US markets closed higher as some analysts are seeing today's rise as a last breath of the bull. The DOW closed up 80 points and the Spooze closed up 0.3%. Crude oil has settled in the mid 44's and the US dollar is still showing some bullishness along with short-term indicators.
RecessionAlert has launched an alternative to ECRI's Weekly Leading Index Growth indicator (WLIg). The Weekly Leading Economic Index (WLEI) uses fifty different time series from these categories: Corporate Bond Composite, Treasury Bond Composite, Stock Market Composite, Labor Market Composite, Credit Market Composite. The latest index comes in at 2.6.
(Reuters) - U.S. stocks rebounded from early losses in afternoon trading on Friday, though the S&P 500 was still on track for losses this week after monthly jobs data showed employment gains hit a seven-month low.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission confirmed on Friday that it had voted to approve Charter Communications Inc's acquisitions of Time Warner Cable Inc and Bright House Networks.
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Wall Street's top banks have all but abandoned any expectation that the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates in June, and most now see the U.S. central bank's next rate hike coming in September, according to a Reuters survey conducted on Friday.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. economy added the fewest number of jobs in seven months in April and Americans dropped out of the labor force, signs of weakness that left some economists anticipating only one interest rate hike from the Federal Reserve this year.
BEIJING (Reuters) - Apple Inc Chief Executive Tim Cook plans to visit Beijing later this month to meet high-level government officials, at a time when it is facing some setbacks in its most important overseas market, a source familiar with the matter said.
LONDON (Reuters) - As one would-be father of bitcoin falls by the wayside, squabbling among the web-based currency's lead developers is exposing a fundamental flaw: it must evolve to meet growing demand, but may lack a governance structure to achieve this.
LONDON (Reuters) - Activist investor TCI upped the pressure on loss-making German carmaker Volkswagen (VW) on Friday, demanding it overhaul its "excessive" executive pay scheme as part of a plan to boost profits and end years of "mismanagement."
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A slowdown in U.S. hiring coupled with a jump in wages last month dovetails with what the Federal Reserve expected as the economy approaches full employment and is not likely to alter its interest rate hike trajectory.
While one of the recurring complaints about the US consumer has been the willingness to dig into their savings which recent matched the highest level since 2012, something unexpected was revealed today when the March Consumer Credit data showed that not only did total consumer credit soar by $29.7 billion, or almost double the $16 billion expected, and the highest in series history...
... but that this was driven by a record $11 billion surge in revolving (aka credit card) debt, as it appears in March US consumers unleashed a historic debt-fuelled spending spree, one which as the chart below demonstrates is either a misprint, a huge outlier, or something has dramatically changed in US consumer psychology.
We are confident the March surge will be promptly unwound (or corrected away), however a far more troubling trend remains: the even more distressing explosion in consumer debt owned by the US government - mostly student and auto loans - as shown in the chart below.
Oil futures turn sharply higher Friday as a wildfire in oil-rich Canadian regions and an attack on a Chevron-operated offshore oil facility in southern Nigeria fuel concerns about global crude-output disruptions.
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