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Thursday September 19 2019
US Jobless Claims Rise Less than Expected  
The number of Americans filling for unemployment benefits increased by 2 thousand to 208 thousand in the week ended September 14th from the previous week’s revised level of 206 thousand and compared with market expectations of 213 thousand.
Wednesday September 18 2019
Fed Cuts Rates Despite Disagreement Among Policymakers  
The Federal Reserve lowered the target range for the federal funds rate to 1.75-2 percent on a 7-3 vote during its September meeting. It was the second rate cut this year, amid global growth concerns and muted inflation pressures.
Wednesday September 18 2019
US Housing Starts Climb to 12-Year High  
US housing starts jumped 12.3 percent from a month earlier to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,364 thousand units in August 2019, the highest level since June 2007 and compared to market expectations of 1,250 thousand. It is the highest number since June 2007 likely boosted by lower mortgage rates.
Tuesday September 17 2019
US Industrial Output Rebounds Firmly in August  
US industrial output rose 0.6 percent from a month earlier in August 2019, following a revised 0.1 percent fall in July and easily beating market forecasts of a 0.2 percent growth. That was the largest gain in industrial output since August 2018.
Friday September 13 2019
US Consumer Sentiment Beats Forecasts  
The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment for the US rose to 92 in September 2019 from 89.8 in the previous month and above market consensus of 90.9, a preliminary estimate showed.
Friday September 13 2019
US Retail Sales Rise More than Expected  
US retail trade rose 0.4 percent from a month earlier in August 2019, following a revised 0.8 percent increase in July and beating market expectations of 0.2 percent.
Thursday September 12 2019
US Budget Deficit Narrows Less than Expected  
The US budget deficit narrowed to USD 200 billion in August of 2019 from USD 214 billion in the corresponding month of the previous year and compared with market expectations of a USD 195 billion gap.
Thursday September 12 2019
US Inflation Rate Falls Unexpectedly in August  
The US annual inflation rate fell to 1.7 percent in August 2019 from 1.8 percent in the previous month and below market consensus of 1.8 percent.
Thursday September 12 2019
US Jobless Claims Lowest Since April  
The number of Americans filling for unemployment benefits decreased by 15 thousand to 204 thousand in the week ended September 7th from the previous week’s revised level of 219 thousand and compared with market expectations of 215 thousand. It is the lowest level since the week ended April 13th.
Friday September 06 2019
US Economy Adds 130K Jobs in August  
Nonfarm payrolls in the US increased by 130 thousand in August 2019, following a downwardly revised 159 thousand in July and below market expectations of 158 thousand. Employment in federal government rose, largely reflecting the hiring of temporary workers for the 2020 Census. Notable job gains also occurred in health care and financial activities, while mining lost jobs.
Friday September 06 2019
US Jobless Rate Steady for 3rd Month at 3.7%  
The US unemployment rate came in at 3.7 percent in August 2019, unchanged from the previous two month's figures and in line with market expectations. The number of unemployed persons decreased by 19 thousand to 6.0 million while employment rose by 590 thousand to 157.9 million.
Thursday September 05 2019
US Services Sector Recovers in August  
The ISM Non-Manufacturing PMI for the United States rose to 56.4 in August 2019 rebounding from a three-year low of 53.7 in the previous month and beating market consensus of 54. The latest reading pointed to the strongest expansion in services in three months, as new orders were the strongest in six months and business activity grew the most since 2008.
Thursday September 05 2019
US Jobless Claims Edge Up in Latest Week  
The number of Americans filling for unemployment benefits increased by 1 thousand to 217 thousand in the week ended August 31st from the previous week’s revised level of 216 thousand and compared with market expectations of 215 thousand.
Wednesday September 04 2019
US Trade Deficit Larger than Expected  
The US trade deficit narrowed slightly to USD 54.0 billion in July 2019 from a revised USD 55.5 billion in the previous month and compared to market expectations of USD 53.5 billion. Exports rose 0.6 percent while imports fell 0.1 percent.
Tuesday September 03 2019
US Factory Activity Contracts for 1st Time since 2016  
The ISM Manufacturing PMI in the US fell to 49.1 in August 2019 from 51.2 in the previous month, missing market expectations of 51.1. The latest reading pointed to the first month of contraction in the manufacturing sector since January 2016 as new orders and employment declined.
Tuesday September 03 2019
US Manufacturing PMI Revised Higher: Markit  
The IHS Markit US Manufacturing PMI was revised higher to 50.3 in August 2019 from a preliminary estimate of 49.9 and compared to July's final 50.4. Still, the latest reading pointed to the weakest pace of expansion in the manufacturing sector since September 2009.
Friday August 30 2019
US Consumer Sentiment Revised Lower to Near 3-Year Low  
The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment for the US was revised lower to 89.8 in August 2019 from a preliminary estimate of 92.1 and well below the previous month's final 98.4. It was the lowest reading since October 2016, as both consumer expectations and current conditions sub-indexes came in weaker than initially thought.
Friday August 30 2019
US Personal Spending Rises More than Expected  
Personal spending in the United States rose 0.6 percent from a month earlier in July 2019, following a 0.3 percent growth in June and beating market expectations of 0.5 percent. Meanwhile, the core PCE price index, the Fed's preferred inflation measure, rose 1.6 percent year-on-year, remaining below the central bank's 2 percent target.
Thursday August 29 2019
US Q2 GDP Growth Revised Lower  
The US economy grew by an annualized 2 percent in the second quarter of 2019, slightly below a preliminary estimate of 2.1 percent and following a 3.1 percent expansion in the previous three-month period, the second estimate showed. The revision primarily reflected downward revisions to state and local government spending, exports, private inventory investment, and residential investment that were partly offset by an upward revision to personal consumption expenditures (PCE).
Thursday August 29 2019
US Jobless Claims Rise in Latest Week  
The number of Americans filling for unemployment benefits increased by 4 thousand to 215 thousand in the week ended August 24th 2019 from the previous week’s revised level of 211 thousand and in line with market expectations.
Monday August 26 2019
US Durable Goods Orders Rise More than Expected  
New orders for US manufactured durable goods rose 2.1 percent from a month earlier in July 2019, the most since August last year, following a downwardly revised 1.8 percent gain and beating market expectations of a 1.2 percent increase. Transportation equipment, up for two consecutive months, drove the increase. Meanwhile, demand for machinery declined.
Friday August 23 2019
Fed to Act as Appropriate to Support Growth: Powell  
The Federal Reserve will act as appropriate to sustain the expansion with a strong labor market and inflation near its 2 percent objective, Chair Jerome H. Powell said on Friday at the central bank’s annual Jackson Hole symposium. The chairman noted that the US economy continues to perform well, but faces significant risks due to ongoing trade tensions; global economic slowdown, notably in Germany and China; and geopolitical uncertainty, including the growing possibility of a hard Brexit, rising tensions in Hong Kong, and the dissolution of the Italian government.
Friday August 23 2019
US New Home Sales Tumble in July  
Sales of new single-family houses in the United States slumped 12.8 percent from the previous month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 635 thousand in July 2019, following an upwardly revised 20.9 percent jump in June and compared to market expectations of a 0.2 percent decrease. That was the biggest monthly decline since July 2013.
Thursday August 22 2019
US Factory Activity Contracts for 1st Time in a Decade  
The IHS Markit US Manufacturing PMI dropped to 49.9 in August 2019 from 50.4 in the previous month and below market expectations of 50.5, a preliminary estimate showed. The latest reading pointed to the first month of contraction in the manufacturing sector since September 2009.
Thursday August 22 2019
US Jobless Claims Fall More than Expected  
The number of Americans filling for unemployment benefits decreased by 12 thousand to 209 thousand in the week ended August 17th 2019 from the previous week's revised level of 221 thousand and beating market expectations of 216 thousand.
Wednesday August 21 2019
Fed Policymakers Saw July Cut as Mid-Cycle Adjustment  
Fed officials viewed their interest-rate cut as an adjustment that would help counter the effects on the outlook of weak global growth and trade policy uncertainty while promoting a faster return of inflation to the central bank's target, minutes of the July meeting showed. Policymakers also noted that further policy action would be guided by incoming information and its implications for the economic outlook and that any appearance of following a preset course should be avoided.
Friday August 16 2019
US Consumer Sentiment Drops to 7-Month Low  
The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment for the US fell to 92.1 in August 2019 from 98.4 in the previous month and well below market consensus of 97.2, a preliminary estimate showed. That was the lowest reading since January.
Friday August 16 2019
US Housing Starts Fall for 3rd Straight Month  
US housing starts dropped 4.0 percent from a month earlier to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,191 thousand units in July 2019, compared to market expectations of 1,257 thousand and following a revised 1.8 percent fall in June. That was the third consecutive month of decline in homebuilding, likely disrupted by Tropical Storm Barry.
Thursday August 15 2019
US Industrial Output Falls Unexpectedly  
US industrial output dropped 0.2 percent from a month earlier in July 2019, following a revised 0.2 percent growth in June and missing market forecasts of a 0.1 percent gain.
Thursday August 15 2019
US Retail Sales Rise More than Expected  
US retail trade jumped 0.7 percent from a month earlier in July 2019, following a revised 0.3 percent increase in June and easily beating market expectations of 0.3 percent, boosted by purchases of a variety of goods.
Thursday August 15 2019
US Jobless Claims Rise More than Expected  
The number of Americans filling for unemployment benefits increased by 9 thousand to 220 thousand in the week ended August 10th 2019 from the previous week's upwardly revised 211 thousand and beating market expectations of 214 thousand. It is the highest level since the week ended June 29th.
Tuesday August 13 2019
US Inflation Rate Rises Above Forecast  
The US annual inflation rate rose to 1.8 percent in July 2019 from a four-month low of 1.6 percent in the previous month and above market consensus of 1.7 percent, boosted by food prices and a range of other goods while energy deflation eased.
Monday August 12 2019
US Budget Deficit Widens Sharply in July  
The US budget deficit widened to USD 120 billion in July 2019 from USD 76.9 billion in the same month of the previous year and in line with market expectations.
Thursday August 08 2019
US Jobless Claims Fall in Latest Week  
The number of Americans filling for unemployment benefits decreased by 8 thousand to 209 thousand in the week ended August 3rd 2019 from the previous week’s revised level of 217 thousand and compared with market expectations of 215 thousand.
Monday August 05 2019
US Non Manufacturing Sector Growth Slows to 3-Year Low  
The ISM Non-Manufacturing PMI for the United States dropped to 53.7 in July 2019 from 55.1 in the previous month and below market expectations of 55.5. The latest reading pointed to the weakest pace of expansion in the non-manufacturing sector since August 2016, as business activity and new orders grew at a softer pace.
Friday August 02 2019
US Consumer Sentiment Unrevised in July  
The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment for the US was confirmed at 98.4 in July 2019, slightly above the previous month's final 98.2, as the consumer expectations sub-index came in stronger than initially thought while current conditions were weaker than previously estimated.
Friday August 02 2019
US Trade Deficit Little-Changed in June  
The US trade deficit narrowed slightly to USD 55.2 billion in June 2019 from a revised USD 55.3 billion in the previous month and compared to market expectations of USD 54.6 billion.
Friday August 02 2019
US Economy Adds 164K Jobs in July  
Nonfarm payrolls in the US increased by 164 thousand in July of 2019, following a downwardly revised 193 thousand in June and in line with market expectations. Notable job gains occurred in professional and technical services (+31,000), health care (+30,000), social assistance (+20,000), and financial activities (+18,000).
Friday August 02 2019
US Jobless Rate Holds Steady at 3.7%  
The US unemployment rate stood at 3.7 percent in July 2019, unchanged from the previous month's figure and in line with market expectations. The number of unemployed increased by 88 thousand to 6.1 million while employment went up by 283 thousand to 157.3 million.
Thursday August 01 2019
US Factory Activity Grows the Least in 3 Years  
The ISM Manufacturing PMI in the US fell to 51.2 in July 2019 from 51.7 in the previous month, missing market expectations of 53.4. The latest reading pointed to the weakest pace of expansion in the manufacturing sector since August 2016.
Thursday August 01 2019
US Manufacturing Growth Weakest in Nearly 10 Years  
The IHS Markit US Manufacturing PMI was revised slightly higher to 50.4 in July 2019 from a preliminary estimate of 50.0 and compared to June's 50.6. Still, the latest reading indicated the slowest overall expansion in the manufacturing sector since the height of the financial crisis in September 2009.
Thursday August 01 2019
US jobless Claims Rise in Latest Week  
The number of Americans filling for unemployment benefits increased by 8 thousand to 215 thousand in the week ended July 27th 2019 from the previous week’s revised level of 207 thousand and compared with market expectations of 212 thousand.
Wednesday July 31 2019
Fed Lowers Rates, Leaves Door Open to Further Cuts  
The Federal Reserve lowered the target range for the federal funds rate to 2-2.25 percent during its July meeting, the first rate cut since the financial crisis, as inflation remains subdued amid heightened concerns about the economic outlook and ongoing trade tensions with China. The central bank also said it "will act as appropriate to sustain" growth but during the press conference Chairman Powell said he did not view the move as the start of a lengthy series of rate cuts.
Tuesday July 30 2019
US Personal Spending Rises 0.3% in June  
Personal spending in the United States rose 0.3 percent from a month earlier in June 2019, following an upwardly revised 0.5 percent growth in May, mainly boosted by consumption of nondurables and services. Meanwhile, the core PCE price index, the Fed's preferred inflation measure, rose 1.6 percent year-on-year, remaining below the central bank's 2 percent target.
Friday July 26 2019
US GDP Growth Slows Less than Forecast in Q2  
The US economy grew by an annualized 2.1 percent in the second quarter of 2019, beating market expectations of 1.8 percent and following a 3.1 percent expansion in the previous three-month period, the advance estimate showed. Household consumption and government spending increased at faster rates, while a slump in exports and a smaller inventory build made a negative contribution to growth.
Thursday July 25 2019
US Durable Goods Orders Rise the Most in Almost a Year  
New orders for US manufactured durable goods jumped 2 percent from a month earlier in June 2019, reversing a 2.3 percent plunge in May and easily beating market expectations of a 0.7 percent growth.
Thursday July 25 2019
US Jobless Claims Lowest Since April  
The number of Americans filling for unemployment benefits decreased by 10 thousand to 206 thousand in the week ended July 20th 2019 from the previous week’s unrevised level of 216 thousand and compared with market expectations of 219 thousand. It is the lowest level since the week ended April 13th.
Wednesday July 24 2019
US New Home Sales Rise in June  
Sales of new single-family houses in the United States jumped 7 percent from the previous month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 646 thousand in June 2019, following two straight months of decline and compared to market expectations of a 6 percent increase.
Wednesday July 24 2019
US Manufacturing Stalls in July  
The IHS Markit US Manufacturing PMI fell to 50.0 in July 2019, the lowest since September 2009 and below market expectations of 51.0, a preliminary estimate showed. Output declined the most since August 2009 and employment dropped for the first time in six years.
Friday July 19 2019
US Consumer Sentiment Slightly Below Forecasts  
The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment for the US came in at 98.4 in July 2019, little-changed from the previous month's 98.2 and slightly below market consensus of 98.5, a preliminary estimate showed.
Thursday July 18 2019
US Jobless Claims Rise in Latest Week  
The number of Americans filling for unemployment benefits increased by 8 thousand to 216 thousand in the week ended July 13th 2019 from the previous week’s revised level of 208 thousand and in line with market expectations.
Wednesday July 17 2019
US Housing Starts Fall in June  
US housing starts dropped 0.9 percent from a month earlier to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,253 thousand units in June 2019, compared to market expectations of 1,261 thousand and following a revised 0.4 percent fall in May.
Tuesday July 16 2019
US Industrial Output Flat in June  
US industrial output was unchanged in June 2019, following a 0.4 percent growth in May and missing market forecasts of a 0.1 percent gain. Increases for both manufacturing and mining offset a decline for utilities. For the second quarter as a whole, industrial production declined at an annual rate of 1.2 percent, its second consecutive quarterly decrease.
Tuesday July 16 2019
US Retail Sales Beat Expectations  
US retail trade rose 0.4 percent from a month earlier in June 2019, the same pace as in May and above market expectations of 0.1 percent, boosted by purchases of motor vehicles and a variety of other goods.
Thursday July 11 2019
US Budget Deficit Narrows Sharply in June  
The US government budget gap decreased sharply to USD 8 billion in June 2019 from USD 75 billion in the same month last year and compared to market expectations of USD 6.35 billion. Federal spending fell 12.5 percent on the year while receipts rose 5.6 percent. This was in part because of June 1 fell on a Saturday, a non-working day, which forced some federal payments into May.
Thursday July 11 2019
US Inflation Rate Falls to 4-Month Low  
The US annual inflation rate fell to 1.6 percent in June 2019 from 1.8 percent in the previous month and in line with market expectations.
Thursday July 11 2019
US Jobless Claims Lowest in Near 3 Months  
The number of Americans filling for unemployment benefits decreased by 13 thousand to 209 thousand in the week ended July 6th 2019 from the previous week’s revised level of 222 thousand and compared with market expectations of 223 thousand. This is the lowest level for initial claims since April 13th. It is the second straight weekly decline and the steepest since the week ended May 11th.
Wednesday July 10 2019
Many Fed Policymakers See Near-Term Rate Cut: Minutes  
Many Fed officials saw that the case for a somewhat more accommodative monetary policy had strengthened amid heightened uncertainties about the economic outlook and muted inflation pressures, minutes of the June meeting showed. Still, some participants agreed that there was not yet a strong case for a rate cut from current levels as they preferred to gather more information on the trajectory of the economy before concluding that a change in policy stance is warranted.
Wednesday July 10 2019
Powell Hints at Rate Cut Amid Increased Uncertainties  
Uncertainties about the outlook have increased in recent months and weaker global growth could affect the US economy, Chair Jerome H. Powell said in prepared remarks to Congress, raising expectations that the central bank will be cutting interest rates by at least 25bps when it meets later this month.
Friday July 05 2019
US Job Growth Surges in June  
Nonfarm payrolls in the US increased by 224 thousand in June 2019, following a downwardly revised 72 thousand rise in May and beating market expectations of 160 thousand. Notable job gains occurred in professional and business services, in health care, and in transportation and warehousing.
Friday July 05 2019
US Jobless Rate Unexpectedly Rises to 3.7%  
The US unemployment rate rose to 3.7 percent in June 2019 from a 49-year low of 3.6 percent in the previous month and above market expectations of 3.6 percent. The number of unemployed increased by 87 thousand to 6.0 million while employment went up by 247 thousand to 157.0 million.
Wednesday July 03 2019
US Non-Manufacturing Growth Slows to 2-Year Low  
The ISM Non-Manufacturing PMI for the United States dropped to 55.1 in June 2019 from 56.9 in the previous month and below market expectations of 55.9. The latest reading pointed to the weakest pace of expansion in the non-manufacturing sector since July 2017.
Wednesday July 03 2019
US Trade Deficit Largest in 5 Months  
The US trade deficit widened to USD 55.5 billion in May 2019 from a revised USD 51.2 billion in the previous month and compared to market expectations of USD 54.0 billion. That was the largest trade gap since December.
Wednesday July 03 2019
US Jobless Claims Fall More than Expected  
The number of Americans filling for unemployment benefits decreased to 221 thousand in the week ending June 29, from the previous week's upwardly revised level of 229 thousand and compared with market expectations of 223 thousand.
Monday July 01 2019
US Manufacturing PMI Revised Higher  
The IHS Markit US Manufacturing PMI was revised higher to 50.6 in June 2019 from a preliminary estimate of 50.1 and was little-changed from May's final 50.5. Still, that was the second-lowest figure since September 2009.
Monday July 01 2019
US Manufacturing Growth Weakest since 2016  
The ISM Manufacturing PMI in the US fell to 51.7 in June 2019 from 52.1 in the previous month, beating market expectations of 51.0. Still, the latest reading pointed to weakest pace of expansion in the manufacturing sector since October 2016.
Friday June 28 2019
US Consumer Sentiment Revised Slightly Higher  
The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment for the US was revised higher to 98.2 in June 2019 from a preliminary 97.9, as the consumer expectations sub-index came in stronger than initially thought.
Friday June 28 2019
US Personal Spending Rises 0.4% in May  
Personal spending in the United States rose 0.4 percent from a month earlier in May 2019, following an upwardly revised 0.6 percent growth in April and matching market expectations. Consumption of durables and services drove the increase.
Thursday June 27 2019
US Q1 GDP Growth Confirmed at 3.1%  
The US economy grew by an annualized 3.1 percent in the first quarter of 2019, unrevised from the second estimate and following a 2.2 percent expansion in the previous three-month period. Nonresidential and residential fixed investment, exports and imports, and state and local government spending were revised higher while personal consumption expenditures and inventory investment came in lower than initially reported.
Thursday June 27 2019
US Jobless Claims Rise to 7-Week High  
The number of Americans filling for unemployment benefits increased to 227 thousand in the week ended June 21 2019, from the previous week’s revised level of 217 thousand and compared with market expectations of 220 thousand. Jobless claims hit the highest level since the week ended May 4 2019.
Wednesday June 26 2019
US Durable Goods Orders Drop for 2nd Straight Month  
New orders for US manufactured durable goods fell 1.3 percent from a month earlier in May 2019, after a revised 2.8 percent plunge in April and worse than market expectations of a 0.1 percent drop. Transportation equipment, down three of the last four months, drove the decrease.
Tuesday June 25 2019
Fed is Insulated from Politics: Powell  
The Fed is "insulated from short-term political pressures", Chair Jerome H. Powell said in a speech at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, as policymakers face heavy criticism by President Donald Trump for having raised interest rates last year.
Tuesday June 25 2019
US New Home Sales Fall Unexpectedly to 5-Month Low  
Sales of new single-family houses in the United States dropped 7.8 percent from the previous month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 626 thousand in May 2019, while markets had forecast a 1.9 percent increase to 680 thousand. That was the lowest level since December despite lower mortgage rates.
Friday June 21 2019
US Factory Activity Growth at Over 10-Year Low: Markit  
The IHS Markit US Manufacturing PMI fell to 50.1 in June 2019 from 50.5 in the previous month and below market expectations of 50.4, a flash estimate showed. The latest reading pointed to the weakest expansion in factory activity since September 2009.
Thursday June 20 2019
US Jobless Claims Fall More than Expected  
The number of Americans filling for unemployment benefits decreased to 216 thousand in the week ended June 15 2019, from the previous week's unrevised level of 222 thousand and compared with market expectations of 220 thousand.
Wednesday June 19 2019
Fed Holds Rates as Expected, Signals Rate Cuts Later this Year  
The Federal Reserve held the target range for the federal funds rate at 2.25-2.5 percent and left its forecast for 2019 economic growth unchanged while revised higher for 2020. The Fed dropped a promise to be "patient" in adjusting rates and said that will act as appropriate to sustain the economic expansion. Fed officials now expect rate cuts in 2019.
Tuesday June 18 2019
US Housing Starts Fall in May  
Housing starts in the US dropped 0.9 percent from a month earlier to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,269 thousand units in May 2019, compared to market expectations of 1,239 thousand and following an upwardly revised 6.8 percent advance in April.
Friday June 14 2019
US Consumer Sentiment Weaker than Expected  
The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment for the US dropped to 97.9 in June 2019 from 100.0 in the previous month, slightly missing market consensus of 98.0, a preliminary estimate showed.
Friday June 14 2019
US Industrial Output Rises the Most in 6 Months  
US industrial output rose 0.4 percent from a month earlier in May 2019, reversing a 0.4 percent fall in April and beating market expectations of a 0.2 percent gain. That was the biggest increase in industrial production since November last year, boosted by a rebound in manufacturing and utilities output.
Friday June 14 2019
US Retail Sales Rise in May  
US retail trade rose 0.5 percent from a month earlier in May 2019, following an upwardly revised 0.3 percent growth in April and compared to market expectations of 0.6 percent.
Thursday June 13 2019
US Jobless Claims Unexpectedly at 5-Week High  
The number of Americans filling for unemployment benefits rose to 222 thousand in the week ended June 8th 2019, from the previous week's upwardly revised revised level of 219 thousand while markets had expected it to fall to 116 thousand. Jobless claims hit the highest level since the week ended May 4th 2019.
Wednesday June 12 2019
US Budget Deficit Larger than Expected  
The US government budget deficit widened sharply to USD 208 billion in May 2019 from USD 147 billion in the same month last year and compared to market expectations of USD 186 billion.
Wednesday June 12 2019
US Inflation Rate Falls More Than Expected  
The US annual inflation rate fell to 1.8 percent in May 2019 from a five-month high in the previous month and just below forecasts of 1.9 percent, raising expectations that the Federal Reserve will start cutting interest rates this year.
Friday June 07 2019
US Jobless Rate Unchanged at 49-Year Low  
The US unemployment rate stood at 3.6 percent in May 2019, unchanged from the previous month’s 49-year low and matching market expectations. The number of unemployed increased by 64 thousand to 5.9 million while employment rose by 113 thousand to 156.8 million.
Friday June 07 2019
US Economy Adds Fewer Jobs than Expected  
Nonfarm payrolls in the US increased by 75 thousand in May 2019, following a downwardly revised 224 thousand rise in April and missing market expectations of 185 thousand. Employment continued to trend up in professional and business services and in health care. Monthly job gains have averaged 164 thousand in 2019, compared with an average gain of 223 thousand per month in 2018.
Thursday June 06 2019
US Trade Deficit Narrows in April  
The US trade deficit narrowed to USD 50.8 billion in April 2019 from a revised USD 51.9 billion in the previous month and compared to market expectations of USD 50.7 billion. The politically sensitive goods trade deficit with China increased 29.7 percent to USD 26.9 billion.
Thursday June 06 2019
US Jobless Claims Unchanged in Latest Week  
The number of Americans filling for unemployment benefits came in at 218 thousand in the week ended June 1st 2019, the same as the previous week’s revised level and compared with market expectations of 215 thousand.
Wednesday June 05 2019
US Non-Manufacturing Activity Grows Faster in May  
The ISM Non-Manufacturing PMI for the United States rose to a three-month high of 56.9 in May 2019 from 55.5 in the previous month and above market expectations of 55.5.
Tuesday June 04 2019
Fed is Ready to Act to Support Growth: Powell  
The Fed "will act as appropriate to sustain the expansion, with a strong labor market and inflation near our symmetric 2 percent objective", Chair Jerome H. Powell said at a conference in Chicago. The chairman also noted that the proximity of interest rates to the effective lower bound (ELB) has become "the preeminent monetary policy challenge of our time", as it limits the central bank's ability to support growth by cutting rates.
Monday June 03 2019
US Manufacturing Growth Eases to 2-1/2-Year Low: ISM  
The ISM Manufacturing PMI in the US fell to 52.1 in May 2019 from 52.8 in the previous month, missing market expectations of 53. The latest reading pointed to weakest pace of expansion in the manufacturing sector since October 2016.
Monday June 03 2019
US Factory Activity Growth at Near 10-Year Low: Markit  
The IHS Markit US Manufacturing PMI was revised lower to 50.5 in May 2019 from a preliminary estimate of 50.6 and well below the previous month's final 52.6. The latest reading pointed to the weakest pace of expansion in the manufacturing sector since September 2009.
Friday May 31 2019
US May Consumer Sentiment Revised Lower  
The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment for the US was revised lower to 100 in May 2019 from a preliminary 102.4, missing market expectations of 101.5. It was the highest reading since September last year, as confidence remained at very favorable levels, still significantly eroded in the last two weeks of May due to unfavorable references to tariffs.
Friday May 31 2019
US Personal Spending Rises More than Expected  
Personal spending in the United States increased 0.3 percent from a month earlier in April 2019, following an upwardly revised 1.1 percent gain in March. The latest reading came in above market expectations of a 0.2 percent rise, as an increase in consumption of nondurables and services offset a decline in durables spending
Thursday May 30 2019
US Q1 GDP Growth Revised Down to 3.1%  
The US economy advanced an annualized 3.1 percent in the first quarter of 2019, slightly below earlier figures of a 3.2 percent expansion and in line with market expectations, the second estimate showed. It follows a 2.2 percent growth in the previous three-month period.
Thursday May 30 2019
US Jobless Claims Rise as Expected in Latest Week  
The number of Americans filling for unemployment benefits increased by 3 thousand to 215 thousand in the week ended May 25th 2019 from the previous week’s revised level of 212 thousand and in line with market expectations.
Friday May 24 2019
US Durable Goods Orders Fall More than Expected  
New orders for US manufactured durable goods fell 2.1 percent from a month earlier in April 2019, reversing a downwardly revised 1.7 percent growth in March and slightly worse than market expectations of a 2 percent drop. Transportation equipment, down two of the last three months, drove the decrease.
Thursday May 23 2019
US New Home Sales Fall More than Expected  
Sales of new single-family houses in the United States dropped 6.9 percent from the previous month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 673 thousand in April 2019, from a revised 11-1/2-year high in March, while markets had forecast a 2.8 percent fall to 675 thousand.
Thursday May 23 2019
US Manufacturing Growth Slows to Decade Low  
The IHS Markit US Manufacturing PMI dropped to 50.6 in May 2019 from the previous month's 52.6 and below market expectations of 52.5, a preliminary estimate showed. The latest reading pointed to the weakest pace of expansion in the manufacturing sector since September 2009.
Thursday May 23 2019
US Jobless Claims Fall in Latest Week  
The number of Americans filling for unemployment benefits decreased by 1 thousand to 211 thousand in the week ended May 18th 2019 from the previous week’s unrevised level of 212 thousand and compared with market expectations of 215 thousand.
Wednesday May 22 2019
Fed Policymakers Pledge to Remain Patient on Rates: Minutes  
Fed officials agreed that a patient approach to monetary policy would likely remain appropriate for some time even if global conditions continue to improve, especially in an environment of moderate economic growth and muted inflation pressures, minutes of the May meeting showed. The Committee also noted that it is prepared to adjust the size and composition of the balance sheet to achieve its macroeconomic objectives.
Friday May 17 2019
US Consumer Sentiment Hits 15-Year High  
The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment for the US rose to 102.4 in May 2019 from 97.2 in the previous month, easily beating market consensus of 97.5, a preliminary estimate showed. That was the highest reading since January 2004.
Thursday May 16 2019
US Housing Starts Rise Above Forecast  
Housing starts in the US rose 5.7 percent from a month earlier to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,235 thousand units in April 2019, more than an expected 1,205 thousand and following a revised 1.7 percent advance in March.
Thursday May 16 2019
US Jobless Claims at 1-Month Low in Latest Week  
The number of Americans filling for unemployment fell by 16 thousand to 212 thousand in the week ending May 11th 2019 from the previous week's unrevised level of 228 thousand while markets had expected a smaller drop to 220 thousand. This is the lowest level for initial claims since the week ended April 13th of 2019, as seasonal effects from the timing of Easter have faded.
Wednesday May 15 2019
US Industrial Output Falls the Most in 11 Months  
US industrial output dropped 0.5 percent from a month earlier in April 2019, defying market expectations of a flat reading and reversing a 0.2 percent advance in March. That was the biggest decline in industrial production since May last year.
Wednesday May 15 2019
US Retail Sales Unexpectedly Fall  
US retail trade dropped 0.2 percent from a month earlier in April 2019, following an upwardly revised 1.7 percent growth in March, which was the biggest increase in sales for one-and-a-half year. April's reading came in below market expectations of a 0.2 percent advance.
Friday May 10 2019
US Budget Surplus Narrows Sharply in April  
The US government budget surplus narrowed to USD 160 billion in April 2019 from USD 214 billion in the same month last year and compared to market expectations of USD 165 billion. Federal spending surged 27 percent on the year while receipts were up 5 percent.
Friday May 10 2019
US Inflation Rate Rises to 5-Month High  
The US annual inflation rate rose to 2 percent in April 2019 from 1.9 percent in the previous month, just below forecasts of 2.1 percent. It was the highest rate since last November, led by a rebound in energy prices.
Thursday May 09 2019
US Trade Surplus Widens in March  
The US trade deficit widened to USD 50.0 billion in March 2019 from an eight-month low of USD 49.3 billion in the previous month and compared to market expectations of USD 50.2 billion.
Thursday May 09 2019
US Initial Jobless Claims Fall Less than Expected  
The number of Americans filling for unemployment dropped by 2 thousand to 228 thousand in the week ending May 4th 2019 from the previous week's unrevised level of 230 thousand. It compares with market expectations of 220 thousand.
Friday May 03 2019
US Services Activity Growth at 21-Month Low: ISM  
The ISM Non-Manufacturing PMI index for the United States fell to 55.5 in April 2019 from 56.1 in March and below market expectations of 57. The latest reading pointed to weakest expansion in the services sector since July 2017, mainly due to a slowdown in new orders and employment. Service providers remained mostly optimistic about overall business conditions, still there are concerns regarding employment resources.
Friday May 03 2019
US Jobless Rate Falls to Lowest since 1969  
The US unemployment rate fell to 3.6 percent in April 2019 from 3.8 percent in the previous month, below market expectations of 3.8 percent. It was the lowest jobless rate since December 1969, as the number of unemployed persons went down by 387 thousand to 5.8 million while employment declined by 103 thousand to 156.6 million.
Friday May 03 2019
US Job Growth Surges in April  
Nonfarm payrolls in the US increased by 263 thousand in April 2019, following a downwardly revised 189 thousand rise in March and easily beating market expectations of 185 thousand. Notable job gains occurred in professional and business services, construction, health care, and social assistance.
Thursday May 02 2019
US Jobless Claims Unchanged in Latest Week  
The number of Americans filling for unemployment benefits came in at 230 thousand in the week ending April 27th 2019, the same as the week before and compared with market expectations of 215 thousand. Jobless claims stood at its highest level since February 9th 2019. The volatility in recent weeks has been attributed to Easter holidays as well as school spring breaks. Also, a workers’ strike at the Stop & Shop supermarket chain likely influenced the recent surge.
Wednesday May 01 2019
Fed Holds Rates as Expected, Reaffirms Patience Approach  
The Federal Reserve kept the target range for the federal funds rate at 2.25 percent to 2.25 percent during its May meeting, saying that economic activity has been rising at a solid rate and that labour market remains strong. The Committee also reaffirmed its position to be patient about further policy firming.
Wednesday May 01 2019
US Factory Activity Growth at 2-1/2-Year Low: ISM  
The ISM Manufacturing PMI in the US fell to 52.8 in April 2019 from 55.3 in March, below market expectations of 55. The latest reading pointed to the weakest growth in factory activity since October 2016, amid slower increases in new orders, production and employment.
Wednesday May 01 2019
US Manufacturing Activity Growth Revised Higher: Markit  
The IHS Markit US Manufacturing PMI was revised higher to 52.6 in April 2019 from the previous month and preliminary reading of 52.4. The reading pointed to the second softest expansion in factory activity since June 2017.
Monday April 29 2019
US Consumer Spending Rises the Most in 9-1/2 Years  
Personal spending in the United States rose 0.9 percent from a month earlier in March 2019, beating market expectations of 0.7 percent and following a 0.1 percent gain in February. That was the biggest increase in personal spending since August 2009, buoyed by increases in consumption of durables, nondurables and services.
Friday April 26 2019
US April Consumer Sentiment Revised Higher  
The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment for the US was revised higher to 97.2 in April 2019 from a preliminary 96.9, as the consumer expectations sub-index came in stronger than initially thought.
Friday April 26 2019
US Q1 GDP Growth Beats Forecasts  
The US economy grew by an annualized 3.2 percent in the first quarter of 2019, easily beating market expectations of 2 percent and following a 2.2 percent expansion in the previous three-month period.
Thursday April 25 2019
US Durable Goods Orders Rise the Most in 7 Months  
New orders for US manufactured durable goods rose 2.7 percent from a month earlier in March 2019, rebounding from a downwardly revised 1.1 percent fall in February and above market expectations of a 0.8 percent gain. It is the biggest increase since August last year, led by transportation equipment.
Thursday April 25 2019
US Jobless Claims at 10-Week High  
The number of Americans filling for unemployment benefits increased by 37 thousand to 230 thousand in the week ended April 20th 2019 from the previous week’s revised level of 193 thousand and compared with market expectations of 200 thousand. Jobless claims hit the highest level since the week ended February 9h 2019.
Tuesday April 23 2019
US New Home Sales Jump to Near 1-1/2-Year High  
Sales of new single-family houses in the United States rose 4.5 percent from the previous month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 692 thousand in March 2019, the highest level since November 2017, while markets had forecast a 2.5 percent fall to 650 thousand. It was the third straight monthly increase in new home sales, amid lower mortgage rates and house prices.
Friday April 19 2019
US Housing Starts Fall to Near 2-Year Low in March  
Housing starts in the US fell 0.3 percent from a month earlier to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,139 thousand units in March 2019, following an upwardly revised 12 percent decline in February and compared with market expectations of a 6.5 percent gain. It was the biggest decline in near two years, pulled down by persistent weakness in the single-family housing segment.
Thursday April 18 2019
US Manufacturing Growth Holds Steady at Near 2-Year Low  
The IHS Markit US Manufacturing PMI came in at 52.4 in April 2019, unchanged from the previous month's near two-year low and below market expectations of 52.8, a preliminary estimate showed.
Thursday April 18 2019
US Retail Sales Post Biggest Gain in 1-1/2 Years  
US retail trade jumped 1.6 percent from a month earlier in March 2019, following a 0.2 percent drop in February and easily beating market expectations of a 0.9 percent advance. That was the biggest increase in retail trade since September 2017 boosted by sales of motor vehicles and a range of other goods.
Thursday April 18 2019
US Jobless Claims Drop to Fresh Low since 1969  
The number of Americans filling for unemployment benefits decreased by 5 thousand to 192 thousand in the week ended April 13th from the previous week’s revised level of 197 thousand and compared with market expectations of 205 thousand. This is the lowest level for initial claims since the week ended September 6th of 1969.
Wednesday April 17 2019
US Posts Smallest Trade Deficit in 8 Months  
The US trade deficit narrowed to USD 49.4 billion in February 2019, the smallest since June 2018, from USD 51.1 billion in the previous month and compared to market expectations of USD 53.5 billion. Exports surged 1.1 percent while imports rose at a softer 0.2 percent amid ongoing trade negotiations with China.
Tuesday April 16 2019
US Industrial Output Falls Unexpectedly  
US industrial output edged down 0.1 percent from a month earlier in March 2019, reversing a 0.1 percent advance in February and missing market expectations of a 0.2 percent gain.
Friday April 12 2019
US April Consumer Sentiment Weaker than Expected  
The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment for the US fell to 96.9 in April 2019 from 98.4 in the previous month and below market consensus of 98.0, a preliminary estimate showed.
Thursday April 11 2019
US Jobless Claims Drop to New 50-Year Low  
The number of Americans filling for unemployment benefits decreased by 8 thousand to 196 thousand in the week ended April 6th from the previous week’s revised level of 204 thousand and compared with market expectations of 211 thousand. It is the lowest reading since the week ended October 4th 1969.
Wednesday April 10 2019
US March Budget Gap Smaller than Expected  
The US government budget deficit narrowed to USD 147 billion in March 2019 from USD 209 billion in the same month last year and compared to market expectations of a USD 180 billion gap. Federal spending dropped 10 percent on the year while receipts were up 9 percent.
Wednesday April 10 2019
Fed Reaffirms "Patient" Approach on Rates  
Fed officials do not expect to make any changes to interest rate policy this year amid concerns about ongoing trade talks, Brexit negotiations and the possibility of a greater than expected economic slowdown in Europe and China, minutes of the March meeting showed. Policymakers also noted that their views of the appropriate target range for the federal funds rate could shift in either direction based on incoming data and other developments.
Wednesday April 10 2019
US Inflation Rate Rises Above Forecasts in March  
The US annual inflation rate rose to 1.9 percent in March 2019 from a two-and-a-half-year low of 1.5 percent in the previous month, slightly above market consensus of 1.8 percent.
Friday April 05 2019
US Economy Adds 196K Jobs, Beats Forecasts  
Nonfarm payrolls in the US increased by 196 thousand in March of 2019, following an upwardly revised 33 thousand rise in February and beating market expectations of 180 thousand. Notable job gains were seen in health care and in professional and technical services. Employment growth averaged 180 thousand per month in the first quarter of 2019, compared with 223 thousand per month in 2018.
Friday April 05 2019
US Jobless Rate Holds Steady at 3.8%  
The US unemployment rate came in at 3.8 percent in March 2019, unchanged from the previous month's figure and in line with market expectations. The number of unemployed persons decreased by 24 thousand to 6.2 million while employment dropped by 201 thousand to 156.7 million.
Thursday April 04 2019
US Jobless Claims Lowest since 1969  
The number of Americans filling for unemployment benefits fell by 10 thousand to 202 thousand in the week ending March 30th from the previous week’s revised level of 212 thousand and compared with market expectations of 216 thousand. It is the lowest reading since the week ended December 6th 1969.
Wednesday April 03 2019
US Services Growth Lowest since 2017: ISM  
The ISM Non-Manufacturing PMI index for the United States slumped to 56.1 in March of 2019 from 59.7 in February, below market expectations of 58. The reading pointed to the weakest expansion in the services sector since August of 2017, amid a slowdown in production and new orders. Respondents remain mostly optimistic about overall business conditions and the economy but concerns remain about employment resources and capacity constraints.
