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November 28, 2012
14:21 EDTFed's Beige Book says economy grew "at a measured pace"
The economy expanded "at a measured pace," the Fed reported in its October Beige Book. Most regions of the country grew at a moderate pace, but several districts grew at a slower rate. The growth of the New York and Philadelphia regions was negatively affected by Hurricane Sandy, but the growth in the Boston region slowed even though Hurricane Sandy had only a limited effect on it, the Fed noted. Consumer spending grew at a moderate pace in most regions and employment increased in more than half the regions, while the real estate and tourism/travel sectors were stronger in some districts and weaker in others. The performance of non-financial service providers and transportation companies also varied by region, and manufacturing slowed in seven of 12 districts, the Fed said. Consumer loan demand increased in some areas, but small business loan demand was generally weaker to moderately higher, the central bank reported.
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May 8, 2015
09:10 EDTFor the U.S. jobs data impact on other April reports
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09:00 EDTU.S. equity update: stocks vaulted higher
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08:55 EDTFX Action: USD-CAD initially traded lower
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08:45 EDTFX Action: The dollar fell briefly
FX Action: The dollar fell briefly after the in-line NFP outcome, as downwardly revised previous months weighed. EUR-USD popped to 1.1290 from 1.1230, before easing back into 1.1210, as USD-JPY fell from 120.20 into 119.60, prior to racing back up to 120.10. Equity futures more than doubled pre-data gains, and indicate a sharply higher Wall Street open, as Treasury yields slid lower.
08:40 EDTU.S. nonfarm payrolls rose 223k in April, with the unemployment rate at 5.4%
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08:33 EDTStock futures hold steady following April jobs data
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08:30 EDTU.S. April nonfarm payrolls rise 223,000, Unemployment rate drops to 5.4%
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08:30 EDTU.S. equities are moderately firmer
U.S. equities are moderately firmer heading into the payrolls report, which is seen rebounding from its winter nap, with the stakes high for the Fed and volatility expected in its wake. Stocks gathered some upside momentum overseas, with Asia higher led by a 2.28% rebound in the Shanghai Comp perversely as the deterioration in China trade lifted hopes for more PBoC proaction. In Europe the Euro Stoxx 50 is up 0.5%, while the UK FTSE surged 2% in the wake of the Conservative election sweep, despite promises for a referendum on EU membership. Closer to home on Wall Street the Dow is 33-points higher, S&P gained 3-points and NASDAQ is up 6-points ahead of the opening bell. Oil prices are back to their sinking ways again as the oversupply story resumes. In M&A news, sank 4% after reports that Microsoft is not in the market for the company after all, though Yelp is reportedly still seeking a buyer and Wal-Mart is reportedly buying up retail space from Target in Canada. Meanwhile, McDonald's global sales continued to slump.
08:00 EDTEnergy Action: NYMEX crude stayed under the key $60 mark
Energy Action: NYMEX crude stayed under the key $60 mark overnight, ranging between $58.31, and $59.41. Oversupply remains the major story, as OPEC keeps the spigots open, and as U.S. production remains near record highs. This may well result in recent oil price gains coming undone in the coming days. The upcoming U.S. jobs report will be watched however, where a better outcome would be supportive of crude prices. RBOB gasoline futures traded to lows under $1.98/gallon, down sharply from Wednesday's multi-month high over $2.09. Natural gas futures meanwhile, trade at $2.73/M BTU, and near lows of the week.
07:50 EDTTreasury Market Outlook: Treasuries are little changed
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07:45 EDTNY Fed dove Dudley is due to speak
NY Fed dove Dudley is due to speak at the 17th Annual Bronx Bankers Breakfast from 9:45 ET, where they will no doubt give him a cheer. There is not much information on the topic and there will be no Q&A, leaving an element of surprise.
06:53 EDTFutures higher ahead of jobs data
Stock futures are higher, extending their gains from yesterday. Investors will be watching the nonfarm payrolls report which is due out at 8:30 am. Analysts are predicting that 228K nonfarm jobs and 225K private jobs were added last month. The unemployment rate is expected to fall to 5.4% from 5.5%.
06:12 EDTOn The Fly: Morning Wrap-Up for May 8
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06:07 EDTMay front month equity options last day to trade is May 15, 2015
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06:06 EDTCitigroup to hold a conference
China A-Share Corporate Day 2015 is being held in Hong Kong on May 8.
06:00 EDTMay front month equity options last day to trade is May 15, 2015
04:45 EDTFX Action: USD-JPY has nudged back above 120.00
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02:45 EDTFX Update: EUR-USD is lower
FX Update: EUR-USD is lower in the wake of the encouraging U.S. jobless claims data on Thursday, which sparked dollar short covering ahead of the April payrolls report. The low so far has been 1.1191, down almost two big figures from Thursday's peak. Wednesday's low at 1.1174 provides the next downside marker. Analysts scope for a further retrenchment. Analysts forecast April U.S. employment at +220k (median 225k) increase for the month, an improvement over the 126k March headline but still lower than the 264k headline in February. The unemployment rate should tick down to 5.4% from 5.5% in March. The data should help underpin the dollar's yield advantage over the euro following recent narrowing. Elsewhere, USD-JPY higher today, back toward 120.00. Sterling surged to a 10-week high at 1.552 on the surprising development of the Conservatives set to win the UK election with 325 seats, according to the latest BBC forecast, which is one short of an outright majority but easily sufficient to form a workable single-party government.
01:49 EDTWeek of 5/20 Fed Balance Sheet to be released at 16:30
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01:49 EDTWeek of 5/11 Money Supply to be released at 16:30
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