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  • Rising food, housing costs push up U.S. inflation

    Rising food, housing costs push up U.S. inflation
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. consumer prices firmed a bit in March, as food and housing rental costs rose in a possible sign that a disinflationary trend had run its course. The increase should allay concerns among some Federal Reserve officials that...
  • Debate unchanged over maintaining Fed's emergency lending rate

    (Reuters) - The heads of nine regional Federal Reserve banks voted last month to maintain the U.S. central bank's emergency lending rate at 0.75 percent, against three who voted for a modest rise, minutes of Fed deliberations released on Tuesday showed....
  • Fed's balance sheet logged $84 billion profit last year

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Federal Reserve logged $84 billion in net profit last year on its massive portfolio of assets, and average income will probably remain higher than before the financial crisis for another decade to come, according to an annual...
  • Amid frigid winter, Goldman, Morgan Stanley see commodity gains

    LONDON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley both cited stronger commodities trading as a bright spot in the first quarter, aided in part by extraordinary volatility caused by the coldest U.S. winter in three decades. The two longest-...
  • Jobless claims, factory data put some shine on economy

    Jobless claims, factory data put some shine on economy
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - New claims for jobless benefits hovered near their pre-recession levels last week and manufacturing in the Mid-Atlantic region accelerated in April, suggesting an upswing in economic activity after a brutally cold winter. Coming on...
  • Fidelity biotech fund among worst performers in April sell-off

    BOSTON (Reuters) - One of the biotechnology sector's worst two-week declines in the past decade has clobbered one of Fidelity Investments' hottest funds. The $9.4 billion Fidelity Select Biotechnology Fund plunged 11.75 percent during the first 14 days...
  • Freddie Mac: Mortgage rates near low for year; 30-year at 4.27%

    Freddie Mac: Mortgage rates near low for year; 30-year at 4.27%
    Mortgage rates have fallen as the spring home-buying season begins, with Freddie Mac pegging the average 30-year fixed loan at 4.27% this week, the lowest it has been since early February. The average for a 15-year fixed mortgage was 3.33% this week,...
  • Philly Fed factory activity accelerates in April

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Factory activity in the U.S. mid-Atlantic region expanded in April at a faster clip than expected, a survey showed on Thursday. The Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank said its business activity index rose to 16.6 from 9.0 in March,...
  • Jobless claims edge up, but 4-week average falls to prerecession level

    Jobless claims edge up, but 4-week average falls to prerecession level
    Initial jobless claims over the previous month hit their lowest level since the start of the Great Recession, indicating the labor market might be nearing a return to normal. The number of people filing for first-time unemployment benefits rose slightly...
  • Fed bond buying twice as effective on growth as BoE's: research

    LONDON (Reuters) - Bond purchases by the U.S. Federal Reserve have been twice as effective at boosting economic output as those by the Bank of England, research by a BoE policymaker showed on Thursday. The findings are likely to be of interest to the...
  • Goldman Sachs profit falls 11 percent but beats estimates

    (Reuters) - Goldman Sachs Group Inc reported an 11 percent drop in quarterly profit as client activity remained constrained and fixed-income revenue shrank, but both earnings and revenue beat market estimates and the Wall Street bank's shares rose....