Tuesday April 02 2019
US Durable Goods Orders Fall Less than Expected  
New orders for US manufactured durable goods slumped 1.6 percent from a month earlier in February 2019, following a downwardly revised 0.1 percent gain in January and compared to market expectations of a 1.8 percent fall.
Monday April 01 2019
US Factory Growth Beats Forecasts  
The ISM Manufacturing PMI in the US rose to 55.3 in March, recovering from a 2 year low of 54.2 reported in February and compared to market expectations of 54.5. Faster growth in new orders, production and employment offset a slowdown in inventories, backlogs of orders, new export orders and supplier deliveries.
Monday April 01 2019
US Manufacturing PMI Revised Slightly Lower  
The IHS/Markit US Manufacturing PMI was revised slightly lower to 52.4 in March of 2019 from a preliminary of 52.5 and 53 in February. The reading pointed to the slowest growth in factory activity since June of 2017, amid softer increases in output and new orders. Yet, Q1 average was the lowest since Q3 2017.
Monday April 01 2019
US Retail Sales Unexpectedly Drop in February  
US retail trade fell by 0.2 percent from a month earlier in February 2019, following an upwardly revised 0.7 percent growth in January and missing market expectations of a 0.3 percent gain.
Friday March 29 2019
US Consumer Morale Revised Higher  
The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment for the US was revised higher to 98.4 in March 2019 from a preliminary 97.8, as the current economic conditions sub-index came in stronger than initially thought. The latest reading was slightly above the average of 97.2 recorded in the past 26 months.
Friday March 29 2019
US New Home Sales at Near 1-Year High  
Sales of new single-family houses in the United States rose 4.9 percent from the previous month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 667 thousand in February of 2019, following an upwardly revised 636 thousand in January and beating market expectations of 620 thousand. It is the highest reading since March of 2018 as sales increased in the Northeast, the Midwest and the South but were flat in the West.
Friday March 29 2019
US Personal Spending Rebounds Less than Expected  
Personal spending in the United States edged up 0.1 percent from a month earlier in January, after falling 0.6 percent in December, the most in a decade. The latest reading came in below market expectations of a 0.3 percent gain, as an increase in consumption of nondurables and services offset a sharp decline in durables spending.
Thursday March 28 2019
US GDP Growth Revised Down to 2.2%  
The US economy advanced an annualized 2.2 percent on quarter in the fourth quarter of 2018, well below a 2.6 percent growth in the previous estimate and 3.4 percent in the previous period. It compares with market expectations of 2.4 percent. Personal consumption expenditure and nonresidential fixed investment rose less than expected and public spending declined. On the other hand, the drag from net trade was smaller than anticipated as exports rose more and imports increased at a softer pace. Considering full 2018, the economy advanced 2.9 percent, the most since 2015, and above 2.2 percent in 2017.
Thursday March 28 2019
US Jobless Claims Unexpectedly Fall in Latest Week  
The number of Americans filling for unemployment benefits fell by 5 thousand to 211 in the week ending March 23rd from the previous week’s revised level of 216 thousand and compared with market expectations of 225 thousand.
Wednesday March 27 2019
US Trade Gap Narrows More Than Expected  
The trade deficit in the United States narrowed to USD 51.1 billion in January of 2019 from an upwardly revised USD 59.9 billion in the previous month, which was the largest since October 2008. It compares with market expectations of a USD 57 billion shortfall. Exports rebounded, mainly due to soybeans and motor vehicles and parts and imports were the lowest since June 2018.
Tuesday March 26 2019
US Housing Starts Fall Led by Single-Family Homes  
Housing starts in the US fell 8.7 percent from a month earlier to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,162 thousand units in February 2019, following a downwardly revised 11.7 percent surge in January. It was the largest decline in housing starts since last June.
Friday March 22 2019
US Posts Largest Budget Gap Ever for February  
The US government budget deficit increased to USD 234 billion in February of 2019 from a USD 215 billion gap a year earlier and above market expectations of a USD 227 billion shortfall. It is the highest budget gap ever for a February month as federal spending rose 8 percent on the year while receipts increased only 7 percent.
Friday March 22 2019
US Factory Growth Lowest since 2017  
The IHS Markit US Manufacturing PMI fell to 52.5 in March of 2019 from 53 in February and below market expectations of 53.6, preliminary estimates showed. The reading pointed to the lowest expansion in factory activity since June of 2017 amid softer rises in output, new orders and employment. Also, the latest expansion of production volumes was only modest and the least marked since June 2016.
Thursday March 21 2019
US Jobless Claims Drop Below Forecasts  
The number of Americans filling for unemployment benefits decreased by 9 thousand to 221 thousand in the week ending March 16th from the previous week’s revised level of 230 thousand and compared to market expectations of 225 thousand.
Wednesday March 20 2019
Fed Sees Rates Unchanged in 2019  
The Federal Reserve held the target range for the federal funds rate at 2.25-2.5 percent during its March meeting and lowered its forecast for US economic growth, as widely expected. Fed officials now expect rates to remain at current levels at least until the end of the year, compared to December's projection of two rate hikes.
Friday March 15 2019
US Consumer Sentiment Beats Forecasts  
The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment for the US increased to 97.8 in March of 2019 from 93.8 in February, beating market expectations of 95.3, preliminary estimates showed. It is the highest reading in three months, amid rising income and lower inflation expectations and more positive growth prospects.
Friday March 15 2019
US Industrial Output Rebound Weaker than Expected  
US industrial output edged up 0.1 percent from a month earlier in February 2019, following a revised 0.4 percent fall in January and missing market expectations of a 0.4 percent gain. Utilities and mining output supported growth, while manufacturing production fell for the second consecutive month.
Thursday March 14 2019
US New Home Sales Fall Much More than Expected  
Sales of new single-family houses in the United States slumped 6.9 percent from the previous month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 607 thousand in January of 2019, following an upwardly revised 652 thousand in December and worse than market expectations of 620 thousand. Sales declined in the South, the Midwest and the Northeast but rose in the West.
Thursday March 14 2019
US Jobless Claims Rise Slightly More than Expected  
The number of Americans filling for unemployment benefits increased by 6 thousand to 229 thousand in the week ending March 9 from the previous week’s unrevised level of 223 thousand. It compares with market expectations of 225 thousand.
Wednesday March 13 2019
US Durable Goods Orders Unexpectedly Rise  
New orders for US manufactured durable goods increased 0.4 percent from a month earlier in January of 2019, following an upwardly revised 1.3 percent advance in December and beating market expectations of a 0.5 percent drop. Orders for non-defense capital goods excluding aircraft, a closely watched proxy for business spending plans, went up 0.8 percent, the highest gain since July and rebounding from a 0.9 percent fall in December.
Tuesday March 12 2019
United States Inflation Rate Lowest since 2016  
Consumer prices in the United States increased 1.5 percent year-on-year in February of 2019, following a 1.6 percent rise in January and below market expectations of 1.6 percent. It is the lowest inflation rate since September of 2016, mainly due to a fall in cost of gasoline and clothing while prices of electricity stalled. On a monthly basis, consumer prices went up 0.2 percent after a flat reading in January, matching forecasts. It is the first monthly rise in the CPI, due to prices of food, gasoline and rents.
Monday March 11 2019
US Retail Sales Rebound in January  
US retail trade rose by 0.2 percent from a month earlier in January 2019, following an upwardly revised 1.6 percent decline in December and beating market expectations of a flat reading. Excluding automobiles, gasoline, building materials and food services, retail sales rebounded 1.1 percent in January after a downwardly revised 2.3 percent decrease in December.
Friday March 08 2019
US Housing Starts Rebound in January  
Housing starts in the United States jumped 18.6 percent from a month earlier to an annualized rate of 1,230 thousand in January 2019, recovering from an upwardly revised 14 percent fall in December and beating market expectations of a 9.9 percent gain. Starts increased in the Northeast, the South and the West while dropped in the Midwest.
Friday March 08 2019
US Jobless Rate Falls More than Expected  
The US unemployment rate fell to 3.8 percent in February 2019 from 4 percent in the previous month and below market expectations of 3.9 percent. The number of unemployed persons decreased by 300,000 to 6.2 million.
Friday March 08 2019
US Job Growth Almost Stalls in February  
Nonfarm payrolls in the US increased by 20 thousand in February of 2019, following an upwardly revised 311 thousand rise in January and well below market expectations of 180 thousand. It is the lowest reading since February of 2017, mainly due to falls in construction employment while jobs were added in professional and business services, health care, and wholesale trade.
Thursday March 07 2019
US Jobless Claims Fall in Latest Week  
The number of Americans filling for unemployment benefits decreased by 3 thousand to 223 thousand in the week ending March 2 from the previous week’s revised level of 226 thousand. It compares with market expectations of 225 thousand.
Wednesday March 06 2019
US Trade Deficit Largest since 2008  
The U.S. trade deficit widened to USD 59.8 billion in December of 2018 from an upwardly revised USD 50.3 billion in the previous month and compared with market expectations of a USD 57.9 billion gap. It is the largest deficit since October of 2008 as exports declined for the third month and imports recovered. In 2018, the country's trade gap widened to a 10-year high, with the goods gap with China jumping to a record high despite tariffs on USD 250 billion worth of Chinese imports.
Tuesday March 05 2019
US Government Budget Surplus Smaller than Expected  
The US government budget surplus narrowed to USD 9 billion in January of 2019 from USD 49 billion in the corresponding month of the previous year. It compares with market expectations of a USD 25 billion surplus. Federal spending increased 6 percent to USD 331 billion while revenues declined 6 percent to USD 340 billion.
Tuesday March 05 2019
US Services Growth Beat Forecasts: ISM  
The ISM Non-Manufacturing PMI index for the United States jumped to 59.7 in February of 2019 from 56.7 in January, beating market expectations of 57.3. The reading pointed to the strongest expansion in the services sector in three months, as business activity, new orders and employment rose faster. Service providers remained mostly optimistic about overall business conditions and the economy but showed concerns about the uncertainty of tariffs, capacity constraints and employment resources.
Tuesday March 05 2019
US New Home Sales Rise to 7-Month High  
Sales of new single-family houses in the United States climbed 3.7 percent from the previous month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 621 thousand in December 2018, following a downwardly revised 9.1 percent jump in November and easily beating market expectations of an 8.7 percent plunge. It was the highest level since last May.
Friday March 01 2019
US Factory Growth Lowest since 2016: ISM  
The ISM Manufacturing PMI in the US fell to 54.2 in February of 2019 from 56.6 in January, below market expectations of 55.5. The reading pointed to the slowest growth in factory activity since November of 2016 as new orders, production and employment increased less.
Friday March 01 2019
US February Consumer Sentiment Revised Lower  
The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment for the US was revised lower to 93.8 in February 2019 from a preliminary 95.5, as the bounce-back from the end of the Federal shutdown faded in late February. Still, the latest figure was above January's near two-year low of 91.2 due to a slight improvement in consumer expectations while the current economic conditions continued to deteriorate.
Friday March 01 2019
US Factory Growth Revised Lower: Markit  
The IHS Markit US Manufacturing PMI was revised lower to 53 in February of 2019 from a preliminary reading of 53.7 and 54.9 in January. The reading pointed to the lowest expansion in factory activity since August of 2017, amid slower rises in output and new orders. Notably, the increases were smaller than their respective long-run trends, with growth rates dipping to 17- and 20-month lows, respectively.
Friday March 01 2019
US Personal Spending Posts Biggest Fall in Over 9 Years  
Personal spending in the United States fell 0.5 percent from a month earlier in December 2018, following a downwardly revised 0.6 percent increase in November and compared to market expectations of a 0.2 percent drop. It was the largest decline in personal spending since September 2009.
Thursday February 28 2019
US GDP Growth Slows Less Than Expected  
The US economy advanced an annualized 2.6 percent on quarter in the fourth quarter of 2018, beating market expectations of a 2.4 percent growth, the initial estimate showed. Fixed investment rose faster, consumer spending remained robust and the drag from net trade was smaller. Considering full 2018, the economy advanced 2.9 percent, above 2.2 percent in 2017 and the highest growth rate since 2015.
Thursday February 28 2019
US Jobless Claims Rise More than Expected  
The number of Americans filling for unemployment benefits increased by 8 thousand to 225 thousand in the week ending February 23 from the previous week’s revised level of 217 thousand. It compares with market expectations of 220 thousand.
Tuesday February 26 2019
US Housing Starts Lowest since 2016  
Housing starts in the United States slumped 11.2 percent from a month earlier to an annualized rate of 1,078 thousand in December of 2018, compared to market forecasts of a 0.5 percent drop. It is the lowest reading since September of 2016. Considering full 2018, housing starts rose a non-seasonally adjusted 3.6 percent to 1246.6 thousand.
Thursday February 21 2019
US Factory Growth Lowest since 2017: Markit  
The IHS Markit US Manufacturing PMI fell to 53.7 in february of 2019 from 54.9 in January and below market expectations of 54.7, preliminary estimates showed. The reading pointed to the slowest growth in factory activity since September of 2017, amid soft client demand, partly linked to uncertainty across manufacturing supply chains and concerns about the global trade outlook. There were also some reports that adverse weather conditions had disrupted production schedules in February.
Thursday February 21 2019
US Durable Goods Orders Rise Less than Expected  
New orders for US manufactured durable goods rose 1.2 percent from a month earlier in December 2018, following an upwardly revised 1 percent advance in November and missing market expectations of a 1.5 percent gain. Transportation equipment drove the increase.
Thursday February 21 2019
US Jobless Claims Fall More than Expected in Latest Week  
The number of Americans filling for unemployment benefits fell by 23 thousand to 216 thousand in the week ending February 16 from the previous week’s revised level of 239 thousand. It compares with market expectations of 229 thousand.
Wednesday February 20 2019
Fed Policymakers Unsure on Future Rate Hikes: Minutes  
Many Fed officials suggested that it was not yet clear what adjustments to the target range for the federal funds rate may be appropriate later this year, minutes of the January meeting showed. Policymakers also noted that some risks to the downside had increased and pledged to end reductions to its balance sheet before the end of 2019.
Friday February 15 2019
US Consumer Sentiment Rises in February  
The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment for the US rose to 95.5 in February of 2019 from 91.2 in January, preliminary estimates showed. The early February gains reflect the end of the partial government shutdown as well as a more fundamental shift in consumer expectations due to the Fed's pause in raising interest rates.
Friday February 15 2019
US Industrial Output Falls for 1st Time in 8 Months  
US industrial output dropped 0.6 percent from a month earlier in January 2019, following a downwardly revised 0.1 percent growth in December and missing market expectations of a 0.1 percent gain.
Thursday February 14 2019
US Retail Sales Post Biggest Drop in Over 9 Years  
US retail trade fell by 1.2 percent from a month earlier in December 2018, following a revised 0.1 percent growth in November and missing market expectations of 0.2 percent gain. It was the steepest decline in retail sales since September 2009.
Thursday February 14 2019
US Jobless Claims Unexpectedly Rise in Latest Week  
The number of Americans filling for unemployment benefits increased by 4 thousand to 239 thousand in the week ending February 9 from the previous week’s revised level of 235 thousand. It compares with market expectations of 225 thousand.
Wednesday February 13 2019
US Budget Deficit Larger than Expected  
The US government budget deficit narrowed to USD 14 billion in December 2018 from USD 23 billion in the same month of the previous year, above market expectations of USD 11 billion.
Wednesday February 13 2019
US Inflation Rate Drops to 1.6%  
Annual inflation rate in the United States slowed for the third straight month to 1.6 percent in January of 2019 from 1.9 percent in December. It is the lowest rate since June of 2017, compared to market expectations of 1.5 percent, mainly due to a sharp fall in energy prices, namely gasoline.
Thursday February 07 2019
US Jobless Claims Fall Less than Expected  
The number of Americans filling for unemployment benefits decreased by 19 thousand to 234 thousand in the week ending February 2 from the previous week’s unrevised level of 253 thousand. It compares with market expectations of 221 thousand.
Wednesday February 06 2019
US Trade Gap Lowest in 5 Months  
The U.S. trade deficit narrowed to USD 49.3 billion in November of 2018 from an upwardly revised USD 55.7 billion in the previous month and compared with market expectations of a USD 54 billion gap. It is the lowest deficit in five months as imports plunged the most since March of 2016 from a record high value reached in the previous month.
Tuesday February 05 2019
US Services Growth Slows for 2nd Month: ISM  
The ISM Non-Manufacturing PMI index for the United States fell to 56.7 in January of 2019 from 58 in December and below market expectations of 57.2. The reading pointed to the weakest expansion in the services sector in six months. While respondents showed concerns about the impacts of the government shutdown they remain mostly optimistic about overall business conditions.
Friday February 01 2019
US Factory Growth Beats Forecasts: ISM  
The ISM Manufacturing PMI in the US jumped to 56.6 in January of 2019 from an upwardly revised 54.3 in December, easily beating market expectations of 54.2. Faster increases were seen in new orders, production and inventories while employment slowed slightly. On the other hand, exports continued to expand, but at the lowest level since the fourth quarter of 2016 and prices contracted for the first time since the first quarter of 2016. The manufacturing sector continues to expand, reversing December’s weak expansion, but inputs and prices indicate fundamental changes in supply chain constraints.
Friday February 01 2019
US Consumer Sentiment Lowest Since Trump's Election  
The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment for the US declined to 91.2 in January of 2019 from 98.3 in December, but above a preliminary estimate of 90.7 and market expectations of 90.8. It was the weakest sentiment since President Trump was elected. The end of the shutdown caused only a modest boost in the Sentiment Index
Friday February 01 2019
US Manufacturing PMI Unrevised in January: Markit  
The IHS Markit US Manufacturing PMI was confirmed at 54.9 in January of 2019, the same as in the preliminary estimate and higher than 53.8 in December. Output increased faster and domestic demand drove new business growth as new export orders rose only marginally. Job creation also accelerated and input cost inflation eased. Finally, business confidence about the year ahead reached the highest in three months.
Friday February 01 2019
US Economy Adds the Most Jobs in 11 Months  
Nonfarm payrolls in the US increased by 304 thousand in January of 2019, following a downwardly revised 222 thousand rise in December and easily beating market expectations of 165 thousand. Employment grew in several industries, including leisure and hospitality, construction, health care, and transportation and warehousing. There were no discernible impacts of the partial federal government shutdown on the estimates of employment, hours, and earnings from the establishment survey. Instead, the impact of the shutdown contributed to the uptick in the unemployment rate to 4 percent from 3.9 percent as it included furloughed federal employees who were classified as unemployed on temporary layoff under the definitions used in the household survey.
Friday February 01 2019
US Jobless Rate Unexpectedly Rises to 4%  
The US unemployment rate rose to 4 percent in January 2019 from 3.9 percent in the previous month and slightly above market expectations of 3.9 percent. The number of unemployed increased by 241 thousand to 6.54 million while employment fell by 251 thousand to 156.69 million, following the 35-day partial government shutdown.
Thursday January 31 2019
US New Home Sales Highest in 8 Months  
Sales of new single-family houses in the United States jumped 16.9 percent from the previous month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 657 thousand in November of 2018, following a downwardly revised 8.3 percent fall in October and beating market expectations of 560 thousand. It is the highest reading since March 2018, led by sales in the South, the Midwest and the Northeast while those in the West fell.
Thursday January 31 2019
US Jobless Claims Rise to Near 1-1/2-Year High  
The number of Americans filling for unemployment benefits increased by 53 thousand to 253 thousand in the week ending January 26 from the previous week’s revised level of 200 thousand. This is the highest level for initial claims since September 30, 2017 when it was 254,000. It compares with market expectations of 215 thousand.
Thursday January 31 2019
Fed Signals Hold on Rate Increases  
The Federal Reserve held the target range for the federal funds rate at 2.25-2.5 percent during its first policy meeting of 2019 and reaffirmed its position to be patient about further policy firming in light of recent global economic and financial developments and muted inflation pressures.
Thursday January 24 2019
US Factory Growth Beats Forecasts  
The IHS Markit US Manufacturing PMI rose to 54.9 in January of 2019 from 53.8 in December, beating market expectations of 53.5, preliminary estimates showed. Production was the highest since May of 2018 and new orders, employment and stocks of purchases also rose faster. Moreover, business optimism increased sharply.
Thursday January 24 2019
US Jobless Claims Unexpectedly Fall to Lowest Since 1969  
The number of Americans filling for unemployment benefits decreased by 13 thousand to 199 thousand in the week ending January 19 from the previous week’s revised level of 212 thousand. This is the lowest level for initial claims since November 15, 1969 when it was 197 thousand. It compares with market expectations of 220 thousand.
Friday January 18 2019
US Consumer Sentiment Lowest since Trump was Elected  
The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment for the US fell to 90.7 in January of 2019 from 98.3 in December, well below market expectations of 97. It is the lowest reading since October of 2016. The decline was primarily focused on prospects for the domestic economy, with the year-ahead outlook for the national economy judged the worst since mid 2014.
Friday January 18 2019
US Industrial Production Rises More than Expected  
US industrial output rose 0.3 percent from a month earlier in December 2018, following a downwardly revised 0.4 percent growth in November and beating market expectations of a 0.2 percent gain. Manufacturing production increased by the most in 10 months and mining activity continued to rise while utilities output contracted sharply.
Thursday January 17 2019
US Jobless Claims Unexpectedly Fall 2nd Week  
The number of Americans filling for unemployment benefits decreased by 3 thousand to 213 thousand in the week ending January 12 from the previous week’s unrevised level of 216 thousand. It was the second straight week of declines, bringing initial claims to the lowest level since the week ending December 8. It compares with market expectations of 220 thousand.
Friday January 11 2019
US Inflation Rate Lowest in 16 Months  
Annual inflation rate in the United States fell to 1.9 percent in December of 2018 from 2.2 percent in November, matching market expectations. It is the lowest inflation rate since August of 2017, mainly due to a decline in gasoline cost. On a monthly basis, consumer prices edged down 0.1 percent after a flat reading in the previous month and also in line with forecasts. It is the first monthly decrease in consumer prices in nine months, due to a 7.5 percent slump in gasoline prices.
Thursday January 10 2019
US Jobless Claims Fall More than Expected  
The number of Americans filling for unemployment benefits decreased by 17 thousand to 216 thousand in the week ending January 5 from the previous week’s revised level of 233 thousand and below market expectations of 225 thousand.
Wednesday January 09 2019
Fed Cautious on Future Rate Hikes  
Federal Reserve officials revised down their assessments of the appropriate path for monetary policy amid growing concerns about volatility in financial markets, trade tensions and uncertain global growth, minutes from the last FOMC meeting showed. Policymakers also noted that the central bank could afford to be patient about further policy firming as inflation remains muted.
Monday January 07 2019
US Services Growth Below Forecasts: ISM  
The ISM Non-Manufacturing PMI index for the United States fell to 57.6 in December of 2018 from 60.7 in November and below market expectations of 59. The reading pointed to the weakest expansion in the services sector in five months, amid a slowdown in business activity, employment, inventories and supplier deliveries.
Friday January 04 2019
US Nonfarm Payrolls Rise the Most in 10 Months  
Nonfarm payrolls in the US increased by 312 thousand in December 2018, following an upwardly revised 176 thousand rise in November and easily beating below market expectations of 177 thousand. Job gains occurred in health care, food services and drinking places, construction, manufacturing, and retail trade. The December jobs gain pushed total US employment above 150 million jobs for the first time.
Friday January 04 2019
US Jobless Rate Rises to 3.9% in December  
The US unemployment rate rose to 3.9 percent in December 2018 from a 49-year low of 3.7 percent in the previous month, and above market expectations of 3.7 percent. It was the highest jobless rate since July, as the number of unemployed persons increased by 276 thousand to 6.3 million and employment advanced by 142 thousand to 156.9 million.
Thursday January 03 2019
US Factory Activity Growth Slows to 2-Year Low: ISM  
The ISM Manufacturing PMI in the US fell to 54.1 in December, the weakest since November 2016, from 59.3 in November and missing market expectations of 57.9. It was the largest monthly drop since October 2008 as growth in new orders, production and employment slowed sharply.
Thursday January 03 2019
US Jobless Claims Rise More than Expected  
The number of Americans filling for unemployment benefits increased by 10 thousand to 231 thousand in the week ending December 30 from the previous week’s revised level of 221 thousand and above market expectations of 220 thousand.
Wednesday January 02 2019
US Manufacturing PMI Revised Lower to 15-Month Low: Markit  
The IHS Markit US Manufacturing PMI came in at 53.8 in December 2018, little-changed from a preliminary estimate of 53.9 and below November's final 55.3. The latest reading pointed to the weakest pace of expansion in the manufacturing sector since September 2017.
Thursday December 27 2018
US Jobless Claims Fall in Latest Week  
The number of Americans filling for unemployment benefits decreased by 1 thousand to 216 thousand in the week ending December 22 from the previous week’s revised level of 217 thousand. It compares with market expectations of 217 thousand.
Friday December 21 2018
US Consumer Sentiment Revised Higher  
The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment for the US was revised higher to 98.3 in December of 2018 from a preliminary of 97.5 and 97.5 in November, final estimates showed. The Sentiment Index averaged 98.4 in 2018, the best year since 107.6 in 2000.
Friday December 21 2018
US Personal Spending Rises More than Expected  
Personal spending in the United States increased 0.4 percent from a month earlier in November 2018, following an upwardly revised 0.8 percent gain in October and above market expectations of a 0.3 percent rise.
Friday December 21 2018
US Durable Goods Orders Rebound Weaker than Expected  
New orders for US manufactured durable goods surged 0.8 percent from a month earlier in November 2018, following a downwardly revised 4.3 percent plunge in October and missing market expectations of a 1.6 percent advance. Transportation equipment drove the increase.
Friday December 21 2018
US GDP Growth Revised Down to 3.4% in Q3  
The US economy advanced an annualized 3.4 percent on quarter in the third quarter of 2018, slightly below earlier estimates of a 3.5 percent growth, final figures showed. It follows a 4.2 percent expansion in the previous period which was the highest since the third quarter of 2014. Personal spending was revised slightly lower and net trade dragged down more on growth than initially estimated while inventory accumulation was higher than expected.
Thursday December 20 2018
US Jobless Claims Rise Less than Expected  
The number of Americans filling for unemployment benefits increased by 8 thousand to 214 thousand in the week ending December 15 from the previous week's unrevised level of 206 thousand, which was the biggest decline in near 49 years. It compares with market expectations of a 10 thousand gain to 216 thousand.
Wednesday December 19 2018
Fed Raises Rates, Signals Fewer Hikes in 2019  
The Federal Reserve raised the target range for the federal funds rate by 25bps to 2.25-2.5 percent during its December meeting and lowered forecasts for interest rate hikes in 2019 amid recent volatility in financial markets and slowing global growth. It is the fourth hike this year on the back of solid economic growth and strong labor market and despite heavy criticism from President Donald Trump.
Tuesday December 18 2018
US Housing Starts Beat Forecasts  
Housing starts in the United States jumped 3.2 percent from a month earlier to an annualized rate of 1,256 thousand in November of 2018, beating market forecasts of a 0.2 percent drop. Starts went up in the Northeast and the South but slumped in the Midwest and the West. The multi-family segment soared while single-family homebuilding reached the lowest level since May 2017.
Friday December 14 2018
US Factory Growth Lowest in Over a Year  
The IHS Markit US Manufacturing PMI fell to 53.9 in December of 2018 from 55.3 in November, below market expectations of 55.1. The reading pointed to the slowest expansion in factory activity since November of 2017, as new orders and employment rose at a slower pace, preliminary estimates showed. Also, the near-term outlook has become less favourable.
Friday December 14 2018
US Industrial Output Rebound Beats Forecasts  
US industrial output rose 0.6 percent from a month earlier in November 2018, following a downwardly revised 0.2 percent contraction in October and beating market expectations of a 0.3 percent gain. Mining and utilities output led the increase while manufacturing production was unchanged.
Friday December 14 2018
US Retail Sales Rise 0.2% in November  
US retail trade rose by 0.2 percent from a month earlier in November 2018, following an upwardly revised 1.1 percent growth in October and matching market expectations. An increase in sales of furniture, electronics and a range of other goods was partially offset by a decline in trade at gasoline stations on the back of cheaper fuel prices.
Friday December 14 2018
US Budget Deficit Hits Record for November Month  
The US government budget deficit went up to USD 205 billion in November 2018 from USD 139 billion in the same month of the previous year, above market expectations of USD 188 billion. It is the widest budget gap on record for a November month, as spending surged 18.4 percent to USD 411 billion while revenues fell 1.2 percent to USD 206 billion.
Thursday December 13 2018
US Jobless Claims Drop to Near 49-Year Low  
The number of Americans filling for unemployment benefits decreased by 27 thousand to a near 49-year low of 206 thousand in the week ending December 8 from the previous week's revised level of 233 thousand. Claims declined for the second straight week and by the most since April 2015. It compares with market expectations of a decline to 225 thousand.
Wednesday December 12 2018
US Inflation Rate Lowest in 9 Months  
Annual inflation rate in the US fell to 2.2 percent in November of 2018 from 2.5 percent in October, matching market expectations. It is the lowest reading since February. On a monthly basis, consumer prices were unchanged after rising 0.3 percent in October and also in line with forecasts. The gasoline index declined 4.2 percent, offsetting increases in an array of indexes including shelter and used cars and trucks.
Friday December 07 2018
US Consumer Sentiment Above Forecasts  
The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment for the US was steady at 97.5 in December of 2018, the same as in the previous month and above market expectations of 97, preliminary estimates showed. In the last 2 years, consumer sentiment has been above 90, a pattern not seen since 1997 to 2000.
Friday December 07 2018
US Jobless Rate Unchanged at 49-Year Low  
The US unemployment rate was unchanged at a 49-year low of 3.7 percent in November 2018, in line with market expectations. The number of unemployed decreased by 100 thousand to 5.98 million and employment rose by 233 thousand to 156.80 million.
Friday December 07 2018
US Economy Adds Less Jobs than Expected  
Non farm payrolls in the United States increased by 155 thousand in November of 2018, following a downwardly revised 237 thousand in October and well below market expectations of 200 thousand. Job gains occurred in health care, in manufacturing, and in transportation and warehousing.
Thursday December 06 2018
US Services Growth Beats Forecasts: ISM  
The ISM Non-Manufacturing PMI index for the United States edged up to 60.7 in November of 2018 from 60.3 in October, beating market expectations of 59.2. The non-manufacturing sector continued to reflect strong growth in November although concerns persist about employment resources and the impact of tariffs. Yet, respondents remain positive about current business conditions and the direction of the economy.
Thursday December 06 2018
US Trade Deficit Reaches 10-Year High  
The U.S. trade deficit widened to USD 55.5 billion in October of 2018 from an upwardly revised USD 54.6 billion in the previous month and compared with market expectations of a USD 54.9 billion gap. It is the highest deficit since October of 2008 as lower soybean sales weighed down on exports and imports reached a new record high.
Thursday December 06 2018
US Jobless Claims Drop Less than Expected  
The number of Americans filling for unemployment benefits decreased by 4 thousand to 231 thousand in the week ending December 1 from the previous week's revised level of 235 thousand. It compares with market expectations of a decline to 225 thousand.
Monday December 03 2018
US Factory Growth Beats Forecasts: ISM  
The Institute for Supply Management’s Manufacturing PMI in the US jumped to 59.3 in November of 2018 from 57.7 in October, beating market expectations of 57.6. New orders, production and employment rose faster and comments from the panel reflect continued expanding business strength.
Monday December 03 2018
US Manufacturing PMI Revised Lower: Markit  
The IHS Markit US Manufacturing PMI was revised slightly down to 55.3 from a preliminary of 55.4 in November of 2018 and 55.7 in October. However, the reading indicated a solid improvement in the health of the sector that was above the series trend as new orders rose the most since May and job creation was also stronger. On the other hand, business confidence was the lowest since September of 2017 amid concerns over the sustainability of the current sequence of new order growth.
Thursday November 29 2018
Fed Likely to Raise Rates in December  
The Fed considered that another increase in the federal funds rate is likely to be warranted fairly soon, suggesting a rate hike at the upcoming meeting in December, FOMC minutes showed. Policymakers also said that monetary policy is not on a preset course and can be adjusted according to incoming economic data.
Thursday November 29 2018
US Personal Spending Rises the Most in 7 Months  
Personal spending in the United States rose 0.6 percent from a month earlier in October 2018, following a downwardly revised 0.2 percent advance in September and beating market expectations of a 0.4 percent gain. It was the largest increase in personal spending since March.
Thursday November 29 2018
US Jobless Claims Hit 6-Month High in Latest Week  
The number of Americans filling for unemployment benefits rose by 10 thousand to 234 thousand in the week ending November 24 from the previous week's unrevised level of 224 thousand and against market expectations of a drop to 220 thousand. Claims increased for the third straight week, hitting its highest level since the week ending May 19. However, the Thanksgiving Day was observed on Thursday which could have influenced the data.
Wednesday November 28 2018
US New Home Sales Unexpectedly Drop to 2-1/2-Year Low  
Sales of new single-family houses in the United States slumped 8.9 percent from the previous month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 544 thousand in October 2018, following an upwardly revised 1 percent growth in September and missing market expectations of a 3.7 percent jump. New home sales were at the lowest level since March 2016.
Wednesday November 28 2018
US GDP Growth Confirmed at 3.5% in Q3  
The US economy advanced an annualized 3.5 percent on quarter in the third quarter of 2018, in line with earlier figures, the second estimate showed. It follows a 4.2 percent growth in the previous period which was the highest since the third quarter of 2014. Upward revisions to nonresidential fixed investment and private inventory investment were offset by a downward revision to consumer spending and a higher drag from net trade.
Friday November 23 2018
US Manufacturing Growth Remains Solid: Markit  
The IHS Markit US Manufacturing PMI fell to 55.4 in November 2018 from 55.7 in the previous month and below market consensus of 55.7, a preliminary estimate showed. Output growth slowed to a three-month low while new orders rose the most in six months and the pace of job creation hit an 11-month high.
Wednesday November 21 2018
US Consumer Sentiment Revised Lower  
The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment for the US fell further to 97.5 in November of 2018 from a preliminary reading of 98.3 and 98.6 in October. It is the lowest value in three months. Both current conditions and expectations were revised lower although the drops were more related to income than political party.
Wednesday November 21 2018
US Durable Goods Orders Post Biggest Fall in Over a Year  
New orders for US manufactured durable goods slumped 4.4 percent from a month earlier in October 2018, following a downwardly revised 0.1 percent decline in September and worse than market expectations of a 2.5 percent drop. It was the largest fall in durable goods orders since July 2017.
Wednesday November 21 2018
US Jobless Claims Rise Unexpectedly  
The number of Americans filling for unemployment benefits rose by 3 thousand to 224 thousand in the week ending November 17 from the previous week's upwardly revised level of 221 thousand and compared with market expectations of 215 thousand. It was the highest level since the week ending June 30. Claims for North Carolina and Florida continued to be affected by Hurricanes Florence and Michael, respectively.
Tuesday November 20 2018
US Housing Starts Rise Slightly Less than Expected  
Housing starts in the US increased 1.5 percent from a month earlier to an annualized rate of 1,228 thousand in October of 2018, following an upwardly revised 5.5 percent drop in September and compared with market expectations of a 1.6 percent rise. The multi-family segment led the rise while construction of single-family houses declined for a second month. Starts rebounded in the South after being hurt by Hurricane Florence in September but fell in the Northeast and the West.
Friday November 16 2018
US Industrial Output Growth Weaker than Expected  
US industrial output edged up 0.1 percent from a month earlier in October 2018, following a downwardly revised 0.2 percent advance in September and missing market expectations of a 0.2 percent gain. An increase in manufacturing production was partially offset by declines in both mining and utilities output. Hurricanes lowered the level of industrial production in both September and October, but their effects appear to be less than 0.1 percent per month.
Thursday November 15 2018
US Retail Sales Rise the Most in 5 Months  
US retail trade rose by 0.8 percent from a month earlier in October 2018, following a revised 0.1 percent drop in September and beating market expectations of a 0.5 percent gain. This was the largest increase in retail trade since May.
Thursday November 15 2018
US Jobless Claims Unexpectedly Rise to 216K  
The number of Americans filling for unemployment benefits rose by 2 thousand to 216 thousand in the week ending November 10 from the previous week's unrevised level of 214 thousand while markets had expected a drop to 212 thousand. However, the Veterans Day holiday was observed on Monday which could have influenced the data. Claims for North Carolina continued to be affected by Hurricane Florence while in Florida and Georgia they were impacted by Hurricane Michael.
Wednesday November 14 2018
US Inflation Rate Rises to 2.5%, Matches Forecasts  
Annual inflation rate in the US increased to 2.5 percent in October of 2018 from 2.3 percent in September. Figures match market expectations, mainly due to prices of fuel oil and gasoline. On a monthly basis, consumer prices increased 0.3 percent, higher than 0.1 percent in September and matching forecasts. It is the highest monthly gain in nine months, mainly due to gasoline.
Tuesday November 13 2018
US Government Budget Deficit Widens in October  
The US government budget deficit increased to USD 100 billion in October 2018 from USD 63 billion in the same month of the previous year, matching market expectations. Outlays increased 18.3 percent to USD 353 billion while receipts climbed at a softer 7.4 percent to USD 253 billion.
Friday November 09 2018
US Consumer Sentiment Falls Less than Expected  
The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment for the US fell to 98.3 in November of 2018 from 98.6 in October but slightly higher than market expectations of 98. It is the lowest reading in three months, mainly due to a fall in consumer expectations, preliminary estimates showed. Data was collected until Wednesday night so there was only a one-day overlap after the mid-term election results were known by consumers.
Thursday November 08 2018
Fed Holds Rates as Expected, Signals December Hike  
The Federal Reserve kept the target range for the federal funds rate at 2 percent to 2.25 percent during its November 2018 meeting, saying that the labor market has continued to strengthen and that economic activity has been rising at a strong rate while inflation remains near its 2 percent target. The Fed also reaffirmed its plans to continue raising rates gradually, suggesting a rate hike at its next meeting in December is likely.
Thursday November 08 2018
US Jobless Claims Drop to 214K in Latest Week  
The number of Americans filling for unemployment benefits dropped by 1 thousand to 214 thousand in the week ending November 3 from the previous week's upwardly revised level of 215 thousand, matching market expectations. Claims for North Carolina continued to be affected by Hurricane Florence while in Florida and Georgia they were impacted by Hurricane Michael.
Monday November 05 2018
US Services Slow Less than Expected: ISM  
The ISM Non-Manufacturing PMI index for the United States fell to 60.3 in October of 2018 from 61.6 in September, beating market expectations of 59.3. Production, new orders and employment slowed although general growth in the services sector remained strong. There are continued concerns about capacity, logistics and tariffs although the respondents are positive about current business conditions.
Friday November 02 2018
US Payrolls Growth Beat Expectations in October  
Non farm payrolls in the United States increased by 250 thousand in October of 2018, following a downwardly revised 118 thousand in September and well above market expectations of 190 thousand. Job growth occurred in health care, in manufacturing, in construction, and in transportation and warehousing.
Friday November 02 2018
US Jobless Rate Holds Steady at 49-Year Low  
The US unemployment rate was unchanged at 3.7 percent in October 2018, unchanged from the previous month's 49-year low and in line with market expectations. The number of unemployed increased by 111 thousand to 6.08 million and employment rose by 600 thousand to 156.56 million.
Friday November 02 2018
US Trade Deficit Highest in 7 Months  
The U.S. trade deficit widened to USD 54.0 billion in September 2018 from an upwardly revised USD 53.3 billion in the previous month and compared with market expectations of a USD 53.6 billion gap. It is the highest deficit in 7 months as imports rose to a record high.
Thursday November 01 2018
US Factory Growth Lowest in 6 Months: ISM  
The Institute for Supply Management’s Manufacturing PMI in the US fell to 57.7 in October of 2018 from 59.8 in September and below market expectations of 59. The reading pointed to the slowest growth in factory activity in six months after reaching the highest since 2004 in August. New orders, production and employment eased and price pressures continued.
Thursday November 01 2018
US Manufacturing PMI Revised Down: Markit  
The IHS Markit US Manufacturing PMI was revised down to 55.7 in October of 2018 from a preliminary of 55.9, but slightly higher than 55.6 in September. Figures still pointed to the strongest increase in factory activity in five months, mainly boosted by a sharp rise in new business which was the strongest in five months.
Thursday November 01 2018
US Jobless Claims Fall Less than Expected  
The number of Americans filling for unemployment benefits decreased by 2 thousand to 214 thousand in the week ending October 27 from the previous week’s upwardly revised 216 thousand and compared with market expectations of 213 thousand. Claims for North Carolina continued to be affected by Hurricane Florence, while for Florida and Georgia were impacted by Hurricane Michael.
Monday October 29 2018
US Personal Spending Matches Forecasts  
Personal spending in the United States rose 0.4 percent from a month earlier in September of 2018, following an upwardly revised 0.5 percent rise in August. Figures matched market expectations, mainly boosted by spending in motor vehicles and health care.
Friday October 26 2018
US Consumer Sentiment Revised Lower  
The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment for the US fell to 98.6 in October of 2018 from a preliminary estimate of 99 and 100.1 in September. The decline was due to less favorable current economic conditions and higher inflationary pressures.
Friday October 26 2018
US GDP Growth Beats Forecasts in Q3  
The US economy advanced an annualized 3.5 percent on quarter in the third quarter of 2018, beating market expectations of 3.3 percent, the advance estimate showed. It follows a 4.2 percent growth in the previous period which was the highest since the third quarter of 2014. Consumer spending rose faster and inventories rebounded. On the other hand, investment in structures fell the most in near three years, residential continued to contract and net trade made the biggest drag on growth since Q2 1985.
