The market sentiment deteriorated amid fresh US-China tensions. Investors remain cautious as increasing virus cases may damage economic activity again.
American retail sales surge
In July, American retail sales jumped more than anticipated because households spurred purchases of cars and clothing, hinting that the American economy was still firm early in the third quarter.
As for other Wednesday’s data, it revealed that manufacturing output added steadily in July, while in the second quarter, worker productivity ascended at its fastest tempo for more than three years, although a sink in labor costs hinted at mild wage inflation.
Firm domestic demand backs hopes that the key US bank is going to have interest rates lifted in September, and it’s going to be the third rate hike in 2018. The bank intends to lift rates notwithstanding volatility in emerging markets, which was driven by an economic as well as political downtime in Turkey.
As the Commerce Department informed, retail sales leapt by 0.5% in July. However, June’s data was updated downwards to show sales adding 0.2% instead of the previously posted 0.5% soar. Market experts surveye4d by Reuters had foreseen retail sales adding 0.1% in July. In July, retail sales managed to gain 6.4% from 2017.
Without gasoline, cars, food services, building materials retail sales tacked on by 0.5% the previous month following a downwardly updated 0.1% sink in June. By the way, these so-called core retail sales are crucial for the consumer spending component of the US GDP.
Earlier core retail sales were posted to have been intact in June. Eventually, consumer spending is being underpinned by a tightening labor market, steadily backing salaries. As for tax cuts as well as higher savings, they also backed consumption.
July's ascend in core retail sales hinted that the American started the third quarter on a firm footing having reported its best performance for almost four years in the second quarter.
In June, the US major bank had borrowing costs raised. Moreover, the bank predicted two extra rate hikes by December.
Risk-on is back on the market. Riskier currencies and stocks are in favor. Gold is rising too as investors try to hedge.
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