. With this second estimate for the third quarter, the increase in private inventory investment was larger than previously estimated.
Wednesday December 04 2013
US Trade Deficit Narrows in October on Record Exports  
United States trade gap shrank to $40.6 billion in October of 2013, down from $43.0 billion in September. Exports increased 1.8 percent to $192.7 billion, while imports rose 0.4 percent to $233.3 billion.
Monday December 02 2013
US ISM Manufacturing Hits Its Highest Since April of 2011  
In November of 2013, the PMI™ registered 57.3 percent, an increase of 0.9 percentage point from October's reading of 56.4 percent. The PMI™ has increased progressively each month since June, with November's reading reflecting the highest PMI™ in 2013.
Wednesday November 27 2013
US Consumer Sentiment Beats Expectations  
In November of 2013, the Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan's final consumer sentiment index rose to 75.1 from a preliminary reading of 72.0. The index rose for the first time in four months, up from 73.2 in October.
Wednesday November 27 2013
US Jobless Claims Down to 316K in Latest Week  
In the week ending November 23, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 316,000, a decrease of 10,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 326,000. The 4-week moving average was 331,750, a decrease of 7,500 from the previous week's revised average of 339,250.
Thursday November 21 2013
US Jobless Claims Down to 7-Week Low  
In the week ending November 16, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 323,000, a decrease of 21,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 344,000. The 4-week moving average was 338,500, a decrease of 6,750 from the previous week's revised average of 345,250.
Wednesday November 20 2013
US Inflation Rate Slows to 4-Year Low in October  
In October of 2013, the US inflation rate eased for the third straight month to 1 percent, the lowest rate since October of 2009. From September, prices dropped 0.1 percent, mainly due to a fall in gasoline prices.
Wednesday November 20 2013
US Retail Sales Beat Forecasts in October  
The advance estimates of U.S. retail and food services sales for October, adjusted for seasonal variation and holiday and trading-day differences, but not for price changes, were $428.1 billion, an increase of 0.4 percent from the previous month, and 3.9 percent above October 2012.
Thursday November 14 2013
US Trade Deficit Widens in September  
Total September exports of $188.9 billion and imports of $230.7 billion resulted in a goods and services deficit of $41.8 billion, up from $38.7 billion in August, revised.
Thursday November 14 2013
U.S. Jobless Claims Fall in Latest Week  
In the week ending November 9, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 339,000, a decrease of 2,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 341,000. The 4-week moving average was 344,000, a decrease of 5,750 from the previous week's revised average of 349,750.
Friday November 08 2013
US Consumer Sentiment Down to 23-Month Low in November  
The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan's consumer sentiment index dropped in November to a preliminary reading of 72.0, the lowest value since December of 2011.
Friday November 08 2013
U.S. Unemployment Rate Up to 7.3% in October  
U.S. unemployment rate was little changed at 7.3 percent in October and total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 204,000, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on November 8th. Employment increased in leisure and hospitality, retail trade, professional and technical services, manufacturing, and health care.
Friday November 08 2013
US Nonfarm Payroll Employment Rises to 204K in October  
Nonfarm payroll employment rose by 204,000 in October, and the unemployment rate increased to 7.3 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on November 8th.
Thursday November 07 2013
U.S. Jobless Claims Down to 336K in Latest Week  
In the week ending November 2, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 336,000, a decrease of 9,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 345,000. The 4-week moving average was 348,250, a decrease of 9,250 from the previous week's revised average of 357,500.
Thursday November 07 2013
U.S. Economy Grows Faster Than Expected in Q3  
Real gross domestic product in the United States increased at an annual rate of 2.8 percent in the third quarter of 2013, according to the "advance" estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. While change in inventories was the main source of expansion, consumer and business spending growth slowed sharply.
Friday November 01 2013
U.S. ISM Manufacturing Index Up to 2 1/2-Year High in October  
Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in October for the fifth consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 53rd consecutive month. The PMI™ rose to 56.4 percent in October from September's reading of 56.2 percent.
Thursday October 31 2013
U.S. Jobless Claims Fall in Latest Week  
In the week ending October 26, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 340,000, a decrease of 10,000 from the previous week's unrevised figure of 350,000. The 4-week moving average was 356,250, an increase of 8,000 from the previous week's unrevised average of 348,250.
Wednesday October 30 2013
Fed Leaves Bond Buying Program Unchanged  
Federal Reserve extended its support for a slowing U.S. economy on October 30th and decided to keep buying $85 billion in bonds per month for the time being.
Wednesday October 30 2013
US Inflation Rate Down to 1.2% in September  
In September of 2013, the Consumer Price Index for all items eased for the third month in a row to 1.2 percent before seasonal adjustment. All Urban Consumers CPI increased 0.2 percent from August, on a seasonally adjusted basis .
Tuesday October 29 2013
U.S. Retail Sales Fall 0.1% in September  
Advance estimates of U.S. retail and food services sales for September, adjusted for seasonal variation and holiday and trading-day differences, but not for price changes, were $425.9 billion, a decrease of 0.1 percent from the previous month, but 3.2 percent above September 2012.
Friday October 25 2013
US Consumer Sentiment Down In October  
In October of 2013, the Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan's final consumer sentiment index dropped to 73.2, from 77.5 recorded in September.
Thursday October 24 2013
U.S. Trade Deficit Narrows Slightly in August  
Total August exports of $189.2 billion and imports of $228.0 billion resulted in a goods and services deficit of $38.8 billion, up from $38.6 billion in July, revised. Exports declined 0.1 percent compared to July while imports were flat.
Thursday October 24 2013
U.S. Jobless Claims Fall Less Than Expected In Latest Week  
In the week ending October 19, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 350,000, a decrease of 12,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 362,000. The 4-week moving average was 348,250, an increase of 10,750 from the previous week's revised average of 337,500.
Tuesday October 22 2013
U.S. Unemployment Rate Down to 7.2% in September  
U.S. unemployment rate was little changed at 7.2 percent in September and total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 148,000, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on October 22nd. Employment increased in construction, wholesale trade, and transportation and warehousing.
Tuesday October 22 2013
U.S. Payrolls Rise Less Than Expected in September  
Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 148,000 in September, with gains in construction, wholesale trade, and transportation and warehousing. Over the prior 12 months, employment growth averaged 185,000 per month.
Thursday October 17 2013
US Jobless Claims Down to 358K In Latest Week  
In the week ending October 12, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 358,000, a decrease of 15,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 373,000. The 4-week moving average was 336,500, an increase of 11,750 from the previous week's revised average of 324,750.
Friday October 11 2013
US Consumer Sentiment Falls in October  
The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan's consumer sentiment index dropped in October to a preliminary reading of 75.2, from September’s final figure of 77.5.
Thursday October 10 2013
U.S. Jobless Claims Up to 374K in Latest Week  
In the week ending October 5, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 374,000, an increase of 66,000 from the previous week's unrevised figure of 308,000. The 4-week moving average was 325,000, an increase of 20,000 from the previous week's unrevised average of 305,000.
Thursday October 03 2013
U.S. Jobless Claims Up to 308K In Latest Week  
In the week ending September 28, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 308,000, an increase of 1,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 307,000. The 4-week moving average was 305,000, a decrease of 3,750 from the previous week's revised average of 308,750.
Tuesday October 01 2013
US ISM Manufacturing Index Rises to 30-Month High In September  
Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in September for the fourth consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 52nd consecutive month, say the nation's supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®.
Friday September 27 2013
US Consumer Sentiment Down to 5-Month Low in Septemebr  
In September of 2013, The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan's final consumer sentiment index dropped to 77.5, from 82.1 recorded in August.
Thursday September 26 2013
U.S. Jobless Claims Down to 305K In Latest Week  
In the week ending September 21, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 305,000, a decrease of 5,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 310,000. The 4-week moving average was 308,000, a decrease of 7,000 from the previous week's revised average of 315,000.
Thursday September 26 2013
US GDP Growth Confirmed at 2.5% in Q2  
US GDP expanded at an annual rate of 2.5 percent in the second quarter of 2013, according to BEA's third estimate and unchanged from second estimate released later August. The acceleration in GDP primarily reflected upturns in exports and in nonresidential fixed investment, a smaller decrease in federal government spending, and an upturn in state and local government spending that were partly offset by an acceleration in imports and deceleration in private inventory investment and in personal consumption expenditure.
Thursday September 19 2013
US Jobless Claims Up to 309K in Latest Week  
In the week ending September 14, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 309,000, an increase of 15,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 294,000. The 4-week moving average was 314,750, a decrease of 7,000 from the previous week's revised average of 321,750.
Wednesday September 18 2013
Fed to Keep Bond Buying Stimulus  
The U.S. Federal Reserve said on September 18th that it would continue buying bonds at an $85 billion monthly pace. Most Fed policymakers projected the first official interest rate hike will come in 2015.
Tuesday September 17 2013
US Annual Inflation Rate Slows to 1.5% in August  
In August of 2013, U.S. Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 1.5 percent over the last 12 months, from 2 percent recorded in July. For the month, on a seasonally adjusted basis the index increased 0.1 percent.
Friday September 13 2013
Us Consumer Sentiment Drops In September  
The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan's consumer sentiment index declined in September to a preliminary reading of 76.8, from August’s final figure of 82.1.
Thursday September 12 2013
US Jobless Claims Down to 292K in Latest Week  
In the week ending September 7, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 292,000, a decrease of 31,000 from the previous week's unrevised figure of 323,000. The 4-week moving average was 321,250, a decrease of 7,500 from the previous week's revised average of 328,750.
Friday September 06 2013
United States Economy Adds 169K Jobs in August  
Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 169,000 in August, about in line with the average monthly gain of 184,000 over the prior 12 months but slightly below expectations. Job growth occurred in retail trade and health care, while employment in information declined. Employment continued to trend up in food services and drinking places, professional and business services, and wholesale trade.
Friday September 06 2013
U.S. Unemployment Rate Down to 7.3% in August  
U.S. unemployment rate decreased slightly in August while total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 169,000, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on September 6th. Employment rose in retail trade and health care but declined in information.
Thursday September 05 2013
US Jobless Claims Down to 323K In Latest Week  
In the week ending August 31, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 323,000, a decrease of 9,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 332,000. The 4-week moving average was 328,500, a decrease of 3,000 from the previous week's revised average of 331,500.
Wednesday September 04 2013
US Trade Deficit Widens in July  
In July of 2013, US trade deficit increased to 39.2 billion USD, from a 3-1/2-year low in June, as exports dipped 0.6 percent and imports rose 1.6 percent.
Tuesday September 03 2013
U.S. ISM Manufacturing Index Rises In August  
Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in August for the third consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 51st consecutive month, according to the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®.
Friday August 30 2013
US Consumer Sentiment Declines in August  
In August of 2013, The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan's final consumer sentiment index dropped to 82.1, from 85.1 recorded in July.
Thursday August 29 2013
US Jobless Claims Down to 331K in Latest Week  
In the week ending August 24, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 331,000, a decrease of 6,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 337,000. The 4-week moving average was 331,250, an increase of 750 from the previous week's unrevised average of 330,500.
Thursday August 29 2013
US GDP Growth Revised Up to 2.5% in Q2  
In Q2 of 2013, United States' real gross domestic product increased at an annual rate of 2.5 percent, up from a preliminary estimate of 1.7 percent, according to the second estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. In the first quarter, real GDP increased 1.1 percent.
Tuesday August 27 2013
U.S. Consumer Confidence Increases Slightly in August  
The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index increased slightly in August to 81.5 (1985=100), up from 81.0 in July. The Present Situation Index decreased to 70.7 from 73.6. The Expectations Index increased to 88.7 from 86.0 last month.
Thursday August 22 2013
U.S. Jobless Claims Up to 336K in Latest Week  
In the week ending August 17, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 336,000, an increase of 13,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 323,000. The 4-week moving average was 330,500, a decrease of 2,250 from the previous week's revised average of 332,750.
Thursday August 15 2013
U.S. Annual Inflation Rate Up to 2% in July  
In July of 2013, U.S. Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 2 percent over the last 12 months, from 1.8 percent recorded in June. For the month, on a seasonally adjusted basis the index increased 0.2 percent.
Thursday August 15 2013
U.S. Jobless Claims Down to 320K in Latest Week  
In the week ending August 10, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 320,000, a decrease of 15,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 335,000. The 4-week moving average was 332,000, a decrease of 4,000 from the previous week's revised average of 336,000.
Tuesday August 13 2013
US Retail Sales Up 0.2% in July  
The advance estimates of U.S. retail and food services sales for July, adjusted for seasonal variation and holiday and trading-day differences, but not for price changes, were $424.5 billion, an increase of 0.2 percent from the previous month, and 5.4 percent above July 2012.
Thursday August 08 2013
U.S. Jobless Claims Up to 333K in Latest Week  
In the week ending August 3, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 333,000, an increase of 5,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 328,000. The 4-week moving average was 335,500, a decrease of 6,250 from the previous week's revised average of 341,750.
Tuesday August 06 2013
U.S. Trade Deficit Narrows In June  
U.S. trade deficit narrowed in June to its lowest level in more than 3-1/2 years as exports increased 2.2 percent and imports fell 2.5 percent.
Friday August 02 2013
United States Non-Farm Payrolls Rise by 162K in July  
Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 162,000 in July, with gains in retail trade, food services and drinking places, financial activities, and wholesale trade. Over the prior 12 months, nonfarm employment growth averaged 189,000 per month.
Friday August 02 2013
U.S. Unemployment Rate Down to 7.4% in July  
U.S. unemployment rate edged down to 7.4 percent and total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 162K in July. Employment rose in retail trade, food services and drinking places, financial activities, and wholesale trade.
Thursday August 01 2013
U.S. Manufacturing Index At Two Year High  
Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in July for the second consecutive month as orders for new goods and production increased and payrolls continued to grow, according to the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®.
Thursday August 01 2013
US Jobless Claims Down To 326K in Latest Week  
In the week ending July 27, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 326,000, a decrease of 19,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 345,000. The 4-week moving average was 341,250, a decrease of 4,500 from the previous week's revised average of 345,750.
Wednesday July 31 2013
US Fed Keeps Monetary Policy Unchanged  
The U.S. Federal Reserve said on July 31st the economy continues to recover but is still in need of support and decided to keep $85 billion bond buying pace.
Tuesday August 13 2013
U.S. Economy Continues to Gain Momentum  
Despite large cuts to government spending and a global slowdown, U.S. economy has been holding pretty well. In the second quarter of 2013, the GDP growth beat estimates, consumer sector has been keeping momentum and there are finally some signs of an improvement in the labour market and manufacturing.
Wednesday July 31 2013
US GDP Beats Expectations in Q2  
Real gross domestic product in the United States increased at an annual rate of 1.7 percent in the second quarter of 2013 (that is, from the first quarter to the second quarter), according to the "advance" estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. In the first quarter, real GDP increased 1.1 percent (revised).
Tuesday July 30 2013
U.S. Consumer Confidence Declines in July  
The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index decreased to 80.3 in July from 82.1 in June. The Present Situation Index increased to 73.6 from 68.7. The Expectations Index decreased to 84.7 from 91.1 last month.
Thursday July 25 2013
US Jobless Claims Up To 343K in Latest Week  
In the week ending July 20, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 343,000, an increase of 7,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 336,000. The 4-week moving average was 345,250, a decrease of 1,250 from the previous week's revised average of 346,500.
Thursday July 18 2013
U.S. Jobless Claims at the Lowest Level in Four Months  
In the week ending July 13, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 334,000, a decrease of 24,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 358,000. The 4-week moving average was 346,000, a decrease of 5,250 from the previous week's revised average of 351,250.
Tuesday July 16 2013
U.S. Annual Inflation Up to 1.8% in June  
U.S. Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 1.8 percent over the last 12 months to an index level of 233.504. For the month, on a seasonally adjusted basis the index increased 0.5 percent.
Thursday July 11 2013
US Jobless Claims Rise to 360K in Latest Week  
In the week ending July 6, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 360,000, an increase of 16,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 344,000. The 4-week moving average was 351,750, an increase of 6,000 from the previous week's revised average of 345,750.
Thursday July 25 2013
US Economy Overview 07/25  
Despite large cuts to government spending and a global slowdown, U.S. economy has been holding pretty well. Consumer sector has been keeping momentum and there are finally some signs of an improvement in the labour market and manufacturing.
Friday July 05 2013
United States Economy Adds 195K Jobs in June  
Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 195,000 in June, in line with the average monthly gain of 182,000 over the prior 12 months. In June, job growth occurred in leisure and hospitality, professional and business services, retail trade, health care, and financial activities.
Friday July 05 2013
US Unemployment Rate at 7.6% in June  
U.S. total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 195,000 in June, and the unemployment rate was unchanged at 7.6 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on July 5th. Employment rose in leisure and hospitality, professional and business services, retail trade, health care, and financial activities.
Wednesday July 03 2013
US Trade Deficit Widens in May  
United States trade deficit grew in May, as stronger demand resulted in higher imports and sluggish growth abroad pushed exports lower.
Wednesday July 03 2013
US Jobless Claims Edges Down to 343K In Latest Week  
In the week ending June 29, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 343,000, a decrease of 5,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 348,000. The 4-week moving average was 345,500, a decrease of 750 from the previous week's revised average of 346,250.
Monday July 01 2013
U.S. ISM Manufacturing Index Increases in June  
Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in June following one month of contraction, and the overall economy grew for the 49th consecutive month, say the nation's supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®.
Thursday June 27 2013
U.S. Jobless Claims Down to 346K in Latest Week  
In the week ending June 22, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 346,000, a decrease of 9,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 355,000. The 4-week moving average was 345,750, a decrease of 2,750 from the previous week's revised average of 348,500.
Wednesday June 26 2013
US GDP Growth Revised Down to 1.8% in Q1  
United States real gross domestic product increased at an annual rate of 1.8 percent in the first quarter of 2013, according to the "third" estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. While personal consumption expenditures, private inventory investment, and residential fixed investment increased; federal, state and local government spending, and exports decreased.
Tuesday June 25 2013
US Consumer Confidence Surges in June  
U.S. consumer confidence jumped to 81.4 in June, its highest level in over five years, as Americans were more optimistic about business and labor market conditions, according to a report released by The Conference Board.
Thursday June 20 2013
US Federal Reserve Keeps Monetary Policy Unchanged  
The U.S. Federal Reserve said on June 19th, it would keep buying $85 billion in bonds per month. Yet, the central bank hinted it could end stimulus program next year if forecasts for the country's economic recovery are correct and unemployment rate is below 6.5 percent.
Tuesday June 18 2013
U.S. Annual Inflation Rate up to 1.4% in May  
The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers in the United States increased 0.1 percent in May on a seasonally adjusted basis, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on June 18th. Over the last 12 months, the all items index increased 1.4 percent before seasonal adjustment.
Thursday June 13 2013
US Retail Sales Beat Expectations in May  
The advance estimates of U.S. retail and food services sales for May, adjusted for seasonal variation and holiday and trading-day differences, but not for price changes, were $421.1 billion, an increase of 0.6 percent from the previous month, and 4.3 percent above May 2012.
Friday June 07 2013
US Unemployment Rate Rises to 7.6% in May  
US jobless rate climbed to 7.6 percent as more Americans entered the labor force, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on June 7th. Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 175,000 in May. Employment rose in professional and business services, food services and drinking places, and retail trade.
Friday June 07 2013
United States Economy Adds 175K Jobs in May  
US total nonfarm payroll employment increased more than forecast in May, with gains in professional and business services, food services and drinking places, and retail trade. Over the prior 12 months, employment growth averaged 172,000 per month.
Tuesday June 04 2013
US Trade Deficit Widens in April  
The U.S. trade deficit widened less than expected in April as a decrease in petroleum prices tempered the rise in imports, while exports hit a four-month high.
Monday June 03 2013
U.S. Manufacturing Sector Contracts in May  
The Institute for Supply Management (ISM) said its index of national factory activity in May fell to 49.0 from 50.7 in April as new orders slipped and demand for exports declined.
Thursday May 30 2013
US GDP Growth Revised Down to 2.4% in Q1  
Real gross domestic product in the United States increased at an annual rate of 2.4 percent in the first quarter of 2013 (that is, from the fourth quarter to the first quarter), according to the "second" estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Drop in government spending and slower inventory building overshadowed the big increase in consumer spending.
Tuesday May 28 2013
US Consumer Confidence Index Surges in May  
The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index, which had improved in April, increased again in May. The Index now stands at 76.2 (1985=100), up from 69.0 in April. The Present Situation Index increased to 66.7 from 61.0. The Expectations Index improved to 82.4 from 74.3 last month.
Tuesday June 25 2013
US Economy Overview 06/25  
Recent data updates for the United States sent mixed signals. While consumer sector appears to be gaining some momentum and housing is recovering, manufacturing has softened and labour market is still weak.
Thursday May 23 2013
US Economy Sends Mixed Signals  
Recent data updates for the United States sent mixed signals. While consumer sector appears to be gaining some momentum and housing is recovering, the manufacturing has softened and the labour market is still weak.
Thursday May 16 2013
U.S. Annual Inflation Rate Down to 1.1% in April  
Over the last 12 months, the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 1.1 percent before seasonal adjustment. The index decreased 0.4 percent in April on a seasonally adjusted basis, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on May 16th.
Monday May 13 2013
U.S. Retail Sales Up 0.1% in April  
The U.S. Census Bureau announced on May 13th that advance estimates of U.S. retail and food services sales for April, adjusted for seasonal variation and holiday and trading-day differences, but not for price changes, were $419.0 billion, an increase of 0.1 percent from the previous month, and 3.7 percent above April 2012.
Friday May 03 2013
U.S. Unemployment Rate Down to 7.5% in April  
Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 165,000 in April, and the unemployment rate was little changed at 7.5 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on May 3rd. Employment increased in professional and business services, food services and drinking places, retail trade, and health care.
Friday May 03 2013
United States Economy Adds 165K Jobs in April  
Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 165,000 in April, with job gains in professional and business services, food services and drinking places, retail trade, and health care. Over the prior 12 months, employment growth averaged 169,000 per month.
Thursday May 02 2013
U.S. Trade Deficit Narrows in March  
The U.S. trade deficit narrowed for a second month in March to $38.8 billions as crude oil imports dropped to the lowest level in 17 years.
Wednesday May 15 2013
U.S. Recovery May be Loosing Momentum  
In the first two months of 2013, U.S. employment, retail sales and housing performed very well bringing the economic expansion to 2.5 percent in the first quarter. However, recent data suggest that in March and April the economy had been struggling.
Wednesday May 01 2013
Fed Keeps Rates and Strategy  
U.S. Federal Reserve produced no surprises on May 1st, continuing its asset-purchase program and maintaining its benchmark interest rate unchanged at 0.25%.
