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19.04.2019
01:49 PM


U.S. Housing Starts Unexpectedly Dip 0.3% In March

A report released by the Commerce Department on Friday unexpectedly showed a modest decrease in new residential construction in the U.S. in the month of March.

The Commerce Department said housing starts dipped by 0.3 percent to an annual rate of 1.139 million in March from the revised February estimate of 1.142 million.

The drop came as a surprise to economists, who had expected housing starts to surge up by 5.9 percent to a rate of 1.230 million from the 1.162 million originally reported for the previous month.

Single-family housing starts fell by 0.4 percent to a rate of 785,000, while multi-family starts were unchanged at a rate of 354,000.

The report said building permits also tumbled by 1.7 percent to an annual rate of 1.269 million in March from the revised February rate of 1.291 million.

Building permits, an indicator of future housing demand, had been expected to rise by 0.3 percent to a rate of 1.300 million from the 1.296 million originally reported for the previous month.

While single-family building permits slumped by 1.1 percent to a rate of 808,000, multi-family permits plunged by 2.7 percent to a rate of 461,000.

Compared to the same month a year ago, housing starts were down by 14.2 percent and building permits were down by 7.8 percent.

On Tuesday, the National Association of Home Builders released a separate report showing a modest improvement in U.S. homebuilder confidence in the month of April.

The report said the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index inched up to 63 in April after holding at 62 in March, with the uptick matching expectations.

"Builders report solid demand for new single-family homes but they are also grappling with affordability concerns stemming from a chronic shortage of construction workers and buildable lots," said NAHB Chairman Greg Ugalde.


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19.04.2019
01:30 PM


*U.S. Housing Starts Drop 0.3% In March, Building Permits Tumble 1.7%

U.S. Housing Starts Drop 0.3% In March, Building Permits Tumble 1.7%


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19.04.2019
12:40 AM


Japan Overall Inflation +0.5% On Year In March

Overall nationwide consumer prices in Japan were up 0.5 percent on year in March, the ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications said on Friday.

That was in line with expectations and up from 0.2 percent in February.

Core consumer prices were up 0.8 percent on year - exceeding expectations for 0.7 percent, which would have been unchanged from the previous month.

Individually, prices for fuel, furniture, medical care and recreation were up, while communication costs were down.

On a seasonally adjusted monthly basis, overall inflation and core CPI both were unchanged.


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19.04.2019
12:31 AM


*Japan Nationwide Overall CPI +0.5% On Year In March; Core CPI +0.8%

Japan Nationwide Overall CPI +0.5% On Year In March; Core CPI +0.8%


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18.04.2019
11:45 PM


South Korea Producer Prices Rise 0.3% In March

Producer prices in South Korea were up 0.3 percent on month in March, the Bank of Korea said on Friday.

That follows the 0.1 percent increase in February.

Individually, agricultural, forestry and marine products climbed 1.0 percent on month, while manufacturing products added 0.4 percent, services rose 0.2 percent and utilities were flat.

On a yearly basis, producer prices added 0.1 percent after sliding 0.2 percent in the previous month.


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18.04.2019
11:03 PM


*South Korea Producer Prices +0.3% On Month, +0.1% On Year In March

South Korea Producer Prices +0.3% On Month, +0.1% On Year In March


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18.04.2019
11:00 PM


Japan Inflation Data Due On Friday

Japan is scheduled to release March numbers for consumer prices, highlighting a light day for Asia-Pacific economic activity.

Overall nationwide inflation is expected to have added 0.5 percent on year after gaining 0.2 percent in February. Core CPI is called steady at 0.7 percent.

Japan also will see March figures for supermarket sales; in February, sales were down 2.5 percent on year.

Also, a number of regional stock markets are shuttered for the Good Friday holiday, including Singapore, Hong Kong, Indonesia and New Zealand. Singapore and Indonesia will return to action on Monday, while Hong Kong and New Zealand are back on Tuesday.


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18.04.2019
09:50 PM


Dollar Rises On Strong Economic Data

The U.S. dollar rose against major currencies on Friday, buoyed by stronger than expected U.S. retail sales data. A drop in initial jobless claims and weak eurozone manufacturing data too contributed to the greenback's strength.

The dollar index gained about 0.5% at 97.49 at the day's high.

Against the euro, the dollar strengthened to $1.1232, up 0.57%.