Thursday October 25 2018
US Durable Goods Orders Unexpectedly Increase  
New orders for US manufactured durable goods unexpectedly rose 0.8 percent month-over-month in September of 2018, following an upwardly revised 4.6 percent rise in August and beating market expectations of a 1 percent drop. Transportation equipment drove the increase as orders for motor vehicles and parts went up 1.3 percent and orders for defense capital jumped 119.1 percent. Orders for non-defense capital goods excluding aircraft, seen as a proxy for business spending plans, edged down 0.1 percent after a 0.2 percent drop in August.
Thursday October 25 2018
US Jobless Claims Rise Slightly More than Expected  
The number of Americans filling for unemployment benefits increased by 5 thousand to 215 thousand in the week ending October 20 from the previous week's unrevised level of 210 thousand. Figures came slightly above market expectations of 214 thousand. Claims for South and North Carolina continued to be affected by Hurricane Florence while in Florida and Georgia they were impacted by Hurricane Michael.
Wednesday October 24 2018
US New Home Sales Lowest Since 2016  
Sales of new single-family houses in the United States dropped 5.5 percent from the previous month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 553 thousand in September of 2018, following a downwardly revised 3.0 percent decline in August. It is the lowest rate since December 2016, worse than market expectations of 625 thousand. Sales in the Northeast went down to its lowest level since April 2015. Also, sales decreased in the West and in the South.
Wednesday October 24 2018
US Manufacturing Growth at 5-Month High: Markit  
The IHS Markit US Manufacturing PMI rose to 55.9 in October of 2018 from 55.6 in September, beating market expectations of 55.5, preliminary estimates showed. The reading pointed to the strongest expansion in factory activity since May, boosted by increases in new business and job creation offsetting a slowdown in output growth.
Thursday October 18 2018
US Jobless Claims Fall More than Expected  
The number of Americans filling for unemployment benefits decreased by 5 thousand to 210 thousand in the week ended October 13th from the previous week's upwardly revised level of 215 thousand. Figures came below market expectations of 212 thousand. Claims for South and North Carolina continue to be affected by the effects of Hurricane Florence while in Florida they were impacted by Hurricane Michael.
Wednesday October 17 2018
Further and Gradual Rate Hikes Likely to Continue  
The Fed considered that further gradual increases in the target range for the federal funds rate would be necessary to achieve a sustained economic expansion, minutes from last FOMC meeting showed. Some Fed officials said policy would need to become modestly restrictive for a time and other judged that it would be necessary to temporarily raise rates above the normalization level to prevent inflation from overshooting the 2 percent target.
Wednesday October 17 2018
US Housing Starts Fall More than Expected  
Housing starts in the US dropped 5.3 percent from a month earlier to an annualized rate of 1,201 thousand in September of 2018, following a 7.1 percent gain in August and compared with market expectations of a 4.5 percent fall. Starts in the South declined the most since October 2015 mainly due to Hurricane Florence, which hit North and South Carolina in September.
Tuesday October 16 2018
US Industrial Output Growth Beats Forecasts  
Industrial production in the United States increased 0.3 percent month-over-month in September of 2018, following a 0.4 percent rise in August and slightly higher than market expectations of a 0.2 percent gain. Both manufacturing and mining went up while utilities were flat. Still, output growth in September was held down slightly by Hurricane Florence, with an estimated effect of less than 0.1 percentage point. Industrial output went up an annualized 3.3 percent in the third quarter of 2018, below a 5.3 percent rise in the second quarter.
Tuesday October 16 2018
US Budget Surplus Widens in September  
The US government budget surplus went up to USD 119 billion in September 2018 from USD 8 billion in the same month of the previous year. Figures came above market expectations of USD 71 billion, mainly due to a sharp decline in expenses as outlays for Military active duty and retirement, Veterans' benefits, Supplementary Social Security Income, and Medicare payments to Health Maintenance Organizations and prescription drug plans accelerated into August, because September 1, 2018, the normal payment date, fell on a non-business day. Social Security benefits also accelerated into August since September 3, 2018, the normal payment date, also fell on a non-business day.
Monday October 15 2018
US Retail Sales Rise Much Less than Anticipated  
Retail sales in the United States edged up 0.1 percent month-over-month in September of 2018, the same as in the previous month and well below market expectations of a 0.6 percent rise. Spending at restaurants and bars went down 1.8 percent, the most since December of 2016.
Friday October 12 2018
US Consumer Sentiment Lower than Expected  
The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment for the US fell to 99 in October of 2018 from 100.1 in September and below market expectations of 100.4, preliminary estimates showed. The decline was due to less favorable assessments by consumers of their personal finances as upward revisions in the year-ahead expected inflation rate weakened real income expectations.
Thursday October 11 2018
US Inflation Rate Lowest in 7 Months  
Annual inflation in the US fell to 2.3 percent in September of 2018 from 2.7 percent in August and below market expectations of 2.4 percent. It is the lowest inflation rate since February, mainly due to a sharp slowdown in gas prices and smaller increases in fuel and shelter costs.
Thursday October 11 2018
US Jobless Claims Unexpectadly Rise to 214K  
The number of Americans filling for unemployment benefits rose by 7 thousand to 214 thousand in the week ended October 6th from the previous week's unrevised level of 207 thousand while markets had expected a drop to 206 thousand. Claims for South and North Carolina continue to be affected by the effects of Hurricane Florence, which caused damages in the region in mid-September.
Friday October 05 2018
US Trade Deficit Jumps to 6 Month High  
The U.S. trade deficit increased to a six-month high of USD35.2 billion in August as exports dropped further amid declining soybean shipments and imports hit a record high amid stronger demand for cars, industrial supplies and petroleum.
Friday October 05 2018
US Jobless Rate Down to Near 49-Year Low of 3.7%  
The unemployment rate in the US declined to 3.7 percent in September of 2018 from 3.9 percent in each of the previous two months and below market expectations of 3.8 percent. It is the lowest jobless rate since December of 1969. The number of unemployed persons decreased by 270,000 to 6.0 million. Over the year, the unemployment rate and the number of unemployed persons declined by 0.5 percentage point and 795,000, respectively.
Friday October 05 2018
US Economy Adds Less Jobs than Expected  
Non farm payrolls in the United States increased by 134 thousand in September of 2018, following an upwardly revised 270 thousand in August and well below market expectations of 185 thousand. It is the lowest reading in a year after Hurricane Florence hit the Carolinas in mid-September likely weighing on payrolls. Job gains occurred in professional and business services, in health care, and in transportation and warehousing.
Thursday October 04 2018
US Jobless Claims Fall More than Expected  
The number of Americans filling for unemployment benefits fell by 8 thousand to 207 thousand in the week ended September 29 from the previous week’s upwardly revised level of 215 thousand and compared with market expectations of 213 thousand. Claims for South and North Carolina continue to be affected by the effects of Hurricane Florence, which caused damages in the region in mid-September. According to unadjusted data, claims declined the most in North Carolina (-4,783), Kentucky (-4,643), New York (-804) and California (-514) while the biggest rises were reported in South Carolina (+939), Illinois (+521) and Ohio (+478).
Wednesday October 03 2018
US Services Rise at Record Pace  
The ISM Non-Manufacturing PMI index for the United States rose to 61.6 in September of 2018 from 58.5 in August, beating market expectations of 58. The reading pointed to a record growth in the services sector. Overall, companies remain positive about business conditions and the current and future economy. Concerns remain about capacity, logistics and the uncertainty with global trade.
Monday October 01 2018
US Factory Growth Slows More than Expected: ISM  
The Institute for Supply Management’s Manufacturing PMI in the US fell to 59.8 in September of 2018 from 61.3 in August which was the highest reading since May of 2004. Figures came slightly below market expectations of 60.1 as new orders and inventories rose less. Manufacturers remain concerned about tariff-related activity, including how reciprocal tariffs will impact company revenue and current manufacturing locations.
Monday October 01 2018
US Manufacturing PMI Confirmed at 4-Month High: Markit  
The IHS Markit US Manufacturing PMI rose to 55.6 in September of 2018 from 54.7 in August, matching the preliminary estimate. The reading pointed to the strongest growth in factory activity in four months, driven by sharper rises in output and new orders, though new business from abroad continued to expand at only a marginal pace. Also, the average for the third quarter was strong overall but signaled the softest expansion since the fourth quarter of 2017.
Friday September 28 2018
US Consumer Sentiment Revised Lower in September  
The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment for the US was revised down to 100.1 in September of 2018 from a preliminary reading of 100.8. Yet, the reading was higher than 96.2 in August and topped 100.0 for only the third time since January of 2004. The single issue that was cited as having a potential negative impact on the economy was tariffs. Concerns about the negative impact of tariffs were cited by nearly one-third of all consumers in September.
Friday September 28 2018
US Personal Spending Rises the Least in 6 Months  
Personal spending in the United States rose 0.3 percent from a month earlier in August 2018, following a 0.4 percent advance in July and matching market expectations. It was the smallest increase in personal spending since February.
Thursday September 27 2018
US GDP Growth Confirmed at 4.2% in Q2  
The US economy advanced an annualized 4.2 percent on quarter in the second quarter of 2018, unrevised from the previous estimate and in line with market expectations. It is the highest growth rate since the third quarter of 2014. Net trade made the highest contribution since the last three months of 2013 mainly due to a rise in exports of soybeans and other goods before tariffs take completely effect. On the other hand, inventories made the biggest drag on growth since the first quarter of 2014.
Thursday September 27 2018
US Durable Goods Orders Jump 4.5%  
New orders for US manufactured durable goods surged 4.5 percent from a month earlier in August 2018, following a downwardly revised 1.2 percent drop in July and easily beating market expectations of a 2 percent growth. Transportation equipment drove the increase as volatile demand for civilian aircraft rose.
Thursday September 27 2018
US Jobless Claims at 7-Week High  
The number of Americans filling for unemployment benefits increased by 12 thousand to 214 thousand in the week ended September 22 from the previous week's upwardly revised level of 202 thousand. It compares with market expectations of 210 thousand. Jobless claims hit the highest level since the week ended August 4, mainly reflecting temporary rises in states affected by Hurricane Florence.
Wednesday September 26 2018
Fed Hikes Rates as Expected  
The Federal Reserve raised the target range for the federal funds rate by 25bps to 2 percent to 2.25 percent during its September 2018 meeting, in line with market expectations. Policymakers expect one more rate hike this year, 3 increases in 2019 and 1 in 2020, in line with previous expectations.
Wednesday September 26 2018
US New Home Sales Rebound  
Sales of new single-family houses in the United States jumped 3.5 percent from the previous month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 629 thousand in August of 2018, following a downwardly revised 1.6 percent drop in July. It compares with market expectations of a 0.5 percent rise to 630 thousand. Sales jumped in the Northeast but fell in the South.
Friday September 21 2018
US Factory Growth at 4-Month High  
The IHS Markit US Manufacturing PMI rose to 55.6 in September of 2018 from 54.7 in August, beating market expectations of 55. The reading pointed to the strongest expansion in manufacturing in four months, mainly boosted by faster increases in output and new orders, preliminary figures showed.
Thursday September 20 2018
US Jobless Claims Drop For Third Straight Week  
The number of Americans filling for unemployment benefits decreased by 3 thousand to 201 thousand in the week ending September 15 from the previous week's unrevised level of 204 thousand, missing market expectations of 210 thousand. Claims fell for the third straight week to hit the lowest level since November 15, 1969.
Wednesday September 19 2018
US Housing Starts Above Forecasts  
Housing starts in the US jumped 9.2 percent from a month earlier to an annualized rate of 1,282 thousand in August of 2018, recovering from a 0.3 percent drop in July and beating market expectations of a 5.8 percent rise. Starts increased in the South, the Midwest and the West and were flat in the Northeast.
Friday September 14 2018
US Consumer Sentiment Surges in September  
The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment for the US jumped to 100.8 in September of 2018 from 96.2 in August, beating market expectations of 96.7. It is the second highest level since 2004, only behind the March 2018 reading of 101.4, preliminary estimates showed. Expectations were the strongest since July of 2004, largely due to more favorable prospects for jobs and incomes and current conditions were also assessed more favorable.
Friday September 14 2018
US Industrial Output Rises More than Expected  
Industrial production in the US increased 0.4 percent month-over-month in August of 2018, following an upwardly revised 0.4 percent rise in July and beating market expectations of a 0.3 percent increase. Manufacturing moved up 0.2 percent, boosted by a 4 percent rise in motor vehicles and parts with motor vehicle assemblies jumping to an annual rate of 11.5 million units, the strongest since April. Excluding the gain in motor vehicles and parts, factory output was unchanged.
Friday September 14 2018
US Retail Sales Rise the Least in 6 Months  
Retail sales in the US edged up 0.1 percent month-over-month in August of 2018, following an upwardly revised 0.7 percent rise in July and well below market expectations of a 0.4 percent increase. It is the smallest gain in retail sales in six months, mainly due to falls in purchases of motor vehicles, clothing and furniture.
Thursday September 13 2018
US August Budget Deficit Larger than Expected  
The US government budget deficit nearly doubled to USD 214 billion in August 2018 from USD 108 billion in the same month of the previous year, above market expectations of USD 156.5 billion.
Thursday September 13 2018
US Inflation Rate Slows to 2.7%  
Annual inflation rate in the US fell to 2.7 percent in August of 2018 from 2.9 percent in July and below market expectations of 2.8 percent. It is the lowest reading in four months amid a slowdown in cost of fuel, gasoline and shelter.
Thursday September 13 2018
US Jobless Claims Remain Near 49-Year Low  
The number of Americans filling for unemployment benefits decreased by 1 thousand to 204 thousand in the week ending September 8 from the previous week's upwardly revised level of 205 thousand and missing market consensus of 210 thousand. This is the lowest level for initial claims since December 6, 1969 when it was 202 thousand.
Friday September 07 2018
US Jobless Rate Holds Steady at 3.9%  
The US unemployment rate was unchanged at 3.9 percent in August 2018, above market expectations of 3.8 percent. Still, the jobless rate remained close to May's 18-year low as the number of unemployed declined by 46 thousand to 6.23 million and employment fell by 423 thousand to 155.54 million.
Friday September 07 2018
US Economy Adds More Jobs than Expected  
Non farm payrolls in the United States increased by 201 thousand in August of 2018, following a downwardly revised 147 thousand in July and above market expectations of 191 thousand. Employment increased in professional and business services, health care, wholesale trade, transportation and warehousing, and mining.
Thursday September 06 2018
US Services Grew for 103rd Consecutive Month: ISM  
The ISM Non-Manufacturing PMI index rose to 58.5 in August from 55.7 in July, beating expectations of 56.8. Production, new orders, employment, business activity, backlogs of orders and new export orders rose faster while supplier deliveries and price pressures eased.
Thursday September 06 2018
US Jobless Claims Unexpectedly Fall to Near 49-Year Low  
The number of Americans filling for unemployment benefits went down by 10 thousand to 203 thousand in the week ending September 1 from the previous week's unrevised level of 213 thousand while markets had expected a slight increase to 214 thousand. This is the lowest level for initial claims since December 6,1969 when it was 202,000. However, the Labor Day holiday was observed on Monday which could have influenced the estimates.
Wednesday September 05 2018
US Trade Gap Rises The Most in 3 Years  
The US trade deficit widened by 9.5 percent to USD 50.1 billion in July of 2018 from a downwardly revised USD 45.7 billion in the previous month and slightly below market expectations of USD 50.3 billion. It is the highest trade gap in five months as imports hit a new record high and exports of soybeans and civilian aircraft fell sharply.
Tuesday September 04 2018
US Factory Growth Highest since 2004: ISM  
The Institute for Supply Management’s Manufacturing PMI in the US jumped to 61.3 in August of 2018 from 58.1 in the previous month, beating market expectations of 57.7. The reading pointed to the highest expansion in factory activity since May of 2004 amid faster increases in new orders, production, employment and inventories and lower inflationary pressures. However, manufacturers remain overwhelmingly concerned about tariff-related activity, including how reciprocal tariffs will impact company revenue and current manufacturing locations.
Tuesday September 04 2018
US Manufacturing PMI Revised Higher: Markit  
The IHS Markit US Manufacturing PMI was revised higher to 54.7 in August of 2018 from a preliminary of 54.5 but remained below 55.3 in July. The reading pointed to the slowest expansion in factory activity since November as rates of output and new order growth eased although remained solid. On the other hand, business confidence reached the highest in three months.
Friday August 31 2018
US Consumer Sentiment Revised Up in August  
The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment for the US was revised higher to 96.2 in August of 2018 from 95.3 in the preliminary estimate. It compares with 97.9 in July and market expectations of 95.5. Yet, it is the lowest reading since January as current conditions were seen the weakest since November of 2016.
Thursday August 30 2018
US Personal Spending Rises Solidly in July  
Personal spending in the United States rose 0.4 percent from a month earlier in July 2018, the same pace as in June and in line with market expectations.
Thursday August 30 2018
US Jobless Claims Rise Slightly Less than Expected  
The number of Americans filling for unemployment benefits rose by 3 thousand to 213 thousand in the week ending August 25 from the previous unrevised level of 210 thousand. It was the first rise in jobless claims after three straight weeks of decline and compares with market expectations of 214 thousand.
Wednesday August 29 2018
US GDP Growth Revised Higher to 4.2% in Q2  
The US economy advanced an annualized 4.2 percent on quarter in the second quarter of 2018, slightly higher than a preliminary reading of 4.1 percent and beating market forecasts of 4 percent, the second estimate showed. It is the highest growth rate since the third quarter of 2014, as nonresidential fixed investment rose more than anticipated, mainly boosted by software and information processing equipment and imports fell, mainly due to petroleum.
Friday August 24 2018
Fed Sees Further and Gradual Rate Hikes as Appropriate  
The economy is strong, inflation is near the 2 percent objective, and most people who want a job are finding one, Fed Chair Powell said at the Jackson Hole symposium, suggesting the Fed is likely to raise rates again next month.
Friday August 24 2018
US Durable Goods Orders Fall More than Expected  
New orders for US manufactured durable goods declined 1.7 percent from a month earlier in July 2018, following a downwardly revised 0.7 percent advance in June and compared with market expectations of a 0.5 percent drop. Transportation equipment drove the decrease as volatile demand for civilian aircraft fell.
Thursday August 23 2018
US New Home Sales Unexpectedly Fall  
Sales of new single-family houses in the United States shrank 1.7 percent from the previous month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 627 thousand in July of 2018, following a downwardly revised 2.4 percent drop in June. It is the lowest rate since October, worse than market expectations of 645 thousand. Sales fell in the Northeast and in the South.
Thursday August 23 2018
US Factory Growth At 9-Month Low  
The IHS Markit US Manufacturing PMI fell to 54.5 in August of 2018 from 55.3 in July, slightly below market expectations of 55, preliminary estimates showed. The reading pointed to the slowest expansion in the manufacturing sector in nine months as output, new business, employment and capacity pressures moderated.
Thursday August 23 2018
US Jobless Claims Fall Unexpectedly in Latest Week  
The number of Americans filling for unemployment benefits decreased by 2 thousand to 210 thousand in the week ending in August 18 from the previous unrevised week level of 212 thousand. It compares with market expectations of 215 thousand. Jobless claims declined for the third consecutive week to its lowest since July 14.
Wednesday August 22 2018
Fed Shows Concerns Over Trade War  
Fed officials expect GDP growth to slow from its second-quarter rate but to remain strong, although ongoing trade disputes remain an important source of uncertainty and risks, minutes from last FOMC meeting showed. The Fed also signaled it will likely raise rates next month.
Friday August 17 2018
US Consumer Sentiment Lowest in Near a Year  
The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment for the US fell to 95.3 in August of 2018 from 97.9 in July, below market expectations of 98. It is the lowest reading since September last year amid weaker assessments of buying conditions, mainly due to less favorable perceptions of market prices, preliminary estimates showed.
Thursday August 16 2018
US Housing Starts Rise Less than Expected  
Housing starts in the US rose 0.9 percent from a month earlier to an annualized rate of 1,168 thousand in July 2018, recovering from an upwardly revised 12.9 percent drop in June, but missing market expectations of a 7.4 percent increase to 1,260 thousand.
Thursday August 16 2018
US Jobless Claims Fall for 2nd Straight Week  
The number of Americans filling for unemployment benefits dropped by 2 thousand to 212 thousand in the week ending August 11 from the previous week's upwardly revised level of 214 thousand. Jobless claims fell for the second straight week to its lowest level since the week ending in July 14. Market consensus had pointed to an increase to 215 thousand.
Wednesday August 15 2018
US Industrial Output Growth Weaker than Expected  
US industrial output edged up 0.1 percent month-over-month in July 2018, following an upwardly revised 1 percent increase in June and missing market expectations of a 0.3 percent gain. Manufacturing production continued to grow while there was a contraction in both utilities and mining output.
Wednesday August 15 2018
US Retail Sales Rise More than Expected in July  
US retail trade rose by 0.5 percent month-over-month in July 2018, following a downwardly revised 0.2 percent advance in June. The sales beat market expectations of a 0.1 percent gain boosted by purchases of motor vehicles and clothing.
Friday August 10 2018
US Budget Deficit Widens in July  
The US budget deficit widened sharply to USD 77.0 billion in July 2018 from USD 42.9 billion in the same month of the previous year, slightly below market expectations of USD 77.8 billion.
Friday August 10 2018
US Inflation Rate Unchanged at Over 6-Year High  
US annual inflation rate stood at 2.9 percent in July 2018, unchanged from the previous month and slightly below market expectations of 3 percent. Still, inflation remained at its highest level since February 2012.
Thursday August 09 2018
US Jobless Claims Unexpectedly Fall to 213K  
The number of Americans filling for unemployment benefits decreased by 6 thousand to 213 thousand in the week ending August 4 from the previous week's upwardly revised level of 219 thousand. It compares with market consensus of 220 thousand.
Friday August 03 2018
US Services Growth Lowest in a Year: ISM  
The ISM Non-Manufacturing PMI index for the United States fell to 55.7 in July of 2018 from 59.1 in June, well below market expectations of 58.6. It is the lowest reading since August of 2017. Although most firms remain positive about business conditions and the economy, tariffs and deliveries are an ongoing concern.
Friday August 03 2018
US Trade Deficit Widens Sharply in June  
The US trade deficit widened 7.3 percent to USD 46.3 billion in June 2018 from a revised USD 43.2 billion in the previous month and below market expectations of USD 46.5 billion.
Friday August 03 2018
US Economy Adds Less Jobs than Expected  
Non farm payrolls in the United States increased by 157 thousand in July of 2018, following an upwardly revised 248 thousand in June and below market expectations of 190 thousand. Job gains occurred in professional and business services, in manufacturing, and in health care and social assistance.
Friday August 03 2018
US Jobless Rate Decreases to 3.9% in July  
The US unemployment rate fell to 3.9 percent in July 2018 from 4.0 percent in June, matching market expectations. The jobless rate touched an 18-year low of 3.8% in May. The number of unemployed persons declined by 284,000 to 6.3 million and employment was almost unchanged at 156.0 million.
Thursday August 02 2018
US Jobless Claims Below Estimates in Latest Week  
The number of Americans filling for unemployment benefits rose by 1 thousand to 218 thousand in the week ending in July 28 from the previous week's unrevised level of 217,000. It compares with market expectations of 220 thousand.
Wednesday August 01 2018
Fed Leaves Rates Steady  
The Federal Reserve kept the target range for the federal funds rate at 1.75 percent to 2 percent during its August 2018 meeting, in line with market expectations. Policymakers said the labor market has continued to strengthen and economic activity has been rising at a strong rate, suggesting a rate hike at its next meeting in September is likely.
Wednesday August 01 2018
US Factory Growth at 3-Month Low: ISM  
The Institute for Supply Management’s Manufacturing PMI in the US fell to 58.1 in July of 2018 from 60.2 in the previous month, below market expectations of 59.5. The reading pointed to the weakest expansion in the manufacturing sector in three months amid a slowdown in new orders, export orders and production. Demand remains robust but manufacturers keep showing concerns about how tariff-related activity, including reciprocal tariffs, will continue to affect their business.
Wednesday August 01 2018
US Manufacturing PMI Revised Down: Markit  
The IHS Markit US Manufacturing PMI edged down to 55.3 in July of 2018 from a preliminary of 55.5 and 55.4 in June. The reading pointed to the slowest expansion in factory activity in five months amid weaker rises in output and employment and higher inflationary pressures while export sales fell for the second month in a row.
Tuesday July 31 2018
US Personal Spending Rises 0.4% in June  
Personal spending in the United States rose 0.4 percent month-over-month in June 2018, following an upwardly revised 0.5 percent gain in May and matching market expectations. It was the smallest increase in personal spending in four months.
Friday July 27 2018
US July Consumer Sentiment Revised Higher  
The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment for the US came in at a six-month low of 97.9 in July 2018, above the preliminary reading of 97.1 and little-changed from June's 98.2. Both consumer expectations and current economic conditions came in stronger than initially thought.
Friday July 27 2018
US GDP Growth Highest in Near 4 Years in Q2  
The US economy advanced an annualized 4.1 percent on quarter in the second quarter of 2018, well above an upwardly revised 2.2 percent expansion in the previous period and in line with market expectations. It is the strongest growth rate since the third quarter of 2014 amid higher consumer spending and soybean exports while business spending slowed, the advance estimate showed.
Thursday July 26 2018
US Durable Goods Orders Rebound Weaker than Expected  
New orders for US manufactured durable goods rose 1 percent month-over-month in June 2018, following a downwardly revised 0.3 percent drop in May and missing market expectations of a 3 percent jump. Transportation equipment led the increase.
Thursday July 26 2018
US Jobless Claims Rise More than Expected  
The number of Americans filling for unemployment benefits rose by 9 thousand to 217 thousand in the week ending in July 21 from the previous week's upwardly revised level of 208 thousand. It was the highest reading since the week ending in June 30, and above market expectations of 215 thousand. The previous week was revised up by 1,000 from 207,000 to 208,000.
Wednesday July 25 2018
US New Home Sales at 8-Month Low  
Sales of new single-family houses in the United States declined 5.3 percent from the previous month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 631 thousand in June of 2018, following a downwardly revised 3.9 percent gain in May. It is the lowest rate since October, worse than market expectations of 670 thousand. Sales in the South fell sharply after hitting their highest level in nearly 11 years in May.
Tuesday July 24 2018
US Factory Growth Slightly Higher than Expected: Markit  
The IHS Markit US Manufacturing PMI edged up to 55.5 in July of 2018 from 55.4 in June and above market expectations of 55.4, flash estimates showed. The reading pointed to a slightly stronger growth of the manufacturing sector amid a robust rise in new orders and a solid upturn in both production volumes and employment.
Thursday July 19 2018
US Jobless Claims Fall Unexpectedly to Lowest Since 1969  
In the week ending July 14, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 207,000, a decrease of 8,000 from the previous week's revised level. This is the lowest level for initial claims since December 6, 1969 when it was 202,000. The previous week's level was revised up by 1,000 from 214,000 to 215,000.
Wednesday July 18 2018
US Housing Starts at 9-Month Low  
Housing starts in the US plunged 12.3 percent month-over-month to an annualized rate of 1,173 thousand in June of 2018, following a downwardly revised 4.8 percent rise in May. It is the lowest rate since September of 2017 and the biggest drop since November of 2016. It compares with market expectations of 1,320 thousand rate.
Tuesday July 17 2018
US Industrial Output Rebounds in June  
US industrial output rose 0.6 percent month-over-month in June 2018, recovering from an upwardly revised 0.5 percent contraction in May and matching market expectations. The production of motor vehicles and parts rebounded last month after truck assemblies fell sharply in May because of a disruption at a parts supplier.
Monday July 16 2018
US Retail Sales Rise Solidly in June  
US retail trade rose by 0.5 percent month-over-month in June 2018, following an upwardly revised 1.3 percent advance in May and matching market expectations. June's gains were mainly boosted by increases in purchases of motor vehicles.
Friday July 13 2018
US Consumer Sentiment at 6-Month Low  
The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment for the US fell to 97.1 in July of 2018 from 98.2 in June, missing market expectations of 98.2. It is the lowest reading in six months, due to a drop in the current conditions gauge amid rising concerns about the potential negative impact of tariffs on the domestic economy, preliminary estimates showed.
Thursday July 12 2018
US June Budget Deficit Smaller than Expected  
The US budget deficit narrowed to USD 75.0 billion in June 2018 from USD 90.2 billion in the same month of the previous year, and below market expectations of USD 98.2 billion.
Thursday July 12 2018
US Inflation Rate Highest since 2012  
The inflation rate in the US edged up to 2.9 percent in June of 2018 from 2.8 percent in May, matching market expectations. It is the highest rate since February of 2012 when inflation was also at 2.9 percent, due to rising prices for oil and gasoline. The last time inflation was above 2.9 percent was in December of 2011 when it reached 3 percent.
Thursday July 12 2018
US Jobless Claims Fall to 2-Month Low  
The number of Americans filling for unemployment benefits decreased by 18 thousand to 214 thousand in the week ending July 7 from the previous week's upwardly revised level of 232 thousand. It was the lowest reading since the week ending May 5 and surprised markets which had expected a smaller decline to 225 thousand. Yet, last week's data included the Independence Day holiday, which this year fell on a Wednesday. It probably reflects volatility around such holidays.
Friday July 06 2018
US May Trade Deficit Smallest in 1-1/2 Years  
The US trade deficit narrowed sharply to USD 43.1 billion in May 2018 from a revised USD 46.1 billion in the previous month and below market expectations of USD 43.7 billion. It was the smallest trade gap since October 2016.
Friday July 06 2018
US Jobless Rate Rises to 4% in June  
The US unemployment rate rose to 4 percent in June 2018 from 3.8 percent in the previous month, which was the lowest since April 2000. The number came above market expectations of 3.8 percent as more entered the labor force.
Friday July 06 2018
US Economy Adds More Jobs than Expected  
Non farm payrolls in the United States increased by 213 thousand in June of 2018, following an upwardly revised 244 thousand in May and well above market expectations of 195 thousand. Job gains occurred in professional and business services, manufacturing, and health care, while employment in retail trade declined.
Thursday July 05 2018
Fed Sees Intensified Risks Around Trade Policy  
Fed officials reaffirmed their commitment to gradually raising rates but noted that uncertainty and risks associated with trade policy had intensified, which could eventually have negative effects on business sentiment and investment spending, minutes of the Fed's June meeting showed.
Thursday July 05 2018
US Services Growth at 4-Month High: ISM  
The ISM Non-Manufacturing PMI index for the United States rose to 59.1 in June of 2018 from 58.6 in May, beating market forecasts of 58.3. It is the highest reading since February as business activity and new orders rose faster and price pressures eased. Companies continue to be optimistic about business conditions and the overall economy although there is a continuing concern relating to tariffs, capacity constraints and delivery.
Thursday July 05 2018
US Jobless Claims Unexpectedly Rise in Latest Week  
The number of Americans filling for unemployment benefits increased by 3 thousand to 231 thousand in the week ending June 30 from the previous week's upwardly revised level of 228 thousand. It was the highest reading in six weeks while markets were expecting a drop to 225 thousand.
Monday July 02 2018
US Factory Growth at 4-Month High: ISM  
The Institute for Supply Management’s Manufacturing PMI in the US rose to 60.2 in June of 2018 from 58.7 in the previous month, beating market expectations of 58.4. The reading pointed to the strongest expansion in the manufacturing sector in four months as production and inventories rose faster while new orders and employment eased slightly.
Monday July 02 2018
US Manufacturing PMI Revised Higher: Markit  
The IHS Markit US Manufacturing PMI was revised higher to 55.4 in June of 2018 from a preliminary of 54.6. Still, the reading fell from 56.4 in May, pointing to the slowest growth in factory activity in four months. Output and new orders both expanded at the slowest rates since November 2017. Meanwhile, the effects of tariffs were widely cited as contributing to another sharp rise in input prices, while suppliers’ delivery times lengthened to the greatest extent since the series began. Average charges rose at the second-fastest rate since June of 2011.
Friday June 29 2018
US Consumer Sentiment Revised Lower in June  
The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment for the US stood at 98.2 in June 2018, compared with a preliminary reading of 99.3 and slightly above May's 98. Both consumer expectations and current economic conditions came in weaker than initially thought.
Friday June 29 2018
US Personal Spending Rises Less than Expected  
Personal spending in the United States rose 0.2 percent month-over-month in May of 2018, following a downwardly revised 0.5 percent gain and below market expectations of 0.4 percent. It is the smallest increase in personal spending in four months, mainly due to a drop in outlays on household utilities.
Thursday June 28 2018
US Jobless Claims Rise More than Expected  
The number of Americans filling for unemployment benefits rose by 9 thousand to 227 thousand in the week ending June 23 from the previous week's unrevised level of 218 thousand. It compares with market expectations of 220 thousand and marks the first rise in claims after four straight weeks of drops.
Thursday June 28 2018
US GDP Growth Revised Lower to 2%  
The US economy expanded an annualized 2 percent on quarter in the first quarter of 2018, below 2.2 percent in the second estimate and market expectations of 2.2 percent. It is the lowest growth rate in a year as business inventories and personal consumption were revised down, the final estimate showed.
Wednesday June 27 2018
US Durable Goods Orders Drop Less than Expected  
New orders for US manufactured durable goods fell 0.6 percent month-over-month in May 2018, following a downwardly revised 1 percent drop in April while markets were expecting a bigger 1 percent decline. Transportation equipment led the decrease. Meanwhile, orders for non-defense capital goods excluding aircraft, a proxy for business spending plans, slipped 0.2 percent last month, after jumping by 2.3 percent in April.
Monday June 25 2018
US New Home Sales Beat Forecasts  
Sales of new single-family houses in the United States jumped 6.7 percent from the previous month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 689 thousand in May of 2018, following an upwardly revised 3.7 percent fall in April. It is the highest rate since November, beating market expectations of a 0.7 percent increase. Sales in the South hit their highest level in nearly 11 years.
Friday June 22 2018
US Factory Growth at 7-Month Low: Markit  
The IHS Markit US Manufacturing PMI fell to 54.6 in June of 2018 from 56.4 in May, well below market expectations of 56.5. The reading pointed to the slowest expansion in factory activity in 7 months, following the strong growth rates seen in recent months, preliminary estimates showed. New work rose the least since September last year, partly reflecting a slight drop in export sales.
Thursday June 21 2018
US Jobless Claims Fall for 4th Straight Week  
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits fell by 3 thousand to 218 thousand in the week ending June 16th, compared to an upwardly revised 221 thousand in the previous week and markets expectations of 220 thousand new claims. It was the fourth consecutive week of decreases in jobless claims.
Tuesday June 19 2018
US Housing Starts at Near 11-Year High  
Housing starts in the US jumped 5 percent month-over-month to an annualized rate of 1,350 thousand in May of 2018, following a downwardly revised 3.1 percent fall in April. It is the highest rate since July of 2007, mainly due to a rebound in the multi-family segment. It compares with market expectations of 1,310 thousand rate.
Friday June 15 2018
US Consumer Sentiment at 3-Month High  
The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment for the US increased to 99.3 in June of 2018 from 98 in May, preliminary estimates showed. Figures beat market expectations of 98.5, reaching the highest in three months due to consumers' more favorable assessments of their current financial situation and more favorable views of current buying conditions for household durables. In contrast, expectations declined to the lowest level since the start of the year due to less favorable prospects for the overall economy.
Friday June 15 2018
US Industrial Production Falls Unexpectedly in May  
US industrial production edged down 0.1 percent month-over-month in May 2018, following an upwardly revised 0.9 percent growth in April and missing market expectations of a 0.2 percent gain.
Thursday June 14 2018
US Retail Sales Post Biggest Gain in 6 Months  
US retail trade rose by 0.8 percent month-over-month in May 2018, following an upwardly revised 0.4 percent advance in April and easily beating market expectations of a 0.4 percent gain. It was the steepest increase in retail trade since November.
Thursday June 14 2018
US Jobless Claims Lower than Expected  
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits fell by 4 thousand to 218 thousand in the week ending June 9th, below market expectations of 224 thousand. It is the lowest reading in five weeks.
Wednesday June 13 2018
Fed Hikes Rates  
The Federal Reserve raised the target range for the federal funds rate by a quarter of a percentage point to a range of between 1.75 percent and 2 percent during its June meeting, saying that the labor market has continued to strengthen and that economic activity has been rising at a solid rate. Policymakers projected two additional hikes by the end of this year, compared to one previously estimated.
Tuesday June 12 2018
US Budget Deficit Larger than Expected in May  
The US budget deficit widened to USD 147.0 billion in May 2018 from USD 88.0 billion in the same month of the previous year, and compared to market expectations of USD 144 billion.
Tuesday June 12 2018
US Inflation Rate at Over 6-Year High  
The inflation rate in the US increased to 2.8 percent in May of 2018 from 2.5 percent in April, beating market forecasts of 2.7 percent. It is the highest inflation rate since February of 2012, mainly due to rising prices for gasoline and shelter.
Thursday June 07 2018
US Initial Jobless Claims Lower than Expected  
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits fell by 1 thousand to 222 thousand in the week ending June 2 from the previous week's revised level of 223 thousand and below market expectations of 225 thousand.
Wednesday June 06 2018
US Trade Gap at 7-Month Low  
The US trade deficit narrowed to USD 46.2 billion in April of 2018 from a downwardly revised USD 47.2 billion in March, below market expectations of a USD 49 billion gap. It is the lowest trade deficit in seven months as exports hit a record high boosted by sales of industrial materials and soybeans. Imports edged down 0.2 percent.
Tuesday June 05 2018
US ISM Non Manufacturing PMI Beats Forecasts  
The ISM Non-Manufacturing PMI index for the United States jumped to 58.6 in May of 2018 from 56.8 in April, well above market expectations of 57.5. Faster increases were seen for business activity, new orders and employment. Firms remain optimistic about business conditions and the overall economy although there continue to be concerns about the uncertainty surrounding tariffs, trade agreements and the impact on cost of goods sold.
Friday June 01 2018
US Manufacturing Activity Growth Stronger than Expected  
The Institute for Supply Management’s Manufacturing PMI in the US rose to 58.7 in May 2018 from the previous month's nine-month low of 57.3, and beating market expectations of 58.1. New orders, production and employment rose at stronger rates.
Friday June 01 2018
US Manufacturing Growth Remains Solid in May  
The IHS Markit US Manufacturing PMI came in at 56.4 in May 2018, little-changed from the preliminary estimate of 56.6 and April's final 56.5. The reading marked the second-strongest improvement in the health of the manufacturing sector since September 2014, reflecting sharp expansions in output and new orders.
Friday June 01 2018
US Economy Adds the Most Jobs in 3 Months  
Non farm payrolls in the United States increased by 223 thousand in May of 2018, following a downwardly revised 159 thousand in April and well above market expectations of 189 thousand. Employment continued to trend up in several industries, including retail trade, health care, and construction.
Friday June 01 2018
US Unemployment Rate Falls to 18-Year Low  
The US unemployment rate fell to 3.8 percent in May 2018 from 3.9 percent in the previous month, and below market expectations of 3.9 percent. It was the lowest rate since April 2000, as the number of unemployed decreased by 281 thousand to 6.07 million and employment rose by 293 thousand to 155.47 million.
Thursday May 31 2018
US Personal Consumption Rises the Most in 5 Months  
Personal spending in the United States increased 0.6 percent month-over-month in April of 2018 after an upwardly revised 0.5 percent gain in March and beating market expectations of a smaller 0.4 percent gain. It is the biggest increase in personal spending in five months, mainly boosted by a rebound in consumption of nondurable goods.
Thursday May 31 2018
US Initial Jobless Claims Below Forecasts  
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits decreased by 13 thousand to 221 thousand in the week ending May 26 from the previous week's unrevised level of 234 thousand. It compares with market expectations of 228 thousand.
Wednesday May 30 2018
US GDP Growth Revised Lower to 2.2% in Q1  
The US economy expanded an annualized 2.2 percent on quarter in the first quarter of 2018, below 2.3 percent in the advance estimate and market expectations of 2.3 percent. Consumer spending, inventories and exports rose less than expected while business spending in equipment, structures and intellectual property was revised higher, the second estimate showed.
Friday May 25 2018
US Consumer Sentiment Revised Lower in May  
The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment for the US was revised down to 98 in May of 2018 from a preliminary reading of 98.8 and below 98.8 in April. It is the lowest reading in four months as consumers anticipated smaller income gains and references to discounted prices for durables, vehicles, and homes fell to decade lows.
Friday May 25 2018
US Durable Goods Orders Worse than Forecasts  
New orders for US manufactured durable goods slumped 1.7 percent month-over-month in April of 2018, following an upwardly revised 2.7 percent rise in March. It compares with market expectations of a 1.4 percent drop as orders for transportation equipment tumbled 6.1 percent. However, orders for non-defense capital goods excluding aircraft, a proxy for business spending, jumped 1 percent, reversing from a 0.9 percent decrease in March.
Thursday May 24 2018
US Initial Claims at 7-Week High  
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits increased by 11 thousand to 234 thousand in the week ending May 19th, above market expectations of 220 thousand. It is the highest reading in seven weeks. The previous week level was revised slightly up by 1 thousand to 223 thousand.
