U.S. productivity and unit labor costs

Thursday Summary Notes

September 6, 2018

Several U.S. data reports were released. Productivity, which rose 1.1% in 2017, leaped 2.9% in the second quarter of 2018 and 1.3% from a year earlier. Unit labor costs fell 1.0% and were 1.9% higher than in 2Q17. Jobless insurance claims fell by 10K to 203K last week. ADP reported a lower-than-expected 163K estimated rise […] More

Market Disturbances

May 3, 2018

Share prices fell late yesterday in the wake of an FOMC statement that reinforced the possibility of faster, rather than slower, rate hike normalization. Overnight in the Pacific Rim, Japan’s string of Golden Week holidays resumed with Constitution Day, but stocks elsewhere fell 2.6% in Indonesia, 1.4% in Hong Kong, 1.1% in Singapore, 0.6% in […] More

Higher Service-Sector PMI Readings in the United States and Euroland Plus Comments on Other U.S. Statistics Released Today

December 5, 2012

The service-sector purchasing manager indices rose in November by 0.5 points in the United States and 0.7 points in the euro area.  The spread  between those readings narrowed marginally to +8.0 points as a result.  Notably, U.S. services at 54.7 and comfortably above the 50 no-change level connotes non-stalling expansion, whereas Euroland’s 46.7 points to […] More

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