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U.S. Durable Orders Rebound in June

Orders for big-ticket manufactured goods rebounded in June, a sign that capital investment by businesses could boost U.S. economic growth heading into the second half of the year. But shipments of core capital goods fell, prompting some economists to trim their forecasts of second-quarter [...]

New-Home Slowdown Pressures Recovery

Demand for new homes slowed sharply during the first half, a development that threatens to reverberate beyond the housing market and throughout the broader [...]

Truce Brokers Consider How to Aid Gaza

As the U.S. and its allies press for a halt to fighting in Gaza, they face a vexing question: how to rebuild the Palestinian territory and open its borders without posing a threat to Israel’s security. [...]

U.S. Jobless Hit 8½-Year Low

New applications for unemployment benefits plunged last week, reaching an 8½-year low and offering the latest signs of strength in the labor [...]

IMF Cuts U.S. 2014 Growth Forecast to 1.7%

The International Monetary Fund revised its growth outlook for the U.S. economy for the second time in two months after a first-quarter contraction turned out to be worse than the fund originally [...]

U.S. Existing-Home Sales Hit Highest Level Since October

A broad measure of U.S. home sales climbed for the third consecutive month in June, a sign the housing market is gaining steam after a monthslong [...]

Gasoline Costs Lift Inflation Gauge

U.S. consumer inflation continued to stiffen last month but largely decelerated outside a jump in gasoline prices, and food costs in particular slowed after surging in recent [...]

This Way Up: Mobility in America

Essay: Economic mobility is alive and well for Americans who pursue technical or practical training. The U.S. economy’s future could lie along the career paths of welders, nurses and franchise [...]

Hedge Funds Saved Billions in Tax: Senate

Hedge funds used a tax avoidance technique offered by Wall Street banks for years to skirt federal leverage trading limits, with one well-known trading firm potentially saving $6.8 billion in U.S. taxes, Senate investigators [...]

EU Infrastructure Cutbacks Worry Economists

Outlook: Hit by the recession, a number of European governments cut capital spending on transportation, housing, education and other areas, a move that some experts say will harm economic [...]

Economists Dim Growth Views

Forget about escape velocity. The U.S. economy in 2014 is likely to record another disappointing year of growth, according to the latest Wall Street Journal survey of [...]

Blame It on the Rain: Housing Starts Sink 9.3%

U.S. home construction tumbled in June due to a stretch of wet weather in the South, a decline that analysts said was likely a temporary departure from a trend of recovery in the housing [...]

China Plays Big Role in U.S. Bond Rally

Investors wrestling with the mysterious U.S. bond rally of 2014 got a clue about where to look: [...]

Just Whose Job Is It to Train Workers?

Hu-Friedy, a maker of dental instruments, is paying workers to leave for two years as part of a company apprenticeship program. What’s happening there is a rare exception to corporate disinvestment in [...]

Canadian Dollar Sinks Against Greenback

After three months as one of the top-performing currencies against the U.S. dollar, the loonie has begun to [...]

U.S. Jobless Claims Fall, With One Measure at a 7-Year Low

New applications for unemployment benefits fell last week, a fresh sign of an improving labor market. [...]

Yellen Balks at Tying Rates to Formula

Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen pushed back against House Republicans’ proposal to require the central bank to adopt a formal, mathematical rule to guide its interest-rate [...]

Economy Heating Up During Summer

U.S. economic activity continued to expand over the summer, with spending on tourism, auto sales and retail sales growing and the country experiencing growth in employment, according to the Federal Reserve’s survey of regional economic conditions released [...]

Fisher: Rates Could Rise in Early 2015 or Even Sooner

Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas President Richard Fisher said that mounting signs of financial-market excess and continued economic growth mean the U.S. central bank will need to raise interest rates by early next year “or potentially [...]

Home-Builder Optimism Hits Six-Month High

Home-builder optimism rose to a six-month high in July as the strengthening labor market boosted the outlook for home sales, according to a National Association of Home Builders [...]

Industrial Production Rises Modestly

U.S. industrial production increased modestly in June, the latest sign of steady but slow improvement in consumer and business spending during the second [...]

U.S. Producer Prices Tick Higher

A gauge of producer-price inflation ticked higher last month, a new sign that consumer prices could be slowly moving closer to the Federal Reserve’s target [...]

