U.S. ECONOMIC INDICATORS: Housing Data, Latest 6 Months

TODAY: Oct. 23, 2014 PUB DATE: Aug. 21, 2014

Data seasonally adjusted except actual, which is not seasonaly adjusted. Median and average prices for existing and single family homes in dollars. Housing construction and homes sold in 1,000 units. R = revised. (*) data reflect the increase in the ...

U.S. Government Bonds Rise Before Fed Chairwoman's Speech

TODAY: Oct. 23, 2014 PUB DATE: Aug. 21, 2014

By Min Zeng Treasury bonds strengthened Thursday for the first time this week as investors shrugged off a round of upbeat U.S. economic reports and looked forward to a speech on the labor market by Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen. ...

Swiss July Exports Gain on Demand for Chemicals, Watches

TODAY: Oct. 23, 2014 PUB DATE: Aug. 21, 2014

By Neil MacLucas ZURICH--Rising demand from Europe and Asia for Switzerland's pharmaceuticals and chemicals as well as precision instruments and watches supported export growth in July. Exports in July rose 4.5% year over year in real terms adjusted for inflation ...

European Stocks Flat Ahead of Euro Zone Data

TODAY: Oct. 23, 2014 PUB DATE: Aug. 21, 2014

European stocks were little changed in early trade Thursday as investors weighed some mixed economic data against a rise on Wall Street. The Stoxx Europe 600 index was flat after French business activity data showed a deeper-than-expected slump during August ...

HSBC China Flash PMI Falls to 50.3 in August

TODAY: Oct. 23, 2014 PUB DATE: Aug. 21, 2014

BEIJING--A closely watched gauge of activity in China's manufacturing sector dropped to a three-month low in August, raising concerns about a still-fragile economic recovery. The preliminary HSBC China Manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index fell to 50.3 in August, compared with a ...

Correction to UK Retail Sales Story

TODAY: Oct. 23, 2014 PUB DATE: Aug. 21, 2014

"UK Retail Sales Weaker Than Expected In July," at 0847 GMT misstated in the last paragraph that ONS data released Thursday showed a stronger-than-expected improvement in public finances. And also mistated that economists were expecting a net borrowing of GBP2.8 ...

Polish Rate Setters Wary of Growth, CPI Outlook Amid Ukraine Conflict

TODAY: Oct. 23, 2014 PUB DATE: Aug. 21, 2014

WARSAW--Poland's rate setters were worried about increased uncertainty surrounding the country's future inflation and growth, and the impact on the country's economy from the Russia-Ukraine conflict, minutes from the rate panel's July sitting showed Thursday. During the sitting, which took ...

Canada Job Insurance Claims Rose 10.9% in June from May

TODAY: Oct. 23, 2014 PUB DATE: Aug. 21, 2014

By Judy McKinnon The number of initial and renewal claims for unemployment insurance benefits in Canada rose 10.9% to 251,040 in June from May, Statistics Canada said Thursday. Claims were up 9.9% from a year earlier. The number of people ...

Philadelphia Fed Business Index Jumps to 28.0

TODAY: Oct. 23, 2014 PUB DATE: Aug. 21, 2014

Mid-Atlantic manufacturers say business conditions were quite strong in August, according to a survey released Thursday by the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. Expectations jumped to highest reading in more than two decades. The Philadelphia Fed's index of general business ...

Judge to Hold Hearing in Argentina Debt Dispute

TODAY: Oct. 23, 2014 PUB DATE: Aug. 21, 2014

U.S. District Judge Thomas Griesa will hold a hearing Thursday afternoon regarding Argentina's ongoing dispute with creditors. The hearing will be held in the federal courthouse in Manhattan at 3 p.m. EDT. Judge Griesa is to hold the hearing in ...

Swedish Unemployment Rate Drops

TODAY: Oct. 23, 2014 PUB DATE: Aug. 21, 2014

By Charles Duxbury STOCKHOLM--Sweden's unemployment rate fell more than expected in July, data showed Thursday, in a sign that a stuttering economic recovery is gathering pace after a drawn out slowdown. That will be a source of some relief for ...

Bank of America Reaches $16.65 Billion Settlement

TODAY: Oct. 23, 2014 PUB DATE: Aug. 21, 2014

By WSJ staff Bank of America Corp. agreed to pay a settlement of $16.65 billion over its mortgage lending, capping a legal odyssey that has dogged it since the depths of the financial crisis. The deal resolves a government investigation ...

Brazil's Private Sector Job Creation Slows in July

TODAY: Oct. 23, 2014 PUB DATE: Aug. 21, 2014

By Paulo Trevisani and Priscilla Oliveira BRASILIA--Brazil's private-sector employers created fewer jobs in July than the month before, confirming a long-declining trend in employment, the government said Thursday. Brazil's Labor Ministry said a net 11,796 job openings were registered in ...

Mexican Economy Picks Up Steam in Second Quarter -- Update

TODAY: Oct. 23, 2014 PUB DATE: Aug. 21, 2014

By Anthony Harrup MEXICO CITY--Mexican economic growth accelerated in the second quarter, recovering from a disappointing start to the year, as export demand and private consumption improved. Gross domestic product grew a seasonally adjusted 1.04% from the first quarter, the ...

BOND REPORT: Treasurys Snap 3-day Losing Streak Before Jackson Hole

TODAY: Oct. 23, 2014 PUB DATE: Aug. 21, 2014

By Ben Eisen, MarketWatch NEW YORK (MarketWatch)--U.S. Treasury prices climbed Thursday as investors bet that an economic symposium in Jackson Hole would reaffirm a dovish U.S. monetary policy outlook, with benchmark yields snapping a three-day rise. The 10-year note (10_YEAR) ...

European Stocks Ignore Mixed Economic Data -- Update

TODAY: Oct. 23, 2014 PUB DATE: Aug. 21, 2014

By Tommy Stubbington European stocks shrugged off some patchy economic data Thursday, helped by a rise for shares on Wall Street. The Stoxx Europe 600 index was 0.4% higher midmorning. The gains came despite a sharper-than-expected slowdown in euro-zone business ...