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27625US Posts Largest Budget Gap Ever for February3/22/2019 6:25:06 PMThe US government budget deficit increased to USD 234 billion in February of 2019 from a USD 215 billion gap a year earlier and above market expectations of a USD 227 billion shortfall. It is the highest budget gap ever for a February month as federal spending rose 8 percent on the year while receipts increased only 7 percent.United StatesGovernment Budget ValueUNITEDSTAGOVBUDVAL/united-states/government-budget-value
27624Week Ahead3/22/2019 5:50:18 PM"Next week the final estimate of US Q4 GDP growth will be keenly watched, alongside foreign trade, personal income and outlays, housing data and current account. Elsewhere, important releases include: UK final Q4 GDP growth, consumer sentiment and monetary indicators; Eurozone business survey; Germany consumer and business morale, inflation, retail trade and unemployment; Japan industrial output, retail sales and jobless rate; China NBS PMIs; and Australia private sector credit. Investors will also react to US-China trade talks and the ongoing Brexit negotiations."Country ListCalendar/calendar?article=27624&g=top&importance=2&startdate=2019-03-22
27623US Factory Growth Lowest since 20173/22/2019 1:51:09 PM"The IHS Markit US Manufacturing PMI fell to 52.5 in March of 2019 from 53 in February and below market expectations of 53.6, preliminary estimates showed. The reading pointed to the lowest expansion in factory activity since June of 2017 amid softer rises in output, new orders and employment. Also, the latest expansion of production volumes was only modest and the least marked since June 2016."United StatesManufacturing PmiUNITEDSTAMANPMI/united-states/manufacturing-pmi
27622Canada Annual Inflation Rate Rises to 1.5% in February3/22/2019 12:57:47 PMThe annual inflation rate in Canada rose to 1.5 percent in February 2019 from 1.4 percent in the previous month and above market expectations of 1.4 percent. Prices increased further mainly driven by food and shelter.CanadaInflation RateCACPIYOY/canada/inflation-cpi
27620Malaysia Consumer Prices Fall More than Expected3/22/2019 12:27:14 PM"Malaysia's consumer prices decreased 0.4 percent year-on-year in February 2019, following a 0.7 percent fall in the previous month and more than an expected 0.3 percent drop. This was the second annual straight decline in consumer prices since November 2009, mainly due to transport prices while inflation was steady for both food and housing."MalaysiaInflation RateMACPIYOY/malaysia/inflation-cpi
27621Russia Holds Key Interest Rate Steady at 7.75%3/22/2019 11:22:09 AM"The Bank of Russia left its benchmark one-week repo rate at 7.75 percent on March 22nd, in line with market expectations, saying inflation is holding lower than expected after a VAT increase in January. Also, policymakers said short-term pro-inflationary risks have decreased. The central bank lowered its end-of-year annual inflation forecast in 2019 to 4.7-5.2 percent from 5.0-5.5 percent previously expected, before returning to 4 percent in the first half of 2020."RussiaInterest RateRREFRATE/russia/interest-rate
27619Japan February Inflation Rate Weaker than Expected3/22/2019 11:05:31 AM"Japan's consumer price inflation stood at 0.2 percent year-on-year in February 2019, unchanged from the previous month's 15-month low and below market expectations of 0.3 percent. Prices of both food and transportation & communication fell for a third month in a row, while housing costs were flat."JapanInflation RateJNCPIYOY/japan/inflation-cpi
27618US Jobless Claims Drop Below Forecasts3/21/2019 12:48:14 PMThe number of Americans filling for unemployment benefits decreased by 9 thousand to 221 thousand in the week ending March 16th from the previous week’s revised level of 230 thousand and compared to market expectations of 225 thousand.United StatesInitial Jobless ClaimsIJCUSA/united-states/jobless-claims
27617BoE Holds Rates3/21/2019 12:13:05 PM"The Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee voted unanimously to hold the Bank Rate at 0.75 percent during its March policy meeting and reaffirmed its pledge to gradual and limited rate rises over the forecast period, despite persistent concerns about Brexit. Policymakers noted that softening in global GDP and trade growth has continued, while CPI inflation is expected to remain close to the 2 percent target over coming months."United KingdomInterest RateUKBRBASE/united-kingdom/interest-rate
27611Australia Jobless Rate Lowest since 20113/21/2019 11:53:41 AM"Australia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate inched lower to 4.9 percent in February 2019 from 5.0 percent in the previous month and below market expectations of 5.0 percent. It was the lowest jobless rate since June 2011. The economy added 4,600 jobs while the number of unemployed declined by 11,700."AustraliaUnemployment RateAULFUNEM/australia/unemployment-rate
