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U.S. Jobless Claims Jump by 24,000

The number of Americans filing for new unemployment benefits jumped last week, a sign layoffs have increased since touching a seven-year low earlier this month. [...]

Fed Looks Likely to Stick to Path

Fed officials are on track to reduce their monthly bond buying to $45 billion at their policy meeting next week and stick with a communications approach that leaves investors with a little uncertainty about when it will start raising interest [...]

U.S. New-Home Sales Plunge

Sales of newly built homes tumbled in March while prices surged, in the latest indication that the U.S. housing market is struggling to regain [...]

Euro-Zone Business Activity Accelerates

Business activity in the euro zone accelerated at the start of the second quarter, but companies cut prices they charged customers, a sign that the European Central Bank’s worries over low inflation are far from [...]

China Factory Activity Still Weak

A still-weak but relatively stable outlook for factory activity in China could ease pressure on Beijing to step up targeted stimulus measures. [...]

Plans That Forgive Student Debt Skyrocket, Raising Fears Over Costs

Government officials are trying to rein in increasingly popular federal programs that forgive some student debt, amid rising concerns over the plans’ costs and the possibility they could encourage colleges to push tuition even higher. [...]

U.S. Existing-Home Sales Slip

Sales of previously owned homes fell slightly in March, a sign the shaky U.S. housing market has continued to struggle into the spring but may be [...]

U.S. Gas Price Rises—Along With Exports

Drivers in the U.S. are facing rising gasoline prices ahead of summer-vacation season, just as refiners here are shipping more gas to other [...]

Russia Aims to Cut Imports Dependence

Russia won’t change its economic growth strategy because of Western sanctions but will try to lower its dependence on imports, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said [...]

Sluggish Recovery Proves Resilient

The Outlook: The recovery from the U.S. recession has been nasty, brutish and long. It also is shaping up as one of the most [...]

Russia Could See Second-Quarter Recession

Russia’s economy may slide into recession in the second quarter of this year but the finance ministry isn’t planning to increase budget spending, said the head of the finance ministry’s long-term planning [...]

Lenders Ease Mortgage Rules in Hunt for Business

Mortgage lenders are beginning to ease the restrictive lending standards enacted after the housing boom turned to bust, a sign of their rising confidence in the housing [...]

Towns Taxed by More Homes, Fewer Stores

As builders pivot from commercial to residential development, municipalities in many Western states face a problem: a drop in sales-tax receipts and higher [...]

U.S. Jobless Claims Rise Slightly

The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits rose slightly last week but remained near a seven-year low, a sign of a strengthening labor market. [...]

Economist Honored for Work on Media Slant

An economist known for pioneering work on slanted coverage in the news media won the John Bates Clark Medal, one of the profession’s most prestigious honors. [...]

Tax Refunds May Fuel Retail Windfall

Ahead of the Tape: Nearly 80% of the tax returns processed through April 4 resulted in a refund averaging $2,792. That bodes well for the nation’s retailers in the months [...]

Citi Received Mixed Signals on ‘Stress Test’

The Federal Reserve’s New York office indicated to Citigroup that the bank would have more time to fix certain “stress test” planning problems before Fed officials in Washington last month gave it a failing grade. [...]

Drop in Tech Stocks Hits Startup Funding

Tech stocks have taken a pounding over the past month, putting pressure on the ecosystem for financing startups and taking them [...]

Banks Ramp Up Business Lending

Banks are boosting their lending to businesses, providing fuel for companies to increase spending on workers and equipment as the economy [...]

U.S. Jobless Claims Rise Slightly

The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits rose slightly last week but remained near a seven-year low, indicating an improving labor [...]

Yellen Stakes Out a Flexible Policy Path

Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen left markets comforted and reassured about continued low interest rates after a speech that emphasized her focus on low inflation and economic [...]

Economy Thawing, Survey Finds

The economy strengthened across a broad swath of the country in recent weeks, according to the Fed’s “beige book” of regional conditions, further evidence of the recovery springing back to life after a winter [...]

Treasury Turns Its Gaze to Municipal-Bond Market

The department is forming a new unit to broadly monitor the municipal-bond market, with a focus on troubled [...]

