AFP EconWatch - March 10, 2014
- By Staff Writers
- Published: 2014-03-10
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- This Week in Corporate Finance: Flight to Quality ContinuesWelcome to August, usually an uneventful time of the year, but in our current “Black Swan Times”, anything and everything can happen. While we are dealing with unrest in Gaza and Ukraine, bond defaults in Argentina, and challenging times in places like Missouri, the market continues to behave in an orderly manner.
- AFP EconWatch - August 18, 2014Manufacturing activity heated up during July, boosted by a sharp gain in automobile output. The Federal Reserve estimates manufacturing output grew 1.0 percent, its largest single-month percentage gain since February and a 4.9 percent increase from a year earlier.
- AFP EconWatch - August 11, 2014A slight slowdown in import activity during June led to the smallest U.S. trade deficit since January. The resulting trade balance of -$41.5 billion was $3.2 billion smaller than that of May but was still 13.6 percent larger than the deficit of a year earlier.
- This Week in Corporate Finance: GDP Report Sparks VolatilityWhat caused last week's volatility? Treasuries sold-off after the second quarter GDP report came in significantly higher than expected (+4.0 percent versus a consensus +2.9 percent). The fear was that the increase in economic activity would force the Fed’s hand to raise interest rates sooner rather than later to stem the tide of potential inflation.
- AFP EconWatch - August 4, 2014Employers added 209,000 non-farm jobs on a seasonally adjusted basis during July. While the pace of job creation was slightly slower than the consensus forecast, July was the sixth consecutive month in which the U.S. economy added at least 200,000 new jobs. The last time that happened was July 1997.