Tuesday May 21 2013
United States Economy Expands 2.5% in Q1  
Real gross domestic product increased at an annual rate of 2.5 percent in the first quarter of 2013 (that is, from the fourth quarter to the first quarter), according to the 'advance' estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. In the fourth quarter, real GDP increased 0.4 percent.
Tuesday April 16 2013
United States Inflation Rate Down to 1.5% in March  
The all items index increased 1.5 percent over the last 12 months; this compares to 2.0 percent last month and is the smallest increase since the 12 months ending July 2012. The index for all items less food and energy increased 1.9 percent over the last 12 months. The food index rose 1.5 percent while the energy index declined 1.6 percent.
Friday April 12 2013
U.S. retail Sales Down 0.4% in March  
The U.S. Census Bureau advance estimates of U.S. retail and food services sales for March, adjusted for seasonal variation and holiday and trading-day differences (but not for price changes) were $418.3 billion, a decrease of 0.4 percent (±0.5%) from the previous month, but 2.8 percent (±0.7%) above March 2012.
Friday April 05 2013
U.S. Trade Deficit Narrows in February  
The U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, through the Department of Commerce, announced that total February exports of $186.0 billion and imports of $228.9 billion resulted in a goods and services deficit of $43.0 billion, down from $44.5 billion in January, revised. February exports were $1.6 billion more than January exports of $184.4 billion. February imports were $0.1 billion more than January imports of $228.9 billion.
Friday April 05 2013
U.S. Trade Deficit Narrows in February  
The U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, through the Department of Commerce, announced today that total February exports of $186.0 billion and imports of $228.9 billion resulted in a goods and services deficit of $43.0 billion, down from $44.5 billion in January, revised. February exports were $1.6 billion more than January exports of $184.4 billion. February imports were $0.1 billion more than January imports of $228.9 billion.
Friday April 05 2013
U.S. Unemployment Rate Down to 7.6% in March  
Both the number of unemployed persons, at 11.7 million, and the unemployment rate, at 7.6 percent, were little changed in March. Employment grew in professional and business services and in health care but declined in retail trade.
Friday April 05 2013
United States Economy Adds 88K Jobs in March  
Total non-farm payroll employment edged up in March (+88,000). Over the prior 12 months, employment growth had averaged 169,000 per month. In March, employment increased in professional and business services and in health care, while retail trade employment declined.
Wednesday May 01 2013
U.S. Economy Sends Mixed Signals  
After a meager growth in the last quarter of 2012, the U.S. economy seems to be gaining momentum at the beginning of 2013. Indeed, following a timid expansion of 0.4% in Q4 of 2012, the U.S. economy grew 2.5% in the first quarter of 2013.
Thursday March 28 2013
U.S. GDP revised up to 0.4%  
Real gross domestic product in the United States increased at an annual rate of 0.4 percent in the fourth quarter of 2012 (that is, from the third quarter to the fourth quarter), according to the "third" estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. In the third quarter, real GDP increased 3.1 percent.
Wednesday March 20 2013
Fed Keeps Rates and Strategy  
U.S. Federal Reserve produced no surprises on March 20th, affirming that it would plow ahead with its efforts to stimulate the economy even as it hailed “a return to moderate economic growth following a pause late last year.”
Monday April 01 2013
U.S. Economy Continues to Gain Momentum  
After a meager growth in the last quarter of 2012, the United States economy seems to be gaining ground. Recent data updates point to the improvement in the labor market, consumption, manufacturing and housing.
Friday March 15 2013
U.S. Annual Inflation Rate Rises to 2% in February  
The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 0.7 percent in February on a seasonally adjusted basis, the U.S.Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on March 15th. Over the last 12 months, the all items index increased 2.0 percent before seasonal adjustment.
Wednesday March 13 2013
U.S. Retail Sales Jumps 1.1% in February  
The advance estimates of U.S. retail and food services sales for February, adjusted for seasonal variation and holiday and trading-day differences, but not for price changes, were $421.4 billion, an increase of 1.1 percent (±0.5%) from the previous month and 4.6 percent (±0.7%) above February 2012.
Friday March 08 2013
United States Economy Adds 236K Jobs in February  
Total non-farm payroll employment increased by 236,000 in February, with job gains in professional and business services, construction, and health care. In the prior 3 months, employment had risen by an average of 195,000 per month.
Friday March 08 2013
U.S. Unemployment Rate Down to 7.7% in February  
U.S. unemployment rate edged down to 7.7 percent in February, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on March 8th. Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 236,000 in February as employment increased in professional and business services, construction, and health care.
Thursday March 07 2013
U.S. Trade Deficit Widens in January  
The U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis announced on March 7th that total January exports of $184.5 billion and imports of $228.9 billion resulted in a goods and services deficit of $44.4 billion, up from $38.1 billion in December, revised. January exports were $2.2 billion less than December exports of $186.6 billion. January imports were $4.1 billion more than December imports of $224.8 billion.
Sunday March 03 2013
U.S. Recovery Still Far From Reach  
United States economic data sent mixed signals in the last few weeks. In the fourth quarter of 2012, the U.S. economy barely grew due to a slowdown in inventory accumulation and a sharp drop in military spending. However, slightly better performance in exports and lower imports scratched an earlier estimate that showed a contraction. Also, in February, the pace of growth in the manufacturing sector picked up to its fastest rate in over a year and a half as new orders continued to accelerate.
Thursday February 28 2013
U.S. GDP Growth Revised Up to 0.1% in Q4  
Real gross domestic product in the United States increased at an annual rate of 0.1 percent in the fourth quarter of 2012 (that is, from the third quarter to the fourth quarter), according to the "second" estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. In the third quarter, real GDP increased 3.1 percent.
Thursday February 21 2013
U.S. Annual Inflation Down to 1.6% in January  
The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) was unchanged in January on a seasonally adjusted basis, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Over the last 12 months, the all items index increased 1.6 percent before seasonal adjustment.
Wednesday February 13 2013
U.S. Retail Sales Rose 0.1% in January  
The U.S. Census Bureau announced on February 13th that advance estimates of U.S. retail and food services sales for January, adjusted for seasonal variation and holiday and trading-day differences, but not for price changes, were $416.6 billion, an increase of 0.1 percent (±0.5%)* from the previous month and 4.4 percent (±0.7%) above January 2012.
Friday February 08 2013
U.S. Trade Deficit Narrows in December  
Total December exports of $186.4 billion and imports of $224.9 billion resulted in a goods and services deficit of $38.5 billion, down from $48.6 billion in November, revised. December exports were $3.9 billion more than November exports of $182.5 billion. December imports were $6.2 billion less than November imports of $231.1 billion.
Friday February 01 2013
U.S. Economy Adds 157K Jobs in January  
Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 157,000 in January. In 2012, employment growth averaged 181,000 per month. In January, job gains occurred in retail trade, construction, health care, and wholesale trade, while employment edged down in transportation and warehousing.
Friday February 01 2013
United States Unemployment Rate at 7.9%, Payroll Employment Rises  
Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 157,000 in January, and the unemployment rate was essentially unchanged at 7.9 percent. Retail trade, construction, health care, and wholesale trade added jobs over the month.
Thursday January 31 2013
U.S. to Keep Buying Bonds, Rates Unchanged  
The Federal Reserve said it will buy $40 billion a month of mortgage-backed securities, continuing its asset-purchase program, and linked the outlook for its main interest rate to unemployment and inflation.
Wednesday January 30 2013
United States Gross Domestic Product Contracts 0.1% in Q4  
Real gross domestic product decreased at a rate of 0.1 percent in the fourth quarter of 2012, from the third quarter to the fourth quarter, according to the "advance" estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. In the third quarter, real GDP increased 3.1 percent.
Wednesday January 16 2013
United States Inflation Rate at 1.7% in December of 2012  
The all items index increased 1.7 percent over the last 12 months, compared to a 1.8 percent figure in November. The index for all items less food and energy rose 1.9 percent over the last 12 months, the same figure as last month. The food index has risen 1.8 percent over the last 12 months, and the energy index has risen 0.5 percent.
Friday January 11 2013
United States Trade Deficit Widens in November  
The Department of Commerce announced today that total November exports of $182.6 billion and imports of $231.3 billion resulted in a goods and services deficit of $48.7 billion, up from $42.1 billion in October, revised. November exports were $1.7 billion more than October exports of $180.8 billion. November imports were $8.4 billion more than October imports of $222.9 billion.
Friday January 04 2013
U.S. Economy Adds 155K Jobs in December  
Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 155,000 in December. In 2012, employment growth averaged 153,000 per month, the same as the average monthly gain for 2011. In December, employment increased in health care, food services and drinking places, construction, and manufacturing.
Friday January 04 2013
U.S. Economy Adds 155K Jobs in December, Unemployment at 7.8%  
Nonfarm payroll employment rose by 155,000 in December, and the unemployment rate was unchanged at 7.8 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on January 4th. Employment increased in health care, food services and drinking places, construction, and manufacturing.
Thursday December 20 2012
U.S. GDP Growth Revised to 3.1 Percent in Q3  
U.S. Real gross domestic products increased at an annual rate of 3.1 percent in the third quarter of 2012 (that is, from the second quarter to the third quarter), according to the "third" estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. In the second quarter, real GDP increased 1.3 percent.
Friday December 14 2012
U.S. Annual Inflation Down To 1.8 Percent in November  
The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) declined 0.3 percent in November on a seasonally adjusted basis, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on December 14. Over the last 12 months, the all items index increased 1.8 percent before seasonal adjustment.
Wednesday December 12 2012
U.S. to Keep Buying Bonds, Rates Unchanged  
The Federal Reserve said it will buy $45 billion a month of Treasury securities starting in January, expanding its asset-purchase program, and it linked the outlook for its main interest rate to unemployment and inflation.
Tuesday December 11 2012
U.S. Trade Deficit Widens in October  
Total October exports of $180.5 billion and imports of $222.8 billion resulted in a goods and services deficit of $42.2 billion, up from $40.3 billion in September, revised.
Friday December 07 2012
U.S. Unemployment Down to 7.7 Percent in November  
Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 146,000 in November, and the unemployment rate edged down to 7.7 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on December 7th. Employment increased in retail trade, professional and business services, and health care.
Thursday November 29 2012
U.S. GDP Growth Revised to 2.7 Percent in Q3  
U.S. Real gross domestic product increased at an annual rate of 2.7 percent in the third quarter of 2012 (that is, from the second quarter to the third quarter), according to the "second" estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis.
Thursday November 15 2012
U.S. Annual Inflation Up to 2.2 Percent in October  
The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 0.1 percent in October on a seasonally adjusted basis, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on November 15. Over the last 12 months, the all items index increased 2.2 percent before seasonal adjustment.
Thursday November 08 2012
U.S. Trade Defict Narrows in September  
Total September exports of $187.0 billion and imports of $228.5 billion resulted in a goods and services deficit of $41.5 billion, down from $43.8 billion in August, revised.
Friday November 02 2012
U.S. Unemployment Up to 7.9 Percent in October  
U.S. total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 171,000 in October, and the unemployment rate was essentially unchanged at 7.9 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on November 2nd.
Friday October 26 2012
U.S. GDP Expands 2 Percent in Q3  
U.S. Real gross domestic product increased at an annual rate of 2.0 percent in the third quarter of 2012 (that is, from the second quarter to the third quarter), according to the "advance" estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. In the second quarter, real GDP increased 1.3 percent.
Wednesday October 24 2012
U.S. Keeps Monetary Policy Unchanged  
The U.S. Federal Reserve said on October 24th it has decided to keep the target range for the federal funds rate at 0 to 1/4 percent and currently anticipates that exceptionally low levels for the federal funds rate are likely to be warranted at least through mid-2015.
Tuesday October 16 2012
U.S. Annual Inflation Up to 2.0 Percent in September  
The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) in the United States increased 0.6 percent in September on a seasonally adjusted basis, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Over the last 12 months, the all items index increased 2.0 percent before seasonal adjustment.
Thursday October 11 2012
U.S. Trade Deficit Widens in August  
The United States' August exports of $181.3 billion and imports of $225.5 billion resulted in a goods and services deficit of $44.2 billion, up from $42.5 billion in July, revised.
Friday October 05 2012
U.S. Unemployment Down to 7.8% in September  
U.S. unemployment rate decreased to 7.8 percent in September, and total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 114,000, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on October 5th. Employment increased in health care and in transportation and warehousing but changed little in most other major industries.
Thursday September 27 2012
U.S. GDP Revised Down to 1.3 Percent in Q2  
U.S. Real gross domestic product increased at an annual rate of 1.3 percent in the second quarter of 2012 (that is, from the first quarter to the second quarter), according to the "third" estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. In the first quarter, real GDP increased 2.0 percent.
Friday September 14 2012
U.S. Annual Inflation Up to 1.7% in August  
The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 0.6 percent in August on a seasonally adjusted basis, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on September 14th. Over the last 12 months, the all items index increased 1.7 percent before seasonal adjustment.
Thursday September 13 2012
U.S. Federal Reserve Launches QE3  
The Federal Reserve said on September 13th it will buy mortgages, fulfilling expectations of more stimulus, in an attempt to foster a recovery in the real estate market. The purchases will continue until the Fed is satisfied that economic conditions, primarily in unemployment, improve.
Tuesday September 11 2012
U.S. Trade Deficit Widens in July  
U.S. July exports of $183.3 billion and imports of $225.3 billion resulted in a goods and services deficit of $42.0 billion, up from $41.9 billion in June, revised. July exports were $1.9 billion less than June exports of $185.2 billion. July imports were $1.8 billion less than June imports of $227.1 billion.
Friday September 07 2012
U.S. Unemployment Rate Falls to 8.1% in August  
Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 96,000 in August, and the unemployment rate edged down to 8.1 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on September 7th. Employment increased in food services and drinking places, in professional and technical services, and in health care.
Wednesday August 29 2012
U.S. GDP Revised Up to 1.7% in Q2  
U.S. Real gross domestic product increased at an annual rate of 1.7 percent in the second quarter of 2012 (that is, from the first quarter to the second quarter), according to the "second" estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. In the first quarter, real GDP increased 2.0 percent.
Wednesday August 15 2012
U.S. Annual Inflation Down to 1.4% in July  
The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) was unchanged in July on a seasonally adjusted basis, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on August 15th. Over the last 12 months, the all items index increased 1.4 percent before seasonal adjustment.
Thursday August 09 2012
U.S. Trade Deficit Narrows in June  
U.S June exports of $185.0 billion and imports of $227.9 billion resulted in a goods and services deficit of $42.9 billion, down from $48.0 billion in May, revised. June exports were $1.7 billion more than May exports of $183.3 billion. June imports were $3.5 billion less than May imports of $231.4 billion.
Friday August 03 2012
Employment Rises by 163,000 in July  
Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 163,000 in July, and the unemployment rate was essentially unchanged at 8.3 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported.
Wednesday August 01 2012
U.S. Federal Reserve Leaves Monetary Policy Unchanged  
The Federal Reserve said on August 1st that the economy is losing strength and repeated a pledge to take further steps to stimulate growth if the job market doesn't show sustained improvement.
Friday July 27 2012
U.S. Economy Grows 1.5% in Q2  
U.S. real gross domestic product increased at an annual rate of 1.5 percent in the second quarter of 2012, (that is, from the first quarter to the second quarter), according to the "advance" estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. In the first quarter, real GDP increased 2.0 percent.
Tuesday July 17 2012
U.S. Annual Inflation Unchanged at 1.7% in June  
The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) was unchanged in June on a seasonally adjusted basis, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on July 17th. Over the last 12 months, the all items index increased 1.7 percent before seasonal adjustment.
Wednesday July 11 2012
U.S. Trade Deficit Narrows in May  
U.S. May exports of $183.1 billion and imports of $231.8 billion resulted in a goods and services deficit of $48.7 billion, down from $50.6 billion in April, revised. May exports were $0.4 billion more than April exports of $182.7 billion. May imports were $1.6 billion less than April imports of $233.3 billion.
Friday July 06 2012
U.S. Economy Adds 80K Jobs in June, Unemployment at 8.2%  
Nonfarm payroll employment continued to edge up in June (+80,000), and the unemployment rate was unchanged at 8.2 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Professional and business services added jobs, and employment in other major industries changed little over the month.
Thursday June 21 2012
US Fed Extends Stimulus Measures  
The U.S. central bank expanded its “Operation Twist” by $267 billion (€211 billion), meaning it will sell short-term securities and buy long-term ones in an effort to keep borrowing costs down.
Saturday June 09 2012
U.S. Trade Deficit Narrows in April  
U.S.exports of $182.9 billion and imports of $233.0 billion resulted in a goods and services deficit of $50.1 billion, down from $52.6 billion in March, revised.
Sunday June 03 2012
U.S. GDP Revised Down to 1.9% in Q1  
Real gross domestic product located in the United States increased at an annual rate of 1.9 percent in the first quarter of 2012 (that is, from the fourth quarter to the first quarter), according to the "second" estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. In the fourth quarter of 2011, real GDP increased 3.0 percent.
Friday June 01 2012
U.S. Economy Added 69K jobs in May, Unemplyment Rate Up to 8.1%  
U.S. Nonfarm payroll employment changed little in May (+69,000), and the unemployment rate went up to 8.2 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on June 1st. Employment increased in health care, transportation and warehousing, and wholesale trade but declined in construction. Employment was little changed in most other major industries.
Tuesday May 15 2012
U.S. Annual Inflation Down to 2.3% in April  
The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) was unchanged in April on a seasonally adjusted basis, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Over the last 12 months, the all items index increased 2.3 percent before seasonal adjustment.
Thursday May 10 2012
U.S. Trade Deficit Widens in March  
Total March exports of $186.8 billion and imports of $238.6 billion resulted in a goods and services deficit of $51.8 billion, up from $45.4 billion in February, revised. March exports were $5.3 billion more than February exports of $181.5 billion. March imports were $11.7 billion more than February imports of $226.9 billion.
Monday May 07 2012
U.S. GDP Up 2.2% in Q1  
U.S. real gross domestic product increased at an annual rate of 2.2 percent in the first quarter of 2012 (that is, from the fourth quarter to the first quarter), according to the "advance" estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. In the fourth quarter of 2011, real GDP increased 3.0 percent.
Friday May 04 2012
U.S. Unemployment Down to 8.1% in April, Nonfarm Payrolls Up 115K  
U.S. Nonfarm payroll employment rose by 115,000 in April, and the unemployment rate was little changed at 8.1 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Employment increased in professional and business services, retail trade, and health care, but declined in transportation and warehousing.
Wednesday April 25 2012
U.S. Federal Reserve Reaffirms Low-Rate Policy  
U.S. Federal Reserve on April 25th confirmed the plan to keep short-term interest rates near zero through late 2014 and modestly toned down their assessment of the economy's performance.
Friday April 13 2012
U.S. Annual Inflation Rate Down to 2.7% in March  
The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 0.3 percent in March on a seasonally adjusted basis, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. Over the last 12 months, the all items index increased 2.7 percent before seasonal adjustment.
Thursday April 12 2012
U.S. Trade Deficit Narrows in February  
Total February exports of $181.2 billion and imports of $227.2 billion resulted in a goods and services deficit of $46.0 billion, down from $52.5 billion in January, revised. February exports were $0.2 billion more than January exports of $180.9 billion. February imports were $6.3 billion less than January imports of $233.4 billion.
Friday April 06 2012
U.S. Added 120K Jobs in March, Unemployment At 8.2%  
Nonfarm payroll employment rose by 120,000 in March, and the unemployment rate was little changed at 8.2 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. Employment rose in manufacturing, food services and drinking places, and health care, but was down in retail trade.
Friday March 16 2012
U.S. Annual Inflation Rate at 2.9% in February  
The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 0.4 percent in February on a seasonally adjusted basis, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. Over the last 12 months, the all items index increased 2.9 percent before seasonal adjustment.
Tuesday March 13 2012
U.S. Fed Keeps Monetary Policy Unchanged  
The Federal Reserve acknowledged recent signs of strength in the economy and said recent financial market strains have eased, offering few clues on the chances for further monetary easing.
Friday March 09 2012
U.S. Trade Deficit Widens in January  
Total January exports of $180.8 billion and imports of $233.4 billion resulted in a goods and services deficit of $52.6 billion, up from $50.4 billion in December, revised. January exports were $2.6 billion more than December exports of $178.2 billion. January imports were $4.7 billion more than December imports of $228.7 billion.
Friday March 09 2012
U.S. Economy Adds 227K Jobs in February, Jobless Rate at 8.3%  
U.S. Nonfarm payroll employment rose by 227,000 in February, and the unemployment rate was unchanged at 8.3 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. Employment rose in professional and businesses services, health care and social assistance, leisure and hospitality, manufacturing, and mining.
Wednesday February 29 2012
U.S. GDP Revised Up to 3% in Q4  
U.S. real gross domestic product increased at an annual rate of 3.0 percent in the fourth quarter of 2011 (that is, from the third quarter to the fourth quarter), according to the "second" estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. In the third quarter, real GDP increased 1.8 percent.
Friday February 17 2012
U.S. Annual Inflation Rate Down to 2.9% in January  
The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 0.2 percent in January on a seasonally adjusted basis, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. Over the last 12 months, the all items index increased 2.9 percent before seasonal adjustment
Friday February 10 2012
U.S. Trade Deficit Widens in December  
Total December exports of $178.8 billion and imports of $227.6 billion resulted in a goods and services deficit of $48.8 billion, up from $47.1 billion in November, revised.
Friday February 03 2012
U.S. Jobless Rate Down to 8.3%, Nonfarm Payrolls Up by 243K  
Total U.S. nonfarm payroll employment rose by 243,000 in January, and the unemployment rate decreased to 8.3 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Total U.S.nonfarm payroll employment rose by 243,000 in January, and the unemployment rate decreased to 8.3 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on February 3rd. Job growth was widespread in the private sector, with large employment gains in professional and business services, leisure and hospitality, and manufacturing.
Friday January 27 2012
U.S. Economy Expands 2.8% in Q4  
U.S.real gross domestic product increased at an annual rate of 2.8 percent in the fourth quarter of 2011 (that is, from the third quarter to the fourth quarter), according to the "advance" estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis.
Wednesday January 25 2012
U.S. Fed Said No Rate Hikes Until at Least Late 2014  
The U.S. Federal Reserve on Wednesday said it will not raise interest rates until at least late 2014, even later than investors expected, in an effort to support a sluggish economic recovery.
Thursday January 19 2012
U.S.Annual Inflation Down to 3% in December  
Over the last 12 months, Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U)increased 3.0 percent before seasonal adjustment.It was unchanged in December on a seasonally adjusted basis, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on January 19th.
