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  1. June 4, 2014

    First Solar climbs on import duty plan

    US solar panel manufacturers were lifted on Wednesday by the Commerce Department’s proposal to impose fresh import duties on...

  2. June 2, 2014

    Gold miners under pressure from price falls

    Gold mining stocks remained under pressure as the precious metal tumbled for a fifth consecutive day, touching its lowest...

  1. FT Alphaville

    June 2, 2014

    Last season's adjustments?

    More than a fashion faux pas from the Institute for Supply Management… We believe ISM used April's seasonals, not May's. ISM...

  2. May 1, 2014

    Global manufacturing bounces higher

    On a strong day for data across the world, the British economy ploughed ahead with its recovery, an expansion in US...

  3. March 30, 2014

    ECB watching eurozone inflation report closely

    This week markets will focus on the monthly policy meeting of the European Central Bank on Thursday and the US labour market...

  4. FT Alphaville

    December 2, 2013

    The Closer

    FURTHER FURTHER READING - Noah Smith on the QE-deflation debate. - David Beckworth on same. - The economics of cheap drone...

  5. November 1, 2013

    US manufacturing data support case for earlier Fed taper

    US manufacturing grew more rapidly than expected last month, offering ammunition to economists betting that the Federal...

  6. September 3, 2013

    Strong manufacturing data support Fed tapering plan

    A stronger than expected performance by the US manufacturing sector in August may provide further comfort for the Federal...

  7. August 5, 2013

    Britain begins to emerge from years in doldrums

    Britain’s economy is growing more quickly than expected as it emerges from years in the doldrums, data suggest. The UK...

  8. FT Alphaville

    August 5, 2013

    Is the service sector surge global?

    First we had a surprise in the UK, when the service sector PMI expanded at its fastest rate since 2007. Then, earlier on...

  9. August 2, 2013

    Stocks creep higher after US jobs data

    Friday 21:05 BST. US equities edged to fresh record highs, Treasury bonds rallied and the dollar retreated as a big week for...

  10. August 1, 2013

    US manufacturing expands at fastest pace for two years

    The US manufacturing sector expanded in July at the fastest pace in more than two years, offering some comfort to Federal...

  11. FT Alphaville

    June 5, 2013

    The Closer

    FURTHER FURTHER READING - John Jeremiah Sullivan on the publication of Cotton Tenants. - Early bird specials and US growth....

  12. June 4, 2013

    Shares volatile as uncertainty grows

    Tuesday 21:15 BST. Growing uncertainty about the outlook for US monetary policy made for a choppy session for global...

  13. June 3, 2013

    US manufacturing retreats from highs

    The fragility of the global economy was on display as markets gyrated in response to an unexpected fall in US manufacturing...

  14. June 3, 2013

    Dollar falls through Y100 on weak US data

    The dollar broke through the important level of Y100 against the yen after a surprise dip in US manufacturing output sent...

  15. April 2, 2013

    Equities climb in US and Europe

    Tuesday 21:00 BST. Further signs of underlying weakness in the eurozone economy did little to curtail demand for US and...

  16. April 1, 2013

    Slower US factory growth raises worries

    An unexpected slowdown in US manufacturing growth sent stock markets lower, but the housing market strengthened as US...

  17. March 5, 2013

    US services grow at fastest pace in a year

    The US services sector expanded at its fastest pace in a year in February on new orders and a boost in export demand. The...

  18. March 5, 2013

    Wall St rally sends indices to new highs

    Technology stocks were the best performers on Wall Street, sending the S&P 500 information technology subgroup up 1.5 per...

  19. February 3, 2013

    Obama must face the rise of the robots

    Early in his first term Barack Obama joked that he would “keep an eye on the robots in case they try anything”. He should...

  20. FT Alphaville

    January 9, 2013

    GS: seasonal adjustment distortions have faded away

    We wrote after last week’s US employment report that the seasonal adjustment problems we described in late 2011 and the...

  21. December 4, 2012

    BP weighs on flat London market

    BP lagged behind a flat London market as analysts gave a lukewarm response to its long-term recovery plan. The oil group set...

  22. FT Alphaville

    December 3, 2012

    The Closer

    ROUND-UP A subpar ISM saddled stocks. The S&P 500 closed down 0.47 per cent at 1,409.46. The Institute for Supply Management...

  23. December 3, 2012

    US factory activity falls in November

    US factory activity is falling as damaging concerns about the “fiscal cliff” spread through the world’s largest economy. The...

  24. November 1, 2012

    Data point to sluggish US jobs market

    The crucial non-farm payrolls report will be released on time on Friday as a series of numbers released on Thursday pointed...

  25. October 4, 2012

    Financials lead gains on Wall Street

    Banking stocks on Wall Street enjoyed strong gains on Thursday as Freddie Mac reported that mortgage rates fell to record...

  26. October 3, 2012

    US private sector adds 162,000 jobs

    An increase in private sector hiring eased fears of a renewed slowdown in the US labour market, while the pace of growth in...

  27. October 1, 2012

    US manufacturers defy global gloom

    US manufacturers bucked the global trend last month, expanding even as peers in Asia and Europe continued to suffer the...

  28. October 1, 2012

    US manufacturing returns to growth

    US manufacturing grew in September after three consecutive months of contraction, offering some support to the world’s...

  29. September 6, 2012

    US private sector hiring accelerates

    A string of encouraging data offered hope that the US recovery may be regaining some strength, easing fears of a renewed...

  30. July 3, 2012

    US factory orders increase in May

    Demand for US factory goods rose in May, but sharp declines the two months prior and weak industry data for June...

  31. July 2, 2012

    US factory output at three-year low

    US manufacturing activity contracted for the first time in three years, further denting confidence in a global economy that...

  32. June 5, 2012

    US services sector growth stalls

    The US services sector grew at about the same pace in May as the previous month, indicating a loss of momentum in economic...

  33. May 17, 2012

    Negative US sentiment fuels gold rally

    Gold prices rallied on heightening expectations of further US monetary stimulus as weak manufacturing data in the...

  34. May 1, 2012

    US and China data ease concerns

    Strong manufacturing data in the US and China have eased fears of a slowdown in global growth and suggest that a feeble...

  35. April 11, 2012

    An unsurprisingly surprise-free earnings season

    The earnings season has come to the rescue. After eurozone contagion seemed to be taking hold again on Tuesday, Alcoa...

  36. FT Alphaville

    April 4, 2012

    The return of the US manufacturer

    The US manufacturing PMI released by the Institute of Supply Management (ISM) on Monday beat expectations, coming in at...

  37. April 3, 2012

    China services data lift Asia shares

    Asian stocks were generally higher after data on China’s service sector and US manufacturing activity beat estimates. The...

  38. April 2, 2012

    US economy contrasts with eurozone

    Manufacturing activity in the US is picking up as its domestic economy recovers, underlining the diverging fates of the...

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