The release of the Federal open market committee (FOMC) meeting minutes is scheduled on February 20, at 21.00 MT time.
American business spending on equipment is firm
In June, fresh orders for major American capital goods tacked on more than anticipated, while shipments ascended too. It actually indicated a firm surge in business spending on equipment, which occurred in the second quarter.
Hopes for firm economic surge in the April-June period were tamed by other data released on Thursday that disclosed an expansion in the products trade deficit in June and also no change in wholesale as well as retail inventories.
As the Commerce Department informed, orders for non-defense capital products without aircraft managed to ascend 0.6% the previous month after May’s upwardly updated 0.7% leap.
Market experts interviewed by Reuters had foreseen the so-called core capital products orders edging up about 0.4% in June after a previously posted 0.3% jump in May. Besides this, core capital products orders tacked on 6.8% on a year-on-year basis.
Apparently, shipments of core capital products ascended by 1% in June after May’s 0.2% soar. Core capital products shipments are employed for gauging equipment spending in the government's GDP evaluation.
Since the fourth quarter of 2016 American business spending on equipment has managed to tack on. It’s anticipated to have combined with firm consumer spending just to spur second-quarter GDP surge.
Products exports went down by $2.2 billion hitting $141.9 billion in June. Imports of products ascended by $1.3 billion reaching $210.3 billion. As the department informed, both retail and wholesale inventories remained intact in June.
The major US currency managed to trim its losses on the data against a group of key rivals. As for prices for American Treasuries, they were intact.
In June, orders for electrical equipment, components and appliances bounced off 1.5% having edged down about 0.5% in May. Additionally, orders for electronic products and computers gained 0.6%, orders for machinery tacked on 0.2%.
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