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Initial claims for unemployment increase or fall or something–but whatever it is, the economy is stalling

The number of initial claims for unemployment for the week ended October 3 was 840,000, the Department of Labor reported this morning. That was above the 820,000 projected by economists surveyed by Bloomberg. And up, er, I mean down, from the 849,000 new claims reported in the prior week. But the report from last week […]

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This is as good as the economy gets–for a while

The U.S economy added 4.8 million jobs last month in June. And the official unemployment rate fell to 11.1%. That's the good news. Unfortunately, the gains in jobs and the drop in unemployment are based on data from a survey that measured conditions in the week ended June 12. That was at the height of […]

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Saturday Night Quarterback says (on a Sunday), For the week ahead expect…

...that the big news of the week will be Friday's report on April jobs. Economists surveyed by Bloomberg are forecasting that the economy lost another 8 million jobs in May. That's after the loss of 20.5 million jobs in April. These economists project that the official unemployment rate will surge to 19.6% in May. But […]

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Another week, another 3.17 million new claims for unemployment, but stocks move higher

Initial claims for unemployment totaled 3.17 million for the week ended May 2, the Labor Department reported today. Economists surveyed by Bloomberg had projected 3 million new claims for the week. This week's total was down from the 3.85 million initial claims filed in the prior week, but still brought the seven-week total to 33.5 […]

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So what did the Fed’s Clarida say that so disturbed the stock market on Tuesday?

One minute the Standard & Poor's was sailing along, up 1.91% at 3 p.m. New York time. And the next minute stocks were trending downward with the S&P 500 up only 0.75% at 3:42 p.m. The index closed ahead 0.90% for the day. What happened? Federal Reserve Vice Chair Richard Clarida gave an interview on […]

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Today the U.S. economy is looking a tad vulnerable

Yesterday, Wednesday November 28, U.S. stocks saw a huge bounce with the Standard & Poor's 500 climbing 2.3% on a speech by Federal Reserve Chairman "suggesting" that the Fed might slow the speed and limit the number of interest rate increases in 2019. Today, investors--besides worrying about what might or might not come out of […]

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Saturday Night Quarterback says, For the week ahead expect…

... economic news. Lot of economic news. It is the beginning of the month after all so we're due for all the data dumps from September. We get the Institute for Supply for Management's Purchasing Managers Index for Manufacturing (on Monday)  and Services (on Wednesday.) Both indexes have been extremely strong lately with readings of […]

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Notes You Need for June 14: Initial claims for unemployment, airline fares, QCOM server chips, Intel iPhone chips, retail sales, Amazon in Brazil, El Nino

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Moving on: With North Korea summit done, markets focus on Central Bank Week

The summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un produced nothing of import, apparently meeting financial market expectations for "much ado about nothing," and all eyes on Wall Street have shifted to what I'm calling Central Bank Week. The U.S. Federal Reserve meets for two days, starting today, and is […]

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U.S. economy adds 223,000 jobs in May; odds of June interest rate increase bounce back

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