Friday January 13 2012
U.S. Trade Deficit Widens in November  
November exports of $177.8 billion and imports of $225.6 billion resulted in a goods and services deficit of $47.8 billion, up from $43.3 billion in October, revised.
Friday January 06 2012
Unemployment Rate Falls to 8.5 percent  
Nonfarm payroll employment rose by 200,000 in December, and the unemployment rate, at 8.5 percent, continued to trend down, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. Job gains occurred in transportation and warehousing, retail trade, manufacturing, health care, and mining.
Thursday December 22 2011
U.S. GDP Revised Down to 1.8% in Q3  
U.S. real gross domestic product increased at an annual rate of 1.8 percent in the third quarter of 2011 (that is, from the second quarter to the third quarter), according to the "third" estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. In the second quarter, real GDP increased 1.3 percent.
Friday December 16 2011
U.S. Annual Inflation Down to 3.4% in November  
The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) was unchanged in November on a seasonally adjusted basis, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on December 16th. Over the last 12 months, the all items index increased 3.4 percent before seasonal adjustment.
Tuesday December 13 2011
Fed Leaves Monetary Policy Unchanged  
The U.S. Federal Reserve has left interest rates unchanged and said that it will continue with its bond-buying stimulus programme.
Friday December 09 2011
U.S. Trade Deficit Shrinks in October  
U.S. trade deficit narrowed in October to the lowest level of the year, reflecting a drop in imports.
Sunday December 04 2011
U.S. Unemployment Rate Falls to 8.6% in November  
The unemployment rate fell by 0.4 percentage point to 8.6 percent in November, and nonfarm payroll employment rose by 120,000. Employment continued to trend up in retail trade, leisure and hospitality, professional and business services, and health care. Government employment continued to trend down.
Tuesday November 22 2011
U.S. GDP Growth Revised Down to 2% in Q3  
Real gross domestic product increased at an annual rate of 2.0 percent in the third quarter of 2011 (that is, from the second quarter to the third quarter) according to the "second" estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. In the second quarter, real GDP increased 1.3 percent.
Thursday November 10 2011
U.S. Trade Deficit Narrows in September  
Total September exports of $180.4 billion and imports of $223.5 billion resulted in a goods and services deficit of $43.1 billion, down from $44.9 billion in August, revised.
Friday November 04 2011
U.S. Nonfarm Payrolls up 80K in October, Unemployment Rate at 9%  
U.S. nonfarm payroll employment continued to trend up in October (+80,000), and the unemployment rate was little changed at 9.0 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on November 4. Employment in the private sector rose, with modest job growth continuing in professional and businesses services, leisure and hospitality, health care, and mining. Government employment continued to trend down.
Wednesday November 02 2011
U.S. Federal Reserve Leaves Policy Unchanged  
U.S. Federal Reserve left monetary policy on hold on November 2nd and offered a moderately brighter economic outlook, but flagged risks to growth that appeared to leave open the door for further easing.
Thursday October 27 2011
U.S. Economy Grows 2.5% in Q3  
U.S. real gross domestic product increased at an annual rate of 2.5 percent in the third quarter of 2011 (that is, from the second quarter to the third quarter) according to the "advance" estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. In the second quarter, real GDP increased 1.3 percent.
Wednesday October 19 2011
U.S. Annual Inflation Rate at 3.9% in September  
The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 0.3 percent in September on a seasonally adjusted basis, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Over the last 12 months, the all items index increased 3.9 percent before seasonal adjustment.
Thursday October 13 2011
U.S. Trade Deficit Unchanged in August  
Total August exports of $177.6 billion and imports of $223.2 billion resulted in a goods and services deficit of $45.6 billion, virtually unchanged from July, revised. August exports were $0.1 billion less than July exports of $177.7 billion. August imports were $0.1 billion less than July imports of $223.3 billion.
Friday October 07 2011
U.S. Nonfarm Payrolls Rise in September, Unemployment Rate Steady  
U.S. Nonfarm payroll employment edged up by 103,000 in September, and the unemployment rate held at 9.1 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on October 7.
Thursday September 29 2011
US GDP Growth Revised Up to 1.3% in Q2  
Real gross domestic product in the United States increased at an annual rate of 1.3 percent in the second quarter of 2011, (that is, from the first quarter to the second quarter), according to the "third" estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. In the first quarter, real GDP increased 0.4 percent.
Thursday September 22 2011
US Federal Reserve to Launch $400bn Stimulus  
The Federal Reserve announced its aid to the U.S. economy, launching an effort to put more downward pressure on long-term interest rates over time and help the battered housing sector.
Thursday September 15 2011
U.S. Annual Inflation Rate Rises to 3.8% in August  
The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 0.4 percent in August on a seasonally adjusted basis, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on September 15. Over the last 12 months, the all items index increased 3.8 percent before seasonal adjustment.
Thursday September 08 2011
U.S. Trade Deficit Narrows in July  
The U.S. Department of Commerce, announced on September 9, that total July exports of $178.0 billion and imports of $222.8 billion resulted in a goods and services deficit of $44.8 billion, down from $51.6 billion in June, revised.
Friday September 02 2011
U.S. Employment Stagnated in August  
U.S. nonfarm payroll employment was unchanged (0) in August, and the unemployment rate held at 9.1 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on September 2. Employment in most major industries changed little over the month. Health care continued to add jobs, and a decline in information employment reflected a strike. Government employment continued to trend down.
Friday August 26 2011
U.S. GDP Revised Down to 1% in Q2  
U.S. real gross domestic product increased at an annual rate of 1.0 percent in the second quarter of 2011, (that is, from the first quarter to the second quarter), according to the "second" estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. In the first quarter, real GDP increased 0.4 percent.
Thursday August 18 2011
U.S. Annual Inflation Rate at 3.6% in July  
The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 0.5 percent in July on a seasonally adjusted basis, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on August 18. Over the last 12 months, the all items index increased 3.6 percent before seasonal adjustment.
Thursday August 11 2011
U.S. Trade Deficit Widens in June  
U.S. trade deficit in goods and services increased to $53.1 billion in June from $50.8 billion (revised) in May, as exports decreased more than imports.
Tuesday August 09 2011
U.S. Fed to Keep Rates at Record Lows at Least Through Mid-2013  
The Federal Reserve pledged for the first time to keep its benchmark interest rate at a record low at least through mid-2013 in a bid to revive the flagging recovery after a worldwide stock rout.
Friday August 05 2011
U.S. Economy Adds 117K Jobs in July, Unemployment Down to 9.1%  
U.S. payrolls increased 117K, above market expectations for an 85K gain, the Labor Department said on August 5. The unemployment rate dropped to 9.1% from 9.2% in June, as a result of people leaving the labor force.
Friday July 29 2011
U.S. Economy Grows Just 1.3% in Q2  
United States real gross domestic product increased at an annual rate of 1.3 percent in the second quarter of 2011, (that is, from the first quarter to the second quarter), according to the "advance" estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. First-quarter growth was revised down sharply to a 0.4% rate from the earlier estimate of a 1.9% gain.
Friday July 15 2011
U.S. Annual Inflation Rate Unchanged at 3.6% in June  
U.S. Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) decreased 0.2 percent in June on a seasonally adjusted basis, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on July 15. Over the last 12 months, the all items index increased 3.6 percent before seasonal adjustment.
Tuesday July 12 2011
U.S. Trade Deficit Widens in May  
U.S. trade deficit in goods and services increased to $50.2 billion in May from $43.6 billion (revised) in April, as imports increased and exports decreased.
Friday July 08 2011
U.S. June Nonfarm Payrolls Rise 18K, Jobless Rate Up to 9.2%  
U.S. Nonfarm payroll employment was essentially unchanged in June (+18,000), and the unemployment rate rose to 9.2% from 9.1% in May. Employment in most major private-sector industries changed little over the month. Government employment continued to trend down.
Monday June 27 2011
U.S. Economic Growth Revised up to 1.9% in Q1  
Real gross domestic product in the United States increased at an annual rate of 1.9 percent in the first quarter of 2011, (that is, from the fourth quarter to the first quarter), according to the "third" estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. In the fourth quarter, real GDP increased 3.1 percent.
Wednesday June 22 2011
U.S. Federal Reserve Federal Holds Interest Rates  
The Federal Reserve decided to hold interest rates at historic low levels as the US recovery is slower and weaker than expected, and hinted that more government relief could come if the recovery stalls.
Wednesday June 15 2011
U.S. Inflation Rate Rises to 3.6% in May  
The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 0.2 percent in May on a seasonally adjusted basis, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on June 15. Over the last 12 months, the all items index increased 3.6 percent before seasonal adjustment.
Thursday June 09 2011
U.S. Trade Deficit Narrows in April  
U.S. international trade deficit in goods and services decreased to $43.7 billion in April from $46.8 billion (revised) in March, as exports increased and imports decreased.
Friday June 03 2011
U.S. Employment Held Back by Weak Economy  
Nonfarm payroll employment changed little (+54,000) in May, and the unemployment rate was up to 9.1 percent from 9 percent in April, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on June 3.
Friday May 13 2011
U.S. Inflation Raises to 3.2% in April  
The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 3.2 percent over the last 12 months, before seasonal adjustment, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on May 13.
Wednesday May 11 2011
U.S. Trade Deficit Widens in March  
U.S. international trade deficit in goods and services increased to $48.2 billion in March from $45.4 billion (revised) in February, as imports increased more than exports.
Saturday May 07 2011
US Payrolls Rise 244K in April; Unemployment Rate at 9.0%  
US nonfarm payroll employment rose by 244,000 in April, and the unemployment rate edged up to 9.0 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on May 6. Job gains occurred in several service-providing industries, manufacturing, and mining.
Thursday April 28 2011
U.S. Economy Grew 1.8% in Q1  
United States GDP increased at an annual rate of 1.8 percent in the first quarter of 2011 (that is, from the fourth quarter to the first quarter) according to the advance estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. In the fourth quarter, real GDP increased 3.1 percent.
Wednesday April 27 2011
US Federal Reserve Holds Rates Steady  
The Federal Reserve signaled on April 27 it is in no rush to scale back its extensive support for the economy and said a run-up in commodity prices that has dented growth should be fleeting.
Friday April 15 2011
U.S. Inflation Raises 2.7% in March  
The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 0.5 percent in March on a seasonally adjusted basis, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on April 15. Over the last 12 months, the all items index increased 2.7 percent before seasonal adjustment.
Tuesday April 12 2011
U.S. Trade Deficit Narrows in February  
U.S. international trade deficit in goods and services decreased to $45.8 billion in February from $47.0 billion (revised) in January, as imports dropped more than exports.
Friday April 01 2011
U.S. Jobless Drops to 8.8%, Payrolls Increase by 216K in March  
U.S. Nonfarm payroll employment increased by 216,000 in March, and the unemployment rate was little changed at 8.8 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on April 1. Job gains occurred in professional and business services, health care, leisure and hospitality, and mining. Employment in manufacturing continued to trend up.
Friday March 25 2011
U.S. Economy Grew 3.1% in Q4  
Real gross domestic product -- the output of goods and services produced by labor and property located in the United States -- increased at an annual rate of 3.1 percent in the fourth quarter of 2010, (that is, from the third quarter to the fourth quarter), according to the "third" estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. In the third quarter, real GDP increased 2.6 percent.
Thursday March 17 2011
U.S. Inflation Rises to 2.1% in February  
U.S. Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 2.1 percent before seasonal adjustment over the last 12 months, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on March 17. For the month, the index increased 0.5 percent prior to seasonal adjustment.
Tuesday March 15 2011
Federal Reserve Leaves Rates Unchanged  
The Federal Reserve maintained its ultra-loose monetary policy on Tuesday, saying the economy was gaining traction while flagging potential inflation risks from costlier energy and food.
Thursday March 10 2011
U.S. Trade Deficit Widens in January  
U.S. trade deficit in goods and services increased to $46.3 billion in January from $40.3 billion (revised) in December, as imports increased more than exports.
Friday March 04 2011
U.S. Economy Adds 192,000 Jobs in February  
U.S. nonfarm payroll employment increased by 192,000 in February, and the unemployment rate was little changed at 8.9 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on March 4. Job gains occurred in manufacturing, construction, professional and business services, health care, and transportation and warehousing.
Friday February 25 2011
U.S. GDP Growth Revised Down to 2.8% in Q4  
U.S. real gross domestic product increased at an annual rate of 2.8 percent in the fourth quarter of 2010, (that is, from the third quarter to the fourth quarter), according to the "second" estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. In the third quarter, real GDP increased 2.6 percent.
Thursday February 17 2011
US Inflation Rises 1.6% in January  
US Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 1.6 percent over the last 12 months to an index level of 220.223 (1982-84=100). For the month, inflation rate increased 0.4 percent in January on a seasonally adjusted basis, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on February 17.
Friday February 11 2011
US Trade Deficit Widens in 2010  
US trade deficit increased to $497.8 billion in 2010 from $374.9 billion in 2009, as imports increased more than exports. The trade deficit increased to $40.6 billion in December 2010 from $38.3 billion (revised) in November, as imports increased more than exports.
Friday February 04 2011
U.S. Unemployment Rate Drops to 9% in January  
U.S. unemployment rate fell by 0.4 percentage point to 9.0 percent in January, while nonfarm payroll employment changed little (+36,000), the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on February 4. Employment rose in manufacturing and in retail trade but was down in construction and in transportation and warehousing. Employment in most other major industries changed little over the month.
Friday January 28 2011
U.S. GDP Growth Accelerates in the Fourth Quarter  
U.S. real gross domestic product increased at an annual rate of 3.2 percent in the fourth quarter of 2010, (that is, from the third quarter to the fourth quarter), according to the "advance" estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. In the third quarter, real GDP increased 2.6 percent.
Wednesday January 26 2011
US Federal Reserve Holds Rates Steady  
The Federal Reserve's Open Market Committee on January 26, made no policy changes, holding its key interest rate at historic low range of 0% to 0.25% and continuing on course with its $600 billion program of Treasury purchases.
Friday January 14 2011
US Inflation Rises 1.5% in December  
The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 0.5 percent in December on a seasonally adjusted basis, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on January 14. Over the last 12 months,the all items index increased 1.5 percent before seasonal adjustment.
Thursday January 13 2011
U.S. Trade Deficit Narrows in November  
United States trade deficit in goods and services decreased to $38.3 billion in November from $38.4 billion (revised) in October, as exports increased more than imports.
Friday January 07 2011
US Unemployment Rate Falls to 9.4% in December  
The unemployment rate fell by 0.4 percentage point to 9.4 percent in December, and nonfarm payroll employment increased by 103,000, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Employment rose in leisure and hospitality and in health care but was little changed in other major industries.
Friday January 07 2011
US Unemployment Rate Falls to 9.4% in December  
The unemployment rate fell by 0.4 percentage point to 9.4 percent in December, and nonfarm payroll employment increased by 103,000, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Employment rose in leisure and hospitality and in health care but was little changed in other major industries.
Wednesday December 22 2010
US Third Quarter GDP Revised Up  
Real gross domestic product in the United States increased at an annual rate of 2.6 percent in the third quarter of 2010, (that is, from the second quarter to the third quarter), according to the third estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. In the second quarter, real GDP increased 1.7 percent.
Wednesday December 15 2010
US Inflation Slows Down in November  
On a seasonally adjusted basis, the CPI-U increased 0.1 percent in November after increasing 0.2 percent in October. The index for all items less food and energy rose 0.1 percent in November after being unchanged in October. On an annual basis, overall CPI was up 1.1 percent from November 2009.
Tuesday December 14 2010
US Federal Reserve Keeps Policy on Hold  
The U.S. Federal Reserve said on December 14, the economic recovery was still too slow to bring down unemployment, reaffirming its commitment to purchase $600 billion in bonds to stimulate growth and create jobs.
Friday December 10 2010
US Trade Deficit Shrinks in October  
United States international trade deficit in goods and services decreased to $38.7 billion in October from $44.6 billion (revised) in September, as exports increased and imports decreased.
Sunday December 05 2010
US Unemployment Edges up in November; Payrolls Change Little  
The unemployment rate edged up to 9.8 percent in November, and nonfarm payroll employment was little changed (+39,000), the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on December 3.
Tuesday November 23 2010
U.S. Economy Grew 2.5% in Third Quarter, Revised From 2%  
The U.S. economy grew at a 2.5 percent annual rate in the third quarter, more than previously calculated, as companies increased shipments abroad and Americans boosted their spending.
Wednesday November 17 2010
Core US Inflation Falls to Record Low  
Living costs in the US have been held down by a weakened economy in the past year, with prices for most goods and services recording their smallest annual rises on record in October.
Thursday November 11 2010
Trade Deficit in U.S. Shrinks as Exports Climb to Two-Year High  
The U.S. trade deficit shrank more than forecast in September as exports climbed to the highest level in two years, showing a weaker dollar is helping strengthen the economic recovery.
Friday November 05 2010
U.S. Added 151,000 Jobs in October, Unemployment at 9.6%  
Payrolls rose more than forecast in October, a sign businesses may be starting to look past what the Federal Reserve calls the “disappointingly slow” U.S. recovery toward a faster pace of growth.
Thursday November 04 2010
US Federal Reserve to Spend $600 Billion to Speed Up Recovery  
The Federal Reserve moved Wednesday to jolt the economy into recovery with a bold but risky plan to pump $600 billion into the banking system.
Saturday October 30 2010
US GDP Grows a Modest 2% in 3rd quarter  
United States real gross domestic product increased at an annual rate of 2.0 percent in the third quarter of 2010, (that is, from the second quarter to the third quarter), according to the "advance" estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. In the second quarter, real GDP increased 1.7 percent.
Saturday October 02 2010
U.S. Economy Grew 1.7% in Second Quarter  
The U.S. economy grew at a 1.7 percent annual rate in the second quarter, marking the start of a slowdown in growth that has concerned the Federal Reserve.
Tuesday September 21 2010
US Federal Reserve Lays Groundwork for Possible Further Stimulus  
The Federal Reserve on Tuesday inched closer to fresh steps to bolster a sluggish U.S. recovery, saying it stood ready to provide more support for the economy and expressing stronger concerns about low inflation.
Friday September 17 2010
U.S. Consumer Prices Rose 0.3% in August  
The cost of living in the U.S. climbed in August for a second month as energy and food prices increased, while other goods and services showed little change.
Thursday September 09 2010
US Trade Deficit Narrows in July  
The US trade deficit dropped more than expected in July as exports reached their highest level in two years, boosting hopes for the US economic recovery.
Thursday September 09 2010
US Trade Deficit Narrows in July  
The US trade deficit dropped more than expected in July as exports reached their highest level in two years, boosting hopes for the US economic recovery.
Friday September 03 2010
US Payrolls Fall Less Than Expected in August  
U.S. employment fell for a third straight month in August, but the decline was far less than expected and private payrolls growth surprised on the upside, easing pressure on the Federal Reserve to prop up growth.
Wednesday September 01 2010
ADP Estimates Companies in U.S. Unexpectedly Cut Jobs  
Companies in the U.S. unexpectedly cut workers in August, data from a private report based on payrolls showed. Employment fell by 10,000, according to figures today from ADP Employer Services.
Friday August 27 2010
U.S. Economy Grew a Revised 1.6%  
The U.S. economy grew at a 1.6 percent annual rate in the second quarter, less than previously calculated, as companies reined in inventories and the trade deficit widened.
Friday August 13 2010
U.S. Consumer Prices Climb in July  
The cost of living in the U.S. climbed in July for the first time in four months, pointing to a stabilization that may ease concern a slowdown in growth will spur deflation.
Wednesday August 11 2010
US Trade Deficit Widens Sharply in June  
The trade deficit widened a surprising 18.8 percent in June on a surge of consumer goods from China and other suppliers, suggesting second-quarter economic growth was much weaker than previously thought.
Tuesday August 10 2010
Fed to Buy Treasuries with Maturing Mortgage Debt  
The US Federal Reserve on Tuesday said it would begin funneling proceeds from its maturing mortgage bonds into longer-term government debt in an effort to support a sputtering economic recovery.
Friday August 06 2010
US Economy Sheds 131,000 Jobs in July  
Total nonfarm payroll employment declined by 131,000 in July, and the unemployment rate was unchanged at 9.5 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. Federal government employment fell, as 143,000 temporary workers hired for the decennial census completed their work. Private-sector payroll employment edged up by 71,000.
Wednesday August 04 2010
ADP Estimates Companies in U.S. Added 42,000 Jobs  
Companies in the U.S. added more workers in July than forecast, data from a private report based on payrolls showed
Tuesday August 03 2010
Flat Consumer Spending Adds to Recovery Worries  
Consumer spending and incomes were unexpectedly flat in June while personal savings were the highest in a year, implying an anemic economic recovery for the remainder of this year.
Monday August 02 2010
US Economic Growth Slows in Second Quarter  
Gross Domestic Product in the United States slowed in the second quarter (April to June) to 2.4% annual rate from 3.7% in the previous quarter.
Tuesday July 27 2010
US Consumer Confidence Falls in July  
Confidence among U.S. consumers declined in July to a five-month low, a sign the lack of jobs will limit the economy’s recovery.
Sunday July 18 2010
US Consumer Prices Dip for Third Month  
American consumers saw prices fall for the third consecutive month in June on the back of lower gasoline costs, the government said Thursday amid concerns over deflation.
Tuesday July 13 2010
Trade Gap in U.S. Widened in May  
The trade deficit in the U.S. unexpectedly widened 4.8 percent in May to $42.3 billion, the highest level since November 2008, as a gain in imports outpaced growth in exports.
Friday July 02 2010
US Payrolls Fall, Private Hiring Below Forecasts  
Employment fell for the first this year in June as thousands of temporary census jobs ended and private hiring grew less than expected, dealing a blow to President Barack Obama who has identified job creation as a key priority.
Wednesday June 30 2010
U.S. Companies Added 13K Workers: ADP said  
Companies in the U.S. added fewer workers in June than forecast, according to data from a private report based on payrolls.
Wednesday June 23 2010
Fed Holds Interest Rates Steady  
The Federal Reserve acknowledged a faltering pace of U.S. economic recovery and renewed its vow to hold benchmark interest rates exceptionally low for an extended period.
Thursday June 17 2010
Consumer Prices in U.S. Fell 0.2% in May  
The cost of living in the U.S. dropped in May for a second month, signaling the world’s largest economy is recovering without causing prices to flare.
Thursday June 10 2010
U.S. Trade Deficit Expands In April  
The U.S. trade deficit widened a bit in April, as the value of crude imports hit the highest level in a year and a half.
Friday June 04 2010
U.S. Payrolls Rise 431,000 in May  
Employers in the U.S. hired fewer workers in May than forecast and Americans dropped out of the labor force, showing a lack of confidence in the recovery that may lead to slower economic growth.
