US weekly jobless claims fall to nine-month low; productivity speeds up

Weekly jobless claims fall by 3,000 to 183,000 Continuing claims decrease by 11,000 to 1.655 million Productivity accelerates at a rate of 3.0% in the fourth quarter Unit labor costs increase at a rate of 1.1% WASHINGTON, Feb 2 (Reuters) – The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell to a nine-month … Read more

Wall Street rallies as Fed chief Powell speaks after rate hike

Feb 1 (Reuters) – The S&P 500 and Nasdaq rallied to higher closes on Wednesday after Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell acknowledged that inflation was starting to subside after a U.S. rate hike. a quarter point by the US central bank, which issued a statement that it expects “continued increases”. Wall Street’s major indexes lost … Read more