The British Pound Sterling was also notably weak against the dollar. A pound was fetching $1.299, 0.4% less than previous close.

The dollar was up 0.4% against the Aussie with the pair trading at 1.2990 and was up 0.3% against the loonie at 1.3383.

Against Swiss franc, the greenback gained about 0.5%, while against Swedish Krona, it was up 0.6%.

The dollar was down slightly against the Japanese currency, with a unit fetching 112.00 yen. Earlier, it was trading at 111.76 yen.

In economic news, the Conference Board's leading economic index climbed by a more than expected 0.4% in March, after inching up by a revised 0.1% in February. Economists had expected the index to rise by 0.3% compared to the 0.2% uptick originally reported for the previous month.

A report from the Labor Department showed initial jobless claims in the U.S. unexpectedly edged lower in the week ended April 13th. The data said jobless claims dropped by 5,000 to 192,000 in the month, the lowest level since hitting 182,000 in September of 1969.

Economists had expected jobless claims to rise to 205,000 from the 196,000 originally reported in the previous week.

According to a report from the Commerce Department, retail sales in the U.S. spiked by much more than expected in the month of March, soaring by 1.6%, after edging down by 0.2% in February. Economists had expected retail sales to climb by 0.9%.

Business inventories in the U.S. rose by 0.3% in February after jumping by an upwardly revised 0.9% in January.according to a report released by the Commerce Department. Economists had expected inventories to climb by 0.4 percent compared to the 0.8 percent increase originally reported for the previous month.

Meanwhile, a report released by the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia showed the pace of growth in regional manufacturing slowed by more than anticipated in the month of April following a significant rebound in the previous month.

The Philly Fed said its index for current manufacturing activity in the region dropped to 8.5 in April after jumping to 13.7 in March.

In Eurozone news, eurozone private sector expanded at the slowest pace for the second successive month in April as manufacturing contracted and service sector growth slowed, preliminary data from the IHS Markit survey showed.

The Eurozone Composite Purchasing Managers' Index fell to a three-month low of 51.3 from 51.6 in March.

Employment growth rose slightly but remained at the lowest since 2016.

Eurozone business expectation declined for a second successive month to the lowest since January.

The manufacturing PMI rose to a two-month high of 47.8 from 47.5 in March and the services PMI hit a three-month low of 52.5 from 53.3 in March.

In the U.K., retail sales grew at a faster rate than expected in March, data from the Office for National Statistics showed. Retail sales grew 1.1% month-on-month in March, after a 0.6% rise in February.


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18.04.2019
08:37 PM


Oil Futures Settle Modestly Higher

Crude oil futures edged higher on Thursday and eked out marginal gains for the truncated week, with traders weighing near term crude supply and demand prospects and making cautious moves.

West Texas Intermediate Crude oil futures for May ended up $0.24, or about 0.4%, at $64.00 a barrel.

On Wednesday, crude oil futures for May ended down $0.29, or 0.45%, at $63.76 a barrel.

Tighter supply due to U.S. sanctions on Iran and Venezuela, the drop in oil rigs count, the decline in U.S. crude stockpiles - the first in four weeks - and a report showing crude oil exports from Saudi Arabia declined by 277,000 barrels a day to below 7 million barrels per day in February, supported crude prices.

Another positive for crude was a report showing a fall in shipments from Saudi Arabia.

On the economic front, the latest batch of data out of the U.S. was buoyant. However, weak data from eurozone has raised concerns about energy demand.

Reports showed eurozone business activity barely grew in April. While Germany's economy is struggling to grow, France has stabilized somewhat after contracting in March.

The Energy Information Administration's data on Wednesday showed crude stockpiles dropped by 1.4 million barrels in the week ended April 12, slightly more than the expected fall.

A report from Baker Hughes showed today that oil rigs count in the U.S. dropped by 8 this week, bringing the total count down to 825.


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18.04.2019
08:20 PM


Treasuries Move To The Upside Ahead Of Easter Weekend

After ending the previous session roughly flat, treasuries showed a notable move to the upside during trading on Thursday.

Bond prices moved higher early in the session before moving roughly sideways thereafter. Subsequently, the yield on the benchmark ten-year note, which moves opposite of its price, fell by 3.2 basis points to 2.560 percent.

