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U.S. labor market defies recession fears as job growth surges in July

Nonfarm payrolls increase 528,000 in July Unemployment rate falls to 3.5% from 3.6% in June Average hourly earnings rise 0.5%; up 5.2% year-on-year Participation rate falls to 62.1% from 62.2% in June WASHINGTON, Aug 5 (Reuters) – U.S. job growth unexpectedly accelerated in July, lifting the level of employment above its pre-pandemic level and pouring …

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Wall Street rallies on economic data, crude falls as stockpiles jump

NEW YORK, Aug 3 (Reuters) – U.S. stocks jumped to a sharply higher close and Treasury yields touched two-week highs on Wednesday as robust economic data, upbeat corporate guidance and easing geopolitical concerns boosted investor risk appetite. Front-month crude futures dropped following a report that U.S. stockpiles of crude and gasoline unexpectedly surged last week. …

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Inflation begins to strain finances of young, low-income Americans

A shopper wearing a face mask is pictured at a Dollar Tree store in Pasadena, California, U.S., June 11, 2020. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register NEW YORK, Aug 1 (Reuters) – As high inflation forces Americans to spend more on gas and bills, young and low-income consumers are starting …

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U.S. manufacturing slows modestly; excess inventories a major concern

Manufacturing index dips to 52.8 in July from 53.0 in June New orders contracting, supplier deliveries improving Price increases for inputs slowing; inventories piling up WASHINGTON, Aug 1 (Reuters) – U.S. manufacturing activity slowed less than expected in July and there were signs that supply constraints are easing, with a measure of prices paid for …

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Wall St Week Ahead After steep decline, U.S. small caps tempt investors with cheap valuations

The floor of the the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) is seen after the close of trading in New York, U.S., March 18, 2020. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register NEW YORK, July 29 (Reuters) – Shares of smaller U.S. companies are outpacing a rally in the broader equity market as they draw investors looking to scoop …

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Exxon, Chevron post blowout earnings, oil majors bet on buybacks

High prices, margins lift majors to best quarters in history Exxon earnings surpass previous record set in 2012 July 29 (Reuters) – The two largest U.S. oil companies, Exxon Mobil Corp (XOM.N) and Chevron Corp (CVX.N), posted record revenue on Friday, bolstered by surging crude oil and natural gas prices and following similar results for …

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Fed’s aggressive rate-hike path bolstered by new inflation, wage data

July 29 (Reuters) – Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell said this week he’s looking for compelling signs that inflation is cooling before the U.S. central bank will let up on what’s so far been its most aggressive set of interest rate hikes in decades. In data released on Friday, he largely got the opposite. Inflation …

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