Thursday, March 18, 2010

Quick Overview

  • U.S. jobless claims fell 5,000 last week to 457,000

  • U.S. leading indicators rose 0.1% in January.

  • The Philadelphia Fed regional index of manufacturing rose from 17.6 to 18.9 in March

  • YoY Greece's jobless rate rose to 10.3% in Q4 from 7.9

  • F.O. Licht raised its forecast for the global sugar deficit in 2009/10 to 7.7 million tonnes, up from a previous projection of 6.0 million.

  • (AP) U.N. rejects ban on Atlantic bluefin tuna.. It has been done in by the growing demand for raw tuna for traditional dishes such as sushi and sashimi. The bluefin variety - called "hon-maguro" in Japan - is particularly prized with a 200-kilogram (440-pound) Pacific bluefin tuna fetched a record 20.2 million yen ($220,000) last year.

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