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15:02
Chicago PMI unexpectedly improves in April

Economic activity in the Chicago area unexpectedly improved in April, according to data released on Friday.

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14:34
US employment costs rise at fastest pace since end of 2007
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Employment costs in the US rose in the first quarter at their fastest clip since the end of 2007, led by gains for both private sector wages and benefits.

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13:42
US GDP growth slows more than expected in Q1 2017
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Economic activity in the States slowed at the start of the year, weighed down by a slowdown in the pace of inventory accumulation, lower public spending and increased imports.

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12:23
Europe midday: Stocks rise amid strong fund flows, economic data
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European stocks were seeing some buying interest after data showing inflows into euro area stocks were at their strongest since December 2015 and following the release of several stronger than expected reports on the Eurozone economy, including on money supply dynamics and consumer prices.

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11:50
EU leaders prepare Brexit clause for reunified Ireland membership
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Northern Ireland could be allowed fast-track access to EU membership in the event of its reunification with the rest of the island, as European leaders prepare to thrash out their negotiating stance for upcoming Brexit talks with the UK government.

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11:27
Euro jumps as core CPI outstrips economists' forecasts in April
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Consumer prices in the euro area beat forecasts by a comfortable margin in April, especially at the 'core' level, as services prices accelerated.

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09:07
German retail sales edge past forecasts in March
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Retail sales in the euro area's largest economy registered a slight increase last month, led by turnover in the home furnishings, household appliances and builders' ware categories.

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08:59
Trump warns of 'major' North Korea conflict as China weighs in
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US President Donald Trump has warned that the country is prepared for a "major conflict" with North Korea as tensions between the two states rise another notch over the latter’s nuclear and missile programs.

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08:11
French GDP expands as expected in Q1 despite slump in trade
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France's economy slowed a tad at the start of the year as household spending took a breather and amid a big drag from foreign trade.

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27 Apr
Shift in 'forward guidance' was not discussed on Thursday, ECB chief Draghi says
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European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi left the door open to further policy easing, sending the euro slightly lower, albeit while noting that the balance of risks had moved towards a "more balanced configuration".

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27 Apr
ECB policy decision - Analysts react
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"In June we expect a change to a less dovish and more symmetric forward guidance that would open the door for depo rate hikes in 2018. In particular, we would expect modifications possibly to both the forward guidance on rates and on QE by removing the explicit reference in the statement to a scenario with lower rates and/or higher QE. " - Philippe Gudin, Antonio Garcia Pascual, Barclays Research.

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27 Apr
FX round-up: Sterling sails higher on UK retail data, ECB rate call
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Sterling sailed higher on most key crosses Thursday as investors liked the currency after pleasing UK retail data, European Central Bank holding interest rates and last night's US tax-reform disappointment.

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27 Apr
London close: Resources weakness, US tax-reform hangover and ex-divs punish FTSE
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Equities in London were punished lower on Thursday as pronounced weakness among mining and oil majors, a US tax-reform hangover, and a bundle of ex-dividend shares all told against the FTSE.

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27 Apr
Commodities: Crude futures slump on reports of two Libya oilfields resuming output
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Crude-oil futures slumped more than 2% on Thursday afternoon as a report said two key oilfields in Libya have resumed pumping against a backdrop of rising US shale output and the now chronic global glut.

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27 Apr
Merkel warns UK not to approach Brexit talks with "illusions"
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German chancellor Angela Merkel has warned that British people should not harbour "illusions" about the country's fate in the aftermath of Brexit.

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27 Apr
US pending home sales drop less than expected in March
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US pending home sales fell less than expected in March, according to data from the National Association of Realtors.

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27 Apr
US initial jobless claims unexpectedly rise
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The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits unexpectedly rose last week, according to data from the Labor Department.

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27 Apr
Brent futures drop after as Libya's Sharara oilfield comes back online
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Crude oil futures dropped following a report that a key oilfield in Libya had restarted production.

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27 Apr
Orders for US durable goods edge past forecasts in April
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Orders for goods made to last more than three years edged past forecasts on the back of stronger demand for military aircraft.

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27 Apr
Analysts divided on Trump tax cut proposals
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Economists were optimistic that some form of tax relief would pass Congress in 2017, despite the lack of detail in the White House's proposals announced overnight.

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