Wall Street fell on Thursday morning on mixed earnings and weak economic data, a day after the Federal Reserve decided to keep interest rates unchanged.
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits rose more than expected last week, but the underlying trend continued to point to sustained labor market strength.
At the conclusion of its two-day policy meeting, the Federal Reserve kept interest rates unchanged, but said near-term risks to the U.S. economy had abated.
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Contracts to buy previously owned U.S. homes rose far less than expected in June, another sign that a lack of inventory is crimping activity despite mortgage rates being at near-record lows.
Demand for long-lasting factory goods fell sharply in June, a sign overseas turmoil is weighing on U.S. manufacturers.
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It’s been a tumultuous year for Wall Street, and market participants aren’t expecting the Federal Reserve to add fuel to the now-contained fire at the conclusion of the central bank’s July meeting Wednesday.
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Federal Reserve officials are virtually certain to leave short-term interest rates unchanged at their meeting this week, following the U.K.'s decision in June to quit the European Union and mixed messages from the U.S. labor market.
A gauge of U.S. consumer confidence edged lower, but was relatively unchanged in July, a sign American households are shrugging off global economic uncertainty in the wake of the Brexit vote.
New U.S. single-family home sales rose more than expected in June, reaching their highest level in nearly 8-1/2 years, the latest sign that the housing market was gathering momentum.
U.S. single-family home prices rose less than expected on an annual basis in May, and were down from the prior month, a survey showed on Tuesday.
The U.S. Federal Reserve is expected to keep interest rates unchanged this week, deferring any possible increase until September or December.
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The U.S. Federal Reserve will wait until the fourth quarter before raising interest rates, likely in December after the presidential election, according to a Reuters poll which once again showed subdued inflation expectations.
U.S. home resales unexpectedly rose in June to their fastest pace in more than nine years as low mortgage interest rates drew buyers into the market, a positive sign for the economy.
Factory activity across mid-Atlantic states turned lower in July, though higher customer orders and seasonal shutdowns suggest the latest slowdown may be temporary and that the sector is still on steady footing.