Hong Kong June-August Unemployment Rate 3.3%; In Line With Forecast

TODAY: Sept. 19, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 18, 2014

By Chester Yung HONG KONG--Hong Kong's unemployment rate was unchanged at 3.3% in the three-month period ended August, the Census and Statistics Department said Thursday. The seasonally adjusted jobless rate was unchanged from the May- July period, and was in ...

U.S. Factory Orders-Historical, New Orders

TODAY: Sept. 19, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 18, 2014

(NOTE: See Shipments, Unfilled Orders and Inventories historical data in story 84734) Seasonally adjusted data in millions of dollars. R denotes revised. Source: U.S. Commerce Department. -NEW ORDERS- -EX-TRANSPORTATION -EX-DEFENSE- Mo Ago Yr Ago Mo Ago Yr Ago Mo Ago ...

U.S. Personal Income-Historical

TODAY: Sept. 19, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 18, 2014

(http://www.bea.gov/newsreleases/national/pi/2014/pdf/pi0614_hist.pdf) Seasonally adjusted in billions of dollars at annual rates. PCE in current dollars. Source: U.S. Commerce Department. -PERSONAL INCOME- -PCE- -WAGES/SALARIES- Mo Ago Yr Ago Mo Ago Yr Ago Mo Ago Yr Ago Level % chg% chg : Level ...

U.S. Construction Spending-Historical -2-

TODAY: Sept. 19, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 18, 2014

Jul 04 1,005.3 2.4 12.8: 781.3 2.9 16.0: 205.5 0.3 3.0: 224.0 0.6 2.9 Jun 04 981.7 0.8 11.4: 758.9 0.5 14.6: 204.9 2.5 2.5: 222.8 1.8 2.0 May 04 974.2 0.6 12.4: 755.3 1.1 15.6: 199.8 -1.3 2.8: 218.9 ...

U.S. Durable Goods-Historical -2-

TODAY: Sept. 19, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 18, 2014

Jul 03 173,668 0.7 0.3: 179,709 1.4 0.7: 461,536 -0.3 -4.6 Jun 03 172,496 1.0 5.4: 177,267 0.9 -0.4: 462,950 0.2 -4.4 May 03 170,715 0.2 -0.4: 175,625 0.3 -2.3: 461,881 0.1 -6.4 Apr 03 170,300 -0.7 1.6: 175,170 -1.2 ...

LONDON MARKETS: FTSE 100 Rises As Scots Head To The Polls

TODAY: Sept. 19, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 18, 2014

By Sara Sjolin and Barbara Kollmeyer, MarketWatch NEW YORK (MarketWatch)--London's benchmark stock index moved firmly higher on Thursday, as Scots headed to the polls to decide whether to stay in the U.K. or become an independent country. The FTSE 100 ...

BOND REPORT: 10-year Treasury Yield Hits Highest Since July

TODAY: Sept. 19, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 18, 2014

By Ben Eisen, MarketWatch NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- Treasury prices retreated Thursday after a round of economic data and an auction of new debt, as investors continued to react to policy signals from the Federal Reserve. The 10-year Treasury note ...

U.S. Household Wealth Hits Fresh Record

TODAY: Sept. 19, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 18, 2014

By Neil Shah Americans' wealth hit the highest level ever in the second quarter amid a rise in stock and home prices, prompting consumers to ramp up their borrowing--a development that could boost the economic recovery. The net worth of ...

Fed Plots Cautious Course on Rate Hikes--2nd Update

TODAY: Sept. 19, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 18, 2014

By Jon Hilsenrath The Federal Reserve took two steps toward winding down the historic easy-money policies that have defined its response to the financial crisis, but stopped short of the move markets are awaiting most: signaling when interest rates will ...

LONDON MARKETS: FTSE 100 Rises As Scots Head To The Polls

TODAY: Sept. 19, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 18, 2014

By Sara Sjolin and Barbara Kollmeyer, MarketWatch NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- London's benchmark stock index moved firmly higher on Thursday, as the Scots headed to the polls to decide whether to stay in the U.K. or become an independent country. ...

Japan Logs Trade Deficit in August

TODAY: Sept. 19, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 18, 2014

TOKYO--Japan logged its 26th straight trade deficit in August, with the growing adverse effects of the weaker yen on import prices continuing to cast a shadow over Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's vision of using a yet-to-be seen surge in exports ...

South Korea Plans Tariff of Over 500% on Rice Imports

TODAY: Sept. 19, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 18, 2014

By Kwanwoo Jun South Korea plans to impose a tariff of up to 513% on rice imports to help protect its farmers, months before the country opens up its rice market to foreign competition. Rice imports are a politically sensitive ...

South Korea to Increase Spending to Boost Growth

TODAY: Sept. 19, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 18, 2014

SEOUL--The South Korean government said Thursday it would increase spending next year by running a wider fiscal deficit in a stimulus effort to boost anemic growth in Asia's fourth-largest economy. The government budget plan for 2015, reported by the finance ...

Swiss National Bank Reaffirms Currency Floor

TODAY: Sept. 19, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 18, 2014

ZURICH--The Swiss National Bank repeated Thursday that it will intervene in the foreign exchange market to prevent the Swiss franc from surpassing 1.20 against the euro, saying the limit remains the "key instrument" to curb upward pressure on the currency. ...

Swiss August Exports Slip as Demand for Chemicals, Machines Sags

TODAY: Sept. 19, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 18, 2014

By Neil MacLucas ZURICH--Weaker European demand for Switzerland's pharmaceuticals and chemicals, precision instruments and watches, as well as one work day less, eroded export growth in August. Exports in August fell 3.4% year over year in real terms adjusted for ...

Sao Paulo CPI Up 0.17% For 4 Weeks Ended Sept. 15

TODAY: Sept. 19, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 18, 2014

By Rogerio Jelmayer SAO PAULO--Growth in Sao Paulo's consumer price index slowed in the four weeks ended Sept. 15, in line with economists' expectations, as housing and transportation costs eased. CPI rose 0.17% in the period, compared with a rise ...

BOND REPORT: Benchmark Treasury Yield Highest Since July

TODAY: Sept. 19, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 18, 2014

By Ben Eisen, MarketWatch NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- Treasury prices retreated Thursday after a round of economic data, as investors continued to react to policy signals from the Federal Reserve. The 10-year Treasury note (10_YEAR) yield, which rises as prices ...

Russia's Putin Slams Sanctions as Breach of WTO Rules

TODAY: Sept. 19, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 18, 2014

By Alexander Kolyandr MOSCOW--Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday slammed sanctions placed on Moscow by Western countries as a unilateral breach of the rules and principles of the World Trade Organization. "The sanctions introduced against Russia is nothing else but ...

SARB Keeps Key Interest Rate at 5.75%

TODAY: Sept. 19, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 18, 2014

By Patrick McGroarty PRETORIA, South Africa--South Africa's central bank on Thursday kept its main interest rate on hold despite persistent inflationary pressure, reflecting a reluctance to rush rate hikes that could impinge on slack economic growth. The South African Reserve ...

Fed Takes Action on Santander's U.S. Unit

TODAY: Sept. 19, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 18, 2014

WASHINGTON--The Federal Reserve took enforcement action against Banco Santander SA's U.S. unit, saying one of the Spanish bank's subsidiaries paid a dividend without permission even though the Fed had barred it from doing so. Santander Holdings USA, Inc. has been ...