Stock markets are seeing bigger fluctuations this year amid speculation over signs of accelerating inflation, the pace of Federal Reserve rate increases and U.S. trade tensions with China. That's a relief for JPMorgan and other Wall Street firms following a bout of unusually calm -- and less lucrative -- trading conditions in 2017.
The U.S. economy added 103,000 jobs in March, below expectations, as analysts said the tighter labor market may be making skilled workers harder to come by.
The U.S. economy probably added 185,000 jobs in March while wage gains accelerated, a survey of economists showed, reinforcing the Federal Reserve's case for continuing to increase interest rates gradually to keep inflation from overheating while keeping unemployment low.
The U.S. central bank's monetary-policy committee raised benchmark borrowing costs by a quarter percentage point to a range of 1.5% to 1.75%, in Jerome Powell's first meeting as Fed chairman.
Traders fully expect the Fed's monetary-policy committee to raise benchmark borrowing costs by a quarter percentage point at a meeting that starts Tuesday and culminates Wednesday with Powell's first press conference as chairman. The question is what comes next.
A key risk measure in money markets known as the Libor-OIS spread has risen to levels not seen since worries mounted in 2011 and 2012 over the debt troubles of European countries Portugal, Italy, Greece and Spain.
A report Friday from the U.S. Labor Department shows inflation rose to 2.2% in February from a year earlier, accelerating from January's pace of 2%.
Goldman Sachs Group Co-President and former CFO Harvey Schwartz will retire April 20, the company said Monday in a press release. The announcement came just days after the Wall Street Journal reported that CEO Lloyd Blankfein is preparing to step down, possibly later this year.
Goldman Sachs Group's CEO Lloyd Blankfein plans to step down from the job as soon as the end of the year, says a report.
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