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August 4, 2023
August 4, 2023
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August 4, 2023

Fewer Americans got jobs in July than expected. But a steady market suggests US may avoid recession

WASHINGTON (AP) — The job market has cooled over the summer. But it’s still strong enough to defy predictions that higher interest rates would tip the United States into recession. U.S. employers added 187,000 jobs last month, fewer than expected, as the higher interest rates continued to weigh on the economy. But the unemployment rate dipped to 3.5% in a sign that the job market remains resilient. Hiring was up from 185,000 in June, a figure that the Labor Department revised down from an originally reported 209,000. Economists had expected to see 200,000 new jobs in July.

Apple’s earnings top analysts’ forecasts, but year-over-year sales drop for third straight quarter

Apple eked out slightly higher profit even though sales dipped during its latest quarter. The period included the iPhone maker becoming the first publicly held U.S. company to be valued at $3 trillion. Results released Thursday cover April through June and mark the third consecutive quarter that Apple has posted a year-over-year decline in revenue. That’s the company’s longest stretch of falling sales in nearly seven years. Apple indicated revenue is likely to fall again in the current July-to-September quarter, contributing to 2% decline the company’s shares in extended trading. If the stock behaves similarly in Friday’s regular trading session, Apple’s market value will fall below $3 trillion.

Amazon reports better-than-expected revenue and profits for 2Q, sending its stock higher

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon on Thursday posted better-than-expected revenue and profits for the second quarter, sending its stock higher in after-hours trading. The e-commerce giant earned $6.7 billion, or 65 cents per share, for the three-month period ended June 30. Its revenue came out to $134.4 billion, up 11% from the same period last year. Amazon CEO Andy Jassy said in a statement that it was a “strong quarter of progress” for the company. The Seattle-based company’s profitable cloud unit AWS’s growth continued to slow. Executives have blamed companies cutting back on costs for the slowdown.

Stock market today: Wall Street drifts following mixed reports on US job market, Big Tech earnings

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are drifting following mixed reports about the U.S. job market and profits at two of Wall Street’s most influential stocks. The S&P 500 slipped 0.1% in afternoon trading after giving up slight gains from earlier in the day. The Dow was down 32 points, or 0.1%, and the Nasdaq composite was up 0.1%. Treasury yields dipped after the government said hiring was a touch weaker last month than expected. That could help keep pressure off high inflation. Amazon jumped after reporting a much bigger profit than expected. Apple fell after reporting revenue that just barely topped forecasts.

Global food prices rise after Russia ends grain deal and India restricts rice exports

LONDON (AP) — Global prices for food commodities like rice and vegetable oil have risen for the first time in months after Russia ended a deal allowing Ukraine ship grain and India restricted some rice exports. The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization said on Friday that its index of food prices increased 1.3% in July over June. The increase was driven by higher costs for rice and vegetable oil. It was the first uptick since April when higher sugar prices bumped up the reading slightly for the first time in a year. Commodity prices have been falling but the trade restrictions and grain deal’s demise threaten to increase food insecurity and the prices people pay to eat in developing nations.

Ruble hits lowest value against USD since early in Ukraine war

The ruble has dropped against the U.S. dollar in trading in Moscow to it lowest level since the first month of the war in Ukraine. The decline Friday to 96 rubles against the dollar continued the Russian currency’s consistent fall since the beginning of the year, when it traded at around 65. That’s a drop of about 30%. Friday’s value was its lowest since March 28, 2022, state news agency Tass reported. After Russia sent troops into Ukraine in late February 2022, the ruble plunged to as low as about 120 against the dollar, but recovered quickly as the Russian Central Bank undertook support measures.

Egypt raises interest rates as it battles spiraling inflation and households struggle to keep up

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s Central Bank announced a new hike in interest rates as the cash-strapped North African country battles surging inflation and a depreciating currency. The bank said Thursday that its monetary policy committee agreed to increase its most basic lending rate from 18.25% to 19.75%. Egyptian, particularly working class households, are struggling to keep up with rising prices, which have soared since Russia invaded Ukraine last year. The annual inflation rate reached 36.8% in June. Over the past year, Egypt’s central bank has sought to offset rising inflation by hiking its main interest rates.

Panama Canal foresees its income falling after shipping limited due to a drought

The managers of the Panama Canal say they expect income from the waterway to drop, after authorities were forced to limit the number of ships passing through each to 32 due to a lack of rainfall. The canal’s administrator said Thursday income in 2024 could drop by as much as $200 million because of the drought. The canal implemented a measure Sunday capping the number of ships passing through its locks daily to a maximum of 32, compared to 36 to 38 under normal operation. Rain is needed to feed the watershed system of rivers and brooks that fill lakes, whose waters in turn fill the locks.

Japan’s Kishida hopes to further strengthen strategic cooperation with US and South Korea at summit

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida says he has high hopes to discuss further strengthening of three-way strategic cooperation with the United States and South Korea at a summit hosted by President Joe Biden at Camp David later this month. The Aug. 18 summit with Biden and South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol is the first stand-alone summit among leaders of the three countries not in connection with international meetings. The summit is also the latest sign of warming ties between Tokyo and Seoul because of their shared concern over increasingly assertive China and other regional threats. Kishida made the remarks on Friday.

U.S. publishing executive dies in a boat crash off Italy’s Amalfi Coast

ROME (AP) — An U.S. publishing executive has died in a boating accident off Italy’s Amalfi Coast. Bloomsbury Publishing Inc. identified her as 45-year-old Adrienne Vaughan, who was president of the company headquartered in New York. Italian state TV reported that the rented motorboat she and her family were on during a vacation to the popular tourist destination crashed into a sailboat Thursday. According to Italian media reports, the motorboat slammed into the sailboat, which was carrying dozens of U.S. and German tourists, including some celebrating a wedding. Italian news agency ANSA says a blood test for the skipper of the motorboat tested positive for substance use.