The strength among treasuries came after a Commerce Department report showed a jump in retail sales in March but analysts continued to forecast a slowdown in GDP growth in the first quarter.

The Commerce Department said retail sales soared by 1.6 percent in March after edging down by 0.2 percent in February. Economists had expected retail sales to climb by 0.9 percent.

Excluding a jump in sales by motor vehicle and parts dealers, retail sales still surged up by 1.2 percent in March following a revised 0.2 percent dip in February.

Ex-auto sales had been expected to increase by 0.7 percent compared to the 0.4 percent drop originally reported for the previous month.

The report said closely watched core retail sales, which exclude autos, gasoline, building materials and food services, also jumped by 1.0 percent in March after falling by 0.3 percent in February.

"Overall, the retail sales figures add to the slightly more positive tone of the recent data and provide some comfort that the economy isn't falling off a cliff," said Andrew Hunter, Senior U.S. Economist at Capital Economics.

He added, "But they don't change our view that the fading of the fiscal boost and the lagged impact of the Fed's monetary tightening will push GDP growth below its 2% potential pace over the coming quarters."

A separate report from the Labor Department showed initial jobless claims unexpectedly edged lower in the week ended April 13th, falling to a nearly 50-year low.

The report said initial jobless claims dipped to 192,000, a decrease of 5,000 from the previous week's revised level of 197,000. Economists had expected jobless claims to rise to 205,000.

With the unexpected decrease, initial jobless claims dropped to their lowest level since hitting 182,000 in September of 1969.

Following the long holiday weekend, next week's trading may be impacted by reaction to reports on new and existing home sales, durable goods orders and first quarter GDP.

Bond traders are also likely to keep an eye on the results of the Treasury Department's auctions of two-year, five-year, and seven-year notes.

The Treasury plans to sell $40 billion worth of two-year notes next Tuesday, $41 billion worth of five-year notes next Wednesday and $32 billion worth of seven-year notes next Thursday.


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18.04.2019
08:03 PM


Gold Futures End Marginally Down

Gold futures ended slightly lower on Thursday, as the dollar gained in strength on fairly buoyant economic data.

The dollar index gained about 0.5%, rising to 97.48, riding on stronger than expected jump in U.S. retail sales in March.

Gold futures for June ended down $0.80, or about 0.06%, at $1,276.00 an ounce, the lowest settlement since late December 2018.

On Wednesday, gold futures for June ended down $0.60, at $1,276.60 an ounce. Gold futures shed about 1.5% in the holiday-shortened week, going down for a fourth straight week.

Silver futures for May ended up $0.016, at $14.955 an ounce, while Copper futures for May settled at $2.9200 per pound, down $0.0475 from previous close.

In economic news, the Conference Board's leading economic index climbed by a more than expected 0.4% in March, after inching up by a revised 0.1% in February. Economists had expected the index to rise by 0.3% compared to the 0.2% uptick originally reported for the previous month.

A report from the Labor Department showed initial jobless claims in the U.S. unexpectedly edged lower in the week ended April 13th. The data said jobless claims dropped by 5,000 to 192,000 in the month, the lowest level since hitting 182,000 in September of 1969.

Economists had expected jobless claims to rise to 205,000 from the 196,000 originally reported in the previous week.

According to a report from the Commerce Department, retail sales in the U.S. spiked by much more than expected in the month of March, soaring by 1.6%, after edging down by 0.2% in February. Economists had expected retail sales to climb by 0.9%.

Meanwhile, a report released by the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia showed the pace of growth in regional manufacturing slowed by more than anticipated in the month of April following a significant rebound in the previous month.

The Philly Fed said its index for current manufacturing activity in the region dropped to 8.5 in April after jumping to 13.7 in March.

In Eurozone news, eurozone private sector expanded at the slowest pace for the second successive month in April as manufacturing contracted and service sector growth slowed, preliminary data from the IHS Markit survey showed.


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18.04.2019
06:16 PM


Treasury Announces Details Of Next Week's Long-Term Securities Auctions

On Thursday, the Treasury Department announced the details of next week's auctions of two-year, five-year, and seven-year notes on Thursday.

The Treasury said it plans to sell $40 billion worth of two-year notes next Tuesday, $41 billion worth of five-year notes next Wednesday and $32 billion worth of seven-year notes next Thursday.

Last month, the Treasury also sold $40 billion worth of two-year notes, $41 billion worth of five-year notes and $32 billion worth of seven-year notes.

