Economic Measures Inflation

  • It's hard to see Friday's markets as anything but volatile after this past week's wild swings. But if there are no out of the ordinary events, traders say the stock market just might quiet down late in the session as investors head off for one of the final weekends of the summer.

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    The U.S. dollar rallied to an almost six-month high against the euro Thursday amid growing concern over euro zone economic weakness and accelerating inflation in the United States.

  • Stocks closed higher, with bank shares rising broadly, though the market pulled back from its biggest gains as oil stemmed its slide.

  • Where some countries' troubles are just getting started, we look to be coming out of ours here at home.

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    With other nations needing to cut interest rates, who are the strong dollar winners and losers?

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    Even in the face of economic numbers seemingly showing a big pop in the Consumer Price Index, investors have begun to consider inflation almost an afterthought.

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    The Consumer Price Index is now at levels not seen since 1991.  Here is a breakdown of the inflation benchmark to show you where costs are rising most.

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    The number of U.S. workers filing new claims for jobless benefits fell by 10,000 last week but remained at levels that show labor markets under severe strain.

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    Costlier energy and food helped push July prices up, but  oil prices have begun to decline and analysts hope that the worst might be over.

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    China's industrial output growth slowed to 14.7% in the year to July, a 19-month low, as manufacturers struggled with weakening export demand and rising input costs, the government said on Thursday.

  • Stocks will be on inflation watch Thursday.  Volatile trading in oil and commodities promises to spill into the stock market again. On Wednesday, energy and other commodities rose, reversing a selling trend and worrying investors, who have been hoping for a reprieve from inflation.

  • We should know more about inflation at the consumer level on Thursday morning. How should you trade?

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    The U.S. dollar edged lower against the euro on Wednesday after a spike in crude oil prices rekindled worries about the world's largest economy's growth outlook.

  • Stocks closed lower, hurt by rising oil prices and fresh worries about the financial sector, though the market ended off its lows for the day.

  • An August poll of fund managers  showed a shift in favor of U.S. assets with a more positive attitude towards the dollar.

  • Stocks opened lower amid signs that the consumer was buying fewer goods that will cost more in the future.

  • The Bank of England signalled today that interest rates in the UK will remain on hold for the coming two years if it is to bring inflation back to target even though the economy will be teetering on the edge of recession.

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    Chinese shoppers turned in a gold-medal performance in July as annual growth in retail sales accelerated to a record 23.3 percent on the back of rising incomes.

  • Stocks should continue to take most of their cues from oil and the dollar Wednesday, but July retail sales data could also be key.

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    Japan's economy contracted 0.6% in the second quarter, reinforcing views that the world's No.2 economy has slipped into recession after its longest postwar expansion.