Wednesday May 23 2018
Fed Signals Next Rate Hike Soon, June on the Table  
It will soon be appropriate for the Fed to raise rates if incoming information broadly confirms the current economic outlook, minutes from the last FOMC meeting showed, pointing to a rate hike at the June meeting. Policymakers also said that a temporary period of inflation above 2 percent would still be consistent with the Committee's objective.
Wednesday May 23 2018
US New Home Sales Fall Less than Expected  
Sales of new single-family houses in the United States shrank 1.5 percent from the previous month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 662 thousand in April of 2018, compared to market expectations of a 2 percent drop. It follows a downwardly revised 2 percent jump in March.
Wednesday May 23 2018
US Manufacturing Growth Highest since 2014  
The IHS Markit US Manufacturing PMI edged up to 56.6 in May of 2018 from 56.5 in April, slightly above market expectations of 56.5, preliminary estimates showed. The reading pointed to the strongest growth rate in factory activity since September of 2014 amid faster rises in production and incoming new business due to improving economic conditions and a continued recovery in domestic sales.
Thursday May 17 2018
US Initial Jobless Claims Rise More than Expected  
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits increased to 222 thousand in the week ending May 12th, from the previous week's unrevised level of 211 thousand and exceeding market expectations of 215 thousand. It was the highest reading in four weeks.
Wednesday May 16 2018
US Industrial Output Rises More than Expected in April  
US industrial production increased by 0.7 percent month-over-month in April 2018, the same pace as in March and beating market expectations of a 0.6 percent gain. It was the third consecutive monthly increase in output, boosted by advances in both manufacturing and mining production while utilities growth slowed.
Wednesday May 16 2018
US Housing Starts at 4-Month Low  
Housing starts in the US slumped 3.7 percent month-over-month to an annualized rate of 1,287 thousand in April of 2018, following an upwardly revised 3.6 percent rise in March. It is the lowest rate in four months, mainly due to a sharp fall in the multi-family segment. It compares with market expectations of 1,310 thousand rate.
Tuesday May 15 2018
US Retail Sales Rise 0.3% in April as Expected  
US retail trade rose by 0.3 percent month-over-month in April 2018, following an upwardly revised 0.8 percent surge in March and matching market expectations.
Friday May 11 2018
US Consumer Sentiment Unchanged in May  
The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment for the US was steady at 98.8 in May of 2018, the same as in April and slightly above market expectations of 98.5. Preliminary figures pointed to a small uptick in near term inflation, a fall in income expectations, and stabilization of the unemployment rate at decade lows.
Thursday May 10 2018
US Government Budget Surplus Highest on Record for April  
The US government budget surplus increased to USD 214.25 billion in April of 2018 from USD 182.43 billion in the same month of the previous year. It is the biggest surplus ever for an April month. Figures came better than market expectations of a USD 193.8 billion surplus amid a rise in individual income tax receipts. Also, April 2018 had an additional day of collections. In addition, outlays for Military active duty and retirement, Veterans’ benefits, Supplemental Security Income, and Medicare payments and prescription drug plans accelerated into March, because April 1, 2018, the normal payment date, fell on a non-business day.
Thursday May 10 2018
US Inflation Rate Highest in 14 Months  
Annual inflation rate in the United States edged up to 2.5 percent in April of 2018 from 2.4 in March, matching market expectations. It is the highest rate since February of 2017 amid rises in gasoline, fuel and shelter cost.
Thursday May 10 2018
US Initial Jobless Claims Flat at Near 48-Year Low  
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits stood at 211 thousand in the week ending May 5, keeping initial claims near more than a 48-year low and missing market expectations of 218 thousand.
Friday May 04 2018
US Jobless Rate Drops to Near 17-1/2-Year Low  
The US unemployment rate fell to 3.9 percent in April 2018 from 4.1 percent in the previous month, and below market expectations of 4 percent. It was the lowest rate since December 2000, as 236 thousand people exited the labor force. The number of unemployed decreased by 239 thousand to 6.35 million and employment was almost unchanged at 155.18 million.
Friday May 04 2018
US Economy Adds 164K Jobs in April  
Non farm payrolls in the United States increased by 164 thousand in April of 2018, following an upwardly revised 135 thousand in March and well below market expectations of 192 thousand. Job gains occurred in professional and business services, manufacturing, health care, and mining.
Thursday May 03 2018
US ISM Non Manufacturing PMI Disappoints  
The ISM Non-Manufacturing PMI index for the United States fell to 56.8 in April of 2018 from 58.8 in March, well below market expectations of 58.1. The reading pointed to the lowest expansion in the non-manufacturing sector in four months amid a slowdown in production and employment and uncertainty about tariffs and the effect on the cost of goods. However, firms remain positive about business conditions and the economy.
Thursday May 03 2018
US Trade Gap Lower than Expected  
The US trade deficit narrowed to USD 49 billion in March of 2018 from a slightly upwardly revised USD 57.7 billion in the previous month which was the highest since October 2008. Figures came better than market expectations of a USD 50 billion gap as exports reached a record high boosted by sales of commercial aircraft and soybeans. Also, imports fell as payments for the rights to broadcast the 2018 Winter Olympic Games faded.
Thursday May 03 2018
US Initial Jobless Claims Rise Less than Expected  
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits rose by 2 thousand to 211 thousand in the week ending April 28, from the previous week's unrevised level of 209 thousand and missing market expectations of 225 thousand.
Wednesday May 02 2018
Fed Leaves Rates on Hold  
The Federal Reserve left its target range for the federal funds rate steady at 1.5-1.75 percent during its May 2018 meeting, in line with market expectations. Policymakers said the labor market has continued to strengthen, economic activity has been rising at a moderate rate and both inflation and core inflation have moved close to 2%, suggesting a June rate hike is on the table.
Tuesday May 01 2018
US Manufacturing Growth Eases to 9-Month Low: ISM  
The Institute for Supply Management’s Manufacturing PMI in the US fell to 57.3 in April 2018 from the previous month's 59.3, and missing market expectations of 58.3. The reading pointed to the weakest pace of expansion in the manufacturing sector since last July, as new orders, production and employment rose at softer rates.
Tuesday May 01 2018
US Manufacturing Growth Confirmed at 3-1/2-Year High  
The IHS Markit US Manufacturing PMI stood at 56.5 in April 2018, unchanged from the preliminary estimate and above March's final 55.6. The reading pointed to the strongest pace of expansion in the manufacturing sector since September 2014, supported by quicker rates of output and new order growth and a greater deterioration in vendor performance.
Monday April 30 2018
US Personal Spending Rises 0.4%, in Line with Expectations  
Personal spending in the United States increased 0.4 percent month-over-month in March of 2018 after being flat in the previous month. It matched market expectations amid a recovery in consumption of durable goods. When adjusted for inflation, consumer spending also increased 0.4 percent.
Friday April 27 2018
US Consumer Sentiment Revised Higher in April  
The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment for the US was revised higher to 98.8 in April of 2018 from 97.8 in the preliminary estimate as expectations fell less than initially estimated. It compares with 101.4 in March which was the highest reading since January 2004. The final April figure was close to the 2018 average of 98.9 which was higher than any other yearly average since 107.6 in 2000.
Friday April 27 2018
US GDP Growth Beats Forecasts in Q1  
The US economy expanded an annualized 2.3 percent on quarter in the first quarter of 2018, below 2.9 percent in the previous period but beating market expectations of 2 percent. Still, it is the lowest growth rate in a year, the advance estimate showed. Personal consumption eased amid lower spending on cars, clothing and footwear and residential investment stalled.
Thursday April 26 2018
US Durable Goods Orders Rise More than Expected in March  
New orders for US manufactured durable goods rose 2.6 percent month-over-month in March 2018, following an upwardly revised 3.5 percent surge in February and easily beating market expectations of a 0.5 percent gain. This increase was mainly driven by higher demand for transportation equipment. However, orders for non-defense capital goods excluding aircraft, a proxy for business spending plans, edged down 0.1 percent, the third decline in four months.
Thursday April 26 2018
US Initial Jobless Claims Lowest Since 1969  
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits decreased by 24 thousand to 209 thousand in the week ended April 21st from the previous week's upwardly revised 233 thousand. This is the lowest level for initial claims since December 6, 1969 when it was 202 thousand. Figures came well below market expectations of 230 thousand. However, the Easter holiday, school spring break and the return of educational service workers is likely to have influenced the general figure.
Tuesday April 24 2018
US New Home Sales Beat Forecasts  
Sales of new single-family houses in the United States rose 4 percent from the previous month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 694 thousand in March 2018, easily beating market consensus of 625 thousand.
Monday April 23 2018
US Factory Growth Highest Since 2014: PMI  
The IHS Markit Manufacturing PMI rose to 56.5 in April of 2018 from 55.6 in March, beating market expectations of 55. The reading pointed to the fastest expansion in the manufacturing sector since September of 2014 amid marked growth in output and new orders while vendor performance deteriorated at a faster pace.
Thursday April 19 2018
US Initial Claims Decline to 232K in Latest Week  
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits fell by 1 thousand to 232 thousand in the week ended April 14th 2018, slightly above market expectations of 230 thousand. It follows an unrevised 233 thousand in the previous week. Claims for new unemployment benefits has never been so low for so long. Initial jobless claims have now held below 300,000 for 163 consecutive weeks, the longest streak for weekly records dating back to 1967.
Tuesday April 17 2018
US March Industrial Output Growth Stronger than Expected  
US industrial production increased by 0.5 percent month-over-month in March 2018, following a downwardly revised 1 percent advance in February and beating market expectations of a 0.4 percent gain. Manufacturing and mining growth eased from the previous month, while utilities output rebounded sharply after being suppressed in February by warmer-than-normal temperatures.
Tuesday April 17 2018
US Housing Starts Rise 1.9% in March  
Housing starts in the US rose 1.9 percent month-over-month to an annualized rate of 1,319 thousand in March of 2018, following a downwardly revised 3.3 percent drop in February. It compares with market expectations of a 1,260 thousand rate. Starts of multi-family housings rebounded while the number of single-family starts was the lowest in three months.
Monday April 16 2018
US Retail Trade Rebound Stronger than Expected  
US retail trade rose by 0.6 percent month-over-month in March 2018, recovering from a 0.1 percent drop in February and beating market expectations of a 0.4 percent gain. It was the first month of increase since November, mainly boosted by purchases of motor vehicles. Considering the first quarter of the year, retail sales went up 0.2 percent.
Friday April 13 2018
US Consumer Sentiment Falls More than Expected  
The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment for the US fell to 97.8 in April of 2018 from 101.4 in March and below market expectations of 100.5. Both current and future conditions subindexes declined, mainly due to concerns about the potential impact of President Trump's trade policies on the domestic economy, preliminary estimates showed.
Thursday April 12 2018
US Initial Jobless Claims Fall Less than Expected  
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits fell by 9 thousand to 233 thousand in the week ended April 7th 2018, slightly above market expectations of 230 thousand. It follows an unrevised 242 thousand in the previous period which was the highest reading since the first week of January.
Wednesday April 11 2018
Fed Sees Stronger Economy and Inflation  
The outlook for the economy strengthened and inflation is expected to move up in coming months, minutes from the last FOMC meeting showed. Almost all officials agreed that a gradual tightening remains appropriate while some participants see a slightly steeper path of rate hikes. The Federal Reserve also mentioned the prospect of retaliatory trade actions by other countries as well as other issues and uncertainties associated with trade policies as downside risks for the economy.
Wednesday April 11 2018
US Government Budget Gap Highest on Record for March  
The US government budget deficit increased to USD 209 billion in March of 2018 from USD 176 billion in the same month of the previous year. It was the biggest gap on record for a March month. Figures came worse than market expectations of a USD 194 billion gap, as receipts declined 2.7 percent to USD 211 billion while outlays rose 6.8 percent to USD 420 billion.
Wednesday April 11 2018
US Inflation Rate Highest in a Year  
Consumer prices in the United States increased 2.4 percent year-on-year in March of 2018, above 2.2 percent in February and matching market expectations. It is the highest inflation rate in a year, mainly boosted by shelter and used car prices. On a monthly basis, prices fell 0.1 percent after a 0.2 percent rise and compared with forecasts of a flat reading. Gasoline prices went down 4.9 percent, the largest drop since May 2017.
Friday April 06 2018
US Unemployment Rate Unchanged at 17-Year Low  
The US unemployment rate stood at a 17-year low of 4.1 percent for the sixth consecutive month in March 2018, slightly above market expectations of 4 percent. The number of unemployed decreased by 121 thousand to 6.59 million and employment fell 37 thousand to 155.18 million.
Friday April 06 2018
US Economy Adds Less Jobs than Expected  
Non farm payrolls in the United States increased by 103 thousand in March of 2018, following an upwardly revised 326 thousand in February. It is the lowest reading since September and well below market expectations of 193 thousand. Employment grew in manufacturing, health care, and mining but fell in construction and retail sectors.
Thursday April 05 2018
US Trade Gap at New 9-1/2-Year High  
The US trade deficit widened to USD 57.6 billion in February 2018 from an upwardly revised USD 56.7 billion in the previous month and above market expectations of USD 56.9 billion. It is the biggest trade gap since October 2008 as both exports and imports reached a record high.
Thursday April 05 2018
US Initial Jobless Claims Highest in Near 3 Months  
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits rose by 24 thousand to 242 thousand in the week ended March 31st 2018, from the previous week's upwardly revised 218 thousand. Figures came well above market expectations of 225 thousand. It was the highest level since the week ended January 6th.
Wednesday April 04 2018
US Services Growth Eases More than Expected  
The ISM Non-Manufacturing PMI index for the United States fell to 58.8 in March of 2018 from 59.5 in February and compared to market forecasts of 59. A slowdown was mainly seen in new orders and production and price pressures intensified. On the other hand, employment went up faster and the majority of respondents remained positive about business conditions.
Monday April 02 2018
US Factory Growth Weaker than Expected: ISM  
The Institute for Supply Management’s Manufacturing PMI in the US fell to 59.3 in March 2018 from the previous month's near 14-year high of 60.8, and missing market expectations of 60.1.
Monday April 02 2018
US Manufacturing Growth Strongest in 3 Years: Markit  
The IHS Markit US Manufacturing PMI came in at 55.6 in March 2018, little-changed from a preliminary estimate of 55.7 and above February's 55.3. Still, the reading pointed to the strongest pace of expansion in the manufacturing sector since March 2015, as output and new orders continued to grow markedly and business confidence hit the highest level since February 2015.
Thursday March 29 2018
US Consumer Sentiment Revised Down, Remains Highest Since 2004  
The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment for the US was revised down to 101.4 in March of 2018 from an initial estimate of 102. Still, the reading was higher than 99.7 in February and was the strongest since January 2004. The revision was due to uncertainty about the impact of the proposed trade tariffs.
Thursday March 29 2018
US Personal Spending Matches Forecasts  
Personal consumption expenditures in the US increased 0.2 percent month-over-month in February of 2018, the same as in January and in line with market expectations. Spending on durables rebounded while consumption of nondurables declined.
Wednesday March 28 2018
US GDP Growth Revised Higher to 2.9% in Q4  
The US economy expanded an annualized 2.9 percent on quarter in the last three months of 2017, higher than 2.5 percent in the second estimate and beating market expectations of 2.7 percent. Personal consumption expenditures and private inventory investment were revised up.
Friday March 23 2018
US New Home Sales Fall for 3rd Month  
Sales of new single-family houses in the United States shrank 0.6 percent month-over-month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 618 thousand in February of 2018 from an upwardly revised 622 thousand in January. It is the lowest reading in four months and compares with market forecasts of a 4.4 percent rise to 623 thousand. Sales fell in the West and the Midwest.
Friday March 23 2018
US Durable Goods Orders Rebound in February  
New orders for US manufactured durable goods rose 3.1 percent month-over-month in February 2018, rebounding from a downwardly revised 3.5 percent drop in January and beating market expectations of a 1.5 percent gain. It was the steepest increase in new orders since last June, as demand for transportation equipment soared 7.1 percent.
Thursday March 22 2018
US Factory Growth Highest in 3 Years  
The IHS Markit Manufacturing PMI for the US edged up to 55.7 in March of 2018 from 55.3 in February, beating market expectations of 55.5. The reading pointed to the fastest expansion in the manufacturing sector in 3 years, preliminary estimates showed. Stronger contributions came from employment, inventories and suppliers’ delivery times.
Thursday March 22 2018
US Jobless Claims Rise to 229K in Latest Week  
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits edged up to 229,000 in the week ended March 17th 2018, from an unrevised 226,000 in the previous week. Figures came slightly above market expectations of 225,000.
Wednesday March 21 2018
Fed Hikes Interest Rates as Expected  
The Federal Reserve raised the target range for the federal funds rate by a quarter point to 1.5-1.75 percent during its March 2018 meeting, in line with market expectations, saying the economic outlook has strengthened in recent months. Also, the Fed raised its growth forecasts for 2018 and 2019 and projections pointed to an extra rate increase in 2019.
Friday March 16 2018
US Consumer Sentiment Highest in 14 Years  
The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment for the US jumped to 102 in March from 99.7 in February, beating expectations of 99.3. It is the strongest reading since January 2004 as the assessment of current economic conditions reached a record high.
Friday March 16 2018
US Industrial Output Rises More than Expected  
US industrial production increased by 1.1 percent month-over-month in February 2018, following an upwardly revised 0.3 percent drop in January and easily beating market expectations of a 0.3 percent gain. Manufacturing production increased the most since October and mining output rebounded sharply, while utilities shrank.
Friday March 16 2018
US Housing Starts Drop in February  
Housing starts in the US fell 7 percent month-over-month to an annualized rate of 1,236 thousand in February of 2018, following an upwardly revised 10.1 percent jump in January. It compares with market expectations of a 1,290 thousand rate. Construction of multi-family housing units was the lowest in five months while single-family projects rose for the second month.
Thursday March 15 2018
US Jobless Claims Fall to 226K as Expected  
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits went down to 226 thousand in the week ended March 10 2018 from a downwardly revised 230 thousand in the previous week, matching market expectations.
Wednesday March 14 2018
US Retail Sales Fall for 3rd Straight Month on Autos, Fuel  
US retail trade fell unexpectedly by 0.1 percent month-over-month in February 2018, following a downwardly revised 0.1 drop in January and missing market expectations of a 0.3 percent gain.
Tuesday March 13 2018
US Inflation Rate Edges Up to 2.2%  
Consumer prices in the United States increased 2.2 percent year-on-year in February of 2018, slightly above 2.1 percent in January and in line with market expectations. The monthly rate eased to 0.2 percent from 0.5 percent, also matching forecasts.
Monday March 12 2018
US February Budget Gap Highest since 2012  
The US government budget deficit widened to USD 215 billion in February of 2018 from USD 192 billion in the same month of the previous year, compared to market expectations of USD 216 billion. It is the biggest gap for a February month since 2012 as receipts declined 9.4 percent year-on-year to USD 155.6 billion while outlays increased 1.9 percent to USD 370.9 billion.
Friday March 09 2018
US February Jobless Rate Unchanged at 17-Year Low  
The US unemployment rate stood at 4.1 percent in February 2018, unchanged from the previous month's 17-year low and slightly above market expectations of 4 percent. The number of unemployed increased by 22 thousand to 6.71 million.
Friday March 09 2018
US Economy Adds the Most Jobs Since July 2016  
Non farm payrolls in the United States increased by 313 thousand in February of 2018, following an upwardly revised 239 thousand in January and beating market expectations of 200 thousand. It is the highest increase in payrolls since July of 2016. Employment rose in construction, retail trade, professional and business services, manufacturing, financial activities, and mining.
Thursday March 08 2018
US Jobless Claims Rise More than Expected  
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits went up to 231 thousand in the week ended March 3rd 2018 from 210 thousand in the previous week which was the lowest since December of 1969. It compares with market expectations of 220 thousand.
Wednesday March 07 2018
US Posts Largest Trade Deficit in Over 9 Years  
The US trade deficit widened sharply to USD 56.6 billion in January 2018 from a revised USD 53.9 billion in the previous month and above market expectations of USD 55.1 billion. It was the biggest trade gap since October 2008.
Monday March 05 2018
US Services Growth Slows Less than Expected  
The ISM Non-Manufacturing PMI index for the United States edged down to 59.5 in February of 2018 from an over 12-year high of 59.9 in January, beating market forecasts of 59. A slowdown was seen in employment while production and new orders rose faster; price pressures eased; and the outlook for business conditions and the economy remained positive.
Friday March 02 2018
US Consumer Sentiment Revised Slightly Down  
The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment for the United States was revised down to 99.7 in February of 2018 from an initial estimate of 99.9. Still, it was higher than 95.7 in January and market expectations of 99.5. It is the second strongest reading since 2004, with consumers basing their optimism on favorable assessments of jobs, wages, and higher after-tax pay.
Thursday March 01 2018
US Factory Growth Highest Since 2004: ISM  
The Institute for Supply Management’s Manufacturing PMI in the US jumped to 60.8 in February from 59.1 in January, beating market expectations of 58.7. The reading pointed to the highest expansion in manufacturing since May of 2004 amid stronger business conditions and faster job creation. In contrast, new orders and production eased despite maintaining high levels of expansion.
Thursday March 01 2018
US Manufacturing PMI Revised Down in February: Markit  
The IHS Markit US Manufacturing PMI fell to 55.3 in February of 2018 from 55.5 in January and lower than 55.9 in the preliminary estimate. Although the reading pointed to a slower expansion in factory activity and below January’s 34-month high, the overall improvement in operating conditions across the manufacturing sector was one of the strongest recorded since late-2014.
Thursday March 01 2018
US Jobless Claims Lowest Since 1969  
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits fell by 10 thousand to 210 thousand in the week ended February 24th 2018, compared to a downwardly revised 220 thousand in the previous week. The figure surprised markets who expected a rise in claims to 226 thousand. It was the lowest level since December of 1969 when it was 202 thousand.
Thursday March 01 2018
US Personal Spending Rises the Least in 5 Months  
Personal consumption expenditures in the US increased 0.2 percent month-over-month in January of 2018, following a 0.4 percent rise in December, matching market expectations. It is the lowest gain in household consumption in five months as spending on durables contracted and consumption of services eased.
Wednesday February 28 2018
US GDP Growth Revised Slightly Down to 2.5%  
The US economy advanced an annualized 2.5 percent on quarter in the last three months of 2017, below an advance reading of 2.6 percent and 3.2 percent in the previous period. Figures came in line with market expectations. Imports rose more than exports and at the fastest pace since Q3 2010, bringing the net trade contribution to negative. Also, private inventory investment fell more than initially expected. On the other hand, personal spending remained robust and fixed investment growth was revised higher.
Tuesday February 27 2018
Fed Remains On Course For More Rate Hikes  
The Federal Reserve remains on course for more interest rate hikes despite the stimulus of tax cuts and government spending and market volatility, New Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said in a prepared remarks released early by the House Financial Service committee. The job market remains robust, consumer spending is solid and wage growth is accelerating, the chairman emphasized.
Tuesday February 27 2018
US Durable Goods Orders Fall the Most in 6 Months  
New orders for US manufactured durable goods slumped 3.7 percent month-over-month in January of 2018, following a downwardly revised 2.6 percent rise in December and much worse than market expectations of a 2 percent drop. It is the biggest decline in six months, mainly due to a 10 percent plunge in orders for transport equipment. Orders for non-defense capital goods excluding aircraft, a proxy for business spending plans, dropped 0.2 percent after declining 0.6 percent in December.
Monday February 26 2018
US New Home Sales Fall for 2nd Month  
Sales of new single-family houses in the United States shrank 7.8 percent month-over-month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 593 thousand in January of 2018 from an upwardly revised 643 thousand in December. It is the lowest reading since August and compares with market forecasts of a 3.8 percent rise to 650 thousand. Sales fell in the Northeast and the South.
Thursday February 22 2018
US Initial Jobless Claims Below Forecasts  
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits fell by 7 thousand to 222 thousand in the week ended February 17th 2018, below market expectations of 230 thousand. It is the lowest reading in five weeks.
Wednesday February 21 2018
Stronger Outlook Points to Further Rate Hikes: Fed Minutes  
The rate of economic growth in 2018 is expected to exceed the FOMC's estimates and labor market conditions are set to strengthen further over the medium term, raising the likelihood that further gradual policy firming would be appropriate, minutes from the latest Federal Reserve meeting showed.
Wednesday February 21 2018
US Factory Growth Highest Since 2014: PMI  
The IHS Markit US Manufacturing PMI rose to 55.9 in February of 2018 from 55.5 in January and beating market forecasts of 55.4. The reading pointed to the strongest expansion in the manufacturing sector since October of 2014, mainly boosted by new business and employment, preliminary estimates showed.
Friday February 16 2018
US Consumer Sentiment Remains Strong  
The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment for the United States increased to 99.9 in February of 2018, above 95.7 in January and better than market expectations of 95.5. It is the second strongest reading since 2004, preliminary estimates showed. Both current economic conditions and future expectations improved despite lower and much more volatile stock prices.
Friday February 16 2018
US Housing Starts Highest Since 2016  
Housing starts in the US jumped 9.7 percent month-over-month to an annualized rate of 1,326 thousand in January of 2018, following a downwardly revised 6.9 percent fall in December and beating market expectations of a 3.4 percent rise. It is the highest rate since October of 2016.
Thursday February 15 2018
US Industrial Output Falls Unexpectedly in January  
US industrial production fell unexpectedly by 0.1 percent month-over-month in January 2018, following a downwardly revised 0.4 percent increase in December and missing market expectations of a 0.2 percent gain.
Thursday February 15 2018
US Initial Claims Rise to 230K as Expected  
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits increased by 7 thousand to 230 thousand in the week ended February 10th 2018 from an upwardly revised 223 thousand in the previous week, in line with market expectations. Claims taking procedures in Puerto Rico and in the Virgin Islands have still not returned to normal.
Wednesday February 14 2018
US Retail Sales Post Biggest Drop in 11 Months  
US retail trade fell unexpectedly by 0.3 percent month-over-month in January 2018, after showing no growth in December and below market expectations of a 0.2 percent gain. It was the largest decline in retail trade since February last year.
Wednesday February 14 2018
US Inflation Rate Higher than Expected  
Consumer prices in the United States increased 2.1 percent year-on-year in January of 2018, the same as in December and above market expectations of 1.9 percent. A slowdown in gasoline and electricity prices was offset by higher cost of food and medical care services. The monthly inflation rate went up to 0.5 percent from 0.2 percent amid broad-based cost increases.
Monday February 12 2018
US Government Budget Surplus Narrows in January  
The US budget surplus narrowed to USD 49.0 billion in January 2018 from USD 51.2 billion in the same month of the previous year, and compared to market expectations of USD 51.0 billion.
Thursday February 08 2018
US Jobless Claims Beat Forecasts  
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits dropped by 9 thousand to 221 thousand in the week ended February 3rd 2018, well below market expectations of 232 thousand. It is the lowest value in three weeks. Claims taking procedures in Puerto Rico and in the Virgin Islands have still not returned to normal.
Tuesday February 06 2018
US Trade Gap at 9-Year High  
The US recorded a USD 53.1 billion trade deficit in December of 2017, following a downwardly revised 50.4 billion gap in November and compared to market expectations of a USD 52 billion shortfall. It is the highest trade gap since October of 2008 as imports reached a new high mainly due to purchases of consumer goods, pharmaceuticals, cell phones and passenger cars. Exports also touched a fresh record high although rose at a slower pace than imports.
Monday February 05 2018
US Services Sector Growth Highest Since 2005: ISM  
The ISM Non-Manufacturing PMI index for the United States jumped to 59.9 in January of 2018 from an upwardly revised 56 in December, beating market forecasts of 56.5. The reading pointed to the strongest expansion in the services sector since August of 2005 amid rising production, new orders and employment which was the strongest on record.
Friday February 02 2018
US Consumer Sentiment Revised Sharply Higher  
The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment for the United States was revised sharply higher to 95.7 in January of 2018 from a preliminary of 94.4, beating market expectations of 95. It compares with 95.9 in December. Future expectations increased more than anticipated amid higher confidence in future job security and growth in wages as well as financial assets.
Friday February 02 2018
US Jobless Rate Holds Steady at 17-Year Low  
US unemployment rate stood at a 17-year low of 4.1 percent in January 2018, unchanged from the previous month and in line with market consensus. The number of unemployed increased by 108 thousand to 6.68 million.
Friday February 02 2018
US Jobs Growth Accelerates in January  
Non farm payrolls in the United States increased by 200 thousand in January of 2018, following an upwardly revised 160 thousand in December and beating market expectations of 180 thousand. Employment continued to trend up in construction, food services and drinking places, health care, and manufacturing.
Thursday February 01 2018
US Factory Growth Beats Forecasts in January: ISM  
The Institute for Supply Management’s Manufacturing PMI in the US edged down to 59.1 in January of 2018 from a downwardly revised 59.3 in December, beating market expectations of 58.8. New orders and production maintained high levels of expansion; employment expanded at a slower rate; order backlogs, export orders and imports continued do grow faster. Price increases occurred across all industry sectors.
Thursday February 01 2018
US Factory Growth Confirmed at Near 3-Year High: Markit  
The IHS Markit US Manufacturing PMI was confirmed at 55.5 in January of 2018, the same as in the preliminary estimate and above 55.1 in December. The reading pointed to the strongest expansion in factory activity since March of 2015 as production and new orders grew the most in twelve months; purchasing activity rose at steepest pace since September of 2014 and input price inflation eased.
Thursday February 01 2018
US Jobless Claims Unexpectedly Fall in Latest Week  
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits dropped by 1 thousand to 230 thousand in the week ended January 27th, from the previous week's downwardly revised level of 231 and compared with market expectations of 238. Claims taking procedures in Puerto Rico and in the Virgin Islands have still not returned to normal.
Wednesday January 31 2018
Fed Leaves Rates Steady  
The Federal Reserve kept its target range for the federal funds rate unchanged at 1.25-1.5 percent on January 31st 2018 but signaled a rate hike in March is on the table. Policymakers said inflation is seen rising this year and economic conditions are expected to evolve in a manner that will warrant further gradual increases in the federal funds rate.
Monday January 29 2018
US Personal Spending Rises 0.4% in December  
Personal consumption expenditures in the US increased 0.4 percent month-over-month in December of 2017, following an upwardly revised 0.8 percent rise in November and mainly boosted by spending on motor vehicles and utilities. Still, figures came below market expectations of a 0.5 percent gain. The saving rate dropped to 2.4 percent from 2.5 percent, hitting the lowest level since September 2005.
Friday January 26 2018
US Durable Goods Orders Rise the Most in Over a Year  
New orders for US manufactured durable goods jumped 2.9 percent month-over-month in December 2017, following an upwardly revised 1.7 percent rise in November and easily beating market expectations of 0.8 percent. It was the steepest increase in durable goods orders since October 2016, led by transportation equipment (up 7.4 percent).
Friday January 26 2018
US GDP Growth Lower than Expected in Q4  
The US economy expanded an annualized 2.6 percent on quarter in the last quarter of 2017, below 3.2 percent in the previous period and market expectations of 3 percent, the advance estimate from the BEA showed. Consumer spending rose the most in six quarters and residential investment rebounded while inventories weighed down on the growth and a surge in imports brought the net trade contribution to negative. Considering full 2017, the economy expanded 2.3 percent, higher than 1.5 percent in 2016.
Thursday January 25 2018
US New Home Sales Fall More than Expected  
Sales of new single-family houses in the United States shrank 9.3 percent month-over-month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 625 thousand in December of 2017 from a downwardly revised 689 thousand in November which was the highest reading since October of 2007. Figures came below market forecasts of 676 thousand. Sales fell in all four regions.
Thursday January 25 2018
US Jobless Claims Rise Less than Expected  
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits rose by 17 thousand to 233 thousand in the week ended January 20th, from the previous week's 45-year low of 216 thousand and below market expectations of 236 thousand. The claims taking procedures in Puerto Rico and in the Virgin Islands have still not returned to normal.
Wednesday January 24 2018
US Factory Growth at Near 3-Year High: PMI  
The IHS Markit Manufacturing PMI for the US rose to 55.5 in January of 2018 from 55.1 in December and slightly above market expectations of 55, preliminary estimates showed. The reading pointed to the strongest expansion in factory activity since March of 2015 amid faster rises in production volumes and incoming new work. Also, export sales expanded the most since August of 2016 and more favourable demand conditions encouraged another robust rise in employment, although the rate of job creation eased slightly from December’s 39-month peak.
Friday January 19 2018
US Consumer Sentiment at 6-Month Low  
The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment for the United States fell to 94.4 in January of 2018 from 95.9 in December and below expectations of 97, according to preliminary figures. It was the lowest reading in six months, as consumers evaluated current economic conditions less favorably amid uncertainties about the delayed impact of the tax reforms.
Thursday January 18 2018
US Jobless Claims Lowest in 45 Years  
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits decreased by 41 thousand to 220 thousand in the second week of 2018, well below market expectations of 250 thousand. It is the lowest number since February 24th 1973 when it was 218 Thousand.
Thursday January 18 2018
US Housing Starts Fall Much More than Expected  
Housing starts in the United States slumped 8.2 percent month-over-month to an annualized rate of 1,192 thousand in December of 2017, compared to market expectations of a 1.7 percent decline. It is the biggest drop since November of 2016 amid an 11.8 percent fall in single-family units.
Wednesday January 17 2018
US Industrial Output Rises More than Expected in December  
US industrial production increased by 0.9 percent month-over-month in December 2017, easily beating market expectations of 0.4 percent and following a downwardly revised 0.1 percent drop in November.
Friday January 12 2018
US Retail Sales Rise 0.4% in December  
US retail trade increased 0.4 percent month-over-month in December 2017, following an upwardly revised 0.9 percent rise in November and matching market expectations.
Friday January 12 2018
US Inflation Rate Edges Down to 2.1%  
Consumer prices in the United States increased 2.1 percent year-on-year in December of 2017, easing from a 2.2 percent rise in November. Figures came below market expectations of 2.2 percent amid a slowdown in gasoline and fuel prices.
Thursday January 11 2018
US Government Budget Gap Shrinks in December  
The US budget deficit narrowed to USD 23.2 billion in December 2017 from USD 27.3 billion in the same month of the previous year, and compared to market expectations of USD 40.0 billion.
Thursday January 11 2018
US Jobless Claims Highest in Over 3 Months  
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits increased by 9 thousand to 261 thousand in the first week of 2018, well above market expectations of 246 thousand. It is the highest reading since the week ended September 23rd 2017. Harsh winter conditions during the first week of the year likely contributed for a higher reading.
Friday January 05 2018
US Services Growth Slows for 2nd Month  
The ISM Non-Manufacturing PMI index for the United States fell to 55.9 in December of 2017 from 57.4 in November and below market expectations of 57.6. The reading pointed to the smallest expansion in the non-manufacturing sector in four months. Production, new orders and inventories eased and price pressures intensified. However, businesses reported optimism for business conditions and the economic outlook going forward.
Friday January 05 2018
US Trade Gap Highest Since 2012  
The trade deficit in the US widened to USD 50.5 billion in November of 2017 from an upwardly revised USD 48.9 billion in October. It is the biggest trade gap since January of 2012 as imports reached a record high on rising demand for consumer goods, cell phones, crude oil and semiconductors. Exports recovered form October's fall and touched a record value on higher sales of capital goods, aircraft and cars.
Friday January 05 2018
US Adds Only 148K Jobs in December  
Non farm payrolls in the US increased by 148K in December of 2017, below market expectations of a 190K. Solid gains were reported in construction, manufacturing and health care while retail trade continued to cut jobs.
Friday January 05 2018
US Jobless Rate Unchanged at 17-Year Low  
US unemployment rate stood at 4.1 percent in December 2017, unchanged from the previous month's 17-year low and in line with market consensus. The number of unemployed declined by 40 thousand to 6.58 million.
Thursday January 04 2018
US Jobless Claims Rise to 2-Month High  
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits increased by 3 thousand to 250 thousand in the week ended December 30th, from the previous week's revised level of 247 thousand and above market expectations of 240 thousand. It was the highest level in two months.
Wednesday January 03 2018
Fed Sees Tax Bill Impact as Uncertain  
Fed officials expect the tax legislation to boost growth although the magnitude of the effects remains uncertain, minutes from last FOMC meeting showed. Last month, the Fed raised the target range for the federal funds rate by a quarter point to 1.25-1.5 percent as expected. Most participants reiterated their support for continuing a gradual tightening, noting that this approach helped to balance risks to growth and inflation.
Wednesday January 03 2018
US Factory Growth Above Forecasts: ISM  
The Institute for Supply Management’s Manufacturing PMI in the US rose to 59.7 in December of 2017 from 58.2 in November, beating market expectations of 58.1. It is the highest reading in three months, boosted by production and new orders while job creation slowed.
Tuesday January 02 2018
US Factory Growth Highest Since 2015: PMI  
The IHS Markit US Manufacturing PMI went up to 55.1 in December of 2017 from 53.9 in November and above a preliminary of 55. The reading pointed to the fastest expansion in factory activity since March of 2015 as high client demand boosted output and new orders and job creation was the strongest since September of 2014.
Thursday December 28 2017
US Jobless Claims Above Expectations in Latest Week  
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits was unchanged at 245 thousand in the week ended December 23rd 2017, the same as in the previous period and slightly above market expectations of 240 thousand. It remains the highest number since the week ended November 11th. Claims taking procedures continue to be disrupted in the Virgin Islands and in Puerto Rico, claims have still not returned to normal.
Friday December 22 2017
US December Consumer Sentiment Weaker than Estimated  
The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment for the United States fell to 95.9 in December of 2017 from 98.5 in November and below the preliminary estimate of 96.8. It was the lowest reading in three months, mainly due to a decline in consumer expectations.
Friday December 22 2017
US New Home Sales Highest Since July 2007  
Sales of new single-family houses in the United States jumped 17.5 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 733 thousand in November of 2017 from a downwardly revised 624 thousand in October and beating market forecasts of 654 thousand. Sales rose in all four regions.
Friday December 22 2017
US Personal Spending Above Forecasts  
Personal consumption expenditures in the US jumped 0.6 percent month-over-month in November of 2017, following a downwardly revised 0.2 percent increase in October. Figures came above market expectations of a 0.5 percent gain, mainly boosted by consumption of recreational goods and utilities.
Friday December 22 2017
US Durable Goods Orders Recover in November.  
New orders for US manufactured durable goods grew 1.3 percent month-over-month in November pf 2017, following an upwardly revised 0.4 percent decline in October and below market expectations of a 2 percent gain.
Thursday December 21 2017
US Jobless Claims At 5 Week High  
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits increased by 20 thousand to 245 thousand in the week ended December 16th, from the previous week's unrevised level of 225 thousand, more than market market expectations of 239 thousand. It was the biggest number in 5 weeks.
Thursday December 21 2017
US GDP Growth Revised Slightly Down to 3.2%  
The US economy expanded an annualized 3.2 percent on quarter in the third quarter of 2017, slightly below a second estimate of 3.3 percent and lower than market expectations of 3.3 percent, the final reading from the BEA showed. Still, it is the highest growth rate since the first quarter of 2015. The contribution from both personal consumption and net trade was lower than initially expected while spending from government was revised much higher.
Tuesday December 19 2017
US Housing Starts Unexpectedly Rise in November  
Housing starts in the United States went up 3.3 percent month-over-month to an annualized rate of 1,297 thousand in November of 2017, the highest since October of 2016 and beating market expectations of a 3.2 percent fall to 1,230 thousand. It follows a downwardly revised 1,256 thousand in October.
Friday December 15 2017
US Industrial Production Rises Less than Expected  
US industrial output went up 0.2 percent month-over-month in November of 2017, following an upwardly revised 1.2 percent rise in October which was the highest since May of 2010. Figures came slightly below market expectations of a 0.3 percent gain. Manufacturing production recorded its third consecutive monthly gain and oil and gas extraction returned to normal levels after being held down in October by Hurricane Nate. Excluding the post-hurricane rebound in oil and gas extraction, total industrial production would have been unchanged in November.
Thursday December 14 2017
US Factory Activity Growth at 11-Month High  
The IHS Manrkit US Manufacturing PMI increased to 55 in December of 2017 from 53.9 in November and beating market expectations. The reading pointed to the fastest expansion in manufacturing since January amid sharper increases in production, new orders and employment.
Thursday December 14 2017
US Retail Sales Rise More than Expected  
Retail sales in the United States increased 0.8 percent month-over-month in November of 2017, following an upwardly revised 0.5 percent rise in October and beating market expectations of 0.3 percent. November was the month of the holiday shopping season, with sales rising for most categories except autos and at general merchandise stores.
Thursday December 14 2017
US Initial Claims Unexpectedly Drop for Fourth Week  
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits decreased by 11 thousand to 225 thousand in the week ended December 9th, from the previous week's unrevised level of 236 thousand and below market expectations of 239 thousand. It is the fourth straight week of declines in initial claims, bringing it to the lowest since the week ended October 14th. Claims taking procedures continue to be disrupted in the Virgin Islands and those in Puerto Rico still have not returned to normal.
Wednesday December 13 2017
Fed Hikes Interest Rates as Expected  
The Federal Reserve raised the target range for the federal funds rate by a quarter point to 1.25-1.5 percent during its December 2017 meeting, saying that the labor market has continued to strengthen and that economic activity has been rising at a solid rate. The central bank has forecast three rate hikes in 2018.