The two-year and five-year note auctions both attracted below average demand, while the seven-year note auction attracted average demand.


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18.04.2019
03:30 PM


U.S. Leading Economic Index Climbs More Than Expected In March

A report released by the Conference Board on Thursday showed its reading on U.S. leading economic indicators rose by slightly more than anticipated in the month of March.

The Conference Board said its leading economic index climbed by 0.4 percent in March after inching up by a revised 0.1 percent in February.

Economists had expected the index to rise by 0.3 percent compared to the 0.2 percent uptick originally reported for the previous month.

"The US LEI picked up in March with labor markets, consumers' outlook, and financial conditions making the largest contributions," said Ataman Ozyildirim, Director of Economic Research at the Conference Board.

He added, "Despite the relatively large gain in March, the trend in the US LEI continues to moderate, suggesting that growth in the US economy is likely to decelerate toward its long term potential of about 2 percent by year end."

The slightly bigger than expected increase by the leading economic index reflected positive contributions from eight of the ten indicators that make up the index.

Average weekly initial jobless claims, average consumer expectations for business conditions, the Leading Credit Index, stock prices, the ISM New Orders Index, and the interest rate spread were among the biggest positive contributors.

Meanwhile, the report said average weekly manufacturing hours and building permits held steady during the month.

The Conference Board also said the coincident economic index crept up by 0.1 percent in March, matching the uptick in February.

The modest increase by the index reflected positive contributions from employees on non-farm payrolls, personal income less transfer payments and manufacturing and trade sales, while industrial production made a negative contribution.

The lagging economic index also inched up by 0.1 percent in March after showing no change in February, with four of its seven components advancing.

Commercial and industrial loans outstanding, the ratio of consumer installment credit outstanding to personal income, the change in consumer prices for services, and the ratio of manufacturing and trade inventories to sales made positive contributions.

Negative contributions from the average duration of unemployment and the change in the index of labor cost per unit of output, manufacturing limited the upside.


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18.04.2019
03:26 PM


U.S. Business Inventories Rise Slightly Less Than Expected In February

Business inventories in the U.S. increased by slightly less than anticipated in the month of February, according to a report released by the Commerce Department on Thursday.

The Commerce Department said business inventories rose by 0.3 percent in February after jumping by an upwardly revised 0.9 percent in January.

Economists had expected inventories to climb by 0.4 percent compared to the 0.8 percent increase originally reported for the previous month.

Manufacturing and retail inventories both rose by 0.3 percent during the month, while wholesale inventories edged up by 0.2 percent in February after surging up by 1.2 percent in January.

The report also showed an uptick in business sales, which inched up by 0.1 percent in February after rising by 0.3 percent in January.

Manufacturing and wholesale sales climbed by 0.4 percent and 0.3 percent, respectively, while retail sales fell by 0.3 percent.

With inventories and sales both increasing, the total business inventories/sales ratio for March was unchanged from the previous month at 1.39.


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18.04.2019
03:05 PM


Strong Retail Sales, Falling Jobless Claims Buoys U.S. Dollar

The U.S. dollar strengthened against its major counterparts in the European session on Thursday, as the nation's retail sales grew more than expected in March, while jobless claims touched near a 50-year low in the week ended April 13, signaling a pickup in economic growth in the first quarter.

Data from the Commerce Department showed that U.S. retail sales spiked much more than expected in March.

The Commerce Department said retail sales soared by 1.6 percent in March after edging down by 0.2 percent in February. Economists had expected retail sales to climb by 0.9 percent.

Excluding a jump in sales by motor vehicle and parts dealers, retail sales still surged up by 1.2 percent in March following a revised 0.2 percent dip in February.

Ex-auto sales had been expected to increase by 0.7 percent compared to the 0.4 percent drop originally reported for the previous month.

Data from the the Labor Department showed that first-time claims for U.S. unemployment benefits unexpectedly edged lower in the week ended April 13, with jobless claims falling to a nearly 50-year low.

The report said initial jobless claims dipped to 192,000, a decrease of 5,000 from the previous week's revised level of 197,000.

Economists had expected jobless claims to rise to 205,000 from the 196,000 originally reported in the previous week.

Investors await U.S business inventories for February and leading economic indicators for March, due at 10 am ET. Economists expect inventories to climb by 0.4 percent and leading index to rise by 0.3 percent.

