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Economic Statistics for 18 Sep 14

Housing starts for August fell a disappointing 14.4% to an annualized 0.956 million units, but this comes off a very strong July reading. Initial weekly jobless claims fell 36,000 to 280,000. The 4-week average fell 4,750 to 299,500. Continuing claims fell 63,000 to 2.429 million. The Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index rose 0.7 points to 37.2 in […]

DOW, S&P 500 HIT NEW ALL-TIME HIGHS: Here's What You Need To Know (DIA, SPY, QQQ, TLT, IWM, HD, VVUS, RAD, AOL, YHOO, GBP, MSFT)

The Dow and S&P 500 hit new all-time highs on Thursday, as housing data came in worse than expected while initial jobless claims data beat expectations. First, the scoreboard: Dow: 17,269.05, +112, (+0.6%) S&P 500: 2,011.32, +9.7, (+0.5%) Nasdaq: 4,591.25, +29, (+0.6%) And now, the top stories on Thursday: 1. Show More Summary

Weekly unemployment claims plunge to 280,000, near a 14-year low

Initial jobless benefits claims plunged to near a 14-year low last week while the number of people receiving unemployment checks fell to the lowest since before the Great Recession, the Labor Department said Thursday.

U.S. Jobless Claims Fall, Continuing Claims Lowest Since 2007

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell more than expected last week, suggesting that a sharp slowdown in job growth last month was probably an aberration. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 36,000 to a seasonally adjusted 280,000 for the week ended Sept. Show More Summary

Here Come Initial Jobless Claims... (DIA, SPY, QQQ, TLT, IWM)

The latest report on initial weekly jobless claims is set for release at 8:30 am ET. Expectations are for claims to come in at 305,000, down from last week's 315,000. With last week's report, economists at Barclays noted that while the...Show More Summary

Initial Jobless Claims Surge Most Since June

For the 2nd week in a row, initial claims missed expectations and on the heels of last week's dismal payrolls data (which was "unbelievable" according to the smartest people in the room) it surged to 315k - the highest since June. Perhaps...Show More Summary

Jobless Claims Rise More Than Expected

Initial jobless claims rose more than expected this week, rising to 315K versus expectations of 300K, and up 11K from last week's revised reading of 304K. Jobless claims have been an optimistic data series for the last several months, but after this week's increase they are suddenly up 36K from their July low of 279K. Show More Summary

Initial Jobless Claims Rise To 315,000 (DIA, SPY, QQQ, TLT)

Weekly initial jobless claims came in at 315,000. Expectations were for claims to total 300,000, down slightly from last week's 302,000. Ahead of the report, Ian Shepherdson, chief U.S. economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics, said he is...Show More Summary

Will The U.S. Jobs Data Matter?

By Marc Chandler: The ADP report has been a fairly good guide in recent months of the government's initial estimate of private sector payroll changes. It steals much of the thunder. The decline in weekly initial jobless claims and both ISM surveys gives reason to expect a continuation of the recent trend. Show More Summary

Jobless claims up slightly

The Department of Labor said the number of applications for unemployment claims rose by 4,000 for the week ending August 30. Photo by David McNew/Getty Images. Initial jobless claims rose by 4,000 for the week ending August 30, bringing...Show More Summary

Here Comes Jobless Claims...

At 8:30 a.m. ET, we'll get the latest tally of initial unemployment claims. Economists estimate claims ticked up to 300,000 from 298,000 a week ago. Click Here For Live Updates » Join the conversation about this story »

Initial Jobless Claims at 298k

Initial jobless claims for the latest week came in at 298,000, which was 2,000 better than the 300,000 estimate, and unchanged week-over-week. The four-week moving average for claims moved back below the 300,000 mark after a brief one-week stint above this level last week. Show More Summary

US jobless claims fall

New claims for US unemployment insurance benefits fell last week, fresh evidence of improvement in the jobs market, official data released Thursday showed. Initial jobless claims fell to 298,000 in the week ending August 23, a decline of 1,000 from the previous week's revised 299,000, the Labor Department said. Show More Summary

Initial Jobless Claims Drop Back Under 300k, Continuing Claims Rise

"Slack" or "no slack" - initial claims tumbling along the bottom of the lowest levels in a decade suggest the US economy's job creation is as good as it gets. Initial claims was stable at 298k (vs expectations of 300k) down very small from the 299k adjusted data for last week. Show More Summary

U.S. Jobless Claims Fall For Second Consecutive Week

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) - The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell for a second straight week last week, underscoring the strengthening labor market fundamentals. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits slipped 1,000 to a seasonally adjusted 298,000 for the week ended Aug. Show More Summary

Initial Jobless Claims Come In At 298,000

At 8:30 AM we get initial jobless claims. Analysts expect a reading of 300K, up a hair from last week's 298K. Anything in this range would be fine and solid. Stay tuned for the number. Join the conversation about this story »

Hedge Funds Are Buying These 9 Stocks Near 52-Week Highs

By Kapitall: The S&P 500 (SPX) reached yet another high last Thursday, marking the 28th record close set this year. The index rose to 1992.37 yesterday thanks to better-than-expected data regarding home sales, initial jobless claims, and manufacturing in Philadelphia. Show More Summary

US jobless claims fall

New claims for US unemployment insurance benefits fell more than expected last week, another sign of tightening in the jobs market, official data released Thursday showed. Initial jobless claims fell to 298,000 in the week ending August 16 from the revised 312,000 the previous week, the Labor Department said. Show More Summary

Initial Jobless Claims Drop Back Under 300k; Continuing Claims Lowest Since June 2007

Following last week's surge back over the 300k Maginot Line, the Labor Department print this week is 298k (sigh of relief heard around the world). This is also the week that BLS surveys for the Augsut NFP print. Continuing claims fell once again to 2.500 million - the lowest print since June 2007. Show More Summary

U.S. jobless claims fall, continued claims at seven-year low

The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell more than expected last week, pointing to a sustained improvement in labor market conditions. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits declined 14,000 to a seasonally adjusted 298,000 for the week ended Aug. Show More Summary

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