Thursday June 03 2010
U.S. Companies Added 55,000 Workers in May, ADP Says  
Companies in the U.S. added workers in May, according to data from a private report based on payrolls.
Saturday May 29 2010
US Economic Recovery Will Be Challenged in the Months Ahead  
On June 25, the United States GDP growth for the first quarter of 2010 was revised down to 2.7%, showing that the recovery in the biggest economy in the world may not be as strong as many have expected.
Thursday May 27 2010
US Economy Expands Less Than First Estimated  
The U.S. economy grew in the first quarter 3%, a slower pace than previously calculated, reflecting smaller gains in consumer and business spending.
Wednesday May 19 2010
Consumer Prices in U.S. Unexpectedly Drop  
The cost of living in the U.S. unexpectedly dropped in April for the first time in more than a year, signaling the world’s largest economy is recovering without causing prices to flare.
Wednesday May 12 2010
U.S. Trade Deficit Increases to One-Year High  
The trade deficit in the U.S. widened in March to the highest level in more than a year as the cost of imported oil climbed and companies restocked shelves with goods bought abroad.
Saturday May 08 2010
Payrolls in U.S. Rise by Most in Four Years  
Employment grew at the fastest pace in four years in April as businesses ramped up hiring, suggesting the economic recovery was growing less dependent on government support.
Friday April 30 2010
US Economy Expands 3.2%  
The U.S. economy expanded at a 3.2 percent annual rate in the first quarter as consumers stepped up spending, the strongest sign yet a sustainable recovery is taking hold.
Wednesday April 28 2010
Fed Renews Low Rate Promise  
The Federal Reserve sounded cautiously more upbeat on the U.S. economic recovery and jobs as it renewed its promise to keep interest rates low for an "extended period."
Saturday April 17 2010
US Economic Recovery Poised to be Weak  
High unemployment, a weak housing market and budget deficits of both local and state governments may significantly slow the pace of economic expansion in the United States.
Friday April 16 2010
Goldman Sachs Charged With Fraud by SEC  
Goldman Sachs Group Inc was charged with fraud on Friday by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in the structuring and marketing of a debt product tied to subprime mortgages.
Wednesday April 14 2010
Consumer Prices in U.S. Rise 0.1%  
The cost of living in the U.S. rose in March, while prices excluding food and energy were unexpectedly unchanged, indicating tame inflation is accompanying the economic recovery.
Wednesday April 14 2010
March Retail Sales in U.S. Rise More Than Forecast  
Sales at U.S. retailers climbed in March more than anticipated, signaling consumers will play a bigger role in a broadening economic recovery.
Tuesday April 13 2010
Trade Deficit in U.S. Widens  
The trade deficit in the U.S. widened in February more than anticipated as imports climbed, adding to evidence of a rebound in economic growth.
Friday April 02 2010
Payrolls in U.S. Rose 162,000 in March; Unemployment at 9.7%  
Employment in the U.S. increased in March by the most in three years and the unemployment rate held at 9.7 percent as companies gained confidence the economic recovery will be sustained.
Wednesday March 31 2010
ADP Says U.S. Companies Cut Payrolls  
Companies in the U.S. unexpectedly cut payrolls in March, according to data from a private report based on payrolls.
Thursday March 18 2010
Consumer Prices in U.S. Unchanged  
The cost of living in the U.S. was unchanged in February, underscoring the Federal Reserve’s forecast that inflation will remain low as the economy recovers.
Tuesday March 16 2010
Fed Retains Pledge to Keep Rates Low for Extended Period  
The Federal Reserve held benchmark rates near zero on Tuesday and renewed a promise to keep them exceptionally low for an extended period while pointing to increased momentum in the economy's recovery.
Thursday March 11 2010
Trade Gap in U.S. Unexpectedly Falls  
The trade deficit in the U.S. unexpectedly narrowed in January as demand for foreign oil and automobiles dropped.
Friday March 05 2010
Payrolls in U.S. Fell 36,000; Unemployment at 9.7%  
The jobless rate in the U.S. held at 9.7 percent in February and employment declined less than forecast, even as severe winter weather forced some employers to temporarily close.
Wednesday March 03 2010
ADP Says U.S. Companies Cut 20,000 Jobs in February  
U.S. companies in February cut the fewest jobs in two years, according to data from a private report based on payrolls.
Friday February 26 2010
Despite Recent Growth, US Recovery is Still Weak  
In the fourth quarter of 2009, the United States economy expanded at an annualized rate of 5.9% giving the impression that the recovery in world’s largest economy has been stronger than expected. Yet, growth was mainly due to inventory rebuilding and the recent economic expansion maybe short lived.
Friday February 26 2010
U.S. Economy Grew at 5.9% in Q4  
The U.S. economy expanded at a 5.9 percent annual rate in the fourth quarter, more than the government reported last month, reflecting stronger business investment and a greater contribution from inventories.
Tuesday February 23 2010
Consumer Confidence in U.S. Falls  
Confidence among U.S. consumers fell more than anticipated in February to the lowest level since April 2009 as the outlook for jobs diminished, a sign spending may be slow to gain traction as the economy recovers
Friday February 19 2010
US Inflation Rises 0.2%  
The cost of living in the U.S. rose in January less than anticipated and a measure of prices excluding food and fuel fell for the first time since 1982, indicating the recovery is showing few signs of inflation.
Thursday February 18 2010
Fed Raises Discount Rate by Quarter-Point to 0.75%  
The Federal Reserve Board raised the discount rate charged to banks for direct loans by a quarter point to 0.75 percent and said the move will encourage financial institutions to rely more on money markets rather than the central bank for short-term liquidity needs.
Wednesday February 10 2010
Trade Deficit in U.S. Widened in December  
The trade deficit in the U.S. unexpectedly widened in December, reflecting a jump in petroleum imports that swamped an eighth consecutive gain in exports.
Friday February 05 2010
US Payrolls Fall in January, Unemployment at 9.7%  
Employers unexpectedly cut 20,000 in January, but the unemployment rate surprisingly fell to a five-month low of 9.7 percent, according to a government report on Friday that hinted at some labor market improvement starting to take root.
Wednesday February 03 2010
ADP Says U.S. Companies Cut Estimated 22,000 Jobs  
Companies in the U.S. cut an estimated 22,000 jobs in January, in line with forecasts, according to data from a private report based on payrolls.
Tuesday February 02 2010
Despite Recent Growth, US Recovery is Still Weak  
In the fourth quarter of 2009, the United States economy expanded at an annualized rate of 5.7% giving the impression that the recovery in world’s largest economy has been stronger than expected. Yet, growth was mainly due to inventory rebuilding and the recent economic expansion maybe short lived.
Friday January 29 2010
Economy in U.S. Grew at 5.7%  
The economy in the U.S. expanded in the fourth quarter at the fastest pace in six years as factories cranked up assembly lines and companies increased investment in equipment and software.
Wednesday January 27 2010
US Federal Reserve Holds Rate Steady  
The Federal Reserve kept interest rates near zero and restated its intention to cease buying mortgage-backed securities in March.
Saturday January 16 2010
Consumer Prices in U.S. Rose 0.1% in December  
The cost of living in the U.S. slowed in December from a month earlier, indicating the economic recovery is showing few signs of stoking inflation.
Tuesday January 12 2010
Trade Deficit in U.S. Increased  
The trade deficit in the U.S. widened in November more than anticipated as imports climbed faster than exports, pointing to a rebound in global demand that is fueling growth.
Friday January 08 2010
US Economy Sheds 85,000 Jobs in December  
U.S. employers unexpectedly cut 85,000 jobs in December, government data showed on Friday, cooling optimism on the labor market's recovery and keeping pressure on President Barack Obama.
Wednesday January 06 2010
ADP Says U.S. Companies Cut Estimated 84,000 Jobs  
Companies in the U.S. cut an estimated 84,000 jobs in December, according to a private report based on payroll data.
Tuesday December 22 2009
US Economy Grows 2.2% in Q3  
The U.S. economy grew at a much slower pace than previously thought in the third quarter, restrained by weak business investment and a slightly more aggressive liquidation of inventories, data showed on Tuesday.
Wednesday December 16 2009
US Federal Reserve Holds Rates Steady at 0 to 0.25%  
The Federal Reserve repeated its pledge to keep interest rates “exceptionally low” for “an extended period” and said the economy is strengthening.
Wednesday December 16 2009
Consumer Prices in U.S. Rose 0.4% in November  
The cost of living in the U.S. accelerated in November from a month earlier, led by higher prices for energy and medical care.
Thursday December 10 2009
Trade Deficit in U.S. Narrows  
The trade deficit in the U.S. unexpectedly narrowed in October as rebounding economies overseas and a weaker dollar pushed exports up for a sixth consecutive month.
Friday December 04 2009
Payrolls in U.S. Decline 11,000; Unemployment at 10%  
Employers in the U.S. cut the fewest jobs in November since the recession began and the unemployment rate unexpectedly fell, signaling the recovery is lifting the labor market out of the worst employment slump in the post-World War II era.
Wednesday December 02 2009
US Economy Still in a Gridlock  
In the third quarter of 2008, United States economy expended 2.5% qoq, indicating that the worst of the recession may be over. Yet, recent data suggests that the recovery is weak and without improvement in the labor market may not be sustainable.
Wednesday December 02 2009
ADP Says U.S. Companies Cut Estimated 169,000 Jobs  
Companies in the U.S. cut an estimated 169,000 jobs in November, according to a private report based on payroll data.
Tuesday November 24 2009
U.S. Economy Expanded 2.8% in Q3  
The U.S. economy expanded at a 2.8 percent annual rate in the third quarter, less than the government reported last month, reflecting a smaller gain in consumer spending and a bigger trade deficit.
Wednesday November 18 2009
US Debt May Undermine Long Term Growth Prospects  
The United States government has spend trillions of dollars in order to weather the financial crisis. In one hand, the massive fiscal and monetary stimulus has been stimulating the world’s largest economy. But on the other hand it is also likely to undermine long-term growth prospects as the nation will have to take the burden of rising federal deficit and national debt.
Wednesday November 18 2009
Consumer Prices in U.S. Increased 0.3%  
The cost of living in the U.S. rose more than forecast in October as Americans paid more for fuel, while so-called core prices held at a pace that supports the Federal Reserve’s forecast for tame inflation.
Friday November 13 2009
US Trade Deficit Increases by Most Since 1999  
The trade deficit in the U.S. widened in September by the most in a decade, reflecting rising demand for imported oil and automobiles as the economy rebounded from the worst recession since the 1930s.
Friday November 06 2009
Unemployment in U.S. Jumps to 10.2%  
The unemployment rate in the U.S. soared to a 26-year high of 10.2 percent in October and employers cut more jobs than forecast, underscoring why Federal Reserve policy makers say interest rates will remain low until the labor market recovers.
Wednesday November 04 2009
Fed Sees Rates Near Zero for Extended Period  
The U.S. Federal Reserve expressed growing confidence that an economic recovery was building, even though it stuck to its commitment to keep borrowing costs near zero for "an extended period".
Wednesday November 04 2009
ADP Says U.S. Companies Cut Estimated 203,000 Jobs  
Companies in the U.S. cut an estimated 203,000 jobs in October, according to a private report based on payroll data.
Monday November 02 2009
US Economy Still in a Gridlock  
In the third quarter of 2008, United States economy expended 3.5% qoq, indicating that the worst of the recession may be over. However, for number of Americans struggling to find a job and make ends meet, the only sign of health of the economy would be an improvement in labor market.
Thursday October 29 2009
US Economy Expands for First Time in a Year  
The U.S. economy grew in the third quarter for the first time in more than a year, propelled by stimulus-driven gains in consumer spending and home building.
Wednesday October 21 2009
Weak Dollar Will Jeopardize the US Economic Recovery  
Although recent data is signaling that the worst for the US economy may be over, the current pace of growth may not be sustainable. First, the poor condition of the labor market is likely to start having an impact on growth in the form of lower consumer spending. Second, the ongoing weakness in the dollar will eventually make it harder for the US government to keep borrowing money from abroad to stimulate the economy.
Thursday October 15 2009
Inflation in U.S. Increased at Slower Pace  
The cost of living in the U.S. rose at a slower pace in September, showing inflation will not be a threat as the economy emerges from the worst recession since the Great Depression.
Friday October 09 2009
Trade Deficit in U.S. Unexpectedly Narrows  
The U.S. trade deficit unexpectedly narrowed in August as exports climbed to the highest level of the year and oil imports plunged.
Monday October 05 2009
US Service Industries Grow for First Time in a Year  
U.S. service industries expanded in September for the first time in a year as the emerging recovery spread from housing and factories to the broader economy.
Friday October 02 2009
U.S. Employers Cut More Jobs Than Forecast  
Employers cut more jobs than forecast last month and the unemployment rate rose to a 26-year high, calling into question the sustainability of the economic recovery.
Wednesday September 30 2009
US Economy Shrank 0.7%  
The world’s largest economy shrank at a 0.7 percent annual rate from April through June, the best performance in more than a year, revised figures from the Commerce Department showed today in Washington. Gross domestic product contracted at a 6.4 percent pace in the first three months of 2009.
Wednesday September 30 2009
ADP Says U.S. Companies Cut 254,000 Jobs This Month  
Companies in the U.S. cut 254,000 jobs this month, more than forecast, a private report based on payroll data showed today.
Wednesday September 23 2009
Fed Says Mortgage Purchases to Slow, Sees Stronger Economy  
The Federal Reserve on Wednesday said that the U.S. economy was in recovery after a severe downturn and decided to slow purchases of mortgage debt to extend that program's life until the end of next March.
Wednesday September 23 2009
Fed May Signal U.S. Economic Recovery Has Started  
Federal Reserve officials may signal that the U.S. economy has started to recover while maintaining their pledge to keep the benchmark interest rate near a record low for an “extended period.”
Wednesday September 16 2009
US Inflation Rises  
Consumer prices rose 0.4 percent in August, underscoring the Federal Reserve’s view that inflation will be contained.
Tuesday September 15 2009
Retail Sales in U.S. Jump 2.7%  
Sales at U.S. retailers surged in August by the most in three years, led by a jump in auto purchases as consumers took advantage of the government's ''cash- for-clunkers'' program.
Thursday September 10 2009
U.S. Trade Deficit Widens Most Since 1999  
The U.S. trade deficit widened in July and imports gained by a record in percentage terms as demand for cars, computers and oil increased.
Friday September 04 2009
US Unemployment Rate Rises to 9.7%  
The U.S. jobless rate in August jumped to 9.7 percent, the highest since 1983, and employers cut another 216,000 jobs, highlighting threats to consumer spending.
Wednesday September 02 2009
ADP Says U.S. Companies Decreased Payrolls by 298,000 in August  
Companies in the U.S. cut fewer jobs in August as mounting evidence indicated the worst recession since the Great Depression may be ending, a private report based on payroll data showed today.
Thursday August 27 2009
US Economy May Be in Gridlock For Longer Than Expected  
During the last few months, both bad and good news have been coming for the US economy. During some days it seems that the worst recession of the last 75 years is over. However, in other days, bad data is released destroying investors’ confidence.
Thursday August 27 2009
U.S. Economy Contracted 1%  
The U.S. economy contracted less than anticipated in the second quarter as a jump in government spending and smaller cutbacks by consumers helped mitigate a record plunge in inventories.
Saturday August 22 2009
Fed to Stop Purchasing US Treasuries. Is it too early?  
In the United States, since the beginning of quantitative easing policy, the Federal Reserve has bought $260bn worth of the Treasuries in order to improve credit conditions. However with the Fed’s buying program almost over, questions arise about the sustainability of the ongoing recovery in financial markets.
Thursday August 20 2009
U.S. Initial Jobless Claims Rose to 576,000  
More Americans unexpectedly filed claims for jobless benefits last week, indicating companies are trying to cut costs further even as the economy stabilizes. Applications rose to 576,000 in the week ended Aug. 15 from a revised 561,000 the week before, the Labor Department said. The number of people collecting unemployment benefits the week earlier was little changed at 6.24 million.
Friday August 14 2009
U.S. Inflation Unchanged in July  
The cost of living in the U.S. was unchanged in July, and dropped by the most since 1950 from a year ago, as the recession sapped companies’ pricing power.
Wednesday August 12 2009
Fed Says Treasury Buying to End in October  
The Federal Reserve said it will slow the pace of its $300 billion program to buy U.S. Treasuries and anticipates that the full amount will be purchased by the end of October.
Wednesday August 12 2009
U.S. Trade Gap Widens Less Than Forecast  
The U.S. trade deficit widened less than forecast in June, reflecting a second consecutive gain in exports spurred by a pick-up in economies throughout the world.
Friday August 07 2009
Nonfarm Payroll declines 247K in July  
Nonfarm payroll employment continued to decline in July (-247,000), and the unemployment rate was little changed at 9.4 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today.
Wednesday August 05 2009
ADP Says U.S. Companies Decreased Payrolls by 371,000  
Companies in the U.S. cut fewer jobs in July as the worst recession since the Great Depression eased, a private report based on payroll data showed today.
Friday July 31 2009
U.S. Economy’s Contraction Slowed to 1%  
The U.S. economy shrank at a better- than forecast 1 percent annual pace in the second quarter as a jump in government spending masked a deeper retrenchment by consumers.
Wednesday July 29 2009
Is the US Economic Recovery Sustainable?  
A rebound in domestic demand is among the most important pillars of a sustainable recovery. Yet, although it looks like the worst of the recession in the United States is over, at Trading Economics we think that a rising unemployment rate is likely to weaken household spending and temper an upturn in growth, stocks and commodities.
Monday July 27 2009
Fed Should Keep on With Its Expansionary Policy  
Since the beginning of this financial crisis the Federal Reserve has implemented various measures to improve credit availability and fasten the recovery. However, because of the rapid increase in money supply, many investors are beginning to worry about the need to anchor inflation expectation.
Wednesday July 15 2009
U.S. Consumer Prices Gain 0.7%  
The cost of living in the U.S. rose more than forecast in June, led by a jump in energy costs that overshadowed slower price gains for other goods.
Friday July 10 2009
Trade Deficit in U.S. Narrowed in May  
The U.S. trade deficit unexpectedly narrowed in May to the lowest level in almost a decade as exports jumped while imports of crude oil and auto parts declined.
Tuesday July 07 2009
U.S. Economy Will Recover, But Only in 2010  
In the first three months of 2009, the US Gross Domestic Product declined by an annualized rate of 5.5 percent. Yet, although the last two quarters have been the weakest in 51 years, we can see some improvement in the economy.
Tuesday July 07 2009
U.S. Payrolls Fall More Than Forecast  
Employers in the U.S. cut 467,000 jobs in June, the unemployment rate rose and hourly earnings stagnated, offering little evidence the Obama administration’s stimulus package is shoring up the labor marke
Thursday June 25 2009
U.S. Economy Shrank 5.5% in Q1  
The U.S. economy shrank at a 5.5 percent annual rate in the first quarter, reflecting declines in inventories, housing and business spending that have since eased.
Wednesday June 24 2009
Fed Leaves Bond Purchases Unchanged  
The Federal Reserve left its $1.75 trillion bond-purchase program unchanged and said inflation will remain “subdued for some time.”
Wednesday June 17 2009
Cost of Living Decreases in the U.S.  
The U.S. consumer price index dropped 1.3 percent in the year ended in May, the most since 1950, the Labor Department said today in Washington. Prices increased just 0.1 percent last month, less than anticipated, after no change in April.
Tuesday June 16 2009
Weak Pound Curbs Fall in UK Inflation  
Inflation fell in May to its lowest since the beginning of 2008, but remained higher than most economists expected.
Wednesday June 10 2009
U.S. Trade Gap Widened in April  
The U.S. trade deficit widened in April for a second month as exports dropped to the lowest level in almost three years, offering little sign of an end to the worst global recession in the post-World War II era.
Tuesday June 09 2009
The U.S. Economy Will Recover, But Only in 2010  
In the first three months of 2009, the U.S. gross domestic product declined by an annualized rate of 5.7 per cent. And although the last two quarters had been the weakest period in 51 years in United States economy, recently we can see some improvements.
Friday June 05 2009
Job Losses in the U.S. Slow  
The U.S. lost fewer jobs in May than forecast, even as the unemployment rate surged to 9.4% because more people joined the labor force, reinforcing signs the recession is starting to abate.
Wednesday June 03 2009
ADP Estimates U.S. Companies Cut Payrolls by 532,000 in May  
Companies in the U.S. cut an estimated 532,000 workers from payrolls in May as the labor market showed little sign of improving even as the recession abated, a private report showed today.
Friday May 29 2009
U.S. Economy Contracts by 5.7%  
The US economy continued to contract in the first quarter of this year as the pain of the recession spreads from consumers to businesses in the face of eroding global demand.
Friday May 15 2009
U.S. Inflation Unchanged in April  
U.S. consumer prices were unchanged in April, but recorded their largest year-on-year drop for more than 50 years, official data showed.
Tuesday May 12 2009
U.S. Trade Deficit Widens  
The U.S. trade deficit widened in March for the first time in eight months as the global economic slump pushed exports to the lowest level in more than two years.
Friday May 08 2009
U.S. Unemployment Rate Rises to 8.9%  
Nonfarm payroll employment continued to decline in April (-539,000), and the unemployment rate rose from 8.5 to 8.9 percent, the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor reported today.
Wednesday May 06 2009
ADP Says U.S. Companies Reduced Payrolls by 491,000  
Companies in the U.S. cut an estimated 491,000 workers from payrolls in April, indicating the worst of the recession’s job losses may have passed, a private report showed today.
Tuesday May 05 2009
The U.S. Economy Will Recover, But Only in 2010  
During the last few months, the United States real GDP fell from a cliff. However, this week the U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke told the U.S. Congress the economy is likely to pull out of recession and start growing later this year. So, what is behind the chairman’s optimistic outlook belief? Will the recovery bring relief for distressed households?
Wednesday April 29 2009
Fed Keeps Key Rate Unchanged  
Fed leaves its target range on interest rates unchanged at 0 - 0.25% while keeping the target for Treasury and other debt purchases untouched.
Wednesday April 29 2009
U.S. Economy Shrank 6.1% in Q1  
The U.S. economy plunged again in the first quarter, capping its worst performance in five decades, reflecting a record slump in inventories and further declines in housing.
Sunday April 19 2009
U.S. Inflation Falls in March  
U.S. consumer prices fell unexpectedly in March and recorded their first annual drop since 1955, government data showed on Wednesday, as slumping demand pushed down energy and food costs.
