US labor market defies recession fears as job growth surges in July

Nonfarm payrolls increased 528,000 in July Unemployment rate falls to 3.5% from 3.6% in June Average hourly earnings rose 0.5%; up 5.2% year-on-year Participation rate falls to 62.1% from 62.2% in June WASHINGTON, Aug 5 (Reuters) – US job growth unexpectedly accelerated in July, lifting the level of employment above its pre-pandemic level and pouring … Read more

US weekly jobless claims increase, but labor market remains tight

Weekly jobless claims increase 6,000 to 260,000 Continuing claims rose 48,000 to 1,416 million Trade deficit shrinks 6.2% to $79.6 billion in June WASHINGTON, Aug 4 (Reuters) – The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits increased last week, suggesting some softening in the labor market, although overall conditions remain tight. That was … Read more

Stocks steady as markets bet on hefty Bank of England hike

Market bets on 50bp hike by Bank of England Fed official: 50bp hike in Sept “reasonable” Oil rebounds from six-month low Lufthansa returns to operating profit Credit Agricole sees profits jump LONDON, Aug 4 (Reuters) – Strong earnings at Credit Agricole and Lufthansa lifted stocks on Thursday as tension over Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan … Read more

Fed officials beat inflation drum; 50-basis-point rate hike ‘reasonable’ next month

Aug 3 (Reuters) – Federal Reserve officials voiced their determination again on Wednesday to rein in high inflation, although one noted a half-percentage-point hike in the US central bank’s key interest rate next month might be enough to march towards that goal. “I start from the idea that 50 (basis points) would be a reasonable … Read more

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

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

Shenzhen accelerates China’s driverless car dreams

SHENZHEN, China, Aug 1 (Reuters) – On a busy downtown street three delivery bikes suddenly dart over the pedestrian crossing ahead of the car. On the car’s dashboard they look like small 3D blue blocks from a 1990s video game. The steering wheel turns itself a notch and the vehicle slows to a gentle halt, … Read more

Analysis: World’s biggest bond markets back in vogue as recession fears mount

Global indices are displayed on a screen on the trading floor at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in Manhattan, New York City, US, August 19, 2021. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register LONDON, July 29 (Reuters) – One day you’re out and the next day you’re in: the world’s … Read more

Wall St ends up sharply for 2nd day; Amazon, Apple jump after hours

US economy contracts in the second quarter Meta Platforms revenue drops for the first time Ford shares gain after results Indexes: Dow up 1%, S&P 500 up 1.2%, Nasdaq up 1.1% NEW YORK, July 28 (Reuters) – US stocks on Thursday rallied for a second day, with all three major indexes ending up more than … Read more

Fed raises rates again, says will not relent in inflation fight

Fed raises policy rate to 2.25%-2.50% range US central bank flags weakening economic data Fed’s Powell to speak at 2:30 pm EDT (1830 GMT) WASHINGTON, July 27 (Reuters) – The Federal Reserve raised its benchmark overnight interest rate by three-quarters of a percentage point on Wednesday in an effort to cool the most intense breakout … Read more