Fed’s Yellen Hedges Her View on Rates

Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen defended keeping interest rates low before Congress, but opened the door a crack to earlier-than-planned rate hikes if the labor market continues its surprising [...]

U.S. Shoppers Open Up Their Wallets—Selectively

American consumers stepped up spending modestly in June, a sign the economy rebounded from a harsh winter but remains laggard [...]

China’s Credit Growth Offers Hope

China is injecting significantly more money into its economy in a move that could signal support for stronger economic growth in the second half of the year, even as it raises longer-term [...]

Lower Job Churn Hurts Young Workers

Quitting a job often can be a good thing, but not enough workers have been doing it. Fewer U.S. workers have been voluntarily changing jobs as the recovery remains too weak for “churns,” stunting their earnings [...]

Canada Central Banker’s Unusual Approach

Central-bank economic models failed to foresee the storm that devastated the global economy in 2008. Stephen Poloz, the head of Canada’s central bank, is trying an alternative approach he thinks will have better foresight: actual human [...]

A Threat Bigger Than Portugal

What should worry investors is how growth appears to be stalling in some of the euro zone’s biggest [...]

Brazil Hosts Talks On New Development Bank

Brazil hosts a meeting with Russia, India, China and South Africa where the formation of a development bank to rival the World Bank and IMF is high on [...]

India Budget Focuses on Jobs, Growth

India’s new government said it would overhaul extensive subsidy programs for the poor and roll out a series of more business-friendly measures in an effort to create jobs and boost economic [...]

Rate Debate Heats Up Among Fed Officials

A debate is intensifying among the Federal Reserve’s regional bank presidents about whether to push interest rates up from zero sooner than planned because of recent improvements in the U.S. job [...]

No Resolution in Argentina Bond Dispute

Argentina representatives and bondholders met Friday separately with a court-appointed mediator in New York in an effort to resolve a creditor dispute that could see Argentina default on its [...]

U.S. Budget Deficit Narrows

The federal government’s deficit from October through June totaled $366 billion, down 28% from the same period a year earlier, the U.S. Treasury said. [...]

Skills Shortage Means Many Jobs Go Unfilled

Growing numbers of small-business owners say unfilled job openings are thwarting their growth at a time of improved confidence in the [...]

White House Sees Stronger Labor Market, Weaker Growth

The White House released an upbeat outlook for the labor market, projecting the jobless rate will be “stabilizing” at 5.4% in 2017. However, it also predicted weaker economic [...]

Peru, Chile Seek to Boost Economic Growth

Both Peru and Chile are easing monetary policies to boost growth, while also seeking ways to attract more investments, especially in the key mining sectors, as the countries have seen their respective economies experience slow [...]

Student-Loan Straitjacket

People struggling to pay down student loans and other debt may resort to filing for bankruptcy, which generally offers a fresh start. But they often end up owing even more on their school loans at the end of the [...]

Slowing Store Traffic Worries U.S. Retailers

American retailers may have more than a weather problem. For many stores, customer traffic has slowed and sales weakened in the spring, when warmer temperatures had been expected to help [...]

Fed Sets October End for Bond Buys

Fed officials agreed at June’s policy meeting to end their bond-buying program in October, giving the experiment an explicit end date for the first time. [...]

Jobless Claims Fall as Labor Market Continues to Improve

New applications for unemployment benefits fell last week, a sign the labor market continues to strengthen. But some economists expect an uptick in claims in the coming [...]

China Exports Up on U.S. Demand

Chinese exports grew in June on the back of strengthening U.S. consumer demand, in a positive sign for China’s factory sector and for the global economic [...]

Draghi Calls for Reform Rules

European Central Bank President Mario Draghi on Wednesday called for new rules on economic reforms that the countries in the euro zone should adopt to narrow their economic [...]

Australia’s Unemployment Rate Rises

Australia’s unemployment rate rose to a higher-than-expected 6% in June from 5.9% in May as more people than anticipated began looking for [...]

Japan Machinery Orders Plunge

Japanese machinery orders posted an unexpectedly sharp fall in May, suggesting companies are taking a more cautious stance toward capital spending than was previously reckoned after the recent sales tax increase took [...]

Fed Sees Role for Interest on Reserves

At their June policy meeting, Federal Reserve officials discussed strategies for eventually raising interest rates, suggesting a big role for a tool that pays banks interest for parking reserves at the central [...]

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