BofA in Settlement Talks Over Mortgage Securities

Bank of America is engaged in multibillion-dollar settlement talks with the Justice Department to end investigations into shoddy residential mortgage backed [...]

Housing Market Slow to Hit Its Spring Stride

A flurry of recent housing data suggests that the market’s spring selling season is getting off to a slow start, a worrisome sign after a winter of expectations that warmer weather would rekindle growth. [...]

China Growth Slows to 7.4%

China’s GDP growth slipped in the first quarter to its slowest level in 18 months as the world’s second-largest economy continued to downshift. [...]

U.S. Industrial Production Rises

U.S. industrial production rose in March, moving beyond a lackluster winter and showing potential to gain strength in the coming months. [...]

RBC to Close Proprietary-Trading Desk

The Global Arbitrage and Trading arm will be spun off into a hedge fund, a victory for U.S. regulators trying to cut down on banks making big bets with their own [...]

U.S. Home Builder Confidence Still Subdued in April

U.S. home builders remained downbeat in April, a sign the housing market remains shaky with the arrival of [...]

Fed Official More Worried About Deflation Than Inflation

Despite gradual economic recovery, inflation doesn’t appear to be a pressing concern now, or in the near future, Minneapolis Federal Reserve President Narayana Kocherlakota said at a town hall forum in North Dakota [...]

Yellen Lays Groundwork for Rules on Short-Term Credit Markets

The Fed chairwoman said reining in “shadow banks” that operate in the multitrillion-dollar short-term markets may provide “social gains” that outweigh the [...]

Broker Records to Get Scrutiny

Securities regulators are expected to unveil plans to step up checks on stockbrokers’ records, including requiring brokerage firms for the first time to do formal background checks on new [...]

U.S. Consumer Prices Rise Slightly

Higher housing and food costs helped lift overall consumer prices last month, a development that could reassure some Fed officials as they roll back their easy-money [...]

U.S. Retail Sales Surge 1.1%

Strong sales at U.S. retailers in March offered fresh evidence of the economy thawing out after a winter [...]

Nonprofits Caught in Pension Crossfire

Several well-known nonprofits are caught in a tussle between billionaire donor John Arnold, who advocates overhauling public pensions, and multimillion-member [...]

India’s Workers Abandon Cities

Few manufacturing jobs, plus high inflation and rural entitlement programs, are creating a push-me pull-you effect that is stalling India’s [...]

CBO Sees U.S. Deficit Shrinking More Than Expected in 2014

Congressional Budget Office predicts gap between U.S. government spending and revenue will fall to $492 billion, or 2.8% of gross domestic [...]

IMF Members Weigh Options to Sidestep U.S. Congress on Overhaul

The U.S. would lose its veto power on the International Monetary Fund’s executive board under a plan being considered by some emerging economies. The countries are fed up with the United States’ failure to ratify a four-year-old [...]

Euro-Zone Industrial Output Rises

Industrial production across the 18 countries that share the euro rose slightly in February, although output in many of the currency area’s troubled southern members [...]

Greek Primary Budget Surplus Surpasses Target

Greece’s primary budget beat its targets for the first three months of the year, data from the Finance Ministry [...]

Top Earners Feel the Bite of Tax Increases

The Outlook: The jump in federal tax rates that kicked in last year is causing sticker shock for many higher earners this tax [...]

WTO Raises Global Trade Forecast

The World Trade Organization narrowly upgraded its 2014 forecast for global trade but cautioned that growth remained well below the long-term [...]

The Tide Turns for Greece—and the Euro Zone

Europe File: Greece’s return to the bond markets last week was a symbolically important moment for the euro crisis, writes Simon [...]

Further Euro Strength Could Trigger More Easing

European Central Bank President Mario Draghi ratcheted up his warnings about the strong euro, saying a further rise in the exchange rate would trigger additional monetary easing to keep inflation from falling too [...]

GM’s Opel Speeds Path to Profit

GM’s Opel European unit appears to be on the cusp of breaking even before its 2016 target date—welcome news as the U.S. auto maker contends with a massive [...]

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