Thursday April 09 2009
U.S. Trade Gap Narrowed in February  
The U.S. trade deficit in February unexpectedly narrowed to the lowest level in nine years as demand for Asian cars, toys and electronics collapsed.
Wednesday April 08 2009
Is the U.S. Economy on Its Way to Recovery?  
During the last few months, the United States GDP has been falling rapidly. What is behind this slump and how long may it take for the economy to recover?
Friday April 03 2009
U.S. Economy Sheds 663,000 Jobs in March  
Nonfarm payroll employment continued to decline sharply in March (-663,000), and the unemployment rate rose from 8.1 to 8.5 percent, the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor reported today.
Wednesday April 01 2009
ADP Says U.S. Companies Reduced Payrolls by 742,000  
Companies in the U.S. cut an estimated 742,000 workers in March, pointing to no relief in sight for the labor market amid the longest recession in seven decades, a private report based on payroll data showed today.
Thursday March 26 2009
U.S. Economy Contracts 6.3%  
The U.S. economy shrank in the fourth quarter more than previously estimated, leading to the biggest plunge in corporate earnings in a half century and underscoring why companies are slashing payrolls this year
Thursday March 19 2009
Quantitative Easing, Will it Help the U.S. Economy?  
With the economic recession deepening at a frightening pace, interest rates all over the world are getting closer to zero. So, since central banks cannot lower rates any further, many are trying to boost the economy by buying government securities hoping to bring down longer term interest rates and fight any deflationary cycles. But, can the so called quantitative easing bring the necessary relief to our distressed financial markets?
Wednesday March 18 2009
Federal Reserve Keeps Rate at 0.25%  
Federal Reserve keeps fed funds target range steady, to buy up to $300 bln longer term Treasuries.
Wednesday March 18 2009
Inflation in U.S. Increases More Than Forecast  
The cost of living in the U.S. rose more than forecast in February, led by gains in fuel, clothing and automobile prices.
Friday March 13 2009
U.S. Trade Gap Narrows  
The U.S. trade deficit narrowed in January to the lowest level in six years on tumbling American demand for everything from OPEC oil to Japanese automobiles.
Friday March 06 2009
Employers in U.S. Cut 651,000 Jobs  
The U.S. unemployment rate surged in February to the highest level in more than 25 years and the economy lost more than 600,000 jobs for a third consecutive month, pointing to further reductions in spending.
Wednesday March 04 2009
ADP Says U.S. Companies Reduced Payrolls by 697,000  
Companies cut 697,000 jobs in the U.S. in February as the recession’s grip tightened, offering no sign the pace of the decline in payrolls is easing.
Tuesday March 03 2009
U.S. Economy Is Likely to Deteriorate Further (Update)  
The U.S. economy shrank in the last quarter of 2008 by 6.2% annual rate, a level not seen since 1982. But is this a sign that the economy hit the rock bottom or an indication of a further slump?
Friday February 27 2009
U.S. Economy Shrank 6.2% in Fourth Quarter  
The U.S. economy shrank in the fourth quarter at an even faster pace than previously estimated as consumer spending plunged, companies cut inventories and exports sank.
Friday February 20 2009
U.S. Inflation Rose 0.3% in January  
The cost of living in the U.S. rose in January for the first time in six months as gasoline stopped sliding and retailers tried to push through start-of-year increases even as sales slumped.
Wednesday February 11 2009
U.S. Trade Deficit Narrowed in December  
The U.S. trade deficit narrowed less than anticipated in December to the smallest in almost six years as the recession pushed oil prices and consumer spending lower, reducing imports.
Friday February 06 2009
U.S. Jobless Rate Rises to 16-Year High  
Unemployment in the U.S. climbed in January to the highest level since 1992 and payrolls dropped more than forecast as the recession showed no sign of abating.
Friday February 06 2009
U.S. Economy Sheds 598,000 Jobs in January  
Nonfarm payroll employment fell sharply in January (-598,000) and the unem- ployment rate rose from 7.2 to 7.6 percent, the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor reported today.
Wednesday February 04 2009
ADP Says U.S. Companies Reduced Payrolls by 522,000  
Companies in the U.S. cut an estimated 522,000 jobs in January as the economy weakened at the start of the year, a private report based on payroll data showed today.
Tuesday February 03 2009
U.S. Economy is Likely to Deteriorate Further  
The U.S. economy shrank in the last quarter of 2008 by 3.8% annual rate, a level not seen since 1982. But is this a sign that the economy hit the rock bottom or an indication of a further slump?
Sunday February 01 2009
U.S. GDP Shrank 3.8% Last Quarter  
The U.S. economy shrank the most since 1982 in the fourth quarter as consumer spending recorded the worst slide in the postwar era, a trajectory that’s likely to continue in coming months.
Wednesday January 28 2009
Fed Keeps Rate Near Zero  
The Federal Reserve left the benchmark interest rate as low as zero, said it’s prepared to purchase Treasury securities to resuscitate lending and warned inflation may recede too quickly.
Friday January 16 2009
U.S. Inflation Rose 0.1% in 2008  
The cost of living in the U.S. fell in December as the recession deepened, capping the smallest annual gain in a half century.
Tuesday January 13 2009
U.S. Trade Gap Narrows  
The U.S. trade deficit narrowed 29 percent in November, the most in 12 years, as tumbling oil prices contributed to a record slump in imports that overshadowed a drop in exports.
Friday January 09 2009
Employers in U.S. Cut 524,000 Jobs  
The U.S. lost 524,000 jobs in December, making last year's collapse in employment the worst since the end of World War II. The jobless rate rose more than forecast to 7.2 percent, a 15-year high, from 6.8 percent.
Wednesday January 07 2009
ADP Says U.S. Companies Cut 693,000 Jobs in December  
Companies in the U.S. eliminated an estimated 693,000 jobs in December, the most since records began in 2001, a private report based on payroll data showed.
Tuesday December 23 2008
U.S. Economy Shrank 0.5% in Q3  
The U.S. economy shrank in the third quarter at a 0.5 percent annual pace as the now year-old recession intensified.
Tuesday December 16 2008
Fed Sets Funds Target Range of 0 to 0.25 percent  
The Federal Open Market Committee decided today to establish a target range for the federal funds rate of 0 to 1/4 percent.
Tuesday December 16 2008
U.S. CPI Fall 1.7% in November  
The cost of living in the U.S. fell in November by the most on record, as the price of gasoline and other energy costs plunged.
Thursday December 11 2008
Trade Deficit in U.S. Widens  
The U.S. trade deficit unexpectedly widened in October as faltering global demand led to a third consecutive drop in exports, signaling the American economy is sinking even faster than previously estimated.
Friday December 05 2008
U.S. Payrolls Decline by 533,000  
U.S. companies slashed payrolls at the fastest pace in 34 years as the economy headed for its deepest and longest recession since World War II.
Wednesday December 03 2008
U.S. Companies Cut 250,000 Jobs in November  
Companies in the U.S. eliminated an estimated 250,000 jobs in November, the most since November 2001, a private report based on payroll data showed today.
Tuesday November 25 2008
U.S. Economy Shrank 0.5%  
The U.S. economy shrank in the third quarter faster than previously estimated as consumer spending plunged by the most in almost three decades.
Wednesday November 19 2008
Inflation in U.S. Dropped 1%  
The cost of living in the U.S. dropped in October by the most on record as fuel costs plummeted and retailers discounted automobiles and clothing to entice shell- shocked consumers.
Thursday November 13 2008
U.S. Trade Deficit Fell in September  
The U.S. trade deficit in September narrowed more than forecast as a record decline in the cost of foreign crude oil caused fuel imports to tumble.
Friday November 07 2008
U.S. Economy Sheds 240,000 Jobs in October  
Nonfarm payroll employment fell by 240,000 in October, and the unemployment rate rose from 6.1 to 6.5 percent, the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor reported today.
Thursday October 30 2008
U.S. GDP Shrinks at Fastest Pace Since 2001  
The economy suffered its biggest decline since 2001 in the third quarter, ushering in what may be the worst recession in a quarter-century and boosting the chances of Barack Obama and fellow Democrats in next week's elections.
Wednesday October 29 2008
Fed Cuts Rate to 1%  
The Federal Reserve cut its benchmark interest rate by half a percentage point to 1 percent, matching a half-century low, in an effort to avert the worst U.S. economic downturn in the postwar era.
Wednesday October 29 2008
Fed May Cut Rate to 1%  
The Federal Reserve may lower its benchmark interest rate to 1 percent today and signal further reductions to levels unseen since Dwight Eisenhower was president
Thursday October 16 2008
U.S. CPI Unchanged in September  
The cost of living in the U.S. was unchanged in September, restrained by plunging fuel costs and decreases in automobile prices and airline fares that signal the slowing economy is starting to cool inflation.
Friday October 10 2008
U.S. Trade Deficit Narrowed on Drop in Fuel Imports  
The U.S. trade deficit narrowed in August as the retreat in oil prices cut the import bill. The gap shrank to $59.1 billion from July's $61.3 billion
Wednesday October 08 2008
Fed, ECB, Central Banks Cut Rates in Coordinated Move  
The Federal Reserve, European Central Bank and four other central banks lowered interest rates in an emergency coordinated bid to ease the economic effects of the financial crisis.
Tuesday October 07 2008
Bernanke Signals Fed Is Prepared to Cut Rates as Crisis Deepens  
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke signaled policy makers are ready to lower interest rates as the credit freeze worsens the outlook for U.S. economic growth and as inflation concerns wane.
Friday October 03 2008
House passes $700 billion financial bailout  
The House of Representatives approved a $700 billion bailout package for U.S. banks, under pressure from all sides as the effort to head off a spreading financial crisis hung in the balance.
Friday October 03 2008
U.S. Payrolls Fell by 159,000  
The U.S. lost the most jobs in five years in September and earnings rose less than forecast as the credit crisis deepened the economic slowdown.
Thursday October 02 2008
Will the Rescue Plan Help the U.S. Economy?  
On Wednesday night, the U.S. Senate passed a $700 billion financial-market rescue package. The bill still needs to be accepted by the House of Representatives, but even if it gets approved, will it bring any relief to the U.S. economy?
Wednesday October 01 2008
U.S. Senate Approves $700 Billion Financial-Rescue  
The U.S. Senate tonight approved a $700 billion financial-rescue plan that funds the biggest government intervention in the markets since the Great Depression.
Friday September 26 2008
U.S. Economic Growth Slower  
The U.S. economy expanded more slowly than previously estimated in the second quarter, showing consumer spending was weakening before the credit crisis intensified.
Monday September 22 2008
Dollar Weakens Most Since Euro's 1999 Debut  
The dollar weakened the most against the euro since the European currency's 1999 debut on concern a U.S. proposal to buy $700 billion of troubled assets from financial firms will inflate the budget deficit.
Monday September 22 2008
What’s Next for the United States?  
After one of the most chaotic weeks in Wall Street history the worst may still to come. Indeed, although GDP growth in the second quarter of 2008 was better than expected, one should put more attention to what will happen with U.S. economy in the next two quarters.
Friday September 19 2008
U.S Stocks Surge  
U.S. stocks surged, extending the biggest two-day global rally since 1970, as the government moved to halt the credit-market seizure and regulators cracked down on investors seeking to drive down shares of financial companies.
Wednesday September 17 2008
Bank Fears Hit Stocks  
U.S. stocks extended losses on Wednesday, sending the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq off more than 3 percent, as a spike in inter-bank lending rates fanned fears that credit might be drying up in the global financial system.
Tuesday September 16 2008
Fed Keeps Rate at 2%  
The Federal Open Market Committee decided today to keep its target for the federal funds rate at 2 percent.
Tuesday September 16 2008
U.S. Stocks Drop for a Second Day  
U.S. stocks declined for a second day after a record jump in overnight lending rates and the credit downgrades of American International Group Inc. showed strains on the financial system are intensifying.
Tuesday September 16 2008
U.S. Inflation Fell for First Time in Almost Two Years  
The cost of living in the U.S. fell in August for the first time in almost two years as falling fuel costs and a slowing economy cooled inflation.
Monday September 15 2008
S&P 500 Sinks Most Since 2001 Terror Attacks  
U.S. stocks tumbled, pushing the Standard & Poor's 500 Index to the steepest drop since the September 2001 terrorist attacks, as Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc.'s bankruptcy and declining commodities increased speculation that credit-market losses and the economic slowdown will worsen.
Monday September 15 2008
Oil Falls More Than $7  
Crude oil fell more than $7 to a seven-month low as Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. filed for bankruptcy and refineries along the Gulf of Mexico escaped major damage from Hurricane Ike.
Friday September 12 2008
U.S. Trade Deficit of $62.2 Billion Exceeds Forecast  
The U.S. trade deficit widened more than forecast in July as oil imports soared to a record, overshadowing gains in exports.
Tuesday September 09 2008
Crude Oil Falls  
Crude oil fell to a five-month low in New York and Brent oil in London dropped below $100 a barrel as the Saudi Arabian and Venezuelan oil ministers signaled that OPEC will maintain production levels when it meets today in Vienna.
Tuesday September 09 2008
Global Fears Drive Dollar to One-Year High  
The dollar hit a one-year high on Tuesday as fears over the health of the global economy intensified. The dollar index, which tracks its progress against six leading currencies, rose to a high of 79.776, its strongest for 12 months.
Friday September 05 2008
US Unemployment Jumps to 5-year High  
The US unemployment rate unexpectedly jumped to a five-year high of 6.1 per cent, according to figures released on Friday, suggesting a bleaker picture of the world’s largest economy.
Monday September 01 2008
Oil, Gas Fall as Gulf Hurricane Weakens  
Crude oil fell to the lowest in more than four months and natural gas dropped to a low for the year after Hurricane Gustav made landfall as a weaker-than-expected storm, easing concern of major damage to rigs and refineries.
Sunday August 31 2008
Crude Oil, Gasoline Advance  
Crude oil and gasoline futures rose as Hurricane Gustav approached the U.S. Gulf coast, halting most regional oil and gas output and shutting local refineries.
Friday August 29 2008
U.S. Stocks Fell  
U.S. stocks fell, paring the biggest monthly gain since April, as consumer spending slumped and lower- than-estimated earnings from Dell Inc. dragged down technology companies.
Friday August 29 2008
Oil Rises  
Crude oil headed for its biggest weekly gain in almost two months and natural gas rose as producers evacuated rigs before the arrival of Gustav, forecast to be the largest hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico since Katrina.
Friday August 29 2008
Dollar Falls Against Euro  
The dollar fell against the euro after a government report showed consumer spending slowed in July and crude oil prices rose.
Thursday August 28 2008
Dollar Rebounds From Week's Low  
The dollar rebounded from the lowest level against the euro this week as the U.S. economy expanded in the second quarter faster than previously estimated and crude oil prices decreased.
Thursday August 28 2008
U.S. Stocks Rally  
U.S. stocks climbed for a third day, led by manufacturers and financial companies, after growth in exports helped the economy expand faster than estimated in the second quarter.
Thursday August 28 2008
U.S. Economy Grew Faster Than Expected  
The U.S. economy expanded at a faster pace than previously estimated in the second quarter, helped by surging exports and a smaller decline in inventories.
Wednesday August 27 2008
U.S. Stocks Gain on Durable Goods  
U.S. stocks rose for a second day after orders for durable goods unexpectedly advanced in July and analysts said new investments by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will boost their earnings.
Wednesday August 27 2008
Crude Oil Rises a Third Day  
Crude Oil rose for a third day on forecasts Tropical Storm Gustav will strengthen as it enters the Gulf of Mexico, home to 26 percent of U.S. production.
Tuesday August 26 2008
Dollar Falls  
The dollar fell from a six-month high against the euro on speculation weakening business and consumer spending will discourage the Federal Reserve from raising interest rates.
Tuesday August 26 2008
Fed Officials Agree Next Rate Move Will Be Increase  
Federal Reserve officials agreed at their meeting this month that their next move in interest rates will be to raise them, while reaching no conclusion on the timing of such a decision, records of the gathering show.
Tuesday August 26 2008
Dollar Rises to Six-Month High  
The dollar rose to a six-month high against the euro on evidence the greenback will be the main beneficiary from a global economic slowdown as German business confidence dropped in August more than forecast.
Monday August 25 2008
U.S. Stocks Drop  
U.S. stocks fell for the first time in four days as a Kansas bank's failure and speculation AIG Inc. will post a loss heightened concern that credit writedowns will keep rattling the financial system.
Monday August 25 2008
Oil Rallies After Sharp Sell-off  
Oil prices rallied modestly on Monday, in what traders called a technical rebound after the sharp sell-off at the close of last week.
Monday August 25 2008
Gold Prices Fall for a Second Day  
Gold fell in London for a second day as a rally in the dollar eroded the appeal of the precious metals as an alternative asset. Silver was little changed.
Monday August 25 2008
Dollar Rises  
The dollar rose for a second day against the euro on speculation a drop in oil prices will support growth in the world's largest energy consumer.
Friday August 22 2008
Dollar Rises Versus Euro, Yen  
The dollar rose against the euro and the yen as a South Korean bank said it's ``considering'' an investment in Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc., indicating U.S. financial firms may weather credit market turmoil.
Friday August 22 2008
Crude Oil Falls on Stronger Dollar  
Crude oil fell for the first time in four days as the U.S. dollar strengthened and Turkey restored flows through a Caspian Sea pipeline.
Thursday August 21 2008
Oil Gains a Third Day  
Oil rose on speculation that Russian crude may be disrupted because of rising tensions with the U.S., and as the weaker dollar bolstered the hedging appeal of commodities.
Wednesday August 20 2008
U.S. Dollar Appreciated the Most Since 2005  
Over the last weeks the U.S. dollar has rallied at the fastest pace since 2005. For instance, just in a month the greenback appreciated 12% against the Australian dollar, 8% versus the euro, 7% versus the pound and 3% versus the yen. The question here is what is behind that unexpected rebound in the U.S. currency and if dollar strength will continue going forward.
Tuesday August 19 2008
Oil Rises a Second Day  
Crude oil rose for a second day as a weakening dollar prompted investors to buy commodities as an inflation hedge.
Tuesday August 19 2008
Dollar Trades Near One-Week Low  
The dollar traded near a one-week low versus the yen as stocks declined on speculation credit-market losses at financial firms will deepen.
Tuesday August 19 2008
U.S. Stocks Retreat on Price Report, Housing Data  
U.S. stocks declined for a second day after wholesale prices rose twice as fast as economists estimated, housing starts fell and concern grew that the nation's biggest financial firms will post more losses.
Monday August 18 2008
Dollar Declines  
The dollar fell from a seven-month high against the yen and declined versus currencies in New Zealand and Australia on speculation its recent rally is too fast to sustain.
Friday August 15 2008
Oil Declines  
Crude oil fell, heading for a second weekly decline, as the stronger dollar diminished the appeal of commodities as an inflation hedge.
Friday August 15 2008
Gold Slumps Below $800  
Gold fell below $800 a troy ounce for the first time this year on Friday as the recent sell-off in the commodities sector gathered pace and the dollar hit fresh highs.
Friday August 15 2008
Dollar Heads for Fifth Weekly Gain  
The dollar headed for a fifth weekly gain against the euro, its longest winning streak in more than two years, as crude oil declined and economies from Germany to Japan contracted.
Thursday August 14 2008
Crude Oil Rises a Second Day  
Crude oil rose for a second day after a U.S. Energy Department report yesterday showed a bigger- than-forecast decline in inventories of gasoline as refiners shut units and imports fell.
Thursday August 14 2008
U.S. Inflation Rose More Than Forecast in July  
U.S. consumer prices climbed more than forecast in July, reducing the ability of the Federal Reserve to lower interest rates should the economic slowdown deepen.
Tuesday August 12 2008
U.S. Stocks Fall on Banking Concern  
U.S. stocks fell for the first time in three days after JPMorgan Chase & Co. said it may post more credit losses, pushing the worldwide costs for the collapse of the subprime mortgage market to more than $500 billion.
Tuesday August 12 2008
Oil Falls  
Crude oil fell to a 14-week low on speculation that the dollar will strengthen against the euro, weakening the appeal of commodities as an inflation hedge.
Tuesday August 12 2008
Dollar Heads for Longest Gain Since 2006  
The dollar headed for a sixth day of gains against the euro, the longest rally since October 2006, on speculation tumbling commodity prices will give a boost to the world's largest economy.
Tuesday August 12 2008
Oil Falls for a Third Day  
Crude oil fell for a third day on signs that a U.S. economic slump will extend into 2009, paring fuel demand in the world's biggest oil consumer.
Tuesday August 12 2008
U.S. Trade Gap Unexpectedly Narrows  
The U.S. trade deficit unexpectedly narrowed in June as the biggest jump in exports in more than four years overcame record imports of petroleum.
Monday August 11 2008
Gold, Platinum, Silver Drop  
Gold, platinum and silver plunged to their lowest in more than seven months as the dollar gained against the euro, reducing the appeal of precious metals as an alternative investment to U.S. denominated assets.
Monday August 11 2008
Crude Oil Falls to a 14-Week Low  
Crude oil fell to a 14-week low on signs that the U.S. economic slump will extend into 2009, crimping fuel demand.
Monday August 11 2008
Dollar Hits 6-month High Vs Euro  
The dollar stormed to a six-month high against the euro on Monday amid a growing realisation that the US economy was not deteriorating as quickly as others across the globe.
Saturday August 09 2008
What to Expect This Week?  
This week the market will be focus on inflation figures. Consumer prices are likely to increase in many countries but may be close to peaking since energy prices are significantly lower than last month.
Friday August 08 2008
Dollar Surges vs Euro and Pound  
The dollar surged higher on Friday, hitting a five-month high against the euro and a seventeen-month peak against sterling amid a growing conviction that the effects of the credit crisis were spreading across the globe.
Thursday August 07 2008
Gold Declines to Eight-Week Low  
Gold dropped to an eight-week low in Asia, heading for a fourth weekly decline, as energy costs fell and the dollar rallied, reducing the precious metal's appeal as a haven investment.
Thursday August 07 2008
Crude Oil Trades Near $119  
Crude oil futures traded near $119 a barrel in New York after falling yesterday as U.S. supplies unexpectedly gained amid slowing demand, and the dollar climbed, reducing the appeal of commodities as an inflation hedge.
Wednesday August 06 2008
Crude Oil Falls a Third Day  
Crude oil fell for a third day in New York, trading near $118 a barrel, on concern slowing economic growth in the U.S. and Europe will curb fuel consumption.
Wednesday August 06 2008
Dollar Trades Near 7-Week High  
The dollar traded near a seven-week high against the euro as the price of a barrel of oil tumbled to the lowest level in three months.
