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Employment New Jobless Claims

The U.S. labor market is performing well. Initial claims for unemployment insurance benefits remain at a historically low level. New seasonally adjusted (SA), filings for unemployment insurance benefits fell by 15,000 to 233,000 for the week ending July 15th, while the four week moving average was 243,750. On a non-seasonally (NSA), adjusted basis, new claims fell [...]

Currency Report

The US dollar (USD) has fallen for six consecutive months against the Broad Index, (a trade weighted basket of currencies). The June 2017 Broad index value was 97.77, down 1.3% from the May’s reading and down 2.8% compared to 3 months ago. Table 1 lists the values of the USD measured in the currency of [...]

U.S. Industrial Production

The IP index on a three month moving average (3MMA), basis ticked up 0.4% month on month (m/m), beating analysts’ expectations of 0.3% growth. Industrial production advanced at an annual rate of 4.7% the Q2 as mining (includes oil exploration) and utilities were the principal contributors. Manufacturing output rose at an annual rate of 1.4%, [...]