American mortgage applications tacked on for the first time for five weeks because most home borrowing costs kept to their lowest value for 10 months…
Japan September price-adjusted wages dive for the fourth straight month
In September, Japanese wages went down 0.1% from 2016 after adjustment for inflation, sliding for the fourth straight month. It drops a hint that consumer inflation could take a hit as wages didn’t manage to keep pace with ascending prices.
The sag, announced by the labor ministry on Tuesday, emerged notwithstanding persistent calls by the authorities for companies to stimulate salaries to assist to drive economic activity.
Wage earners' nominal cash earnings inched up 0.9% versus the same month of 2016, accelerating from August’s 0.7% surge and marking the fastest ascend since July last year.
Tepid wage surge appears to be a thorn in the side of the major financial institution that has been claiming that the tightest job market in four decades is going to spur wages, thus causing greater consumer spending and helping to meet its inflation objective of 2%.
A great number of companies are still reluctant to spend their record cash revenues on wage lifts out of fear they won’t be able to pass on the costs to clients who get used to constantly diving prices.
The releases of employment change and the unemployment rate for Australia are expected on February 21, at 2:30 MT time.
The release of the Federal open market committee (FOMC) meeting minutes is scheduled on February 20, at 21.00 MT time.
Safe havens such as gold and Japanese yen declined as investors sentiment was boosted by eased geopolitical tensions…
On Tuesday, the euro tacked on because market participants waited for reports on inflation and growth in the euro zone, while the Japanese yen went down after Japan’s major bank told it would be more flexible in its huge stimulus program…
On Tuesday, the evergreen buck dived because the common currency bounced off and the UK pound managed to ascend to the day’s maximums reacting to reports that British Prime Minister Theresa May is going to take control of Brexit talks…