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Job Paradox’ Baffles Economists as U.S. Employers See Shortage

Thursday, May 6, 2021 06:02 AM By Payne Lubbers, Olivia Rockeman and Reade Pickert Restaurants to manufacturers complain they can’t find workers Economists, policy makers argue employment mismatch won’t last (Bloomberg) -- As the U.S. job market comes roaring back, there’s a growing debate about whether there are enough workers to power faster economic growth. Companies from fast food

May 7th, 2021|

2021 EPS Splash Needs Follow Through to 2022

(Bloomberg Intelligence) -- With a market accustomed to extreme EPS beats, the focus now turns more toward the recovery's endurance. Analysts are more confident in the longer-term outlook, as a remarkable 1Q beat drives up growth forecasts, and the 2021 rebound is expected to morph into steady expansion into 2022. Not all is perfect: Long-range

May 6th, 2021|

Fed’s Evans Says Risk of Upward Inflation Spiral Is Remote

Wednesday, May 5, 2021 06:30 AM By Matthew Boesler (Bloomberg) -- U.S. inflation is unlikely to get out of control despite the unprecedented government spending that’s been authorized in response to the coronavirus pandemic, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago President Charles Evanssaid. “I think the risk of this scenario is remote,” Evans said Wednesday in remarks prepared

May 6th, 2021|

Services in U.S. Expand at Second-Strongest Pace on Record

Wednesday, May 5, 2021 07:00 AM By Reade Pickert ISM index unexpectedly retreats as orders, activity cool Firms pay more for materials, delivery times lengthen (Bloomberg) -- U.S. service providers expanded in April at the second-fastest pace in data back to 1997, cooling slightly from the prior month as business activity and order growth pulled back

May 6th, 2021|

North American companies buying more robots to keep up with demand

(Reuters) - North American companies boosted spending on industrial robots in the first quarter as they scrambled to keep up with surging demand in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Companies ordered 9,098 robots in the first quarter, a 19.6% increase over a year ago, according to the Association for Advancing Automation, an industry group

May 6th, 2021|

Fed Hawks Join the Chorus Playing Down Worries On Inflation

Wednesday, May 5, 2021 03:37 PM By Matthew Boesler, Catarina Saraiva and Craig Torres Vice Chair Clarida says temporary inflation won’t persist Inflation message echoed by Evans, Mester, Rosengren, Bowman (Bloomberg) -- U.S. inflation is unlikely to get out of control despite the unprecedented government spending that’s been authorized in response to the coronavirus pandemic, Federal Reserve officials said.

May 6th, 2021|

Corporate America Rides Wave of Inflation to Record Profits

Monday, May 3, 2021 10:35 AM By Lu Wang Net margin hits all-time high as companies see pricing power S&P 500 earnings expanding five times as fast as revenue (Bloomberg) -- Markets have been obsessed -- and sometimes roiled -- for months over whether higher inflation is coming. The latest batch of quarterly reports suggests it’s

May 3rd, 2021|

China’s Economy Continues Booming After Record First Quarter

Sunday, April 25, 2021 02:00 PM By Bloomberg News Early indicators show a pick-up in activity as exports climb Rising commodity prices also pushing up factory inflation (Bloomberg) -- China’s economy continued to boom in April from the record growth in the first quarter, with strong exports and rising business confidence supporting the recovery. That’s the outlook

April 26th, 2021|

Why Quantitative Easing Isn’t Printing Money

The title of a recent article I wrote for CNBC.com was "How Gold Rallied for Years on a 'Misunderstanding,' " but it's obvious from the comments I received that I did not clear up these misunderstandings. So I'd like to explain in a bit more detail why quantitative easing (QE) is not printing money and why bank

April 23rd, 2021|
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