Wall Street economists project that the U.S. economy will slow to 2.2% this year from 2.9% in 2018, causing President Donald Trump's administration to fall short of its pledge of 3% growth. But all that could change if the president terminates his trade war -- and it's largely within his control.
Prices on consumer purchases, excluding food and energy, rise by 0.1% in May after a gain of 0.3% in April, a report from the Labor Department's Bureau of Labor Statistics shows.
President Trump uses economic leverage instead of infantry divisions to defend U.S. interests, and Advanced Micro Devices regains lost ground.
Here's how to read and react to Friday's important numbers.
A report Friday from the Labor Department is expected to show that the U.S. economy added about 185,000 jobs in May - a slowdown from April's increase of 263,000 but still respectably ahead of the 100,000 needed each month to keep pace with the working population.
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