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Weather, Oil Sector Still Drag, While Manpower Sees ‘Early Signs’ of Europe Hope

May 15, 2015

  By Richard Yamarone The U.S. economy appears to be advancing at a modest pace according to most comments from executives during the current earnings season. Signs of a strengthening European economy featured in several quarterly earnings conference calls, and the China economic slowdown was not as prevalent as some

QuickTakes News in Context- May 2015

May 14, 2015

Readers of financial news tend to be specialists. Yet every specialist is also a generalist, on all topics but one. Busy specialists know how to find information they need. Busy generalists, inundated by the fire hose of modern news media, could use some help. For learning the why along with

Fed Polishes Market Rate Tools But Avoids Action on Negative Yields

May 12, 2015

  BY JOSH WRIGHT, BLOOMBERG ECONOMIST The Federal Reserve is probably not too concerned about negative Treasury-bill rates, since other short-term rates cluster at positive yields. Still, it would be a worry if negative yields start to affect financial stability (for example, by leading to sharp flows out of money-market mutual funds) or if they make it harder

Cut Me Some Slack: Underemployment in Decline

May 11, 2015

In April, the U-6 underemployment rate declined to 10.8 percent from 10.9 percent, for the ninth straight monthly decline. That leaves the spread between U-6 and the U-3 official national unemployment rate at 5.4 percent for the second straight month — still about 1 percentage point above its prior two cyclical peaks. Given

Brief Bites Weekly Video-5/7

May 7, 2015

Editor Taylor Riggs highlights the week’s top Bloomberg Brief stories in under two minutes.

Keene’s Corner: Timothy Bitsberger-BNP Paribas Managing Director

May 5, 2015

BNP Paribas Managing Director Timothy Bitsberger speaks with Bloomberg’s Tom Keene and Olivia Sterns about the timing and pace of the Fed’s rate liftoff and what it may mean for the equity and bond markets. Click here to read the full interview taken from The Bloomberg Brief Economics Newsletter. 

Delta Sees $2 Billion Saving and ‘$600 Million Headwind’ From Indomitable Dollar

May 1, 2015

Appreciation of the U.S. dollar remains the dominant theme for earnings season, though it’s not all bad, as Delta points out. Besides that, food prices and inflation appeared to moderate. The CEO Economic Comments Sentiment Index for the week ended May 1 was 50, unchanged from the previous week. Sub-50

The Strong Dollar Dilemma: To Hedge, or Not to Hedge?

April 28, 2015

U.S. companies feeling the strain of a strong dollar on overseas earnings have two choices: hedge the currency to protect against further appreciation, or sit back and do nothing. Both imply significant potential cost. If CFOs don’t act, they stand to lose more, as many economists predict the U.S. currency

Brief Bites- April 23, 2015

April 23, 2015

Editor Taylor Riggs highlights the week’s top Bloomberg Brief stories in under two minutes.

Florida, Texas Under Pressure as Housing Trends Localize

April 21, 2015

One of the major themes of the housing recovery is the re-localization of housing markets, after national correlations rose during the last boom and bust. So-called Sunbelt housing markets are among those that saw the most dramatic swings over the last cycle. Florida was also very much a part of