Wednesday December 13 2017
US Inflation Rate Rises to 2.2% in November  
US consumer price inflation increased to 2.2 percent year-on-year in November 2017 from 2 percent in the previous month, as widely expected. Energy prices rose at a faster pace while apparel and vehicle costs fell. The Fed is expected to raise interest rates later in the day despite a split among policymakers on the outlook for inflation.
Wednesday December 13 2017
US Government Budget Gap Widens Modestly  
The US budget deficit increased to USD 138.5 billion in November 2017 from USD 136.7 billion in the same month of the previous year, above market expectations of USD 134 billion. Both outlays and receipts were the highest on record for a November month.
Friday December 08 2017
US Consumer Sentiment at 3-Month Low  
The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment for the United States fell to 96.8 in December of 2017 from 98.5 in November, well below market expectations of 99, preliminary estimates showed. It is the lowest reading in three months as consumer expectations fell and inflation expectations went up.
Friday December 08 2017
US Jobless Rate Steady at 4.1% in November  
The US unemployment rate held at 4.1 percent in November of 2017, the same as in October and in line with market expectations. It is the lowest jobless rate since February of 2001. The number of unemployed persons was essentially unchanged at 6.6 million. Over the year, the unemployment rate and the number of unemployed persons were down by 0.5 percentage point and 799,000, respectively.
Friday December 08 2017
US Economy Adds More Jobs than Expected  
Non farm payrolls in the United States increased by 228 thousand in November of 2017, following a downwardly revised 244 thousand in October and beating market expectations of 200 thousand. Employment continued to trend up in professional and business services, manufacturing, and health care. Employment growth has averaged 174,000 per month thus far this year, compared with an average monthly gain of 187,000 in 2016.
Thursday December 07 2017
US Initial Claims Down to 5-Week Low  
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits decreased by 2 thousand to 236 thousand in the week ended December 2nd, below market expectations of 240 thousand. It is the third straight week of declines in initial claims, bringing it to the lowest since the last week of October. Claims taking procedures continue to be disrupted in the Virgin Islands and those in Puerto Rico still have not returned to normal.
Tuesday December 05 2017
US Services Sector Growth Slows from 2005 High  
The ISM Non-Manufacturing PMI index for the United States fell to 57.4 in November of 2017 from 60.1 in October which was the highest reading since August of 2005. Figures came below market expectations of 59. Still, the reading pointed to a strong rise in the non-manufacturing sector and expectations are for continued growth for the remainder of the year.
Tuesday December 05 2017
US Trade Deficit at 9-Month High  
The US trade deficit widened to USD 48.7 billion in October of 2017 from an upwardly revised USD 44.9 billion gap in September and above market expectations of USD 47.5 billion. It is the highest trade shortfall in nine months as imports jumped 1.6 percent to a record high boosted by purchases of crude oil, food, cellphones and other goods while exports were flat.
Friday December 01 2017
US Factory Activity Growth Slows for 2nd Month: ISM  
The Institute for Supply Management’s Manufacturing PMI in the US fell to 58.2 in November of 2017 from 58.7 in October and below market expectations of 58.4. The reading pointed to the second consecutive month of slowing growth in factory activity after reaching a 13-year high of 60.8 in September. Employment and export orders eased and inventories contracted more.
Friday December 01 2017
US Manufacturing PMI Revised Slightly Up: Markit  
The IHS Markit US Manufacturing PMI was revised marginally higher to 53.9 in November of 2017 from a preliminary reading of 53.8 but remained below 54.6 in October. Output, new orders, employment all rose at a softer pace while signs of capacity pressures persisted, with backlogs of work increasing again. In addition, cost pressures intensified with output inflation reaching the highest since December of 2013. On the other hand, business confidence was the strongest since January of 2016.
Thursday November 30 2017
US Personal Spending Rises 0.3% in October  
Personal consumption expenditures in the US rose 0.3 percent month-over-month in October 2017, easing from a downwardly revised 0.9 percent increase in September and matching market expectations. The so-called real consumer spending edged up 0.1 percent in October after increasing 0.5 percent in September.
Thursday November 30 2017
US Jobless Claims Fall for Second Straight Week  
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits decreased by 2 thousand to 238 thousand in the week ended November 25th from the previous week's revised level of 240 thousand and below market expectations of 240 thousand. It is the second straight week of declines in initial claims. Claims taking procedures continue to be disrupted in the Virgin Islands.
Wednesday November 29 2017
US GDP Growth Revised Up to 3.3% in Q3, Highest in 3 Years  
The US economy expanded an annualized 3.3 percent on quarter in the third quarter of 2017, above an advance reading of 3 percent and higher than market expectations of 3.2 percent, the second estimate from the BEA showed. It is the highest growth rate since the third quarter of 2014 when the economy advanced 5.2 percent as nonresidential fixed investment, private inventory investment and government spending were revised up.
Friday November 24 2017
US Factory Growth Below Expectations: Markit  
The IHS Markit US Manufacturing PMI fell to 53.8 in November of 2017 from a nine-month high of 54.6 in October and below market expectations of 54.8. Stocks of finished goods declined for the first time since March amid capacity pressures and cost inflation was one of the highest in five years due to rising raw material costs and strong demand for inputs, flash figures showed.
Wednesday November 22 2017
December Rate Hike Becomes More Likely Despite Inflation Worries  
The Federal Reserve said the US labor market had continued to strengthen and economic activity had been rising solidly despite hurricane-related disruptions. Several policymakers still consider appropriate to raise the federal funds rate in the near term if the economy stays on track despite concerns regarding persistently low inflation.
Wednesday November 22 2017
US Consumer Sentiment Revised Higher  
The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment for the United States was revised up to 98.5 in November of 2017 from a preliminary of 97.8. Still, it was lower than 100.7 in October which was the strongest since January 2004. Expected economic conditions deteriorated compared to the previous month although less than initially estimated.
Wednesday November 22 2017
US Durable Goods Unexpectedly Fall  
New orders for US manufactured durable goods shrank 1.2 percent month-over-month in October of 2017, following a 2.2 percent increase in September and compared to market expectations of a 0.3 percent gain. Orders for transport equipment slumped 4.3 percent and those for nondefense aircraft and parts went down 18.6 percent, after jumping 4.4 percent and 33.9 percent respectively in September due to a rise in Boeing aircraft orders. Non-defense capital goods orders excluding aircraft, seen as a proxy for business spending plans went down 0.5 percent, the biggest drop since September of 2016 and following an upwardly revised 2.1 percent gain in the previous month.
Wednesday November 22 2017
US Jobless Claims Fall More than Expected  
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits decreased by 13 thousand to 239 thousand in the week ended November 18th from the previous week's revised level of 252 thousand and below market expectations of 240 thousand.
Friday November 17 2017
US Housing Starts at 1-Year High  
Housing starts in the United States jumped 13.7 percent month-over-month to an annualized rate of 1,290 thousand in October of 2017, the highest in a year and beating market expectations of a 5.6 percent rise to 1,180 thousand. It follows an upwardly revised 1,135 thousand in September, which was the lowest reading since September of 2016, mainly due to disruptions caused by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma in the South.
Thursday November 16 2017
US Industrial Output Rises the Most in 6 Months  
Industrial production in the United States increased 0.9 percent month-over-month in October of 2017, following an upwardly revised 0.4 percent rise in September and beating market expectations of 0.5 percent. It is the biggest gain in industrial output since April, amid a return to normal operations after Hurricanes Harvey and Irma suppressed production in August and September. Manufacturing and utilities increased while mining fell, as Hurricane Nate caused a sharp but short-lived decline in oil and gas drilling and extraction. Excluding the effects of the hurricanes, the index for total output advanced about 0.3 percent.
Thursday November 16 2017
US Jobless Claims Highest in 6 Weeks  
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits increased by 10 thousand to 249 thousand in the week ended November 11th from the previous week's unrevised level of 239 thousand and above market expectations of 235 thousand. It is the biggest number in six weeks.
Wednesday November 15 2017
US Retail Sales Unexpectedly Rise 0.2% in October  
Retail sales in the US rose 0.2 percent month over month in October. The reading came above market expectations of no change after purchases surged 1.9 percent in September as people replaced vehicles and items destroyed by hurricanes.
Wednesday November 15 2017
US Inflation Rate Slows to 2%  
Consumer prices in the United States rose 2 percent year-on-year in October of 2017, below 2.2 percent in September and in line with market expectations. Cost eased for gasoline and fuel oil after hurricane-related production disruptions at oil refineries in the Gulf Coast area gave a boost to energy prices during September and August. Yet, core inflation rose to 1.8 percent, the highest in six months amid rising prices for food, transportation services and medical care.
Wednesday November 15 2017
US Retail Sales Rise 0.2% in October  
Retail sales in the United States rose 0.2 percent month-over-month in October of 2017, slightly below market expectations of no growth but following a upwardly revised 1.9 percent growth in September. 9 of 13 major retail categories showed month-over-month increases.
Monday November 13 2017
US October Budget Deficit Widens Slightly Above Expectations  
The United States government budget deficit widened to USD 63.2 billion in October 2017 from USD 45.8 billion in the same month of the previous year, and slightly above market expectations of USD 62.0 billion. 
Friday November 10 2017
US Consumer Sentiment Falls From 14-Year High  
The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment for the United States fell to 97.8 in November of 2017 from 100.7 in the previous month which was the strongest since January 2004, preliminary estimates showed. The reading came below expectations of 100.7, as current and expected economic conditions deteriorated and consumers expect the inflation to rise in the next year.
Thursday November 09 2017
US Jobless Claims Rise to 1-Month High  
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits increased by 10 thousand to 239 thousand in the week ended November 4th from the previous week's unrevised level of 229 thousand and above market expectations of 231 thousand.
Friday November 03 2017
US Services Sector Rises the Most Since 2005: ISM  
The ISM Non-Manufacturing PMI index for the United States increased to 60.1 in October of 2017 from 59.8 in September, beating market expectations of 58.5. It is a new high reading since August of 2005, as production, employment and inventories continued to rise and the outlook for business conditions remained positive. It is the 4th time in the whole series the number is above 60.
Friday November 03 2017
US Trade Gap Slightly Higher than Expected  
The trade deficit in the United States widened to USD 43.5 billion in September 2017 from an upwardly revised USD 42.8 billion in August and compared to market expectations of a USD 43.2 billion gap. Exports rose 1.1 percent to the highest since December of 2014 while imports increased at a slightly faster 1.2 percent.
Friday November 03 2017
US Unemployment Rate Drops to 4.1% in November  
US unemployment rate edged down by 0.1 percentage point to 4.1 percent in October, and the number of unemployed persons decreased by 281,000 to 6.5 million. Since January, the unemployment rate has declined by 0.7 percentage point, and the number of unemployed persons has decreased by 1.1 million. It is the lowest unemployment rate since February 2001.
Friday November 03 2017
US Economy Adds 261K Jobs in October  
Non farm payrolls in the United States increased by 261 thousand in October of 2017, compared with market expectations of a 310 thousand rise. Employment in food services and drinking places increased sharply over the month, mostly offsetting a decline in September that largely reflected the impact of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey. In October, employment also increased in professional and business services, manufacturing, and health care. The September figure was revised up to an 18 thousand rise, compared to an initial estimate of a 33 thousand decline.
Thursday November 02 2017
US Jobless Claims Below Expectations  
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits decreased by 5 thousand to 229 thousand in the week ended October 28th, below market expectations of 235 thousand. The previous week's level was revised up by 1 thousand to 234 thousand. Claims taking procedures continued to be severely disrupted in the Virgin Islands while backlogged claims are now being processed in Puerto Rico.
Wednesday November 01 2017
Fed Leaves Monetary Policy Steady  
The Federal Reserve left the target range for its federal funds rate unchanged at 1 percent to 1.25 percent during its November 2017 meeting as widely expected. Policymakers said the labor market has continued to strengthen and economic activity has been rising at a solid rate despite hurricane-related disruptions, suggesting the December rate hike is still on the table.
Monday November 13 2017
US Factory Activity Growth Slows in October: ISM  
The Institute for Supply Management’s Manufacturing PMI in the US fell to 58.7 in October of 2017 from a 13-year high of 60.8 in September. Figures came below market expectations of 59.5 as most subindexes slowed and inventories came back to contraction.
Wednesday November 01 2017
US Manufacturing PMI Revised Marginally Higher: Markit  
The IHS Markit US Manufacturing PMI was revised slightly higher to 54.6 in October of 2017 from a preliminary of 54.5 and 53.1 in September. It is the highest reading since January due to a stronger growth in output and new orders. Also, export sales rose the most since August of 2016 and job creation was the strongest in 28 months.
Monday October 30 2017
US Personal Spending Rises the Most in 8 Years  
Personal spending in the US jumped 1 percent month-over-month in September of 2017, after edging up 0.1 percent in August and beating market expectations of a 0.8 percent rise. It is the biggest gain in personal consumption since August of 2009, mainly boosted by auto sales and utilities as households recover from the damages caused by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
Friday October 27 2017
US Consumer Sentiment Revised Down, Remains Highest Since 2004  
The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment for the United States was revised down to 100.7 in October of 2017 from 101.1 in the preliminary estimate and lower than market expectations of 100.9. Yet, it is still the strongest number since January 2004 amid more favorable consumers' assessments of current economic conditions as well as expected economic prospects.
Friday October 27 2017
US GDP Growth Rate at 3% in Q3, Beats Forecasts  
The US economy expanded an annualized 3 percent on quarter in the third quarter of 2017, only slightly below 3.1 percent in the previous three months, which was the fastest pace since Q1 2015, the advance estimate showed. Figures beat expectations of 2.5 percent, despite the disruptions caused by hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Inventories rose sharply and trade made the biggest contribution to growth in nearly four years amid a fall in imports. It helped to offset a slowdown in consumer spending and fixed investment and a drop in construction.
Thursday October 26 2017
US Jobless Claims Rise Less than Expected  
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits increased by 10 thousand to 233 thousand in the week ended October 21st, slightly below market expectations of 235 thousand. The previous week's level was revised up by 1 thousand to 223 thousand. Yet, claims taking procedures continue to be severely disrupted in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands as a result of power outages and infrastructure damage caused by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.
Wednesday October 25 2017
US New Home Sales at Near 10-Year High  
Sales of new single-family houses in the United States jumped 18.9 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 667 thousand in September of 2017, beating market expectations of a 0.9 percent decline. It is the highest value since October of 2007 and the largest percentage gain since January of 1992. Sales rose in all four regions with those in the South surging 25.8 percent after a 1 percent fall in August which was partly the result of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
Wednesday October 25 2017
US Durable Goods Orders Jump 2.2%  
New orders for US manufactured durable goods rose 2.2 percent month-over-month in September of 2017, following an upwardly revised 2 percent increase in August and well above market expectations of a 1 percent gain. Orders for transport equipment went up 5.1 percent and those for nondefense aircraft and parts jumped 31.5 percent, mainly due to a rise in Boeing aircraft orders. Non-defense capital goods orders excluding aircraft, seen as a proxy for business spending plans increased 1.3 percent, following an upwardly revised 1.3 percent gain in the previous month.
Tuesday October 24 2017
US Factory Activity Growth at 9-Month High: Markit  
The IHS Markit US Manufacturing PMI rose to 54.5 in October of 2017 from 53.1 in September, beating market expectations of 53.5. The reading pointed to the biggest expansion in factory activity since January as production and new orders rose faster and job creation was the strongest since June of 2015, flash estimates showed.
Friday October 20 2017
US September Budget Surplus Largest than Expected  
The US budget surplus narrowed sharply to USD 8.0 billion in September 2017 from USD 33.4 billion in the same month of the previous year, but above market expectations of USD 6.0 billion.
Thursday October 19 2017
US Jobless Claims Lowest Since 1973  
Initial Jobless Claims in the United States decreased by 22 thousand to 222 thousand in the week ending October 14th. This is the lowest level for initial claims since March 31, 1973 as workers affected by hurricanes Harvey and Irma continued to return to their jobs.
Wednesday October 18 2017
US Housing Starts Fall to 1-Year Low  
Housing starts in the United States fell sharply by 4.7 percent from the previous month to a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 1,127 thousand in September 2017 from an upwardly revised 1,183 thousand in August, compared with market expectations of a 0.5 percent decline to 1,180 thousand. It was the lowest level since September 2016.
Tuesday October 17 2017
US Industrial Production Rebounds in September  
US industrial production increased by 0.3 percent month-over-month in September 2017, as widely expected, following a downwardly revised 0.7 percent drop in August. Output rebounded for manufacturing, utilities and mining, as the effects of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma began to fade.
Friday October 13 2017
US Consumer Sentiment Jumps to Near 14-Year High  
The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment for the United States rose to 101.1 in October 2017 from 95.1 in September, way above market expectations of 95. It was the highest level since January 2004.
Friday October 13 2017
US Inflation Rate Rises to 5-Month High on Energy Prices  
US consumer prices increased 2.2 percent year-on-year in September 2017, missing market expectations of 2.3 percent and following a 1.9 percent gain in the previous month. Still it was the highest inflation rate since April, as hurricane-related production disruptions at oil refineries in the Gulf Coast area boosted energy prices.
Friday October 13 2017
US Retail Sales Rise the Most Since 2015  
Retail sales in the US rose 1.6 percent month-over-month in September of 2017, slightly below market expectations of a 1.7 percent but following a revised 0.1 percent fall in August. It is the biggest gain since March 2015 as motor vehicles sales recovered after hurricanes and higher prices boosted receipts at gasoline stations
Thursday October 12 2017
US Jobless Claims Lowest in 6 Weeks  
Initial Jobless Claims in the United States decreased by 15 thousand to 243 thousand in the week ending October 7th returning to levels seen before hurricanes Harvey and Irma affected Texas, Florida and Georgia. Economists had expected jobless claims to go down to 251 thousand and data for the prior week was revised to show 2 thousand fewer applications received than previously reported.
Wednesday October 11 2017
December Rate Rise on the Table Despite Weak Inflation  
Several Fed policymakers thought that another increase in the target range later this year was likely to be warranted if the medium-term outlook remained broadly unchanged, despite worries about the risk of stubbornly low inflation, minutes from last FOMC meeting showed.
Friday October 06 2017
US Economy Sheds 33K Jobs, 1st Fall Since 2010  
Non farm payrolls in the United States fell by 33 thousand in September of 2017, following an upwardly revised 169 thousand rise in August and well below market expectations of a 90 thousand gain. It is the first drop in payrolls since September of 2010 as employment declined sharply in food services and drinking places and grew below-trend growth in some other industries likely reflecting the impact from Hurricanes Irma and Harvey.
Friday October 06 2017
US Unemployment Rate Lowest in Over 16 Years  
US unemployment rate unexpectedly fell to 4.2 percent in September 2017 from 4.4 percent in the previous month and below market consensus of 4.4 percent. It was the lowest jobless rate since February 2001, as the number of unemployed persons declined by 331 thousand to 6.8 million. Meanwhile, the labor force participation rate rose by 0.2 percentage points to 63.1 percent, its highest level since March 2014.
Thursday October 05 2017
US August Trade Gap Lowest in 11 Months  
The trade deficit in the United States narrowed to USD 42.4 billion in August 2017 from a revised USD 43.6 billion in July and below market expectations of a USD 42.7 billion gap. Exports grew 0.4 percent to the highest level in more than 2-1/2 years while imports fell 0.1 percent.
Thursday October 05 2017
US Jobless Claims Fall to 260K  
Initial Jobless Claims in the United States decreased by 12 thousand to 260 thousand in the week ending September 30th. Economists had expected jobless claims to go down to 265 thousand. Still, the claims remained above 260K for the fifth consecutive week as Hurricanes Irma, Harvey and Maria had disrupted the labor market in Florida, Georgia, Texas, Puerto Rico and Virgin islands.
Wednesday October 04 2017
US Services Sector Grows The Most in 12 Years  
The ISM Non-Manufacturing PMI index for the United States jumped to 59.8 in September of 2017 from 55.3 in August, beating market expectations of 55.5. It is the highest reading since August of 2005, mainly boosted by a rise in production and new orders, despite the impact on the supply chain from the hurricanes.
Monday October 02 2017
US ISM Manufacturing PMI Highest Since 2004  
The Institute for Supply Management’s Manufacturing PMI in the US rose to 60.8 in September of 2017 from 58.8 in August, beating market expectations of 58. It is the highest reading since May of 2004, boosted by a rise in new orders, production and employment.
Monday October 02 2017
US September Manufacturing PMI Revised Up to 53.1  
The seasonally adjusted IHS Markit final US Manufacturing PMI came in at 53.1 in September 2017, up slightly from the flash reading of 53 and compared with 52.8 in August. Employment expanded at the fastest pace since December 2016 and production continued to rise while new order growth softened.
Friday September 29 2017
US Consumer Sentiment Revised Down in September  
The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment for the United States fell to 95.1 in September of 2017 from 96.8 in August. It was also lower than a preliminary reading of 95.3. Future expectations and current financial conditions of households declined mainly due to the impact of hurricanes.
Friday September 29 2017
US Personal Spending Inches Up in August  
Personal spending in the US edged up 0.1 percent month-over-month in August of 2017, following a 0.3 percent rise in July and in line with market expectations. Spending on durable goods declined 1.1 percent, reversing a 1.1 percent gain in July, as Hurricane Harvey impacted auto sales and mild temperatures dropped demand for utilities. Personal income increased 0.2 percent, also lower than a 0.3 percent gain in July but in line with forecasts. Hurricane Harvey weighed on the data although the BEA couldn't separately quantify the total impact.
Thursday September 28 2017
US Jobless Claims Rise to 272K  
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits increased by 12 thousand to 272 thousand in the week ended September 23rd, slightly above market expectations of 270 thousand. The previous week's level was revised up by 1 Thousand to 260 Thousand. The claims remained above 260K for the fourth consecutive week as Hurricanes Irma and Harvey had disrupted the labor market in Florida, Georgia and Texas.
Thursday September 28 2017
US GDP Growth Revised Higher to 3.1% in Q2  
The US economy expanded an annualized 3.1 percent on quarter in the second quarter of 2017, above a second estimate of 3 percent and beating market expectations of 3 percent. It is the strongest growth rate since the first three months of 2015, the final estimate from the BEA showed. Private inventory investment increased more than previously estimated, but the general picture of economic growth remains the same.
Wednesday September 27 2017
US Durable Goods Orders Rise More than Expected  
New orders for US manufactured durable goods rose 1.7 percent month-over-month in August of 2017, following a 6.8 percent slump in July and beating market expectations of a 1 percent gain. Orders for transport equipment went up 4.9 percent, with those for motor vehicles and parts rising 1.5 percent and those for nondefense aircraft and parts jumping 44.8 percent, mainly due to a rise in Boeing aircraft orders. Non-defense capital goods orders excluding aircraft, seen as a proxy for business spending plans increased 0.9 percent, following an upwardly revised 1.1 percent increase in the previous month.
Tuesday September 26 2017
Fed Should Be Wary of Moving too Gradually  
Inflation uncertainty supports gradual hikes in the federal funds rate, Fed Chair Yellen said in a speech at the NABE meeting, suggesting another rate hike this year is still on the table. Chair Yellen also added that the outlook is uncertain and some key assumptions underlying employment and inflation could be wrong. Thus, a revised assessment could lead to an easier policy path.
Tuesday September 26 2017
US New Home Sales Fall for 2nd Month  
Sales of new single-family houses in the United States shrank 3.4 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 560 thousand in August of 2017 from an upwardly revised 580 thousand in July. It is a new low so far this year, well below market expectations of 588 thousand. Sales fell the most in the South, partly due to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
Friday September 22 2017
US Factory Activity Continues to Improve in September  
The IHS Markit US Manufacturing PMI edged up to 53 in September from 52.8 in August, matching expectations, flash estimates showed. Job creation was the strongest so far this year while output growth was steady at August's 14-month low, new orders slowed and input price inflation accelerated.
Thursday September 21 2017
US Jobless Claims at 3-Week Low  
Initial jobless claims in the US unexpectedly fell by 23K to 259K in latest week, well below expectations of 300K. The numbers continued to be influenced by Hurricanes as unadjusted claims rose in Florida but declined in Texas. Meanwhile, the 4-week moving average increased by 6K to 268.750K, the highest since June of 2016.
Wednesday September 20 2017
Fed To Start Reducing Balance Sheet in October  
The Federal Reserve left the target range for its federal funds rate unchanged at 1 percent to 1.25 percent during its September 2017 meeting as widely expected. Policymakers kept forecasts for another rate hike this year and expect a higher GDP growth while core PCE inflation is seen lower. In addition, the central bank announced it will begin reducing its $4.5 trillion balance sheet in October.
Tuesday September 19 2017
US Housing Starts Fall for 2nd Month  
Housing starts in the United States fell 0.8 percent from the previous month to a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 1180 thousand in August of 2017, following an upwardly revised 1190 thousand in the previous month and compared to market expectations of a 1.7 percent rise. Starts declined in the Northeast and the South.
Friday September 15 2017
US Consumer Sentiment Falls Less Than Expected  
The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment for the United States fell to 95.3 in September of 2017 from 96.8 in August but slightly above market expectations of 95.1. It is the lowest reading in three months, as hurricanes Irma and Harvey heavy impacted gauge if consumer expectations.
Friday September 15 2017
US Industrial Production Drops the Most in 8 Years  
Industrial output in the US shrank 0.9 percent month-over-month in August of 2017, following an upwardly revised 0.4 percent gain in July and missing market expectations of a 0.1 percent increase. It is the first drop in industrial output since January and the biggest since May 2009 as Hurricane Harvey, which hit the Gulf Coast of Texas in late August, is estimated to have reduced the rate of change in total output by roughly 3/4 percentage point.
Friday September 15 2017
US Retail Sales Unexpectedly Shrink in August  
Retail sales in the United States fell 0.2 percent month-over-month in August of 2017, missing market expectations of a 0.1 percent rise and following a downwardly revised 0.3 percent gain in July instead of the initially reported 0.6 percent jump. It is the biggest drop in retail sales since February as auto sales declined 1.6 percent, most likely due to Hurricane Harvey. Excluding autos, retail sales increased 0.2 percent.
Thursday September 14 2017
US Jobless Claims Unexpectedly Drop in Latest Week  
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits unexpectedly fell by 14 thousand to 284 thousand in the week ended September 9th, well below market expectations of 300 thousand.
Thursday September 14 2017
US Inflation Rate at 3-Month High of 1.9%  
Consumer prices in the US increased 1.9 percent year-on-year in August of 2017, above 1.7 percent in July and market expectations of 1.8 percent. It is the highest reading in three months, due to rising shelter and gasoline cost as Hurricane Harvey shut down refineries in the Gulf coast. The monthly rate went up to 0.4 percent, the highest since January and above forecasts of 0.3 percent.
Wednesday September 13 2017
US August Budget Deficit Smaller than Expected  
The US government posted a USD 108 billion budget deficit in August 2017, compared with a USD 107 billion gap in the same month of the previous year and below market expectations of a USD 119.5 billion deficit.
Thursday September 07 2017
US Initial Claims at Over 2-Year High  
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits increased by 62 thousand to 298 thousand in the week ended September 2nd, well above market expectations of 241 thousand. It is the highest value since the week ended April 18th 2015, due to the impact of Hurricane Harvey.
Wednesday September 06 2017
US ISM Non Manufacturing PMI Rises in August  
The ISM Non-Manufacturing PMI index for the United States went up to 55.3 in August of 2017 from 53.9 in July, compared to market expectations of 55.4. Improvements were seen in production, new orders and employment while inventories slowed and price pressures increased. The majority of services providers are optimistic about business conditions going forward.
Wednesday September 06 2017
US Trade Gap Lower than Expected  
The trade deficit in the United States widened slightly to USD 43.7 billion in July of 2017, following a downwardly revised USD 43.5 billion gap in June. It compares with market expectations of a bigger USD 44.6 billion shortfall. Exports declined 0.3 percent and imports fell at a slower 0.2 percent. The trade gap with China reached an 11-month high and the one with the EU was the highest in 8 months.
Friday September 01 2017
US Consumer Sentiment Revised Down in August  
The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment for the United States stood at 96.8 in August of 2017, below the preliminary estimate of 97.6 and compared with July's final reading of 93.4. Both future expectations and current conditions sub-indices came in lower than previously estimated.
Friday September 01 2017
US ISM Manufacturing PMI Highest Since 2011  
The Institute for Supply Management’s Manufacturing PMI in the US rose to 58.8 in August of 2017 from 56.3 in July, beating market expectations of 56.5. It is the highest reading since April of 2011, boosted by a rise in production, employment and inventories.
Friday September 01 2017
US Manufacturing PMI Revised Higher: Markit  
The IHS Markit Manufacturing PMI for the United States was revised higher to 52.8 in August of 2017 from a preliminary reading of 52.5 but below 53.3 in July. Production rose the least since June of 2016; exports dragged on order book growth and both input and output prices increased faster. On the other hand, job gains were the highest in six months.
Friday September 01 2017
Non Farm Payrolls Lower than Expected at 156K in August  
Non farm payrolls in the United States increased by 156 thousand in August of 2017, below a downwardly revised 189 thousand in July and lower than market expectations of 180 thousand. Job gains occurred in manufacturing, construction, professional and technical services, health care, and mining.
Friday September 01 2017
US Jobless Rate Unexpectedly Rises to 4.4% in August  
US unemployment rate unexpectedly rose to 4.4 percent in August 2017 from 4.3 percent in the previous month and above market consensus of 4.3 percent. The number of unemployed persons increased by 151 thousand to 7.1 million.
Thursday August 31 2017
US Personal Spending Up 0.3% in July  
Personal spending in US rose 0.3 percent month-on-month in July, below expectations of 0.4 percent gain but above upwardly revised 0.2 percent rise in June. Expenditure on both goods and services increased.
Thursday August 31 2017
US Jobless Claims Rise to 236K in Latest Week  
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits increased by 1 thousand to 236 thousand in the week ended August 26th from the previous week's revised level of 235 thousand and in line with market expectations.
Wednesday August 30 2017
US GDP Growth Revised Sharply Higher in Q2  
The US economy expanded an annualized 3 percent in the second quarter of 2017, well above a preliminary reading of 2.6 percent and beating market expectations of 2.7 percent. It is the strongest growth rate since the first three months of 2015, the second estimate from the BEA showed. Increases in consumer spending and in nonresidential fixed investment were larger than previously estimated, offsetting a drag from government expenditure and investment.
Friday August 25 2017
US Durable Goods Orders Fall More than Expected  
New orders for US manufactured durable goods slumped 6.8 percent month-over-month in July of 2017, offsetting a downwardly revised 6.4 percent rise in June which was the highest gain in nearly three years. Figures compare with market expectations of a 6 percent fall. Orders for transport equipment shrank 19 percent, with those for motor vehicles falling 1.2 percent. However, non-defense capital goods orders excluding aircraft, seen as a proxy for business spending plans increased 0.4 percent, following a flat reading in June.
Thursday August 24 2017
US Jobless Claims Rise Slightly to 234K  
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits increased by 2 thousand to 234 thousand in the week ended August 19th from the previous week's unrevised level of 232 thousand. It compares with market expectations of 238 thousand. The 4-week moving average which removes week-to-week volatility went down by 2.750 thousand to 237.750 thousand, the lowest since May.
Wednesday August 23 2017
US New Home Sales at 7-Month Low  
Sales of new single-family houses in the United States shrank 9.4 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 571 thousand in July of 2017 from an upwardly revised 630 thousand in June. It is the lowest reading so far this year and well below market expectations of 612 thousand. Sales fell in the Northeast, the West and the South.
Wednesday August 23 2017
US Factory Growth Slows in August: PMI  
The IHS Markit US Manufacturing PMI fell to 52.5 in August of 2017 from 53.3 in July, below market expectations of 53.3, flash estimates showed. Production volumes rose the least in over a year.
Friday August 18 2017
US Consumer Sentiment at 7-Month High  
The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment for the United States rose to 97.6 in August of 2017 from 93.4 in July, beating market estimates of 94, preliminary estimates showed. It is the strongest reading since January, due to a more positive outlook for the overall economy and more favorable personal financial prospects.
Thursday August 17 2017
US Industrial Output Growth Below Estimates  
Industrial production in the United States increased 0.2 percent month-over-month in July of 2017, lower than a 0.4 percent gain in June and below market expectations of 0.3 percent. Manufacturing output shrank 0.1 percent, mainly due to a fall in production of motor vehicles and parts and mining rose at a slower pace while utilities rebounded.
Thursday August 17 2017
US Jobless Claims Fall to Near 6-Month Low  
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits declined by 12 thousand to 232 thousand in the week ended August 12th from the previous week's unrevised level of 244 thousand and below market expectations of 240 thousand. It was the lowest level since the week ended February 25th when claims dropped to 227 thousand, which was the best reading since March 1973.
Wednesday August 16 2017
Fed Policymakers Divided Over Stimulus Unwind  
Several Fed policymakers were prepared to announce a start date for the shrinking of the US central bank’s balance sheet at the latest rate-setting meeting, but most preferred to wait for additional information on the economic outlook and developments potentially affecting financial markets, minutes from last FOMC meeting showed.
Wednesday August 16 2017
US Housing Starts Unexpectedly Fall in July  
Housing starts in the United States slumped 4.8 percent from the previous month to a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 1155 thousand in July of 2017, following a downwardly revised 1213 thousand in the previous month and compared to market expectations of a 0.5 percent rise. Starts declined in the Northeast, Midwest and the West.
Tuesday August 15 2017
US Retail Sales Post Biggest Gain in 7 Months  
Retail sales in the United States grew by 0.6 percent month-over-month in July 2017, following an upwardly revised 0.3 percent gain in June and beating market expectations of 0.4 percent. It was the sharpest increase in retail trade since December last year, mainly driven by higher sales at miscellaneous store retailers and motor vehicle and parts dealers.
Friday August 11 2017
US July Inflation Rate Below Expectations  
US consumer prices increased by 1.7 percent year-on-year in July 2017, missing market expectations of 1.8 percent and following a 1.6 percent gain in June. Prices rose at a faster pace for energy, food, medical care commodities and transportation services.
Thursday August 10 2017
US Posts $43 Billion Deficit in July  
The US government posted a USD 43 billion budget deficit in July 2017, smaller than a USD 113 billion gap in the same month of the previous year and below market expectations of a USD 73 billion deficit. Outlays fell 15 percent year-on-year to USD 275 billion while receipts increased 10 percent to USD 232 billion.
Thursday August 10 2017
US Jobless Claims Rise More Than Expected  
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits increased by 3 thousand to 244 thousand in the week ended August 5th from the previous week's revised level of 241 thousand and above market expectations of 240 thousand.
Friday August 04 2017
US Trade Gap Narrows to 8-Month Low  
The goods and services deficit in the United States narrowed to USD 43.6 billion in June 2017 from USD 46.4 billion a month earlier and compared to market expectations of a USD 45 billion gap. It was the smallest trade deficit since October 2016, as exports increased to their highest level in 2-1/2 years.
Friday August 04 2017
US Jobs Market Remains Solid in July  
Non farm payrolls in the US increased by 209K in July of 2017, below an upwardly revised 231K in June but above market expectations of 183 thousand. Employment increased in food services and drinking places, professional and business services, and health care.
Friday August 04 2017
US Unemployment Rate Falls to 4.3%  
US unemployment rate fell one-tenth of a percentage point to 4.3 percent in July 2017, matching a 16-year low touched in May. The number of unemployed persons was little changed at 7.0 million while the labor force participation rate edged up to 62.9 percent.
Thursday August 03 2017
US ISM Non Manufacturing PMI at Near 1-Year Low  
The ISM Non-Manufacturing PMI index for the United States fell to 53.9 in July of 2017, well below 57.4 in June and market expectations of 57. It is the lowest reading since August of 2016 as production, new orders and employment eased and price pressures increased. Although the non-manufacturing sector growth slowed, the majority of respondents’ comments were mostly positive about business conditions and the state of the economy.
Thursday August 03 2017
US Jobless Claims Fall to 240K  
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits dropped by 5 thousand to 240 thousand in the week ended July 29th from the previous week's revised level of 245 thousand and slightly below market expectations of 242 thousand. Meanwhile, the 4-week moving average, which removes week-to-week volatility, fell by 2.5 thousand to 241,750 thousand.
Tuesday August 01 2017
US Factory Activity Growth Slows in July: ISM  
The Institute for Supply Management’s Manufacturing PMI in the US fell to 56.3 in July of 2017 from 57.8 in June which was the highest since August of 2014. Figures came slightly below market expectations of 56.5 due to a slowdown in new orders, production and employment.
Tuesday August 01 2017
US Manufacturing PMI Revised Higher in July: Markit  
The IHS Markit US Manufacturing PMI rose to 53.3 in July of 2017 from a preliminary of 53.2 and 52 in June, final figures showed. It is the highest reading in four months as growth in output and new orders rebounded and inflationary pressures were muted.
Tuesday August 01 2017
US Personal Spending In Line With Forecasts  
Personal spending in the United States edged up 0.1 percent month-over-month in June of 2017, following an upwardly revised 0.2 percent rise in May and in line with market expectations. A rise in services spending offset declines in purchases of both durable and nondurable goods. Meanwhile, personal income was flat in June, the worst performance in seven months and well below expectations of a 0.4 percent gain.
Friday July 28 2017
US Consumer Sentiment Remains At 9 Month Low  
The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment for the United States was revised up to 93.4 from a preliminary of 93.1 in July of 2017 and compared to 95.1 in June. Still, it is the lowest reading since October of 2016 although future expectations declined less than expected and current conditions rose further.
Friday July 28 2017
US GDP Grows 2.6% in Q2, Matches Forecasts  
The US economy advanced an annualized 2.6 percent on quarter in the second quarter of 2017, following a downwardly revised 1.2 percent expansion in the previous period, matching market expectations, an advance estimate showed. The improvement was boosted by strong consumer spending and a rebound in government consumption while exports slowed and housing investment shrank.
Thursday July 27 2017
US Durable Goods Orders Rise the Most in 3 Years  
New orders for US manufactured durable goods jumped 6.5 percent month-over-month in June of 2017, following a downwardly revised 0.1 percent drop in May and beating market expectations of a 3 percent rise. It is the biggest gain since July of 2014, boosted by a 131.2 percent surge in orders for civilian aircraft. However, non-defense capital goods orders excluding aircraft, seen as a proxy for business spending plans decreased 0.1 percent, following an upwardly revised 0.7 percent rise in May and the first drop since December.
Thursday July 27 2017
US Jobless Claims Rise More Than Expected  
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits increased by 10 thousand to 244 thousand in the week ended July 22nd from the previous week's revised level of 234 thousand and above market expectations of 241 thousand. Meanwhile, the 4-week moving average, which removes week-to-week volatility, was unchanged at 244 thousand.
Wednesday July 26 2017
Fed Leaves Monetary Policy Steady  
The Federal Reserve left the target range for its federal funds rate unchanged at 1 percent to 1.25 percent during its July 2017 meeting and said it will start reducing its USD 4.5 trillion portfolio relatively soon. The committee considered near-term risks to the economic outlook as roughly balanced, but said it will closely monitor inflation.
Wednesday July 26 2017
US New Home Sales Rise For 2nd Month  
Sales of new single-family houses in the United States increased 0.8 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 610 thousand in June of 2017 from a downwardly revised 605 thousand in May. The figure came below market expectations of 615 thousand. Sales rose in the Midwest and the West but fell in the South and were flat in the Northeast.
Monday July 24 2017
US Factory Growth At 4-Month High: Markit  
The IHS Markit Flash US Manufacturing PMI increased to 53.2 in July of 2017 from 52 in June, beating market expectations of 52.1. It is the highest value in four months as output, new orders, employment and stocks of inputs rose faster.
Thursday July 20 2017
US Jobless Claims Fall To 9-Week Low  
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits decreased by 15 thousand to 233 thousand in the week ended July 15th from the previous week's revised level of 248 thousand, way below market expectations of 245 thousand. Meanwhile, the 4-week moving average, which removes week-to-week volatility, went down by 2.25 thousand to 243.75 thousand.
Wednesday July 19 2017
US Housing Starts Rebound In June  
Housing starts in the United States jumped 8.3 percent from the previous month to a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 1215 thousand in June of 2017, following an upwardly revised 1122 thousand in the previous month and compared to market expectations of a 5.8 percent rise. It is the strongest construction activity in four months as starts increased in the Northeast, the Midwest and the West.
Friday July 14 2017
US Consumer Sentiment Below Estimates In July  
The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment for the United States fell to 93.1 in July of 2017 from 95.1 in June, well below market estimates of 95, preliminary estimates showed. It is the lowest reading since October of 2016, mainly due to a fall in future expectations.
Friday July 14 2017
US Industrial Output Rises More Than Expected In June  
Industrial production in the United States increased by 0.4 percent month-over-month in June 2017, following an upwardly revised 0.1 percent rise in May and beating market expectations of a 0.3 percent gain. Manufacturing output rebounded from the previous month, while mining rose at a slower pace and utilities showed no growth.
Friday July 14 2017
US Retail Sales Unexpectedly Fall In June  
Retail sales in the United States decreased by 0.2 percent month-over-month in June 2017, following a downwardly revised 0.1 percent drop in May and missing market expectations of a 0.1 percent gain. It was the second straight month of decline in retail trade, mainly driven by lower sales at miscellaneous store retailers and gasoline stations.
