US companies continued to add workers at a moderately healthy pace in May, according to yesterday’s update of the ADP Employment Report. Private employment increased 178,000 last month, slightly above the 163,000 gain in April. Meanwhile, the one-year gain held at roughly 1.8% — a pace that’s been endured so far in 2018.
Secretary of State Pompeo dines with top N. Korean official in NY: CBS
Trump set to impose steel, aluminum tariffs on Europe on Thursday: Reuters
Federal Reserve takes steps to loosen Volcker rule on big banks: The Hill
US Q1 GDP growth revised down to 2.2% from 2.3%: MarketWatch
Higher energy prices trigger sharp rise in Eurozone inflation in May: AP
Fed’s Beige Book: US economy grew moderately as manufacturing picks up: WSJ
Economists raise expectations for US Q2 GDP growth: Bloomberg
US trade deficit narrowed in April to six-month low: Bloomberg
ADP: US private-sector job growth picks up to 178,000 gain in May: USA Today
Italy’s political crisis triggered a risk-off event yesterday that sharply cut US Treasury yields. The 2-year rate fell to 2.32%, the lowest in more than a month as the benchmark 10-year yield fell to a two-month low of 2.77%.
Italy’s political crisis poses risks for the global economy: NY Times
Asian stocks extend losses after sharp drop in US equities: Reuters
Trump announces US moving ahead with trade tariffs on China: New York Mag
China says it will respond to ‘reckless’ US trade threats: Reuters
US home prices rose a solid 6.8% in March from year-earlier level: USA Today
Texas factory activity increased in May, reaching a 12-year high: Bond Buyer
US Consumer Confidence Index up in May, close to 18-year high: MarketWatch
The US stock market has been on a roller coaster for much of 2018, but the surge in volatility hasn’t derailed momentum’s leadership for US equity factors, based on a set of proxy ETFs.
N. Korea sends top aide to US for pre-summit talks: Bloomberg
Trump presses aides to move ahead with US-N. Korea summit: CNN
Russia says reports of US troops in Poland could bring “counteraction”: Newsweek
Italy’s political crisis triggers heavy selling in European markets: Reuters
OECD chief: global growth still needs fiscal-policy support: CNBC
NY Fed’s nowcast for Q2 GDP growth ticks down to still-solid 3.01% rise: NY Fed
Oil prices set for longest run of losses since February: Bloomberg
German 10-year government bond yield falls to new 2018 low:
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Real estate investment trusts (REITs) posted the strongest gain for the major asset classes last week, based on a set of exchange-traded products.
S. Korea calls for more talks with North; US planning Trump-Kim meeting: Reuters
Political crisis erupts in Italy amid calls for impeaching president: BBC
Italy names former IMF official as interim prime minister: Reuters
China sends ships to confront US Navy near disputed islands in S. China Sea: Time
China-Iran summit planned to avoid disruption amid nuclear deal doubt: Reuters
US durable goods orders fell in Apr, mainly due to drop in aircraft orders: MW
US consumer sentiment holds steady in May at elevated level: WSJ
Oil prices tumble on concerns of rising supply: MW
World trade volume: sharp slowdown in annual growth to 2.1% in March: CPB