US Economy

Obama defends proposed Pacific trade deal

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US President tries to fend off attacks from the left, says deal is good for US workers.

US durable goods orders lift in March

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Print shows stronger pick-up than expected, underlying data signals business investment still restricted.

A better alternative to QE

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Central banks haven't gotten much bang for their buck via quantitative easing, but things could have been very different if they had chosen another path.

Fresh lessons from the 'flash crash'

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That a single trader could play a significant part in the 2010 'flash crash' and easily fob off concerns from brokers and exchanges will leave investors rattled.

US new home sales slump in March

by AP
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Commerce Department data shows 11 per cent decline in the month.

US jobless claims lift to 295,000

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Labor Department print slightly above expectations but still consistent with economic recovery.

US existing home sales lift in March

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Survey shows 6.1 per cent increase in the month, beating expectations.

Employers cut jobs in 31 US states

by AP
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Latest US govt report shows patchwork economy as state fortunes head in different directions.

Fed's Dudley strikes less certain tone on hikes

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Policy maker says economic data will 'hopefully' support lift-off later this year.

A global liquidity shock could be on the cards

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While the outlook for global growth is improving, the IMF warns the risks to financial stability are rising and rotating.

US consumer prices lift in March

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Modest 0.2 per cent rise signals inflation may be stabilising.

Coming to terms with the American Empire

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Only after the US acknowledges it's empire status will it finally begin to learn the lessons of imperial power.

US housing starts lift slightly in March

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Commerce Department data shows market still struggling to break out.

US jobless claims lift to 294,000

by AP
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Modest rise still consistent with pick-up in US hiring.

The US economy's conflicting signals

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Rising spare capacity and a decline in industrial production suggest a June rate hike is almost certainly off the cards. The next few months of data will be crucial.

US economy overcoming headwinds: Fed

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Central bank's latest 'beige book' shows modest to moderate growth in much of the US.

Fed's Bullard sees need for rate hike

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James Bullard says 'now' appears to be appropriate time to start raising rates.

US industrial production falls sharply

by AFP
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March print shows drop was twice as large as expected, as utility output slid.

US consumers shake off the winter blues

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US household spending has finally rebounded, with lower oil prices and a higher dollar likely to support consumption and underpin GDP growth in the medium term.

US producer prices see first lift since October

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March gauge of US business prices signals stabilising inflation.

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