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Thursday, 17 May 2018 19:41 WIB

U.S. filings for unemployment benefits rose by the most in six weeks while still hovering near historically low levels that indicate a tight job market, Labor Department figures showed Thursday. Jobless claims increased by 11k to 222k (est. 215k). Continuing claims fell by 87k to 1.707m in week ended May 5 (data reported with one-week lag); lowest since Dec. 1973. Four-week average of initial claims, a less-volatile measure than the weekly figure, fell to 213,250 from the prior week's 216,000; lowest since Dec. 1969. Even with the weekly increase, claims remain near...

RECENT NEWS
Australian Employment Rose 22,600 in April; Est. 20,000 Gain
Thursday, 17 May 2018 08:59 WIB |

Australia's central bank is looking for a tightening labor market to drive wages higher and spur inflation before it considers raising interest rates. The statistics bureau released the data in Sydney on Thursday. Jobs rose 22,600 from March, when it fell a downwardly revised 700;economists forecast 20,000 gain Unemployment rate was 5.6%; estimate 5.5% Full-time jobs rose 32,700; part-time employment fell 10,000 Participation rate climbed to 65.6%; economists predicted 65.5%  Aussie dollar little changed at 75.16 U.S. cents at 11:33 a.m. in Sydney from 75.19...

U.S. Housing Starts Fall on Retreat in Apartment Construction
Wednesday, 16 May 2018 19:45 WIB | Ekonomi AS Housing Starts

U.S. new-home construction declined in April as fewer starts of apartment projects outweighed a modest improvement in single-family structures, government figures showed Wednesday. Highlights of Housing Starts (April) Residential starts fell 3.7% to a 1.29 mln annualized rate (est. 1.31 mln) after revised 1.34 mln pace in prior month Multifamily home starts slumped 11.3% after a 13.6 percent March increase; single-family rose 0.1% Permits, a proxy for future construction of all types of homes, fell 1.8% to 1.35 mln rate (matching est.) Report included revisions to housing starts dating...

U.S. retail sales post second straight gain
Tuesday, 15 May 2018 19:47 WIB | Ekonomi AS

Sales at U.S. retailers rose in April for the second straight month, adding to evidence the economy has sped up again after a slower start to the year. Retail sales climbed 0.3% last month following an even larger gain in March than originally reported, the government said Tuesday. March sales were revised to show a 0.8% increase instead of 0.6%. Economists polled by MarketWatch had forecast 0.3% increase in April sales. Retail sales also rose 0.3% last month if auto dealers and gasoline stations are omitted. Source: Marketwatch

UK April average weekly earnings: Bang on expectations
Tuesday, 15 May 2018 15:54 WIB | Inggris

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed on Tuesday, the UKs average weekly earnings, excluding bonuses matched expectations, arriving at 2.9% 3m y/y versus 2.8% last while the gauge including bonuses ticked lower to 2.6% 3m y/y versus 2.8% previous and 2.6% expected. The Kingdoms official jobless rate steadied 4.2% in March, while the claimant count change showed a much bigger-than-expected increase. The number of people claiming jobless benefits rose by massive 31.2k in April, against expectations of a 7.8k increase and +15.7k (revised from +11.6 k) seen previously. The...

China's April Economic Data Show Mixed Bag as Industry Holds Up
Tuesday, 15 May 2018 09:35 WIB | Output industri China Retail Sales ekonomi China

China's economic momentum broadly held up with industrial production exceeding forecasts, while consumers dialed back a notch. Industrial output rose 7.0 percent in April from a year earlier, versus a projected 6.4 percent in a Bloomberg survey and 6 percent in March Retail sales expanded 9.4 percent from a year earlier, versus a forecast 10 percent Fixed-asset investment rose 7.0 percent year-on-year in the first four months, compared with an estimated 7.4 percent The reports are among the first official readings unaffected by the Lunar New Year holiday, which skewed...

LATEST NEWS
AUD/JPY Struggling to Maintain 84.00, Slips Ahead of RBA Lowe Speech

The AUD/JPY is drifting lower in Wednesday's early session, testing just beneath the 84.00 major level. The Aussie rebounded strongly to start off this week, but that bullish momentum is souring quickly, and the AUD/JPY is stuttering its way back...

Hong Kong Stocks Retreat in First Few Minutes

Hong Kong stocks eased in the opening exchanges on Wednesday as investors returned from a one-day break to concerns about the historic US-North Korean summit. The Hang Seng Index dipped 0.14 percent, or 42.48 points, to 31,191.87. And the...

Gold Advances on Doubts Over U.S.-North Korea Summit

Gold climbs as geopolitical tensions resurface after President Donald Trump casts doubt on possible summit with North Korea during Oval Office meeting with South Korea President Moon Jae-in. Bullion for immediate delivery +0.3% to...

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ASIA
China April consumer inflation slows to 1.8 pct y/y, PPI up 3.4 pct
Thursday, 10 May 2018 09:39 WIB

China's annual consumer inflation cooled to 1.8 percent in April, slightly lower than economists' forecasts, official data showed on Thursday. The consumer price index (CPI) had been expected to...

UNITED STATES
U.S. Jobless Claims Increase While Remaining Near 48-Year Low
Thursday, 17 May 2018 19:41 WIB

U.S. filings for unemployment benefits rose by the most in six weeks while still hovering near historically low levels that indicate a tight job market, Labor Department figures showed...

EUROPE
U.K. Inflation Drops More Than Expected to Slowest in a Year
Wednesday, 18 April 2018 16:01 WIB

U.K. inflation slowed to the weakest level in a year in March as the Bank of England prepares to lift interest rates next month. Consumer prices rose 2.5 percent from a year earlier, down from 2.7...

GLOBAL ECONOMY
Australian Employment Rose 22,600 in April; Est. 20,000 Gain
Thursday, 17 May 2018 08:59 WIB

Australia's central bank is looking for a tightening labor market to drive wages higher and spur inflation before it considers raising interest rates. The statistics bureau released the data in...