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May 30, 2024

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United States (U.S.): GDP Climbs Less Than Previously Estimated in Q1; Weekly Jobless Claims Inch Up To 219,000; Crude Oil Inventories Pull Back Much More Than Expected

Data released by the Commerce Department showed that U.S. economic growth slowed by more than previously estimated in the first quarter of 2024. The Commerce Department said gross domestic product climbed by 1.3% in the first quarter compared to the previously reported 1.6% jump. The downwardly revised increase, which was in line with economists, compares to the 3.4% surge in GDP in the fourth quarter of 2023. The slower than previously estimates growth reflected downward revisions to consumer spending, private inventory investment and federal government spending. 05/30/2024 - 08:37:00 (RTTNews)

First-time claims for U.S. unemployment benefits crept modestly higher during the week ending on May 25, according to a report released by the Labor Department. The report said initial jobless claims rose to 219,000, an increase of 3,000 from the previous week's level of 216,000. Economists had expected jobless claims to inch up to 218,000 from the 215,000 reported the previous week. The Labor Department said the less volatile four-week moving average also edged up to 222,500, an increase of 2,500 from the previous week's revised average of 220,000. 05/30/2024 - 08:33:00 (RTTNews)

The Energy Information Administration (EIA) released a report showing that U.S. crude oil inventories tumbled by much more than expected during the week ending on May 24. The report said crude oil inventories slumped by 4.2 million barrels last week after climbing by 1.8 million barrels the previous week. Economists had expected crude oil inventories to decrease by 1.9 million barrels. With the sharp pullback, U.S. crude oil inventories are about 4% below the five-year average for this time of year, the EIA said. Meanwhile, gasoline inventories increased by 2.0 million barrels last week but remain about 1% below the five-year average for this time of year. Distillate fuel inventories, which include heating oil and diesel, also climbed by 2.5 million barrels last week but remain about 6% below the five-year average for this time of year. 05/30/2024 - 11:06:00 (RTTNews)

 

European Union (E.U.): Eurozone Economic Confidence Rises, Jobless Rate Falls

Euro traded at 1.0837 against USD at 9:00 am PST.

Euro area economic confidence improved in May as the economy recovered from a recession and the unemployment rate dropped slightly in April, separate data showed. The economic confidence index rose less than expected to 96.0 in May from 95.6 the previous month, survey results from the European Commission revealed. The reading was forecast to improve more sharply to 96.2. The increase in the economic sentiment index reflected improved confidence in industry, services and among consumers, which was curbed slightly by the declining confidence in construction. The industrial sentiment indicator posted -9.9 in May, up from -10.4 in April. However, the score was weaker than the expected value of -9.4. Similarly, the services confidence index improved to 6.5, in line with forecast, from 6.1 a month ago.

At -14.3, the consumer confidence index rose from -14.7 and matched the preliminary estimate. The latest reading was the highest since February 2022. Confidence among retailers remained unchanged in May, with the index holding at -6.8. By contrast, the construction sentiment index fell slightly to -6.0 from -5.9. The employment expectations indicator continued to edge down in May, falling to 101.3 but remained above its long-term average. Data showed that the unemployment rate dropped marginally to 6.4% in April, while the rate was expected to remain unchanged at 6.5%. Unemployment decreased by 100,000 from March. At the same time, the number of people out of work fell 101,000 from the same period last year. The youth unemployment rate eased to 14.1% from 14.3% a month ago. 05/30/2024 - 09:14:00 (RTTNews)

 

Taiwan: Economy Grows 6.56% In Q1, More Than Estimated

Taiwan Dollar traded at 32.4400 against USD at 9:00 am PST.

Taiwan's economy expanded slightly more than initially estimated in the first quarter, the latest data from the Directorate General of Budget, Accounting, and Statistics, or DGBAS, revealed. GDP advanced 6.56% yearly during the March quarter, faster than the revised 4.83% increase in the December quarter. That was somewhat above the 6.51% growth estimated earlier. Further, this was the strongest growth since the second quarter of 2021, when GDP had risen 8.07%. On the expenditure side, private final consumption grew by 4.45% over the year, mainly driven by expenditures on services such as transportation, travel, restaurants, and securities transaction fees, as well as flourishing outbound tourism.

Meanwhile, gross capital formation declined 4.88% amid weaker investment in machinery and equipment. Real exports of goods and services grew by 9.11% amid an increase in shipments of emerging application goods and inbound travel services. Imports also grew by 0.84%. On a quarterly seasonally adjusted annual basis, GDP rose 1.08%, much slower than the 9.96% expansion a quarter ago. In the flash report, the rate of growth was 1.13%. Looking ahead, Taiwan's real GDP is projected to grow by 3.94% in 2024, upward by 0.51 percentage points from the previous forecast. 05/30/2024 - 08:17:00 (RTTNews)


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