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Apr 23, 2014
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U.S. new home sales: the good, the bad and the ugly


What’s happening with the U.S. housing market?

Ask three different economists and you’ll get three different answers.

While that’s not anything new, the different ways some analysts have spun the surprise — one of the biggest on U.S. data in many months — is exceptionally far from anything resembling a consensus.

New home sales – a leading indicator for housing – plummeted by 14.5 percent in March, totally wrong-footing the Reuters consensus of forecasters. They were expecting modest improvement after a decidedly poor winter for the U.S. economy on nearly all measures.

Mar 7, 2014
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Weather to make February jobs report a crap-shoot too


Blaming bad economic news on winter is getting as tiresome as tales of snarled traffic, flight cancellations and trips out with the snow shovel in freezing winds.

The February jobs report will be no exception to this U.S. season of climactic howling.

Feb 19, 2014
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Why UK rates are well below “normal” in one labour market chart

Much ink has been spilled over the past several months over when the Bank of England will eventually raise interest rates from a record low of 0.5 percent, and if they’ll do it before the Federal Reserve does. The pound is trading near a five-year high against a basket of currencies as a result.

BoE Governor Mark Carney and other Monetary Policy Committee members have tried to remind the public and businesses at every chance they are given that a rate rise is still a way off – likely at least a year – and that when it’s time for the central bank to lift rates, it will do so gradually.

Feb 7, 2014
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Pinning down the January effect on U.S. jobs figures


With Wall Street grappling to hold on to its record highs, a lot is riding on good news from the U.S. economy, no matter how high the Federal Reserve has set the bar for backing off its clear plan to end its monetary stimulus program this year.

After two huge upsets in a row on the important U.S. economic data releases since Christmas — December non-farm payrolls and the January ISM manufacturing report, forecasters are lining up again for an improvement in hiring.

Feb 6, 2014
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High unemployment putting the ECB in isolation



Unemployment in the euro zone is stuck at 12 percent, an already high rate that masks eye-popping rates in many of its struggling member economies.

But in a press conference lasting one hour, European Central Bank President Mario Draghi mentioned the problem of high unemployment only a few times – satisfied with the central bank’s usual stance of imploring euro zone governments to implement structural reforms to their labour markets, on a case by case basis.

Feb 4, 2014
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Another false start for the U.S. economy?


Since the global financial crisis ripped the floor out from underneath developed world economies, the world’s biggest one has had several false starts nailing the floorboards back in.

Stock markets have moved in almost one direction since their trough in March 2009 – up – but economic growth and job creation have bounced around.

Jan 6, 2014

Surveys point to better but patchy growth as 2013 ends

LONDON/NEW YORK, Jan 6 (Reuters) – Service industry growth
slowed sharply in China as 2013 drew to a close but picked up
across most of Europe, while U.S. firms hired more workers
despite slower growth in activity last month.

The surveys released on Monday underscored a still uneven
pace of global economic growth and suggested an onslaught of
central bank stimulus is unlikely to dry up anytime soon.

Jan 6, 2014

Decent end to 2013 for global services but uneven

LONDON, Jan 6 (Reuters) – Service industry growth slowed
sharply in China as 2013 drew to a close but picked up across
most of Europe, suggesting still very uneven global economic
performance even as most signs point to a strengthening U.S.

Taken together with business surveys on manufacturing
published late last week, the data suggest that an onslaught of
global central bank stimulus has had some impact but is not
likely to halt any time soon.

Dec 13, 2013
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Euro zone stock market investors: “Crisis? What crisis?”

European shares will be the best performers next year, according to the latest Reuters poll of more than 350 strategists, analysts and fund managers. Frankfurt’s DAX is already up nearly 20 percent this year and is forecast to rally another 10 percent in 2014.

But the experts in foreign exchange that Reuters surveys each month are also saying that the euro, just above $1.37, and not far off a two-year high against the dollar, will fall.

Dec 9, 2013
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Hopes for a weaker euro looking more like fantasy

Hopes that the soaring euro will eventually fall and help the economy with a much-needed export boost for struggling euro zone nations are looking more and more like fantasy.

The collective talk about its inevitable drop is beginning to sound much like the drum-beat of opinion lasting more than half a decade that said the yen would fall while it stubbornly marched in the other direction.

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