Tuesday August 05 2008
Fed Keeps Rate at 2%  
The Federal Reserve kept its benchmark interest rate at 2 percent for the second consecutive meeting as inflation accelerates and the economic slowdown shows signs of deepening.
Tuesday August 05 2008
Crude Oil Falls to Three-Month Low  
Crude oil fell to a three-month low as meteorologists forecast Tropical Storm Edouard will miss most offshore production facilities in the U.S. Gulf Coast while approaching Texas.
Tuesday August 05 2008
Dollar Trades Near 7-Week High Vs Yen  
The dollar traded near a seven-week high against the yen before a Federal Reserve decision today, when policy makers may leave interest rates on hold and emphasize risks to inflation.
Monday August 04 2008
Oil Falls As Fears for Growth Intensify  
Crude oil prices fell below $120 a barrel for the first time in three months on Monday amid mounting worries about slowing economic growth and signs of rising supplies from Opec, the oil exporting countries cartel.
Monday August 04 2008
U.S. Stocks Retreat on Accelerating Inflation  
U.S. stocks fell for a third day, led by financial shares, after the government reported the fastest jump in consumer prices since 1981 and Europe's biggest bank said bad loans are increasing in North America.
Monday August 04 2008
Crude Oil Rises  
Crude oil rose for a second day as a storm threatened U.S. output in the Gulf of Mexico, and Israeli and U.S. officials sought additional sanctions against Iran.
Monday August 04 2008
Dollar Trades Near 1-Month High  
The dollar traded near a one-month high against the euro before a Federal Reserve meeting tomorrow at which policy makers may leave interest rates on hold and signal prices are increasing too quickly.
Friday August 01 2008
Dollar Rises Versus Euro  
The dollar rose against the euro as a government report showed employers in the U.S. eliminated fewer jobs last month than analysts forecast, indicating the economy may be weathering the housing slump.
Friday August 01 2008
U.S. Payrolls Drop 51,000 Jobs  
The U.S. unemployment rate rose to the highest level in more than four years as employers cut jobs again in July, increasing the threat of a deeper economic slowdown.
Thursday July 31 2008
Dollar Falls as GDP Trails Forecast  
The dollar fell the most against the euro in almost three weeks as reports showed the U.S. economy grew less than forecast in the second quarter and initial jobless claims rose last week to a five-year high.
Thursday July 31 2008
U.S. Economy Grew Less Than Forecast  
The U.S. economy expanded less than forecast in the second quarter as the drag from housing and rising unemployment blunted the impact of federal tax rebates.
Wednesday July 30 2008
U.S. Stocks Rally  
U.S. stocks rallied, led by the biggest gain in energy shares in six years, after oil jumped by more than $4 a barrel and a private report showed an unexpected increase in jobs.
Wednesday July 30 2008
Oil Rises  
Crude oil rose more than $1 a barrel after the U.S. Energy Department reported an unexpected decline in gasoline inventories.
Wednesday July 30 2008
Dollar Advances to One-Month High  
The dollar rose to a one-month high versus the euro after a private report showed U.S. companies unexpectedly added jobs this month.
Tuesday July 29 2008
Dollar Rises to One-Month High  
The dollar advanced to a one-month high versus the euro and the yen as U.S. consumer confidence increased and crude oil prices dropped, reducing concern the economy may fall into a recession.
Tuesday July 29 2008
Oil Drops on Stronger U.S. Dollar  
Crude oil fell to a 14-week low as the U.S. dollar strengthened against the euro and on signs gasoline demand may extend declin
Monday July 28 2008
Oil Trades Near 7-Week Low  
Crude oil traded near a seven-week low in New York after falling as the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and China raise output.
Monday July 28 2008
Dollar Falls  
The dollar fell from near a three- week high against the euro as concern U.S. financial company losses will widen led traders to reduce bets that the Federal Reserve will increase borrowing costs in September.
Sunday July 27 2008
How Much Longer Can the U.S. Avoid Recession?  
So far, the United States economy has managed to avoid the recession label. In fact, GDP growth in second quarter of 2008 was better than widely expected. But how much longer can the economy resist to several housing, financial and commodity shocks?
Sunday July 27 2008
What to Expect This Week?  
This week we expect several indicators to provide more evidence of slowing economic growth across the globe.
Thursday July 24 2008
Gold, Silver Fall as Dollar Gain  
Gold fell for a third straight day as the dollar rose to a two-week high against the euro, eroding the appeal of the precious metal as an alternative investment. Silver also fell.
Thursday July 24 2008
Dollar Trades Near 1-Month High  
The dollar traded near a one-month high against the yen after U.S. lawmakers approved a bill that allows Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson to bail out Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
Wednesday July 23 2008
U.S. Stocks Advance  
U.S. stocks rose for a second day as oil retreated, lawmakers moved closer to shoring up the mortgage industry and earnings reports from AT&T Inc. and Pfizer Inc. eased concern that the profit slump will worsen.
Wednesday July 23 2008
Oil Falls Below $125  
Crude oil futures fell below $125 a barrel for the first time in seven weeks after a U.S. government report showed that fuel stockpiles increased as consumption tumbled to the lowest in more than a year.
Wednesday July 23 2008
Crude Oil Falls  
Crude oil fell for a second day in New York after forecasters expect Hurricane Dolly to miss fields in the Gulf of Mexico and the dollar rebounded, curbing investments in commodities.
Wednesday July 23 2008
Gold Trades Near Lowest in More Than One Week  
Gold traded near the lowest in more than a week after crude oil tumbled and the dollar rallied, eroding the precious metal's appeal as a hedge against inflation.
Tuesday July 22 2008
Dollar Trades Near Two-Week High  
The dollar traded near a two-week high against the euro after Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson voiced support for the currency and the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia president said interest rates should be raised.
Monday July 21 2008
Dollar Trades Near Record Low  
The dollar traded near a record low against the euro after American Express Co. said profits dropped because more consumers defaulted on loans, raising concern the U.S. economic slowdown will deepen.
Monday July 21 2008
Crude Oil Falls  
Crude oil fell in New York as Tropical Storm Dolly is unlikely to affect oil and natural gas operations in the Gulf of Mexico while heading toward the coast of Texas.
Sunday July 20 2008
Dollar Falls Against Yen  
The dollar declined against the yen for the first day in four on speculation reports on U.S. home sales and durable-goods orders will encourage the Federal Reserve to delay raising interest rates.
Sunday July 20 2008
Oil Rises From Six-Week Low on Tropical Storm, Iran's Nuclear  
Crude oil rose from a six-week low in New York as a storm heads toward Mexico and tensions with Iran is poised to escalate after the world's fourth-largest oil producer resisted demands that it suspend nuclear research.
Friday July 18 2008
Dollar Heads for Weekly Gain  
The dollar headed for a weekly advance against the euro, rebounding from a record low on signs U.S. investment banks will withstand credit-market losses stemming from the collapse of the subprime-mortgage market.
Thursday July 17 2008
Oil Trades Near $135  
Crude oil traded little changed near $135 a barrel in New York after falling almost 3 percent yesterday as U.S. inventories increased unexpectedly.
Wednesday July 16 2008
Gold Rises  
Gold gained in Asia, after tumbling the most in more than three weeks yesterday, as investors sought a haven on concern the dollar may decline and inflation increase.
Wednesday July 16 2008
Dollar Declines Against Euro  
The dollar dropped to near a record low against the euro and weakened versus the yen on concern U.S. bank losses and writedowns will increase this week, further eroding confidence in the financial system.
Wednesday July 16 2008
U.S. Inflation Climb by the Most Since 2005  
Prices paid by U.S. consumers jumped in June by the most since 2005 on spiraling costs for fuel and food, intensifying the pressure on households struggling with falling home prices and the credit crunch.
Tuesday July 15 2008
U.S. Stocks Decline  
U.S. stocks dropped, sending the Standard & Poor's 500 Index to the lowest since 2005, as a plunge in oil dragged down energy shares and investors lost confidence in the government's plan to rescue Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
Tuesday July 15 2008
Oil Falls Most in 3 Years  
Crude oil tumbled the most in three years on concern that a slower U.S. economy will curtail demand for oil and gasoline.
Tuesday July 15 2008
Dollar Falls to Record Versus Euro  
The dollar declined to a record low against the euro on speculation Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke and Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson will say credit- market losses are hurting U.S. economic growth.
Monday July 14 2008
U.S. Stocks Fall, Led by Biggest Drop in Financials Since 2000  
U.S. stocks fell, sending financial shares to their biggest drop in eight years, on heightened concern that bank failures will spread.
Monday July 14 2008
Crude Oil Pares Losses  
Crude oil pared losses of almost 2 percent in New York as a five-day strike by Brazilian workers threatened to cut the nation's daily output by more than half.
Monday July 14 2008
Dollar Gains  
The dollar rose for the first time in four days against the euro after Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson asked Congress for authority to buy stakes in Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae to restore confidence in financial markets.
Friday July 11 2008
Dollar Falls to Lowest Since April  
The dollar dropped to the lowest level since April and headed for a weekly loss on concern the U.S. government may be forced to take over mortgage lenders Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
Thursday July 10 2008
Crude Oil Jumps More Than $5  
Crude oil rose more than $5 a barrel in the last hour of New York floor trading as prices breached a level that triggered computer-generated buying programs.
Thursday July 10 2008
S&P 500 Falls into a Bear Market  
US financial stocks on Wednesday suffered their worst one-day fall since the credit crisis began nearly a year ago, pushing the S&P 500 into official bear market territory.
Tuesday July 08 2008
Dollar Trades Near Two-Week High Against Euro as Oil Declines  
The dollar traded near a two-week high against the euro as crude oil prices fell and the Federal Reserve ledged to support credit markets, improving the outlook for the world's biggest economy.
Tuesday July 08 2008
Oil Falls  
Crude oil fell for a second day as signs that the global economy may slow further prompted investors to sell commodities.
Monday July 07 2008
Oil Is Steady After $3 Drop on Dollar  
Crude oil was little changed in New York after falling more than $3 a barrel yesterday amid short- lived gains in the dollar and signs economic growth is slowing across Europe, which may curtail energy demand.
Monday July 07 2008
Dollar May Extend Drop  
The dollar may fall against the euro before an industry report forecast to show U.S. pending sales of existing homes fell in May by the most in six months.
Monday July 07 2008
Dollar Advances Vs Euro,Yen  
The dollar rose against the euro and the yen on speculation leaders of the Group of Eight nations will signal support for the U.S. currency following a meeting starting today.
Thursday July 03 2008
U.S. Loses 62,000 Jobs  
U.S. employers cut jobs in June for a sixth consecutive month as soaring fuel prices and a slowing economy forced companies to reduce costs.
Wednesday July 02 2008
Dollar Trades Near Three-Week Low  
The dollar traded near a three-week low against the euro before an industry report today that economists say will show U.S. companies cut jobs in June for the first time in four months.
Tuesday July 01 2008
Dollar May Extend Drop Versus Euro  
The dollar may fall for a second day against the euro before a private report forecast to show U.S. companies shed jobs in June for the first time in four months.
Tuesday July 01 2008
Crude Oil Rises  
Oil rose, extending this year's 48 percent gain, after ABC News reported Israel is increasingly likely to attack Iran this year, starting a conflict that would threaten supplies from the Middle East.
Tuesday July 01 2008
Gold Gains as Dollar May Fall  
Gold advanced in Asia on expectation the U.S. dollar may fall before an industry report today that will show U.S. manufacturing shrank, boosting the appeal of the precious meal as an alternative asset.
Monday June 30 2008
Most U.S. Stocks Fall as Banks Slump for 3rd Day  
Most U.S. stocks fell for a third day, capping the market's worst month in six years, on concern that deepening mortgage losses will force more banks to cut dividends or sell shares at a discount.
Monday June 30 2008
Dollar Trades Near 3-Week Low  
The dollar traded near a three-week low against the yen before government data this week that may show U.S. employers cut jobs for a sixth consecutive month, damping expectations for an increase in interest rates.
Monday June 30 2008
Oil Rises to Record  
Crude oil rose to a record above $143 a barrel on speculation the dispute over Iran's nuclear program may disrupt supply from OPEC's second-largest producer.
Friday June 27 2008
U.S. Stocks Slump  
U.S. stocks fell a second day, pushing the DJI to the brink of a bear market, on concern subprime-related writedowns at banks will worsen and record oil and a slowing economy will prolong the worst profit decline since 2002.
Friday June 27 2008
Oil Is Little Changed  
Crude oil was little changed in New York near $140 a barrel after falling as traders sold contracts to lock-in profits from yesterday's gain to a record.
Thursday June 26 2008
Crude Oil Rises on Lower Dollar  
Crude oil rose more than $3 a barrel as a lower U.S. dollar spurred investors to purchase commodities as a hedge and Libya said it may cut production.
Thursday June 26 2008
Gold Gains in London on Dollar Weakness  
Gold advanced in London after the dollar fell to the lowest in more than two weeks against the euro, buoying demand for the precious metal as an alternative investment to the U.S. currency.
Wednesday June 25 2008
Fed Keeps Rate at 2%  
The Federal Reserve kept its benchmark rate at 2 percent and warned that faster inflation may accompany some strengthening of the economy.
Wednesday June 25 2008
Oil Drops More Than $4  
Crude oil fell more than $4 a barrel after a U.S. government report showed that inventories rose for the first time in six weeks.
Wednesday June 25 2008
Dollar Is Little Changed Vs Euro, Yen  
The dollar was little changed against the euro and the yen before the Federal Reserve ends a two-day meeting at which policy makers will probably keep interest rates unchanged, ending a cycle of seven reductions.
Tuesday June 24 2008
Dollar Falls Against Euro  
The dollar fell against the euro as consumer confidence dropped this month to a 16-year low and housing prices plunged in April, reducing speculation the Federal Reserve will increase borrowing costs later this year.
Tuesday June 24 2008
Oil Rises as U.S. Dollar Drops  
Crude oil rose for a third day as the U.S. dollar dropped, enhancing the appeal of commodities as an inflation hedge, and a labor strike threatened to deepen production losses in Nigeria.
Monday June 23 2008
Oil Rises  
Crude oil rose on signs that Saudi Arabia's output increase may not raise global supply enough to make up for production disruptions in Nigeria.
Monday June 23 2008
Euro Falls Most Versus Dollar in Week  
The euro dropped the most versus the dollar in more than a week as German business confidence fell in June to the lowest level since 2005, reducing speculation the European Central Bank will increase interest rates this year.
Sunday June 22 2008
Dollar Trades Near 2-Week Low Versus Euro  
The dollar traded near a two-week low against the euro on speculation U.S. reports tomorrow will show falling house prices are eroding confidence among consumers.
Sunday June 22 2008
Oil Is Little Changed on Saudi Production  
Crude oil was little changed after falling in New York as Saudi Arabia pledged to increase production and militants in Nigeria called a cease-fire in their attacks on oil pipelines and vessels.
Friday June 20 2008
U.S. Stocks Drop on Oil's Surge  
U.S. stocks slid to a three-month low, led by consumer and technology companies, as threats of increased violence in the Middle East sent oil prices higher and analysts said demand for electronics may weaken.
Friday June 20 2008
Crude Oil Rises  
Crude oil rose as the weaker dollar enhanced the appeal of commodities as a currency hedge and the New York Times reported that Israel held a rehearsal for a potential bombing attack on nuclear targets in Iran.
Friday June 20 2008
Dollar Falls  
The dollar fell, poised for its biggest weekly decline against the euro in almost three months, on speculation the Federal Reserve will delay raising interest rates to support the U.S. economy.
Thursday June 19 2008
Oil Falls More Than $4  
Crude oil fell more than $4 a barrel, the biggest drop in 11 weeks, on speculation demand will decline, after China said it will raise fuel prices starting tomorrow.
Wednesday June 18 2008
Dollar Falls to One-Week Low vs Euro  
The dollar declined to a one-week low against the euro on speculation a central bank report today will show a deepening slump in manufacturing, encouraging the Federal Reserve to delay increasing borrowing costs.
Wednesday June 18 2008
Dollar Advances Against Yen  
The dollar rose against the yen and snapped two days of declines versus the euro as oil fell for a fourth day and rising stocks encouraged investors to buy higher- yielding assets financed in Japan.
Tuesday June 17 2008
Oil Falls for Fourth Day  
Crude oil fell for a fourth day in New York on signs that gasoline demand in the U.S., the world's largest consumer, is declining as record prices curb usage.
Tuesday June 17 2008
Dollar Drops Versus Euro  
The dollar dropped against the euro for a second day as declines in housing and industrial production raised speculation that the Federal Reserve will delay increasing borrowing costs this year.
Tuesday June 17 2008
May U.S. Suffer from Stagflation?  
The U.S. economy may be suffering from its first bout of stagflation since the start of this decade, reports on housing, prices and manufacturing indicated.
Tuesday June 17 2008
Crude Oil Drops for a Third Day  
Crude oil declined for a third day amid concerns that slower economic growth will curb consumption of oil products.
Monday June 16 2008
Dollar Falls Vs Euro  
The dollar fell the most against the euro in more than a week as New York state manufacturing shrank in June and Group of Eight finance ministers stopped short over the weekend of calling for a strong U.S. currency.
Sunday June 15 2008
G8 Warns on Rising Inflation Threat  
Hank Paulson, US Treasury secretary, talked up the dollar in Osaka at the weekend as the Group of Eight finance ministers warned of the increasing threat inflation posed to their economies.
Sunday June 15 2008
Dollar Little Changed Vs Yen  
The dollar was little changed against the yen after the Group of Eight stopped short of calling for a stronger U.S. currency in a statement after a summit over the weekend.
Friday June 13 2008
U.S. Stocks Climb as Oil Declines  
U.S. stocks rose, paring the week's losses, after oil retreated and some measures of inflation matched economists' forecast, damping speculation the Federal Reserve will boost interest rates this year.
Friday June 13 2008
Dollar Heads for Biggest Weekly Gain in Three Years  
The dollar headed for its biggest weekly gain in more than three years against the euro on speculation officials from the Group of Eight nations meeting on the weekend will signal they favor a stronger U.S. currency.
Friday June 13 2008
U.S. Consumer Prices Rise 0.6%  
U.S. consumer prices rose more than forecast in May as Americans paid more for fuel, underscoring the Federal Reserve's concern that inflation will pick up.
Thursday June 12 2008
Dollar Rises to One-Week High Vs Euro  
The dollar rose to a one-week high against the euro as U.S. retail sales advanced in May more than economists forecast, raising speculation the Federal Reserve will increase borrowing costs this year.
Wednesday June 11 2008
Gold Holds Above $880  
Gold held gains above $880 an ounce in Asia after a jump in crude oil and a decline in the dollar boosted the appeal of the precious metal as hedge against inflation and alternative investment.
Wednesday June 11 2008
Dollar Rises to 3-Month High  
The dollar rose to a three-month high against the yen on speculation Federal Reserve officials speaking today will highlight the risks of inflation.
Tuesday June 10 2008
Gold Falls Most in Two Months as Dollar Jumps  
Gold tumbled the most in two months as the dollar had the biggest gain since December, reducing the appeal of the precious metal as an alternative investment. Silver also dropped.
Tuesday June 10 2008
How Oil Prices Affect Consumer Spending  
The price of oil has doubled over the last 12 months reaching almost $140 per barrel last week. How this boom in oil prices may affect global economy and consumer spending?
Tuesday June 10 2008
Dollar Rises Versus Yen, Euro  
The dollar rose to a three-month high against the yen and climbed versus the euro after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke said economic risks have faded, spurring traders to boost wagers interest rates will rise.
Tuesday June 10 2008
U.S. Trade Gap Widened in April  
The U.S. trade deficit widened in April as the surging cost of oil boosted imports to a record, overshadowing the biggest gain in exports in four years.
Monday June 09 2008
Dollar Rises Most Versus Euro in a Month  
The dollar rose the most against the euro in a month as U.S. policy makers indicated they're concerned about the currency's 7 percent drop this year.
Monday June 09 2008
Oil Falls More Than $4  
Crude oil fell more than $4 a barrel in New York after Saudi Arabia's oil minister, Ali al-Naimi, called for a meeting of oil producing and consuming nations to discuss how to deal with record prices.
Friday June 06 2008
U.S. Stocks Plunge  
U.S. stocks tumbled, sparking the Dow Jones Industrial Average's worst sell-off in 15 months, after a jump in the unemployment rate and a $10-a-barrel rise in oil heightened concern the economy will sink into a recession.
Friday June 06 2008
Oil Rises to Record on Weakening Dollar  
Crude oil rose more than $10 to a record as the dollar weakened after the U.S. unemployment rate grew the most in two decades and Morgan Stanley said prices may reach $150 within a month.
Friday June 06 2008
Dollar Falls to One-Week Low Versus Euro  
The dollar fell to a one-week low against the euro after a government report showed the U.S. unemployment rate increased the most in more than two decades, adding to evidence the economy may not be rebounding.
Friday June 06 2008
U.S. Payrolls Fall  
The U.S. lost jobs in May for a fifth month and the unemployment rate rose by the most in more than two decades, signaling that the world's largest economy is stalling.
Thursday June 05 2008
Crude Oil Rises More Than $5  
Crude oil rose more than $5 a barrel as the dollar dropped against the euro on statements that the European Central Bank may boost interest rates to cut inflation.
Tuesday June 03 2008
Dollar Surges as Bernanke Speaks Out  
The dollar surged while oil and gold tumbled on Tuesday after Ben Bernanke surprised markets by making clear the Federal Reserve does not want the US currency to weaken any further because of the risks to inflation.
Tuesday June 03 2008
Dollar Declines Against Euro, Yen  
The dollar fell from close to a two- week high against the euro and traded at the lowest level in a week versus the yen on concern credit-market losses will widen, delaying any recovery in U.S. economic growth.
Monday June 02 2008
U.S. Stocks Drop, Led by Financials  
U.S. stocks fell for the first time in five days after Wachovia Corp. ousted its chief executive officer and Standard & Poor's lowered its debt ratings on three of Wall Street's biggest securities firms.
Sunday June 01 2008
Dollar Snaps Gain Against Yen  
The dollar snapped a five-day rally against the yen on speculation a report today will show U.S. manufacturing contracted for a fourth month, limiting the Federal Reserve's scope to raise interest rates.
Friday May 30 2008
Dollar Heads for Monthly Gain  
The dollar was headed for a second straight monthly advance against the euro as rising stocks and signs of improving economic growth boosted investor confidence in U.S. assets.
Thursday May 29 2008
Dollar Trades at Three-Month High Vs Yen  
The dollar traded at a three-month high against the yen as gaining stocks and declining crude oil brightened the outlook for the world's biggest economy.
Thursday May 29 2008
Gold Falls Most in Five Weeks  
Gold tumbled the most in five weeks as the dollar rallied, reducing the appeal of the precious metal as an alternative investment. Silver also declined.
