Barron’s
March 7, 2016
The European Central Bank meets this Thursday to consider monetary policy. It appears likely that the ECB will cut the rate it pays for deposits by 10 basis points to minus 0.4%. It is also likely that the ECB will step up its asset-purchase program by 10 to 20 billion euros per month from its current rate of 60 billion.
Haver
March 4, 2016
The job market firmed during February. Payroll employment increased by 242,000 after slowing in January, while the unemployment held steady at 4.9%, its lowest level since February 2008. The overall unemployment rate including marginally-attached and those working part-time for economic reasons, fell to 9.7%. Job market improvement did not translate, however, into increased earnings. Average hourly earnings eased 0.1%, the first meaningful decline since December 2014.
Haver
March 1, 2016
The ISM Composite Index of factory sector activity rose to 49.5, the highest level since September. It indicated a decline in factory sector activity for the fifth straight month, but exceeded expectations for 48.5 in the Action Economics Forecast Survey.
Haver
March 3, 2016
The Composite Index of Nonmanufacturing Sector Business from the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) was little-changed at 53.4 during February versus an unrevised 53.5 in January. It was the lowest reading since February 2014. Consensus expectations had been for 53.
U.S. News & World Report
March 2, 2016
Bankrate
Wednesday, March 2, 2016
March 2, 2016
Bloomberg
The Federal Reserve's Beige Book indicates improvement in hiring, consumer spending, loan demand and home sales. Analysts are mixed on whether the report sets the stage for an interest-rate increase this month.
The Business Times/Agence France-Presse
February 29, 2016
Inflation in the eurozone switched sharply from positive to negative between January and February, skidding from plus 0.3% to minus 0.2%. The reversal, attributed to slowing economies in China and other emerging markets as well as low oil prices, is expected to fuel calls for the European Central Bank to add stimulus.
The Associated Press
March 3, 2016
Markit's purchasing managers' index for the eurozone dropped from 53.6 in January to 53 in February. The figures indicate that the bloc's economy is still growing but at a more muted pace.
Market News International
March 4, 2016
Investor excitement over the People's Bank of China's decision to lower the reserve-requirement ratio has turned to disappointment and sent interbank bond-market yields higher. Traders have concluded that the ratio was lowered for technical reasons and will have a much smaller effect than they originally thought.
Reuters
March 2, 2016
Barron's
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
March 1, 2016
Bloomberg
The outlook for Chinese government debt has been lowered from stable to negative by Moody's Investors Service. The credit rating agency cites falling foreign exchange reserves, higher debt and uncertainty about the government's ability to implement reform. "Without credible and efficient reforms, China's GDP growth would slow more markedly as a high debt burden dampens business investment and demographics turn increasingly unfavorable," according to Moody's.
Bloomberg
February 29, 2016
Criticism of the Bank of Japan's surprise implementation of negative interest rates makes a rate reduction unlikely when the central bank meets this month, Credit Agricole and Credit Suisse analysts say.

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