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Australia's budget returned to balance in the 2018-19 financial year for the first time since 2007-08, Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said Thursday. According to the Final Budget Outcome for the 2018-19 financial year, the budget deficit was A$13.8 billion better than estimated at the time of the 2018-19 Budget. The deficit of A$690 million represented 0.0 percent of gross domestic product. Read more...

Denmark's economic growth is set to ease in the coming two years due to the impact from a slowing global economy, the country's central bank said Wednesday. The economic growth forecast for 2020 was slashed to 1.5 percent from 1.7 percent predicted in March, the Danmarks Nationalbank said in a report. The... Read more...

Australia's leading index returned to negative zone in August after a short lived improvement, data from Westpac showed Wednesday. The six month annualised growth rate in the Westpac- Melbourne Institute Leading Index, which indicates the likely pace of economic activity relative to trend three to... Read more...

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After lowering interest rates for the first time in over a decade in late July, the Federal Reserve announced another interest rate cut following a two-day monetary policy meeting that ended on Wednesday. The Fed revealed its widely expected decision to cut rates by another 25 basis points, lowering the target range for the federal funds rate to 1-3/4 to 2 percent. Read more...

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New residential construction in the U.S. showed a substantial rebound in the month of August, according to a report released by the Commerce Department on Wednesday. The report said housing starts soared by 12.3 percent to an annual rate of 1.364 million in August after slumping by 1.5 percent to a revised rate of 1.215 million in July. Read more...

New residential construction in the U.S. showed a substantial rebound in the month of August, according to a report released by the Commerce Department on Wednesday. Read more...

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Switzerland's exports declined for the second straight month, while imports grew in August, data from the Federal Customs Administration showed on Thursday. Exports decreased by real 4.4 percent month-on-month in August, following a revised 1.2 percent fall in July. Imports rose 1.0 percent in... Read more...

The Dutch unemployment rate rose marginally in August after remaining unchanged in the previous months, data from the Central Bureau of Statistics showed on Thursday. The ILO jobless rate rose to 3.5 percent in August from 3.4 percent in July. The number of unemployed persons increased to 321,000... Read more...

Dutch consumer confidence fell to the lowest level in four months in September, data from the Central Bureau of Statistics showed on Thursday. The consumer confidence index fell to minus 2 in September from zero in August. The latest confidence index was the weakest since May, when the score was... Read more...

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Japan's all industry activity rose in July, figures from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry showed on Thursday. The all industry activity index rose 0.2 percent month-on-month in July, after a 0.7 percent fall in June, which was in line with economists' expectations. Among components,... Read more...

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The Bank of Japan kept its monetary policy unchanged as widely expected on Thursday, after the U.S. Federal Reserve resorted to further easing. The Policy Board of the BoJ voted 7-2 to maintain interest rate at -0.1 percent on current accounts that financial institutions maintain at the bank. Read more...

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New Zealand's gross domestic product was up a seasonally adjusted 0.5 percent on quarter in the second quarter of 2019, Statistics New Zealand said on Thursday. That exceeded expectations for an increase of 0.5 percent although it slowed from 0.6 percent in the first quarter. On an annualized yearly... Read more...

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Interest rate announcements from the Bank of England and the Swiss National Bank are due on Thursday, headlining a busy day for the European economic news. At 3.30 am ET, the Swiss National Bank is set to announce its quarterly monetary policy assessment. The bank is expected to hold its new policy rate at -0.75 percent. Read more...

New Zealand's gross domestic product expanded a seasonally adjusted 0.5 percent on quarter in the second quarter of 2019, Statistics New Zealand said on Thursday. That exceeded expectations for an increase of 0.5 percent although it slowed from 0.6 percent in the first quarter. On an annualized... Read more...

Australia will on Thursday release August figures for unemployment, highlighting a modest day for Asia-Pacific economic activity. The jobless rate is predicted to hold steady at 5.2 percent, with an increase of 15,000 jobs following the gain of 41,100 jobs in July. Japan also will see July results... Read more...

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Time (et)
Economic Indicator
Period
Actual
Forecast
Previous
Country
Thursday ,Sep.19
Interest Rate Decision
-
-0.10 %
 
-0.10 %
Japan
Monetary Policy Meeting
-
 
 
-
Japan
00:30
All Industry Activity Index (M-o-M)
JUL
0.2 %
 
-0.7 (R) %
Japan
02:00
Trade Balance
AUG
CHF 1.15 B
 
CHF 2.58 (R) B
Switzerland
02:00
Imports
AUG
CHF 17.58 B
 
CHF 17.00 (R) B
Switzerland
02:00
Exports
AUG
CHF 18.73 B
 
CHF 19.58 (R) B
Switzerland
03:30
Interest Rate Decision
-
(-1.25) - (-0.25) %
 
(-1.25) - (-0.25) %
Switzerland
04:00
Current Account Balance - BoP
JUL
€ 21.0 B
 
€ 18.4 B
Eurozone
04:30
Retail Sales (M-o-M)
AUG
-0.2 %
 
0.4 (R) %
UK
04:30
Retail Sales (Y-o-Y)
AUG
2.7 %
 
3.4 (R) %
UK
07:00
Interest Rate Decision
-
 
 
0.75 %
UK
07:00
Monetary Policy Meeting
-
 
 
-
UK
07:00
Monetary Policy Meeting Minutes
-
 
 
-
UK
08:30
Current Account Balance - BoP
Q2
 
 
$ -130.4 B
United States
08:30
Philly Fed's Mfr Index - Business Condition
SEP
 
 
16.8
United States
08:30
Initial Jobless Claims
SEP 14
 
 
204 K
United States
10:00
Existing Home Sales - Sales
AUG
 
 
5.42 M
United States
10:00
Existing Home Sales - Price
AUG
 
 
$ 280.80 K
United States
10:00
Leading Index
AUG
 
 
0.5 %
United States
10:30
EIA Natural Gas Inventory (Cubic Feet)
SEP 13
 
 
3019 B
United States
19:30
Core CPI (M-o-M)
AUG
 
 
0.1 %
Japan
19:30
CPI (M-o-M)
AUG
 
 
0.1 %
Japan
19:30
CPI (Y-o-Y)
AUG
 
 
0.5 %
Japan
19:50
Foreigners Buying Japan Bonds (Yen)
SEP 8 - SEP 14
 
 
¥ 441.1 B
Japan
19:50
Foreigners Buying Japan Stocks (Yen)
SEP 8 - SEP 14
 
 
¥ -161.3 B
Japan
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The major U.S. index futures are pointing to a slightly lower opening on Wednesday, with stocks likely to give back ground after ending the previous session modestly higher. Traders may remain reluctant to make significant moves ahead of the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy announcement this afternoon. Economists...
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