Friday July 14 2017
US Inflation Rate Falls To 8-Month Low Of 1.6%  
Consumer prices in the United States increased 1.6 percent year-on-year in June of 2017, below 1.9 percent in May and compared to market expectations of 1.7 percent. It is the lowest inflation rate since October of 2016 due to a 0.4 percent fall in gasoline prices. On a monthly basis, consumer prices were flat, following a 0.1 percent drop in May and compared to forecasts of 0.1 percent.
Thursday July 13 2017
US June Budget Deficit Larger Than Expected  
The US government posted a USD 90 billion budget deficit in June 2017, larger than market expectations of a USD 35 billion gap and compared with a USD 6 billion surplus in the same month of the previous year. Outlays jumped 33 percent to USD 429 billion while receipts increased at a much slower 3 percent to USD 339 billion.
Thursday July 13 2017
US Initial Claims Fall Less Than Expected  
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits decreased for the first time in a month by 3 thousand to 247 thousand in the week ended July 8th from the previous period, although above market expectations of 245 thousand. Meanwhile, the 4-week moving average which removes week-to-week volatility went up by 2,250 to 245,750.
Wednesday July 12 2017
Fed to Go Ahead With Gradual Rate Hikes  
The US economy is expected to continue to expand at a moderate pace although uncertainty persists about low inflation and fiscal and government policies, prepared remarks from Yellen's testimony to Congress showed. As a result, the Fed is likely to start reducing its balance sheet this year and gradually hike funds rate.
Friday July 07 2017
US Unemployment Rate Unexpectedly Rises To 4.4% In June  
US unemployment rate rose to 4.4 percent in June 2017 from the previous month's 16-year low of 4.3 percent and above market expectations of 4.3 percent. The number of unemployed persons was little changed at 7.0 million while the labor force participation rate edged up to 62.8 percent.
Friday July 07 2017
US Economy Adds 222K Jobs In June  
Non farm payrolls in the United States increased by 222 thousand in June of 2017, above an upwardly revised 152 thousand in May and compared to market expectations of 179 thousand. It is the highest figure in four months as employment increased in health care, social assistance, financial activities, and mining.
Thursday July 06 2017
US Services Sector Growth Beats Forecasts: ISM  
The ISM Non-Manufacturing PMI index for the United States rose to 57.4 in June of 2017 from 56.9 in May, beating market expectations of 56.5. Business activity and new orders went up while employment slowed. The majority of respondents’ comments continue to be positive about business conditions and the overall economy.
Thursday July 06 2017
US Jobless Claims Rise To 5-Week High  
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits increased by 4 thousand to 248 thousand in the week ended July 1st from the previous week's unrevised level of 244 thousand and above market expectations of 243 thousand. It was the highest level since the week ended May 27th. Meanwhile, the 4-week moving average, which removes week-to-week volatility, increased by 750 to 243 thousand.
Thursday July 06 2017
US Trade Deficit Shrinks In May  
The goods and services deficit in the United States narrowed to USD 46.5 billion in May of 2017 from a USD 47.6 billion gap a month earlier and compared to market expectations of a USD 46.2 billion shortfall. Exports rose 0.4 percent to the highest value in nearly two years mainly boosted by sales of consumer goods and cell phones.
Wednesday July 05 2017
Fed Ready To Reduce Its Balance Sheet Soon  
The Federal Reserve is ready to start reducing its USD 4.5 trillion asset portfolio within a couple of months and the effect of such normalization on financial markets is expected to be limited, minutes from last FOMC meeting showed. Policymakers viewed the recent softer inflation as temporary, mainly reflecting idiosyncratic factors. The Fed last raised the target range for the federal funds rate by 25bps to 1 percent to 1.25 percent during its June 2017 meeting.
Monday July 03 2017
US Factory Activity Growth At Near 3-Year High: ISM  
The Institute for Supply Management’s Manufacturing PMI in the US rose to 57.8 in June 2017 from 54.9 in May and way above market expectations of 55.2. The reading pointed to the strongest rate of expansion since August 2014, as output, new orders and employment grew at faster pace.
Monday July 03 2017
US Manufacturing Growth Slows To 9-Month Low: Markit  
The seasonally adjusted IHS Markit final US Manufacturing PMI came in at 52 in June 2017, slightly below the earlier flash estimate of 52.1 and compared with May's final reading of 52.7. The figure pointed to the weakest pace of expansion since September last year, as output, new business and employment growth slowed.
Friday June 30 2017
US Consumer Sentiment Revised Up In June  
The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment for the United States was revised higher to 95.1 in June of 2017 from a preliminary reading of 94.5 as current conditions were assessed more positive. However, it is the lowest reading in seven months, on lower future expectations, final figures showed.
Friday June 30 2017
US Personal Consumption Rises The Least In 3 Months  
Personal spending in the US edged up 0.1 percent month-over-month in May of 2017, down from a 0.4 percent rise in April and in line with market expectations. It is the smallest gain in three months as spending on durables and nondurables declined. On the other hand, personal income rose 0.4 percent, higher than 0.3 percent in April and above expectations of 0.3 percent. The savings rate increased to 5.5 percent from 5.1 percent.
Thursday June 29 2017
US Jobless Claims Above Expectations  
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits increased by 2 thousand to 244 thousand in the week ended June 24th from the previous week's revised level of 242 thousand and above market expectations of 240 thousand.
Thursday June 29 2017
US GDP Growth Revised Up to 1.4% In Q1  
The US economy expanded an annualized 1.4 percent on quarter in the first three months of 2017, better than 1.2 percent in the second estimate, as consumer spending and exports increased more than previously anticipated. On the other hand, non-residential investment was revised lower and the drag from inventories was higher than initially estimated.
Monday June 26 2017
US Durable Goods Orders Fall For 2nd Month  
New orders for US manufactured durable goods fell 1.1 percent month-over-month in May of 2017, following an upwardly revised 0.9 percent drop in April. Figures came worse than market expectations of a 0.9 percent decline, mainly driven by a 3.4 percent slump in transport equipment. Non-defense capital goods orders excluding aircraft, seen as a proxy for business spending plans decreased 0.2 percent.
Friday June 23 2017
US New Home Sales Beat Forecasts  
Sales of new single-family houses in the United States increased 2.9 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 610 thousand in May of 2017 from an upwardly revised 593 thousand in April. The figure came above market expectations of 597 thousand, as sales rose in the South and the West.
Friday June 23 2017
US Factory Growth At 9-Month Low: PMI  
The IHS Markit US Manufacturing PMI fell to 52.1 in June of 2017 from 52.7 in May and well below market expectations of 53, flash estimates showed. It is the lowest reading since September of 2016 as output and new business growth slowed, offsetting stronger contributions from job creation and inventory building.
Thursday June 22 2017
US Jobless Claims Rise More Than Expected  
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits increased by 3 thousand to 241 thousand in the week ended June 17th from the previous week's revised level of 238 thousand and above market expectations of 240 thousand.
Friday June 16 2017
US Consumer Sentiment Falls To 7-Month Low  
The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment for the United States went down to 94.5 in June of 2017 from 97.1 in May and well below market expectations of 97. It is the lowest reading in seven months as both present and future expectations declined, preliminary estimates showed. The recent erosion of confidence was due to more negative perceptions of the proposed economic policies among Democrats and the reduced likelihood of passage of these policies among Republicans.
Friday June 16 2017
US Housing Starts At 8-Month Low  
Housing starts in the United States slumped 5.5 percent from the previous month to a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 1092 thousand in May of 2017, following a downwardly revised 1156 thousand in the previous month and compared to market expectations of a 4.1 percent rise. It is the weakest construction activity in eight months as starts plunged in the Midwest and the South.
Thursday June 15 2017
US Industrial Output Unchanged In May  
Industrial production in the United States was flat month-over-month in May of 2017, following an upwardly revised 1.1 percent rise in April and compared to market expectations of a 0.2 percent gain. Manufacturing went down 0.4 percent, offsetting a 1.6 percent rise in mining and a 0.4 percent gain in utilities.
Thursday June 15 2017
US Jobless Claims Fall to 237K  
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits decreased by 8 thousand to 237 thousand in the week ended June 10th 2017, compared to market expectations of 242 thousand. The four-week moving average, considered a better measure of labor market trends as it removes out week-to-week volatility, rose 1,000 to 243,000 in last week.
Wednesday June 14 2017
Fed Raises Rate To 1.25%  
The Federal Reserve raised the target range for its federal funds rate by 25bps to 1 percent to 1.25 percent during its June 2017 meeting, in line with market expectations. Policymakers kept forecasts for three rate hikes this year while increasing growth projections and lowering inflation expectations. In addition, details on how the central bank will start reducing its USD 4.5 trillion portfolio were also provided.
Wednesday June 14 2017
US Retail Sales Fall The Most In 16 Months  
Retail sales in the United States decreased by 0.3 percent month-over-month in May of 2017, following a 0.4 percent rise in April and missing market expectations of a 0.1 percent gain. It was the biggest decline since January of 2016, driven by lower sales of motor vehicles, electronics & appliance stores, gasoline stations, sporting goods, hobby, book & music stores and general merchandise stores. On a year-on-year basis, retail sales rose 3.8 percent.
Wednesday June 14 2017
US Inflation Rate Falls To 6-Month Low Of 1.9%  
Consumer prices in the United States increased 1.9 percent year-on-year in May of 2017, easing from a 2.2 percent rise in April and below market expectations of 2 percent. It is the lowest inflation rate since November last year although it was still above the 1.6 percent average over the past 10 years. Core inflation slowed further to a 2-year low of 1.7 percent.
Monday June 12 2017
US Budget Deficit Widens 67.6% YoY In May  
The US government posted a USD 88 billion budget deficit in May of 2017, compared to a USD 52.5 billion gap a year earlier and slightly above market expectations of a USD 86.5 billion shortfall. Outlays jumped 19 percent to USD 329 billion while receipts rose by 7 percent to USD 240 billion.
Thursday June 08 2017
US Jobless Claims Decrease Less Than Expected  
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits decreased by 10 thousand to 245 thousand in the week ended June 3rd 2017, compared to market expectations of 240 thousand. The 4-week moving average which removes week to week volatility went up by 2.25 thousand to 242 thousand.
Monday June 05 2017
US Services Sector Slows In May: ISM  
The ISM Non-Manufacturing PMI index for the United States fell to 56.9 in May of 2017 from 57.5 in April, slightly below market expectations of 57. Production and new orders rose at a slower pace while employment picked up. The majority of respondents’ comments continue to indicate optimism about business conditions and the overall economy.
Friday June 02 2017
US Trade Deficit Higher Than Expected In April  
The goods and services deficit in the United States widened to USD 47.6 billion in April of 2017 from an upwardly revised USD 45.6 billion gap a month earlier and higher than market expectations of a USD 46.1 billion shortfall. Exports fell 0.3 percent to USD 190.98 billion, driven by lower sales of consumer goods and vehicles. Imports rose 0.8 percent to USD 238.6 billion, boosted by cellphones and capital goods.
Friday June 02 2017
US Unemployment Rate Drops To 16-Year Low In May  
US unemployment rate fell to 4.3 percent in May 2017 from 4.4 percent in the previous month and below market expectations of 4.4 percent. It was the lowest jobless rate since May 2001, as the number of unemployed persons was little changed at 6.9 million and the labor force participation rate fell to 62.7 percent.
Friday June 02 2017
US Non Farm Payrolls Fall To 138K  
Non farm payrolls in the United States increased by 138 thousand in May of 2017, below a downwardly revised 174 thousand in April and compared to market expectations of 185 thousand. In May, job gains occurred in health care and mining.
Thursday June 01 2017
US Factory Activity Growth Edges Up In May: ISM  
The Institute for Supply Management’s Manufacturing PMI in the US edged up to 54.9 in May of 2017 from 54.8 in April, beating expectations of 54.5. New orders, employment and inventories went up, offsetting slower growth in production.
Thursday June 01 2017
US Markit Manufacturing PMI Revised Up In May  
The IHS Markit US Manufacturing PMI edged down to 52.7 in May of 2017 from 52.8 in April but higher than a preliminary 52.5. It is the lowest reading in 8 months amid a moderate rise in new business and subdued increases in output and employment while input cost inflation slowed, final figures showed.
Thursday June 01 2017
US Jobless Claims Rise To 5-Week High  
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits increased by 13 thousand to 248 thousand in the week ended May 27th from the previous week's revised level of 235 thousand and way above market expectations of 239 thousand.
Tuesday May 30 2017
US Personal Spending Rises The Most In 4 Months  
Personal spending in the United States rose 0.4 percent on the month in April of 2017, following an upwardly revised 0.3 percent gain in March, matching market expectations. It is the biggest increase so far this year, boosted by a rebound in spending on durable and nondurable goods.
Friday May 26 2017
US Consumer Sentiment Revised Down In May  
The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment for the United States was at 97.1 in May of 2017, only slightly up from 97 in April and below initial estimates of 97.7. Both current and future expectations were revised down, final figures showed. Yet, it is still the highest reading in four months.
Friday May 26 2017
US Durable Goods Orders Fall Less Than Expected  
New orders for US manufactured durable goods fell 0.7 percent month-over-month in April 2017, following an upwardly revised 2.3 percent jump in March, better than expectations of a 1.2 percent drop. It was the first decline this year, as orders for machinery fell 0.8 percent and those for civilian aircraft shrank 9.2 percent. Meanwhile, orders for defense aircraft jumped 7.1 percent and those for motor vehicles and parts went up 0.3 percent, the first rise in three months.
Friday May 26 2017
US GDP Growth Revised Up to 1.2% In Q1  
The US economy expanded an annualized 1.2 percent on quarter in the first three months of 2017, better than the advance estimate of 0.7 percent growth and beating market expectations of 0.9 percent, figures from the second estimate showed. It is the lowest growth rate in a year, better than the weakest first-quarter growth in three years initially estimated. Consumer spending and nonresidential fixed investment rose faster than anticipated and the drag from public spending and investment was lower than initially estimated. In contrast, private inventories decreased more.
Thursday May 25 2017
US Jobless Claims Below Expectations  
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits increased by 1 thousand to 234 thousand in latest week, lower than market expectations of 238 thousand. It is 116th straight week that claims were below 300,000, a level associated with a healthy jobs market. In addition, the 4-week moving average which removes weekly volatility fell to 235.25 thousand, the lowest in 44 years.
Wednesday May 24 2017
Fed June Rate Hike Is Still On The Table  
Another increase in the federal funds rate would be appropriate soon, proven that recent growth slowdown is only transitory, minutes from last FOMC meeting showed. Fed officials also discussed strategies to start reducing its USD 4.5 trillion portfolio.
Tuesday May 23 2017
US New Home Sales Down To 4-Month Low  
Sales of new single-family houses in the United States slumped 11.4 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 569 thousand in April of 2017 from an upwardly revised near 9-1/2-year high of 642 thousand in March. The figure came below market expectations of 610 thousand, as sales fell in all four main regions.
Tuesday May 23 2017
US Factory Activity Growth At 8-Month Low: Markit  
The IHS Markit US Manufacturing PMI fell to 52.5 in May of 2017 from 52.8 in April, below market expectations of 53, flash figures showed. It is the lowest reading since September of 2016, driven by softer growth of output, new orders and employment.
Thursday May 18 2017
US Jobless Claims Below 240K For 3rd Week  
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits decreased by 4K to 232K in latest week, the lowest level since February. It was the third straight week of falls bringing the claims close to values only seen in 1973. Meanwhile, continuing claims fell by 22K to 1898K, the lowest since November 1988.
Tuesday May 16 2017
US Industrial Output Rises The Most In 3 Years  
US industrial production increased by 1 percent month-over-month in April 2017, following a downwardly revised 0.4 percent rise in March and beating market expectations of a 0.3 percent gain. It was the largest increase in industrial production since February 2014, as output rebounded for both manufacturing and mining while utilities grew at a slower pace.
Tuesday May 16 2017
US Housing Starts Fall For 2nd Month  
Housing starts in the United States went down 2.6 percent from the previous month to a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 1172 thousand in April of 2017, following a downwardly revised 1203 thousand in the previous month and worse than market expectations of a 3.7 percent rise. It is the weakest construction activity in five months as starts fell in the South and the Northeast.
Friday May 12 2017
US Consumer Sentiment At 4-Month High  
The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment for the United States rose to 97.7 in May of 2017 from 97 in the previous month, according to preliminary estimates. Figures beat market forecasts of 97, boosted by an improvement in future expectations.
Friday May 12 2017
US Retail Sales Rise Less Than Expected In April  
Retail sales in the United States increased by 0.4 percent month-over-month in April 2017, following an upwardly revised 0.1 percent rise in March but missing market expectations of a 0.6 percent gain. The increase was mainly driven by a rebound in sales of motor vehicles and higher receipts at service stations, building material stores and electronics and appliance stores.
Friday May 12 2017
US Inflation Rate Lower Than Expected At 2.2%  
Consumer prices in the United States increased 2.2 percent year-on-year in April of 2017, lower than 2.4 percent in March and below market expectations of 2.3 percent. It is the lowest inflation rate so far this year due to a slowdown in energy, transport and health cost. The monthly index increased 0.2 percent, recovering from a 0.3 percent fall in March and matching forecasts, boosted by prices of shelter, energy, tobacco and food.
Thursday May 11 2017
US Jobless Claims Fall More Than Expected  
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits decreased by 2 thousand to 236 thousand in the week ended May 6th, 2017 from the previous week's unrevised level of 238 thousand, below market expectations of 245 thousand. It is the lowest figure in four weeks. Meanwhile, the number of continuing claims fell by 61 thousand to 1918 thousand, the lowest figure since November 5th, 1988 when it was 1898 thousand.
Wednesday May 10 2017
US Government Budget Surplus Widens In April  
The US government posted a USD 182 billion budget surplus in April of 2017, compared to a USD 106.5 billion surplus a year earlier and well above market expectations of USD 175.9 billion deficit. Outlays decreased 18 percent to USD 273 billion while receipts rose by 4 percent to USD 456 billion.
Friday May 05 2017
US Unemployment Rate Falls To Near 10-Year Low  
US unemployment rate fell to 4.4 percent in April 2017 from 4.5 percent in the previous month, better than market expectations of 4.6 percent. It was the lowest jobless rate since May 2007, as the number of unemployed persons declined by 146 thousand to 7.1 million and the labor force participation rate edged down to 62.9 percent from an 11-month high of 63 percent in March.
Friday May 05 2017
US Economy Adds 211K Jobs In April, Beats Forecasts  
Non farm payrolls in the United States increased by 211 thousand in April of 2017, higher than a downwardly revised 79 thousand in March and beating market expectations of 185 thousand. Employment rose in leisure and hospitality, health care and social assistance, financial activities, and mining.
Thursday May 04 2017
US Initial Jobless Claims At 3-Week Low  
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits decreased by 19 thousand to 238 thousand in the week ended April 29th, 2017 from the previous week's unrevised level of 257 thousand and below market expectations of 247 thousand. It is the lowest figure in three weeks. Meanwhile, the 4-week moving average, which removes week-to-week volatility, increased by 750 to 243 thousand. The continuing claims drawn by workers for more than a week decreased by 23 thousand from a 17-year low to 1.964 million.
Thursday May 04 2017
US Trade Gap Lowest In 5 Months In March  
The goods and services deficit in the United States narrowed slightly to USD 43.7 billion in March of 2017 from an upwardly revised USD 43.8 billion gap a month earlier and lower than market expectations of a USD 44.5 billion shortfall. Exports declined for the first time in four months mainly due to lower sales to China and imports fell for the second straight month.
Wednesday May 03 2017
Fed Leaves Rates Unchanged  
The Federal Reserve left the target range for its federal funds rate steady at 0.75 percent to 1 percent during its May 2017 meeting, in line with market expectations. Policymakers said the labor market has continued to strengthen despite a slowdown in economic activity during the first quarter, seen as transitory.
Wednesday May 03 2017
US Services Sector Growth Beats Expectations In April: ISM  
The ISM Non-Manufacturing PMI index for the United States went up to 57.5 in April of 2017 from 55.2 in March, beating market expectations of 55.8. Business activity increased and new orders reached the highest since August of 2005 as non-manufacturers were mostly positive about business conditions and the overall economy.
Monday May 01 2017
US Factory Activity Growth Eases To 4-Month Low  
The Institute for Supply Management’s Manufacturing PMI in the US fell to 54.8 in April 2017 from 57.2 in March and below market expectations of 56.5. It was the lowest reading since December 2016, as new orders and employment expanded at a slower pace.
Monday May 01 2017
US Factory Activity Growth Confirmed At 7-Month Low  
The seasonally adjusted Markit final US Manufacturing PMI fell to 52.8 in April 2017 from 53.3 in March, in line with the preliminary estimate. It was the lowest reading since September 2016, as a slowdown in output and new business growth more than offset a slight rebound in job creation.
Monday May 01 2017
US Personal Spending Unchanged For Second Month  
Personal spending in the United States was unchanged for the second straight month in March 2017, missing market expectations of a 0.2 percent gain. An increase in spending for services, notably spending for household utilities was partially offset by a decrease in spending for durable goods, mainly in motor vehicles and parts.
Friday April 28 2017
US Consumer Sentiment Revised Down In April  
The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment for the United States came in at 97 in April 2017 compared with a preliminary reading of 98 but slightly higher than 96.9 in March, a final estimate showed. The gauge of future expectations increased slightly while the barometer for current economic conditions fell.
Friday April 28 2017
US Q1 GDP Growth Weakest Since 2014  
The US economy grew an annualized 0.7 percent on quarter in the first quarter of 2017, following a 2.1 percent expansion in the previous period and below expectations of 1.1 percent, an advance estimate showed. The deceleration in real GDP in the first quarter reflected a deceleration in PCE and downturns in private inventory investment and in state and local government spending that were partly offset by an upturn in exports and accelerations in both nonresidential and residential fixed investment.
Thursday April 27 2017
US Durable Goods Orders Rise Less Than Estimated  
New orders for US manufactured durable goods went up 0.7 percent month-over-month in March of 2017, following an upwardly revised 2.3 percent jump in February and below expectations of a 1.2 percent rise.
Thursday April 27 2017
US Jobless Claims Rise More Than Expected  
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits increased by 14 thousand to 257 thousand in the week ended April 22nd 2017 from the previous week's revised level of 243 thousand and above market expectations of 245 thousand.
Friday April 21 2017
US Factory Activity Growth Lowest in 7 Months  
The Markit US Manufacturing PMI fell to 52.8 in April of 2017 from 53.3 in March and well below market expectations of 53.5, flash figures showed. It is the lowest reading since September of 2016, indicating another slowdown in manufacturing growth from the near two-year high in January, mainly due slower expansion in output and new orders.
Thursday April 20 2017
US Jobless Claims Rise More Than Expected  
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits increased by 10 thousand to 244 thousand in the week ended April 15th 2017 from the previous week's unrevised level of 234 thousand and above market expectations of 242 thousand.
Tuesday April 18 2017
US Industrial Production Rises As Utilities Output Rebounds  
US industrial production rose by 0.5 percent month-over-month in March 2017, following a 0.1 percent gain in February and matching market expectations. Utilities output jumped 8.6 percent, the largest gain on record, while manufacturing production fell 0.4 percent, missing consensus of a 0.1 percent gain.
Tuesday April 18 2017
US Housing Starts Fall More Than Expected  
Housing starts in the United States slumped 6.8 percent from the previous month to a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 1215 thousand in March of 2017, following an upwardly revised 1303 thousand in the previous month and much worse than market expectations of a 3 percent drop. It is the lowest rate in four months, led by drops in the Midwest.
Friday April 14 2017
US Inflation Rate Down To 2.4% In March  
Consumer prices in the United States increased 2.4 percent year-on-year in March of 2017, lower than 2.7 percent in February and below market expectations of 2.6 percent. It is the lowest inflation rate in three months due to a slowdown in energy and services cost. On a monthly basis, consumer prices went down 0.3 percent, the first drop in 13 months.
Friday April 14 2017
US Retails Sales Drop 0.2% in March  
Retail sales in the United States decreased by 0.2 percent month-over-month in March 2017 after February figures were revised to a 0.3 percent drop which previously was reported as a 0.1 percent gain. The primary drivers of the decline were lower spending at auto dealerships and gas stations. It was the first consecutive two-month drop in more than two years.
Thursday April 13 2017
US Consumer Sentiment At 3-Month High  
The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment for the United States rose to 98 in April of 2017 from 96.9 in the previous month, according to preliminary estimates. Figures beat market forecasts of 96.5, boosted by an improvement in current financial and economic situation.
Thursday April 13 2017
US Initial Jobless Claims Edge Down To 234K  
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits decreased by 1 thousand to 234 thousand in the week ended April 8th 2017 from the previous period, below expectations of 245 thousand. It is the lowest figure in six weeks. The 4-week moving average that removes week-to-week volatility fell by 3 thousand to 247.25 thousand.
Wednesday April 12 2017
US Budget Deficit Beats Estimates In March  
The US government posted a USD 176 billion budget deficit in March of 2017, compared to a USD 108 billion gap a year earlier and above market expectations of USD 167 billion. Outlays increased 17 percent to USD 393 billion while receipts fell by 5 percent to USD 217 billion.
Friday April 07 2017
US Unemployment Rate Falls To Near 10-Year Low  
US unemployment rate fell to 4.5 percent in March 2017 from 4.7 percent in the previous month, better than market expectations of 4.7 percent. It was the lowest jobless rate since May 2007, as the number of unemployed persons declined by 326,000 to 7.2 million while the labor force participation rate was unchanged at an 11-month high of 63 percent.
Friday April 07 2017
US Economy Adds 98K Jobs In March, Lowest In 10 Months  
Non farm payrolls in the United States increased by 98 thousand in March of 2017, below a downwardly revised 219 thousand in February and compared to market expectations of 180 thousand. It is the lowest payroll number since May last year as retailers cut jobs while employment went up in professional, business services and mining.
Thursday April 06 2017
US Jobless Claims At 5-Week Low  
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits decreased by 25 thousand to 234 thousand in the week ended April 1st 2017 from the previous period, well below expectations of 250 thousand. It is the lowest figure in five weeks and the largest decline since April of 2015. The 4-week moving average that removes week-to-week volatility fell by 4.5 thousand to 250 thousand.
Wednesday April 05 2017
Fed Likely To Reduce Balance Sheet This Year  
Further increases in the federal funds rate would continue and a cut in the $4.5 trillion in bonds the central bank holds would be appropriate later this year if the economy continues to perform as expected, minutes from last FOMC meeting showed.
Wednesday April 05 2017
US Services Sector Growth At 5-Month Low: ISM  
The ISM Non-Manufacturing PMI index for the United States fell to 55.2 in March of 2017 after reaching a 16-month high of 57.6 in February and below market expectations of 57. It is the lowest reading since October of 2016 as production, new orders , employment and inventories slowed and inventories contracted.
Tuesday April 04 2017
US Trade Deficit Lower Than Expected  
The goods and services deficit in the United States narrowed to USD 43.6 billion in February of 2017 from a downwardly revised USD 48.2 billion gap a month earlier and lower than market expectations of a USD 44.8 billion shortfall. Exports increased 0.2 percent to 2 year high, boosted by rise in shipments of cars and industrial supplies and materials while imports went down 1.8 percent.
Monday April 03 2017
US Factory Activity Growth Slows Less Than Expected  
The ISM Manufacturing PMI fell to 57.2 in March from a 2-1/2-year high of 57.7 reported in February. New orders and production grew less while employment and export orders indexes jumped.
Monday April 03 2017
US Manufacturing PMI Revised Down In March  
The final Markit US Manufacturing PMI fell to 53.3 in March of 2017 from a preliminary reading of 53.4 and a final of 54.2 in February. It is the lowest reading in six months as output, new orders and payrolls rose at a slower pace.
Friday March 31 2017
US Consumer Sentiment Revised Down In March  
The final reading of the University of Michigan's consumer sentiment for the United States fell to 96.9 in March of 2017 from a preliminary reading of 97.6 but was higher than 96.3 in February. Both current conditions and futures expectations were revised slightly down.
Friday March 31 2017
US Personal Spending Rises The Least In 6 Months  
Personal spending in the United States edged up 0.1 percent month-over-month in February of 2017, easing from a 0.2 percent gain in January and below market expectations of 0.2 percent. It is the smallest gain since August amid delays in the payment of income tax refunds and mainly due to a fall in purchases of durable goods.
Thursday March 30 2017
US Jobless Claims Fall Less Than Expected  
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits decreased by 3 thousand to 258 thousand in the week ended March 25th 2017, from the previous week's unrevised level of 261 thousand. The figure came in above expectations of 248 thousand.
Thursday March 30 2017
US GDP Growth Revised Up To 2.1% In Q4  
The US economy advanced an annualized 2.1 percent on quarter in the fourth quarter of 2016, higher than 1.9 percent in the previous estimates, final figures showed. Consumer spending and inventories increased faster than anticipated while investment rose less and net trade subtracted more from growth. In 2016, the GDP expanded 1.6 percent, the lowest since 2011.
Friday March 24 2017
US Initial Jobless Claims Revised Up To 261K  
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits increased by 15 thousand to 261 thousand in the week ended March 18th 2017, above market expectations of 240 thousand. It is the highest reading in 13 weeks. The 4-week moving average that removes week-to-week volatility increased by 3,500 to 246,500, revised data showed. Claims had been initially reported at 258 thousand for the week ended March 18th 2017. In contrast, continuing claims were revised down to 1,990 thousand from 2,000 thousand.
Friday March 24 2017
US Manufacturing PMI Down To 5-Month Low: Markit  
The Markit flash US manufacturing PMI fell to 53.4 in March of 2017 from 54.2 in February and well below expectations of 54.8. It is the lowest reading since October of 2016, mainly due to a slowdown in new orders and lower stocks while input cost inflation picked up.
Friday March 24 2017
US Durable Goods Orders Above Expectations  
New orders for US manufactured durable goods went up 1.7 percent month-over-month in February of 2017, following an upwardly revised 2.3 percent jump in January and beating market expectations of a 1.2 percent rise. Civilian aircraft orders surged 47.6 percent and were the main driver of the increase. Non-defense capital goods orders excluding aircraft, a closely proxy for business spending plans, fell 0.1 percent after edging up 0.1 percent in the previous month.
Thursday March 23 2017
US New Home Sales At 7-Month High  
Sales of new single-family houses in the United States jumped 6.1 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 592,000 in February of 2017. It follows an upwardly revised 558,000 in the previous month, and well above market expectations of 565,000 as unusual warm weather boosted sales in the Midwest, West and the South. Meanwhile, sales of previously owned houses dropped 3.7 percent to 5480 thousand, down from a ten-year high of 5690 thousand in January.
Thursday March 23 2017
US Initial Jobless Claims Rise To 7-Week High  
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits increased by 15 thousand to 258 thousand in the week ended March 18th 2017, above market expectations of 240 thousand. It is the highest reading in seven weeks. The 4-week moving average that removes week-to-week volatility increased by 1,000 to 240,000.
Friday March 17 2017
US Consumer Sentiment Remains Near 13 Year High  
The preliminary reading of the University of Michigan's consumer sentiment for the United States rose to 97.6 in March of 2017 from 96.3 in the previous month and beating market forecasts of 97.
Friday March 17 2017
US Industrial Output Unchanged In February  
Industrial production in the United States stalled in February from January of 2017, following a downwardly revised 0.1 percent fall in the previous period and compared to market expectations of a 0.2 percent gain. Utilities shrank amid warm weather, offsetting rises in manufacturing and mining.
Thursday March 16 2017
US Housing Starts Rise More Than Expected  
Housing starts in the United States rose 3 percent from the previous month to a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 1288 thousand in February of 2017, following an upwardly revised 1251 thousand in the previous month and beating market expectations of a 1.4 percent rise. It is the biggest rate in four months as construction of single-family houses hit a near 9-1/2-year high.
Thursday March 16 2017
Jobless Claims Drop to 241K  
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits went down by 2 thousand to 241 thousand in the week ended March 11th 2017, slightly below market expectations of 243 thousand. The four-week moving average increased to 237,250 last week from 236,500.
Wednesday March 15 2017
Fed Raises Key Rate To 1%  
The Federal Reserve raised the target range for its federal funds by 25bps to 0.75 percent to 1 percent during its March 2017 meeting. The decision came in line with market expectations as the labor market strengthened and economic activity continued to expand at a moderate pace, policymakers said. Interest rate forecasts point to another two rate hikes this year, the same as in the December projection.
Wednesday March 15 2017
US Retail Sales Rise The Least In 6 Months  
Retail sales in the United States increased by 0.1 percent month-over-month in February 2017, following an upwardly revised 0.6 percent rise in January and in line with market expectations. It was the smallest increase since August, due to lower purchases at motor vehicle and parts dealers and electronics and appliance stores. In contrast, sales rose for building material and garden equipment and nonstore retailers.
Wednesday March 15 2017
US Inflation Rate Rises To 2.7%, Highest Since March 2012  
Consumer prices in the United States increased 2.7 percent year-on-year in February of 2017, following a 2.5 percent rise in January and in line with market expectations. It was the highest inflation rate since March of 2012, boosted by a rise in gasoline prices.
Friday March 10 2017
US Budget Deficit Above Expectations In February  
The US government posted a USD 192 billion budget deficit in February of 2017, barely unchanged from a USD 192.6 billion gap a year earlier but above market expectations of USD 150 billion. Outlays increased 1 percent to USD 364 billion and receipts rose faster by 2 percent to USD 172 billion.
Friday March 10 2017
US Economy Adds 235K Jobs In February, Beats Expectations  
Non farm payrolls in the United States increased by 235 thousand in February of 2017, below an upwardly revised 238 thousand in January but above market expectations of 190 thousand. Job gains occurred in construction, private educational services, manufacturing, health care, and mining.
Friday March 10 2017
US Jobless Rate Falls To 4.7% In February  
US unemployment rate fell to 4.7 percent in February 2017 from 4.8 percent in the previous month, in line with market expectations. The number of unemployed persons was almost unchanged at 7.5 million while the labor force participation rate increased by 0.1 percentage point to 63 percent.
Thursday March 09 2017
US Jobless Claims Rise To 243K  
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits went up by 20 thousand to 243 thousand in the week ended March 4th 2017, slightly above expectations of 235 thousand. The 4-week moving average that removes week-to-week volatility rose by 2,250 to 236,500. Yet, claims have been below 300 thousand for 105 straight weeks, the longest streak since 1970.
Tuesday March 07 2017
US Trade Gap Largest Since March 2012  
The goods and services deficit in the United States widened to USD 48.5 billion in January of 2017 from a USD 44.3 billion gap a month earlier and in line with market expectations of a USD 48.5 billion shortfall. It is the highest deficit since March of 2012 as imports jumped 2.3 percent due to consumer goods and oil and exports rose at a slower 0.6 percent.
Friday March 03 2017
Fed Likely To Raise Rates In March  
A further adjustment of the federal funds rate would likely be appropriate at the March meeting if employment and inflation continue to evolve in line with expectations, Fed Chair Yellen said in a speech in Chicago, further raising expectations of a rate hike in two weeks.
Friday March 03 2017
US Services Sector Growth At 16-Month High: ISM  
The ISM Non-Manufacturing PMI index rose to 57.6 in February of 2017 from 56.5 in January and beating market expectations of 56.5. It is the highest reading since October of 2015, boosted by a surge in activity and rising new orders and employment. The majority of service providers indicated a positive outlook on business conditions and the overall economy although some uncertainty persists.
Thursday March 02 2017
US Jobless Claims Fall To 44-Year Low  
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits decreased by 19 thousand to 223 thousand in the week ended February 25th 2017, from the previous week's revised level of 242 thousand. The figure came in below expectations of 243 thousand to hit the lowest level since March 1973.
Wednesday March 01 2017
US Factory Activity Growth Beats Expectations: ISM  
The Institute for Supply Management’s Manufacturing PMI rose to 57.7 in February of 2017 from 56 in January and well above market expectations of 56. It is the highest reading since August of 2014 amid rising new orders and production while employment eased. Comments from the panel largely indicate strong sales and demand, and reflect a positive view of business conditions.
Wednesday March 01 2017
US Markit Manufacturing PMI Revised Down  
The final Markit US Manufacturing PMI was revised slightly down to 54.2 in February of 2017 from a preliminary reading of 54.3 and 55 in January. Production eased from January's 22-month high, strong domestic demand offset subdued export sales and cost inflation continued to rise.
Wednesday March 01 2017
US Personal Spending Rises Less Than Expected  
Personal spending in the United States went up 0.2 percent in January of 2017 from December, following a 0.5 percent gain in the previous period. Figures came in below market expectations of 0.3 percent mainly due to a fall in purchases of durable goods, namely autos while spending on services was flat.
Tuesday February 28 2017
US GDP Growth Confirmed At 1.9% In Q4  
The US economy advanced an annualized 1.9 percent on quarter in the last three months of 2016, slowing from a 3.5 percent growth in the previous period and matching earlier estimates. Consumer spending rose faster than anticipated while business investment was revised lower. In 2016, the GDP expanded 1.6%, the lowest since 2011.
Monday February 27 2017
US Durable Goods Rise More Than Expected  
New orders for US manufactured durable goods went up 1.8 percent month-over-month in January of 2017, following an upwardly revised 0.8 percent drop in December and beating market expectations of a 1.7 percent rise. It is the first gain in three months, boosted by a 6 percent jump in transportation equipment. However, non-defense capital goods orders excluding aircraft, a closely watched proxy for business spending plans, fell 0.4 percent after an upwardly revised 1.1 percent gain in December.
Friday February 24 2017
US Consumer Sentiment Revised Up In February  
The final reading of the University of Michigan's consumer sentiment for the United States came in at 96.3 in February 2017 compared to a preliminary figure of 95.7 and a final 98.5 in January. It was the weakest reading in three months, due to a drop in future expectations.
Friday February 24 2017
US New Home Sales Rise Less Than Expected  
Sales of new single-family houses in the United States went up 3.7 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 555,000 in January of 2017. It follows a downwardly revised 535,000 in the previous month, but lower than market expectations of 570,000.
Thursday February 23 2017
US Jobless Claims Rise More Than Expected  
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits increased by 6 thousand to 244 thousand in the week ended February 18th 2017, from the previous week's downwardly revised level of 238 thousand and above market expectations of 241 thousand. Claims have been below 300 thousand for 103 straight weeks, the longest streak since 1970.
Wednesday February 22 2017
Fed May Raise Rates Soon  
Many Fed officials said it might be appropriate to raise rates again fairly soon, depending on incoming data for labour market and inflation, minutes from FOMC meeting held on January 31-February 1 showed. However, policymakers emphasized uncertainty regarding fiscal policies and showed concerns over the dollar appreciation.
Tuesday February 21 2017
US Factory Activity Growth Slows: Markit  
The Flash Markit US Manufacturing PMI decreased to 54.3 in February of 2017 from a near 2-year high of 55 in January. Figures came below market expectations of 55.3, mainly due to softer output and new order growth.
Thursday February 16 2017
US Housing Starts Decline 2.6% In January  
Housing starts in the United States went down 2.6 percent from the previous month to a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 1246 thousand in January of 2017, following an upwardly revised 1279 thousand in the previous month and due to a fall in the multi-family segment. Figures beat market expectations of 1222 thousand. Building permits rose 4.6 percent to a one-year high of 1285 thousand, also better than forecasts of 1230 thousand.
Thursday February 16 2017
US Jobless Claims Rise Less Than Expected  
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits increased by 5 thousand to 239 thousand in the week ended February 11th 2017, from the previous week's unrevised level of 234 thousand and below market expectations of 245 thousand.
Wednesday February 15 2017
US Industrial Output Falls Unexpectedly In January  
US industrial production fell by 0.3 percent month-over-month in January 2017, following a downwardly revised 0.6 percent rise in the previous month and worse than market expectations of a 0.1 percent gain. Utilities output dropped sharply by 5.7 percent due to unseasonably warm weather while manufacturing production grew 0.2 percent, matching analysts' forecasts, and mining output rose 2.8 percent.
Wednesday February 15 2017
US Retail Sales Rise More Than Expected In January  
Retail sales in the United States increased by 0.4 percent month-over-month in January 2017, following an upwardly revised 1 percent rise in December and above market expectations of a 0.1 percent gain. Higher sales at gasoline stations, restaurants and electronics and appliances stores offset a sharp drop in motor vehicle purchases.
Wednesday February 15 2017
US Inflation Rate At Near 5-Year High Of 2.5%  
Consumer prices in the United States increased 2.5 percent year-on-year in January of 2017, following a 2.1 percent rise in December and above market expectations of 2.4 percent. The inflation rate accelerated for the sixth consecutive month to the highest since March of 2012, mainly boosted by gasoline prices.
Tuesday February 14 2017
Fed Might Raise Rates Relatively Soon  
The US economy is expected to continue to expand at a moderate pace and wait too long to raise rates would be unwise, Fed Chair Yellen said in prepared remarks to the Congress. However, the economic outlook and fiscal policy face uncertainty and monetary policy is not on a preset course thus any changes will depend on incoming data, Fed Chair added.
Friday February 10 2017
US Budget Surplus Beats Estimates In January  
The US government posted a $51 billion budget surplus in January of 2017, 7.1 percent lower than a $55 billion surplus a year earlier but above market expectations of $40 billion. Receipts rose 10 percent to $344 billion and outlays increased 13 percent to $293 billion.
Friday February 10 2017
US Consumer Sentiment At 3-Month Low  
The preliminary reading of the University of Michigan's consumer sentiment for the United States fell to 95.7 in February of 2017 from a 13-year high of 98.5 in the previous month and lower than market forecasts of 97.9. Future expectations declined and current conditions edged down.
