US weekly jobless claims drop to nine-month low; productivity gains speed

Weekly jobless claims drop 3,000 to 183,000 Continuing claims decrease 11,000 to 1,655 million Productivity accelerates at a 3.0% rate in the fourth quarter Unit labor costs grow at 1.1% pace WASHINGTON, Feb 2 (Reuters) – The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits dropped to a nine-month low last week as the … Read more

Euro dips as ECB meets market expectations

NEW YORK, Feb 2 (Reuters) – The euro dipped against the dollar on Thursday after the European Central Bank (ECB) hiked interest rates by a widely expected 50 basis points and offered no new hawkish surprises, while the Bank of England (BofE) adopted a more dovish tone on inflation. The ECB penciled in at least … Read more

Analysis: Fed feeds Wall Street’s soft landing hopes, although recession fears still loom

Feb 2 (Reuters) – A more dovish-than-expected message from Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell stands to further boost hopes of slowing rate hikes and a so-called economic soft landing that have fueled a powerful rebound in US stocks. For weeks, hopes that easing inflation and cooling growth will allow the Fed to pull back from … Read more

Dollar falls to nine-month low as Powell notes progress in disinflation

NEW YORK, Feb 1 (Reuters) – The dollar extended losses on Wednesday and fell to a nine-month low against a basket of currencies after Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell spoke of making progress in bringing down inflation pressures, even as the US central bank warned of further monetary policy tightening. Powell, speaking in a news … Read more

Asian shares jump, dollar eases after Powell comments

SINGAPORE, Feb 2 (Reuters) – Asian stocks jumped on Thursday while the dollar eased after Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell said a “disinflationary” process was underway, boosting risk appetite and hope that the US central bank will soon end its monetary tightening streak. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan (.MIAPJ0000PUS) was 0.84% ​​higher, … Read more

Wall Street down but off session lows after Fed rate hike, trading choppy

Fed raises interest rates, sees “ongoing increases” Indexes down: Dow 0.96%, S&P 0.40%, Nasdaq 0.03% Feb 1 (Reuters) – US stock indexes were lower on Wednesday in choppy trade, bouncing off session lows hit when the Federal Reserve increased interest rates by a quarter of a percentage point and said it expects “ongoing increases” in … Read more

India ramps up spending in last budget ahead of election

NEW DELHI, Feb 1 (Reuters) – India’s government on Wednesday unveiled a $550 billion budget for the next fiscal year that starts on April 1, with a plan for record capital spending while reining in the fiscal deficit. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party, which faces elections in key states this year and a national vote … Read more

Oil stable as market awaits Fed, OPEC decisions

LONDON, Feb 1 (Reuters) – Oil prices were broadly stable as the market is looking towards a meeting of OPEC and its allies as well as a Federal Reserve rate decision and US government data on crude and fuel stockpiles on Wednesday. Brent crude futures dipped 11 cents, or 0.1%, to $85.35 a barrel at … Read more

Stocks firm, dollar on edge ahead of Fed decision

US wage growth moderates, Wall Street rallies MSCI AxJ index up 0.6%; dollar flat All eyes on 1900 GMT Fed announcement SINGAPORE, Feb 1 (Reuters) – Asia’s stock markets steadied on Wednesday, with signs of a slowdown in US wages bolstering hopes that the Federal Reserve could hint at an end to interest rate hikes … Read more

US labor cost growth smallest in a year; labor persistently tight

The employment cost index rises 1.0% in the fourth quarter Wages, salaries increase 1.0%; up 5.1% year-on-year Consumer confidence index drops to 107.1 in January House price inflation slows further in November WASHINGTON, Jan 31 (Reuters) – US labor costs increased at their slowest pace in a year in the fourth quarter as wage growth … Read more