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Financial and Economic Brief - June 19, 2018
• U.S. GDP Models, Higher - The U.S. economy is likely growing faster than expected, and raised its second-quarter growth forecast to 4 percent from 3.9% on Friday, citing strong manufacturing economic data.
• DJIA Falls amid Growing Trade Tensions - The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell more than 200 points on Monday morning as well as the other major indexes, as China’s “retaliatory action” against U.S. tariffs renewed fears of a trade war.
• Eurozone vs. Greek Government - Eurozone finance ministers are ready to face a conflict this week with the Greek government over the terms of a “golden goodbye” as Greece prepares to leave its third bailout program.
Financial and Economic Brief - June 12, 2018
• New Rate Hikes Soon - The Federal Reserve is due to announce another rate hike this week amidst a “spat” between the U.S. and its Western allies over trade tariffs.
• Rolls-Royce Cutting Jobs - Britain’s Rolls-Royce said a compressor problem found on a “small number of high life Package B engines” are requiring an inspection of the B fleet and sending its shares down 1%.
• Global Economy Risks - Economists warn that trade fights, geopolitical tensions, rising oil prices and emerging market crises could be detrimental to economic growth.
Financial and Economic Brief - June 5, 2018
• Strong Employment Signals Rate Hikes - May’s strong employment report of 223,000 new jobs in May including a gain in wages of 0.3%, indicates the Fed is on track to raise interest rates in June and could even add a fourth rate hike to its forecast this year.
• U.S. Stocks Rise - U.S. stocks rose on Monday led by gains in technology shares and Friday’s jobs data, which gave investors confidence that the U.S. economy remained strong.
• More Store Closings for Sears - Sears Holdings is closing 63 stores because the company hasn’t earned a profit since 2010.
Financial and Economic Brief - May 29, 2018
• Consumer Confidence Strong - The Conference Board’s measure of consumer confidence matched analysts expectations in May.
• S&P 500 Down over Italy’s Crisis - The S&P 500 and DJIA hit near three-week lows today as investors switched cash into “perceived safe havens” of global financial markets due to a deepening political crisis in Italy.
• US Dollar Index is Rising - The US Dollar Index, which measures the value of the dollar against major global currencies, has been rising.
Financial and Economic Brief - May 22, 2018
• Progress on Trade Negotiations - Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin recently commented to CNBC on the state of the U.S.-China trade negotiations, saying “I think we’ve made very meaningful progress.
• GE Train Division Merger - General Electric will merge its train engine division with railroad manufacturing firm Wabtec in an $11 billion deal.
• BOJ Drops Inflation Target Timeframe - The Bank of Japan (BOJ) won approval for its decision to desert the timeframe it had set for meeting its inflation target of 2%.
Financial and Economic Brief - May 15, 2018
• Consumer Sentiment Steady - Consumer attitudes about the economy hit 98.8 in a May reading, higher than the 98.5 expected by a survey of Reuters economists.
• Trade Tensions Ease - Wall Street indexes rose, helped by advances in technology stocks after President Trump “softened” his stance on Chinese technology company ZTE Corp.
• Sony Buying Stake in Peanuts Holdings - Japanese electronics maker Sony Corp.’s music unit announced that it is buying a stake in Peanuts Holdings, the company behind Snoopy and Charlie Brown.