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A modest drop in US jobless claims

03:44 pm 2018-02-22

A Labor Department report on Thursday showed a modest decline in first-time claims for US unemployment benefits in the week ending Feb. 17. Initial jobless claims fell to 222,000, down 7,000 from last week's revised 229,000, the report said. The economic decline, which was expecting unemployment claims to fall, fell from 230,000 originally reported for the previous month. The four-week moving average was also down to 226,000, a decrease of 2,250 from the revised average of the previous week of 228,250. The Labor Department…More

The Euro is performing mixed against major currencies following the ECB meeting minutes

03:24 pm 2018-02-22

The euro turned lower today against its major counterparts in the European session after the minutes of the ECB's latest monetary policy meeting showed policy makers agreed it was too early to adjust future directions. European Central Bank policymakers said it was too early to change financial trends despite growing confidence that inflation would move near its target, as the minutes of the latest policy session showed on Thursday. "Members widely agreed that any change in monetary policy would be gradual and would be in…More

ECB : It is too early to talk about a change in the central European financial policies

03:05 pm 2018-02-22

European Central Bank policymakers said it was too early to change financial trends despite growing confidence that inflation would move closer to its target, as the minutes of the latest policy session showed on Thursday. "Members widely agreed that any change in monetary policy would be gradual and would be in line with improvements in medium-term inflation expectations," the European Central Bank's minutes disclosed at the policy session on January 24-25. "The changes will develop naturally in line with the ECB's upcoming guidance" as inflation…More

Retail sales have slowed and growth in the UK has slowed

12:29 pm 2018-02-22

Retail sales growth in the UK slowed for a third straight month in February, according to the latest quarterly survey by the Confederation of British Industry (BBI) on Thursday. Retail sales fell to 8 percent in February, well below the expected 14 percent. However, 21% expect sales to fall again next month, and retailers expect their trade conditions to improve slightly over the next three months for the first time since November 2016. "With labor-intensive jobs like retailers finding it increasingly difficult to find workers,…More

The pound fell against its major counterparts in Thursday

12:09 pm 2018-02-22

The British pound fell against its major counterparts in the European session on Thursday, as UK economic growth was revised in the fourth quarter, and concern over concerns about faster interest rates in the United States intensified. The second estimate by the Office of National Statistics showed that GDP increased by 0.4 per cent sequentially, from 0.5 per cent initially. GDP rose 0.5 per cent in the third quarter and in 2017 the economy grew by 1.7 per cent, which is also slower than the previous estimate…More

​France consumer price inflation rose less than forecast in January

08:54 am 2018-02-22

France's consumer price inflation rose less than forecast in January, according to final data released by the statistical office on Thursday, and consumer prices rose 1.3 percent year-on-year in January, slower than the 1.2 percent increase in December. The preliminary estimate was 1.4 per cent, and the acceleration in energy and services prices partly offset the slowdown in the prices of tobacco and food products. On a monthly basis, consumer prices fell by 0.1 percent, in line with the estimate, reversing a 0.3 percent rise in December. The…More

The US Federal Reserve points to raising the probability of a rate hike during the year

09:01 pm 2018-02-21

The Federal Reserve's latest meeting minutes said the Federal Reserve is on track to gradually raise interest rates this year. Markets were paying close attention to any hints that politics would be different under new Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell, who replaced Janet Yellen at the request of President Donald Trump. However, the record was Yauner. It implies that the Federal Reserve is still planning to raise interest rates three times in 2018, with the first of these modest increases in interest rates coming in…More

The Dollar continued to rise against its major counterparts in the European session on Wednesday

04:17 pm 2018-02-21

The US dollar continued to rise against its major counterparts in the European session on Wednesday as investors awaited the minutes of the latest Fed policy meeting for more information on future interest rate hikes this year. The minutes of the 30 January meeting, scheduled for 2 pm EST, could provide further evidence on the central bank's views on inflation and the interest rate path. The last meeting was chaired by former Federal Committee Janet Yellin, Mission to Jerome Powell. The January meeting statement…More

Existing home sales in the United States fell unexpectedly

03:57 pm 2018-02-21

Sales of existing homes in the United States unexpectedly showed a sharp decline in January, the report said. Home sales fell 3.2 percent to 5.38 million in January from 5.56 million in December, the National Association of Realtors said on Wednesday. The decline was stunned by economists who expected existing home sales to reach 5.60 million from 5.57 million reported the previous month. With an unexpected monthly decline, existing home sales fell 4.8 percent from the same month last year, the biggest annual drop since August 2014. …More

​The British pound fell against its major counterparts in European trading

01:40 pm 2018-02-21

The British pound fell against its major counterparts in European trading on Wednesday, after data showed a rise in unemployment in the UK in the fourth quarter. Data from the National Statistics Office showed that the ILO's unemployment rate rose by 0.1 percentage points to 4.4 per cent in the three months to December. In the same period last year, the rate was 4.8 percent. Further undermining of the currency was risk aversion, as European stocks tracked Wall Street's decline in the wake of…More

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