NEW YORK, April 17- U.S. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits ticked up 2,000 to a seasonally adjusted 304,000 for the week ended April 12, the Labor Department said on Thursday. The Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank also said factory activity in the U.S. mid-Atlantic region picked up in April at a faster clip than expected.» Read More
The notion of a jobless recovery is gaining traction among those who think the economy is finally getting back on its feet—but not enough to move the stock market.
Stocks remained higher Thursday but pulled back somewhat after strong demand for the latest 30-year Treasury auction.
Stocks opened slightly higher Thursday after reports showed jobless claims fell last week and retail sales ticked higher in May.
European credit spreads edged wider and gilts and bunds prices tumbled Thursday, after the US Treasury's 'sloppy' auction which reinforced investors' expectations that the Federal Reserve will have to raise rates sooner rather than later.
Futures wavered Thursday as a quick pop after the surprise drop in jobless claims fizzled out.
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Worries that rising interest rates could put a damper on consumer and business spending dragged down both the Dow and S&P on Wednesday.
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The recent speculation that the Federal Reserve may be forced to raise rates sooner because of a faster-than-expected improvement in the economic outlook is baseless, and the dollar can only go down, Steven Nigg, CEO of SWISS E TRADE, told CNBC Wednesday.
The Obama administration's attempts to fight the financial crisis with more cash is like treating a bad tooth with Novocain instead of a root canal, Nassim Taleb, author of "The Black Swan," told CNBC Wednesday.
Stocks ended mixed in choppy trading Tuesday after 10 banks were approved to repay TARP loans. But tech stocks gained after Texas Instruments raised its earnings and revenue targets for the second quarter.
Stocks turned mixed Tuesday after the banks approved to repay TARP loans were named. But tech stocks held onto their gains after Texas Instruments raised its earnings and revenue targets for the second quarter.
The Treasury will hold three auctions this week totaling about $65 billion. Tuesday will be a $35 billion offering of three year paper. Wednesday has a $19 billion 10 year deal followed by Thursday's $11 billion 30-year offering. I am concerned with the 10 and 30 year auction and who shows up and in what force.
Stocks opened higher Tuesday, with bank stocks rising as some of the nation's largest institutions poised to repay government bailout money.
The Treasury will hold its latest auction for 3-Yr notes this morning, 10-Yr notes tomorrow and the long bond on Thursday. Traders are watching to see whether demand will continue to fall in anticipation of Fed tightening in the months ahead.
Futures showed a relatively flat open for Wall Street on Tuesday as the dollar's rally, fueled by last week’s better than expected jobs report, fizzled out and some investors went back into stocks.
Stocks ended flat Monday as a late rally fizzled after the Supreme Court issued a stay, temporarily halting the sale of Chrysler to Fiat.
Stocks opened lower Monday as the dollar and U.S. Treasury yields soared on the back of last week's cheerier jobs data, which prompted speculation that the Fed may raise rates at its next meaeting.
Stocks opened lower Monday as the dollar and U.S. Treasury yields soared on the back of last week's cheerier jobs data, which prompted speculation that the Fed may raise rates at its next meeting.
Futures pointed to a lower open for Wall Street Monday as the dollar and U.S. Treasury yields soared on the back of last week's cheerier jobs data, which prompted speculation that the Federal Reserve may raise rates at its next meeting.