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

TODAY: Aug. 22, 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 ...

Brazil's Private Sector Job Creation Slows in July

TODAY: Aug. 22, 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 ...

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

TODAY: Aug. 22, 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) ...

Judge to Hold Hearing in Argentina Debt Dispute

TODAY: Aug. 22, 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 ...

European Stocks Ignore Mixed Economic Data -- Update

TODAY: Aug. 22, 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 ...

Dollar Extends Gains Against Yen On Hawkish FOMC Minutes

TODAY: Aug. 22, 2014 PUB DATE: Aug. 21, 2014

By Alexander Martin The dollar extended its gains against the yen during Asian trading Thursday after the minutes of the latest meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee sounded a more hawkish tone. The greenback hit a new four-month high ...

Increase in the number of employed persons

TODAY: Aug. 22, 2014 PUB DATE: Aug. 21, 2014

Press release from Statistics Sweden 2014-08-21 9:30 AM Nr 2014:452 Labour Force Survey (LFS), July 2014: Increase in the number of employed persons In July 2014, 4 982 000 persons aged 15-74 were employed, not seasonally adjusted. This is an ...

ASIA MARKETS: Hong Kong Stocks Snap Winning Streak After China Data

TODAY: Aug. 22, 2014 PUB DATE: Aug. 21, 2014

By Laura He, MarketWatch HONG KONG (MarketWatch) -- Hong Kong stocks broke a four-day string of gains on Thursday, after a private survey showed China's manufacturing growth eased in August. The "flash" version of HSBC's China Manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index ...

HSBC China Flash PMI Falls to 50.3 in August

TODAY: Aug. 22, 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 ...

UK Retail Sales Weaker Than Expected In July

TODAY: Aug. 22, 2014 PUB DATE: Aug. 21, 2014

By Nicholas Winning and Matthew Cowley LONDON--U.K. retailers sold less than expected in July, with annual growth in sales volumes slowing to the weakest rate since November last year in a sign that consumer demand softened at the start of ...

MARKET SNAPSHOT: U.S. Stocks Rise, Pushing S&P 500 To Intraday Record

TODAY: Aug. 22, 2014 PUB DATE: Aug. 21, 2014

By Victor Reklaitis and Barbara Kollmeyer, MarketWatch NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- U.S. stocks advanced Thursday, as the S&P; 500 worked for a fourth straight day of gains and set an intraday record. Reports on existing-home sales and manufacturing topped forecasts, ...

MARKET SNAPSHOT: U.S. Stocks: Futures Up After Claims; S&P Eyes Record

TODAY: Aug. 22, 2014 PUB DATE: Aug. 21, 2014

By Victor Reklaitis and Barbara Kollmeyer, MarketWatch NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- U.S. stock futures moved north Thursday, though they trimmed their gains slightly following a report on weekly jobless claims that roughly matched expectations. Neither downbeat Chinese data nor a ...

U.S. Existing-Home Sales Rise 2.4% in July

TODAY: Aug. 22, 2014 PUB DATE: Aug. 21, 2014

WASHINGTON--Sales of previously owned homes rose in July to their highest level since last September, the latest sign that the U.S. housing recovery has regained its footing after a shaky stretch following last year's jump in mortgage rates. Sales of ...

EUROPE MARKETS: European Stocks Rise, Shrugging Off Mixed PMIs

TODAY: Aug. 22, 2014 PUB DATE: Aug. 21, 2014

By Sara Sjolin, MarketWatch LONDON (MarketWatch) -- Europe's stock markets showed broad-based gains on Thursday as investors largely ignored a mixed bag of purchasing managers indexes from the region and instead used recent market weakness as a buying opportunity. "Markets ...

MARKET SNAPSHOT: U.S. Stocks: S&P 500 Sets Record Close; Dow Regains 17,000

TODAY: Aug. 22, 2014 PUB DATE: Aug. 21, 2014

By Victor Reklaitis and Barbara Kollmeyer, MarketWatch NEW YORK (MarketWatch)--U.S. stocks advanced Thursday, with the S&P; 500 logging its fourth straight daily gain and closing at a record high. Reports on existing-home sales and manufacturing topped forecasts, and expectations of ...