Thursday February 09 2017
US Jobless Claims Down To Near 43-Year Low  
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits decreased by 12 thousand to 234 thousand in the week ended February 4th 2017, below market expectations of 250 thousand. It is the smallest figure since the week ended November 12th 2016 when claims came in at 233,000, the lowest in 43 years. Claims have been below 300 thousand, the level associated with a healthy labor market for 101 straight weeks. That’s the longest streak since 1970. Yet, the 4-week moving average considered a better measure as removes week-to-week volatility reached the lowest since 1973.
Tuesday February 07 2017
US Trade Deficit Narrows in December  
The goods and services deficit in the United States narrowed to USD 44.3 billion in December of 2016 from an upwardly revised USD 45.7 billion gap a month earlier and lower than market expectations of a USD 45 billion shortfall. Exports reached the highest in 1-1/2-years with shipments of advanced technology goods hitting a record high. Considering full 2016, the trade deficit widened 0.4 percent to a four-year high of USD 502.3 billion.
Friday February 03 2017
US Services Sector Growth Eases In January: ISM  
The ISM Non-Manufacturing PMI index edged down to 56.5 in January of 2017 from a downwardly revised 56.6 in December and below market expectations of 57. Business activity and new orders eased and price pressures intensified while payrolls rose faster. Comments from non-manufacturers were mixed, indicating both optimism and a degree of uncertainty in the business outlook as a result of the change in government administration.
Friday February 03 2017
US Unemployment Rate Rises To 4.8% In January  
US unemployment rate rose to 4.8 percent in January 2017 from 4.7 percent in the previous month and above market expectations of 4.7 percent. The number of unemployed persons was almost unchanged at 7.6 million while the labor force participation rate increased by 0.2 percentage point to 62.9 percent.
Friday February 03 2017
US Economy Adds 227K Jobs In January, Most In 4 Months  
Total nonfarm payroll employment in the United States rose by 227,000 in January of 2017, following an upwardly revised 157,000 in December and beating market expectations of 175,000. It is the strongest job growth in four months as employment increased in retail trade, construction, and financial activities.
Thursday February 02 2017
US Jobless Claims Fall to 246K  
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits decreased by 14 thousand to 246 thousand in the week ended January 28th 2017, below market expectations of 250 thousand. Claims have been below 300,000, the level associated with a healthy labor market, for 100 straight weeks. That’s the longest streak since 1970.
Wednesday February 01 2017
Fed Leaves Rates On Hold  
The Federal Reserve kept the target range for its federal funds steady at 0.5 percent to 0.75 percent during its February 2017 meeting, in line with market expectations and following a 25bps hike in December. Policymakers noted the improvement in business and consumer confidence and the rise in consumer prices and said near-term risks to the economic outlook appear roughly balanced.
Wednesday February 01 2017
US Factory Activity Growth At Over 2-Year High: ISM  
The Institute for Supply Management’s Manufacturing PMI rose to 56 in January of 2017 from a downwardly revised 54.5 in December and well above market expectations of 55. It is the highest reading since November of 2014 as new orders, production and employment increased and business conditions are seen generally positive.
Wednesday February 01 2017
US Markit Manufacturing PMI At Near 2-Year High  
The final Markit US Manufacturing PMI fell slightly to 55 in January of 2017 from a preliminary of 55.1 but was above 54.3 in the previous month. It is the highest reading since March of 2015 amid robust output and new order growth. Confidence regarding the year-ahead business outlook was the strongest since March 2016.
Monday January 30 2017
US Consumer Spending Rises 0.5%  
Personal spending in the United States went up 0.5 percent in December from November of 2016, following a 0.2 percent gain in the previous period. Figures came in line with market expectations, boosted by spending on durables, namely cars and services. Considering full 2016, personal consumption increased 3.8 percent after rising 3.5 percent in 2015.
Friday January 27 2017
US Consumer Sentiment Revised Up To 13-Year High  
The final reading of the University of Michigan's consumer sentiment for the United States rose to 98.5 in January of 2017 compared to a preliminary figure of 98.1 and 98.2 in December. It is the highest reading since January of 2004, due to a more optimistic outlook for the economy and job growth during the year ahead as well as more favorable economic prospects over the next five years.
Friday January 27 2017
US Durable Goods Orders Fall For 2nd Straight Month  
New orders for US manufactured durable goods decreased by 0.4 percent month-over-month in December 2016, following an upwardly revised 4.8 percent drop in November. The number came worse than market expectations of a 2.6 percent rise as orders for transport equipment dropped 2.2 percent and defense capital goods fell 33.4 percent.
Friday January 27 2017
US GDP Growth Slows to 1.9% in Q4  
The US economy advanced an annualized 1.9% on quarter in Q4, below expectations of 2.2%. Exports slumped reversing the impact from the surge in soybean shipments in Q3 and consumer spending slowed while investment jumped, boosted by equipment and home building. In 2016, the GDP expanded 1.6%, the lowest since 2011.
Thursday January 26 2017
US New Home Sales Down To 10-Month Low  
Sales of new single-family houses in the United States shrank 10.4 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 536,000 in December of 2016, much worse than market expectations of a 1 percent drop. It is the lowest figure since February. Considering full 2016, new home sales went up 12.2 percent to 563,000, the highest since 2007.
Thursday January 26 2017
US Jobless Claims Rise To 4-Week High  
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits increased by 22 thousand to 259 thousand in the week ended January 21st, 2017, its highest level in one month and above market expectations of 247 thousand. Still, the four-week moving average, which removes week-to-week volatility, fell by 2 thousand to 245.5 thousand last week, the lowest level since November 1973.
Tuesday January 24 2017
US Factory Activity Growth At Near 2-Year High: Markit  
The Flash Markit Manufacturing PMI in the United States increased to 55.1 in January of 2017 from 54.3 in the previous month, beating market expectations of 54.5. It is the highest reading since March of 2015 as new work boosted output and purchasing activity while growth in new export work remained muted and employment eased.
Thursday January 19 2017
US Jobless Claims Drop To Near 43-Year Low  
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits decreased by 15 thousand to 234 thousand in the week ended January 14th, 2017, from the previous week's revised level of 249 thousand. The figure came in below market expectations of 254 thousand and was close to the 233 thousand touched in mid-November, which was the lowest since November 1973.
Thursday January 19 2017
US Housing Starts Rise More Than Expected  
Housing starts in the United States jumped 11.3 percent from the previous month to a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 1226 thousand in December of 2016, beating market expectations of 1200 thousand. Multi-segment starts rebounded while single-family declined for the second month. Considering full 2016, housing starts rose 4.9 percent to 1166.4 thousand. Considering full 2016, housing starts rose 4.9 percent to 1166.4 thousand.
Wednesday January 18 2017
US Industrial Output Rises The Most In Over 2 Years  
Industrial production in the United States grew by 0.8 percent month-over-month in December 2016, following an upwardly revised 0.7 percent fall in November and better than market expectations of a 0.6 percent rise. It was the largest gain since November 2014, as utility output jumped 6.6 percent, its sharpest increase since December 1989.
Wednesday January 18 2017
US Inflation Rate at 2-1/2-Year High Of 2.1%  
Consumer prices in the United States increased 2.1 percent year-on-year in December 2016, following a 1.7 percent rise in November and matching market expectations. The inflation rate accelerated for the fifth consecutive month to the highest since June of 2014, boosted by gasoline and shelter cost.
Friday January 13 2017
US Consumer Sentiment Falls Slightly In January  
The preliminary reading of the University of Michigan's consumer sentiment for the United States edged down to 98.1 in January of 2017 from a 13-year high of 98.2 in the previous month and lower than market forecasts of 98.5. Future expectations declined and inflationary pressures jumped.
Friday January 13 2017
US Retail Sales Rise Less Than Expected  
Retail sales in the United States increased 0.6 percent month-over-month in December of 2016, following an upwardly revised 0.2 percent rise in November and below market expectations of a 0.7 percent gain. Sales of autos and gasoline rebounded. Considering the three months to December, retail sales went up 1.6 percent and for full 2016 sales rose 3.3 percent, higher than 2.3 percent in 2015.
Thursday January 12 2017
US Posts $28 Billion Budget Deficit in December  
The US government posted a $28 billion budget deficit in December of 2016, a 94.4 percent increase from a $14.4 billion gap the same month of the previous year and slightly above market expectations of a $25 billion gap. Receipts slumped 8.9 percent to $319 billion and outlays fell 4.7 percent to $347 billion.
Thursday January 12 2017
US Jobless Claims Lower Than Expected At 247K  
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits increased by 10 thousand to 247 thousand in the week ended January 7th 2017, below market expectations of 255 thousand. It is the 97th consecutive week of initial claims below 300,000, the longest streak since 1970. Yet, the 4-week moving average that removes week-to-week volatility fell by 1.75 thousand to 256.5 thousand.
Friday January 27 2017
US Trade Gap At 9-Month High In November  
The trade gap in the United States increased by $2.9 billion to $45.2 billion in November of 2016, from a downwardly revised $42.4 billion in October and above market expectations of $42.5 billion shortfall. It was the biggest trade deficit since February. Exports fell 0.2 percent, due to lower shipments of civilian aircraft. In contrast, imports rose 1.1 percent and reached the highest level in 15 months, driven by crude oil purchases.
Friday January 06 2017
US Job Growth Slows in December  
Non Farm Payrolls in the US increased by 156 thousand in December of 2016, lower than upwardly revised 204 thousand in November and below market expectation of 178 thousand. Job growth occurred in health care and social assistance. Job growth totaled 2.2 million in 2016, less than the increase of 2.7 million in 2015.
Friday January 06 2017
US Unemployment Rate Rises To 4.7% In December  
US unemployment rate rose to 4.7 percent in December 2016 from a nine-year low of 4.6 percent in the previous month and in line with market expectations. The number of unemployed persons was nearly unchanged at 7.5 million while the labor force participation rate increased by 0.1 percentage point to 62.7 percent.
Thursday January 05 2017
US Services Sector Growth Remains Strong: ISM  
The ISM Non-Manufacturing PMI index came in at 57.2 in December of 2016, the same as in the previous month and above market expectations of 56.6. It is the highest figure since October of 2015 as new orders increased while business activity and employment eased and price pressures went up.
Thursday January 05 2017
US Jobless Claims Fall To Near 43-Year Low  
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits decreased by 28 thousand to 235 thousand in the week ended December 31st from the previous week's revised level of 263 thousand. The figure came in way below market expectations of 260 thousand and was close to the 233 thousand touched in mid-November, which was the lowest level since November 1973.
Wednesday January 04 2017
Fed Shows Concerns Over Fiscal Policy Uncertainty  
The Federal Reserve might need to raise rates faster than previously anticipated as the "undershooting” of the unemployment rate might help return inflation to the 2 percent target. Policymakers emphasized their uncertainty about the timing, size, and composition of any future fiscal and other economic policy initiatives, minutes from FOMC meeting held on December 13-14 showed. The Fed last hiked the target for the federal funds rate by 25 basis points to between 0.50 percent and 0.75 percent in December.
Tuesday January 03 2017
US Factory Activity Growth At 2-Year High: ISM  
The Institute for Supply Management’s Manufacturing PMI rose to 54.7 in December of 2016 from 53.2 in November, beating market expectations of 53.6. It is the highest reading since December of 2014 as new orders, production and employment all registered new highs for the year 2016.
Tuesday January 03 2017
US Markit Manufacturing PMI Revised Up In December  
The final Markit US Manufacturing PMI increased to 54.3 in December of 2016 from a preliminary reading of 54.2 and 54.1 in November. It is the highest value since March of 2015, boosted by rises in new orders and production volumes and the fastest upturn in payroll numbers since June of 2015.
Thursday December 29 2016
US Jobless Claims Fall Less Than Expected  
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits decreased by 10 thousand to 265 thousand in the week ended December 24th from the previous week's unrevised level of 275 thousand. The figure came in slightly above market expectations of 264 thousand.
Friday December 23 2016
US Consumer Sentiment At Nearly 13-Year High  
The final reading of the University of Michigan's consumer sentiment for the United States rose to 98.2 in December 2016 compared to a preliminary figure of 98 and a final 93.8 in November. It was the highest reading since January 2004, as consumers expected a favorable impact of Trump's policies on the economy.
Friday December 23 2016
US New Home Sales at 4-Month High Of 592K  
Sales of new single-family houses in the United States jumped 5.2 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 592,000 in November of 2016, beating market expectations of a 2.1 percent increase. It is the highest figure in four months.
Thursday December 22 2016
US Personal Spending Rises 0.2%, Lowest In 8 Months  
Personal sending in the United States rose 0.2 percent in November from October of 2016, following an upwardly revised 0.4 percent gain in the previous period. It is the lowest rise since a flat reading in March and below market expectations of a 0.3 percent increase. Personal income was flat, the worst performance since a 0.1 percent drop in February.
Thursday December 22 2016
US Durable Goods Orders Fall The Most In Over 2 Years  
New orders for US manufactured durable goods decreased by 4.6 percent month-over-month in November 2016, following a 4.8 percent gain in October and slightly better than market expectations of a 4.7 percent fall. It was the first decline in five months and the sharpest drop since August 2014, mainly dragged by transport equipment orders.
Thursday December 22 2016
US Initial Jobless Claims at 27-Week High  
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits increased by 21 thousand to 275 thousand in the week ended December 17th from the previous week's unrevised level of 254 thousand. The figure came above market expectations of 256 thousand to hit the highest level since the week ended June 11th.
Thursday December 22 2016
US GDP Growth Rate Revised Up To 3.5% In Q3  
The US economy advanced an annualized 3.5 percent on quarter in the three months to September of 2016, up from 1.4 percent growth in the previous period and better than a 3.2 percent expansion in the second estimate. It is the highest growth rate in two years as personal consumption, investment in structures and intellectual property products and government expenditure rose faster than anticipated and exports were boosted by boom in soybean shipments.
Friday December 16 2016
US Housing Starts Fall From 9-Year High  
Housing starts in the United States fell 18.7 percent from the previous month to a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 1090 thousand in November 2016, way below market expectations of 1230 thousand. Single-family housing starts dropped 4.1 percent and those for the volatile multi-family segment tumbled 45.1 percent. Housing starts decreased in all four regions.
Thursday December 15 2016
US Factory Activity Growth At 21-Month High: Markit  
The seasonally adjusted Markit Flash US Manufacturing PMI rose to 54.2 in December 2016 from 54.1 in the previous month and in line with market expectations. It was the strongest reading since March 2015, as employment rose further and stocks of inputs accumulated at the fastest pace since the survey began in May 2007.
Thursday December 15 2016
US Inflation Rate Rises To Fresh 2-Year High  
Consumer prices in the United States increased by 1.7 percent year-on-year in November 2016, following a 1.6 percent rise in October and in line with market expectations. It was the highest inflation rate since October 2014, mainly boosted by higher energy cost while food prices continued to fall.
Thursday December 15 2016
US Jobless Claims Fall To 3-Week Low  
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits decreased by 4 thousand to 254 thousand in the week ended December 10th from the previous week's unrevised level of 258 thousand. The figure came in below market expectations of 255 thousand to hit the lowest level in three weeks.
Wednesday December 14 2016
Fed Raises Rates  
The Federal Reserve raised the target federal funds rate by 25 basis points to between 0.50 percent and 0.75 percent during its December 2016 meeting, as widely expected. The policymakers also projected a three quarter-point increases for 2017, up from two previously two.
Wednesday December 14 2016
US Industrial Output Falls The Most Since March  
Industrial production in the United States fell 0.4 percent month-over-month in November 2016, following an upwardly revised 0.1 percent gain in October and worse than market expectations of a 0.2 percent drop. It was the largest decline since March, due to a steep decrease in utility output and a dip in manufacturing.
Wednesday December 14 2016
US Retail Sales Rise Less Than Expected In November  
Retail sales in the United States edged up 0.1 percent month-over-month in November 2016, following a downwardly revised 0.6 percent rise in the previous period. The figure came in below market expectations of a 0.3 percent gain, mainly dragged by lower sales of motor vehicles.
Monday December 12 2016
US Government Posts $137 Billion Deficit In November  
The US government posted a $137 billion budget deficit in November 2016, a 112 percent increase from a $65 billion gap the same month of the previous year, as outlays rose 25 percent to $337 billion while receipts fell 2 percent to $200 billion.
Friday December 09 2016
US Consumer Sentiment Rises To Nearly 2-Year High  
The preliminary reading of the University of Michigan's consumer sentiment for the United States increased to 98 in December 2016 from a final reading of 93.8 in November. It was the highest reading since January 2015, as consumers expected a positive impact of new economic policies following Donald Trump’s election.
Thursday December 08 2016
US Jobless Claims Decline From 5-Month High To 258K  
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits decreased by 10 thousand to 258 thousand in the week ended December 3rd from the previous week's unrevised level of 268 thousand and in line with market expectations. It was the 92nd straight week that claims were below 300 thousand, the longest stretch since 1970.
Tuesday December 06 2016
US Trade Deficit Widens to 4-Month High in October  
The trade gap in the United States increased to $42.6 billion in October of 2016, up $6.4 billion from a downwardly revised $36.2 billion in September. Exports recorded the biggest decline since January due to lower shipments of food, industrial supplies and materials, automobiles, consumer goods and soybeans while imports reached the highest in 14 months.
Monday December 05 2016
US Services Sector Growth at 13-Month High: ISM  
The ISM Non-Manufacturing PMI index rose to 57.2 in November of 2016 from 54.8 in the previous month, beating market expectations of 55.4. It is the highest value since October last year, boosted by business activity and employment while new orders growth slowed.
Friday December 02 2016
US Jobless Rate At 9-Year Low Of 4.6%  
US unemployment rate fell to 4.6 percent in November 2016 from 4.9 percent in the previous month and well below market expectations of 4.9 percent. It was the lowest jobless rate since August 2007, as the number of unemployed persons declined by 387 thousand to 7.4 million while the labor force participation rate decreased by 0.1 percentage point to 62.7 percent.
Friday December 02 2016
US Economy Adds More Jobs Than Expected  
Total nonfarm payroll employment in the United States increased by 178,000 in November of 2016, more than a downwardly revised 142,000 in October and above market expectations of 175,000. Employment gains occurred in professional and business services and in health care.
Thursday December 01 2016
US Factories Grew For Third Straight Month  
The Institute for Supply Management’s Manufacturing PMI rose to 53.2 in November 2016 from 51.9 in October, above market expectations of 52.2. It was the highest reading in five months as new orders, production and inventories of raw materials came in stronger than in the previous month while employment growth slowed down.
Thursday December 01 2016
US Markit Manufacturing PMI Revised UP  
The Final US Markit Manufacturing PMI increased to 54.1 in November of 2016 from 53.4 in October and above flash estimates of 53.9. It is the strongest reading since October last year as output rose the most in 20 months, payrolls increased and cost inflation slowed.
Thursday December 01 2016
US Jobless Claims at 5-Month High  
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits increased by 17 thousand to 268 thousand in the week ended November 26th from the previous week's level of 251 thousand. It is the highest figure since the last week of June and above market expectations of 253 thousand. However, it is the 91st consecutive weeks of initial claims below 300,000, the longest streak since 1970.
Wednesday November 30 2016
US Personal Spending Rises Less Than Expected in October  
Personal consumption expenditures in the United States increased by 0.3 percent month-over-month in October 2016, easing from an upwardly revised 0.7 percent growth in September and below market expectations of 0.5 percent gain. Consumption of goods rose by 1.3 percent while spending on services fell by 0.2 percent.
Tuesday November 29 2016
US GDP Growth Revised Up to 3.2% in Q3  
The US economy advanced an annualized 3.2 percent on quarter in the three months to September of 2016, up from 1.4 percent growth in the previous period and better than a 2.9 percent expansion in the advance estimate. It is the highest growth rate in two years, as consumer spending, exports and investment in structures rose faster than anticipated while fixed investment fell more, according to the second estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis.
Wednesday November 23 2016
Fed Says Case for Rate Hike Strengthened  
Federal Reserve policymakers consider the case for a rate hike continued to strengthen and that it would be appropriate to raise rates relatively soon, depending on further evidence of progress on inflation and employment, minutes from FOMC meeting held on November 1-2 showed.
Wednesday November 23 2016
US Consumer Sentiment Revised Up to 6-Month High  
The final reading of the University of Michigan's consumer sentiment for the United States rose to 93.8 in November 2016 compared to a preliminary figure of 91.6 and a final 87.2 in October. It was the strongest reading since May this year, as consumers' expectations regarding their personal finances and prospects for the national economy improved sharply.
Wednesday November 23 2016
US New Home Sales at 4-Month Low  
Sales of new single-family houses in the United States declined 1.9 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 563,000 in October of 2016, compared to market expectations of a 0.3 percent rise. Figures for the previous month were revised down by 19,000 to 574,000.
Wednesday November 23 2016
US Manufacturing PMI at 13-Month High  
The flash Markit US Manufacturing PMI increased to 53.9 in November of 2016 from 53.4 in October and above expectations of 53.4. It is the highest reading since October last year as output growth and new orders accelerated and inventories increased.
Wednesday November 23 2016
US Durable Goods Rise More Than Expected  
New orders for US manufactured durable goods jumped 4.8 percent month-over-month in October of 2016, following an upwardly revised 0.4 percent gain in September and beating market expectations of a 1.5 percent increase. It is the biggest gain since October last year, mainly boosted by a 12 percent surge in transport equipment. Excluding transportation, new orders increased 1 percent and excluding defense, new orders went up 5.2 percent. Non-defense capital goods orders excluding aircrafts, a proxy for business spending increased 0.4 percent.
Wednesday November 23 2016
US Jobless Claims Rise to 251K  
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits increased by 18 thousand to 251 thousand in the week ended November 19th from the previous week's revised level of 233 thousand. The figure came in slightly above market expectations of 250 thousand.
Thursday November 17 2016
US Housing Starts Rise to 9-Year High in October  
Housing starts in the United States climbed 25.5 percent from the previous month to a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 1323 thousand in October 2016, way above market expectations of 1156 thousand. It was the highest reading since August 2007 and the biggest increase since July 1982, as single-family housing starts advanced 10.7 percent and those for the volatile multi-family segment soared 68.8 percent.
Thursday November 17 2016
US Initial Jobless Claims at Fresh 43-Year Low  
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits decreased by 19 thousand to 235 thousand in the week ended November 12th from the previous week's unrevised level of 254 thousand. The figure came in below market expectations of 257 thousand to hit the lowest level since November 1973.
Thursday November 17 2016
US Inflation Rate Hits 2-Year High of 1.6%  
Consumer prices in the United States went up 1.6 percent year-on-year in October of 2016, up from a 1.5 percent rise in September and in line with market expectations. It is the highest inflation rate since October of 2014, boosted by rising shelter and energy cost while food prices declined for the second month.
Thursday November 17 2016
Fed Might Raise Rates Relatively Soon  
The case for a rate hike has strengthen as the economy appears on track to expand at a moderate pace sufficient to generate further strengthening in labor market and a return of inflation to the 2 percent objective over the next couple of years, Fed Chair Yellen said in a prepared remarks to Congress's Joint Economic Committee.
Wednesday November 16 2016
US Industrial Production Flat in October  
Industrial output in the United States was unchanged in October from September of 2016, following a 0.2 percent drop in the previous period and lower than market expectations of a 0.2 percent gain. Warmer-than-normal temperatures reduced the demand for heating, hurting utilities output and offsetting gains in mining and manufacturing.
Tuesday November 15 2016
US Retail Sales Rise for 2nd Month  
Retail sales in the United States increased 0.8 percent month-over-month in October from September of 2016, following an upwardly revised 1 percent rise in the previous period. Figures beat market expectations of a 0.6 percent gain, mainly boosted by sales of motor vehicles.
Friday November 11 2016
US Consumer Sentiment Up to 5-Month High  
The preliminary reading of the University of Michigan's consumer sentiment for the United States increased to 91.6 in November of 2016 from a final reading of 87.2 in October. It is the highest reading since June as consumers were more confident about future and present conditions and inflation expectations increased.
Thursday November 10 2016
US Posts $44 Billion Budget Deficit in October  
The US government posted a USD 44 billion budget deficit in October 2016, a 68 percent decrease from a USD 137 billion gap the same month of the previous year, as outlays fell 24 percent to USD 266 billion while receipts rose 5 percent to USD 222 billion.
Thursday November 10 2016
US Jobless Claims Drop to 4-Week Low  
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits decreased by 11 thousand to 254 thousand in the week ended November 5th from the previous week's unrevised level of 265 thousand. The figure came in below market expectations of 260 thousand to hit the lowest level in four weeks.
Friday November 04 2016
US Trade Deficit at 1-1/2-Year Low in September  
The US goods and services deficit decreased 9.9 percent mom to $36.44 billion in September of 2016, slightly lower than market expectations of a $37.8 billion gap. It was the lowest trade gap since February 2015, as imports fell by 1.3 percent to $225.6 billion to the lowest level since May while exports rose 0.5 percent mom to $189.2 billion to the highest since July of 2015.
Friday November 04 2016
US Economy Adds The Least Jobs in 5 Months  
Total nonfarm payroll employment in the United States increased by 161,000 in October of 2016, less than an upwardly revised 191,000 in September and below market expectations of 175,000. Employment continued to trend up in health care, professional and business services, and financial activities. So far this year, employment growth has averaged 181,000 per month, lower than an average monthly increase of 229,000 in 2015.
Friday November 04 2016
US Unemployment Rate Drops to 4.9% in October  
US unemployment rate fell to 4.9 percent in October 2016 from 5 percent in the previous month and in line with market expectations. The number of unemployed persons was almost unchanged at 7.9 million while the labor force participation rate decreased by 0.1 percentage point to 62.8 percent.
Thursday November 03 2016
US Services Sector Growth Slows: ISM  
The ISM Non-Manufacturing PMI index fell to 54.8 in October of 2016 from 57.1 in September and below market expectations of 56. Activity, new orders and employment grew at a slower pace while prices increased for the seventh straight month.
Thursday November 03 2016
US Initial Jobless Claims at 3-Month High  
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits rose by 7 thousand to 265 thousand in the week ended October 29th, above market expectations of 255 thousand and reaching the highest figure since August 6th. However, it is the 87th straight week of initial claims below 300 thousand, the longest streak since 1970.
Wednesday November 02 2016
Fed Leaves Rates Steady  
The Federal Reserve left the target range for its federal funds rate unchanged at 0.25 percent to 0.5 percent for the seventh time during its November 2016 meeting, saying the labor market has continued to strengthen and growth of economic activity has picked up. Policymakers also added that the case for an increase in the federal funds rate has continued to strengthen.
Tuesday November 01 2016
US Factory Activity Rises More Than Expected: ISM  
The Institute for Supply Management’s Manufacturing PMI rose to 51.9 in October 2016 from 51.5 in September, above market expectations of 51.7. It was the highest reading in three months, as employment rebounded sharply and output grew further, while new orders expanded at a slower pace.
Tuesday November 01 2016
US Factory Activity Growth at 1-Year High: Markit  
The final IHS Markit Manufacturing PMI for the US increased to 53.4 in October 2016 from 51.5 in September and slightly better than the earlier flash reading of 53.2. It was the highest figure since October last year, as both production and new orders expanded at a faster pace and employment rose for the fortieth month in a row. Meanwhile, cost inflation went up to highest level for two years.
Monday October 31 2016
US Personal Spending Rises 0.5% in September  
Consumer spending in the United States increased 0.5 percent in September from August of 2016, following a 0.1 percent fall in the previous period. It is the biggest gain in three months, in line with market expectations.
Friday October 28 2016
US Consumer Sentiment Revised Down in October  
The final reading of the University of Michigan's consumer sentiment for the United States decreased to 87.2 in October of 2016 from a preliminary reading of 87.9 and a final of 91.2 in September. It is the lowest reading since September of 2015 due to less favorable prospects for the national economy, with half of all consumers anticipating an economic downturn sometime in the next five years.
Friday October 28 2016
US GDP Growth at 2-Year High  
The United States economy expanded an annualized 2.9 percent in the third quarter of 2016, more than 1.4 percent in the previous period and beating market expectations of a 2.5 percent rise, the advance estimate from BEA showed. It is the strongest growth rate since the third quarter of 2014, as exports grew the most in nearly three years boosted by soybeans and inventories recovered while personal consumption slowed.
Thursday October 27 2016
US Jobless Claims Drop for 1st Time in 3 Weeks  
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits fell to 258 thousand in the week ended October 22nd, compared with the previous week's revised level of 261 thousand and above market expectations of 255 thousand. It was the first decline in three weeks and the 86th straight week of initial claims below 300 thousand, the longest streak since 1970.
Thursday October 27 2016
US Durable Goods Orders Fall 0.1% in September  
New orders for US manufactured durable goods declined 0.1 percent month-over-month in September of 2016, following an upwardly revised 0.3 percent gain in August and compared to market expectations of a 0.1 percent increase. Excluding transportation, new orders increased 0.2 percent and excluding defense, new orders rose 0.7 percent. Non-defense capital goods orders excluding aircrafts, a proxy for business spending fell 1.2 percent, the biggest drop since February, following three months of gains.
Wednesday October 26 2016
US New Home Sales Unexpectedly Rise 3.1%  
Sales of new single-family houses in the United States rose 3.1 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 593,000 in September of 2016, compared to market expectations of a 1 percent decline. Figures for the previous month were revised down by 34,000 to 575,000.
Monday October 24 2016
US Factory Activity Growth at 12-Month High: Markit  
The flash IHS Markit Manufacturing PMI for the US increased to 53.2 in October of 2016 from 51.5 in September, beating market expectations of 51.5. It is the highest figure since October last year, boosted by stronger output and new business growth.
Thursday October 20 2016
US Initial Jobless Claims at 5-Week High of 260K  
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits rose to 260,000 in the week ended October 15th, above market expectations of 250,000 and reaching the highest in five weeks. Yet, it marks the 85th consecutive week initial claims are below 300,000, the longest streak since 1970 and signaling the labour market strength.
Wednesday October 19 2016
US Housing Starts Fall for 2nd Month  
Housing starts in the United States tumbled 9 percent to a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 1047 thousand in September from August of 2016, below market expectations of 1175 thousand. It is the lowest figure since March of 2015, due to a fall in construction of multifamily homes. In contrast, building permits rose 6.3 percent to 1225 thousand, beating expectations of 1165 thousand.
Tuesday October 18 2016
US Inflation Rate at Nearly 2-Year High in September  
Consumer prices in the United States went up 1.5 percent year-on-year in September of 2016, higher than 1.1 percent in August and in line with market expectations. It is the highest inflation rate since October of 2014 boosted by robust gains in shelter and a smaller drop in energy prices while food cost fell for the first time in more than six years.
Monday October 17 2016
US Industrial Production Edges Up 0.1% in September  
Industrial output in the United States increased 0.1 percent month-over-month in September of 2016, following an upwardly revised 0.5 percent fall in August and below market expectations of a 0.2 percent gain. Manufacturing and mining rebounded while utilities fell. For the third quarter as a whole, industrial production rose at an annual rate of 1.8 percent for its first quarterly increase since the third quarter of 2015.
Friday October 14 2016
US Budget Deficit Widens to 3.2% of the GDP in FY 2016  
The US government posted a USD 33 billion budget surplus in September of 2016, a 63.7 percent fall from a USD 91 billion surplus in the same month a year earlier but above market expectations of a USD 25 billion surplus. For the 2016 fiscal year, the country's budget deficit widened to USD 587 billion or 3.2 percent of the GDP, the highest in three years.
Friday October 14 2016
US Consumer Sentiment at 13-Month Low  
The preliminary reading of the University of Michigan's consumer sentiment for the United States fell to 87.9 in October of 2016 from 91.2 in September. It is the lowest figure since September last year and well below market expectations of 91.9, hurt by a fall in future expectations.
Friday October 14 2016
US Retail Sales Rebound in September  
Retail sales in the United States increased 0.6 percent on the month in September of 2016, following a downwardly revised 0.2 percent drop in August and in line with market estimates. It is the best performance in three months, mainly boosted by auto sales and spending in grocery stores and gasoline stations.
Thursday October 13 2016
US Jobless Claims at 43-Year Low  
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits was flat at 246,000 in the week ended October 8th, the lowest in 43 years and below market expectations of 254,000. It marks the 84th consecutive week initial claims are below 300,000, the longest streak since 1970 and signaling the labour market strength.
Wednesday October 12 2016
Fed Continues to Leave 2016 Rate Hike Option Open  
Fed's decision to leave the target for the federal funds rate on hold in September was a close call and policymakers generally agreed that the case for a rate hike had strengthened in recent months, minutes from FOMC meeting held on September 20-21st showed.
Friday October 07 2016
US Jobless Rate at 5-Month High of 5% in September  
US unemployment rate increased to 5 percent in September 2016, compared to 4.9 percent in the previous month and missing market expectations of 4.9 percent. It was the highest jobless rate since April, as the number of unemployed persons rose by 90 thousand to 7.9 million while the labor force participation rate edged up by 0.1 percentage point to 62.9 percent.
Friday October 07 2016
US Job Growth Slows in September  
Total nonfarm payroll employment in the United States increased by 156,000 in September of 2016, lower than an upwardly revised 167,000 in August but below market expectations of 175,000. It is the lowest payroll figure in 4 months. Employment gains occurred in professional and business services and in health care. So far this year, job growth has averaged 178,000 per month, compared with an average of 229,000 per month in 2015.
Thursday October 06 2016
US Jobless Claims Down to 249K  
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits fell by 5,000 to 249,000 in the week ended October 1st, below market expectations of 257,000 and reaching the lowest figure since mid-April. The four-week average, which smooths out week-to-week volatility in the claims data, dropped to 253,500, the lowest since 1973.
Wednesday October 05 2016
US Services Sector Growth at 11-Month High: ISM  
The ISM Non-Manufacturing PMI index jumped 5.7 percentage points to 57.1 percent in September of 2016 after slumping to a 6-1/2-year low of 51.4 in August. It is the highest reading since October and well above market expectations of 53 as business activity, new orders and employment all expanded at a faster pace.
Wednesday October 05 2016
US Trade Deficit Widens in August  
The US goods and services deficit increased 3 percent mom to $40.73 billion in August of 2016. Figures came slightly worse than market expectations of a $39.3 billion gap as imports jumped to the highest since September last year and exports reached the highest in 13 months.
Monday October 03 2016
US Factory Activity Growth Beats Expectations: ISM  
The Institute for Supply Management’s Manufacturing PMI rose to 51.5 in September 2016 from 49.4 in August, way above market expectations of 50.3. New orders and production rebounded sharply while employment contracted at a slower pace.
Monday October 03 2016
US Manufacturing Growth Slows to a 3-Month Low  
The seasonally adjusted Markit final US Manufacturing PMI fell to 51.5 in September 2016 from 52 in the previous month, but better than the earlier flash reading of 51.4. It was the weakest reading in three months, as output and new orders expanded at a slower pace while new export sales dropped for the first time in four months.
Friday September 30 2016
US Consumer Sentiment Revised Up in September  
The final reading of the University of Michigan's consumer sentiment for the United States increased to 91.2 in September of 2016 from a preliminary reading of 89.8 and a final of 89.8 in the previous month. It is the highest reading in three months and better than market expectations of 90. Consumers were more confident about the future and less pessimistic over current conditions than initially anticipated.
Friday September 30 2016
US Personal Spending Unchanged in August  
Consumer spending in the United States was flat in August from July of 2016, after rising an upwardly revised 0.4 percent in the previous period. It is the worst performance in five months and worse than market expectations of a 0.1 percent gain.
Thursday September 29 2016
US Jobless Claims Rise Less Than Expected  
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits increased by 3,000 to 254,000 in the week ended September 24th compared with the previous week's revised level of 251,000 and below market expectations of 260,000. The four-week average, which smooths out week-to-week volatility in the claims data, dropped to 256,000, matching an April reading as the lowest average since 1973.
Thursday September 29 2016
US GDP Growth Revised Up to 1.4% in Q2  
The US economy expanded an annualized 1.4 percent on quarter in the three months to June of 2016, better than a second estimate of 1.1 percent. It is the strongest growth rate in three quarters. Consumer spending continued to boost growth although it expanded less than expected while exports rose at a faster pace and business investment posted the first gain in three quarters.
Wednesday September 28 2016
US Durable Goods Orders Flat in August  
New orders for US manufactured durable goods were unchanged in August from July of 2016, following a downwardly revised 3.6 percent gain in the previous period and better than market expectations of a 1.4 percent fall. Yet, non-defense capital goods orders excluding aircrafts, a proxy for business spending increased 0.6 percent, the third consecutive gain.
Monday September 26 2016
US New Home Sales Fall Less than Expected  
Sales of new single-family houses in the United States fell 7.6 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 609,000 in August of 2016, better than market expectations of an 8.8 percent decline. Figures for the previous month were revised up by 5,000 to 659,000, the highest since 2007.
Friday September 23 2016
US Factory Activity Growth Slows More than Expected  
The flash Markit manufacturing PMI for the United States declined to 51.4 in September of 2016 from 52 in August and below market expectations of 51.9. New business growth eased further, output slowed and export orders fell for the first time in four months while payrolls increased.
Thursday September 22 2016
US Initial Jobless Claims Down to 2-Month Low  
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits fell by 8,000 to 252,000 in the week ended September 17th 2016. It is the lowest figure in two months and below market expectations of 262,000. It marks the 81st consecutive week initial claims are below 300,000, the longest streak since 1970 and signaling the labour market strength.
Wednesday September 21 2016
Fed Keeps Rates on Hold  
The Federal Reserve left the target range for its federal funds rate unchanged at 0.25 percent to 0.5 percent for the sixth time during its September 2016 meeting. Policymakers said that the case for a rate hike has strengthened but decided, for the time being, to wait for further evidence of continued progress toward its objectives. Three out of ten members voted for a rate hike.
Tuesday September 20 2016
US Housing Starts Fall More than Expected  
Housing starts in the United States shrank 5.8 percent to a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 1142 thousand in August from July of 2016, after rising a downwardly revised 1.4 percent in the previous period. Figures came much worse than market expectations of a 1.7 percent decline, reaching the lowest in three months. Permits for future construction fell 0.4 percent to 1139 thousand.
Friday September 16 2016
US Consumer Sentiment Flat at 89.8 in September  
The preliminary reading of the University of Michigan's consumer sentiment for the United States was unchanged at 89.8 in September of 2016 from 89.8 in the previous month. Figures came below market expectations of 90.8, mainly due to less favorable current conditions while future expectations regarding the overall economy improved.
Friday September 16 2016
US Inflation Rate Beats Expectations in August  
Consumer prices in the United States went up 1.1 percent year-on-year in August of 2016, higher than 0.8 percent in July and above market forecasts of a 1 percent gain. It is the biggest inflation figure in four months, boosted by rising shelter and medical cost.
Thursday September 15 2016
US Industrial Production Falls More than Expected  
Industrial production in the United States declined 0.4 percent in August from July of 2016, following a downwardly revised 0.6 percent gain in the previous month and worse than market expectations of a 0.3 percent fall. Manufacturing and utilities output declined while mining went up for the fourth straight month.
Thursday September 15 2016
US Retail Sales Fall More than Expected  
Retail sales in the United States declined 0.3 percent in August from July of 2016, following an upwardly revised 0.1 percent gain in the previous period. Figures came worse than market expectations of a 0.1 percent fall, mainly due to lower auto sales. Excluding autos, retail sales edged down 0.1 percent.
Thursday September 15 2016
US Jobless Claims Rise Less Than Expected  
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits increased by 1,000 to 260,000 in the week ended September 10th compared with the previous week's unrevised level of 259,000 and below market expectations of 265,000. The four-week average, seen as a better measure of labor market trends as it removes week-to-week volatility, dropped to a five-week low of 260,750.
Tuesday September 13 2016
US Budget Deficit Widens Sharply in August  
The US government posted a USD 107 billion budget gap in August 2016, a 67 percent rise from a USD 64 billion deficit in the same month a year earlier and in line with market expectations of a USD 108 billion gap. Outlays rose 23 percent to USD 338 billion while receipts increased at a slower 9.5 percent to USD 231 billion.
Thursday September 08 2016
US Jobless Claims Decline to 7-Week Low  
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits fell by 4 thousand to 259,000 in the week ended September 3rd 2016. Figures came below market expectations of 265,000, reaching the lowest since mid-July. The 4-week moving average, seen as a better measure of labor market trends as it removes week-to-week volatility, fell by 1,750 to 261,250.
Tuesday September 06 2016
US Services Sector Growth Slows to 6-1/2-Year Low: ISM  
The ISM Non-Manufacturing PMI index fell 4.1 percentage points to 51.4 percent in August of 2016 from 55.5 in July, well below market expectations of 55. It is the lowest reading since February of 2010 as activity, new orders and employment all slowed.
Friday September 02 2016
US Trade Deficit Narrows in July  
The trade gap in the United States declined to USD 39.47 billion in July of 2016 from an upwardly revised USD 44.66 billion deficit in the previous month and below market expectations of a USD 42.7 billion shortfall. Imports declined 0.8 percent while exports rose 1.9 percent to the highest level since September 2015.
Friday September 02 2016
US Economy Adds 151K Jobs in August, The Least in 4 Months  
Total nonfarm payroll employment in the United States increased by 151,000 in August of 2016, much lower than an upwardly revised 275,000 in July and below market expectations of 180,000. It is the lowest figure in four months, with employment rising in service-providing industries but falling in manufacturing, mining and construction.
