U.S. Housing Starts/Building Permits-Historical-Dec 18

TODAY: March 28, 2015 PUB DATE: Dec. 18, 2014

All data seasonally adjusted except actual levels which are not seasonally adjusted. Percent change is from the previous month. R denotes revised. Source: U.S. Department of Commerce. (*) Jan 05-Jan 04 reflect the increase in the universe of permits-issuing places ...

Eurozone Construction Activity Sped Up in October

TODAY: March 28, 2015 PUB DATE: Dec. 18, 2014

Construction across the 18 countries that share the euro rose in October at the fastest pace this year, a tentative indication that households and businesses may be becoming less reluctant to invest. The European Union's statistics agency said Thursday that ...

EU Toughens Sanctions on Crimea-Based Companies

TODAY: March 28, 2015 PUB DATE: Dec. 18, 2014

By Laurence Norman BRUSSELS--The European Union toughened its trade, investment and business sanctions on Crimea-based companies on Thursday, introducing a range of new measures from a ban on EU cruise ships visiting local ports to a ban on sales of ...

U.S. Jobless Claims Fall to 289,000

TODAY: March 28, 2015 PUB DATE: Dec. 18, 2014

WASHINGTON-The number of Americans filing for first-time unemployment benefits dropped last week and stayed near 14-year lows, the latest evidence of labor market improvement. Initial jobless claims, a proxy for layoffs, declined by 6,000 to a seasonally adjusted 289,000 in ...

Deere to Sell Crop-Insurance Business

TODAY: March 28, 2015 PUB DATE: Dec. 18, 2014

By Tess Stynes Deere & Co. agreed to sell its crop-insurance business to Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance Co. of Iowa, following a strategic review of the unit that began in September. The deal, expected to close in the first quarter ...

Canada Job Insurance Claims Drop 1.7% in October from September

TODAY: March 28, 2015 PUB DATE: Dec. 18, 2014

By Carolyn King The number of initial and renewal claims for unemployment insurance benefits in Canada fell 1.7% to a seasonally adjusted 220,170 in October from the previous month, Statistics Canada said Thursday. On a 12-month basis, claims fell 0.8%. ...

Press Release: Philadelphia Fed Survey Reports -2-

TODAY: March 28, 2015 PUB DATE: Dec. 18, 2014

10--12.5% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 13.4% 0.0% ----------- ------ --------- ------------ ----- -------- --------- Increase of 12.5--15% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 13.4% 0.0% ----------- ------ --------- ------------ ----- -------- --------- Increase of more than 15% 1.5% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 11.9% ...

Dollar Rises Aginst Major Currencies

TODAY: March 28, 2015 PUB DATE: Dec. 18, 2014

By Ira Iosebashvili and Tommy Stubbington The dollar rose against other major currencies Thursday, as investors were encouraged by the Federal Reserve's latest comments on the health of the economy and future monetary-policy tightening. In a statement Wednesday after a ...

Scant U.S. Hope for Russian Reversal

TODAY: March 28, 2015 PUB DATE: Dec. 17, 2014

By Philip Shishkin WASHINGTON--Western policy makers are waiting to see whether a weakened Kremlin will call off its intervention in Ukraine to win a reprieve from economic sanctions that have combined with low oil prices to push the Russian ruble ...

Senate Votes to Extend Temporary Tax Breaks to End of 2014

TODAY: March 28, 2015 PUB DATE: Dec. 17, 2014

By John D. McKinnon WASHINGTON--The Senate voted to extend a raft of temporary tax breaks through the rest of 2014 on Tuesday, ending a protracted struggle that foreshadows even more difficult tax-code debates next year. The bill now goes to ...

European Stocks Fall, Still Pressured by Oil

TODAY: March 28, 2015 PUB DATE: Dec. 17, 2014

By Tommy Stubbington European stocks dropped in early trading Wednesday as oil prices resumed their downward march, with the sharp swings in markets in recent days showing little sign of abating. The Stoxx Europe 600 was 0.9% lower, mirroring a ...

German Cabinet Approves Road Toll Plan That Hits Foreign Drivers

TODAY: March 28, 2015 PUB DATE: Dec. 17, 2014

By Andrea Thomas BERLIN--Germany's cabinet on Wednesday adopted plans to make foreign-registered drivers pay tolls on German highways from 2016, risking a clash with Brussels and neighboring countries on concerns the levy could discriminate against foreigners. The bill requires all ...

China's Baidu Invests in Uber

TODAY: March 28, 2015 PUB DATE: Dec. 17, 2014

By Wayne Ma BEIJING--Baidu Inc. said Wednesday that it would make an investment in U.S.-based startup Uber. Baidu didn't disclose the size or value of the investment in the ride-hailing app. The Chinese search giant said it would integrate Uber ...

U.K. Economy Set to Benefit From Low Oil Prices, Higher Wages--Update

TODAY: March 28, 2015 PUB DATE: Dec. 17, 2014

By Jason Douglas LONDON--Christmas has come early for British consumers. Tumbling oil prices, rising wages and declining borrowing costs are lifting households' spending power, sending a powerful signal that consumers are set to keep Britain's economy growing in the New ...

European Stocks Fall, Still Pressured by Oil--Update

TODAY: March 28, 2015 PUB DATE: Dec. 17, 2014

By Tommy Stubbington European stocks fell Wednesday as oil prices resumed their downward march, with the sharp swings in markets in recent days showing little sign of abating. The Stoxx Europe 600 was 0.3% lower midmorning, mirroring a late slump ...

U.K. Salaries Get Another Lift in October

TODAY: March 28, 2015 PUB DATE: Dec. 17, 2014

By Jon Sindreu and Matthew Cowley LONDON--Wages for U.K. employees outpaced inflation and rose at their highest pace in two years in October, a sign that living standards for Britons are set to improve in 2015. Average weekly earnings in ...