27615Indonesia Holds Key Interest Rate at 6%3/21/2019 11:11:24 AM"Bank Indonesia kept its benchmark 7-day reverse repo rate unchanged at 6 percent on 21th March 2019, as widely expected. Policymakers said the decision was consistent with efforts to reduce the current account gap towards a range of 2.5% of GDP in 2019 and maintaining the attractiveness of domestic financial markets for foreign investors. The lending and the deposit facility rates were also left steady at 6.75 percent and 5.25 percent respectively. For 2019, the central bank expects Indonesia inflation below midpoint of 2.5-4.5 percent target range while GDP growth is projected between 5.0-5.4 percent."IndonesiaInterest RateIDBIRATE/indonesia/interest-rate
27610Brazil Leaves Monetary Policy Unchanged3/21/2019 10:28:11 AM"The Central Bank of Brazil voted unanimously to hold its key Selic rate at a record low of 6.50 percent on March 20th 2019, as widely expected. Policymakers noted that recent data on economic activity came in below expectations, still the domestic economy continues on a gradual recovery path and added that the global outlook remains challenging."BrazilInterest RateBZSTSETA/brazil/interest-rate
27616Spain Trade Gap Widens in January as Exports Fall3/21/2019 10:00:08 AM"The Spanish trade deficit widened to EUR 4.48 billion in January 2019 from EUR 3.94 billion in the corresponding month of the previous year. It was the largest trade shortfall for a January month since 2011, as imports rose 0.9 percent year-on-year while exports fell 1.3 percent."SpainBalance Of TradeSPTBEUBL/spain/balance-of-trade
27614Philippines Leaves Monetary Policy Unchanged3/21/2019 9:05:34 AM"The Philippine central bank left its key overnight reverse repurchase facility rate unchanged at 4.75 percent on March 21st 2019, as widely expected. Policymakers said that the decision remains consistent with the price stability objective and that they will continue to monitor developments affecting the inflation outlook."PhilippinesInterest RatePhilippinesIntRate/philippines/interest-rate
27613Hong Kong February Inflation Rate at 9-Month Low of 2.1%3/21/2019 9:01:36 AM"The annual inflation rate in Hong Kong fell to 2.1 percent in February 2019 from 2.4 percent in the previous month. It was the lowest inflation rate since May last year, mainly due to a decline in cost of housing and utilities as the government introduced electricity subsidy in January and a slowdown in food prices."Hong KongInflation RateHKCPIY/hong-kong/inflation-cpi
27612"Switzerland Keeps Rates Steady, Lowers Inflation Forecasts"3/21/2019 8:45:02 AM"The Swiss National Bank left its benchmark interest rate unchanged at -0.75 percent on March 21st 2019, in line with market expectations, saying the Swiss franc is still highly valued, and the situation on the foreign exchange market continues to be fragile. Policymakers also lowered inflation forecasts for 2019 to 0.3 percent from 0.5 percent and for 2020 to 0.6 percent from 1 percent."SwitzerlandInterest RateSZLTTR/switzerland/interest-rate
27609Fed Sees Rates Unchanged in 20193/20/2019 6:14:16 PM"The Federal Reserve held the target range for the federal funds rate at 2.25-2.5 percent during its March meeting and lowered its forecast for US economic growth, as widely expected. Fed officials now expect rates to remain at current levels at least until the end of the year, compared to December's projection of two rate hikes."United StatesInterest RateFDTR/united-states/interest-rate
27608Russia Unemployment Rate Unchanged at 4.9% in February3/20/2019 2:13:31 PM"Russia Unemployment rate stood at 4.9 percent in February of 2019, unchanged from the previous month, in line with market expectations and compared with last year’s 5.2 percent."RussiaUnemployment RateRUUER/russia/unemployment-rate
27606South Africa Inflation Rate Edges Up to 4.1% in February3/20/2019 12:40:16 PM"The annual inflation rate in South Africa rose slightly to 4.1 percent in February 2019 from 4 percent in the prior month, matching market expectations. Prices increased faster mainly for transport, as fuel cost rebounded."South AfricaInflation RateSACPIYOY/south-africa/inflation-cpi
27605Thailand Leaves Interest Rate Steady as Expected3/20/2019 12:00:08 PM"The Bank of Thailand kept the policy rate at 1.75 percent on March 2019 meeting, as widely expected. The Committee said that the current accommodating monetary policy stance would remain appropriate in the period ahead and would continue to support economic growth, financial stability and inflation. For 2019, the Bank revised its economic growth forecast to 3.8 percent from 4.0 percent while inflation was 1 percent, unchanged from seen three months ago."ThailandInterest RateBTRR1DAY/thailand/interest-rate