Guardian Stockbrokers Key Economic News Thursday 15 April 2021

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Euro-zone industrial production declined less than expected in February

In the Euro-zone, industrial production fell 1.00% on a MoM basis in February, compared to an advance of 0.80% in previous month. Market expectations were for the seasonally adjusted industrial production to ease 1.10%.

Fed’s Beige Book: US economy accelerated to a moderate pace

According to the US Federal Reserve’s (Fed) latest Beige Book report, the US economy “accelerated to a moderate pace” from February to early April, amid rising rates of Covid-19 vaccinations, business reopenings and stimulus support. Further, the report indicated that the labour market in the US also improved as more people returned to work. The pace of hiring grew the most in the manufacturing, construction, and leisure and hospitality sectors. The Fed indicated that outlooks were more optimistic than in the previous report, boosted by the rapid rollout of COVID-19 vaccinations.

US number of mortgage applications dropped in the week ended 9 April 2021

In the US, the number of mortgage applications slid 3.70% on a weekly basis in the week ended 9 April 2021, compared to a drop of 5.10% in the prior week.

Australia’s unemployment rate fell in March

In Australia, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 5.60% in March, compared to a rate of 5.80% in prior month. Markets were expecting the unemployment rate to fall to 5.70%.

Australian consumer inflation expectations dropped in April

In Australia, the consumer inflation expectations eased to 3.20% in April, compared to 4.10% in the previous month.

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