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Jobless Claims at Five-Week Low Amid Tight Labor Market

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U.S. filings for unemployment benefits fell to a five-week low, suggesting tightening in a labor market already operating near full capacity, Labor Department figures showed Feb. 22.

Katia Dmitrieva | Bloomberg News
February 22, 2018
Business

Americans’ Economic Expectations Reach Second-Highest Since 2002

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Americans’ outlook for the U.S. economy improved in February to the second-highest level since March 2002, indicating lower taxes are resonating, the Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index showed Feb. 21.

Shelly Hagan | Bloomberg News
February 21, 2018
Business

Sales of Existing Homes Unexpectedly Fell in January

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Sales of previously owned U.S. homes unexpectedly fell in January to a four-month low, indicating a shortage of available properties is increasingly hindering the real-estate industry, a National Association of Realtors report showed Feb. 21.

Sho Chandra | Bloomberg News
February 21, 2018
Business

Consumer Sentiment Jumps After Tax Cuts Blunt Stock Gyrations

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U.S. consumer sentiment unexpectedly rose in February to the second-highest level since 2004 as tax cuts and a strong job market helped Americans shrug off stock-market volatility, a University of Michigan survey showed Feb. 16.

Shelly Hagan | Bloomberg News
February 16, 2018
Business

Housing Starts Reach Highest Level in More Than a Year

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U.S. new-home construction rose in January to the highest level since October 2016, helped by a surge in apartment building, as momentum in the housing market continues into 2018, government figures showed Feb 16.

Sho Chandra | Bloomberg News
February 16, 2018
Business

Homebuilder Sentiment Remains Near Highest Level Since 1999

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Confidence among American homebuilders held steady in February near the highest level since 1999, suggesting that demand for housing is expected to remain strong, according to data Feb. 15 from the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo.

Shelly Hagan | Bloomberg News
February 15, 2018
Business

Output at Manufacturers Was Unchanged for Second Month

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U.S. factory output was unchanged in January for a second month after a run of healthy advances consistent with ongoing expansion in the industry, Federal Reserve data showed Feb. 15.

Sho Chandra | Bloomberg News
February 15, 2018
Business

Consumer Comfort Jumps Despite Stock-Market Turbulence

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U.S. consumer sentiment jumped last week to the highest level since February 2001, indicating Americans were shaking off turbulence in the stock market, according to the Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index.

Shelly Hagan | Bloomberg News
February 14, 2018
Business

Consumer Prices Top Forecasts, Sending Markets Tumbling

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U.S. consumer prices rose by more than projected in January as apparel costs jumped the most in nearly three decades. The report sent Treasuries and stocks tumbling, as it added to concerns about an inflation pickup that have roiled financial markets this month.

Katia Dmitrieva | Bloomberg News
February 14, 2018
Business

Record Number of Small-Business Owners Say It’s a Good Time to Expand

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Optimism among small companies in the U.S. rose more than forecast in January, fueled by a record number of owners who said now was a good time to expand, according to a National Federation of Independent Business survey released Feb. 12.

Vince Golle | Bloomberg News
February 13, 2018

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