Friday September 02 2016
US Jobless Rate Unchanged at 4.9% in August  
US unemployment rate was recorded at 4.9 percent in August 2016, unchanged from the previous two months while missing market expectations of 4.8 percent. The number of unemployed persons was flat at 7.8 million and the labor force participation rate stood at 62.8 percent.
Thursday September 01 2016
US Factory Activity Shrinks in August: ISM  
The Institute for Supply Management’s Manufacturing PMI came in at 49.4 in August of 2016, down from 52.6 in July. The figure came much worse than market expectations of 52, reaching the lowest in seven months, as new orders, production and employment all contracted.
Thursday September 01 2016
US Markit Manufacturing PMI Revised Down  
The final Markit US Manufacturing PMI came in at 52 in August of 2016, down from 52.1 in the preliminary estimate and 52.9 in July. Output growth was unchanged from July’s eight-month high while new orders and employment slowed and input price inflation eased.
Thursday September 01 2016
US Jobless Claims Rise Less Than Expected Last Week  
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits increased by 2,000 to 263,000 in the week ended August 27th compared with the previous week's unrevised level of 261,000 and below market expectations of 265,000. The four-week average, seen as a better measure of labor market trends as it removes week-to-week volatility, dropped to a three-week low of 263,000.
Monday August 29 2016
US Personal Spending Rises 0.3% in July  
Consumer spending in the United States increased 0.3 percent in July from June of 2016, slowing from an upwardly revised 0.5 percent gain in the previous period but matching market expectations. It is the fourth straight month of gains, mainly boosted by spending for new vehicles and suggesting robust consumer demand. Income rose at a faster 0.4 percent, also in line with forecasts.
Friday August 26 2016
Yellen Leaves 2016 Rate Hike Option Open  
The US economy continues to expand and the case for raising the interest rate has strengthened in recent months, Fed Chair Yelllen said in a speech at the Jackson Hole Symposium, suggesting a rate hike this year is still on the table.
Friday August 26 2016
US Consumer Sentiment Revised Down in August  
The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment for the United States came in at 89.8 in August 2016, compared to a preliminary reading of 90.4 and below 90 in July. It was the lowest reading since April, mainly due to less favorable current conditions while future expectations regarding the overall economy improved slightly, final figures showed. Meanwhile, long term inflation expectations fell to the lowest level ever recorded.
Friday August 26 2016
US GDP Growth Revised Down to 1.1% in Q2  
The US economy expanded an annualized 1.1 percent on quarter in the three months to June of 2016, down from a 1.2 percent growth in the advance estimate. Net trade contribution was lower than anticipated and the fall in inventories was steeper than expected while consumer spending rose at a faster pace, according to the second estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis.
Thursday August 25 2016
US Durable Goods Orders Jump 4.4% in July  
New orders for US manufactured durable goods jumped 4.4 percent in July from June of 2016, recovering from an upwardly revised 4.2 percent drop in the previous period. It is the first increase in three months and the biggest gain since October last year, beating market expectations of a 3.3 percent rise. Non-defense capital goods orders excluding aircrafts, a proxy for business spending increased 1.6 percent, the second consecutive gain.
Thursday August 25 2016
US Jobless Claims Fall to Lowest Level in 5 Weeks  
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits decreased by 1,000 to 261,000 in the week ended August 20th compared with the previous week's unrevised level of 262,000. The figure came in below market expectations of 265,000 to hit its lowest level in five weeks.
Tuesday August 23 2016
US New Home Sales Jump to Nearly 9-Year High  
Sales of new single-family houses in the United States surged 12.4 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 654,000 in July of 2016. It is the highest figure since October of 2007 and much better than market expectations of 580,000. Figures for June were revised down by 10,000 to 582,000.
Tuesday August 23 2016
US Markit Manufacturing PMI Lower than Expected  
The Markit Flash US Manufacturing PMI came in at 52.1 in August of 2016, down from 52.9 in the previous month and lower than market expectations of 52.7. Production continued to expand although new orders growth slowed despite a faster increase in export sales and job creation also eased.
Thursday August 18 2016
US Jobless Claims at 4-Week Low  
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits decreased by 4,000 to 262,000 in the week ended August 13th, 2016. It is the lowest figure in four weeks and better than market expectations of 265,000. It marks the 76th consecutive week initial claims are below 300,000, the longest streak since 1970 and signaling the labour market strength.
Wednesday August 17 2016
Fed Leaves 2016 Rate Hike Option Open  
Fed policymakers considered that near-term risks to the US outlook had diminished although the UK vote to leave the EU and other developments abroad still impart uncertainty. As a result, Fed officials decided to leave policy options open and maintain the flexibility to adjust rates based on incoming information, thus leaving the door open for a rate hike this year, minutes from FOMC meeting held on July 26-27th showed.
Tuesday August 16 2016
US Industrial Production Growth at 20-Month High  
Industrial output in the United States went up 0.7 percent in July from June of 2016, following a downwardly revised 0.4 percent gain in the previous period and better than market expectations of a 0.3 percent increase. It is the biggest rise since November of 2014 boosted by a 0.5 percent growth in manufacturing.
Tuesday August 16 2016
US Housing Starts Rise to 5-Month High in July  
Housing starts in the Unites States rose 2.1 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1211 thousand in July 2016 compared to a downwardly revised 1186 thousand in the previous month. The figure came in above market expectations of 1180 thousand to hit the highest level since February, as building activity increased across the board. Housing starts rose the most in the Northeast.
Tuesday August 16 2016
US Inflation Rate Slows to 7-Month Low of 0.8%  
Consumer prices in the United States rose 0.8 percent year-on-year in July of 2016, following a 1 percent increase in the previous two months and below market expectations of 0.9 percent. It is the lowest inflation figure since December last year as shelter cost rose at a slower pace, food inflation eased to a fresh 6-1/2-year low and energy cost fell further.
Friday August 12 2016
US Consumer Sentiment Improves Slightly in August  
The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment for the United States came in at 90.4 in August 2016 from 90 in July but well below market expectations of 91.5, preliminary figures showed. Consumer expectations improved firmly while current conditions deteriorated.
Friday August 12 2016
US Retail Sales Unchanged in July  
Retail sales in the United States were flat in July from June 2016 compared to an upwardly revised 0.8 percent gain in the previous period while missing market expectations of 0.4 percent rise.
Thursday August 11 2016
US Jobless Claims Below 300K for Longest Streak Since 1970  
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits decreased by 1,000 to 266,000 in the week ended August 6th compared with the previous week's revised level of 267,000. The figure came in above market expectations of 265,000. This marks 75 consecutive weeks of initial claims below 300,000, the longest streak since 1970.
Wednesday August 10 2016
US Posts $113 Billion Budget Deficit in July  
The US government posted a USD 113 billion budget gap in July 2016, a 24 percent drop from a USD 149 billion deficit in the same month a year earlier, as outlays fell 14 percent to USD 323 billion while receipts declined at a slower 7 percent to USD 210 billion.
Friday August 05 2016
US Trade Deficit Rises to 10-Month High in June  
The trade gap in the United States widened to USD 44.5 billion in June of 2016 from a downwardly revised USD 40.96 billion deficit in the previous month. Figures came above market expectations of a USD 43.1 billion shortfall as imports rose 1.9 percent due to higher oil prices and rising domestic demand while exports edged up only 0.3 percent.
Friday August 05 2016
US Economy Adds 255K Jobs in July  
Total nonfarm payroll employment in the United States increased by 255,000 in July of 2016, lower than a upwardly revised 292,000 in June, but above market expectations of 180,000. Job gains occurred in professional and business services, health care, and financial activities. Employment in mining continued to trend down.
Friday August 05 2016
US Jobless Rate Steady at 4.9% in July  
US unemployment rate came in at 4.9 percent in July 2016 unchanged from the June rate and above market expectations of 4.8 percent. The number of unemployed persons was essentially unchanged at 7.8 million.
Thursday August 04 2016
US Jobless Claims Rise to 5-Week High  
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits increased by 3,000 to 269,000 in the week ended July 30th compared with the previous week's unrevised level of 266,000. The figure came in above market expectations of 265,000.
Wednesday August 03 2016
US Services Sector Growth Slows From 7-Month High  
The ISM Non-Manufacturing PMI index fell 1 percentage points to 55.5 percent in July 2016 from 56.5 in June, below market expectations of 56. Business activity and employment expanded at a slower pace while new orders increased further.
Monday August 01 2016
US Factory Activity Below Expectations: ISM  
The Institute for Supply Management’s Manufacturing PMI came in at 52.6 in July 2016, down 0.6 p.p. from 53.2 in June. The figure came in below market expectations, but was pointing to the fifth consecutive month of growth in factory activity as 12 of our 18 industries reported an increase in new orders and 9 of our 18 industries reported a rise in production.
Monday August 01 2016
US Manufacturing Output Growth Up to 8-Month High  
The seasonally adjusted Markit final U.S. Manufacturing PMI came in at 52.9 in July 2016, up from 51.3 in the previous month and unchanged from the earlier flash reading. It was the highest value since October last year, mainly driven by stronger rates of output, new order and employment growth.
Friday July 29 2016
US Consumer Sentiment Revised Slightly Up  
The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment for the United States came in at 90 in July 2016, slightly up from a preliminary reading of 89.5 but well below 93.5 in June. It is the lowest reading since April as both current conditions and future expectations worsened, final figures showed.
Friday July 29 2016
US GDP Growth Below Expectations in Q2  
The US economy advanced an annualized 1.2 percent on quarter in the three months to June of 2016, following a downwardly revised 0.8 percent growth in the first three months of the year and well below market expectations of a 2.6 percent expansion, the advance estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis showed. Consumer spending was the main driver of growth while investment slumped and inventories fell for the first time since 2011.
Thursday July 28 2016
US Jobless Claims at 4-Week High of 266K  
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits increased by 14,000 to 266,000 in the week ended July 23rd compared with the previous week's downwardly revised level of 252,000. The figure came above market expectations of 260,000, the highest in four weeks. However, the four-week moving average fell to 256,500, the lowest since April.
Wednesday July 27 2016
Fed Leaves Rates on Hold  
The Federal Reserve left the target range for its federal funds rate unchanged at 0.25 percent to 0.5 percent for the fifth time during its July 2016 meeting. Policymakers said that the labor market strengthened and near-term risks to growth decreased, suggesting a rate hike is still possible this year although dependent on incoming economic data.
Wednesday July 27 2016
US Durable Goods Orders Fall 4% in June  
New orders for US manufactured durable goods slumped 4 percent in June from May of 2016, following an upwardly revised 2.8 percent drop in the previous period. It is the biggest fall since August of 2014 and much worse than market expectations of a 1.1 percent decline, dragged down mainly by transport equipment. However, non-defense core capital goods orders, a proxy for business spending edged up 0.2 percent, recovering from a 0.5 percent decline in May.
Tuesday July 26 2016
US New Home Sales Up to 8-1/2-Years High  
Sales of new single-family houses in the United States jumped 3.5 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 592,000 in June of 2016. It is the highest figure since February of 2008 and better than market expectations of 560,000 boosted by sales in the West and the Midwest.
Friday July 22 2016
US Markit manufacturing PMI at 9-Month High  
The Markit Flash US Manufacturing PMI came in at 52.9 in July of 2016, up from 51.3 in June and much better than market expectations of 51.6. It is the highest reading since October last year as output and new business growth accelerated and payrolls rose the most in 12 months.
Thursday July 21 2016
US Jobless Claims Fall to 3-Month Low  
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits decreased by 1,000 to 253,000 in the week ended July 16th compared with the previous week's unrevised level of 254,000. The figure came in way below market expectations of 265,000 and hit its lowest level since April.
Tuesday July 19 2016
US Housing Starts at 4-Month High of 1189K  
US housing starts jumped 4.8 percent to a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 1189 thousand in June from May of 2016, after falling an upwardly revised 1.7 percent in the previous period. Figures came much better than market expectations of a 0.5 percent gain, reaching the highest in four months, as groundbreaking on single-family homes rebounded.
Friday July 15 2016
US Consumer Sentiment Falls to 3-Month Low  
The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment for the United States came in at 89.5 in July 2016, down from 93.5 in June and well below market expectations of 93.5. It is the lowest reading since April as current conditions worsened, the future outlook reached the lowest since September of 2014 and inflation expectations rose, preliminary figures showed.
Friday July 15 2016
US Industrial Output Posts Biggest Gain in 1 Year  
Industrial production in the United States increased 0.6 percent in June from May 2016, recovering from a downwardly revised 0.3 percent drop in the previous period and better than market expectations of a 0.2 percent gain. It was the biggest gain since July last year, as output of manufacturing, mining and utilities moved up.
Friday July 15 2016
US Retail Sales Rise for 3rd Straight Month  
Retail sales in the United States advanced 0.6 percent in June from May 2016, following a downwardly revised 0.2 percent gain in the previous period and beating market expectations of 0.1 percent rise. It was the third straight month of gains as sales of motor vehicles, furniture and building material rebounded.
Friday July 15 2016
US Inflation Rate Steady at 1% in June  
Consumer prices in the United States increased 1 percent year-on-year in June of 2016, the same as in the previous month and slightly below market expectations of a 1.1 percent rise. Inflation accelerated for shelter and medical care and energy prices fell at a slower pace while food inflation reached the lowest in more than 6 years.
Thursday July 14 2016
Initial Jobless Claims Unchanged at 254K in Latest Week  
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits held steady at 254,000 in the week ended July 9th, the lowest since early April. Figures came better than market expectations of 265 thousand, suggesting further labour market strength. It is the 71st straight week initial claims are below 300,000, the longest streak since 1973.
Wednesday July 13 2016
US Budget Surplus Narrows in June  
The United States recorded a USD 6 billion budget surplus in June of 2016, much lower than a USD 50 billion surplus a year earlier and market expectations of USD 24 billion. Outlays rose 10.6 percent while receipts fell 3.8 percent.
Friday July 08 2016
US Job Growth Strongest in 8-Months  
Total nonfarm payroll employment in the United States increased by 287,000 in June of 2016, much higher than a downwardly revised 11,000 in May when a strike in Verizon led to job losses in information. Figures came well above market expectations of 175,000, easing concerns about labour market strength. Job growth occurred in leisure and hospitality, health care and social assistance, financial activities and information, largely reflecting the return of workers from the strike.
Friday July 08 2016
US Jobless Rate Rises to 4.9% in June  
US unemployment rate went up to 4.9 percent in June 2016 after falling by 0.3 p.p. to 4.7 percent in the previous month. The figure came in worse than market expectations, as more people entered the labor force. The number of unemployed persons increased by 347,000 to 7.8 million, offsetting declines in May and bringing both measures back in line with levels that had prevailed from August 2015 to April.
Thursday July 07 2016
US Jobless Claims Below Expectations  
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits fell 16,000 to 254,000 in the week ended July 2nd, the lowest in eleven weeks. Figures came better than market expectations of 270 thousand, suggesting labour market strength. It is the 70th straight week initial claims are below 300,000, the longest streak since 1973.
Wednesday July 06 2016
Fed Shows Concerns Over Brexit Risks  
Fed policymakers decided to wait for additional labor market data and the impact of upcoming referendum in the United Kingdom on global financial markets before rising the rates, minutes from FOMC meeting held on June 14-15th showed.
Wednesday July 06 2016
US Services Sector Growth at 7-Month High: ISM  
The ISM Non-Manufacturing PMI index went up 3.6 percentage points to 56.5 percent in June of 2016, up from 52.9 in May and well above market expectations of 53.3. It is the highest reading since November last year, boosted by new orders and new business and a recovery in employment.
Wednesday July 06 2016
US Trade Deficit at 3-Month High  
The trade gap in the United States widened to USD 41.14 billion in May of 2016 from a USD 37.4 billion deficit in the previous month. Figures came worse than market expectations of a USD 40 billion shortfall as exports shrank 0.2 percent hurt by a stronger dollar and imports rose 1.6 percent due to higher oil prices.
Friday July 01 2016
US ISM Manufacturing PMI at 16-Month High  
The Institute for Supply Management’s Manufacturing PMI came in at 53.2 in June of 2016, up from 51.3 in May and well above market expectations of 51.4. It is the highest reading since February of 2015 as new orders growth accelerated and employment expanded for the first time since November.
Friday July 01 2016
US Markit Manufacturing PMI Revised Slightly Down  
The final Markit Manufacturing PMI for the United States came in at 51.3 in June of 2016, slightly below a preliminary reading of 51.4 but above 50.7 in May. Yet, it is still the highest reading in three months. Production increased and new business grew the most since March while payroll numbers expanded moderately and stocks of purchases fell further.
Thursday June 30 2016
US Jobless Claims Rise to 268K  
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits increased by 10,000 to 268,000 in the week ended June 25th compared with the previous week's revised level of 258,000. The figure came in slightly above market expectations of 267,000.
Wednesday June 29 2016
US Personal Spending Up 0.4% in May  
Consumer spending in the United States rose 0.4 percent in May from April of 2016, following an upwardly revised 1.1 percent increase in the previous period. It is the second straight month of gains, in line with market expectations, boosted by demand for both goods and services. Income rose 0.2 percent, below expectations of a 0.3 percent increase.
Tuesday June 28 2016
US Q1 GDP Growth Revised Up to 1.1%  
The US economy expanded an annualized 1.1 percent on quarter in the first three months of 2016, higher than a second estimate of 0.8 percent, according to final figures released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Consumer spending continued to boost growth although it expanded less than expected while exports and software investment rebounded.
Friday June 24 2016
US Consumer Sentiment Revised Down to 93.5 in June  
The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment for the United States came in at 93.5 in June 2016, down from a preliminary reading of 94.3 and a final of 94.7 in the previous month. Consumers were less optimistic about current conditions and future economic prospects.
Friday June 24 2016
US Durable Goods Orders Fall More than Expected  
New orders for US manufactured durable goods shrank 2.2 percent in May from April of 2016, following a downwardly revised 3.3 percent rise in the previous period. Figures came worse than market expectations of a 0.5 percent decline, dragged down mainly by transport equipment. Core capital goods orders, a proxy for business spending fell 0.7 percent.
Thursday June 23 2016
US New Home Sales Slide From 8-Year High  
New US single-family home sales fell 6 percent to 551,000 in May of 2016 compared to market expectations of 560,000. The April's sales was downwardly revised to 586,000 units, but still remained the highest since February 2008. The pace points to a healthy growth in the housing sector helped by consistent employment gains and ultra-low mortgage rates.
Thursday June 23 2016
US Markit Manufacturing PMI Beats Expectations  
The flash Markit Manufacturing PMI in the United States came in at 51.4 in June of 2016, up from 50.7 in the previous month and beating market expectations of 50.8. It is the highest figure in three months. New business growth accelerated helped by fastest rise in export sales since September of 2014 and output levels increased.
Thursday June 23 2016
US Jobless Claims Fall to 2-Month Low  
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits decreased by 18,000 to 259,000 in the week ended June 18th compared with the previous period's unrevised reading of 277,000. The figure came in below market expectations of 270,000, hitting its lowest level in eight weeks.
Tuesday June 21 2016
Fed To Remain Cautious in Hiking Rates  
A cautious approach to monetary policy remains appropriate amid a hiring slowdown and uncertain economic outlook, Fed Chair Yellen said in a testimony before the Senate Banking Committee.
Friday June 17 2016
US Housing Starts Drop 0.3% MoM in May  
U.S. housing starts slipped 0.3 percent in May to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1164 Thousand as groundbreaking for multi-family housing units declined 1.2 percent to a 400 Thousand and on single-family homes rose 0.3 percent to a 764 Thousand.
Thursday June 16 2016
US Initial Jobless Claims at 4-Week High  
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits increased by 13,000 to 277,000 in the week ended June 11th 2016 from unrevised 264,000 in the previous period. It is the highest figure in four weeks and above market expectations of 270,000, marking the 67th consecutive week of initial claims below 300,000, the longest streak since 1973.
Thursday June 16 2016
US Inflation Rate Slows to 1%  
Consumer prices in the United States went up 1 percent year-on-year in May of 2016, slowing slightly from a 1.1 percent rise in April. Figures came below market expectations of 1.1 percent as inflation for food and transportation services slowed while energy cost fell at a faster pace. Yet, core inflation accelerated slightly to 2.2 percent.
Wednesday June 15 2016
Fed Leaves Rates on Hold  
The Federal Reserve left the target range for its federal funds rate unchanged at 0.25 percent to 0.5 percent for the fourth time during its June 2016 meeting. Yet, future rate assessment suggests policymakers still expect two interest-rate hikes this year. GDP growth forecasts were lowered for 2016 and 2017.
Wednesday June 15 2016
US Industrial Production Falls More than Expected  
Industrial output in the United States declined 0.4 percent in May from April of 2016, following a downwardly revised 0.6 percent rise in the previous period and worse than market expectations of a 0.2 percent drop. Automobiles and electricity accounted the most for the decline, offsetting a rebound in coal mining.
Tuesday June 14 2016
US Retail Sales Rise 0.5% in May  
Retail sales in the United States went up 0.5 percent in May from April of 2016, following a 1.3 percent rise in the previous period and above market expectations of a 0.3 percent increase. It is the second straight month of gains as 9 of 13 major categories showed increases in demand.
Friday June 10 2016
US Posts $53 Billion Budget Deficit in May  
The United States recorded a budget gap of USD 53 billion in May 2016, down 38 percent from a USD 84 billion deficit in the same month a year earlier, as outlays fell 7 percent to USD 277 billion while receipts rose 6 percent to USD 225 billion.
Friday June 10 2016
US Consumer Sentiment Beats Expectations  
The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment for the United States came in at 94.3 in June 2016, down from 94.7 in the previous month, but beating market expectations of 94. Consumers were less optimistic due to increased concerns about future economic prospects, while assessments of current economic conditions improved to its highest level since July 2005, preliminary estimates showed.
Thursday June 09 2016
US Initial Jobless Claims at 6-Week Low  
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits decreased for the fourth straight time to 264,000 in the week ended June 4th 2016 from an upwardly revised 268,000 in the previous period. It is the lowest figure in six weeks and below market expectations of 270,000, marking the 66th consecutive week of initial claims below 300,000, the longest streak since 1973.
Monday June 06 2016
Yellen Shows Confidence on US Economy  
The economic expansion in the US is expected to continue, with the labor market improving further, GDP growing moderately and inflation moving up to 2 percent over the next couple of years, despite disappointing Friday's labor market report, Fed Chair Yellen said in a speech at The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia. The current monetary policy stance is generally appropriate, in that it is providing support to the economy although the federal funds rate will probably need to rise gradually over time, Fed Chair added.
Friday June 03 2016
US Services Sector Growth Lowest Since February 2014  
The ISM Non-Manufacturing PMI index decreased 2.8 percentage points to 52.9 percent in May of 2016, below market expectations of 55.5. It is the lowest reading since February 2014 as business activity and new orders growth slowed and employment fell after rising in the previous two months.
Friday June 03 2016
US Trade Deficit Widens in April  
The US trade gap widened to USD 37.4 billion in April of 2016 from a downwardly revised USD 35.5 billion deficit in the previous month while below market expectations of USD 41.3 billion. Exports increased 1.5 percent to the largest since December last year, mainly driven by industrial supplies and materials sales. Imports rose at a faster 2.1 percent, due to higher purchases of capital goods.
Friday June 03 2016
US Economy Adds The Least Jobs in More than 5 Years  
Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 38,000 in May of 2016, lower than a downwardly revised 123,000 in the previous month and well below market expectations of 164,000. Job growth occurred in health care while mining continued to lose jobs, and a strike in Verizon led to job losses in information.
Friday June 03 2016
US Jobless Rate Lowest Since November 2007  
The unemployment rate declined by 0.3 p.p. to 4.7 percent in May 2016 from 5 percent in April, beating market expectations of 4.9 percent. It was the lowest reading since November 2007, as the number of unemployed persons declined by 484,000 to 7.4 million and the labor force participation rate fell for the second month in a row.
Thursday June 02 2016
US Jobless Claims Edge Down to 5-Week Low  
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits was recorded at 267,000, a decrease of 1,000 from the previous week's unrevised level of 268,000, below market expectations of 270,000. This marks 65 consecutive weeks of initial claims below 300,000, the longest streak since 1973.
Wednesday June 01 2016
ISM Manufacturing PMI Beats Expectations  
The Institute for Supply Management’s Manufacturing PMI came in at 51.3 in May of 2016, up from 50.8 in April and much better than market expectations of 50.4. The gauge of supplier deliveries jumped to 54.1, the highest level since December 2014 while new orders and production growth eased slightly and employment and inventories fell.
Wednesday June 01 2016
US Markit Manufacturing PMI Revised Slightly UP  
The final Markit US Manufacturing PMI came in at 50.7 in May of 2016, slightly up from 50.5 in the preliminary estimate but down from 50.8 in the previous month. It is the lowest figure since September of 2009 as output fell for the first time in more than 6-1/2-years, new work expanded at the slowest pace since December last year while job growth picked up and input cost inflation accelerated to a nine-month high.
Tuesday May 31 2016
US Personal Spending Growth at Nearly 7-Year High  
Consumer spending in the United States rose 1 percent in April from March of 2016, after posting no growth in the previous period and much better than market expectations of a 0.7 percent gain. It is the highest growth since August of 2009 as consumption of nondurable goods rebounded. Meanwhile, personal income increased 0.4 percent, suggesting a robust and accelerating economic recovery.
Friday May 27 2016
US Consumer Sentiment Revised Down in May  
The final University of Michigan's consumer sentiment for the United States came in at 94.7 in May of 2016, down from 95.8 in the preliminary release but higher than 89 in the previous month. Future expectations decreased while the current conditions index rose to its highest since January 2007.
Friday May 27 2016
US GDP Growth Revised Up to 0.8% in Q1  
The US economy expanded an annualized 0.8 percent on quarter in the first three months of 2016, better than a 0.5 percent increase initially estimated, according to the second estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Consumption continued to boost growth as spending on home building increased more than expected and the drag from net trade and inventories was smaller. In contrast, business investment fell faster than anticipated.
Thursday May 26 2016
US Jobless Claims Drop to 268K  
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits decreased by 10,000 to 268,000 in the week ended May 21st compared to unrevised 278,000 in the previous period. Claims fell for the second time in five weeks, below market expectations of 275,000. It is the 64th consecutive week initial claims are below 300,000, the level associated with a healthy jobs market.
Thursday May 26 2016
US Durable Goods Orders Up 3.4%  
New orders for US manufactured durable goods surged 3.4 percent in April from March of 2016, following an upwardly revised 1.9 percent rise in the previous period and much better than market expectations of a 0.5 percent increase. It is the biggest gain since January, boosted by demand for transportation equipment. Excluding transportation, new orders rose 0.4 percent and without defense orders increased 3.7 percent. In contrast, capital goods orders fell 0.8 percent, down for the third straight month.
Tuesday May 24 2016
US New Home Sales Up to 8-Year High  
New US single-family home sales jumped 16.6 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 619,000 in April of 2016, much higher than an upwardly revised 531,000 in the previous month and compared to market expectations of 523,000. It is the highest reading since January of 2008 and the biggest gain since 1992.
Monday May 23 2016
US Factory Activity Slows Further to Fresh 2009-Low  
The Markit Flash US Manufacturing PMI came in at 50.5 in May of 2016, lower than 50.8 in April and below market expectations of 51. Production declined for the first time since September of 2009 and new orders expanded at the slowest pace so far this year.
Thursday May 19 2016
US Jobless Claims Fall to 278K  
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits decreased by 16,000 to 278,000 in the week ended May 14th compared to a 15-month high of 294,000 in the previous period. Claims fell for the first time in four weeks, slightly higher than market expectations of 275,000. It is the 63rd consecutive week initial claims are below 300,000, the level associated with a healthy jobs market.
Wednesday May 18 2016
Fed Keeps Open Possibility of June Rate Hike  
The Federal Reserve opened up the option of raising short-term interest rates at their next meeting based on how the incoming data and developments shaped their outlook for the labor market and inflation, minutes from April FOMC meeting showed. Policymakers agreed that the risks associated with global developments had diminished and that labor market conditions had improved further even as growth in economic activity had appeared to slow.
Tuesday May 17 2016
US Industrial Output Growth at 17-Month High  
Industrial production in the United States went up 0.7 percent in April from March, rebounding from falls in the previous two months and beating market expectations of a 0.3 percent gain. It is the highest growth rate since November of 2014, led by gains in machinery and car manufacturing and utilities.
Tuesday May 17 2016
US Housing Starts Rise More Than Expected in April  
Housing starts in the Unites States rose 6.6 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1172 thousand in April 2016, compared to an upwardly revised 1099 thousand in the previous month. The figure came in above market expectations of 1127 thousand, boosted by single-family housing starts.
Tuesday May 17 2016
US Inflation Rate Rises to 1.1%  
Consumer prices in the United States went up 1.1 percent year-on-year in April of 2016, higher than a 0.9 percent rise in the previous month and in line with market expectations. The monthly index rose 0.4 percent, the biggest in three years, led by gains in gasoline prices and rents.
Friday May 13 2016
US Consumer Sentiment Jumps to 11-Month High  
The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment for the United States came in at 95.8 in May of 2016, up from 89 in the previous month and above market expectations. It is the highest reading since June last year, as both future expectations and current conditions improved, preliminary estimates showed, suggesting a strength in consumer spending.
Friday May 13 2016
US Retail Sales Rise the Most in 13 Months  
Retail sales in the Unites States rose 1.3 percent in April from March of 2016, compared to a 0.3 percent drop in the previous month and above market forecasts. It is the highest gain since March last year, mainly driven by auto sales, in a sign that economic growth could gain momentum in the second quarter.
Thursday May 12 2016
US Jobless Claims Reach 15-Month High  
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits increased by 20,000 to 294,000 in the week ended May 7th. Claims rose for the third straight week, reaching the highest since February last year and well above market expectations of 270,000. However, it is the 62nd consecutive week initial claims are below 300,000, the level associated with a healthy jobs market.
Wednesday May 11 2016
US Posts $106 Billion Budget Surplus in April  
The United States recorded a budget surplus of USD 106 billion in April 2016, down 32 percent from a USD 157 billion surplus in the same month a year earlier, as outlays rose 5.4 percent to USD 332 billion while receipts fell 7.2 percent to USD 438 billion.
Friday May 06 2016
US Jobless Rate Steady at 5%  
Unemployment rate in the United States was recorded at 5 percent in April 2016, unchanged from the March rate, as more people dropped out of the labor force while the number of unemployed persons was little changed at 7.9 million. The labor force participation rate fell for the first time since September.
Friday May 06 2016
US Economy Adds The Least Jobs in 7-Months  
Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 160,000 in April of 2016, compared to a downwardly revised 208,000 in the previous month and market expectations of 202,000. It is the lowest figure since September last year. Employment gains occurred in professional and business services, health care, and financial activities, while mining continued to lose jobs.
Thursday May 05 2016
Jobless Claims At 5-Week High  
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits increased by 17,000 to 274,000 in the week ended April 30th. Figures came above market expectations of 260,000, reaching the highest in five weeks. However, it is the 61st consecutive week initial claims are below 300,000, the level associated with a healthy jobs market.
Wednesday May 04 2016
US ISM Non Manufacturing PMI at Fresh 2016 High  
The ISM Non-Manufacturing PMI index increased 1.2 percentage points to 55.7 percent in April of 2016, higher than market expectations of 54.7. Although business activity slowed, new orders expanded at a faster pace, employment grew for the second month and prices increased for the first time in three months, reflecting optimism over business and growth.
Wednesday May 04 2016
US Trade Deficit at 13-Month Low  
The US trade gap narrowed to USD 40.44 billion in March of 2016 from a downwardly revised USD 46.96 billion deficit in the previous month and below market expectations of USD 41.5 billion. It is the smallest gap since February last year as imports hit a 5-year low. Purchases of industrial supplies and materials fell to its smallest since April 2004 and imports of petroleum were the lowest since September 2002.
Monday May 02 2016
ISM Manufacturing PMI Below Expectations  
The Institute for Supply Management’s Manufacturing PMI came in at 50.8 in April of 2016, down from 51.8 in March and below market expectations of 51.4. Manufacturing activity in the US expanded for the second consecutive month although growth slowed as production, new orders and inventories declined while employment remained negative, suggesting the recovery is still fragile.
Monday May 02 2016
US Factory Activity Growth at 2009-Low  
The final Markit Manufacturing PMI for the United States came in at 50.8 in April of 2016, matching preliminary estimates and down from 51.5 in the previous month. It is the lowest reading since September of 2009 as production and job creation grew marginally, new business expanded at the slowest pace so far this year, input cost increased while output prices decreased further.
Friday April 29 2016
US Consumer Sentiment Revised Down in April  
The final University of Michigan's consumer sentiment for the United States came in at 89 in April of 2016, down from 91.0 in the previous month and lower than preliminary estimates of 89.7. It is the smallest reading since September as future expectations decreased to its lowest since September of 2014 and inflation rate for the next year is seen at a 7-month high.
Friday April 29 2016
US Personal Spending Edges Up 0.1%, Income Rises 0.4%  
Consumer spending in the United States edged up 0.1 percent in March from February of 2016, lower than an upwardly revised 0.2 percent gain in the previous month and below market expectations of a 0.2 percent rise. It is the lowest gain so far this year. Personal income grew at a faster 0.4 percent, compared to a downwardly revised 0.1 percent rise in February and market expectations of a 0.3 percent increase.
Thursday April 28 2016
US Jobless Claims Rise to 257K  
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits was 257,000 in the week ended April 23rd, an increase of 9,000 from the previous week's revised level of 248,000, better than market expectations of 260,000. This marks 60 consecutive weeks of initial claims below 300,000, the longest streak since 1973.
Thursday April 28 2016
US GDP Growth Slows to 0.5% in Q1  
The US economy expanded an annualized 0.5 percent on quarter in the first three months of 2016, lower than a 1.4 percent expansion in the previous period, and below market expectations of 0.7 percent growth, according to the advanced estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. It is the weakest performance since the first quarter of 2014 when the economy contracted 0.9 percent as consumer spending slowed, the drag from trade and business inventories worsened and business investment fell for the third straight quarter.
Wednesday April 27 2016
Fed Leaves Rates on Hold  
The Federal Reserve left the target range for its federal funds rate unchanged at 0.25 percent to 0.5 percent for the third time during its April 2016 meeting. Policymakers said labor market conditions improved but economic activity appears to have slowed although concerns regarding risks from global economic and financial developments to the US economy eased.
Tuesday April 26 2016
US Durable Goods Orders Below Expectations  
New orders for US manufactured durable goods increased 0.8 percent in March from February of 2016, rebounding from an upwardly revised 3.1 percent fall in the previous period but below market forecasts of a 1.8 percent rise. Excluding transportation, new orders dropped 0.2 percent and without defense orders fell 1 percent.
Monday April 25 2016
US New Home Sales Fall Unexpectedly by 1.5%  
New US single-family home sales unexpectedly fell by 1.5 percent on the month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 511,000 in March of 2016, following a downwardly revised 0.4 percent drop in February and missing market expectations of 1 percent rise. The decline was led by a sharp drop in home sales in the West region.
Friday April 22 2016
US Factory Activity Growth Weakest Since 2009  
The flash Markit Manufacturing PMI for the United States came in at 50.8 in April of 2016, down from 51.5 in the previous month and below market expectations of 52. It is the lowest reading since September of 2009 as production almost stagnated, new business growth slowed and job creation was the weakest since June of 2013.
Thursday April 21 2016
US Jobless Claims Drop to Lowest Since 1973  
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits was 247,000 in the week ended April 16th, a decrease of 6,000 from the previous week's unrevised level of 253,000, staying below market expectations of 263,000. It was the lowest reading since November 24, 1973 when it was recorded at 233,000.
Tuesday April 19 2016
US Housing Starts Fall 8.8% in March  
Housing starts in the Unites States fell 8.8 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1089 thousand in March of 2016, compared to an upwardly revised 1194 thousand in the previous month. It is the lowest reading since October last year and well below market expectations of 1170 thousand. Building permits slumped 7.7 percent, hitting a one-year low.
Friday April 15 2016
US Consumer Sentiment at 7-Month Low  
The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment for the United States came in at 89.7 in April of 2016 from 91 in the previous month and below market expectations of 92. It is the lowest reading since September of 2015, as both future expectations and current conditions deteriorated, preliminary estimates showed.
Monday April 18 2016
US Industrial Production Falls 0.6% in March  
Industrial output in the United States declined 0.6 percent in March of 2016 from the previous month, following an upwardly revised 0.6 percent drop in February. Figures came worse than market expectations of a 0.1 percent decrease, as mining shrank the most since September of 2008 when production was curtailed because of hurricanes and utilities and manufacturing also fell. For the first quarter as a whole, industrial production shrank at an annual rate of 2.2 percent.
Thursday April 14 2016
US Initial Jobless Claims Fall, Matching 1973 Level  
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits was 253,000 in the week ended April 9th, a decrease of 13,000 from the previous week's revised level of 266,000, and matching March 3rd level, which was the lowest since November 1973. Figures came below market expectations of 270,000, marking the 58th straight week claims are below 300,000, the level associated with a healthy jobs market.
Thursday April 14 2016
US Inflation Rate Slows for 2nd Month  
Consumer prices in the United States rose 0.9 percent year-on-year in March of 2016, lower than 1 percent in the previous month and below market expectations of a 1.1 percent increase. Cost of shelter, medical care and food slowed while energy prices declined slightly more.
Wednesday April 13 2016
US Retail Sales Down 0.3%  
Retail sales in the United States declined 0.3 percent in March from February of 2016 after posting no growth in the previous period and compared to market expectations of a 0.1 percent increase, due to lower auto sales. Considering the first quarter of the year, retail sales declined 0.1 percent.
Tuesday April 12 2016
US Budget Gap Widens 103% in March  
The United States recorded a budget deficit of USD 108 billion in March of 2016, compared with a USD 53 billion gap in the same month a year earlier and market expectations of a USD 104 billion shortfall. Outlays increased 17 percent and receipts declined 2.5 percent.
Thursday April 07 2016
US Jobless Claims Fall to 267K  
The number of Americans filling for unemployment benefits was 267,000 in the week ended April 2nd, a decrease of 9,000 from the previous week's level of 276,000. Figures came below market expectations of 270,000, marking the 57th straight week claims are below 300,000, the level associated with a healthy jobs market.
Wednesday April 06 2016
Fed Shows Concerns Over Global Risks  
The Federal Reserve expects the US economy to expand at a moderate pace and labor market indicators to strengthen although global economic and financial developments continue to pose risks, minutes from March FOMC meeting showed.
Tuesday April 05 2016
US ISM Non Manufacturing PMI at 3-Month High  
The ISM Non-Manufacturing PMI index increased 1.1 percentage points to 55.5 percent in March of 2016, higher than market expectations of 54. It is the highest reading so far this year, boosted by increases in business activity, new orders and employment.
Tuesday April 05 2016
US Trade Deficit at 6-Month High  
The US trade gap widened to USD 47.06 billion in February of 2016 from an upwardly revised USD 45.88 billion deficit in the previous month and above market expectations of USD 46.2 billion. It is the biggest gap in six months as imports rebounded and exports rose for the first time in five months.
Friday April 01 2016
US Consumer Sentiment Better Than Estimated  
The final University of Michigan's consumer sentiment for the United States came in at 91 in March of 2016, down from 91.7 in the previous month but better than a preliminary estimate of 90. Still, it was the lowest reading in five months, as both current and future expectations decreased while the 5 to 10 years inflation outlook went up.
Friday April 01 2016
US ISM Manufacturing PMI at 8-Month High  
The Institute for Supply Management’s Manufacturing PMI came in at 51.8 in March of 2016, up from 49.5 in February and above market expectations of 50.7. Manufacturing activity grew for the first time in six months as production, new orders and prices increased while employment declined.
Friday April 01 2016
US Markit Manufacturing PMI Revised Slightly Up  
The final Markit US Manufacturing PMI came in at 51.5 in March of 2016, slightly up from a preliminary reading of 51.4 and 51.3 in the previous month, boosted by a rise in new work and sustained employment.
Friday April 01 2016
US Jobless Rate Unexpectedly Rises to 5%  
Unemployment rate in the United States edged up to 5 percent in March 2016, from 4.9 percent in the previous month and compared with expectations that it would hold steady. The number of unemployed persons was little changed at 8 million.
Friday April 01 2016
US Economy Adds 215K Jobs in March  
Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 215,000 in March of 2016, lower than an upwardly revised 245,000 in the previous month but beating market expectations of 205,000. Employment gains occurred in retail trade, construction, and health care, while job losses occurred in manufacturing and mining.
Thursday March 31 2016
US Initial Jobless Claims at 8-Week High  
The number of Americans filling for unemployment benefits was 276,000 in the week ended March 26th, an increase of 11,000 from the previous week's level of 265,000. Figures came above market expectations of 265,000, reaching the highest in eight weeks.
Tuesday March 29 2016
Fed Yellen Cautious on Interest Rates  
It is appropriate for the Federal Reserve to proceed cautiously in adjusting interest rates due to uncertain growth and inflation outlook and markets turbulence, Chair Janet Yellen said in a speech at the Economic Club of New York. Fed Chair also added that achieving employment and inflation goals are likely to require a somewhat lower path for the federal funds rate than was anticipated in December.
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