The greenback traded mixed against its major counterparts in the Asian session. While it fell against the pound and the yen, it held steady against the franc and the euro.

The greenback appreciated to near a 2-week high of 1.2993 against the pound, after falling to 1.3053 at 1:45 am ET. The greenback is likely to find resistance around the 1.28 level, if it rises further.

Data from the Office for National Statistics showed that UK retail sales grew at a faster rate than expected in March.

Retail sales grew 1.1 percent month-on-month in March, after a 0.6 percent rise in February. Economists had forecast a 0.4 percent decline.

The greenback spiked up to 1.0138 against the franc, a level unseen since March 2017. The greenback is seen finding resistance around the 1.04 level.

Data from the Federal Customs Administration showed that Switzerland's exports slowed in March after rising in the previous month, while imports decreased further.

Exports edged up a real 0.1 percent month-on-month in March, after a 1.5 percent rise in February.

The greenback rebounded to 112.03 against the yen, from a 6-day low of 111.77 hit at 4:00 am ET. On the upside, 113.00 is possibly seen as the next resistance level for the greenback.

The greenback strengthened to an 8-day high of 1.1236 against the euro from yesterday's closing value of 1.1293. Further uptrend is likely to take the greenback to a resistance around the 1.10 area.

Flash data from the IHS Markit showed that Eurozone private sector expanded at the slowest pace for the second successive month in April as manufacturing contracted and service sector growth slowed.

The Eurozone Composite Purchasing Managers' Index fell to a three-month low of 51.3 from 51.6 in March.

The greenback climbed to 2-day highs of 1.3400 against the loonie and 0.7149 against the aussie, from its early lows of 1.3333 and 0.7198, respectively. The greenback is poised to find resistance around 1.35 against the loonie and 0.70 against the aussie.

Reversing from a low of 0.6730 hit at 6:15 pm ET, the greenback edged up to 0.6679 against the kiwi. Next likely resistance for the greenback is seen around the 0.65 level.

The U.S business inventories for February and leading economic indicators for March are due at 10 am ET.


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18.04.2019
03:01 PM


*U.S. Leading Economic Index Climbs 0.4% In March

U.S. Leading Economic Index Climbs 0.4% In March


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18.04.2019
03:00 PM


*U.S. Business Inventories Rise 0.3% In February

U.S. Business Inventories Rise 0.3% In February


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18.04.2019
02:33 PM


Philly Fed Index Pulls Back But Still Indicates Growth In April

A report released by the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia on Thursday showed the pace of growth in regional manufacturing activity slowed by more than anticipated in the month of April following a significant rebound in the previous month.

The Philly Fed said its index for current manufacturing activity in the region dropped to 8.5 in April after jumping to 13.7 in March.

While a positive reading still indicates growth in regional manufacturing activity, economists had expected the index to show a more modest pullback to 10.4.

The pullback by the headline index came as the survey's other broad indicators turned in a mixed performance, as the shipments index dipped to 18.4 from 20.0 but the new orders index jumped to 15.7 from 1.9.

The report also said the number of employees index climbed to 14.7 in April from 9.6 in March, indicating a faster rate of job growth.

With regard to inflation, the prices paid index rose to 21.6 in April from 19.7 in March, while the prices received index dropped to 20.0 from 24.7.

The Philly Fed said the diffusion index for future general activity slid to a three-year low of 19.1 in April from 21.8 in March, as most firms are less optimistic about future activity and employment.

On Monday, the New York Federal Reserve released a separate report showing growth in regional manufacturing activity picked up somewhat in April but remained fairly subdued.

The New York Fed said its headline general business conditions index climbed to 10.1 in April after falling to 3.7 in March. Economists had expected the index to rise to 6.0.


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18.04.2019
02:22 PM


U.S. Retail Sales Show Much Bigger Than Expected Rebound In March

Retail sales in the U.S. spiked by much more than expected in the month of March, the Commerce Department revealed in a report released on Thursday.

The Commerce Department said retail sales soared by 1.6 percent in March after dipping by 0.2 percent in February. Economists had expected retail sales to climb by 0.9 percent.

The stronger than expected retail sales growth was partly due to a jump in sales by motor vehicle and parts dealers, which skyrocketed by 3.1 percent in March after edging down by 0.1 percent in February.