Thursday May 29 2008
U.S. Economy Expands  
The U.S. economy grew more than previously estimated in the first quarter as Americans bought fewer goods from abroad, helping the trade deficit shrink to a five-year low.
Wednesday May 28 2008
Dollar Trades Near 2-Week High Against Yen  
The dollar traded near a two-week high against the yen before a government report today that analysts say will show the economy expanded at a faster pace last quarter than initially estimated.
Tuesday May 27 2008
Gold, Silver Drop  
Gold fell the most in four weeks as a drop in energy costs reduced demand for a hedge against inflation. Silver tumbled the most in two months
Tuesday May 27 2008
Dollar Trades Near One-Week High Vs Euro  
The dollar traded near a one-week high against the euro after oil prices declined the most in a month in New York, easing concern that record fuel costs will slow the U.S. economy.
Tuesday May 27 2008
Oil Trades Near One-Week Low  
Crude oil traded near a one-week low in New York as U.S. consumer confidence dropped to the lowest level since October 1992, signaling a slowdown in the world's biggest oil user amid record energy prices.
Tuesday May 27 2008
Oil Falls More Than $2  
Crude oil fell more than $2 a barrel in New York on signs that U.S. fuel consumption is dropping because of a slowing economy and record energy prices.
Friday May 23 2008
Dollar Set for Weekly Loss as Oil Costs Rise  
The dollar headed for a third weekly decline against the euro as the U.S. housing slump and record oil prices slow growth in the world's biggest economy.
Thursday May 22 2008
Dollar Snaps Two-Day Drop  
The dollar snapped two days of declines against the euro, rallying from the lowest level in a month, as traders added to bets the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates by year-end and oil retreated.
Thursday May 22 2008
Oil Rises Above $135  
Crude oil rose to a record above $135 a barrel as OPEC ministers said they could do nothing to stop a rally that may be heading to $200 a barrel.
Wednesday May 21 2008
Dollar Trades Near 1-Month Low Against Euro  
The dollar traded near a one-month low against the euro on speculation a surge in oil prices to a record will accelerate inflation while slowing economic growth in the U.S., the world's biggest oil importer.
Wednesday May 21 2008
Gold Rallies on Weak Dollar  
Gold rose to the highest in a month as surging oil prices and a weakening dollar boosted demand for the metal as a hedge against inflation. Silver also gained.
Wednesday May 21 2008
Oil Rises Above $134 on U.S. Supply Drop  
Crude oil rose to a record above $134 a barrel as U.S. stockpiles unexpectedly dropped and banks raised price forecasts because of supply constraints and demand growth.
Tuesday May 20 2008
Dollar Declines  
The dollar fell the most in more than a month against euro after the International Monetary Fund said the U.S. housing slump still poses ``serious risks'' to financial markets.
Tuesday May 20 2008
Oil Rises to a Record  
Crude oil rose above $128 a barrel in New York for the first time after billionaire hedge-fund manager Boone Pickens said that oil will reach $150 a barrel this year.
Monday May 19 2008
Dollar Gains Most Against Euro in 4 Days  
The dollar gained the most against the euro in four days and strengthened versus the yen after the index of leading U.S. economic indicators unexpectedly rose in April.
Monday May 19 2008
Dollar Trades Near Two-Week Low Versus  
The dollar traded near the lowest level in more than two weeks against the euro before an industry report this week that may signal the worst housing slump in a quarter of a century is deepening.
Friday May 16 2008
Dollar Falls Most Against Euro in Month  
The dollar fell the most against the euro in a month and depreciated versus the yen as a drop in consumer confidence and a surge in crude oil to a record increased concern U.S. economic growth will slow.
Friday May 16 2008
Oil rallies to new high near $128  
Oil shot to a record high near $128 on Friday after Goldman Sachs, the most active investment bank in energy markets, raised sharply its forecast for prices.
Wednesday May 14 2008
Dollar Pares Gain Versus Euro  
The dollar pared its gain against the euro after a government report showed U.S. consumer prices increased last month less than forecast, suggesting the Federal Reserve may have more leeway to lower borrowing costs.
Wednesday May 14 2008
U.S. CPI Rises Less Than Forecast  
Prices paid by U.S. consumers rose less than forecast in April, reflecting declining costs for furniture and hotel stays that outweighed the biggest jump in food prices in 18 years.
Tuesday May 13 2008
Dollar Rises  
The dollar rose against the euro and the yen after a government report showed retail sales excluding autos increased in April more than forecast, raising speculation the Federal Reserve will stop cutting borrowing costs.
Monday May 12 2008
Dollar Climbs on Speculation Fed to Halt Cuts  
The dollar rose against the yen for the first time in six days as traders speculated the Federal Reserve will refrain from cutting interest rates next month.
Friday May 09 2008
U.S. March Trade Deficit Narrowed  
The U.S. trade deficit narrowed more than forecast in March as imports dropped by the most in more than six years, reflecting the economic slowdown.
Wednesday May 07 2008
Dollar Rises on U.S. Productivity  
The dollar rose against the euro and the yen as U.S. productivity unexpectedly accelerated in March while Europe showed signs of an economic slowdown.
Tuesday May 06 2008
Dollar Trades Near One-Week Low Versus Euro  
The dollar traded near a one-week low against the euro before an industry report that will probably show a housing slump is slowing the U.S. economy.
Tuesday May 06 2008
Dollar Falls for Second Day  
The dollar fell for a second day against the euro as Fannie Mae reported a larger-than-expected $2.19 billion loss, indicating the worst of financial-market turmoil may not be over.
Monday May 05 2008
Dollar Declines as Bernanke Signals Growth to Slow on Housing  
The dollar weakened against 11 of the 16 most-traded currencies after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke said in a speech that mortgage delinquencies will weigh on U.S. economic growth.
Friday May 02 2008
Dollar Rises to 5-Week High  
The dollar rose to a five-week high against the euro after a government report showed U.S. employers eliminated fewer jobs in April than economists forecast, indicating the U.S. economy may avoid falling into a recession.
Friday May 02 2008
U.S. Loses 20,000 Jobs in April  
The U.S. lost fewer jobs than forecast in April, and the unemployment rate unexpectedly dropped, signaling that the economic slowdown didn't gather pace at the start of the second quarter.
Thursday May 01 2008
Dollar Rises Versus Euro  
The dollar rose to the highest level in five weeks against the euro on speculation the Federal Reserve may stop reducing borrowing costs as the U.S. economy shows signs of resilience.
Wednesday April 30 2008
U.S. Stocks Extend Gain After Fed Cuts Lending Rate  
U.S. stocks extended gains after the Federal Reserve cut its benchmark interest rate for the seventh time since September to spur economic growth.
Wednesday April 30 2008
Fed Trims Rate to 2%  
The Federal Reserve lowered its main interest rate by a quarter of a percentage point to 2 percent, the seventh cut since the onset of a global credit squeeze that's eroded economic growth.
Wednesday April 30 2008
U.S. Economy Expanded at 0.6% in Q1  
The U.S. economy expanded at a 0.6 percent annual pace in the first quarter as an increase in inventories compensated for weaker consumer spending and a drop in business investment.
Tuesday April 29 2008
Is Oil as Expensive as it Seems?  
The price of oil has doubled over the last 12 months reaching over $122 per barrel on May 6. What have caused that drastic increase and is it really a new record?
Tuesday April 29 2008
Dollar Rises to Three-Week High  
The dollar strengthened to a three- week high against the euro on speculation the Federal Reserve will signal that it's close to pausing after making six reductions in the target lending rate.
Monday April 28 2008
Dollar Hits Two-Month High Against Yen  
The dollar hit a two-month high against the yen and held on to last week’s sharp gains against the euro on Monday amid speculation that the Federal Reserve was approaching the end of its interest rate cutting cycle.
Sunday April 27 2008
Oil Rises to Record  
Crude oil rose to a record after BP Plc shut a North Sea pipeline and gunmen attacked police guarding Nigeria's largest oil and gas terminal.
Friday April 25 2008
Dollar Rises Versus Euro  
The dollar rose the most in two days against the euro since December as traders increased bets the Federal Reserve will stop cutting interest rates while the European economy showed signs of a slowdown.
Thursday April 24 2008
Crude Oil Falls as Dollar Strengthens  
Crude oil fell for a second day in New York after the dollar rose against the euro, reducing the appeal of commodities to investors, and a government report yesterday showed U.S. stockpiles increased more than expected.
Tuesday April 22 2008
The Dollar Weakens  
The dollar weakened for a second straight day as oil surged above $119 a barrel and Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas President Richard Fisher said inflation is starting to grip U.S. consumers.
Tuesday April 22 2008
Oil Rises to Record Above $118  
Crude oil rose to a record above $118 a barrel on concern that a labor dispute in the U.K. and disruptions in Nigeria may crimp oil supply.
Monday April 21 2008
Oil Soars to Record above $117  
Crude oil prices surged above $117, setting a new record high on Monday because of worries of supply disruptions from major producers and comments by OPEC reiterating there is no need to raise output.
Monday April 21 2008
Dollar Drop Slows With G-7 Blessing  
Traders betting on intervention by the Group of Seven nations to stem the dollar's 7.7 percent decline against the euro this year may be disappointed.
Friday April 18 2008
Dollar Rises Versus Euro  
The dollar rose the most against the euro in more than two weeks as Citigroup Inc.'s first- quarter revenue beat analysts' estimates, fueling speculation financial firms will weather credit market losses.
Wednesday April 16 2008
U.S. Stocks Gain on Earnings  
U.S. stocks rose the most in two weeks as better-than-forecast profits from Intel Corp., JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Wells Fargo & Co. eased concern that the slowing economy is dragging down earnings.
Wednesday April 16 2008
Dollar Falls to Record Against Euro  
The dollar fell to a record low against the euro as European inflation accelerated and U.S. housing starts tumbled, reducing chances the European Central Bank will follow the Federal Reserve in cutting interest rates.
Wednesday April 16 2008
U.S. Consumer Prices Rose 0.3% in March  
U.S. consumer prices rose in March, driven by higher food and fuel expenses that indicate Americans will spend less on other goods.
Tuesday April 15 2008
Dollar Holds Gains Against Euro  
The dollar held gains against the euro before a report forecast to show U.S. consumer inflation accelerated in March, bolstering speculation the Fed will slow the pace of interest-rate cuts.
Tuesday April 15 2008
Oil Rises to Record Above $113  
Crude oil rose to a record above $113 a barrel in New York on supply disruptions in Nigeria and Mexico and rising fuel demand in China.
Monday April 14 2008
Dollar weakens as bleak outlook offsets G7 impact  
The dollar slipped on Monday, surrendering earlier gains, as worries about a gloomy U.S. economic outlook outweighed the Group of Seven nations' heightened concern about currency volatility.
Monday April 14 2008
Oil Bounces on Supply Disruptions  
Oil prices jumped on Monday because of a U.S. pipeline shutdown and some production losses in Nigeria following a fire at a flow station.
Sunday April 13 2008
Dollar Rises After G7 Meeting  
The dollar rose the most in almost two weeks against the euro after Group of Seven officials expressed concern that swings in exchange rates will disrupt the global economy and financial markets.
Friday April 11 2008
Oil Falls a Second Day  
Crude oil fell for a second day in New York on signs that high prices and a slowing economy will curb U.S. fuel consumption.
Friday April 11 2008
Dollar Falls Against Euro and Yen  
The dollar fell against the euro and the yen on speculation officials from the Group of Seven nations are unlikely to agree on a plan to support the U.S. currency when they meet today.
Thursday April 10 2008
Dollar Rebounds from Record Lows Versus Euro  
The dollar surged from record lows against the euro on Thursday as traders covered short positions after ECB President Jean-Claude Trichet's unchanged inflation views did not give the single currency upward momentum.
Thursday April 10 2008
U.S. Trade Deficit Unexpectedly Widened  
The U.S. trade deficit unexpectedly widened in February, reflecting a jump in imports of automobiles and machinery that swamped record exports.
Monday April 07 2008
Oil Climbs More  
Oil jumped nearly $3 a barrel on Monday, lifted by a rally in gas oil and as optimism that banks will manage to shore up the financial system helped to fuel buying across commodities and equities.
Monday April 07 2008
Dollar Bottom Elusive Before G-7  
Optimism for a dollar rebound that pervaded the currency market at the start of the year is fading.
Friday April 04 2008
Dollar Falls Versus Euro  
The dollar fell against the euro after a government report showed the economy lost jobs for a third straight month in March, increasing concern that the U.S. is falling into a recession.
Friday April 04 2008
U.S. Loses 80,000 Jobs in March  
US employers in March cut more jobs than at any time since the start of the Iraq war and the unemployment rate climbed more than expected, reinforcing fears that the domestic economy has slipped into recession.
Thursday April 03 2008
Jobs Data Add to Gloom on Wall Street  
Wall Street stocks fell in midday trading on Thursday as investors digested comments from the Fed chairman that the US economy could contract in the first half of the year and after a raft of data that supported the premise.
Wednesday April 02 2008
Dollar Rises Against Euro, Yen  
The dollar rose against the euro and advanced to a three-week high against the yen as a private report showed U.S. companies unexpectedly added jobs in March, indicating the economy may be weathering the housing slump.
Tuesday April 01 2008
Why Gold is Soaring?  
During the last two years the price of gold doubled, reaching $1,000 per ounce on March 13th. What has caused that huge increase in the value of the yellow metal?
Tuesday April 01 2008
Dollar Advances Most in Almost Two Weeks  
The dollar rose the most in almost two weeks against the euro after UBS AG said it will raise about $15 billion, signaling the world's biggest financial institutions can ride out the freeze in credit markets.
Monday March 31 2008
Oil Falls More Than $4  
Crude oil fell more than $4 a barrel in New York on signs that slowing economic growth in the U.S. will bolster stockpiles and curb demand.
Monday March 31 2008
U.S. Stocks Gain  
U.S. stocks rose for the first time in four days, led by banks and brokerages, after Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson proposed expanding the Federal Reserve's power to prevent future financial crises.
Monday March 31 2008
Dollar Heads for Biggest Quarterly Loss Against Euro Since 2004  
The dollar headed for its biggest quarterly loss against the euro in almost four years as the Federal Reserve cut its target lending rate by the most since 1984 to revive the economy while the European Central Bank held borrowing costs at a six-year high to contain inflation.
Thursday March 27 2008
Oil Near $106  
Oil jumped above $107 on Thursday after saboteurs blew up one of Iraq's two main export pipelines.
Wednesday March 26 2008
Dollar Slumps after Weak Data  
The dollar slumped for a second straight session on Wednesday after an unexpected fall in U.S. durable goods orders bolstered worries about the health of the economy, which could prompt further interest rate cuts.
Tuesday March 25 2008
U.S. Stocks Drop  
U.S. stocks extended declines after consumer confidence tumbled, analysts said mortgage-related writedowns will keep reducing earnings at Wall Street firms and home prices in 20 U.S. metropolitan areas fell in January by the most on record.
Tuesday March 25 2008
Dollar Falls against Euro  
The dollar fell the most against the euro in two weeks on speculation industry reports will show U.S. consumer confidence dropped to a five-year low and the housing slump deepened.
Monday March 24 2008
U.S. Stocks Rise  
U.S. stocks rallied to the highest level this month as JPMorgan Chase & Co.'s increased bid for Bear Stearns Cos. and a gain in home sales boosted speculation the economy will recover from $200 billion in credit losses.
Monday March 24 2008
Dollar Gains on Speculation Fed's Actions Will Revive Growth  
The dollar rose against the yen and the euro on speculation the Federal Reserve's interest-rate cuts and efforts to spur lending will help revive economic growth.
Monday March 24 2008
Oil Falls a Third Day  
Crude oil fell for a third day in New York on concern the slowing U.S. economy will cut consumption and the dollar's gain will reduce demand for commodities as a hedge against inflation.
Friday March 21 2008
Dollar Set for Weekly Gain  
The dollar headed for the first weekly advance against the euro and the yen in a month after the Federal Reserve's decision to accept more collateral for loans eased concern about banks' access to capital.
Thursday March 20 2008
Dollar up in Commodity Unwind  
The dollar rallied on Thursday as investors took profits from oil, gold and other commodities, repatriating their cash back into the beleaguered U.S. currency ahead of the Easter break.
Thursday March 20 2008
Oil Drops below $100  
Oil slipped below $100 a barrel on Thursday for the first time in two weeks, extending a hefty sell-off in the previous session on growing concerns an economic slowdown in top consumer the United States would undermine global energy demand.
Wednesday March 19 2008
Dollar Declines Versus Yen  
The dollar declined against the yen and Swiss franc on speculation the Federal Reserve's six interest-rate cuts since September won't be enough to stem credit-market losses and revive the economy.
Wednesday March 19 2008
U.S. Stocks Drop  
U.S. stocks retreated, erasing half of yesterday's rally, after plunging commodity prices sent oil and mining companies lower and an insurer tried to cancel $3.1 billion in protection on Merrill Lynch & Co. mortgage bonds.
Wednesday March 19 2008
Gold Falls Most Since June 2006  
Gold plunged the most since June 2006, leading a decline in commodity prices, on speculation the slump in the dollar will end as the Federal Reserve eases the pace of interest-rate reductions.
Wednesday March 19 2008
Oil falls below $105  
Oil dived on Wednesday as signs of falling demand and concerns about the impact of a U.S.-led recession offset the impact of lower than expected U.S. fuel inventories.
Wednesday March 19 2008
Dollar Falls versus Euro  
The dollar fell against the euro, erasing yesterday's gains, on speculation the worst U.S. housing slump in a quarter of a century will swell credit-market losses.
Tuesday March 18 2008
U.S. Stocks Surge  
U.S. stocks rallied the most in five years after the Federal Reserve cut its benchmark interest rate and Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. said it has more than enough capital to survive.
Tuesday March 18 2008
Dollar Posts Biggest Gain vs Yen in Nine Years  
The dollar posted its largest single-day gain against the yen in nine years on Tuesday and rallied against the euro after the Federal Reserve cut the benchmark U.S. interest rate by a less-than-expected 75 basis points to 2.25 percent.
Tuesday March 18 2008
Fed Cuts Main Rate to 2.25%  
The Federal Reserve cut its main lending rate by three quarters of a percentage point to 2.25 percent as officials try to prop up the faltering economy and restore faith in the U.S. financial system.
Monday March 17 2008
Is the U.S. Fed Running Out of Options?  
Only a few days ago the U.S. Federal Reserve and numerous government officials started acknowledging that the US economy could be falling into recession. In one hand, the U.S. government has been implementing several measures to soften the crisis. On the other hand, the U.S. Federal Reserve has been trying to tackle the recession monster by cutting interest rates and using liquidity injections.
Monday March 17 2008
U.S. Stocks Drop for a Second Day  
Most U.S. stocks fell for a second day, led by banks and energy companies, as investors speculated the Federal Reserve's emergency discount-rate cut and bailout of Bear Stearns Cos. won't be enough to forestall a recession.
Monday March 17 2008
Oil Rises to Record  
Crude oil rose to a record in New York as a sliding dollar and credit market losses in the U.S. prompted investors to buy commodities.
Monday March 17 2008
Dollar Slumps Below 96 Yen  
The dollar fell below 96 yen for the first time in 12 years after the Federal Reserve's emergency weekend cut in its discount interest rate and the sale of Bear Stearns Cos. to JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Sunday March 16 2008
JPMorgan Chase Buys Bear Stearns for $240 Million  
JPMorgan Chase & Co. agreed to buy Bear Stearns Cos. for about $240 million, less than a 10th of its value last week, after a run on the company ended 85 years of independence for Wall Street's fifth-largest securities firm.
Sunday March 16 2008
U.S. Fed Cuts Discount Rate  
The Federal Reserve, in an emergency weekend decision, cut the rate on direct loans to commercial banks and opened up borrowing at the rate to primary dealers in government securities.
Friday March 14 2008
Dollar Drops to Fresh Lows  
The dollar fell to a fresh record low against the euro and a 12-year low against the yen on Friday as concerns over the health of the US economy continued to weigh on the beleaguered currency.
Friday March 14 2008
Oil Slips below $110  
Oil slipped below $110 on Friday as investors took profits after prices hit a record $111 in the previous session, but the depressed dollar was seen limiting losses.
Friday March 14 2008
U.S. Inflation Unchanged in February  
Consumer prices in the U.S. were unexpectedly unchanged in February as fuel costs dropped, easing concern that inflation would keep accelerating as the economy slows.
Thursday March 13 2008
Dollar Climbs From Record Low  
The dollar rose from a record low against the euro and the the yen, as S&P said the end of writedowns related to subprime mortgage securities is ``now in sight.''
Wednesday March 12 2008
U.S. Stocks Retreat on Recession Concern  
U.S. stocks fell for the fourth time in five days on concern the Federal Reserve will fail to prevent a recession as oil climbed above $110 a barrel, pushing down refiners, retailers and banks.
Wednesday March 12 2008
Dollar Falls to Lowest Since '95 Versus Yen  
The dollar fell to the lowest since 1995 against the yen after President George W. Bush said the dollar is ``adjusting.''
Wednesday March 12 2008
Dollar Nears Record Low Against Euro  
The dollar fell broadly on Wednesday and neared a record low against the euro as strong euro zone economic data renewed focus on the divergent paths of European and U.S. interest rates.
Tuesday March 11 2008
U.S. Stocks Advance Most in Five Years  
U.S. stocks rallied the most in five years after the Federal Reserve said it will pump $200 billion into the financial system to shore up banks battered by mortgage- related losses.
Tuesday March 11 2008
Dollar Gains Most in 3 Months Versus Yen  
The dollar rose the most in three months against the yen after the Federal Reserve said it will lend up to $200 billion of Treasuries and boost swap lines with European central banks in a bid to ease a credit crisis.
Tuesday March 11 2008
U.S. January Trade Deficit Rises 0.6%  
The U.S. trade deficit was smaller than forecast in January as a weaker dollar propelled gains in exports, while oil imports jumped to a record.
Monday March 10 2008
U.S. Stocks Retreat, Led by Financials  
U.S. stocks fell for a third day to the lowest level since 2006, led by a plunge in financial shares, on speculation earnings estimates will prove to be too high as the economy slows and credit losses spread.
Monday March 10 2008
Oil Roars to Record Over $108  
Oil shot to a record over $108 a barrel on Monday, extending a rally led by investors seeking a hedge against the tumbling dollar and inflation.
Monday March 10 2008
Oil Falls Below $105  
Oil fell below $105 a barrel on Monday as investors cashed in on last week's rally to record highs that was stoked by a depressed U.S. dollar and fund flows into commodities.
