Key data releases this week include: FOMC rate decision (Wed), 1Q GDP (Thu), BOJ decision (Thu) and personal spending (Fri).
Reuters
April 25, 2016
MarketWatch
Sunday, April 24, 2016
April 24, 2016
Financial Times
The Federal Reserve's policy committee is expected to leave interest rates unchanged when it meets this week, as global growth slows and the world's financial markets remain shaky. However, the Federal Open Market Committee might revise its official economic outlook to make it clear that the central bank is receptive to raising rates in the future.
Haver
April 19, 2016
Housing starts fell 8.8% (+14.2% y/y) during March to 1.089 million units (AR) from 1.194 million in February, revised from 1.178 million. It was the lowest level of starts since October. Expectations were for 1.89 million starts in the Action Economics Forecast Survey.
Haver
April 20, 2016
Sales of existing homes increased 5.1% (1.5% y/y) to 5.330 million (SAAR) during March from 5.070 million in February, revised from 5.080 million. The gain followed February's 7.3% decline and extended a pattern of volatile sideways movement since last spring. It outpaced the improvement to 5.24 million sales expected in the Action Economics Forecast Survey.
Haver
April 21, 2016
The Conference Board's Index of Leading Economic Indicators increased 0.2% during March (2.2% y/y), following declines in each of the prior three months. February's 0.1% shortfall was revised from a 0.1% gain. The latest improvement fell short of expectations in the Action Economics Forecast Survey for a 0.3% rise.
Nasdaq.com/Dow Jones Newswires
April 21, 2016
As eurozone budget deficits fall below the mandatory 3% set by the EU for the second year in a row, countries are beginning to question the austerity policies it necessitates. "The main problem is the far too low investment, domestic demand and growth level in Europe," German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel said. "This is a result of a too-pure, too-long-lasting austerity policy. Europe won't get out of the crisis if it's only instrument is to print money."
Shanghai Daily (China)
April 19, 2016
The prices of new homes in China increased in 62 cities in March, 15 more than in February, the National Bureau of Statistics said. Prices fell in the other eight cities tracked by the bureau. The trend toward higher prices is accelerating in first-tier and the bigger second-tier cities, said Liu Jianwei, a statistician at the bureau.
Bloomberg
April 24, 2016
Data from four private indicators point to the pace of China's economic growth picking up this month, led by strength in the property market, which is benefiting from government stimuli. Retail sales, fixed-asset investment, industrial output and credit availability are expanding faster than economists expected.
MarketWatch
April 19, 2016
The value of merchandise exported by Japan dropped 6.8% in March compared with a year earlier, the Ministry of Finance said. It was the sixth consecutive month of shrinking exports, marking the longest decline since 2012. The strengthening yen has made it more difficult for manufacturers to sell to foreign customers.
Barron’s
April 25, 2016
This Thursday the bull market that began in 2009 will become the second-longest in history, at 2607 days, topped only by the technology bull run of October 1990 to March 2000.

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