Excluding sales by motor vehicle and parts dealers, however, retail sales still surged up by 1.2 percent in March following a revised 0.2 percent dip in February.

Ex-auto sales had been expected to increase by 0.7 percent compared to the 0.4 percent drop originally reported for the previous month.

Higher gasoline prices contributed to another spike in sales by gas stations, which soared by 3.5 percent for the second consecutive month.

Nonetheless, the report said closely watched core retail sales, which exclude autos, gasoline, building materials and food services, jumped by 1.0 percent in March after falling by 0.3 percent in February.

Notable increases in sales by clothing and accessories stores, furniture and home furnishings stores, and miscellaneous store retailers contributed to the rebound in core sales.

"Overall, the retail sales figures add to the slightly more positive tone of the recent data and provide some comfort that the economy isn't falling off a cliff," said Andrew Hunter, Senior U.S. Economist at Capital Economics.

He added, "But they don't change our view that the fading of the fiscal boost and the lagged impact of the Fed's monetary tightening will push GDP growth below its 2% potential pace over the coming quarters."


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18.04.2019
02:11 PM


U.S. Jobless Claims Unexpectedly Dip To Lowest Level In Nearly 50 Years

First-time claims for U.S. unemployment benefits unexpectedly edged lower in the week ended April 13th, according to a report released by the Labor Department on Thursday, with jobless claims falling to a nearly 50-year low.

The report said initial jobless claims dipped to 192,000, a decrease of 5,000 from the previous week's revised level of 197,000.

Economists had expected jobless claims to rise to 205,000 from the 196,000 originally reported in the previous week.

With the unexpected decrease, initial jobless claims dropped to their lowest level since hitting 182,000 in September of 1969.

The Labor Department said the less volatile four-week moving average also slid to a nearly 50-year low of 201,250.

The four-week moving average dropped by 6,000 from the previous week's revised level of 207,250, falling to its lowest level since hitting 200,500 in November of 1969.

Continuing claims, a reading on the number of people receiving ongoing unemployment assistance, also tumbled by 63,000 to 1.653 million in the week ended April 6th.

The four-week moving average of continuing claims fell to 1,712,500, a decrease of 22,750 from the previous week's revised average of 1,735,250.


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18.04.2019
01:49 PM


Philly Fed Index Pulls Back More Than Expected In April

A report released by the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia on Thursday showed the pace of growth in regional manufacturing slowed by more than anticipated in the month of April following a significant rebound in the previous month.

The Philly Fed said its index for current manufacturing activity in the region dropped to 8.5 in April after jumping to 13.7 in March.

While a positive reading still indicates growth in regional manufacturing activity, economists had expected the index to show a more modest pullback to 10.4.


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18.04.2019
01:44 PM


U.S. Retail Sales Jump Much More Than Expected In March

Retail sales in the U.S. spiked by much more than expected in the month of March, the Commerce Department revealed in a report released on Thursday.

The Commerce Department said retail sales soared by 1.6 percent in March after edging down by 0.2 percent in February. Economists had expected retail sales to climb by 0.9 percent.

Excluding a jump in sales by motor vehicle and parts dealers, retail sales still surged up by 1.2 percent in March following a revised 0.2 percent dip in February.

Ex-auto sales had been expected to increase by 0.7 percent compared to the 0.4 percent drop originally reported for the previous month.


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18.04.2019
01:42 PM


*Dollar Advances To Near 2-week High Of 1.2993 Vs Pound After U.S. Retail Sales

Dollar Advances To Near 2-week High Of 1.2993 Vs Pound After U.S. Retail Sales


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18.04.2019
01:36 PM


Loonie Rises After Canada Retail Sales

Following the release of Canada retail sales for February at 8:30 am ET Thursday, the loonie rose against its major counterparts.

The loonie was trading at 83.66 against the yen, 0.9572 against the aussie, 1.3391 against the greenback and 1.5052 against the euro around 8:33 am ET.


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18.04.2019
01:36 PM


Dollar Advances Following U.S. Retail Sales

After the release of U.S. retail sales for March and weekly jobless claims for the week ended April 13 at 8:30 am ET Thursday, the greenback climbed against its major counterparts.

The greenback was trading at 111.97 against the yen, 1.0123 against the franc, 1.3002 against the pound and 1.1241 against the euro around 8:34 am ET.


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