Sunday March 09 2008
Dollar Falls Against Euro, Yen  
The dollar fell toward a record low against the euro and the lowest in eight years versus the yen as some traders started to bet that the Federal Reserve will cut interest rates by 1 percentage point to avoid a recession.
Wednesday March 05 2008
Oil Rises Above $104  
Crude oil rose above $104 a barrel for the first time in New York after OPEC gave no indication it will increase production, U.S. fuel inventories declined and Venezuela sent tanks to its border with Colombia.
Sunday March 02 2008
Dollar Falls to 3-Year Low against Yen  
The dollar declined to a three-year low against the yen on speculation the Federal Reserve will signal plans to keep cutting interest rates to avert a recession.
Friday February 29 2008
U.S. Stocks Decline on Economic Concern  
U.S. stocks tumbled, capping the market's fourth-straight monthly drop, after a report showed business activity fell to the lowest level since 2001 and UBS AG said losses in credit markets may top $600 billion.
Thursday February 28 2008
Oil Hits New Peak  
Oil vaulted more than 3 percent a barrel on Thursday to an all-time peak near $103, eclipsing the previous inflation-adjusted high set 28 years ago, after a fire hit a major European natural gas terminal and the U.S. dollar fell to a record low.
Thursday February 28 2008
Dollar Falls to Record  
The dollar fell to a record low against the euro, as a cooling labor market and slowing economy fueled bets the Federal Reserve will cut interest rates at least twice more.
Thursday February 28 2008
U.S. Economy Grew Less Than Forecast  
The U.S. economy grew less than forecast in the fourth quarter, relying on exports as consumer spending slowed and the slump in homebuilding deepened.
Wednesday February 27 2008
U.S. Stocks Advance  
U.S. stocks advanced for a fourth day, rebounding from an earlier decline, after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke said the central bank would act quickly to prop up the nation's slowing economy.
Wednesday February 27 2008
Gold Hits Record High on Tumbling Dollar, Firm Oil  
Gold surged to a record high above $960 on Wednesday as investors poured money, spurred by a plummeting dollar and oil rising above $102 a barrel.
Wednesday February 27 2008
Dollar Slides to New Lows after Fed Warning  
The euro broke new records above $1.50 against the dollar on Wednesday, pushing oil and precious metals to fresh peaks, while weighing on equity markets.
Tuesday February 26 2008
Oil Trades Near Record as U.S. Dollar Falls  
Crude oil traded near a record in New York as the U.S. dollar dropped to an all-time low against the euro and investors pumped funds into the market to reap returns from rising commodities.
Tuesday February 26 2008
Dollar Falls to Three-Week Low  
The dollar fell to a three-week low against the euro as U.S. home prices tumbled and consumer confidence sank to a five-year low.
Tuesday February 26 2008
U.S. Stock-Index Futures Fall  
U.S. stock-index futures retreated after wholesale prices rose more than expected in January, boosting concern that inflation may keep accelerating even as the economy slows.
Monday February 25 2008
Dollar Gains vs Yen  
The dollar and euro both gained against a weaker yen on Monday as positive news for the U.S. financial sector boosted appetite for stocks and other riskier trades.
Thursday February 21 2008
Dollar Falls to Two-Week Low  
The dollar fell to a two-week low against the euro after a report showed manufacturing in the Philadelphia region contracted this month, bolstering speculation the U.S. is headed for a recession.
Thursday February 21 2008
Gold Futures Rise to Record $958.40  
Gold futures surged to a record $958.40 an ounce as a slumping dollar and soaring commodity costs boosted the appeal of the precious metal as an inflation hedge.
Thursday February 21 2008
Crude Oil Rises  
Crude oil rose in New York on speculation global demand will continue to grow after prices reached a record.
Wednesday February 20 2008
Rising Inflation Underlines Challenge to Fed  
The core level of inflation in the US reached its highest since mid-2006 last month, underlining the challenge facing the Federal Reserve as it seeks to steer the economy around a recession with a raft of interest rate cuts.
Tuesday February 19 2008
Gold Trades Near Three-Week High  
Gold was little changed near a three- week high in Asia as a rise in crude oil and a weakening U.S. dollar boosted the appeal of bullion as a hedge against accelerating consumer prices.
Tuesday February 19 2008
Oil Falls From Record $100.10  
Crude oil fell from a record $100.10 a barrel in New York on speculation that a U.S. Energy Department report will show stockpiles rose for a sixth week.
Friday February 15 2008
Dollar Falls Against Euro  
The dollar fell against the euro, headed for its biggest weekly loss this year, on speculation the slowdown in the U.S. economy will prompt the Federal Reserve to keep cutting interest rates.
Wednesday February 13 2008
Dollar Climbs on Surprise Jump in Retail Sales  
The dollar rose to a one-month high against the yen on Wednesday after government data showed an unexpected rise in U.S. retail sales last month, momentarily dampening views that the U.S. economy is contracting.
Wednesday February 13 2008
Oil Rises above $93  
Oil rose above $93 a barrel on Wednesday as concerns over Venezuela's move to halt shipments to U.S. major Exxon Mobil offset expectations for a build in crude stocks in the world's largest consumer.
Tuesday February 12 2008
Dollar Trades Near One-Week Low Against Euro  
The dollar traded near its lowest in a week against the euro before a government report that will probably show a drop in U.S. retail sales, bolstering speculation the economy is headed for a recession.
Tuesday February 12 2008
Dollar Rallies vs Yen  
The dollar rose against the yen on Tuesday after Warren Buffett told CNBC television that Berkshire Hathaway had offered to assume the liabilities of the monoline bond insurers.
Friday February 08 2008
U.S. Recession Is Now an Even Bet  
A U.S. recession is now an even bet as job losses and the housing contraction jeopardize the longest-ever expansion in consumer spending, according to a Bloomberg News survey.
Wednesday February 06 2008
Dollar Extends Gains Against Euro  
The dollar consolidated its recent sharp gains against the euro on Wednesday, shrugging off concerns over the health of the US economy.
Tuesday February 05 2008
Dollar May Increase Against Euro on Slowing Growth in Europe  
The dollar may advance against the euro for a second straight day on speculation the European Central Bank might lower interest rates this year as the economy shows signs of weakness.
Tuesday February 05 2008
Oil fell more than a dollar on Tuesday, pressured by fund selling  
Oil fell more than a dollar on Tuesday, pressured by fund selling in response to concerns over an economic slowdown in top energy consumer the United States that could dampen demand for oil.
Monday February 04 2008
U.S. Stocks Drop on Bank Downgrades  
U.S. stocks declined, paring the biggest weekly gain in five years, after analysts advised selling banks and other lenders as the U.S. economy slows.
Monday February 04 2008
Oil Pares Losses  
Oil recouped some of its losses on Monday to move back towards $89 a barrel, after suffering a sharp downturn the previous session, pressured by fears over a possible U.S. economic recession.
Friday February 01 2008
Oil Spooked Again by Weak Economy Data  
Oil fell towards $91 a barrel on Friday after weak U.S. jobs data triggered fresh concerns of a recession in the world's top oil consumer, despite support from an OPEC decision not to raise oil production.
Friday February 01 2008
U.S. Payrolls Decline for First Time in Four Years  
The U.S. unexpectedly lost jobs for the first time in more than four years, increasing the odds the economy will fall into a recession and making it likely the Federal Reserve will cut interest rates another half point next month.
Thursday January 31 2008
Dollar Heads for Weekly Decline Against Euro  
The dollar headed for a second weekly decline against the euro as traders bet the Federal Reserve will keep cutting interest rates to avert a recession in the world's biggest economy.
Wednesday January 30 2008
Fed Cuts Rates by 50 Basis Points  
The Federal Reserve on Wednesday cut interest rates by a further 50 basis points to 3 per cent, in an aggressive move to try to keep the US out of recession.
Wednesday January 30 2008
US Stocks Retreat as US Growth Slows  
Wall Street stocks retreated on Wednesday after US economic growth rose far less than expected in the fourth quarter, making 2007 the weakest year for the economy in five years.
Wednesday January 30 2008
Dollar Little Changed Against Euro Before Fed's Rate Decision  
The dollar was little changed against the euro amid speculation the Federal Reserve will cut interest rates by a half-percentage point today to prevent the U.S. from falling into recession.
Wednesday January 30 2008
U.S. Economy Expanded 0.6 Percent in Q4  
The U.S. economy weakened more than forecast in the fourth quarter as housing sank deeper into recession and consumer spending cooled.
Tuesday January 29 2008
Oil Rises a Fifth Day  
Crude oil rose to the highest in more than two weeks after cold weather in Canada shut down the world's biggest oil-sands producer and as investors bought commodities, betting the U.S. Federal Reserve will cut interest rates today.
Tuesday January 29 2008
Dollar Edges up vs Euro  
The dollar rose slightly against the Swiss franc and the euro on Tuesday after a report showed unexpectedly high orders for durable goods in December, but moves were muted a day before a Federal Reserve monetary policy decision.
Tuesday January 29 2008
Gold, Platinum Hit Record on Supply, Rate Cut Hopes  
Gold and platinum hit historic highs for a third straight day on Tuesday and silver rallied to a 27-year peak on expectations of more U.S. rate cuts and fears about South African output.
Tuesday January 29 2008
Fed May Cut Rate Below Inflation  
The Federal Reserve may push interest rates below the pace of inflation this year to avert the first simultaneous decline in U.S. household wealth and income since 1974.
Monday January 28 2008
Dollar Falls to Lowest Against Euro in Almost Two Weeks  
The dollar fell to the lowest level against the euro in almost two weeks as traders increased bets that the Fed will cut the target lending rate by a half-percentage point this week.
Monday January 28 2008
Oil Slides Towards $89  
Oil fell more than a dollar towards $89 a barrel on Monday as falling global stock markets amid renewed worries about the health of the global economy spurred profit taking.
Friday January 25 2008
US Stocks on Course to End Week Higher  
US stocks were trading higher for the third consecutive session on Friday, repairing more of the damage inflicted in January.
Friday January 25 2008
Dollar Rises as Aggressive Fed Cut Fears Recede  
The dollar rose on Friday as investors scaled back bets for another aggressive Federal Reserve interest rate cut next week and on optimism a $150 billion stimulus package would help support the U.S. economy.
Thursday January 24 2008
U.S. Stocks Gain on Earnings  
U.S. stocks gained for a second day after Xerox Corp., Lockheed Martin Corp. and Union Pacific Corp. posted earnings that topped analysts' estimates and jobless claims unexpectedly fell.
Thursday January 24 2008
Crude Oil Rises From Three-Month Low as Global Equities Gain  
Crude oil rose from a three-month low in New York on speculation U.S. regulators' efforts to support financial companies will limit the impact of the nation's slowing economic growth on global energy demand.
Thursday January 24 2008
Gold Jumps Above $900  
Gold surged 2 percent to trade above $900 on Thursday and platinum hit a historic high, as investors snapped up the metals on dollar weakness and firmer oil prices, analysts said.
Thursday January 24 2008
Euro Rises Versus Dollar, Yen  
The euro rose against the dollar and the yen after European Central Bank policy maker Axel Weber dimissed speculation of an interest-rate cut by the European Central Bank as ``wishful thinking.''
Wednesday January 23 2008
Wall St Rebounds on Talk of Credit Rescue  
US stocks staged a powerful late rally on Wednesday amid talk of a government-brokered rescue plan for credit insurers, ending a day of exceptional market volatility across the world.
Wednesday January 23 2008
U.S. Stocks Fall for Sixth Day  
U.S. stocks fell for a sixth day, the longest losing streak since April 2002, after forecasts that trailed estimates at Apple Inc. and Motorola Inc. fueled concern consumers are spending less as the economy slows.
Tuesday January 22 2008
Market Falls on Recession Worries  
Stocks fell on Tuesday as fears of a recession gripped investors and pushed the Nasdaq briefly into bear market territory.
Tuesday January 22 2008
Dollar Dives Versus Euro on Emergency Fed Cut  
The dollar fell sharply against the euro on Tuesday after the Federal Reserve unexpectedly slashed its benchmark overnight lending rate by 75 basis points in a bid to allay market fears about a U.S. recession.
Tuesday January 22 2008
Fed Slashes Rates by 75 Points  
The Federal Reserve on Tuesday moved to ease the slide in world equity markets by slashing interest rates by 75 basis points for the first time in more than 20 years.
Monday January 21 2008
Oil Falls Below $89 as Stock Markets Plunge  
Oil slid almost $2 to a six-week low below $89 a barrel on Monday, as stock markets plummeted and concerns mounted over an economic slow-down led by top consumer the U.S.
Saturday January 19 2008
U.S. Stocks Post Steepest Drop Since July 2002  
U.S. stocks posted the steepest weekly drop since July 2002 after lower-than-estimated home construction, retail sales and manufacturing reinforced speculation that the economy is entering a recession.
Friday January 18 2008
U.S. Leading Indicator Index Fell More Than Forecast  
The index of U.S. leading economic indicators fell more than forecast in December, highlighting the risk of recession.
Friday January 18 2008
Dollar Gains vs Yen as Stock Markets Rise  
The dollar gained against the yen on Friday as rising equity markets calmed investors, prompting a few to edge back into relatively risky carry trades.
Thursday January 17 2008
US Stocks Sink Amid Recession Fears  
US stocks sank to their lowest since October 2006 amid fears that a contraction in US manufacturing may tip the economy into recession and as new residential construction fell to its lowest level in 17 years.
Thursday January 17 2008
Dollar Declines as Bernanke Points to Easing  
The dollar dropped on Thursday after Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke told a congressional committee that more interest rate cuts may be necessary and that the economic outlook has worsened.
Wednesday January 16 2008
Oil Drops Below $91  
Oil slid more than $1 a barrel to below $91 on Wednesday to the lowest in almost a month, pressured by further signs that slowing U.S. economic growth will erode fuel demand.
Wednesday January 16 2008
U.S. Inflation Rises the Most in 17 Years  
Consumer prices rose 0.3 percent in December and for all of 2007 they shot up at the fastest rate in seventeen years, largely because of soaring energy costs.
Tuesday January 15 2008
U.S. Stocks Decline on Citigroup's Loss, Drop in Retail Sales  
The U.S. stock market resumed its January tumble after Citigroup Inc. reported a record loss, retail sales unexpectedly dropped and falling oil prices dragged down energy shares
Tuesday January 15 2008
Oil Falls to $93 on Economic Concerns  
Oil fell more than $1 a barrel to $93 on Tuesday after data showed a surprise decline in U.S. retail sales, adding to concern that the world's top fuel consumer is heading into a recession.
Tuesday January 15 2008
Dollar Falls on Weak Retail Sales  
The dollar extended its declines against the euro and yen on Tuesday after data showed U.S. retail sales for December were below market expectations.
Monday January 14 2008
Dollar Falls on Speculation Fed Will Cut Rates  
The dollar fell to within a cent of its all-time low versus the euro on speculation U.S. interest rates will drop below those of the 15 nations that share the single European currency for the first time in three years.
Monday January 14 2008
Gold Passes $900 on Dollar Weakness  
Gold surged to a record above $900 an ounce on Monday as expectations of aggressive interest rate cuts pushed the dollar lower.
Sunday January 13 2008
Inflation Threats the World Economy  
Over the last months, the sharp increase in food and oil prices is fueling inflation in many countries. For instance, Eurozone inflation hit 3.1 per cent in December, U.S. CPI jumped 0.8 percent in November and China's inflation rate reached an 11-year high.
Friday January 11 2008
Oil Eases Near $93 on U.S. Economic Worries  
Oil eased near $93 a barrel on Friday, extending losses for the third consecutive day, on fears that a possible U.S. recession would weaken fuel demand from the world's largest energy consumer.
Friday January 11 2008
U.S. November Trade Deficit Widens More Than Forecast  
The U.S. trade deficit widened more than forecast in November as Americans spent a record amount on imported oil, overshadowing gains in exports.
Wednesday January 09 2008
Dollar Advances vs Majors  
The dollar rebounded on Wednesday on technical buying, but a speech by the Federal Reserve chief and key central bank meetings on Thursday confined trading to tight ranges.
Tuesday January 08 2008
Inflation Fears Drive Gold to New Record  
Gold prices soared to a new record on Tuesday, driven higher by rising geo-political tensions in the Gulf, inflation concerns and by investors seeking a safe haven from volatility in equity markets.
Monday January 07 2008
Crude Oil Falls More Than $2  
Crude oil fell more than $2 a barrel, the most since November, on expectations demand will drop because of slowing economies in the U.S. and Europe and as warm weather crimped fuel demand in the Northeast.
Monday January 07 2008
U.S. Stocks Rise for First Time in 2008  
U.S. stocks advanced for the first time this year, led by utilities and drugmakers, as investors snapped up companies least affected by an economic slowdown.
Monday January 07 2008
Dollar Rises Against Yen  
The dollar rose the most in almost four weeks against the yen on speculation last week's decline was excessive as higher U.S. interest rates prompt investors to continue switching out of Japanese assets.
Friday January 04 2008
Oil Declines After Jobs Report  
Oil fell after a government report showed hiring in the U.S. cooled more than forecast last month, stoking concern fuel demand will drop as economic growth slows.
Friday January 04 2008
Jobs Data Raise Recession Fears on Wall Street  
Wall Street stocks were set to fall on Friday after unemployment rose sharply and employers added far fewer jobs than expected last month raising fears the US economy is on the verge of tipping into recession.
Thursday January 03 2008
Dollar Trades Flat vs Euro  
The dollar was largely unchanged against the euro on Thursday, erasing overnight losses after a report showed enough U.S. private sector job growth to ease fears about Friday's payrolls data.
Wednesday January 02 2008
U.S. Stocks Drop, DJI to Worst Start Since 1983  
U.S. stocks tumbled, led by banks and computer companies, after the biggest decline in manufacturing in five years sent the Dow Jones Industrial Average to its worst start since 1983.
Wednesday January 02 2008
Dollar Falls Against Euro, Yen  
The dollar weakened against the euro, extending last year's 10 percent decline, and had its biggest drop versus the yen since August after a private report showed U.S. manufacturing unexpectedly contracted in December.
Wednesday January 02 2008
Dollar Falls Against Euro, Yen  
The dollar weakened against the euro, extending last year's 10 percent decline, and had its biggest drop versus the yen since August after a private report showed U.S. manufacturing unexpectedly contracted in December.
Wednesday January 02 2008
Oil Touches $100 a Barrel  
Oil touched $100 today, extending last year's 57 percent rally, boosted by speculation U.S. stockpiles dropped to a three- year low last week. Unrest in Nigeria, Africa's largest oil producer, also spurred prices.
Wednesday January 02 2008
Gold Reaches New Record  
Gold became the first commodity to reach a new record on the first session of new year with bullion prices pushing past the previous high of $850 a troy ounce reached in January 1980.
Monday December 31 2007
Gold Holds Near 28-Year High  
Gold is headed for a seventh year of gains as it held near its highest in almost 28 years, boosted by crude oil gains and the dollar's decline against major currencies.
Monday December 31 2007
Oil Eyes Biggest Gain this Decade  
Oil steadied near $96 a barrel on Monday, heading for its biggest annual gain this decade as dwindling fuel stocks and growing concern over political turmoil offset the impact of a softening U.S. economy.
Monday December 31 2007
Dollar Falls, to End 2007 on Down Note  
The dollar fell versus a basket of major currencies on Monday, on track for its biggest annual decline in four years on expectations the Federal Reserve will have to lower interest rates further to stave off a recession.
Friday December 28 2007
Dollar Falls on Soft U.S. Economic Data  
The dollar fell broadly on Friday and was on track for its worst weekly performance in more than a year as recent soft U.S. economic data added to concern about sluggish growth in 2008.
Thursday December 27 2007
U.S. Stocks Drop on Economic Concern  
U.S. stocks fell the most in a week after government reports on durable goods and employment heightened concern growth is slowing and an analyst predicted Citigroup Inc. will cut its dividend by 40 percent.
Wednesday December 26 2007
Gold Rises to Four-Week High as Dollar Declines  
Gold rose to a four-week high after the dollar fell against the euro, boosting the appeal of the precious metal as an alternative investment. Silver also gained.
Wednesday December 26 2007
Dollar Softens in Thin Trade as Stocks Dip  
The dollar fell against the euro in thin trade on Wednesday while the yen remained near seven-week lows as investors continued to fund carry trades by borrowing the low-yielding Japanese currency.
Wednesday December 26 2007
Oil Hits One-month High over $96 a Barrel  
Oil rose to a one-month high above $96 a barrel on Wednesday ahead of a U.S. government report expected to show crude inventories in the world's top consumer fell for a sixth straight week.
Friday December 21 2007
Oil near $91  
Oil held near $91 a barrel on Friday as falling inventories in top fuel consumer the United States at the height of winter demand countered concern about its economy.
Wednesday December 19 2007
Oil Edges Up Ahead of Weekly U.S. Inventory Data  
Oil prices edged up on Wednesday, brushing off four consecutive days of losses ahead of weekly U.S. data forecast to show yet another draw in crude stocks, but economic worries remain in the background.
Monday December 17 2007
Oil Falls, Stronger Dollar Weighs  
Oil gave up early gains on Monday, as the dollar and comments from Algeria's oil minister curtailed a rally spurred by a winter storm in top oil consumer the United States.
Monday December 17 2007
Dollar Extends Gains as Traders Square Bets  
The dollar rose to a 10-week high against the pound and climbed to a six-week peak against the euro on Monday, extending its strong run following forecast-beating US economic data last week.
Sunday December 16 2007
Greenspan Sees Early Signs of U.S. Stagflation  
The U.S. economy is showing early signs of stagflation as growth threatens to stall while food and energy prices soar, former U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said on Sunday.
Friday December 14 2007
U.S. November CPI up 0.8 percent  
Consumer prices jumped a bigger-than-expected 0.8 percent in November, the sharpest climb in more than two years and driven by surging energy costs, a government report released on Friday showed.
Thursday December 13 2007
Futures Inch off Lows on Retail Sales  
Stock index futures were lower on Thursday but well off session lows as Wall Street weighed stronger-than-expected retail sales data against a report showing wholesale inflation rose more than expected.
Wednesday December 12 2007
Central Banks Step in to Attack Credit Crisis  
The world’s central banks on Wednesday unleashed a co-ordinated assault on the liquidity squeeze in global capital markets. The Federal Reserve, European Central Bank, Bank of England, Bank of Canada, and the Swiss National Bank all announced measures to attack the liquidity crisis.
Wednesday December 12 2007
U.S. Trade Gap Widens in October  
The U.S. trade deficit widened in October as the value of imported crude oil rose to a record. Imports, exports and the deficit with China were the biggest ever.
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